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Symbian, the open source mobile OS spun out of Nokia and once the Big Kahuna
of smartphones OSs, announced this week that it would be participating in new
projects funded in part by the EC and run through the Artemis Industrial
Association R&D combine, to the tune of some twenty-two million Euros. But,
there are some things about this event that are odd and make one wonder what
is the real story.
€22M is about $31M and that's a lot of cabbage, especially for an open
source project that has seen harder times since losing the love of its birth
mother Nokia and the support of two if its biggest handset partners,
Sony-Ericsson and Samsung. According to Garnter, though, as of the first
quarter of this year, Symbian's smartphone market share was still 41% and
only slightly less than RIM, Android and iOS combined!
North Am... (more)
Adobe’s release last week of its AIR 1.0 (Adobe Integrated Runtime)
cross-platform platform got plenty of ink. Much of it missed the point.
And that’s understandable, given that we are tumbling into the next
generation of everything all at once right now – SaaS and SOA, Web 2.0,
Blu-ray, cellular streaming, and on and on – like a tornado crossing a
junkyard. It’s one of those times when it’s hard to keep things straight.
So Adobe’s AIR announcement roiled the swamp and raised the themes of rich
Internet applications, offline Internet applications, and cross-platform
runtimes in a... (more)
MokaFive is slumming. Like Citrix, VMware and countless other vendors, they
call themselves a “desktop virtualization” vendor, but they ain’t.
Since 1959 the computing world has generally used the word virtual as a rough
synonym for simulated as in “virtual disk in RAM,” or “virtual memory
on disk,” or “virtual machine” in VMware, for that matter. Consistent
with this usage is the latest virtual thingie, the virtual desktop, but among
the solutions sporting this label, MokaFive is the thing that’s not like
There are at least five different flavors of desktop virtualiz... (more)
What do the Mayan calendar and silicon-based semiconductor technology have in
common? They both end in 2012. That's the year when the laws of physics will
likely trump Moore's Law and it simply won't be possible to cram any more
transistors into the integrated circuits on a silicon chip without current
leaks ruining its ability to process digital information reliably.
In the scrum for a viable alternative to silicon, the smart money for the
last few years has been on graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon with
the fantastical attributes of being flexible, transparent, recyclab... (more)
Hitachi Data Systems has sharpened its focus on "Big Data Clouds" with
today's announcement of the latest version of its Hitachi Content Platform
and a new product called the Hitachi Data Ingestor. Together, they can be
used by cloud service providers and distributed IT organizations to make
easier, cheaper and safer to but large amounts of data, especially
unstructured content, into the cloud.
The Hitachi Content Platform is one big honkin' object store that can hold as
much as 40 petabytes (1024 terabytes) of both structured and unstructured
data per physical cluster, present... (more)