• Intel vs. AMD gets interesting again

    Left for dead, AMD is showing why it can never be counted out.

    When I sat down with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer a few weeks ago to talk about how he planned to invigorate the wayward chipmaker, Intel barely came up.

    Now it's clear why. Rather than focus on his perennial rival, Meyer has been whipping his own company into shape. The results so far look promising: AMD (AMD) is poised to MORE

    - May 12, 2010 3:07 PM ET
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  • Yahoo: We can have it both ways

    The online giant argues new features will win back lost search share

    Yahoo brought out its big engineering guns on Wednesday to convince the world that it hasn't given up on search.

    The search story has gotten complicated for Yahoo (YHOO) in recent months. Last July CEO Carol Bartz announced a deal to outsource core search technology to Microsoft (MSFT), which looked like an admission of defeat. Assuming the deal passes regulatory MORE

    - Feb 10, 2010 7:56 PM ET
  • Macs top Amazon's 'Most Gifted' list

    Some computer wishes seem to have come true this holiday season

    Last time we looked -- on the eve of Cyber Monday -- there was a conspicuous discrepancy in Amazon's (AMZN) computer department between the "Most Wished For" and "Most Gifted" machines. Customers may have been hoping for Apples (AAPL), but it looked like they were getting Toshibas, Acers and Hewlett Packards (HPQ) instead.

    One month later, on Christmas morning, that discrepancy MORE

    - Dec 25, 2009 7:02 AM ET
  • Macs are Amazon's 'Most Wished For'

    But some people may not be getting the computers they hoped for this holiday season

    On the eve of Cyber Monday, Apple (AAPL) Macs held the top three spots on Amazon's (AMZN) "Most Wished For" laptop list, as well as the top four spots on the desktop computer wish list.

    But wishes are not horses -- or premium-priced Macs -- and judging from Amazon's "Most Gifted" lists, some of those Christmas wishes MORE

    - Nov 29, 2009 6:59 AM ET
  • Beyond the netbook


    - Nov 20, 2009 1:20 PM ET
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  • The man behind the netbook craze

    A few years ago rivals mocked Jonney Shih, chairman of Asustek, and his purse-size laptop computers. Millions of netbooks later, Shih is having the last laugh.

    On a hillside above the Hsing Tian Kong temple in the northern reaches of Taipei, Jonney Shih sits on a wobbly stool next to an ornate low wooden table. Dressed in a taupe suit, white shirt, and silver tie emblazoned with jaguars, Shih, 57, cheerfully MORE

    - Nov 20, 2009 6:00 AM ET
  • Vista sold more PCs than Windows 7 did

    Microsoft moved a lot of install disks, but hardware makers got a bigger bump two years ago

    When Microsoft (MSFT) launches a new operating system, as it did two weeks ago, PC manufacturers like Hewlett Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL) and Acer are supposed to reap the benefits. And everything seemed to be in place on Thursday Oct. 22 for that to happen.

    "Never before has the industry launched such a variety of MORE

    - Nov 6, 2009 6:37 AM ET
  • Tiny computer tussle: HP vs. Acer

    Who'll win over consumers this holiday season? We test-drive the newest netbooks and notebooks.

    This Christmas expect small computer overload -- so many options, so little time (and money).  All the major computer manufacturers are coming out with lightweight 'net-connected laptops, and they're banking on big sales: The researchers at IDC expect some 160 million notebook computers to sell worldwide by the end of the year.

    But which company will come out MORE

    - Sep 22, 2009 6:00 AM ET
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  • MacBook back on top at Amazon

    In a sign that should bode well for Apple's (AAPL) earnings in its third fiscal quarter -- which ended Saturday -- the MacBook has clawed its way back to the top of Amazon's (AMZN) bestseller lists.

    The Mac, which once led the pack in the online retailer's Computers & PC Hardware Bestsellers category despite its $1,000 to $2,000 sticker prices, had fallen behind the blistering sales pace set by netbooks like MORE

    - Jun 29, 2009 10:05 AM ET
  • AMEX vs. Amazon; Macs vs. netbooks

    Here's a tale of two demographics.

    If you list the five bestsellers in Amazon's "Computers and PC Hardware" category today, you get five netbooks -- three ASUS Eees and two ACER Aspire Ones. That's been the story pretty much all year.

    If you list the five most popular items in "Computers and Software" on American Express's shopAmex site, you get four Apple (AAPL) products -- three MacBooks, one Apple TV and one MORE

    - Jun 2, 2009 12:32 PM ET
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