Tuesday, October 13, 2015



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IBM opens another cloud data centre in India

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 03:39 AM PDT

IBM logoBig Blue has opened a cloud data centre in Chennai, India, as part of its plan to have cloud in every major financial market. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and IBM already has a data centre there.

The company said the move is part of $1.2 billion it's spending on IBM Cloud worldwide.

And, as part of its commitment to the Indian startup market, IBM has struck a partnership with NASSCOM (the National Association of Software and Services Companies) and has created Techstartup.in – a place, where it says angels, mentors, investors, academics and venture capitalists will cooperate to create a bigger cloud market.

IBM has also introduced two developer initiatives – developerWorks Premium and a cloud certification programme. It is cooperating with Accenture, Tech Mahindra and CSC to encourage Indian developers to extend IBM Cloud tech, such as IBM Bluemix.

Robert LeBlanc, a senior VP of IBM Cloud, said that the Indian cloud market is set to grow exponentially.

He said that it will work with NASSCOM's 10,000 Startups programme to give local developers and engineers the skills they need to help grow the market.

The Chennai data centre will offer Softlayer infrastructure services.India has 2.75 million developers, making it the world the second largest developer population and it will outstrip the USA by 90 percent, according to research firm Evans Data Corp.

SAP is quids in

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 01:52 AM PDT

SAP logoThe maker of extremely expensive business management software, and which no-one knows what it actually does, SAP reported a 19 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit.

This was much bigger than the cocaine nose jobs of Wall Street predicted and has created a bit of a stir.

SAP said third quarter operating profit, excluding special items, rose to $1.84 billion.

SAP’s Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic said it was expecting to make an operating profit of 5.6 – 5.9 billion euro at constant currencies. This is flat growth to a rise of as much as 5 percent from 5.6 billion euros last year. Not great but better than Wall Street predicted.

Mucic said that the double digit growth in cloud and software revenue was mainly driven by excellent results in mature markets. We guess teenage markets are too interested in slouching around the house with their mates to buy SAP and pre-school markets don't have a chequebook.

SAP’s Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic said in a statement, adding that he expected continued volatility and economic challenges in emerging markets. Markets which hide in shrubberies and emerge are always more tricky than those who stand in the middle of the square and shout "look at me".

SAP, whose customers include the world’s biggest multinationals, specialises in business applications ranging from accounting to human resources to supply-chain management.

The outfit has to take on fast-growing newer competitors such as Workday and Amazon.com’s web software unit.

SAP said its cloud subscriptions and support revenue more than doubled to 600 million euro in the third quarter.

Third-quarter total revenue of 4.98 billion euros was slightly ahead of the average expectation of 4.93 billion.

Storage? You can use any old ion

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 01:51 AM PDT

dalliboxironBoffins at the University of Kiel (CAU) and the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) have developed a new method of storing data using ions and electrons. This means that memory cells could thus be reduced down to atomic dimensions.

But according to the Scientific Reports journal the development of ever-smaller and more energy efficient memory is at its limits. Industrial companies and research institutions want a more efficient universal memory which combines the advantages of all the storage but can move data about at the same time.

To do this researchers want to get away from the charge-based storage to one which uses electrical resistance.

Professor Hermann Kohlstedt's team came up with two metallic electrodes which are separated by a solid-state ion conductor made from a transition metal.

When a voltage is applied, the resistance of the memory cell changes. There is a shift of ions between the layers.

The cells reduce almost the size of atoms if you apply ied voltage exactly.

The new resistance-based storage is so efficient it could even simulate the brain structures. A fast pattern recognition, low power consumption associated with an enormous parallel processing of the data would allow revolutionary computer architectures.

King of Pop wants to be the new Apple

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 01:50 AM PDT

pepsiA maker of fizzy, brown, bubbly stuff which removes rust off old coins wants to get into the smartphone business.

Pepsi, which once thought it was a good idea to promote itself using the alleged kiddie-fiddler  and coke fan Michael Jackson, now thinks that there are not enough smartphones in the world.

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which says that Pepsi’s official Weibo has also teased a phone. It has a 5.5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution and 13MP camera, the device is allegedly powered by a 1.7 GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. What’s more, the phone, which is expected to be called the Pepsi P1, and is likely to cost only $200.

The Pepsi phone is pretty much standard fare. It does not even have a bottle opener, not that fizzy, brown, bubbly stuff comes in bottles much these days.

It is thought that Pepsi has licensed its brand to another device manufacturer but it is not clear which one or why.

Still the phone’s low cost and Pepsi’s brand recognition could mean that it does ok. We are not holding our breath.

Nanya getting into 20 nanometre

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 01:50 AM PDT

63-CH3SNAS_DRAMNanya Technology is raising the cash to convert its 12-inch production to a 20nm process.

Company president Pei Ing Lee told Digitimes that Kingston and another Taiwan-based DRAM module firm have expressed interests partnering in the project.

Nanya wanted to raise funds in early 2015, but postponed it because the market really was not up to it. DRAM prices have been falling for a while and this has dragged down the worldwide output in value in 2015. Making more DRAM this year was a silly idea.

What makes it worse is that Nanya and other DRAM makers were optimistic about 2015, but actual market conditions were worse than expected. Nanya will move to speed up its transition to a “die-shrink” 30nm node technology, Lee indicated.

Nanya has converted 40 percent of the company’s total wafer start capacity to the process, and the proportion will exceed 50 percent in the fourth quarter.

