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At long last, monitor makers are finally starting to innovate again, meaning the top-end display for PCs is no longer a 30-inch IPS panel. We're starting to see 4K panels trickle into the consumer market, including the UltraSharp 32 from Dell. Shown off at SIGGRAPH, the UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor (3,840 x 2,160) with four times the resolution of a Full HD 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) panel. At precisely 32 inches, it qualifies as the largest and highest resolution UltraSharp monitor to date. To make that happen, Dell opted for an IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) screen built by Sharp.... Read more...
Computer sales are slumping, but Windows 8 isn’t to blame for the slide, according to market consultant Gartner. The research firm said that PC shipments (including laptops), which dropped to 76 million in the second quarter, can be attributed to the rising popularity of tablets, rather than customer dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s latest operating system. HP's Z1 Workstation for business. Image Credit: HP “We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption... Read more...
It wasn't that long ago when it seemed like Michael Dell was well on his way to acquiring the company he founded. Michael, along with Silver Lake Partners and an investment from Microsoft, put together a $24.4 billion buyout bid that was unanimously approved by Dell's board of directors. The deal would pay shareholders $13.65 per share, and then Michael and his company would ride off into the sunset, going private along the way. Billionaire businessman and Dell shareholder Carl Icahn has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the deal, claiming that Michael's offer severely undervalues the... Read more...
Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn may ultimately fail in preventing Michael Dell from acquiring the company he founded and taking it private, but he isn't going down without a fight. Icahn keeps coming back to the table with new proposals, and the latest development is that he's seeking a meeting with Dell's board of directors after lining up a $5.2 billion loan. "With that we put an end to the unwarranted speculation by Dell that our money would not be available," Icahn stated in a letter, according to Reuters. Icahn, along with Southeastern Asset Management, has offered to pay Dell's shareholders... Read more...
A special committed formed by an independent group of directors weighed in on the situation with Dell and the two offers on the table, one a buyout bid by company co-founder Michael Dell and the other a dividend payment by activist investor Carl Icahn. The committee's suggestion? Take Michael's money and run. Michael, along with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, originally proposed a $24.4 billion buyout of the world's third largest PC maker with the intention of taking the company private. Under that scenario, Microsoft would kick in a $2 billion loan to help seal the deal. Dell's board... Read more...
It’s a veritable form factor jamboroo in the PC and mobile markets these days. Companies like Samsung are trying to find the sweet spot(s) with a host of different smartphones, phablets, and tablets, and companies such as Lenovo are completely rethinking the notebook with convertible designs. Dell is now getting into the fray with the XPS 11, its own version of a convertible notebook that should compete squarely with Lenovo’s Yoga. The XPS 11 is billed as the “thinnest, lightest, and most compact convertible on the market”, and Dell says that it’s really designed as... Read more...
What was supposed to be a relatively quick and easy buyout of Dell, the world's third largest PC vendor, has turned into a drawn out dispute over the company's value, with Carl Icahn having emerged as one of the loudest voices of dissent. Perhaps fed up with the whole ordeal, Dell's board of directors, who unanimously voted in favor of Michael Dell's original $24.4 billion buyout offer, is urging shareholders to put the matter to a vote According to Reuters, Dell's board stated in its letter to shareholders that Michael's proposal "is the best alternative available...it offers certainty and a very... Read more...
Dell’s Project Ophelia has quietly been under development, and now word has emerged that the USB stick-sized PC that you can connect to essentially any display or screen will ship to developers in July and cost about $100. Thereafter, it will head off to cable and telecom companies who may want to bundle it, and then it will hit the consumer market at some point after that. According to PC World, Dell’s Jeff McNaught, executive director of cloud client computing, says that the device will function as a PC, set-top box, and gaming console when connected to a TV screen or other display,... Read more...
It's probably a bit premature to play Taps whenever the topic turns to Windows RT, but at the rate things are going, someone may want to type up an obituary just in case (Acer would be game). Windows RT is proving a tough sell, as evidenced by its lackluster market share and by deep price cuts, the latest of which comes from Dell. On the bright side, if you've been lusting for an XPS 10, now is the time to buy. Head over to Dell's website and you'll find that the XPS 10's starting price has been slashed to just $300, down from $450. The greater than 33 percent discount represents what a tough time... Read more...
Three months ago, Dell's Board of Directors unanimously approved a merger agreement under which company founder Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners would acquire the PC maker for $24.4 billion. Michael's plan is to take Dell private so he can run the company as he sees fit without the pressure of answering to shareholders each quarter, and while that still may happen, it's not a foregone conclusion. One person who's been aggressively opposed to the deal since the beginning in Carl Icahn. Mr. Ichan is viewed as the last major threat to the deal ever since the New York-based investment... Read more...
Spooked by a recent report that global computer shipments are down nearly 14 percent in what might be the worst contraction ever in the PC market, New York-based Blackwater Group LP has pulled out of the running in its pursuit of Dell. By stepping aside, Michael Dell and private equity partner Silver Lake are almost assured of taking over the company. Citing un-named sources, Reuters reports that another factor leading up to Blackstone's withdrawal is a lower earnings forecast by Dell's bean counters. Dell's operating income dropped from $3.7 billion to $3 billion in the current fiscal year, and... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that mainstream gaming on Linux was virtually unheard of. Sure, solutions like WINE have been around for awhile now, but it's only recently that developers and gamers alike have truly started to embrace Linux as a viable platform. Even Dell is getting in on the action by announcing a lower priced version of its Alienware X51 with Ubuntu. The Alienware X51 is a small form factor gaming PC about the size of an Xbox 360 console, only much more powerful and flexible. We were so impressed with the machine that we gave it an Editor's Choice award at the conclusion of our autopsy... Read more...
It's tough to say what kind of resistance Michael Dell anticipated when decided to acquire the company he founded for $24.4 billion. Under terms of the deal, which was unanimously approved by Dell's Board of Directors, Mr. Dell and his investment partners will pay shareholders $13.65 per share in cash. That figure represents a 25 percent premium over Dell's closing share price of $10.88 on January 11, 2013, the last trading day before rumors surrounding the deal were first published, but not everyone is happy with the figure. Days after the deal was announced, Southeastern Asset Management wrote... Read more...
Dell's decision to go private (and Microsoft's $2B investment) are big news in the tech world today, but there's precious little in the way of hard evidence for why Michael Dell decided to buy back the company he founded as a college student back in 1984. The Microsoft angle has gotten a lot of press, but it's not the primary driver of the deal. In a $24 billion deal, two billion is only 8.3% of the total. It didn't buy Microsoft a seat on the board or governance rights. The obvious reason for Microsoft to invest in Dell is for product manufacturing; Dell could easily handle Redmond's Surface volume.... Read more...
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