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“Doom” returns to franchise roots

Published by on Jul 21st, 2014, No Comments

doomMany would argue that the original “Doom” game was the birth of the first person shooter genre. Either way the original game (released in 1993) holds a very special place in the hearts of 90′s gamers. Last week Thursday Bethesda Softworks showed off a preview of its latest Doom game in front of a crowd of fans at the Quakecon 2014 event in Dallas. The new game will be named Doom, not Doom 4 as has often rumored. The franchise aims to to return to its roots, rediscovering the space marine who lands on Mars and finds it infested with demons who have come through a portal from Hell.  (more…)

Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google

Published by on Feb 3rd, 2014, No Comments

GoogleIt has recently been announced that Google has agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo. According to Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies in Silicon Valley, this purchase is a “win-win” for all involved parties, or is it?

Google, who acquired Motorola in 2012 for $12.5 bn announced that they will be selling the company to Lenovo, the world’s largest and fastest-growing PC manufacturer. The sale of Motorola for a mere $2.91 bn has been announced only a week after Lenovo committed to IBM’s low-end server business (for $2.3 bn). It is in my opinion thus clear that the Chinese giant is working hard at gaining foothold in the large American PC and smart device markets. The question being raised though is that, why would Lenovo be able to turn Motorola “around” if the android giants Google did not manage to do so? (more…)

Razer introduces Project Christine Gaming PC

Published by on Jan 8th, 2014, No Comments

razer-christine-gallery-02-790x526What would a tech show be without a few very original concept ideas? I have been a PC gamer for most of my life and more recently also an avid Xbox fan. The reason for my partial shift to consoles are pretty straight forward. Consoles just work. Since joining the workforce about 4 years ago, I struggled to find time for the gym let alone gaming. Thus the no-fuss, no-install, no minimum requirements idea of console gaming became very attractive. I do still believe that PC gaming is the ultimate platform (my opinion), but if you don’t have the technical knowledge of building a decent gaming machine you’re not going to get very far. Thus RAZER introduced Project Christine at CES 2014 yesterday. Razer’s modular concept design is aiming to bring the domain of the hardcore enthusiast to the mainstream public by making the whole “build your own gaming machine” easier. (more…)

Lenovo shines in stagnant market atmosphere

Published by on Nov 7th, 2013, No Comments

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Lenovo has been one of the biggest PC selling companies for many years. Unfortunately, we know that the PC market is stagnating and sales keep declining for all companies in this market. Lenovo have found a way around this problem, however. The company sold a record 29 million devices last quarter and saw double-digit rises in revenue and profit – a level of growth that almost makes it seem like it has stepped out of the PC market. (more…)

Ubuntu Edge receives significant pledge, but is it enough?

Published by on Aug 8th, 2013, No Comments

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A few weeks ago, Canonical launched its Ubuntu Edge device on crowdfunding site IndieGoGo. With a target of $32 million and a strict 30 day time period, reports have begun to surge of the device’s certain failure to reach its financial goal.

Currently, with just 14 days left, the smartphone/PC in-one, that runs a mobile edition of the desktop OS Ubuntu, has raised just over $8,5 million. Depending on the amount pledged, backers will receive a perk for their contribution ranging from a place on the Ubuntu Edge founder’s page to the Enterprise 100 Bundle. The Bundle, that includes 100 Ubuntu Edge smartphones and 30 days of online support to assist with IT integration into the workplace, requires a pledge of $80, 000 or more. So far, only one contribution of this magnitude has been made –  it came from Bloomberg and the first corporate entity to do so.

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Lenovo debuts IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, No Comments

Lenovo has recently launched a brand new touch screen PC at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

The IdeaCentre Horizon, that Lenovo calls a Table PC, has a 27-inch screen and a thickness measuring just 1.1-inches.

While Lenovo’s “interpersonal PC”, which it claims is a world first can function as a regular desktop, with an optional built in stand, it has the ability to collapse into a table top mode than can be shared among multiple users, for gaming for example that includes joysticks and an e-dice for just this purpose.

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HP to launch Elitebook Revolve in SA

Published by on Dec 11th, 2012, No Comments

HP today extends its business tablet portfolio to SA with the announcement of its next-generation convertible tablet, the HP EliteBook Revolve —a touch-enabled notebook that pivots to let users share their work and folds to go mobile as a tablet.

With the ability to transform to a convertible design, the HP EliteBook Revolve is designed for business customers who require both an ultrathin notebook and a touch-enabled tablet. Driven by a third-generation Intel Core processor and optimised for Windows 8, the HP EliteBook Revolve offers the performance and visuals of a full-power notebook alongside the flexibility to quickly switch to a tablet with a touch-enabled display.

HP also released a new HP Multi-Tablet Charging Module which quickly and easily charges and stores up to 10 tablet PCs with just one power outlet. Suitable for a range of different work environments, the module secures all docked tablets with a locking mechanism and a keyed lock on the fold-back doors.

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Lenovo expands beyond PCs with $800 million research facility

Published by on May 7th, 2012, No Comments

Personal Computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Ltd. has reportedly said that it will be spending $800 million on a brand new research, development and production center for smartphones and tablets in China in order to expand beyond its PC business and become more competitive in the mobile device market.

The company broke ground on Monday at the new facility in Wuhan in the Hubei province, which it has said is expected to begin production in October 2013.

The company has also mentioned that the new facitlity will contribute to the creation of about 10, 000 jobs over the next few years of which several thousand employees will focus mainly on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices for China and global markets.

Lenovo also revealed that sales from the industrial base were projected to reach 10 billion yuan by 2014, and to rise to 50 billion yuan within the next five years.

Lenovo Group chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing explains that “We are aggressively moving forward into the PC Plus era  and are accelerating development in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile Internet terminal markets. We’re determined to firmly seize the tremendous opportunities for innovation in this market, so that Lenovo’s customers have even more opportunities to own our award-winning products, from PCs to mobile Internet devices.”

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