Saturday, October 17, 2015



Link to TechEye

Apple-1 up for sale

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 08:04 AM PDT

Screen Shot 2015-10-16 at 16.02.11Christie's auction house is to sell an original Apple-1 personal computer (pictured: Christie’s shot) but it won’t come cheap.

An online only auction has estimated it to be worth between £300,000 and £500,000 with a starting bid of £240,000. The machine, manufactured in 1976, was the designed by Steve Wozniak and sold by Steve Jobs.

Only 200 Apple-1s were built but according to Christie's there's only 50 or so of them remaining.

Christie's said they haven't tested to see whether it still works, but believe somebody competent could put it back together.

It comes with the original manuals, which apparently makes it an even rarer item.

If you do dish out half a million pounds for this old piece of kit, you have to pay a buyer's premium as well as VAT.

The auction ends of October the 29th.

Uber gets thumbs up from UK High Court

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:38 AM PDT

London taxi cabA UK High Court judge has ruled that the Uber app that is used to estimate charges and distances is not a taxi meter.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) had taken the case to court and claimed that the company's smartphones aren't taxi meters. Private hire vehicles aren't allowed to use meters.

But Mr Justice Ouseley said that taxi meters don't work in the same fashion as black taxi meters, because those don't use GPS technology or the software in smartphones.

The LTDA will appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court, and argues that smartphones work exactly like taxi meters.

The mayor of London, who regulates black cabs in the capital, is attempting to bring new regulations in to stymie the use of Uber. Transport for London (TFL) is in the process of consultation on how to regulate the industry.

Network ports show healthy growth

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:29 AM PDT

Data centreSales of 100G network ports will grow by 262 percent between now and 2019, according to data supplied by IHS Technology.

Matthias Machowinski, research director for enterprise networks said that deployments of 1G and higher networking ports continues to grow with demand both from enterprises and service providers.

He said that the higher the port speed the higher the growth rate. "That means that 40G and 100G are the key growth segments of the market. Looking ahead, we expect 40G revenues to start falling as early as 2017, as enterprise and data centre demand shifts to the newly released QSFP-based 100G technology."

IHS said that Google, Microsoft and Amazon are all introducing 100G Ethernet switching into their big hyperscale data centres.

The company released data showing that 1G/2.5G/10G/40G and 100G port shipments will exceed 700 million this year, worth an estimated $45 billion. 100G port shipments doubled in 2015 compared to 2014, with 163,000 shipped.

PC shipments in Europe fall again

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:22 AM PDT

IBM PCIn the week that microprocessor manufacturers Intel and AMD saw mixed financial results, it seems that the market for X86 based PCs has fallen again.

IDC reported that PC shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) accounted for 18.4 million units in the third quarter of 015.

That's a fall of 23 percent compared to the same quarter last year. IDC analysts attribute the fall by a mixture of adverse currency fluctuations, political instability, and oversupply of PCs in the channel.

IDC said that shipments of machines using Windows 10 increased in September, but Microsoft's decision to offer free upgrades means that demand wasn't great. Companies are trying to sell the Windows 8 products still in the warehouses.

Maciek Gornicki, research manager at IDC EMEA, said: "Bringing inventory levels under control has proven to be very challenging, but there has been clear progress and this should facilitate new shipments in the coming quarter."

When dicing the numbers, the Western European area saw a decline of 18.4 percent, but the Middle East dropped by 28.4 percent, while Eastern European shipments fell by 31.3 percent.

The top vendors in the period were HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, and Asus. But of these vendors, Acer saw a drop of 38 percent compared to the same quarter in 2014, while Asus didn't do very much better, with a decline of 26 percent.

Huawei to get into the notebook business

Posted: 16 Oct 2015 06:14 AM PDT

William Xu, HuaweiWhile some vendors are getting out of the declining PC notebook business, it appears that Chinese giant Huawei will introduce notebooks next year.

Huawei is already in the X86 server business and this year launched smartphones, which according to analysts, sold really quite well.

Digitimes reports that Huawei will use a Chinese original design manufacturer called BYD, and that company will make so called 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebooks. Xiaomi, a smartphone competitor is using Taiwanese ODM Inventec to make notebooks for it.

Huawei already has a pretty developed channel worldwide, and the move is likely to dent business by Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Asustek.

The move could also lead to lower prices for PC notebooks, as the market develops.

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