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Blockbuster Circuit-City Bid Strategy Flawed by Design

04/14/2008, You might wonder why Blockbuster wants to buy Circuit City for a billion dollars. Here’s the insight provided by Jim Keyes, Blockbuster’s CEO: “We would seek to differentiate products in both Blockbuster and Circuit City stores by...

NVIDIA: We Are Going to Open a Can of Whoop Ass

04/10/2008, I have read several articles about NVIDIA CEO’s latest comments on Intel integrated graphics. This mostly interested people seeking the “drama du jour”, on a topic that is quite frankly not new: integrated graphics versus discrete...

Future of Nokia Smartphones, Will the iPhone Continue to Dominate?

04/07/2008, Earlier today, someone I know asked me this: “What do you think of future Nokia smart phones? Do you think they will stand a chance? Also what about Apple’s iPhone? Do you think the future competition is going to affect their dominance in this...

$100 Low-Cost Computer from Intel called Nettop

03/12/2008, By using small components designed for mobile devices, Intel can build a low-cost computer that would retail for as low as $100. When it comes to semiconductor, surface area for chips and cost of materials are at the core of the hardware cost reduction....

Why Are PC Manufacturers so Afraid of the Asus Eee?

02/27/2008, At the Sony Open House, Mike Abary (SVP of Information Technology Products Division) shared his view on the Asus Eee and used the expression “race to the bottom” (in terms of pricing) to describe what would happen if consumers would go...

PC Gaming Has a Bad Reputation – How to Fix It

02/22/2008, [GDC 2008] We were invited to attend an interesting discussion held by the PC Gaming Alliance, a group of companies that includes Acer/Gateway, Activision, AMD, Dell, Electronic Arts, Epic, Intel, Microsoft and NVIDIA. The Alliance has been created to...

Apple Keynote, What to Take Away?

01/15/2008, The Macbook Air and Apple’s entry in the movie rental business where the big items of this keynote. The thin laptop is great, but I think that the movie rental is a much bigger deal for Apple, in the long term. Apple stepped in (yet) another...

Shocker: LCD TV prices to fall (even more) in 2008

12/28/2007, It is probably not a surprise to you that flat TV prices, whether using LCD or Plasma, are going to fall further, probably at an accelerated pace. It is mostly the way things are: as improvements in manufacturing costs and yields (number of defective...

Wii Developers complain about sales prospects

10/12/2007, The Nikkei Business Daily (via IGN) reports that unnamed developers are very concerned about sales prospects for their games for two reasons: 1/ only Nintendo seems to be able to make games that sell on the Wii. 2/ Wii sales have slowed down, casting...

Rumor: iPhone 2 for MacWorld 2008?

10/12/2007, People just can’t get enough iPhone rumors. Here’s the most recent one: according to smartoffice, Apple is planning an iPhone 2 for MacWorld in San Francisco. It is said that Apple is already talking to manufacturers and contractors about...

iRex gets funding for an e-Book “Breakthrough”

09/24/2007, It has been reported that e-Book maker iRex has raised 6 million Euros in funding to help it make a breakthrough in the consumer market. Sony is the current leader in that space, if I remember correctly. It’s not clear what iRex will do with...

AMD Tri-Core Drama

09/18/2007, Ever since AMD has announced its tri-core, most of the drama has been around the fact that it is most likely a defective quad-core, with one disabled unit. It is obvious that it would save AMD money to resell chips that would otherwise go to the trash bin...