Chromebook use rises
Computers powered by Google Inc’s Chrome operating system are expected to increase to 3 or 4 percent of the market this year, posing a serious threat to Microsoft Corp, Taipei-based researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said on Saturday. The growth will be supported by rising adoption of laptops running Chrome operating system by schools, good data security protection and up-to-date features for enterprise customers, TrendForce said in a report. Affordable prices for Chromebooks, free Cloud technology-enabled data storage and free use of limited data transmission on 4G networks will also help boost penetration of Chromebooks, TrendForce said. This is despite the Chromebook’s weakness in its deep reliance on an Internet connection, and consumers’ unfamiliarity with Google’s document processing software, the research house said.
Investor’s event set to open
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is sponsoring an investors’ conference in Taipei, set to start today, that will focus on mobile technologies such as 4G infrastructure, cloud computing, wearable devices and affordable smartphones. The five-day “Taiwan, Technology and Beyond Conference” is expected to draw participants from 175 businesses, including 140 domestically listed companies, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (台積電), MediaTek Inc (聯發科) and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密), Merrill Lynch said. Keynote speakers will include executives from British chip designer ARM Holdings PLC, Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp, South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics Co, Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) and US-based memory chip maker Micron Technology Inc, Merrill Lynch said.