PC demand is healthy, but back-to-school demand was just ok, Dell has been hampered by component shortages and overall memory prices are declining. That barometer comes via a research note from Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner.
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Palm says its new Centro smartphone is likely to cannibalize some Treo sales and bring the company's average selling price down for the quarter ending Nov. 30.
Yahoo has been playing catch-up on the search front for a while, but its latest update enhances the user interface and may just help close a widening Google gap. The company unveiled its search assist technology and a slick interface that offers suggestions and related topics.
Notable headlines:Dan Farber: O'Reilly talks turning IT inside out and data lock-in at SAP TechEd. Dennis Howlett: Will SAP Business ByDesign have AJAX goodness?
One of business intelligence software's biggest challenges is getting folks to drop an Excel-based culture where spreadsheets are swapped via email. Cognos' solution: Bring business intelligence software to the Excel jockeys.
SAP's TechEd '07 got off to glitzy start in Las Vegas as the pied piper of Web 2.0 Tim O'Reilly told the crowd of about 6,000 NetWeaver, Java, ABAP, ERP developers about the design patterns and business models for the next generation of software (hint, it's not on premises client/server applications).
Robert Scoble laments the existence of the Techmeme Leaderboard, which ranks sites every 20 minutes based on the amount of headline space they occupied on Techmeme over the 30 days. He suggests that the list of top sources for Techmeme heralds the death of blogging because the dynamic leaderboard typically contains only few "bloggers," which he defines as the “single voice of a person.
eBay confessed its Skype sins on Monday. The price tag: A $1.
What would you do if you had a cash cow that's raking in dough yet could see competition looming from well funded rivals in the future?First, you build a moat to protect the cash cow.
Despite a few giggles and hope for the deal of the century the $150 laptop saga has ended for me. I just canceled my order for the Medison Celebrity laptop with 2Checkout.