When a computer manufacturer has a name like "Alienware," you can easily get the idea that they're marketing to the "World of Warcraft"-playing, Asimov-quoting, ThinkGeek-shopping demographic--and rightfully so. But for those of you who don't do the role-playing game or sci-fi thing, Alienware wants to let you know that it still thinks you'd be interested in its laptops. But I'm not sold.
It's not easy to stand out at a place like Digital Life, a hotbed of new product announcements conveniently scheduled right before the holiday shopping season. But if all else fails, as Dell shows, you can always resort to flashing lights.
The company's latest gaming laptop includes strobe lights built into the wrist rests that, according to Dell literature, "strobe, pulse, or fade the system's 16-color lights to the beat of a song or whenever a game character fires a weapon, moves, or gets fragged." It works with mainstream music apps, such as Windows Media … Read more
Dell, which already sells several packages that combine its server hardware with others' software, plans to broaden its portfolio through a deal with Symantec.
The Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker is known mostly for low-cost, high-efficiency operations. But to increase revenue from customers buying more complicated server technology, the company emphasizes "solutions" that match hardware and software appropriate to various tasks.
Dell's most successful "solutions" bundle its servers with EMC's VMware virtualization software, Oracle's and Microsoft's database software and Microsoft's Exchange e-mail software, said Paul Gottsegen, vice president of worldwide enterprise … Read more
In an effort to avoid unintended explosions on flights, Korean Air has banned several laptops from use onboard their planes.
The Korean Air advisory was issued on Aug. 30.
The advisory says that passengers are prohibited from operating Dell laptops on board Korean Air flights. People may still carry them on board if they first remove the battery from the laptop. The ban includes all Dell laptops, regardless of whether the model or battery is part of the official recall.
The advisory also requires passengers to remove the batteries from Apple iBook and PowerBook laptops before bringing them onboard a … Read more
Dell has ordered between 1 million and 1.2 million desktop computers with Advanced Micro Devices processors and about 800,000 notebooks, Bank of America financial analyst Sumit Dhanda said in a report Thursday.
The new machines are likely to arrive late in the third quarter or early in the fourth, Dhanda said, citing sources in the manufacturing supply chain in Taiwan. That would mean Dell is awarding AMD 15 percent to 16 percent of its desktop business and 18 percent to 19 percent of its notebook business, he said.
Dell currently has announced plans only for a four-processor server … Read more
Answering Intel's "Montecito" processor launch this week, IBM on July 25 will announce new high-end Unix servers using its own Power5+ processor, sources familiar with the plan said.
The Power5+ processor, a faster successor to the Power5 that's used in the existing top-end 32-processor p5-595, is expected to run initially at a top speed of 2.3GHz.
Toni Sacconaghi, the Sanford C. Bernstein analyst who has for years been unimpressed with Sun Microsystems' attempts to improve its business, awarded the company a more optimistic business rating.
Sacconaghi raised his rating for Sun from "under-perform" to "market perform" in a report Tuesday. Granted, part of the reason was that Sun's stock has slipped well below $4 per share--it closed at $3.82 on Monday--but Sacconaghi also said the upgrade was because of his belief that "positive change is afoot at Sun."
The stock price slip now indicates the market has absorbed … Read more
Persistent rumors in recent months that Scott McNealy may step down as Sun Microsystems' chief executive returned in force Thursday, as reports of the possibility appeared in the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Chronicle.
The stories came as computing industry sources reported in recent months that major changes could be in the works at Sun, in particular with the return of Chief Financial Officer Mike Lehman. Lehman has said that he'll reveal and begin a new Sun strategy in July and that he's "taking a fresh look at everything." Some expect deep layoffs.
One former … Read more
BOSTON--Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system now runs on x86 servers such as those Dell sells, but the company will consider adding support for the Unix version only if it becomes a standard part of the computing landscape.
That's the conclusion of Judy Chavis, director of business development for Dell's enterprise product group, who spoke in an interview at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.
"Is it the next industry standard around operating systems? That's what it would take for us to do that," she said. So far, the answer is a definitive no. "Since … Read more
Dell said this week that it will ship wide-screen displays in its Latitude D620 and D820 laptops.
The D620 has a 14.1-inch wide-screen display while the D820 offers a 15.4-inch wide-screen display.
Laptops with wide-screens can increase worker productivity by improving the viewing of spreadsheets, monitoring-software and office programs. One practical business application, for example, is that the new wide-screen D620 and D820 laptops will make sales presentations more appealing.
Of course, nobody is going to buy the laptop for productivity. The laptop is going to be sold for watching movies on business trips and for gaming at … Read more