October 23, 2009 |
Can Windows 7 repair Microsoft Corp.'s reputation and trigger enough sales to pull the technology sector out of its financial funk? That seemed to be the overriding question Thursday as Microsoft officially took the wraps off its latest operating system, much of which was already public knowledge, with more than 8 million testers having used it since January. In the past, thousands of technology companies could count on each release of a new Windows operating system to deliver its own economic stimulus: Millions of consumers would rush out to buy faster computers and companies would splurge on more powerful computer systems.
October 14, 2009 |
The nation's bellwether technology sector is kicking into gear as businesses and consumers boost their spending on computers and electronics. Shipments of semiconductors are on the rise. Some companies are hiring. Tech stocks outperformed the market all summer. And U.S. exports to China, including technology products, have climbed 33% since January. That's good news for California, home to hundreds of companies that make the software, chips and switches that power many of today's bestselling computer and electronics devices.
January 13, 2009 |
Seagate Technology has replaced its top two executives and said it planned to cut 800 jobs as the hard-drive maker endures a bruising slowdown in technology spending. In a surprise move, the Scotts Valley, Calif., company announced Monday that William Watkins, Seagate's chief executive since 2004, and Dave Wickersham, the president and chief operating officer, had both left the company, effective immediately. The company also announced that it planned to cut 10% of its 8,000 U.S.-based workers.
December 17, 2008 |
The annual gathering of the Mac faithful will take place in San Francisco without Apple Inc.'s charismatic leader, Steve Jobs. Breaking with a long tradition, Apple said Tuesday that Jobs would not deliver the keynote address at January's Macworld Conference & Expo, the venue the company has used for more than a decade to unveil products. The decision renewed questions about his health and sent the computer maker's shares tumbling. The opening address Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2008 |
Two years ago, California public schools received an unexpected gift: a grant of $250 million for new computers, software and training. The windfall was part of a $1.1-billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft that alleged the company had plotted to monopolize a portion of the computer industry. At the time, state Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said the funds provided "a wonderful opportunity to close the digital divide in many of our schools."
May 5, 2008 |
When the wind blows across the arid river basin, dust swirls and scatters over the sun-heated earth of this small farming town, sneaking into buildings on pant legs and the tops of shoes. Once the dust settles, someone invariably walks into Dan Gates' hardware store on E Street looking for a push broom and a box of a cleaning compound called Kleen Sweep. Gates used to sell about a box a week. Lately he has been selling boxes by the pallet.