Who says paper is worthless in the age of iPad! Moleskine, the favorite notebook of tech people, went public today, and is valued at $626 million. It is a nice windfall for technology investor Index Ventures.
Revenue for Hewlett-Packard’s personal systems was off 8 percent year over year, but Meg Whitman reiterated that the company is devoted to this margin-stretched business.
Google’s Chromebook continues to improve. The latest software update for all Chromebooks — even the CR-48 laptops — upgrades the browser to version 21 of Chrome. Even better are some user interface enhancements, more offline support and the ability to use wireless gamepads with a Chromebook.
With the industry in uproar and a good reputation in TVs, Vizio has picked a great (perhaps the greatest?) time in recent PC industry history to try to make its mark on the industry by taking an entertainment-focused, Windows-based approach to laptops and desktops.
Apple has an immensely successful self-run retail arm, but it wasn’t always that way. Once, it depended heavily on the kindess of strangers, and some of those same strangers (namely third-party resellers) are now bristling at what they see as unfair business practices.
Batteries continue to be the bane of mobile devices, but research done at Northwestern University could change that, with longer-lasting batteries that charge in minutes, not hours. Imagine a battery that lasts 10 times longer than today’s power packs with a 15-minute recharge time!
Apple is gearing up to launch a 15-inch ultrathin MacBook in 2012, according to a new report by DigiTimes. The supplier-connected publication says that parts are no being made at component-maker factories for the device, which is said to be intended for a March 2012 release.
This holiday season is the first big chance that ultrabooks will have to prove that they resonate with consumers. Will they boost PC sales the way Apple has seen overall Mac sales bumped by its MacBook Air? And where will Apple take notebook design next?
Evernote, the popular note-taking app, recently updated its clients on both Mac OS X and iOS, and though there are highs and lows, overall each update brings appreciated improvements. The changes could even upgrade Evernote from bench-warmer to starting player in my daily workflow.
Apple is the No. 1 mobile PC manufacturer in the world, beating rival HP for the top spot in the latest quarterly rankings. Apple shipped a total of 13.5 million units for year-over-year growth of 136 percent, 80 percent of which were tablets.