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May 21, 2014

Rumor Tips Apple Hardware Launch at WWDC

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Will Apple unveil some new hardware goodies at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) next month? Clearly, it depends on who you ask—and the company itself isn't saying.

Could the introduction of a new Apple TV or even a wearable device like the long-rumored iWatch be on the agenda? Earlier this month, word on the street was that neither of those rumored products would be unveiled at WWDC, but now there's some buzz building that they could be.

Apple on Tuesday released the schedule for WWDC 2014, which kicks off June 2 in San Francisco with an opening keynote that "will likely be led by Apple CEO Tim Cook with assistance from Senior VPs Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue," 9to5Mac reported.

The site also figured that the main focus of the event will be software, including a major update to Mac OS X and the unveiling of iOS 8. But unnamed sources also told 9to5Mac that "Apple is planning to unveil new hardware at this year's conference."



February 22, 2012

HP’s Hardware Businesses Bomb as Profits, Revenue Fall

Hewlett-Packard reported a sharp drop in profits and revenues that missed Wall Street expectations in both categories, hurt by revenue decreases in its printer and PC businesses.

HP reported net earnings of $1.5 billion, down 44 percent from a year ago, on revenue of $30 billion, a decrease of 7 percent. HP earned 73 cents per share, far below the consensus estimate of 87 cents per share. Wall Street also expected revenue of $30.7 billion.

All of HP's business units involved in hardware declined in revenue: the Personal Systems Group (PSG), Imaging and Printing, and Enterprise Servers, Storage, and Networking. Conversely, HP's Services, Software, and Financial Services units all delivered revenue growth.

In October, HP CEO Meg Whitman said that the company was "stronger" for holding on to its PSG group, instead of spinning it off or selling it as former chief executive Leo Apotheker planned. But within PSG, its PC unit, revenue declined 15 percent year over year with a 5.2 percent operating margin, the sharpest revenue decline and the lowest margin of all of HP's business units.



January 17, 2012

Report: AMD Plans a Cheaper Answer to Intel’s Ultrabook

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Advanced Micro Devices seems prepared to offer its own "ultrabook" platform in June, according to a report.

AMD's Trinity platform is expected to be the foundation of a new line of "ultrathin" notebooks—essentially the same as an Intel ultrabook, but with AMD hardware. That report comes from DigiTimes, which also claimed that the ultrathin platform would be 10 to 20 percent less expensive than an ultrabook.

That, in turn, will mean that an AMD Trinity-based ultrathin would cost between $799 to $999, assuming that all other components in the bill of materials remain the same. DigiTimes did not indicate exactly how AMD would achieve that cost savings; AMD traditionally has been a generation behind Intel in terms of manufacturing technology, but has also been aggressive in terms of integration.

AMD representatives did not respond to requests for comment by press time.



January 11, 2012

Apple Makes Rare Hardware Acquisition With Israel-Based Anobit

Apple has officially confirmed its rumored purchase of Israeli flash storage technology company Anobit, Bloomberg haslearned.

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed the buy to Bloomberg, but would not give further details.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," Dowling said.

It's not out of the ordinary for Apple to complete an acquisition without making mention of it publically. In fact, Apple doesn't often discuss its acquisitions. Apple did not respond to questions about the purchase, and Anobit has not commented on the deal, either.

However, both parties were scooped last month when the Isreali prime minister congratulated Apple via Twitter.

"Welcome to Israel, Apple Inc. on your 1st acquisition here. I'm certain that you'll benefit from the fruit of Israeli knowledge," his office tweeted.