ODMs expect 50% notebook shipment growth in 2H14 Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 9 June 2014] Notebook ODMs expects their shipments in the second half to grow 50% from the first due to stronger-than-expected orders from clients in Europe, plus Microsoft’s strategy to significantly reduce Windows’ licensing fees for sub-US$299 models to US$15. The … More

A Chinese delegation expressed its commitment to set up a smartphone manufacturing plant in Pakistan before Finance Minister Ishaq Dar assured the investors of reduced income tax rates as a neatly-folded package of incentives. The delegation said the plant would be set up on a fast-track basis as Pakistan begins to move forward in the … More

Taiwan server players to benefit from growing demand from China Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 3 June 2014] As China and the US dispute over the stealing of confidential information through the Internet, China has launched counter attacks to reject server products from IBM, Oracle and Cisco and the situation is expected to benefit … More

Digitimes Research: HP, Acer see on-month shipment growth top 60% in May Joanne Chien, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Wednesday 4 June 2014] Global top-five brand vendors together and top-three ODMs combined both enjoyed over 25% on-month rebounds in May shipments with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Acer both seeing over 60% growth. The two brand vendors’ strong performance also … More

Cloud providers fueling server boom Staff writer, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Thursday 5 June 2014] Recent IDC cloud research shows that spending on public cloud services will grow by a 30% CAGR to surpass US$14 billion in 2017. By then, more than 80% of new cloud applications will be hosted on the top six platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers. Given … More