AME Info, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, technology briefs
Jan 23, 2013 (AME Info - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
SONY LAUNCHES 10.1-INCH XPERIA TABLET: Sony has revealed a new Android tablet that features a quad-core processor and measures just 6.9mm thick, ZDnet has reported. The new Xperia Tablet Z boasts a 10.1" display offering full 1080p HD resolution (1,920x1,080). It also bundles a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8.1-megapixel camera.
MICROSOFT PLANNING TO INVEST IN DELL BUYOUT: Microsoft is in talks with Silver Lake Partners and Dell's CEO Michael Dell to invest between $1bn and $3bn of financing in a buyout of Dell Inc., CNBC has reported, citing sources close to the matter. Microsoft, which accelerated its foray into computer hardware in 2012 with the launch of the Surface tablet, will provide the capital in the form of mezzanine financing, which is a hybrid of debt and equity.
SAMSUNG TO UNVEIL GALAXY NOTE 8 AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS: Samsung Electronics has confirmed the Galaxy Note 8" is set for a worldwide debut at Mobile World Congress in late February, Forbes has reported. The Galaxy Note 8 will be a slimmed-down version of Samsung's 10-inch slate, complete with its signature S-Pen stylus, although it remains unclear whether it will boast LTE or any type of cellular support.
MIDEAST, AFRICA PC SHIPMENTS FELL 0.6 percent IN Q4 2012: IDC has said the PC market in the Middle East and Africa region fell by 0.6 percent year-on-year during the final quarter of 2012, due to the ongoing shift towards mobility in both the consumer and commercial segments, Emirates 24-7 has reported. With a total of 5.3 million units shipped into the region during the quarter, desktop shipments slowed 3.7 percent year-on-year to two million units, while portable PC shipments climbed 1.3 percent to reach 3.3 million units, IDC said.
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