Acer in talks to provide corporate cloud storage service

TaiwanWant China Times — Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Wednesday it is holding discussions with 10 local companies on the possibility of supplying them with cloud computing storage solutions. The new cloud storage solution, developed in collaboration with Taiwan-based Hope Bay Technologies, is suitable for use by companies that have 100 to 1,000 employees, said Towny Huang, president of Taiwan operations at Acer.

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Lenovo to take on Asustek, Acer in Taiwan’s PC market

TaiwanLenovo Group, the world’s biggest PC maker by sales, said on Thursday that it aims to grab a “double-digit” share in Taiwan’s consumer PC market that is currently dominated by the local brands Asustek Computer and Acer. Lenovo currently accounts for 6%-7% of the Taiwan consumer PC market by unit sales, which the Chinese giant expects will reach 10% by the end of current fiscal year that will conclude in March 2016, said Lenovo Taiwan general manager Paul Tseng, who took office on April 1 this year.

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COMPUTEX: Acer, MediaTek call for IoT integration

TaiwanTaiwanese PC vendor Acer and chip maker MediaTek on Wednesday called for an integrated ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the concept of connecting ordinary household devices to the internet. Addressing the summit forum of Computex Taipei, Acer founder and honorary chairman Stan Shih said he expected the arrival of a new computing and communication world in the future that will be driven by cloud computing and IoT technologies.

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MediaTek unveils IoT chip targeting smart home market

TaiwanOn June 1, Taiwan-based handset chip designer MediaTek unveiled its IoT (Internet of Things) chipsets at Asia’s largest IT trade show, the Taipei Computex, gearing up for the next growth leap in the booming IoT market, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times. The first step for the IoT is to connect every end-device through wireless and provide a platform for hardware and software integration, said Tsai Shou-jen, general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity Business Unit.

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Don’t miss partnership with Taiwan on IoT, says Acer founder

TaiwanAcer founder and honorary chair Stan Shih urged European and Taiwanese companies on Monday to work together to cater to the increasing demand for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. “Taiwan will become an enabler of (the) global IoT era, so don’t miss (out on a) partnership with Taiwan,” Shih said at the ExA Summit in Taipei co-organized by his foundation and the Germany-based Wangdao Alliance, a consortium of leading representatives from Asia and Europe’s IoT industry.

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Acer expands smart band lineup for Computex Taipei

TaiwanTaiwanese computer maker Acer has added three new models to its Liquid Leap smart band lineup that will be on display at Computex Taipei, the world’s second-biggest computer trade show scheduled for June 2-6. The three new members are the Leap Active for what Acer describes as “socially active young-minded consumers,” the Leap Fit for “health-conscious consumers,” and the Leap Curve with a curved screen for “urban style-seekers,” Acer said in a press release.

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Computex to spotlight wearable devices

TaiwanComputex Taipei, the largest computer exhibition in Asia, is expected to place wearable devices under the spotlight to show off the latest innovation of the global high-tech industry, organizers said Saturday. Computex, the second largest information communications technology trade show in the world, will have exhibitors showcase a wide range of wearable products, such as smart watches, smart bracelets, smart glasses and even smart garments, organizers said.

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Acer opts for slow approach to apps for IoT

TaiwanTaiwanese computer maker Acer said Thursday it will take cautious steps to develop Internet of Things (IoT) applications as it seeks to explore new business opportunities in a shrinking PC market. Acer chairman George Huang told employees at an internal meeting that the company has failed in the past to keep pace with “paradigm shifts” in the PC industry, which grew about 15% annually from 2003 to 2010 and declined more than 10% per year between 2010 and 2013.

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Acer to set up China subsidiary to promote BYOC

TaiwanAcer has obtained approval from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest US$5 million to set up a subsidiary specifically for promoting its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business in the China market, according to the company. The subsidiary will invest US$4 million to establish a BYOC experiencing center in Chongqing, China. The facility will be the company’s third BYOC center worldwide following ones in Taiwan and the US.

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Acer targeting China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines for BYOC business

TaiwanTaiwan-based Acer is looking to export its cloud computing services to other countries and has targeted China, India, Malaysia and the Philippines as it looks for local system integrators for cooperation. Acer’s president of Pan-Asia Pacific Regional Operation Oliver Ahrens noted that the company is developing fast in both China and India and has already seen progress in a few cases in Malaysia. Acer’s president of Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) business Maverick Shih pointed out that the business has three major product lines: cloud computing services, which the company is aggressively looking to export; Internet of things (IoT); and Acer Octon, the telecom solution unit. The company is also seeing strong orders for related solutions.

