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International Business Machines and Apple Computer on Wednesday signed their wide-ranging cooperation agreement, a landmark accord that includes the establishment of two joint venture companies and extensive sharing of technologies. The two computer firms, once bitter rivals, stunned the industry when they announced the outlines of the agreement in July.
April 12, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Jack Tramiel, the tough and aggressive Commodore International founder who brought millions of people into the world of personal computers in the late 1970s and early '80s with his low-cost PCs, has died. He was 83. Tramiel, who lived in Monte Sereno, Calif., died Sunday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto , said his son, Leonard. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure for many years. A Polish-born survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp who began his business career with a typewriter repair shop in the Bronx in the early 1950s, Tramiel (pronounced tra-MELL)
A new wave of companies is steadily staking claim to a piece of the communications future. For now, these promising firms are mostly hidden among a glut of "dot-com" ventures. That obscurity, however, is not likely to last. That's because this group of companies is harnessing the power of next-generation networks that carry phone and Internet traffic together, making possible a host of new services that combine the strengths of both phones and computers.
August 19, 2011 | David Sarno
Hewlett-Packard Co., a pioneering Silicon Valley technology company, wants to hit the escape button on the personal computing business it helped establish. The world's biggest seller of desktop and laptop computers said that it was considering spinning off its PC operations, that it will ditch its smartphones and TouchPad tablet computers and that it agreed to buy a major British business software firm for $10.3 billion in cash. The plans amounted to a remaking of one of Silicon Valley's most storied firms as it seeks to move away from the sagging personal computer business and toward the more vibrant and stable market for corporate software.
April 25, 1986
The Commerce Department said it has determined that Japanese manufacturers have been dumping computer memory chips in the United States at below production costs. The department said it was upholding an earlier preliminary decision that Japanese imports of the computer chips were violating U.S. trade laws. The decision upholds the imposition of tariffs for importing the chips, known as 64-kilobit dynamic random access memory components.
January 29, 1999 | Eleanor Yang
The personal computer industry grew 15% in 1998, with the U.S. and Europe accounting for 65% of the 90 million PC shipments last year, according to San Jose-based market research firm Dataquest. "Both the U.S. and Europe continue to have great economies," said Bill Schaub, Dataquest's vice president of personal computing. "Even with the problems in Asia, we've been able to sustain this growth. There's just an insatiable desire to have these things."
August 12, 1985 | DONALD WOUTAT, Times Staff Writer
A few signs of life in the computer business have leavened the gloom of the past year, but it might be a case of the glass appearing half full instead of half empty. The latest economic indicators show that the high-technology slump remains deeply entrenched. Wall Street has already recorded a slightly improved outlook with a 20% climb in prices of semiconductor stocks over the past month. One economic newsletter urges, "Buy now and beat the computer industry rebound."
Once upon a time, choosing a computer system was like getting married: It implied a long-term commitment to the chosen partner that could be reversed only at great cost. Computer companies didn't sell products, they sold information lifestyles that included the machine itself, software, peripherals, cables, maintenance--and plenty of profit was built in all along the way. Ten years ago, International Business Machine Corp. began to change all that with its personal computer.
March 4, 1987 | Associated Press
Thirty-one computer makers and users announced Tuesday that they have banded together to develop what they call the next generation of computing: the ability to connect different brands and types of computers to work on a problem simultaneously. The group, called the Network Computing Forum, plans to develop industrywide standards that will allow all types of computers to be interconnected.
In a jolt to the computer industry, AST Research co-founder Thomas C. K. Yuen abruptly resigned Monday as co-chairman and chief operating officer after an apparent dispute with the company's board. Yuen--the T in AST--was one of three immigrant engineers who founded the personal computer manufacturer in 1980 and built it into a Fortune 500 company. Yuen's departure is similar to the sudden resignation of co-founder Albert Wong in November, 1988.
October 23, 2009 | Alex Pham
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 | Alana Semuels
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 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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 | Dawn Chmielewski and Alex Pham
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.
October 26, 2008 | Evelyn Larrubia, Larrubia is a Times staff writer
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 | Hugo Kugiya, Special to The Times
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.
December 28, 1987 | DAVID OLMOS, Staff Writer
After the October stock market collapse, executives at General Automation held a powwow to reassess the company's 1988 plans, which predicted sales to grow a hefty 30% or more. The company revised its forecast to call for slightly slower growth--about 25% to 30%--a figure that many businesses would happily settle for. "Everybody has been saying we should wait for the slowdown," said Leonard Kenzie, chairman of the Anaheim computer maker. "But business seems quite vibrant."
A flurry of developments in the computer industry on Monday shows that the turmoil caused by recession and fast-changing technology is likely to be the rule in the electronics world for some time to come. Nothing better illustrates the continued upheavals than Compaq's announcement that it is withdrawing, as expected, from the Advanced Computing Environment (ACE) consortium.
May 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Intel Corp. said it was stepping up production to meet higher-than-expected demand for Atom, a new processor for low-cost portable computers. Chief Executive Paul Otellini is using the processors to attract consumers who want stripped-down computers for word processing and surfing the Internet. Computers based on the chip will cost as little as $250 and will debut in the third quarter, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said.
April 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Intel Corp. increased its dominance in the personal-computer processor market last quarter after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. fell behind in updating products. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel accounted for 78.5% of units shipped, a gain of 2.2 percentage points from the previous three months, according to Mercury Research. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Advanced Micro's share slid to 20.6%.
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