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Acer Rethinks the “Tablet Bubble,” Launching $99 Tablet

December 25th, 2012 12:08 admin View Comments

China

retroworks writes “In August 2011, Acer Chairman JT Wang declared that the consumer affection for tablets had already begun to cool, basically labeling it a fad. What a difference a year (and a half) makes. Acer now plans to introduce a ‘category killer’ $99 tablet. ‘In the past few months, we’ve made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market,’ according to a source at the Wall Street Journal. ‘The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing.’ Acer is aiming the new tablet at emerging markets, competing with Chinese ‘white box’ tablets (already available in Shenzhen at $45 each).”

Source: Acer Rethinks the “Tablet Bubble,” Launching $99 Tablet

Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

November 26th, 2012 11:10 admin View Comments

Microsoft

jfruh writes “Windows 8′s Metro UI presents a clean and spiffy new interface for Microsoft’s latest OS. But one of the operating system’s oldest and most hated problems — crapware — still lurks below the surface. For instance, the Acer Aspire 7600U is an all-in-one that, at $1,900, is hardly a bargain-basement PC. And yet as shipped it includes over 50 pieces of OEM and third-party software pre-installed, much of which simply offer trials for paid services.”

Source: Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

November 13th, 2012 11:08 admin View Comments

Google

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Google is following up last month’s Samsung Chromebooks with a new, lower-priced one developed by Acer. Retailing for $199, the 11.6-inch Acer C7 Chromebook features an Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port for various cords and auxiliary devices. It’s designed for portability, weighing 3.05 pounds and measuring an inch thick. Boot time is reportedly less than 18 seconds. If the new Chromebook has a weakness, it’s the advertised 3.5 hours of battery life. That’s less than the MacBook Air (which features anywhere from 5-7 hours’ battery life, depending on specs) and many of the Windows-backed Ultrabooks, some of which claim up to 11 hours of battery life depending on usage. It’s also far less than the posted battery life for tablets such as Apple’s iPad and Google’s Nexus 7, which are widely viewed as the most prominent competition to laptops in the extra-portable category.”

Source: Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

November 13th, 2012 11:08 admin View Comments

Google

Nerval’s Lobster writes “Google is following up last month’s Samsung Chromebooks with a new, lower-priced one developed by Acer. Retailing for $199, the 11.6-inch Acer C7 Chromebook features an Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI port for various cords and auxiliary devices. It’s designed for portability, weighing 3.05 pounds and measuring an inch thick. Boot time is reportedly less than 18 seconds. If the new Chromebook has a weakness, it’s the advertised 3.5 hours of battery life. That’s less than the MacBook Air (which features anywhere from 5-7 hours’ battery life, depending on specs) and many of the Windows-backed Ultrabooks, some of which claim up to 11 hours of battery life depending on usage. It’s also far less than the posted battery life for tablets such as Apple’s iPad and Google’s Nexus 7, which are widely viewed as the most prominent competition to laptops in the extra-portable category.”

Source: Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

October 21st, 2012 10:58 admin View Comments

Wireless Networking

acer123 writes “Lately I have replaced several home wireless routers because the signal strength has been found to be degraded. These devices, when new (2+ years ago) would cover an entire house. Over the years, the strength seems to decrease to a point where it might only cover one or two rooms. Of the three that I have replaced for friends, I have not found a common brand, age, etc. It just seems that after time, the signal strength decreases. I know that routers are cheap and easy to replace but I’m curious what actually causes this. I would have assumed that the components would either work or not work; we would either have a full signal or have no signal. I am not an electrical engineer and I can’t find the answer online so I’m reaching out to you. Can someone explain how a transmitter can slowly go bad?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

September 13th, 2012 09:01 admin View Comments

Android

Spy Handler writes “In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China’s version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating ‘if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer.’ A possible reason for Google’s upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own.”

Source: Alibaba Says Google Threatened Acer With Banishment From Android

Acer: Microsoft Surface ‘Negative For The Whole PC Industry’

August 7th, 2012 08:28 admin View Comments

Handhelds

Shortly after Microsoft announced its upcoming Surface tablet, there was speculation that it might sour the company’s relationships with OEM partners. Statements from an Acer spokesperson indicate that’s definitely the case. The spokesperson told Bloomberg, “On one hand Microsoft is our partner, but on the other, Microsoft’s move makes them compete not only with us but all PC makers. We think that Microsoft’s launch of its own-brand products is negative for the whole PC industry.” The company is reportedly considering whether or not they want to keep relying on Microsoft’s software products.

Source: Acer: Microsoft Surface ‘Negative For The Whole PC Industry’

Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn

February 9th, 2012 02:49 admin View Comments

IOS

wiredmikey writes “Protests against Apple and Foxconn due to furor over reports about working conditions have gone digital. A group known as SwaggSec has successfully hacked computers at Foxconn, and posted the stolen data to The Pirate Bay website. News of the hack comes as protesters paid a visit today to Apple stores around the world to deliver petitions demanding the improvement of working conditions at factories run by Apple suppliers in China and other countries. In response to the attack, Foxconn reportedly took down a website that explains the services it offers to some of its partners, including Apple, Cisco and Acer.”

