Lenovo to split into Lenovo and Think business units

According to a leaked internal email, Lenovo is planning to split itself into two different business units later this year. The first group will retain the Lenovo name and will focus on mid- and low-range products while the second one, named Think, will focus on high-end products. The email from CEO Yang Yuanqing explains that the Lenovo name still does […]

ETSI adopts new 40% smaller nano-SIM card

The European Telecoms Standards Institute (ETSI) yesterday announced a new form factor (4FF) for the venerable SIM card. The new standard is 40% smaller than the micro-SIM format, the smallest design in use today. Today’s SIM card designs take up a significant amount of space inside a mobile device. This space is more and more valuable in today’s handsets which […]

Canalys: Apple top PC manufacturer in Q4 2011

Market research firm Canalys today named Apple the leading worldwide client PC vendor in Q4 2011. Apple owes its success to its iPad tablets which Canalysis includes in the client PC category (desktops, netbooks, notebooks, and tablets or pads as Canalys calls them). Apple shipped some 20 million PCs (15 million iPads and five million Macs), giving it a 17% […]

SIM cards to get even smaller still with nano-SIM cards

SIM cards appear destined to grow even smaller (along with our chances of finding them if we lose them). Giesecke & Devrient, the firm that manufactured the first commercial SIM cards, has announced a new nano-SIM card. It measures approximately 12 by 9 millimeters, making it about 30 percent smaller than a micro-SIM card and about 60 percent smaller than […]

Upcoming HTC smartphone to feature bonded plastic/metal chassis?

Digitimes is reporting that an upcoming HTC smartphone will feature a combined plastic and metal chassis made from Taiwan-based Chenming Mold Industrial. The company uses a technology called NanoMolding Technology (NMT) to combine plastic and metal in a way that reduces the thickness compared to other processes. Such a chassis would also be lighter and cause less interference for the […]

Microsoft previews Windows 8

Microsoft has offered the first official glimpse into the next version of Windows. It is looking to build an OS that will work not only on traditional PCs but also on smaller devices such as a touchscreen-driven tablet. The design borrows heavily from the tile-based interface now seen on Windows Phone 7. “Our aim with ‘Windows 8’ is to make […]

Power of NVIDIA quad-core Kal-El processor shown off on video

NVIDIA has released a video that shows of the video capabilities of its upcoming quad-core Kal-El processor. As impressive this is, NVIDIA promises that the final version will be even faster! In addition to its quad-core processor, the Kal-El chipset packs a 12-core GPU that supports 3D stereo. The first devices using Kal-El chipsets are expected as early as later […]

Velocity Micro announces Cruz family of Android-powered tablets

Velocity Micro, a US computer builder, is getting into the tablet business with the just announced Cruz family of tablet and eReaders. Three models were unveiled: the Cruz Reader, the Cruz Tablet and the kid-friendly Cruz StoryPad. “Since 1992, Velocity Micro has been dedicated to building remarkable consumer electronics,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. “With the […]