Stories by Georgina Swan

  • S3 kills off Diamond Multimedia

    Less than a fortnight after S3 executives pledged the company would maintain its Diamond Multimedia business, the company has announced plans to shut down its graphics board operations.

  • HP tops sales, MD quits

    Hewlett-Packard Australasia's managing director, Bruce Thompson, has quit the company at a time when it has finally outgunned Compaq in channel sales. Thompson's resignation, effective August 31, follows 32 years of service with the company in Australia and New Zealand. He has held the posts of chairman and managing director for almost five years.

  • Watch out for Analysts has announced strong second quarter financial results, but profitability remains elusive. The e-tailing giant reported Q2 revenues of $US193.2 million, up 49.4 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. The growth was driven by a 195 per cent increase in new customer accounts, while repeat orders accounted for 62 per cent of sales.

  • Apple launches build-to-order site

    Apple has launched a build-to-order program where customers can order Macintosh computers made to their individual specifications over the Internet. The site, which was launched in conjunction with the recent Macworld conference in New York, provides around 40,000 different configuration combinations for consumers who wish to buy customised systems online.

  • Next Byte bails from Apple reseller float

    One of the companies slated to form a new Apple retail conglomerate has dropped out of the project, deciding to continue trading as an independent reseller rather than listing on the ASX. Next Byte, one of the seven companies that released plans to form a new retail entity last month, has announced it will not participate in the merger.

  • Lako Vision signs video card distribution deal

    Melbourne-based Lako Vision has finalised a deal to distribute Osprey video cards in the Australian market. Lako Vision, a division of video editing and sports graphics company Pineapplehead, will be the sole distributor of the cards, which employ a server-based technology that allows the simultaneous downloading of video files from the Internet or local area networks.

  • Online hammer smashes records

    Computer hardware resellers are finding good bargains in online auction sites, particularly in the second-hand market. In June, PC clearing house Computer Source sold nearly $40,000 worth of computers through Fairfax's auction site and managing director Bill Benson is confident the company will soon reach sales of $200,000 a month from selling second-hand equipment over the Internet.

  • Global reseller bought out locally

    International reseller Software Spectrum has sold its Australian and New Zealand professional services division to the local operator in a management buyout. The buyout, which involves the company's 55 employees, all of whom will become shareholders in the new business, was spearheaded by former Software Spectrum Asia-Pacific managing director David Colwin.

  • Laptop Land opens first Adelaide store

    The Mercury Group has moved its retail arm into the South Australian market, opening its first Laptop Land store in Adelaide. The store, which opened last week, will provide professionals and executives with mobile computing solutions without having to deal with the mass computing found in big retail outlets.

  • Acer sets sights on whitebox market

    Acer's new assembly facility at Homebush in Sydney is gearing up to offer built-to-order desktops to the channel. The computer manufacturer is currently limited to supplying machines in quantity; if resellers want a customised order, they must source and install the components themselves. The new system will allow the channel to place an order for as little as one customised machine.

  • Mobile phones to carry warnings

    Customers will soon be able to make a more informed decision about buying a mobile phone, following an agreement by the industry to make energy emission information more available to the consumer. The phone industry is set to make information about electromagnetic radiation (EMR) more accessible under a voluntary scheme which could see phone EMR levels printed on the mobile packaging.

  • PC market slows in GST wake

    The Australian PC market has suffered negative Q2 growth as companies locked down spending in the lead up to the GST, according to a Dataquest report by market analyst Gartner.