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Daily Wrap: Path is Awesome and More

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 8:36 pm

dailywrap-150x150.pngJon says the version 2 do-over of the life-streaming app, Path, is like a slicker, more elegant Facebook Timeline. Is that a good or bad thing? Either way, Path is live and ready to play with, and Timeline’s launch continues to slip. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.

Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. This is a new feature at ReadWriteWeb so we covet your feedback. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments below or reach out to me directly at robyn at readwriteweb.com.

Micron: Thailand causing demand pick-up for SSDs

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 8:36 pm

Micron Technology said today that demand is increasing for solid-state drives in the wake of the flooding in Thailand.

Micron told CNET that it is seeing an increase in demand due to the flooding in Thailand.

Micron told CNET that it is seeing an increase in demand due to the flooding in Thailand.

(Credit:
Micron)

Since late summer, the prices of traditional spinning hard disk drives have been steadily rising because of shortages due to flooding in Thailand. That country accounts for about 70 percent of global hard drive-related production. And recently Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman said that large customers are calling HP because they can’t get drives.

Micron Technology, one of the largest flash memory chip manufacturers in the world, told CNET today that the solid-state drive industry has seen orders spike.

“Clearly there’s an increase in demand because of the Thailand flooding. There’s fewer hard drives and open slots and an SSD can fit in that slot nicely,” Kevin Kilbuck, Director of Marketing for Micron’s NAND Solutions Group, told CNET today. Kilbuck is referring to the fact many SSDs today can plug into the same slots inside PCs that have traditionally accommodated HDDs.

And ultrabooks are also driving demand. “Look at ultrabooks. Because ultrabooks will either be 100 percent SSD or using a small SSD as a cache plus a hard drive,” Troy Winslow, director of marketing for Intel’s Flash Division, told CNET today.

SharePoint Faces E-Discovery Challenges, Like Every Enterprise CMS Does

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 2:36 pm

Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most widely used content management systems in the world, but it wasn’t designed with the needs of courts and lawyers in mind, according to attorneys and IT consultants who work with SharePoint customers.

Samsung’s 2GHz chip to drive new tablet displays

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 12:36 pm

A current Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Future high-resolution tablets are on the way.

A current Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Future high-resolution tablets are on the way.

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Best Buy)

Samsung is readying a 2GHz chip with amped up graphics, offering more evidence of a wave of high-resolution
tablets to come.

The Exynos 5250 dual-core chip is based on the latest and greatest Cortex-A15 ARM design. And just in case you’re not sure what kind of device the chip is targeted at, Samsung leaves no doubt. The 5250 is “designed specifically for high-end tablets,” according to Samsung’s press release.

But let’s get the nuts and bolts out of the way first. It uses 32-nanometer “high-k metal gate” process technology (translation: smaller chip geometries made on cutting-edge manufacturing tech) and nearly doubles the performance of a current Cortex-A9-based dual-core ARM processor running at 1.5GHz.

Then Samsung has more to say about powering high-resolution tablet displays. “In particular, the Exynos 5250 design was architected to drive up to an industry leading 2560×1600 (WQXGA) display…The 3D graphics processing capabilities…and a stereoscopic 3D feature raise the bar of user experience on high-specification 3D gaming,” Samsung said.

And the 5250 boosts memory performance too. Specifically, a memory bandwidth of 12.8 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) compared with current dual-core processors that support a maximum of 6.4GB/s, Samsung said. But, again, this is aimed at faster display graphics. “To enable fast data processing features, superb 3D graphics and high-resolution display. This memory bandwidth is a key requirement for a processor to support WQXGA resolution displays.”

Other niceties include an image signal processor enabling 8-megapixel resolution images at 30 frames per second, an HD 60-frame-per-second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and playback, a HDMI 1.4 interface, and support for USB 3.0.

Samsung is shipping samples of the chip to customers. It is scheduled for mass-production in the second quarter of 2012.

Carrier Switch and Router Market Set to Generate $40.2 Billion

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 8:34 am

Cisco’s IP Edge growth is coming at the expense of Chinese networking vendor Huawei. Huawei’s share in the third quarter dropped to 12.3 percent down from 17.2 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Looking at the Carrier Ethernet market as a whole, Infonetics is seeing continued strength in the sector. For 2011, Infonetics is now forecasting that the global carrier Ethernet equipment market will grow by 15.7 percent to $32.0 billion in revenues for the year.

The growth in 2011 is helping to fuel an even more optimistic medium term outlook for the sector.

“The carrier Ethernet equipment market continues to grow strongly, so much so that we’ve increased our long-term forecast from $37.5 billion to $40.2 billion by 2015,” Howard said.

 

Read the full story at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
Carrier Switch and Router Market Grows by 4.5 Percent

Climate Group Urges Developers to Consider Energy Efficiency

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 6:36 am

In its quest to promote greener computing, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) is turning its focus on application developers. Executive director George Goodman is spearheading an effort to educate developers about the need for energy-efficient applications. He’s making the rounds at tech conferences discussing the issue and offering tips.

