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- Looking Far Ahead: IBM’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Cloud/Big Data Analytics Strategic Initiative Jul 11 Yesterday, IBM announced its massive $3 billion investment effort to create a processor uniquely suited to the demands of the cloud and Big Data systems. This has both strategic and timing implications to the market. Efforts like this speak to the level of maturity in the market as well as IBM’s commitment to leading it. The announcement anticipates a massive improvement in processor scaling down to 7 nanometers and begins to flesh out what the Big Data world will look like in 2020.
- Why Chromebooks Aren’t Selling Jul 8 Google’s thin client platform, ChromeOS, is positioned as the answer to Windows XP migration pain. The promise is an appliance-like experience and an extremely low cost, but the reality is causing individuals and companies to balk. There have been a number of design wins in schools, but given that schools have both some of the highest pain in Windows migrations and lowest budgets, you’d think this trend would be stronger. Also, given that folks don’t like to publicly admit mistakes, generally moves to any new platform look better than they actually are. The Chromebook migrations don’t seem to be going that well. Let’s talk about why Chromebooks aren’t working.
- Why the Security Problem Has Shifted from Microsoft to Google Jul 2 A little over a decade ago, folks were pushing Microsoft hard because its platforms and products weren’t as secure as they needed to be. Kids coming out of school, like the ones who founded Google, were the most strident. Now, Microsoft is showcasing security as a competitive advantage against companies like Google. I think that is both ironic and sad. It also showcases that if we don’t understand why something exists, we can’t avoid the same mistakes ourselves. I’m kind of fascinated by how a firm that came to market led by people who badmouthed Microsoft for security could be on the wrong side of a wiretapping complaint and be losing. The polar opposite of good security isn’t bad security, it is actually being a thief. When your chairman gets laughed at when he talks about the security of your platform, you have a problem.
- Augmented Reality Future: How to Train Your Dragons on Vacation TechNewsWorld | Jul 14 Dragons Adventure World Explorer is just a taste of what is to come. It does have some conflict for boys and dragon husbandry for girls, but I would have preferred much more mayhem. It is an amazing step into the future of augmented reality and gaming, but I think we'll find what comes out of the imaginations of those who create games that follow it will be far more amazing.
- What the Robot Apocalypse Will Mean for IT, Jobs and Work CIO | Jul 11 Robots are coming, and they will eventually take many of our jobs. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, though, think about how your skills (and, for that matter, your children's skills) can be applied to work that machines will never be able to do.
- How to Choose Vendors for Massive IT Changes Datamation | Jul 9 Business is facing technological changes the likes of which it has never seen. The time to get ready is now.
- The Elements of A Winning Wearable Device TG Daily | Jul 8 We are seeing battle lines drawn and the vendors are lining up to see which one can deliver the iPod of wearable devices and, as before, all eyes are on Apple. However Steve Jobs was a critical part of that repetitive success cycle and he’s not coming back for this one. Early indications are the market is looking in Apple’s direction though so even though Steve isn’t part of the mix Apple has the inside track to getting this right at the moment. The other big player is Microsoft and they have been doing better work with hardware of late and given their recent misstep with the Xbox how they do with Wearables will have a great deal to do with how people perceive their new CEO so expect them to come out swinging for the fences. In fact both Apple’s and Microsoft’s CEOs have a lot on the line here and they have some tough competition from Motorola who may have found their new Razor. Let me explain.
- Amazon Fire Gives Developers Chance to Liven Up 3D Market Bloomberg | Jul 11
- Microsoft’s New CEO Refocuses Company On Productivity, Platform redOrbit | Jul 11
- FTC Goes After Amazon for Fleecing Kids E-Commerce Times | Jul 11
Rob Enderle on…
Google and the launch of Android TV
[Four years on, Android TV represents a big improvement on its predecessor, according to Enderle.] “This looks like what it should have been, a much better user experience, a much better connection back to other devices.”
Google tunes into TV ... again Fox News
Twitter’s acquisition of SnappyTV
"Twitter wants to add content that you'll stay with longer. It's that engagement that drives advertising revenue, so Twitter may be looking at SnappyTV as a way to extend engagement.”
SnappyTV Could Amp Up Twitter Amplify E-Commerce Times
Wearables and security
"Wearable gadgets will be banned in courts, hospitals, law offices, government buildings, public bathrooms, schools and anyplace where confidentiality is important. The problem will quickly become how you identify folks using them as they become far more concealable.”
Amazon’s new smartphone
"If Amazon does this right, it could be amazing ... wicked cool." [If Amazon decides to go it alone and sell direct to its huge base of customers, they would sell the phone close to cost.] "Apple wanted to sell direct to the customer but couldn't figure out a way to do it. That's why they joined forces with AT&T.”
Video game consoles and their relevance in the future
"With Sony bringing out 'PlayStation TV' which plays games decently and going into cloud services, the clock is ticking. We are entering a window where it will be increasingly difficult for consumers to buy an expensive gaming device which isn't mobile.”
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