The number of software developers in emerging markets, including China, India, Russia and Brazil, is rising faster than ever, and companies in these countries will play a more important role in the global software industry.
Aksys Networks, a maker of small-office VOIP gear, announced a server-less VOIP phone system this week aimed at offices with 30 or fewer workers.
IT spending projections decreased in the last quarter of 2006, with CIOs predicting IT spending increases of 5.8 percent over the next 12 months. That's down from expectations in the previous quarter that spending would rise by 6.5 percent during the next year, according to the quarterly CIO Magazine Tech Poll released Friday.
A Munich court has opened insolvency proceedings against BenQ Mobile after the mobile phone maker failed to meet an end-of-the-year deadline to find a buyer.
Apple Computer faces a lawsuit in the U.S., following similar charges in Europe, over tying its iTunes music store to the iPod digital music player.
Strong sales of consumer electronics over the holiday period pushed worldwide semiconductor sales for November up by 11.3 percent over last year, a trade group reported Tuesday.
As we gaze toward the vista of 2007, we find our email inbox inundated with IT predictions for the New Year from analysts, vendors and consultants. From those predictions and our own prognostications we present our forecast for the top IT stories in the year ahead:
Taiwan's Via Technologies will next month begin shipping a new motherboard series and chipset designed to be used in consumer electronics products.
Predictions for IT spending in 2007 echo those put forth a year ago as industry watchers expect as little as 5% more U.S. dollars will be put toward technology investments.
Mobile technology is moving steadily towards richer applications that require higher speeds, and according to several cellular vendors, service providers and industry analysts, the only way to its future is through a combination of HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) and HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access), together known as HSPA (High Speed Packet Access).
Many of the software trends that percolated in the industry in 2006 will gather more steam in 2007, but several stand out as contenders to change the game for the market in the New Year. Below are some of the key software trends to watch for in 2007.
Advanced Micro Devices will be able to collect evidence about events outside the U.S. for an antitrust lawsuit against Intel.
Vendors in the PC and chip industries moved boldly in 2006, changing the marketplace map through mergers, recalls, layoffs and lawsuits. Oh, and they launched some impressive new products too, keeping Moore's Law moving as they built smaller, faster chips and cooler, more efficient computers. Here, in chronological order, we share a sampling of the biggest events of the past 12 months.
We tend to think of interoperability in product terms: Product A from vendor X works or doesn't work with product B from vendor Y. However, a survey conducted by the Storage Networking Industry Association's End User Council (SNIA's EUC) show that interoperability has just as significant a vendor support component.
Researchers at IBM have drawn one step closer to building a microprocessor that transfers data with light instead of electricity, a technique that could one day boost computing speed while saving power.
Samsung Electronics has developed a thin, low-power 1Gb chip for portable devices such as cameras, media players and game consoles.
In the outsourcing world, 2006 was a year of change and acceptance. Change in that China and other countries are starting to take some business away from perennial offshoring giant, India, and acceptance in that it's no longer taboo in most circles to talk about outsourcing plans in public. In other words, for better or worse it has become a part of corporate culture. For this report we take a look at some of the driving forces in the outsourcing realm this year. Certainly some of these issues will continue to loom large in 2007 such as H1-B levels, China's rise and outsourced security concerns.
Hitachi Data Systems is expected to announce a new storage array in early 2007 that has double the capacity and speed of its existing TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform arrays.
Toshiba is planning an aggressive push for the HD DVD format at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a senior executive said last week.
Though Internet-crippling virus attacks now seem to be a thing of the past, PC users didn't feel a lot more secure in 2006. That's because online attacks have become more sneaky and professional, as a new breed of financially motivated cyber criminals has emerged as enemy number one. Microsoft patched more bugs than ever and whole new classes of flaws were discovered in kernel-level drivers, office suites and on widely used Web sites. Vendors' chatter about security is at an all-time high, but the bad guys are still finding lots of places to attack.
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