IN PICTURES: tech talk - and the talkers

What's been going on in IT and the channel - locally and worldwide

  • The dominant story of the week was the death of terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden, during a raid in Pakistan by US forces. This brilliant official White House photo shows: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's chief of staff [Keith Urbahn] may have been the first to leak the news of Osama bin Laden's death on Twitter.

  • President Barack Obama listens during one in a series of meetings discussing the mission against Osama bin Laden, in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

  • Apple launched it's new faster iMac range with Sandy Bridge chips and Thunderbolt ... available now, the prices stay tyhe same

  • The troubled Research In Motion launched two phones - the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930 ... a winter release is expected

  • Oracle's Larry Ellison is never short of a word ...this week he made strong moves to defend his company's rights over Java.

  • Many of the IT industry's finest plus some of rugby union's greats have come together to raise funds for Queensland's flood victims at a special lunch at the historic Victoria Barracks Officers’ Mess, Paddington, Sydney. Former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove, hosted the lunch. Table hosts included: Major General David Morrison, the current Commander Forces Command Wallaby coach, Robbie Deans; Bob Dwyer; Simon Poidevin; Paul Clitheroe and Vince Sorrenti. So far, more than $200,000 has been raised from luncheons organised by industry veteran, John Walters. Walters said he received fantastic feedback from the attendees stating that even though there were so many famous faces in the room, it was pleasing to see how down-to-earth and engaged they were. Another event funding raising event is also on the cards later on in the year, in the form of a Wallaby boat cruise.

  • Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, Major General David Morrison, John Walters, General Peter Cosgrove, Rob Murray and ARN publisher Susan Searle (centre), at the Queensland flood luncheon

  • Weapons and camouflage display at the Queensland flood luncheon

  • Forrester Research analyst, Paul Hamerman, said the market for Software as a Service (SaaS) ERP is small now, but set to grow quickly in the next few years

  • HP unveiled its new Z210 CMT and SFF Workstations, and the 8460w, 8560w and 8760w EliteBook Mobile Workstations. The Z210 series is powered by the new Intel Xeon processor E3 1200 family. Prices start at $1499. Available from may 13. The EliteBook work stations start at $3299 and will be available from May 23.

  • Team UCEGG won the Microsoft-hosted Imagine Cup national finals and now moves on to the worldwide finals of the student innovation competition. The team of four, from the University of Canberra, will present its winning idea – the Brain Speller – at the finals held in New York between July 8-13. Pictured: Microsoft's Pip Marlow with the winning team from the University of Canberra.

  • Integ Group, a UXC company, was a key partner at the CCA-Educause Australasia tradeshow hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. More than 600 delegates from tertiary institutions across Australia attended the three-day event, which leads discussions on advancing higher education, as well as the intelligent use of information technology in the sector. Integ Group CEO, Ian Poole (pictured), said: “At Integ we are on the cutting edge of developing integrated communication and technology solutions that facilitate changing needs over time. Educause 2011 was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our capabilities and review the changing needs of both institutions and students.”

  • Industry executives across the channel gathered at Otto Ristorante in Sydney to discuss the journey towards the cloud. ARN in conjunction with itX, Trend Micro and VMware hosted the exclusive discussion in what was a broad-based and detailed conversation around this major cloud computing topic.

  • Executives mingle at the Securing the journey to the Cloud roundtable

  • The industry executives discuss their journey to the Cloud

  • The future ... Intel released this image of a two-dimensional planar transistor and three-dimensional tri-gate transistor

  • It looks like something you should have with maple syrup, it's actually a Intel 22-nm chip with 3D trigate transistors

  • Microsoft VP for cloud platform marketing, Bob Kelly, was discussing how the Cloud requires fresh IT skills

  • More than 80 people attended Asus' annual Premium Partner Celebration at the Waterview Convention Centre, Sydney Olympic Park. The event is designed to build relationships, present awards to top selling resellers and show Asus’ commitment to its channel business for 2011 and beyond. Asus regional system business group leader, Vivian Hung kicked off the event with an opening speech, followed by Microsoft OEM director, Michelle Tea. Attendees (pictured) enjoyed drinks and a three-course meal, accompanied by a small presentation and awards ceremony.

  • Asus' annual Premium Partner Celebration at the Waterview Convention Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

  • Checking out product at Asus' annual Premium Partner Celebration at the Waterview Convention Centre, Sydney Olympic Park

  • CFO of Ruckus Wireless, Seamus Hennessy, linked business continuity to staying productive and profitable

  • Automating cloud management will decrease the risk for human errors, according to VMware's Fredrik Rynger.

  • Meet Feedly ... its front page delivers the latest news from around the Web

  • Forrester Research analyst, China Martens, said in a new report that most companies are forgoing ERP software investments this year

  • The Amazon Web Services Management Console can now handle Identity and Access Management

  • Microsoft held the number-one spot in enterprise software during 2010, according to new figures from Gartner. That gives us an excuse to use a picture of Microsoft's biggest character, CEO Steve Ballmer

  • Making a big bang ... The University of Lincoln in the UK has created DyNAMITe, a slim 12.8cm (about 5 inches) squared CMOS chip that is 200 times bigger than a laptop or PC chip (in a newer model)

  • First look at Samsung's Infuse 4G ... it's fractionally thinner than iPhone 4, runs Google's Android 2.2 and includes a special Angry Birds edition for the smartphone

  • Opera's Web developer tool Dragonfly comes with color-picking tools that allow users to match colors, and the save them in a palette for later use

  • Eric Schmidt recently stepped down as Google CEO and became Executive Chairman

  • A screenshot from Marvel Studios' Thor game ... star playing now

  • Motorola launched the Atrix smartphone and Xoom tablet in Australia at a function in Sydney... the two new products are available through Telstra

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