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Google targets wearables with Android Wear

Google has officially announced Android Wear, a project that extends the popular Android operating system to wearables. Google also confirmed that it was already working with hardware vendors including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; plus fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring consumers smart watches powered by Android Wear later this year. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 21 March 2014

Energy Sistem to launch smartphones

Spanish technology and consumer electronics brand Energy Sistem has confirmed that it plans to enter the smartphone market with a range of devices starting at €99 (US$135). The announcement comes immediately after Energy Sistem’s successful participation in DISTREE EMEA as a Silver Sponsor of the regional channel event. The new range will launch in the next few months. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 18 February 2014

Toshiba targets OCZ assets

Toshiba is ready to splash out US$35m for the client and enterprise solid state drive (SSD) business of bankrupt NASDAQ-quoted vendor OCZ. Under the terms of the deal, OCZ will continue to serve customers during this process. Toshiba will stump up DIP (debtor-in-possession) financing to ensure that there is adequate capital and flash supply to support the business during the contemplated sale period. The consummation of the asset purchase agreement is subject to an auction and approval by the bankruptcy court in OCZ’s bankruptcy case. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 3 December 2013

BlackBerry signs Ingram Micro Mobility for Latin America

Smartphone vendor BlackBerry has extended its channel reach in Latin America, signing Ingram Micro Mobility as a regional distribution partner. The two companies claim that the deal will widen the distribution of BlackBerry products and services in the region by leveraging Ingram Micro’s supply chain expertise, extensive infrastructure and channel reach to VARs, system integrators, wireless carriers, retailers and other services providers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Sunday 10 November 2013

Smart wearable devices market to hit US$19 billion in 2018

The numbercrunchers at Juniper Research reckon that the global market for mobile smart wearable devices will be worth US$19 billion per annum by 2018. Rapid growth in retail sales will be driven by high price points and strong demand for multifunctional smartwatches and smartglasses, according to the research house. Juniper estimates that the market for these devices in 2013 will be worth US$1.4 billion. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 16 October 2013

Ingram Micro goes mobile in Latin America

Distribution giant Ingram Micro has started offering a full suite of wireless device lifecycle services in Latin America through its Ingram Micro Mobility business. The expansion of mobility lifecycle services availability will reach more than 40 countries offering a full suite of end-to-end supply chain and customisation solutions to manufacturers, retailers, network operators, resellers and existing Ingram Micro customers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 10 October 2013

HP enhances PartnerOne programme

Vendor giant HP has announced a series of enhancements to its global PartnerOne programme. The HP PartnerOne changes include new HP PartnerOne specialisations in key growth areas, new competitive rebates as part of the compensation model, the creation of role-based certifications, a consistent membership structure and an improved partner portal navigation experience. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 1 October 2013

Buffalo unites Americas operations

Networking vendor Buffalo has joined together its operations across Latin America and North America to create a unified Buffalo Americas subsidiary. The new business unit incorporates Buffalo Technology Latin America, Buffalo Brazil and the vendor’s North America organisation. Buffalo Americas is based in Texas and led by Matt Dargis, COO at Buffalo. Dargis most recently served as VP of sales and operations for Buffalo Technology USA. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 10 September 2013

Avnet extends Cisco rights in Latin America

VAD giant Avnet Technology Solutions has expanded its distribution agreement with Cisco, becoming a high-value speciality distributor for data centre products in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Latin American and Caribbean agreement with Cisco complements Avnet’s engagements in the region with Cisco ecosystem partners EMC, NetApp and VMware. It also enables Avnet to provide channel partners with complete converged infrastructure solutions for data centres. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 September 2013

OCZ Technology signs Tech Data deal

Memory product vendor OCZ Technology has struck a distribution deal with Tech Data covering both Latin America and North America. Under the terms of the agreement, Tech Data’s advanced infrastructure solutions (AIS) unit becomes authorised to distribute OCZ’s complete portfolio of flash-based enterprise and client SSDs and associated software solutions to its sales channel throughout North America and Latin America. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 9 September 2013

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