Archive for the ‘IT Industry’ Category

Has Microsoft Windows had its Day?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I see the point of this article, but it also seems a bit premature …

As more media organisations switch to apps and mobile phone technology, the future looks less certain

The bald man in the ill-fitting check jacket doesn’t pause as he stands beside the beige 1980s-vintage PC. The words pour out of his mouth like the sharpest huckster you’ve ever seen. “How much do YOU think this advanced operating environment is worth? WAIT just ONE minute before you answer,” he instructs eagerly. “WATCH as Windows integrates Lotus 1-2-3 with” – he clutches his lapels – “MIAMI VICE!”

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HP outbids Dell for data-storage group

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

It seems strange that HP and Dell would fight over a relatively unknown company that specializes in data storage … until you factor in the cloud computing angle; then it makes sense.

Wall Street sees Hewlett-Packard and Dell rival bids as indication that deal-making is back in vogue

The world’s two largest computer manufacturers, Hewlett-Packard and Dell, are going head-to-head in a bid to buy 3PAR, a hitherto obscure provider of back-office data storage.

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First robot able to develop and show emotions is unveiled

Monday, August 9th, 2010

I can’t decide if an emotional robot is a good thing or not … but I’m definitely sure that my PC doesn’t need emotions!

Nao, developed by a European research team, models the first years of life and can form bonds with the people he meets

When Nao is sad, he hunches his shoulders forward and looks down. When he’s happy, he raises his arms, angling for a hug. When frightened, Naohe cowers, and he stays like that until he is soothed with some gentle strokes on his head.

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Making your case to non-IT management – Focus on problem-solving

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Here’s an interesting approach to selling non-technical managers on high-tech budgetary needs …

In today’s IT environment many IT shops are headed toward the relatively newer solutions of virtualization and disk-based backup, but some organizations just don’t see the value of new-fangled solutions when the old ways still work. Sometimes this isn’t for lack of wanting to be “green” or to realize savings in power and other resources, but for a lack of understanding as to what a virtual machine really is.

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IT services, integrators about to hit a decade of turbulence

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Sounds like both good news and bad news …

This is a guest post from Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet, TechRepublic’s sister site. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines (or subscribe to the RSS feed).

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The traditional IT services business model, which revolves around systems integration, big projects and a lot of consulting, is about to hit a decade of upheaval, according to a Forrester Research report.

Simply put, the validity of traditional IT services will be questioned with the evolution of cloud computing, automation and on-demand software.

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Intel settles US competition case

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Given the previous European cases, it sounds like Intel has a history of this sort of thing …

World’s largest microchip maker avoids fine in deal with authorities after accusations it bullied customers

The world’s biggest microchip manufacturer, Intel, has agreed to tidy up its act under a settlement with US competition regulators over charges that it abused its dominance by bullying computer companies into exclusive deals.

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BlackBerry planning iPad rival

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It looks like the tablet market is getting more crowded …

Smartphone maker hopes ‘BlackPad’ will dent Apple’s supremacy in the tablet computer market

BlackBerry tablet: what can we expect?

Research In Motion, Canadian maker of BlackBerrys, is rumoured to be working on a rival to the iPad, dubbed the BlackPad by tech watchers.

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Microsoft patches Windows folder flaw

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This sounds like it’s a good time to make sure that you have the latest Windows patches installed …

High-profile vulnerability dating back to Windows 2000 fixed by critical update – as reports show malware targeting it

Microsoft has released a “critical” update for its operating systems that patches a high-profile vulnerability dating back to Windows 2000.

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Operating System Market Share, Windows 7 Climb Continues

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Tell me when Windows 7 passes Windows XP … that will indeed be news.

Windows 7, for the first time, has surpassed Windows Vista in operating system market share according to three popular companies that track OS market share over time.

StatCounter, the W3Schools OS platform statistics and NetMarketShare have recorded a steady rise of Windows 7 ever since its introduction in October 2009.

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From Hot to Not: How Component Shortages Will Stifle the Smartphone Market

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Component shortages seem to be plaguing a lot of different segments of the electronics market. In addition to the factors discussed here, many vendors have an eye on the uncertain economy and they just don’t want to keep a lot of stock on hand …

A handful of the hottest smartphones are at risk of losing their sizzle due to supply issues, and the overall problem is likely to get worse, not better. The most recent issue is a lack of handset displays, causing HTC to announce a switch from AMOLED screens to SuperLCD on two of the phones it builds, for example. But such component swaps are just stop-gap measures; they don’t address the long-term issue. The real problem is that technology product cycles are starting to outpace parts suppliers’ abilities to quickly produce new components.

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