Computex eyes touch panels
The annual Computex Taipei trade show is to highlight touch-panel devices with screen sizes ranging from 3.5 inches to 80 inches, the organizers said. The Taipei Computer Association, one of the show’s organizers, said in a recent statement that the June 4 to June 8 show will provide one-stop shopping services to visitors and buyers, and offer specially tailored products showcasing different technologies. The touch technologies that will be on display include projective capacitive, resistive analogue, optical and surface acoustic wave touchscreens, the association said. Those technologies are compatible with different operating systems, including Microsoft Inc’s Windows 8, Windows 7 and XP, as well as Google Inc’s Android platform, it said.
Bank cuts notebook forecast
British banking group Barclays PLC cut its quarterly growth forecast for second-quarter notebook computer shipments for the second time in a month yesterday. In a note, Barclays said it now expects shipments for the world’s top five contract notebook makers in the quarter to be flat, down from the 3 percent increase it forecast on April 12, when it first lowered its second-quarter growth projection. The revision came after tier-one notebook makers reported a 16 percent monthly decline in their shipments last month, below Barclays’ projection of a 12 percent fall and an average 10 percent fall over the past five Aprils.