Huawei and Lenovo salivate at Samsung phone fail

October 12, 2016

The South Korean group's decision to scrap the Note 7 smartphone is a golden opportunity for Chinese rivals like Huawei and Lenovo to capture share in developed markets, while expanding into the premium segment. Execution will be key, and Huawei looks better prepared.

Activist attack gives Samsung cover to restructure

October 6, 2016

Activist fund Elliott is picking on the South Korean group again. This time it wants Samsung Electronics to split in two and pay a special dividend. Yet the proposal would also strengthen the ruling Lee family's control. Samsung may actually gain by cooperating with Elliott.

Nutanix debut jams open IPO window – temporarily

October 3, 2016

The data-storage firm's 131 pct pop on Friday, for a market cap over $5 bln, made it the best tech float this year. The recent warm welcome for IPOs plus decreased VC funding may lead others to pull the trigger. With the U.S. election coming, the opening may be brief.

Ralph Whitworth: the gentleman activist investor

September 30, 2016

The Relational Investors co-founder, who died at 60, was an anomaly in the sharp-elbowed world of forcing change at companies. He preferred working behind the scenes instead of getting into public fights. That helped reluctant boards grow more comfortable talking to agitators.

Latest Apple rumor may vanish as fast as a McLaren

September 22, 2016

The iPhone giant may have approached the British supercar firm. Apple, though, has made few acquisitions, even to help it pioneer smartphones. While McLaren is high-tech, it's hard to see it taking Apple's car ambitions far. Fancy can run free when a company has $230 bln of cash.

Cox: Apple and Tesla really need each other now

By Rob Cox
September 20, 2016

Tim Cook may be revamping his approach to autonomous cars, while Elon Musk needs capital and corporate credibility. An Apple stake in Musk's electric carmaker would help both. Adding the Tesla founder to the iPhone giant's board could catalyze innovation there, too.

China’s startups have few good options left

September 20, 2016

A slowdown in venture capital is squeezing smaller tech hopefuls. Many have flocked to the "New Third Board" but it's hard to raise new equity on this moribund over-the-counter market. Some cash-strapped groups may sell out to larger rivals, or cut costs and hope for the best.

Tech giants don’t grow on European soil

September 16, 2016

The region hasn't produced its own answers to tech disruptors like Facebook and Alibaba. That leaves the EU open to accusations of sour grapes when foreign companies like Apple are targeted for unpaid taxes. Regulation and fragmented markets explain Europe's failure to launch.

Samsung’s handset fires singe its brand

September 12, 2016

The tech giant is speeding up a recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones, after reports of fires and explosions, while airlines have banned in-air use. Samsung shares have fallen sharply. The immediate financial hit looks manageable but the reputational damage could be worse.

Mario takes Nintendo up a level in mobile gaming

September 8, 2016

Nintendo unexpectedly unveiled a Super Mario game at Apple's new phone launch. Following Pokemon's wild success, this confirms the Japanese group is no longer dragging its feet on reform and is ready to use top characters on mobile. It boosts the case for the new-look Nintendo.