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Microsoft is feeling the squeeze as iPads and Android tablets continue to strangle the PC market, but that doesn’t mean it’s about to give up the fight. Not only is it set to raise the stakes with the upcoming release of Windows Blue, but it’s also planning to take the battle to its rival's own turf with the release of a 7-inch version of its Surface tablet. The Wall Street Journal reports that the consumer-friendly 7-inch Surface will go into production later this year, as part of a new lineup of tablet devices being planned by Microsoft. Its sources, who claim... more »
The biggest technology companies are changing right in front of our eyes. Goldman Sachs, UBS, and other traditional analysts are putting out old school analysis advice to their clients on the big players prospects. Of course those analyst state the obvious: Cloud is up, mobile is hot, consumer social is passe, entertainment going digital, Netflix and HBO are booming, big data is changing the world. Buy Sell Hold -- what the hell is really going on. It's time to break down the market for those guys. Goldman Sachs, UBS, and other analysts pay attention. At a recent Thomson Reuters investment... more »
Smartphones? So passe. Tablets? So 2012. The next "it" thing in consumer gadgets is the smartwatch, a device that could become all the more exciting with the use of flexible glass. We've seen the technology at CES (thanks Samsung), and we've seen a number of related patents filed, Google being the most recent. But the company we're most anxious for a flexible smartwatch launch is Apple, a gadget-maker that's long overdue for another bar-setting product release. That day may be sooner than we think, as Apple seeks out a Senior Optical Engineer to work on products with "emerging" display technology, including... more »
Microsoft's still new to the hardware game, launching with two 10-inch Surface tablets in the past six months. But Microsoft's also late to the tablet game, entering a severely crowded market that's ripe with handset variety. So it's not surprising to hear that Microsoft's working on a smaller Surface tablet at 7-inches, that would compete with Apple's iPad Mini and Google's own Nexus 7. According to this morning's report from The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft recognizes the need to offer different sizes and prices to appeal to a wider consumer base. Will Microsoft's tactic win, and can a 7-inch tablet better... more »
The poor old PC is suffering from a terminal decline, with the chances of it making a recovery looking slimmer by the minute as a new generation of mobile tablet devices drastically alters the technology landscape. As if to illustrate that point, research firm IDC has just published its latest quarterly report, showing that the PC market has slumped by a colossal 13.9% over the last quarter, making it the worst sales drop in history. As if to emphasize just how bad a slump that is, IDC says the rate of decline is almost double what it predicted for the first... more »
VMware is doubling down on the data center in response to growing competition from cloud providers, namely Amazon, and the increasing popularity of OpenStack in the enterprise. The channel is playing an important role in this agenda. This week, Avaya announced the launch of the Collaboration Pod, a converged infrastructure solutions that the firm pegs as a plug and play communications and collaboration stack. The offering, which is targeted primarily at enterprises and service providers, combines Avaya unified communications technology, VMware’s vSphere ESXi 5.0 and VNX 5300 storage from EMC. "Avaya Collaboration Pods are already proving their value to enterprises and cloud... more »
Just what the hell has been going on with Bitcoin these last 24 hours? Less than a day after it reached a record-breaking high of $260, the bubble appeared to have burst as the cryptocurrency’s value tumbled all the way back down to a low of just $130 overnight, according to Mt Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange. But just when it looked like everyone who’d bought in the last week was about to burst into tears, Bitcoin staged a dramatic rally, recovering half of its lost value in just a couple of hours. At the time of writing, its price seems... more »
OpenDaylight Project Can Bring Value if It Creates a Platform for New Network Application Generation
The announcement of the OpenDaylight Project, an attempt by 18 vendors involved in the software-defined network (SDN) technology development to create a standard common base platform, is an interesting move writes Wikibon Senior Analyst Stuart Miniman. It could provide real value, particularly if it produces a standardized SDN platform that will empower the development of a new class of network applications. However, he warns in his Alert, “SDN Value is in the Applications, Can OpenDaylight Show the Way”, the effort faces serious challenges, and it could just as easily create a barrier to startups seeking to deliver value that disrupts... more »
When it comes to scouting out workforce talent, some employers these days do a lot more than just rustling through a bunch of resumes looking for the right person. Instead of doing things the old-fashioned way, smarter companies these days are resorting to collecting massive amounts of data to vet potential employees first. This practice is justified because employers can study data about people to predict specific outcomes, for example if a prospective hire is likely to quit the job within the first 12 months, steal from their employer, file claims against them and so on. Big Data has other uses... more »
HP Monday announced a major new commodity server line, designed for low-cost, low-power, low-cooling operations, and modeled after the custom-built hyperscale server architectures used by Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and other very large Cloud-based companies. Each 4.3U chassis includes 45 server cartridges, a network switch, management components, dual power supplies and cooling fans. One of the most interesting parts of the Moonshot announcement, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his initial alert on the announcement, “HP Introduces New Blade Architecture with Emphasis on Low Power Modules”, is that HP is promising multiple cartridge types based on different commodity processors, all coming out... more »