January 7, 2009
Cisco activates crisis management team as global manufacturing hits new low
Brad Reese writes about what some companies are doing to help ease the pressures brought on by the global economic downturn.
“Fears of unprecedented disruptions to supply chains have prompted shippers to create formal crisis-management teams to keep their operations moving as the global recession worsens. Companies are racing to lock in financing and operating capacity as the economy deteriorates day by day. Cisco activated its Manufacturing Crisis Management Team about two months ago.”
Motorola parades touchscreen talker
James Sherwood writes about Motorola’s recently announced touchscreen mobile device, the MotoSurf A3100, which the company says will become available in “multiple regions” sometime during Q1 of this year.
“Although the A3100 is a touchscreen device with 2.8in display, it can also be operated with a stylus or the omni-directional trackerball that sits in-between physical buttons for answering and ending calls. The A3100 can support 3G connections of up to 7.2Mb/s and Wi-Fi, unlike the BlackBerry Storm which doesn’t support Wi-Fi. Tri-band GSM connectivity, Bluetooth and Assisted GPS are also integrated into the A3100. MP3 audio files are supported and can be stored onto Micro SD memory cards of up to 32GB.”
HP Says Its Netbook Is Business Class
Brian Chen provides details about HP’s new Mini 2140 netbook, which will be showcased at CES this week. HP says the product is designed for the enterprise market, as a business netbook.
“Just what makes this netbook business-savvy? A keyboard that’s 92 per cent of a standard, full-size keyboard, HP says. Secondly, a 10.1-inch LED display. Also, a longer-lasting, six-cell battery that HP claims will last about eight hours. Finally, the sleek, silver case feels a lot classier than many other netbooks.”