Aug 202012

China’s Lenovo Group has reached a strategic alliance with American storage maker EMC to implement cooperation in server and storage sectors.
Meanwhile, the two parties plan to establish a joint venture, focusing on the NAS storage business. Lenovo will reportedly hold a 51% stake in the new JV.

Under the agreement signed by the two parties, Lenovo and EMC will launch a server technology development project to gradually integrate Lenovo’s servers into EMC’s designated storage systems. At the same time, Lenovo will sell EMC’s storage products via two channels, including OEMs and agents.

In regards to the joint venture, Lenovo will invest in cash while EMC will invest assets and resources from Iomega, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMC. The new company is expected to be completed at the end of 2012.

Yang Yuanqing, chief executive officer of Lenovo Group, said that the cooperation with EMC is a milestone for the implementation of its PC+ strategy. Lenovo’s power in the enterprise market will be enhanced and the cooperation will help promote EMC’s business growth in China.

Latest statistics showed that Lenovo’s market share in the global PC market reached 14.6% and it may exceed HP to become the world’s largest PC manufacturer in the third quarter of 2012. However, compared with HP, the performance of Lenovo’s server and storage sectors was mediocre and these sectors were not listed in its financial report.

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Aug 142012


When Microsoft launched its Surface tablets, a lot of observers were skeptical about its move, saying that it was a “mistake” to compete with its traditional hardware partners. While perceived as an awkward stance, the Microsoft position is actually not about competing with hardware sales in my opinion. Instead, I think that Microsoft wants to set the bar and make sure that its partners can match or even surpass its own tablet. What Microsoft wants is to make sure that Windows 8 for ARM architecture provides a great experience, and as one would say: if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
In any case, Dell, Lenovo and Samsung are jumping on the train, and they obviously think that there is room for innovation in that space. Take the Asus Tablet 600 that runs on Windows RT. It is basically a Transformer Prime which runs on Windows 8 RT.

As for the user experience, Microsoft clams battery life of 8 to 13hrs for video playback, and stand by times of 320 to 409 hours. This is consistent with the battery capacity which is 1.5X higher than the iPad 2′s. Also, all the Windows 8 RT tablets that I have seen have a standard resolution, so none of them will be a power hog like Apple’s retina display is (even if it is beautiful!). Yet, I expect to continue seeing cutting-edge hardware from Samsung on the Android platform – for now.

Pretty much anyone can test Windows 8 today by downloading the pre-release version. However, users are very anxious to see how the battery life and overall system performance will be on ARM chips. At the moment, the user interface seems absolutely fluid and all, but still – this is something that can only be tested in the real-world.

How do you think Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Samsung should innovate on Windows 8 RT? Read our first impressions of the ARM-based Microsoft Surface

Aug 112012

Tough times call for tough decisions. Sadly for Research In Motion, that meant axing a huge chunk of its workforce to stay alive while patiently hoping for a better start next year. RIM’s plan to cut jobs was first heard in June this year. Now, an insider has confirmed the news to BGR that the company will begin the layoffs next week. The “trusted source” said that more than 3,000 employees will be axed beginning next week, and that the layoffs will continue over the next couple of weeks.

Even worse is the news that the workers over at RIM are reportedly terrified because they don’t exactly know who’s going and who’s staying. Workers have been told that aside from those working on BlackBerry 10, “no department is out of bounds” for the latest round of reductions. RIM also confirmed the report saying that next week’s layoffs is a part of the company’s previous announcement in June to cut roughly 5,000 jobs this year. Check out RIM’s response after the break.

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Aug 082012

The folks at Rikomagic UK sell a mini PC called the MK802 which can run Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or a range of other operating systems. It features an Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 processor and HDMI and USB ports for connecting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Soon the company plans to offer a netbook with the same low power processor. Like the MK802, the Rikomagic ARM netbook will be able to run Android or Ubuntu. But you won’t need an external keyboard or display to use the computer.


Rikomagic is still working out the kinks with the manufacturer to make sure everything is up to snuff. But in a nutshell what you’re looking at is a netbook with a 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB to 8GB of built-in storage.

It has a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 processor and comes with Android 4.0 loaded on the internal storage. You can also boot Ubuntu 12.04 or another operating system from an SD card — much the way you can with an MK802.

Thet netbook has a full-sized SD card slot, 3 USB ports, Ethernet, and audio jacks, and a 1MP camera. Rikomagic UK says the netbook gets about 6 hours of battery life (even if it’s in standby, which is a bit of a problem).

If the mini-laptop looks familiar, that’s because it’s almost certainly based on the same design as the H6 notebook we spotted recently. You can order one now from Pandawill for $141, or wait to see what Rikomagic UK charges for the netbook.

As netbooks go, the little laptop has a very tiny touchpad and a large bezel around the screen.

Ubuntu seems to run reasonably well on the netbook, although hardware graphics acceleration isn’t working yet, which means that video playback is choppy, at best. Rikomagic expects the device to appeal to developers and folks interested in tweaking the laptop — not necessarily people looking for an Ubuntu notebook that runs perfectly out of the box.

The notebook should be able to handle YouTube, Netflix, and local video playback when using Android.

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