Friday, March 30, 2012

Lenovo: From the Shadow of IBM into the Sun of the New Number One PC Maker Come Next Year


Chuck Salter at FastCompany.com
reports on the phenomenal rise of China's No. 1 PC seller
Lenovo
in Protect And Attack: Lenovo's New Strategy.

A rave like the following is worth checking out:
"Stateside, Lenovo is best known as the outfit that came out of nowhere to buy IBM's PC division and ThinkPad brand in 2005....
Lenovo is a company the likes of which we've never seen. It is a product of Communist China (the government still owns 36% of its parent, Legend Holdings).... Lenovo is redefining "Made in China," producing the industry's highest-quality machines; it ranked No. 1 in the 2011 Computer Reliability Report, ahead of Apple and HP...." [emphasis added]
The Wikipedia has the following graph at Market share of leading PC vendors:

Global PC Market Share - 2006-2011



Global PC Market Share by Units, Percent. 2006-2011.
Rank 2006 [2] 2007 [3] 2008 [4] 2009 [5] 2010 [6] 2011 [7]
1 Dell 15.9 HP 18.2 HP 18.4 HP 19.3 HP 17.9 HP 17.2
2 HP 15.9 Dell 14.3 Dell 14.3 Acer 13.0 Dell 12.9 Lenovo 13.0
3 Lenovo 7.0 Acer 8.9 Acer 11.1 Dell 12.2 Acer 12.0 Dell 12.1
4 Acer 5.8 Lenovo 7.4 Lenovo 7.2 Lenovo 8.1 Lenovo 9.7 Acer 11.2
5 Toshiba 3.8 Toshiba 4.0 Toshiba 4.5 Toshiba 5.1 Toshiba 5.4 ASUS 5.9
Others
51.6
47.1
44.5
42.3
42.1
40.7

In 2009 Lenovo had a global PC market share of 11.2% less than HP, in 2010 a market share of 8.2% less than than HP and in 2011 a market share of 4.2% less than HP, so that if that furious trend continues, Lenovo should reach a global top market share early in the year 2013, if not sooner.

Lenovo can send us one of their new PCs or notebooks for review at any time. We will try it out and compare it to the Lenovo we already have, the desktop B510 IdeaCentre, a terrific desktop PC at an unbeatable price.
This is not an ad. It is our honest opinion.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Are Mobile Ambient Awareness Apps the New Thing? Highlight, Gloancee, Kismet, Sonar and Ban.jo Analyzed by Robert Scoble


Robert Scoble at Scobleizer
in Searching for world-changing technology
asks
Have Arrington and Conway screwed up big time with their investment in Highlight?

Communication is the name of the game but some of these new apps are truly freaky. Is this the world of the future? or are these just hot fads that are initially kind of interesting, but nothing for the duration?

There comes a point at which some of these locational communicative possibilities may be getting too close to the scope of privacy that people need.

I personally already don't like shopping for groceries if I run into too many people I know, who all expected to be greeted, chatted as the case may be, etc. After all, I am there at the grocery store to shop, not to chat.

Hence, it is possible that more limited versions of these new technologies will ultimately prevail. On the other hand, you have generational differences, so who knows.

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