Gartner: EMEA server sales rise again

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - August 28th, 2014

Server shipments and revenue grew for the first time since 2011 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a trend likely to continue in the second half of the year, according Gartner.

Firefox OS to tighten application permissions

Lucian Constantin by Lucian Constantin - August 27th, 2014

Future versions of the Firefox OS mobile platform will allow users to control application-specific permissions, a feature with both privacy and security benefits that’s missing on Android.

Amazon in $970 million game streaming site acquisition

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - August 26th, 2014

Amazon will pay $970 million to acquire Twitch, a site for live video broadcasts of people’s video gaming sessions.

Fresh blue Apple

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - August 26th, 2014

James Dartnell takes a look at what the recent Apple-IBM enterprise deal could mean for the two corporate giants.

Palo Alto: 178 million ME Android users at risk

Anoosha Pervaz by Anoosha Pervaz - August 19th, 2014

Palo Alto Networks has unveiled new research highlighting security risks in the internal storage used by applications on Google Android devices, rendering more than 94 percent of popular Android applications used in the Middle East & Africa potentially vulnerable.

Samsung buys SmartThings

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 17th, 2014

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone. The deal, announced Thursday, gives Samsung a solid …

Lenovo sells more smartphones than PCs

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 14th, 2014

Lenovo’s growing presence in PCs and smartphones helped the company’s net profit grow 23 percent in the second quarter. The company reported Thursday that its net profit reached $214 million, while quarterly revenue …

Google packs Classroom off to school

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - August 13th, 2014

Just in time for the new school year, Google has launched a tool called Classroom that aims to make teachers’ harried lives a little easier. Google started rolling out Classroom on Tuesday to …

Five trends that will shape the future of ERP

By Ian Fleming, Managing Director, IFS Middle East, Africa and South Asia by By Ian Fleming, Managing Director, IFS Middle East, Africa and South Asia - August 11th, 2014

Businesses today are required to deal with technological advancements occurring at a pace never experienced before. What’s more, trends like the consumerisation of IT have lessened the CIO’s ability to regulate which technologies …

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 7th, 2014

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. The Emu team announced the acquisition in a blog post Wednesday. Emu and Google …

Microsoft sues Samsung, says it stopped paying for patents

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 3rd, 2014

Microsoft filed suit against Samsung on Friday, claiming the device maker has backed out of an agreement that requires it to pay licensing fees to Microsoft for the Android phones it sells. Samsung …

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - July 31st, 2014

Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

UK rushes data retention bill

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - July 20th, 2014

The U.K. government has pushed through a new surveillance law to replace one a European Union court said interfered with fundamental privacy rights – but, say civil rights campaigners, the new law is worse than the one it replaces.

HDS introduces new mobility offering

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 30th, 2014

Hitachi Data Systems has announced a new set of technologies in the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio that are designed to address the demands businesses are placing on their IT organisations.

Molerats, here for spring

Ayed Alqartah, Senior Systems Engineer, FireEye by Ayed Alqartah, Senior Systems Engineer, FireEye - June 26th, 2014

Between 29th April and 27th May, FireEye Labs identified several new Molerats attacks targeting at least one major U.S. financial institution and multiple European government organisations.

Microsoft turns cloud storage into Office 365 feature

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - June 26th, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to boost free storage space to one terabyte for Office 365 subscribers is less a game changer for the rent-not-own concept than additional evidence that storage is transforming from a separate service to a feature, analysts argued today.

Dell introduces mid-size and software-defined storage arrays

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - June 25th, 2014

Dell plans to expand its storage lineup with a series of mid-sized SAN arrays and a portfolio of software-defined storage systems, furthering two prominent industry trends.

Real time shopping data app released in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 24th, 2014

A free app bringing a ‘mystery shopping’ concept has been released in the UAE.

The growth of Google

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

So the word’s out. By the end of May it emerged that Google will invest between $20-30 billion in acquisitions of non-US-based companies, following its 2013 disclosure to the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission of the plans.

Google’s Nest acquires Dropcam for $555M

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - June 23rd, 2014

Nest, the Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector maker owned by Google, is acquiring home security system developer Dropcam as part of a push to connect a wider range of devices in people’s homes.

