Most people are familiar with Dell, at least from school or work. In the ’90s, the company’s PCs spread to the four winds and made it one of the biggest PC manufacturers in the United States.

During a candid discussion about Dell's future in the PC market, David Johnson, SVP of corporate strategy, explains Dell's approach to innovation.

"Apple has a different business model than the Dell business model," David Johnson says. "The reason we didn't come up with [the iPad] is because there wasn't an OS provider that could work with a tablet."

Over a fruit plate and diet Coke at Locanda Verde, a TriBeCa restaurant, I had just asked Johnson, Dell's SVP of corporate strategy, why Apple (and not Dell) was able to create the iPad.

To those who reckoned that netbooks were going to be a feature of computing life for ever and ever: bad news. Acer, the world's second-largest PC maker in 2010, is dumping them.

Instead it plans to start selling "two or three" tablet computers in the first half of this year, according to a company sales manager talking to Computerworld.

"The tablet launches will begin a gradual replacement of Acer's small laptop-style netbook computers, in line with market demands


It was recently said that anyone under that age of 24 perceives little difference between the real and the virtual. Younger people often have multiple profiles online in different locations, and there not just exchanging jokes and photos, but making connections and exchanging information that may help them later on in life. In other words, they take it very seriously. If you’re dismissing this as a fad or as something only young people care about, you really should rethink that. According to a recent M:Metrics report, teens are expanding their social networks to the mobile realm now. “Much as teens were the early adopters

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