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: YCombinator vs. 1M/1M

February 2nd, 2012 02:30 admin View Comments

shutterstock round table 150.jpgToday’s roundtable, as usual, was an international affair, with entrepreneurs presenting from different parts of the US, India, Israel, and many other geographies. Before I share what we heard from them today, I want to highlight an important aspect of 1M/1M that is repeatedly underscored in these roundtables: the international, inclusive, democratic nature of the initiative.

In fact, one of the best ways we can delineate this phenomenon is by contrasting 1M/1M with YCombinator. (Video after the jump.)

This short video explains how the two programs differ:

Bottomline: YC, superb incubator, is a program that applies to less than .01% of entrepreneurs, whereas 1M/1M is an inclusive, global program. The businesses we will discuss today will put this distinction in perspective.

Hooduku

First, Sudhendra Seshachala from Houston, Texas pitched Hooduku, a professional services business that already has significant revenue from cloud integration work. Hooduku is a 1M/1M premium member and is interested in moving away from pure services toward a product+services model.

Sudhi presented the idea of a platform that bridges between Microsoft Azure customers who are also using RackSpace and other Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers for their content management and delivery. He uses a classic and highly successful mode of building products, that of being deeply immersed in customer situations through services projects and using that domain knowledge and relationship to identify opportunities for building products. A major example of such a company is Appirio, which went on to get funded by Sequoia Capital and has since built a strong product-services company in the cloud integration domain.

My advice to Sudhi is to not position his company as a ‘platform’ but rather pitch the value proposition as an ‘integration framework’. These subtle wordings make a huge difference in how a company is viewed.

Buy Or Boycott

Next Doug Lowenthal from Jacksonville, Florida presented Buy Or Boycott, which he came up with at the recent Startup Weekend program. Buy Or Boycott wants to offer consumers an easy way to avoid buying products that have major issues, be it political or environmental. However, the user experience that Doug described to deliver this was not convincing. He proposes to offer a mobile app with which to scan every product in your grocery store shopping cart. I don’t believe consumers would do this. When we stand on grocery store lines after a long day or week, the last thing we want to do is scan a bunch of products with our mobile phones.

NXI Group

Then Kaushik Mitra from New Delhi, India, pitched the NXI Group of Companies, a custom hardware vendor that presented itself as a laptop and tablet company. It took me a bit of time to parse through the details and figure out that NXI is NOT a laptop or tablet vendor competing with HP, Dell and Acer. Rather, it is developing custom hardware for consumers with specific needs. For example, they are in the midst of developing RFID-enabled tablets for the universal ID effort by the Indian government.

Kaushik’s company already has $400,000 in revenue, and while the business is not a typical venture-fundable one, I see no reason why the company cannot continue to grow in its niche.

Koolaring

Last, Edoe Cohen from Tel Aviv, Israel pitched Koolaring, a SaaS solution for building private alumni networks a la LinkedIn. I have seen numerous startups with this general idea. It makes perfect sense for universities to have their own private alumni networks, and it is only a matter of time before they do. Whether Koolaring will be the winner in that space or not will depend on execution.

So you see, I just shared with you four businesses, none of which would suit YCombinator for a variety of reasons outlined in the video. However, 1M/1M is delighted to help any and all of them.

You can listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here. As always, I would very much like to hear about your business, so let me invite you to come and pitch at one of our free 1M/1M public roundtables. We will be holding future roundtables on the following dates starting at 8:00 a.m. PST:
Thursday, February 9, Register Here.
Thursday, February 16, Register Here.
Thursday, February 23, Register Here.

If you want a deeper relationship with me, you are very welcome to join the 1M/1M premium program. If you have any questions about the program, please, first study the website, especially What to expect from the 1M/1M premium program and the FAQs. If you have additional questions, please email me, and I would be very happy to respond. Please note that I work exclusively with 1M/1M entrepreneurs.

I also invite you to join the 1M/1M mailing list for the ease and convenience of getting updates. This way we can stay in touch, and it will help you to decide if 1M/1M is a program for you.

Source: Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: YCombinator vs. 1M/1M

Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

August 25th, 2011 08:04 admin View Comments

Portables

retroworks writes “According to a story in Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang is predicting the end of ‘tablet fever.’ ‘Commenting on tablet PC’s impact on the notebook industry, [Acer chairman JT Wang] pointed out that tablet PC fever is already starting to cool down and consumers are also being attracted by notebooks again with Intel’s Ultrabooks and Microsoft’s Windows 8 the major attractions.’ Back to the old model then… PC and laptop sales, driven by Windows upgrades?”

Source: Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

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