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Acer Launches 15-inch Chromebook for $199

TaiwanAcer has been one of the major contributors to Chrome OS for a while now. The second 15.6-inch Chromebook is preparing to roll out with new internals and an even cheaper price point at $199. The three month time window has not left a great amount of time to update internals. Acer has dropped a few of the specs to meet with the new price point — which is $50 cheaper than the Chromebook 15 CB5-571 launched at CES 2015.

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Acer dials into US smartphone market

TaiwanTaiwanese computer maker Acer is expanding its smartphone business into the United States for the first time by bringing its Windows 10-ready handset to Microsoft retail outlets. The Acer Liquid M220 smartphone will be available at Microsoft Stores and Microsoftstore.com in the United States from June for US$79.99, Acer announced at its global press event in New York on Thursday to launch new products for the back-to-school season.

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Acer partners with Taiwan venture fund AppWorks for IoT business

TaiwanAcer has announced it will cooperate with Taiwan-based venture fund AppWorks, combining Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform with AppWorks’ resources to incubate start-up companies for the Internet of Things (IoT). Acer’s general manager of BYOC business Robert Wang said that Acer has already obtained Quanta Computer’s and Wistron’s agreements to provide assistance on the manufacturing side.

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Acer Octon seeking cooperation with top-3 telecom carriers in North America

TaiwanAcer Octon, a joint venture established in November 2014 by Taiwan-based IT vendor Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, will soon announce the outcomes of talks it has been holding with the three largest telecom carriers in North America about cooperation, according to company president James Sha. Acer Octon has also been making deployments in the China and Southeast Asia markets concerning adoption of abPBX plus, its cloud computing-based IP communication solution for businesses, Sha said.

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Acer’s telecommunications unit to sign up major Chinese customer

TaiwanTaipei, March 22 (CNA) Acer Octon Inc. (宏碁通信), the telecom solutions unit owned by Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc. (宏碁), is expected to announce a new Chinese customer at the 2015 China (Chongqing) International Cloud Computing Expo, which will be held from April 10-12 in Chongqing. Acer Octon General Manager James Sha (沙舟) told a media briefing recently that the new customer is a large-scale Chinese enterprise that is not a telecommunications operator.

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Acer’s Thailand notebook market share hits record

ThailandTAIPEI — Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) achieved a record-high notebook market share of 34.8 percent in Thailand in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said Wednesday, citing data from research firm IDC. Acer’s record-high share also marks “a new chapter for the brand’s continuous market leadership for over a decade” in Thailand, the New Taipei-based company said in a statement that did not disclose the market shares of other vendors or the overall market volume during the quarter.

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MWC: Acer Octon promotes SDN-based business communication solutions

TaiwanAcer Octon, a joint venture between Acer and US-based multimedia application developer Octon, demonstrated its new cloud-based PBX business-use communication solution at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. The IP solution, dubbed “abPBX Plus,” is able to offer cloud-based services plus advanced communication services such as file sharing, IP voice calls and teleconferencing to clients, according to James Sha, president of Acer Octon.

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MWC 2015: Acer launches its first Windows 8.1 smartphone

TaiwanAcer has unveiled the Liquid M220 smartphone, its first Liquid smartphone to run on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, featuring a 4-inch 233ppi display. The Liquid M220 features a 5-megapixel auto-focus back-end and a 2-megapixel front-end camera. The back-end camera also sports an 89-degree wide-angle lens for better photo shot.

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Acer to launch new Windows phone at int’l mobile show

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. (宏碁) is set to unveil a new smartphone running on the mobile version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system, at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain next week. The Windows-based handset will be released alongside Acer’s new Android-powered Jade smartphone and a wearable device at the MWC, the world’s biggest mobile show scheduled for March 2-5 in Barcelona.

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Acer unveils 2 cloud solutions in diversification effort

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan’s Acer Inc. (宏碁) unveiled two new cloud application solutions Tuesday for enterprises and individual consumers in an effort to transform itself into a company that integrates hardware manufacturing with software and services. The first solution is the abPBX plus series — a global communications network for businesses based on Internet Protocol communication — which Acer says integrates traditional telephony systems and desk phones with smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to offer greater work efficiency and cost reductions.