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Wednesday
Oct032012

Lenovo to Start Making Computers and Tablets in the US

Lenovo(MORRISVILLE, N.C.) -- While many PC companies have their headquarters in the U.S. -- HP, Apple and Dell, for example -- they build the computers overseas, primarily in China. Lenovo is going the other way, creating a PC production line in the U.S.

After two decides of making computers and other gadgets overseas, Lenovo will start making hardware in early 2013 in Whitsett, N.C., near the company's U.S. headquarters.

"I am very excited about this for two reasons," David Schmoock, president of Lenovo North America, told ABC News. "The first is that this is the right time to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. The second is that we will be able to provide something different than what our competitors do."

Lenovo will make some of its newest products at the new assembly line, including the ThinkCentre M92p desktop and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8. While many of the core components -- RAM, hard drives, displays, etc. -- in the laptop will be made overseas, Schmoock said the company is hoping to source more components locally over time.

"We believe local manufacturing is a strategic advantage and we want to do as much local sourcing as we can too," he said in an interview.

The manufacturing line is in the process of being built and is scheduled to open its doors in January 2013. The company will begin hiring for the 115 manufacturing jobs later this year, but Schmoock says that is just the start for the jobs this could create.

"I am bullish on this and I expect that it will grow over time. This is just the first phase."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Aug012012

Windows 8 Released to Manufacturers, Available Oct. 26

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Continuing its series of summer announcements, Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that Windows 8 is ready to go -- well, almost. It has released the final software code to its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), like Lenovo, Acer, HP, and Asus, which will now build tablets and PCs running the next version of Windows.

“Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project,” Steven Sinofsky, Windows 8 head, wrote on the Building Windows blog. “The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.”

Microsoft also announced that it was beginning to accept paid apps at the Windows Store. “We’re opening the Store up for company registrations and are now accepting paid apps,” Antoine Leblond, Corporate Vice President of Windows Web Services, said in a separate post. The Windows Store will include apps for Windows 8 computers, including Office 2013.

Microsoft’s Surface tablets will hit shelves on Oct. 26 along with a number of other Windows 8 devices, including tablets, tablet/laptop hybrids and regular laptop and desktop computers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr242012

Tim Cook on Windows 8: Converging a ‘Toaster and a Refrigerator’

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you had any concerns that Apple CEO Tim Cook might not be able to provide Steve Jobs-like one-liners on earnings calls, think again. Following the announcement of its blowout earnings, Tim Cook took questions from analysts on everything from iPhone sales to Apple’s iPad and laptop offerings.

And it was on that last point that Cook had a lot to say. When asked if Apple was planning to merge its tablet and laptop products, much as Microsoft is proceeding with Windows 8, Cook responded with a quip: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.”

Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in tradeoffs, ones Apple isn’t willing to make. “We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view.”

On top of that, Cook highlighted both Apple’s separate tablet and laptop offerings. “The tablet market is going to be huge....As the ecosystem gets better and better and we continue to double down on making great products, I think the limit here is nowhere in sight,” Cook said.

“I also believe there is a good market for the Macbook Air and we continue to innovate in that product. I think it appeals to someone who has different requirements. You wouldn’t want to put these things together.”

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