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A Quick Glance Shows Business Challenges for Dell

In Dell’s case, unlike many others today, layoffs could be a sign that troubled times are ahead for its competitors. If you take a quick glance at what’s been going on at Dell Computer lately, you might get the impression that it has succumbed to the woes facing just about every other high-tech firm: profit warnings, cost-cutting measures, layoffs, and diminishing gross margins. However, take a closer look, and you’ll see that in many ways, Dell
The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

Considering the riches to be gained, it’s surprising that so few industries are evangelizing broadband. It’s scary when you realize that one of the Internet’s “next big things” depends on the Baby Bells, the cable companies, and Congress to push it forward. Let’s face it: When you think of legislators, telcos, and the cable industry–marketing prowess, entrepreneurial instincts, and speedy execution aren’t the first images to spring to mind. And yet that’s the trio leading the

IBM Makes LCD Breakthrough

Fine-tunes development process; should lead to lower costs. In what’s hailed as a breakthrough development, IBM (IBM, info) researchers say they have found a way to put a new face on your computer. By developing a new process for manufacturing computer displays, IBM claims it can save manufacturers money while improving screen quality and viewing angles. The research infuses some predictability into the mysterious science behind flat liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, which are used in

Dell Just Became The Highest PC Seller

Compaq dethroned; overall U.S. PC sales dip 3.5 percent Amid an international downturn in personal computer sales, Dell (DELL, info) has gained enough market share to dethrone Compaq (CPQ, info) as the world’s leading PC seller, according to the preliminary results of the newest study by Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group (IT, info). Overall PC sales in the United States fell 3.5 percent from the same period a year ago, due to the sluggish economy

Gucci Case Spells Trouble for ISPs

The fashion empire is hauling Mindspring into court for copyright infringement. ISPs beware. If the enervated economy and crumbling stock market haven’t already cast enough uncertainty on the Internet service provider industry, a recent lawsuit might tip it over the edge. The case involves the Gucci fashion empire vs. Hall & Associates (owners of www.goldhaus.com, a jewelry e-commerce site) and Mindspring (an ISP now owned by EarthLink). Gucci claimed in federal court that Hall is guilty

Project Ironman: The Technological Engine of Change

Customization and collaboration are the latest watchwords in the automotive industry, as new technology enables manufacturers to work together to build personalized vehicles. On a patch of dirty sand beside the Pacific stands a car that claims to represent the future of the motor industry. This seems strange, since only 500 will be made in the first year, at a cost of #61,500 each. What’s more, it appears to be made out of Meccano. The outrageously
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