What’s the Best CPU for Cloud and Mobile? ARM vs. Intel x86

There is a battle heating up between ARM and Intel to see which processor architecture will rule in the 21st century. Intel x86 is the entrenched incumbent today, but ARM offers a distinct power advantage that may make it more attractive in the future. What’s the best CPU given the demands we see coming?

The 2013 Cloud Jobs Landscape

The cloud computing wave is unstoppable. Smart IT workers are embracing the opportunities and riding that wave to new career highs, but you’ll need to embrace the new cloud mindset. What does the cloud jobs landscape look like heading into 2013?

Who’s Up For an Ubuntu Phone?

Earlier today, Canonical announced its intent to deliver a new version of Ubuntu, targeting smartphones. To highlight some directions for 2013 and sell the concept of an Ubuntu phone, Mark Shuttleworth delivered a virtual keynote video. In the video, Shuttleworth shows off the phone UI in detail, demonstrating how users can interact with the device. […]

Gartner: 80 Percent of Businesses Will Skip Windows 8

This one is a couple months old, but the headline caught my eye, as well as the analysis within. You know the punch line because we’ve already covered it — Windows 8 is the new Vista. But DailyTech asks, “Does it matter?” Increasingly Microsoft’s revenue stream is driven by licensing software (such as Office and […]

Top 3 Issues for the Enterprise Android App Store

I wrote about Google’s first steps toward providing an Android app store for enterprises last week. Yesterday, a random tweet highlighting the post triggered a multi-hour Twitter discussion about the suitability of Android for enterprises and some specific issues for the enterprise Android app store.

Cloud Security: All Your Passwords are Belong to Us

A couple days ago, Ars Technica published an article with the ominous title, “25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6 hours.” We knew things have been heading this direction for a long time, but that’s a pucker-factor 11 in the cloud security world.

Google Delivers Enterprise App Store for Android

Yesterday, Google announced the availability of an “enterprise app store” for Google Android devices. Formally named “Google Play Private Channel for Google Apps,” the new functionality allows enterprise customers with custom Google Apps domains to create a private channel within the Google Play Android store for distributing enterprise-specific apps. The apps are seen only by […]

Marvell Introduces Gigabit WiFi Chipset

Earlier this week, Marvell Semiconductor introduced a new gigabit WiFi chipset. The new chipset implements a standard called 802.11ac 4×4 and delivers raw data rates of 1.3 Gbps. The chipset uses a 4×4 MIMO technique with 256 QAM modulation, operating on dual frequency bands. It also utilizes beam-forming to direct the energy in the radio signal […]

OSX vs. Windows Upgrade Rates

Earlier, we discussed the upgrade rates that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8. Unfortunately, those are starting to characterize the operating system as more of a Vista lemon than a Windows 7 success. Infoworld reports that Apple doesn’t seem to have the same problem with OSX, however. The last three versions of Apple’s desktop operating […]

Okta Nabs $25M for Identity Managment

Both GigaOm and TechCrunch are reporting that identity management startup Okta has raised $25 million in a new round of funding. The new C-round money brings the total funds raised to $52 million. Sequoia capital led the new round with existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Floodgate, Greylock Partners, and Khosla Ventures, all in the mix as well. […]

Windows 8 Might be the New Vista

Microsoft Windows 8 is garnering headlines that only competitors like Apple could love. Network World proclaims, “Windows 8 uptake: More like Vista than Windows 7.” While Windows 8 uptake rate edged Vista’s first full month — that OS ended February 2007 with a 1% share of all Windows systems — the new edition actually jumped […]

IDC: Mobile Drives 57% of IT Growth 2013

Research firm IDC has released projections for IT growth in 2013, reports Network World: In the big picture, IDC says worldwide IT spending in 2013 will exceed $2.1 trillion, up 5.7% from 2012. The biggest driver of that growth will be mobility: Sales of smart mobile devices including smartphones and tablets will grow by 20%, generate 20% […]

Jakob Nielsen on Windows 8: “Disappointing Usability”

Recently, user experience (UX) guru, Jakob Nielsen, delivered his analysis of Windows 8 on both tablets and PCs. The verdict, in typical Nielsen style, was blunt: Hidden features, reduced discoverability, cognitive overhead from dual environments, and reduced power from a single-window UI and low information density. Too bad. Nielsen lays out the reasoning and the […]

Apple Mobile Replay of 1980s/90s PC Wars?

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Apple was the king of the personal computer revolution. While there were other players out there like IBM, everybody knew that Apple was more innovative and cool. The famous 1984 SuperBowl commercial set the tone for Apple from that point to the present: The message was clear, Apple was […]

Game on: Google Cuts Storage Price… Again

Just days after announcing a price cut to its storage service on the eve of Amazon’s re:Invent conference, Google announced further cuts in reaction to new Amazon pricing. That 10% more, bringing the total to a 30% reduction this week. From GigaOm: Said a Google spokeswoman: “In a nutshell, the prices are the lowest in […]

Nobody can “out-Windows” Microsoft

People have a love/hate relationship with Microsoft Windows — either you love it or you don’t. Like many things, objective truth probably lives somewhere between the two emotional poles. But if your enterprise is fully bought into Microsoft technologies, you probably want to go with the “real thing” whenever possible. ZDnet writes: Amazon announced on […]

Zoë Keating: I want my big data

The world of song royalties has always boggled me. Did you know that a “recording artist” (the singer and musician you actually hear) isn’t paid anything for “public performances” of a song on terrestrial radio (AM/FM), TV, or in bars and restaurants? The theory is that song plays help make songs popular, which then drives […]

Competition is good: Google Expands Cloud Platform

From the “Competition is Good” department, we have this just in from Google — reduced pricing, new features, new services, and expanded cloud service footprint around the globe:  We’re constantly making updates to our Google Cloud Platform products—Google App Engine, Cloud Storage, Big Query, Compute Engine and others—based on user feedback and to improve the […]