"There is no duty on computers in Israel, but there is VAT. There is no reason for computers to be as expensive, and if they are, they should be bought somewhere else. A computer is not a luxury," said Intel Corporation VP and general manager PCs Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, in unexpected support for Israel's protest movement.
At a press conference to unveil Intel's new Ultrabook, he commented about social issues. "We need to close the computer gap for every child. I visit Third World countries, and I see countries that get it. A computer in Colombia is cheaper than in the US, because the government gets it."
Eden also spoke about Intel Corporation's (Nasdaq: INTC) new computers, manufactured by ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (LSE: ASKD, TWSE: 2357), Acer Inc. (LSE: ACID, TWSE: 2353), and Toshiba Corporation (TSE: 6502; LSE: TOS), which fall between Netbooks and laptops. The Ultrabook, which bears the Intel logo, is a very thin computer, less than 20 centimeters thick, weighs 1.4 kilograms, and has a 11-15 inch screen. Its battery can supply power for 5-8 hours. The processors in this category are stronger than the current processors in Netbooks.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 26, 2011
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