Lee noted that PC DRAM prices remain under downward pressure in the fourth quarter of 2015, but end-market demand is picking up. Nevertheless, customers are still engaged in inventory adjustments, Lee said.

Nanya said it had consolidated revenues of US$320 million for the third quarter of 2015, down 7.3 percent sequentially. During the quarter, Nanya’s bit shipments increased by 0.9 percent.

UK cops fed up with looking at Assange

Posted: 13 Oct 2015 01:48 AM PDT

Julian AssangeJulian “It is all about me” Assange's self-imposed imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy to avoid facing rape questions from Swedish coppers has taken a novel turn.

The UK, which has the job of extraditing him, has pulled the coppers from outside the embassy who had the job of making sure he could not escape.

This is the opposite of what Assange himself has said. He claims that the police have actually stepped up monitoring of his doings by hiring a room in Harrods across the road. In Assange's universe he is so important that he has to be monitored at all times.

But the Metropolitan Police has announced it will remove the dedicated officers who have guarded the Ecuadorian Embassy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have been there for more than three years to arrest Assange should he set foot outside.

It is estimated that Assange cost the British tax paper £12 million  to pay for the policing.

So what is to stop Assange from leaving the embassy and sneaking out of the country on an Ecuadorian passport?

The Met said that Assange will be arrested if he tries to leave the embassy.

A spokesperson added: “While no tactics guarantee success in the event of Julian Assange leaving the embassy, the MPS will deploy a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him.

“Like all public services, MPS resources are finite. With so many different criminal, and other, threats to the city it protects, the current deployment of officers is no longer believed proportionate.”

We guess they are hoping that he will sneak out and then they will not have to worry about him at all.

Oversupply causes flat panel pangs

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 06:58 AM PDT

Samsung LCDA combination of declining prices and oversupply of LCD TVflat panels is causing many manufacturers to rethink their strategy and to revise their buying tactics.

The problem is largely caused by a a lack of demand in the important Chinese market, with a number of major manufacturers including Samsung, LG Display, BEO, AU Optronics and Innolux to change their plans.

According IHS senior analyst Nick Jiang: "Panel inventory adjustment and stagnant sell through have caused TV makers in China to become more conservative in their panel purposes."

He said that the conservative approach this year is a "major shift" from an aggressive market in 2014.

That, in turn, has caused the manufacturers of display makers to be left with too much stock. That will likely mean panel prices will fall further at the end of the year.

Data showed that in the first half of this year, panel manufacturers shipped close to 30 million TV display panels to Chinese TV makers, representing a 15 percent year on year growth.

However that all changed in the third quarter with manufacturers shipping 15 million panels, a 16 percent year on year decline. The same trend is likely to continue in this, the fourth quarter, Jiang said.

Facebook paid peanuts in UK corporation tax

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 06:40 AM PDT

FacebookInternational tax shenanigans by multinational tech corporations have already provoked investigations by authorities in the UK and in Europe.

But now the BBC reports that Facebook made a pre-tax loss of £28.5 million last year and in contrast paid its 362 employees in the UK £35.4 million in share bonuses.

In the last financial year, Facebook reported fourth quarter profits in the USA of £2.9 billion, while it has around 1.39 billion people using Facebook now.

The BBC said that the amount of corporation tax paid by Facebook is less than the average UK salary of £26,500 – with people paying £5,392.80 in income tax and national insurance.

A representative from Facebook UK said that the company complies with UK law, and it's clear that that is a fact.

Microsoft competes with its customers

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 06:30 AM PDT

Microsoft campusMicrosoft's introduction of the Surface Pro 4 last week makes it quite clear that the company doesn't give a jot about its customers who sell notebook PCs and it is quite happy for them all to wind their operations down.

For the last 20 years, Microsoft has kept a tight grip on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original development manufacturers (ODMs) who bear the cost of creating machines running the then ubiquitous Windows and using, by and large, Intel processors.

Margins for OEMs and ODMs are increasingly flat, and demand for notebooks continues to decline, which has led to several players exiting the arena, most notably Sony with its Vaio range of machines.

But the introduction of its own machine, competing with its former customers, only underlines the consolidation that is likely to proceed in the brand notebook market.

Industry delegates at the Canalys Channels Forum last week said they expected to see only three major brand players left in the notebook market in the foreseeable future – HP, Dell and Lenovo. Acer has said earlier this year that it would fight against aggressive acquisitions while Asus hasn't said very much at all about its future.

Microsoft's introduction of the Surface Pro 4 appears to pitch it against Apple – but even with an impressive set of specs, it probably doesn't stand a snowball in hell's chance of winning much market share.

Security appliance market says flat

Posted: 12 Oct 2015 06:20 AM PDT

the Cisco kidIDC said that sales of security appliance devices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) stayed flat in the second quarter of this year, and worth $837.65 million.

Although shipments increased by four percent year on year, representing 183,885 units the revenues decreased by 0.2 percent.

In the category, so-called unified threat management (ITM) appliances increased in value and over the next five years will be the largest product category, with a 62 percent share by 2019.

The top vendors in the sector in the second calendar quarter were Check Point (19.2%), Cisco (16.8%) and Fortinet (11.5%).

The European market is mostly driven by the UK and German, IDC said, with 45 percent of the entire Western European market.

Other players in the security appliance market were Palo Alto (6.5%), Juniper (41.6%) and "thers" – with largely a hefty 41.6 percent. But the "other" market share declined by 6.3 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015.

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