On its website, the group is also soliciting notification about apps that interfere with systems’ power management features.

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Data Center Traffic to Hit 4.8 Zettabytes in 2015

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 30 November 2011 12:34 am

While Cisco has been predicting for years the growth of the network by way of their Visual Networking Index, the Cloud Index takes a look at traffic both inside and outside of the data center. Among the key forecasts from the new Cloud report is that overall data center IP traffic will grow between 2010 and 2015 at a compound annual growth rate of 33 percent. Overall traffic will grow from 1.1 Zettabytes in 2010 to 4.8 Zettabytes in 2015.

“The interesting part about the 4.8 Zettabyte figure is that it is higher than what we forecast in the Visual Networking Index for the network itself and this caught us by surprise,” Doug Webster, Sr. Director of SP Marketing at Cisco told InternetNews.com. “The vast majority of traffic is staying within the data center itself.”

Webster noted that approximately 76 percent of traffic stays within the data center as virtual machines migrate from one server to another. Data center to data center traffic is also on the rise, accounting for as much as 17 percent of total traffic.

Cisco analyst Shruti Jain added that many people don’t realize how much supplementary data is generated for different types of transactions. For example, Jain told InternetNews.com that if you send a 1 MB email to four people, you’d expect to have used 5 MB of data. As it turns out according to Cisco’s findings, that transaction can generate as much as 30 MB of data due to all the storage, replication and backup that goes on.

Read the full story at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
Cloud Traffic Growing Fast Inside the Data Cente

Daily Wrap: The Return of Reasonable Debate and More

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 29 November 2011 8:27 pm

3 Lessons Learned from the SOPA Debate Last Week

Last week we published a legal analysis of SOPA. Two commenters, e-novel publisher, Rowena Cherry, and TechDirt founder, Michael Masnick, engaged in a lively debate that inspired Scott Fulton to write up the lessons we should learn from such an intelligent, if not always perfectly polite, conversation. Since so many internet communities have thrown away vigorous but reasoned debate and turned to personal attacks instead, I hope we can learn from Rowena’s and Michael’s example.

Here are a few more must read posts, chosen by your fellow community members.

Cisco, Google Ventures and VMware Back Puppet Labs with $8.5 Million

Now You Can Tether Your iPhone to Your Laptop Without a Monthly Fee [Updated: Not Anymore]

BradBell is amazed that we’re still dealing with this issue in 2011.

Who would ever imagine, with all the innovation in digital communications, we’d be paying the lions share to the poor, dumb, half-assed telephone companies for the thumb on our wind pipes.

Google Opens the Door to Mobile Maps Inside Buildings

Google Ditches The Black Bar, Puts Search Atop All Pages

How Facebook Screwed With Everyone’s Privacy And What It’s Doing About It

The Five Signs That an Application is Ripe For the Cloud

EU Advocate General: You Can’t Copyright a Programming Language

The iPad Isn’t Just Killing PC Sales – Memory Chips Take a Hit Too

Tom Foremski, a ReadWriteWeb reader, added:

DRAM makers have always been losing money, way too much over-production is the cause, not iPads. Otherwise you would see an effect on microprocessor sales, and you don’t, Intel is killing it every quarter.

Windows Phone Outperforms Android and iOS In Mobile Advertising, Smaato Reports

ReadWriteWeb commenter, Jonathan Neumann wondered:

I’d be very curious to know what other mobile developers think too. I just released an iPhone app following the traditional paid scheme, but I am wondering if I shouldn’t also offer this app with ads. Would you recommend ad-supported apps, fellow coders?

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ReadWriteWeb Meetup: Seoul [Recap]

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 29 November 2011 8:27 pm

rww_150.gifOn November 15, many of us and many of you took part in a worldwide ReadWriteWeb meetup. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from this blog’s community. Of all of these, including the fabulous ones that were put on in St. Louis and Boston, the ReadWriteWeb Seoul meetup was one of the most intricately planned meetups I learned about, and while I’m typically a non-planner, I was very, very impressed with the happenings at this meetup.

I asked the meetup planner, David Lee, Founder CEO of Shakr Media, a Seoul-based startup, to recap the meetup so that the rest of us could live vicariously through his notes (and video!).

Judges overturn Galaxy Tab ban in Australia

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 29 November 2011 8:27 pm

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

(Credit:
Samsung)

The Federal Court of Australia has overturned the preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in a stunning verdict read to the court this afternoon.

The unanimous decision made by Federal Court Justices John Dowsett, Lindsay Foster, and David Yates ordered that the injunction made by Justice Annabelle Bennett be overturned, allowing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be released in Australia.

However, Apple legal counsel Stephen Burley then sought a stay of the orders handed down by Justice Foster so that an appeal against the overturning of the injunction could be heard before the High Court of Australia.


Read more of Galaxy Tab ban overturned in Australia at ZDNet Australia.

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