Posts Tagged 'lenovo'

Typhoon sues everyone

Typhoon Touch Technologies, which claims to own foundational intellectual property covering touch-screen computing, has filed suit against Apple, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Lenovo, Panasonic, HTC, Palm, Samsung, Nokia and LG alleging patent infringements.

The move represents the extension of a suit filed by Typhoon and its licensee and co-plaintiff, Nova Mobility Systems, against Dell in December 2007. Craig Weiner, a lawyer with New York based Hofheimer, Gartlir & Gross who acts as director of legal affairs and licensing for Typhoon, said: “Typhoon believes that numerous defendants are selling and/or offering for sale – what could be millions of devices – which may infringe Typhoon’s patents.” (link)

SSD’s doesn’t worry hard drive makers

While munching on a reuben at Birk’s, a steakhouse in Silicon Valley, Seagate (STX) CEO Bill Watkins is explaining why he’s not too worried about a these trendy new laptops that have everything but a hard drive.

On the surface, this would seem to be a big problem. Seagate, after all, is the world’s largest hard drive maker with expected sales of more than $3 billion this quarter – so Watkins likes to see his wares go into more gadgets, not fewer. It’s easy to see why he tends not to favor devices like Lenovo’s sleek ThinkPad X300, which is winning raves for its light weight and silent operation, and its 64-gigabyte flash storage drive.

And the X300 isn’t the only laptop that’s doing without a hard drive in favor of a flash solid state drive, or SSD. A version of Apple’s (AAPL) MacBook Air also comes with 64 gigabytes of flash. And there are other defectors, like the diminutive Eee PC from ASUS.

But the key thing, Watkins argues, is that SSDs are just too expensive, and will be for a long time. Just look at the MacBook Air. There are two versions of the Apple laptop, one with an 80 GB hard drive for $1,800, and one with a 64 GB SSD for $3,100. Why pay so much more for less storage? It’s not a difficult choice.

“Realistically, I just don’t see the flash notebook sell,” Watkins says. “We just don’t see the proposition.” (link)

CNN offers commentary on MacBook Air battery issue … right on the ball guys!

The whole “MacBook Air battery not easily user replaceable” has finally made the rounds to the crack analysts at CNN (Batteries might be Apple achilles’ heel).

Gee, way to be on the ball guys. Apple fanboys and PC fanboys alike jumped on that issue the second Steve Jobs offered up the demo. Yes, it’s slim, in fact the slimmest notebook ever (I’m sure you’ve seen the commercial). Yes, you can’t easily replace the battery yourself, BUT Apple will swap it for you at no charge. Apple fanboys to the rescue.

Enter the IBM Lenovo X300, it’s thin too, albeit more expensive, ooh but look it has a DVD drive, user replaceable battery, and other stuff the MacBook Air does not. Lenovo X300 vs. MacBook Air.

Bottom line: there is no perfect laptop! The Apple MacBook Air has it’s shortcomings as does the Lenovo X300 and every other laptop for that matter. Apple fanboys and PC fanboys alike need to accept this. Everything Steve Jobs poops out is not gold. Bill Gates is not evil … his company just make evil products. Get over it.

U.S. government nixes 3com deal, in your face China!

After the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) signaled its intention to block the transaction, Bain Capital and Huawei Co. have called off the planned purchase of US-based 3Com. The deal, which was agreed to last September, had China-based Huawei and private-equity firm Bain Capital acquiring 3Com for $2.2 billion.

The deal was structured so that Huawei would have a minority 16.5 percent stake in the company, as it would have been one of Bain’s “affiliates.” As is customary for deals involving buyouts of US companies by foreign investors, the transaction was submitted to CFIUS for its approval.

The US government expressed fears, however, that the deal had siginficant national security implications. Lenovo’s purchase of IBM’s PC business caught the attention of CFIUS in 2005, with the Committee examining the transaction carefully to ensure that IBM’s facilities would not be used for industrial espionage. CFIUS approved the deal a few months later, though it later reviewed a huge purchase made by the US State Department from the hardware company. (link)


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