Stories by Dan Nystedt

Vista sends Quanta laptop sales to new high in January

The world's largest contract laptop computer maker shipped over 2 million notebook computers in the month of January, an all-time high for a single month, due to strong orders ahead of the launch of Microsoft Windows Vista, the company's president said Friday.

Asustek to launch Skype motherboards

Asustek Computer plans to launch two motherboards complete with phone jacks able to turn common household telephones into Internet phones using Skype's popular VOIP software.

First $100 laptops to roll out this year

The first US$100 laptop PCs for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program will roll off production lines by the end of this year, and mass production will start in the first quarter of 2007, Quanta Computer said Tuesday.

US$100 laptops to roll off production lines in Q2 2007

The US$100 (NZ$151) laptop PC at the heart of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative aimed at school children in developing countries will start rolling off production lines in the second quarter of next year.

Taiwan plans $5b Web 2.0 investment

Taiwan’s state-controlled telco plans to invest NT$100 billion (NZ$5 billion) over the next five years to upgrade its network and further develop applications and services based on Web 2.0, a spokeswoman says.

Chip sales leap 9.4% in May

Semiconductor sales grew 9.4% year-over-year in May, fueled by strong demand for mobile phones and consumer electronics, says the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Global chip growth forecast for 2006 revised up

Worldwide growth in chip revenue could be higher than originally expected this year due to strong demand and an increase in the number of chips used in various electronics products, says World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS).

Acer leaves BenQ board to focus on own business

Acer, the world's third largest PC company, has withdrawn its representative from the board of directors at BenQ so each company can focus on its own brand name and to avoid conflict over their competing businesses.

Lenovo to take over mobile phone joint venture

China's largest computer vendor on Wednesday said it agreed to buy out its joint venture partner's stake in Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology because of the handset manufacturer's strong performance this year and its improving market share.

Lenovo replaces CEO with Dell executive

Lenovo Group nabbed an executive from Dell to replace the chief executive officer it gained from IBM after it purchased that company's PC division earlier this year.

Icahn sour on possible Google, AOL deal

A deal between Google and America Online would be "disastrous" if it means the popular Internet property won't be able to seek mergers or business deals with other companies, billionaire investor Carl Icahn said in an open letter to the board of directors of Time Warner.