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  • Dell's comeback machine

    The redesigned Dell Latitude line will offer colors, a Linux mode, and other un-Dell touches. Photo: Dell

    I'm at Dell's design headquarters near Round Rock, Texas, getting a first glimpse of the company's colorful new line of business laptops that go on sale Tuesday, and I mention that the pink looks a lot better in person than online. A Dell executive is quick to tell me why. What I've seen on MORE

    - Aug 12, 2008 11:08 AM ET
  • Rackspace breaks IPO drought

    There haven't been many tech IPOs lately - only three this year, in fact. People here in Silicon Valley have certainly noticed  – this place thrives on venture capital, so in financial terms, the mood has been a little like a maternity ward going without any deliveries. Yes, entrepreneurs have still gotten rich selling out to big companies like Google and Microsoft, but without the same kind of cigar-passing glee MORE

    - Aug 6, 2008 9:58 AM ET
  • Intel profits spike but chipmaker faces challenges

    As laptops go mainstream, it's good for Intel's sales – but it also puts pressure on its profit margins. Image: Dell

    Click above for a video interview with Intel CTO Justin Rattner.

    Intel's overall sales and profit numbers for the second quarter beat Wall Street's expectations on Tuesday, but bargain-hunting laptop buyers rained on the chip giant's parade.

    Thanks to strong global mobile PC sales, Intel (INTC) hauled in $1.6 billion in earnings MORE

    - Jul 15, 2008 9:36 PM ET
  • AMD leaps back into the game with Puma

    Watch out, Intel: Advanced Micro Devices has a laptop with turbo power.

    In essence that's what the chipmaker has created in its Puma chip platform, which it plans to unveil Wednesday. On regular settings, a Puma-powered laptop conserves battery life and does a so-so job handling complex graphics. Switch to turbo and it's a powerhouse that effortlessly renders 3D games and plays HD video.

    - Jun 4, 2008 12:22 AM ET
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  • Apple's $18 billion shopping spree?

    Mint CEO Aaron Patzer isn't itching to sell his online budgeting service, but a company like Microsoft would do well to buy it anyway.

    No one's said much about it, but there it was, plain as day, in Apple's (AAPL) earnings call this week: Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the 'A' word.

    Acquisitions.

    When an analyst asked what Apple would do with more than $18 billion in cash it's sitting on, Oppenheimer MORE

    - Jan 25, 2008 11:44 AM ET
  • Live: Steve Jobs keynote at Macworld 2008

    Flash-based laptops? Suped-up iPhones? The wait is over for Apple's biggest announcements of the year.

    The crowd at Macworld 2008 settles in for the Steve Jobs keynote. Photo: Jon Fortt

    SAN FRANCISCO -- The keynote has begun. There's a Mac vs. PC commercial showing. PC is talking about what a bad year 2007 was, with all of Apple's announcements including the iPhone. PC says 2008, though, will be a great year. "What MORE

    - Jan 15, 2008 11:54 AM ET
  • Sony's little TV gets big buzz

    Sony's XEL-1 flat TV with OLED technology drew big crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show. Image: Jon Fortt

    LAS VEGAS - After chatting with Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow, I had to see what the hype was about. So I headed over to Sony's booth here at the Consumer Electronics Show to check out a $2,500 flat-panel TV with a screen a little bigger than paperback book.

    Yes, at 11 inches, it's MORE

    - Jan 9, 2008 5:05 PM ET
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  • The odds on an Apple flash laptop

    At next month's Macworld show, will the trendsetter say goodbye to hard drives?

    Apple's MacBook Pro could get a storage upgrade soon. Image: Apple

    What do you get when you cross an iPod with a Mac?

    A super-slim laptop that uses chip-based flash memory in place of a spinning hard drive, of course. If the rumors are right, Apple (AAPL) will unveil one at the annual Macworld confab next month.

    Before you begin salivating MORE

    - Dec 21, 2007 6:00 AM ET
  • Turning an idea farm into a hit factory

    Inside HP's plan to get more bang for its research buck

    Prith Banerjee, former dean of the engineering school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, brings new ideas to his role as director of HP Labs. Image: HP

    It's a tale nearly as old as Silicon Valley itself. Nearly 30 years ago, a young Steve Jobs visited the scientists at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and spied the first computer that MORE

    - Dec 17, 2007 7:59 AM ET
  • Has Intel crushed AMD?

    The scrappy chipmaker has plenty of life left – but mistakes have cost it dearly.

    AMD's manufacturing facility in Dresden isn't yet producing enough quad-core chips to boost the bottom line. Photo: Sven Doering/AMD

    If you'd like to beat up on Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz, now would appear to be a good time. Ruiz has won praise for helping the chipmaker mature into a worthy challenger to industry heavyweight Intel, MORE

    - Dec 12, 2007 11:34 AM ET
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