• Briefs: September 27, 2004
    GE Access has changed its name to Access Distribution, said executives at the distributor. The company is dropping the GE from its moniker as part of a rebranding effort at General Electric, said Anna McDermott, CEO of Access Distribution.
  • Mobile Tech Show Brings Array of Innovations
    As co-stars of an elite, wireless-oriented tech show they were improbable indeed: A weed whacker, a blender and a boombox. Their decibel assault at this year's 6th annual DEMOmobile show was the perfect foil for its most celebrated product, a noise-canceling cell phone headset called Jawbone.
  • Continuing To Broaden The Mix
    CRN Editor/News Steven Burke interviewed Tech Data's Chairman and CEO, Steve Raymund, about the IT spending limate, hot product segments, Hewlett-Packard and other issues, after the distributor posted results for its second fiscal quarter. excerpts follow:
  • Intel Demos Dual-Core System
    Intel provided its first-ever public demonstration of dual-core processors Wednesday, showing a crowd at its Intel Developer Forum the technology the company is banking on heavily as it moves into a series of key product releases in 2005.
  • Government/Education Markets Come With Hurdles
    System builders serving the government and education markets say they continue to face an uphill battle as many local, state and federal government entities' contracts favor large OEMs over local VARs.
  • Black Cloud Hangs Over Whitebook Space
    Custom-system builders say high component costs and falling prices for name-brand units are making it increasingly difficult to build and sell whitebooks.
  • Triple-Digit Growth Expected For Notebook Sales
    Notebooks are the hot item in the channel, with solution providers expecting higher sales in the category than in any other product segment. The sentiments were reinforced by a top Intel executive who said notebook sales are on track for triple-digit growth in North America.
  • Lowdown On LCD Prices
    LCD monitor prices are expected to continue declining through the fall, which may make it easier for solution providers to switch customers away from CRT monitors.
  • Police, Feds GoBook-It To Max
    When a letter believed to contain billions of anthrax spores was opened last fall in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office, the Capitol police officers who responded to the scene were equipped with rugged wireless notebooks from Itronix.
  • Apple Recalls Batteries In G4 Laptops
    Apple recalled the batteries used in 15-inch PowerBook G4 computers, due to an internal short that can cause the batteries to overheat and pose a fire hazard to consumers.
  • Toshiba Revamps Partner Program
    Toshiba's Digital Products Division this week is increasing the returns solution providers can get through its Preferred Partner Program.