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 …

Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha’s metal frame

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 13th, 2014

Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame, in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones has been blamed for the company’s recent struggles. The …

Indulging in analytics

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - August 5th, 2014

Big Data analysis can give businesses a great deal of insight into their processes, weaknesses and strengths. However, over-investment and lack of planning in these projects can result in a waste of resources for already stretched budgets.

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.

Apple and IBM pair for iOS apps

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - July 16th, 2014

Apple is making a push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its Big Data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to clients.

Need for speed

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 7th, 2014

IT managers around the world are falling in love with SSDs (solid state drives) in enterprise servers because they solve two major headaches: they run fast enough to replace multiple HDDs (hard disk drives) and they help reduce the electric bill.

A safe bet

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 7th, 2014

The OS wars are nothing new. Every user has a laundry list of reasons why their operating system is king. One of the key points in determining which OS reigns supreme is security. CNME investigates the security successes and pitfalls of the most commonly used operating systems.

Work release

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - July 1st, 2014

Employees and employers alike are embracing the move to mobile technology in the workplace. For employees, this means a greater amount a freedom when it comes to when and where they work. For employers, mobile technology can mean a boost in productivity and efficiency.

Spectrum of hope

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - June 23rd, 2014

With the migration to 4G LTE, a spectrum crunch is looming large over the regional telecom operators. Refarming of spectrum resources is emerging as one of the most cost effective ways to roll out mobile broadband technologies.

EAI promise

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 23rd, 2014

An enterprise application integration offers several rewards eliminating the cost of application development and improving user experience to name just two. But with the integration comes an array of complications that can require centralised policies. CNME takes a look at the rewards and boons of EAIs.

Broadcast the passion

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 5th, 2014

Striving to keep up with a high-achieving family, Ali Radhi, Head of IT, MBC, has relied on his relentless passion for technology to find professional success.

Malicious mobility

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

From paying bills on our smartphones to banking on our tablets, we are living more and more of our lives on our mobile devices. However, with all of this agility comes a measure of concern.

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.

IDC cuts 2014 IT spending forecast

Marc Ferranti by Marc Ferranti - May 18th, 2014

A slowdown in the growth rate for tablet and mobile phone sales and economic uncertainty in emerging markets are putting a damper on global IT spending, according to IDC.

MoFA calling

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

With the security and reputation of the UAE at stake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ IT department knew it had to implement a secure communications channel for its delegates. A project that began in 2012 now sees 69 UAE foreign embassies connected to a secure WAN, which has made huge operational savings, and ensures sleepless nights for MoFA’s IT team.

Virtual lock down

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 15th, 2014

Virtualisation has made the data centre a more flexible and agile place. However, the trade-off in this software-defined shift is a measure of complexity when it comes to protecting our data. Enterprises must reconsider their protection strategy to reflect the new, virtualised world.

GISEC turns the spotlight on crucial security tactics

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - May 13th, 2014

In the wake of increasing global cybercrimes and cyber-attacks, the importance of information security as the top priority of governments, businesses and security services in the Middle East has prompted significant investments to …

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.

Dell launches virtual storage accelerator

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Dell has released a new virtualised storage accelerator appliance called Fluid Cache for SAN, designed to help customers keep data-intensive applications working quickly under load.

Cisco announces security service, operations centres venture

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 23rd, 2014

Cisco has announced Managed Threat Defense, a set of security services for the enterprise that it is providing through two new operations centres to remotely support intrusion-detection, incident response and forensics, among other services.

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.

EMC: Digital universe data to grow tenfold by 2020

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 20th, 2014

EMC has announced results of the seventh EMC Digital Universe study reveals how the emergence of wireless technologies, smart products and software-defined businesses are playing a central role in catapulting the volume of the world’s data.

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.

Cisco reveals OpenFlow SDN killer

Jim Duffy by Jim Duffy - April 3rd, 2014

Cisco is this week unveiling an alternative to OpenFlow for software-defined networking and proposing it as a standard, while adding it as a vital component of the company’s new programmable architecture.

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.

IT spending by UAE businesses to top $4.6 Billion in 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 30th, 2014

Business IT spending in the UAE is expected to increase 8.3% year on year in 2014 to total $4.63 billion, according to the latest figures released today by IDC.

The death of Internet privacy

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 26th, 2014

In the age of constant connection, internet users are sharing more and more sensitive information online. As hackers become more organised and the amount of data stored in the cloud increases, the potential for leaks of sensitive data becomes magnified.

IDG Founder and Chairman Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 21st, 2014

International Data Group (IDG)  announced  with great sadness that its Founder and Chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died March 19, 2014, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. CPI Media Group’s technology division is the …

IDC: Cloud will be $107B industry by 2017

Brandon Butler by Brandon Butler - March 20th, 2014

Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry in 2013 and is expected to more than double to $107 billion by 2017, research firm IDC predicts.

IDC: MEA tablet shipment booms in Q4

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 17th, 2014

Shipments of PC tablets into the Middle East and Africa expanded 111% year on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to the latest results released by IDC, as the overall MEA tablet market reached a total of 3.45 million units for the quarter.

Bringing it all together

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Converged storage has transitioned from hype to market reality. Combining compute resources with storage delivery promises to drive efficiency and save money for enterprises reeling under the data deluge.

IDC: Infrastructure and operations to drive MEA IT oil and gas spend

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 9th, 2014

IT spending by oil and gas companies across the Middle East and Africa in 2014 will primarily be driven by ambitious infrastructure investment plans, the modernisation of operational processes, and the quest to add more value to the services delivered to end users, according to predictions from IDC.

IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - March 6th, 2014

Shipments of new personal computers, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will face greater declines in 2014 than earlier anticipated, IDC said Tuesday.

Microsoft Azure continues enterprise push with private on-ramps

Joab Jackson by Joab Jackson - February 23rd, 2014

Microsoft continues to target the enterprise with the introduction of a private on-ramp for Windows Azure cloud services.

Samsung to replace Android with Tizen on next Gear smartwatch

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - February 20th, 2014

On Monday Samsung will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.

Ringing in changes

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 17th, 2014

Can regional telecommunication providers go beyond vanilla services and offer more value to consumer and business markets alike?

IDC launches Technology Advisory Council before CIO summit

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

IDC today launched its Technology Advisory Council for the Gulf region during a press conference held at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel.

ITS announces Smart Government agreement for GCC nations

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 17th, 2014

International Turnkey Systems Group (ITS) has announced a series of agreements to implement Smart Government solutions and provide a range of e-government services for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - February 16th, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, the e-commerce giant said Friday.

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 13th, 2014

The world’s love affair with the smartphone continued unabated in 2013 with consumers snapping up more than 1 billion handsets during the year, according to an IDC estimate published on Wednesday.

IDC: Infrastructure, mobility, and security to fuel 2014 ME software spending

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

Middle Eastern software markets are set to show robust growth in 2014, according to the latest insights from global IDC with GCC countries spurring this expansion through the initiation of infrastructure projects and implementation of citizen services.

Sophos acquires security provider Cyberoam Technologies

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

Sophos has announced today the acquisition of network security provider Cyberoam Technologies.

IDC: Leading MEA utility IT spending to top $1 billion in 2014

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

IT spending on utilities in Turkey, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE increased 9.2% year on year in 2013 to total just under $1 billion, according to the latest round of data released by IDC Energy Insights.

State secrets

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 9th, 2014

What do Middle East governments need when it comes to security, and are newly formed government entities set to revolutionise the way that states think about security?

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    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.

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    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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