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Gas plants scandal: security expert says Ottawa hard drives seized

TORONTO - Six hard drives were collected from an Ontario government office in Ottawa, including one that may have been accessed with a password that police say could have been used to delete files, a government IT expert said Thursday. Shawn Truax, from the Ministry of Government Services' cyber security branch, told a legislative committee probing the Liberals' cancellation of two gas plants that five computer hard drives and one from a printer were taken last August.

Chipmaker AMD's quarterly results beat Street, stock jumps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc's first-quarter results beat expectations, sending its shares higher as the chipmaker tries to replace dwindling sales of PC chips with its processors for game consoles. With the PC industry shrinking for eight straight quarter due to consumers' preferences for tablets and smartphones, AMD is expanding into new markets and aims to get half of its revenue from new, fast-growing businesses by the end of 2015.

SanDisk sees solid-state drive bonanza boosting margins

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - SanDisk Corp <SNDK.O> increased its outlook for gross margins in 2014 as fast-growing sales of its high-end solid-state drives helped offset volatile prices for memory chips. Shares of SanDisk rose more than 6 percent in after-hours trade on Wednesday after the chipmaker said that, because of an improved product mix, it was increasing its 2014 gross margin target range to between 47 percent and 49 percent. Its previous target range was 45 percent to 48 percent.

More than 42% of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet: study

TORONTO - More than 42 per cent of anglophone Canadians now own a tablet and most are increasingly choosing one of Apple's iPads, suggests a report by the Media Technology Monitor. Tablet ownership spiked by about 66 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to the results of a MTM survey conducted with 4,009 Canadians between Oct. 7 and Dec. 1 of last year. In the fall of 2012, about one in four anglophone Canadians told pollsters they had one of the gadgets, while a similar survey conducted in the fall of 2011 found just one in 10 were tablet owners.

Intel reports lower 1st-quarter net income amid PC slump but revenue inches higher

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data centre services. Intel Corp. is the world's largest maker of microprocessors, which act as the "brains" of computers. Intel has historically been strong in selling chips for personal computers, but that business is declining as people buy smartphones and tablets instead. Intel has been slow to respond to that shift with lower-energy chips that mobile devices demand.

Chipmakers' outlook brighter despite falling prices: analysts

By Kang Yoon-seung SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top chipmakers are expected to see their earnings improve in 2014, with rising demands recouping losses from the falling prices of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, analysts said Wednesday. Data from market researcher DRAMeXchange said that the fixed price of DDR3 2Gb 256Mx8 1333MHz chips, the standard in setting the price of DRAMs, came to US$1.81 in the second half of March, down 8.1 percent from the $1.97 a year earlier.

Intel's quarterly net beats Street, CEO talks up tablets

By Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp's first-quarter net profit exceeded Wall Street's estimates as the chipmaker wrestles with slow demand for personal computers and its chief executive officer said an ambitious goal to stake out market share in tablets was on track.

Intel steadies as PC declines ease

US computer chip giant Intel reported a modest dip in earnings in the first quarter on Tuesday, amid a stabilization of the key personal computer segment. Profits in the January-March period dipped five percent to $1.9 billion, results which slightly beat Wall Street estimates. Revenues meanwhile grew 1.5 percent from a year earlier to $12.8 billion, in line with analyst expectations. Intel said revenues from its PC division dipped just one percent to $7.9 billion, as the sector steadied after years of losing ground to mobile devices.

PC sales see modest drop amid Windows XP replacements

Global personal computer sales saw a modest dip in the first quarter of 2014, as the pace of decline was eased by replacements of older PCs using Windows XP. Figures released Wednesday by Gartner showed global sales down 1.7 percent year-over-year at 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. A separate survey by IDC showed a 4.4 percent drop to 73.4 million.

PC sales see modest drop amid Windows XP replacements

Global personal computer sales saw a modest dip in the first quarter of 2014, as the pace of decline was eased by replacements of older PCs using Windows XP. Figures released Wednesday by Gartner showed global sales down 1.7 percent year-over-year at 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. A separate survey by IDC showed a 4.4 percent drop to 73.4 million.
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