Dell Inc. yesterday announced it will begin taking orders for its new mobile phone/tablet computer, The Streak, tomorrow. According to Dell it's an all-in-one device: "Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth capability and available 3G connectivity brings easy access for downloading and listening to music, updating social networking status in real-time, and staying connected to friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and voice calls." The Android-based product will be available for $300 with a two-year AT&T contract and $550 without one. PC World this morning called the effort too little, too late — knocking The Streak's price, size, and year-old operating system. The New York Times' Gadgetwise blog discusses the pros and cons of the 5 inch screen size of "the big phone," noting it will be better for web browsing and shooting video, but not an effective e-reader or pocket-portable device. But Information Week's Ed Hansberry asks the really important question today: "Am I the only one that hears Ray Stevens' "The Streak" run through their head when they read about the device? Well, if I was, I'm not now."
Aug 11, 2010 9:51 AM
Computer maker Dell will pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting and disclosure practices earlier this decade. The suit centers on payments the company was getting from chip maker Intel.
When Dell announced in 2007 that it would start using chips from Advanced Micro Devices in its machines to stay competitive with other computer makers, Intel cut its payments to the company. By then, the Intel payments were equivalent to 76 percent of Dell’s operating income.
Jul 23, 2010 7:24 AM
Our personal computers finally can take no more. There's pent up demand for new ones for both individuals and businesses — a trend that bodes well for Dell Inc., according to Daily Finance.
Dell is one of the world's largest manufacturers of PCs, which accounted for 56% of total sales last year. Some investors believe Dell will beat its own forecast of a 14% to 19% revenue growth and an operating income advance of 18% to 23% in fiscal 2011 ending Jan. 31. These pros are betting that Dell will be one of the big winners as the tech group snaps back this year and next. One more bullish sign is Intel's (INTC) robust results for the second quarter and its mention that corporate demand for new systems was strong.
Jul 15, 2010 7:12 AM
The big news about Dell Inc. last week was less than rosy, with news outlets digging in to recently unsealed legal documents related to the company's sale of faulty computers from 2003 to 2005. Coming through with some positive coverage is the Wall Street Journal. It's got a piece discussing a potentially bright future for Dell, which is hoping to build a greater business opportunity out of its contract to create an electronic medical record system for Texas' Methodist Hospital System:
The Methodist contract is one of the most visible examples of what Dell hopes to accomplish with its $3.09 billion 2009 acquisition of Perot Systems, a specialist in health-care information technology. Dell is hoping it can use the unit to move up the technology food chain, offering higher-margin services that complement its relatively low-margin hardware. If successful, the strategy would help Dell combat a slowdown in its core computer business that has pushed it from being the world's largest computer maker to No. 3, behindSee also: Co. and Acer Inc.Dell's downfall
Jul 6, 2010 7:33 AM
Following the computer manufacturer's fourth-quarter earnings release, a number of analysts were asking if its strategy of maintaining prices and accepting market-share losses might be eroding its core earnings power.
"What people are trying to figure out with Dell is the balance between revenue and profit," said Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross. "They continue to cut costs, but people were expecting a bit more leverage. The question becomes how much profit can they get out of their revenue stream."
Feb 19, 2010 8:50 AM
MTSU's Don Roy says Michael Dell has the right idea in putting profits over volume.
Building market share to the insecure guy who buys rounds of drinks for everyone at a bar. He has lots of friends (i.e., market share) as long as the drinks are flowing. When his fortunes change and the money to buy drinks is gone, so are many of his friends. At that point, the money the poor guy has little to show for his investment.
Oct 21, 2009 10:03 AM
The computer maker — which recently signaled just how confident it is about future success in that business — will in January shut the doors to its 900-worker plant in Raleigh, N.C. The slimmed-down Nashville operations of the once-high-flying company appear to be safe while the folks in Carolina fret about the fate of more than $300 million in incentives. SEE ALSO: Background on Dell, including its local cutbacks over the past year
Oct 8, 2009 7:21 AM
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