Google unseats Microsoft as U.S. browser powerhouse

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 8th, 2014

Google has unseated rival Microsoft as the leading browser maker in the U.S. for the first time, Adobe said this week, citing data from its analytics platform.

Iranian hackers create fake news organisation

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - May 29th, 2014

A suspected Iranian hacker group seeded Facebook and LinkedIn with bogus profiles of women and created a fake online news organisation to get digitally closer to more than 2,000 people whom it wanted to spy on.

Apple and Samsung fail to settle patent dispute in California

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 22nd, 2014

Apple and Samsung told a court in California that they had failed to reach a settlement in their patent dispute, suggesting that a deal akin to that between Google and Apple may not be on the cards anytime soon.

Google plans $30B of international acquisitions

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - May 22nd, 2014

Google plans to spend $20-30 billion of its of its accumulated international profits to fund potential acquisitions of non-U.S. companies and technology rights.

PCs and smartphones drive Lenovo Q1 growth

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - May 22nd, 2014

Lenovo’s net profit grew 25 percent year-over-year in the first quarter as the Chinese company continued to make gains in the PC and smartphone markets.

Rubbish rebooted

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Waste has been managed in the same way with the same technologies for decades. Amin Al Zarouni, Head of ICT, Bee’ah, and his team have taken the traditional idea of waste management and turned it on its head.

Big Data analytics: the future of IT security?

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 20th, 2014

Big Data analytics tools will be crucial to enterprise security as criminals deploy faster and more sophisticated methods to steal valuable data, according to security firm RSA.

Cisco’s Chambers requests Obama intervention

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 19th, 2014

Cisco Systems’ CEO John Chambers has written to U.S. President Barack Obama, asking for his intervention so that U.S. technology sales are not affected by a loss in trust as a result of reports of surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - May 18th, 2014

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

Building hybrid clouds

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

Bringing the strengths of public and private cloud together in an optimal fashion can help enterprises keep their core legacy systems and leverage existing investment. However, it takes careful planning to get started on the journey to a hybrid model. We find out what it takes for enterprises to join the hybrid cloud bandwagon.

Microsoft Mobile: Restored glory?

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

Microsoft has finally closed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, and now has an added opportunity to impose its ‘Microsoft Everywhere’ approach on technology, writes James Dartnell.

EMC unveils cloud and software-defined storage offerings in Las Vegas

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 6th, 2014

EMC has announced new cloud and software-defined storage offerings at the 14th edition of its EMC World conference in Las Vegas.

Google shows homegrown server with IBM Power chip

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 30th, 2014

IBM’s efforts to expand the use of its Power chips in hyperscale data centres just got a big shot in the arm from Google.

Microsoft completes $7.2B Nokia acquisition

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - April 27th, 2014

Microsoft has officially closed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, welcoming approximately 30,000 new employees to its rolls.

IBM making push for Power server chips

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - April 24th, 2014

An IBM project to widen the use of its Power server chips inched forward Wednesday with Big Blue trying to challenge Intel for a bigger role in the hyperscale data centres run by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Android tops mobile ad traffic for first time

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.

Gartner: Top 10 mobile technologies and capabilities

Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner by Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner - April 22nd, 2014

Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner, shares the research firm’s top 10 mobile technologies and capabilities that organisations must master in 2015 and 2016.

Microsoft to wrap up Nokia deal on Friday

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - April 22nd, 2014

Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal.

Google revenue jumps 19 percent but still disappoints

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - April 17th, 2014

Google reported a 19 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter, but results from its advertising business were mixed.

Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - April 17th, 2014

In case it wasn’t clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is the flavour of the month.

Trend Micro: Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - April 13th, 2014

Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned in a blog post on Thursday.

Bloomberg: NSA secretly exploited Heartbleed bug for years

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - April 13th, 2014

News agency Bloomberg has alleged that the NSA has exploited the ‘Heartbleed’ OpenSSL bug for years to gather passwords and usernames of citizens.

Qualcomm adds fastest ever 64-bit Snapdragon mobile chip

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS. The new Snapdragon 810 is …

Google envisions Glass in businesses

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work. The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the …

Microsoft to give Windows away for phones, small tablets

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - April 3rd, 2014

Hardware vendors making smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches will get Windows for free, the latest aggressive move by Microsoft to increase the use of its OS on those devices.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

  • Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

    Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

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