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Acer Inc to release back-to-school computer range

Staff writer, with CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁) will host a press conference on April 29 in New York to roll out a back-to-school lineup of notebook computers, tablets and all-in-one computers, the company’s chairman Stan Shih (施振榮) said yesterday.

The new products, integrated with Acer’s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) services, will be demonstrated by Acer chief executive officer Jason Chen (陳俊聖) and presidents of Acer’s business groups, Shih said.

“We’re looking to improve our sales, but it will take some time for us to develop a competitive product roadmap for the second half of the year and next year,” Shih told a press briefing.

During the briefing he handed over the leadership of a non-governmental project to bridge the digital divide to Pegatron Corp (和碩) chairman Tung Tsu-hsien (童子賢).

Asked if Acer plans to unveil wearable computing devices in New York, Shih declined to comment, but said that his company is studying the product category.

The New York press conference is to be Chen’s first appearance at a major product launch since assuming his position in January as part of the struggling PC maker’s management reshuffle.

The Taiwanese company is seeking to boost its revenue, gross margin and operational efficiency this year as it continues restructuring efforts and bets its future on cloud computing technology.

Shih was handing over his duties as head of the APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) 2.0 project, the second phase of a Taiwan-initiated project that aims to narrow the digital divide in APEC member economies.

Under the project, teachers and the necessary equipment can be delivered quickly to underserved areas through a “digital mobile classroom” campaign to help young students or disadvantaged groups gain access to computer classes.

Tung, who is also the president of the Taipei Computer Association, said he will seek further support from private companies and charitable groups for the ADOC 2.0 project to take advantage of the strong manufacturing capabilities of Taiwanese companies and their employees’ creative thinking.

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