Saturday, June 11, 2011

Web Security Start-Up Cloudflare Gets Buzz, Courtesy of LulzSec Hackers


>>Like Project HoneyPot, Cloudflare gets better as more people use it. The service uses distributed computing — it’s hosted in 12 Equinix data centers around the world — to keep its customers’ sites online when their servers crash or are attacked. It helps protect against commonly seen attacks, like denial of service attacks and malware bots.

Equinix Internap seeing strong demand, says Wells Fargo


>>After conducting channel checks, Wells Fargo reports that demand for data centers from Equinix and Internap is stronger than expected and generally positive. The firm maintains Outperform ratings on Equinix and Internap.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Touch panel industry to take off in 2011

from Digitimes:

>>While touch panels have seen rapid adoption in various terminal devices, business for the touch panel industry is taking off in 2011 and will grow quickly over the next 3-5 years, said chairman Michael Chiang of TPK Holdings at the company's 2011 shareholders meeting on June 9.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Equinix To Build Third Data Center in Amsterdam

Sustainable design meets growing local and global demand

REDWOOD CITY, CA & AMSTERDAM — June 9, 2011— Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced plans to build a third International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in Amsterdam (AM3), just six months after the official opening of AM2, the second IBX in the same market, indicating strong demand for Equinix data center services. The first phase of AM3 is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012. The new IBX will be located in the Amsterdam Science Park, one of the most carrier-dense locations in Europe with more than 150 networks, and when completed will provide approximately 6,400 square meters of customer floor space.

“To announce three Amsterdam data centers in three years is a great measure of Equinix’s strategic and financial commitment to supporting the growth of its customers. The new AM3 IBX will meet strong local and global demand, while underlining Equinix’s commitment to building some of the most energy-efficient carrier-neutral data centers possible,” said Eric Schwartz, President of Equinix EMEA. “AM3 will further extend Platform Equinix in Europe, while supporting our growing global customer base with a full range of premium colocation, interconnection and support services for industry sectors including financial institutions, networks, enterprises, content, cloud and IT services firms.”

The project will be built in phases, with the first phase adding approximately 1,400 cabinet equivalents. When the second and final phase is completed, the IBX will house approximately 2,800 cabinet equivalents. The new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified data center will use hot and cold storage in ground wells to avoid the use of powered cooling where possible. Excess heat from the data center will be used to warm nearby buildings and for other third-party uses. The use of sustainable technologies enables Equinix to offer its customers industry-leading data center services and a meaningful reduction in carbon footprint.

Schwartz explained how the location in the Amsterdam Science Park will benefit customers: “The close proximity to various internet exchanges and the University of Amsterdam will make AM3 one of the key hubs for serving the European continent. Moreover, the extremely high carrier density at the Amsterdam Science Park enables customers to improve their networks’ and applications’ flexibility and resilience. As with other IBXs in Amsterdam, AM3 will deliver this high level of carrier connectivity combined with the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange. ”

The company’s previously provided capital expenditures guidance of between $615 and $665 million in 2011 includes the forecasted 2011 spending for this new data center.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

iOS 5: Custom Vibrations


>>If you’re running iOS 5, you can access these options in Settings from the General > Accessibility menu.

With custom vibrations, we can change the standard vibration and assign vibrations to individual contacts — just like we’ve been able to do with ringtones all along. Apple is providing a handful of pre-made vibrations, but it also provides a custom vibration recorder which has you tap in a pattern. It’s more fun than it sounds.

This means that we can now identify who is calling us in a loud nightclub or when our phones are on silent. It’s a small gain, but if you’re used to deciding whether to take your phone out of your pocket based on which ringtone is playing you’ll probably quite like this new feature.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tesla Model S will support third-party apps

from Engadget:

>>Yesterday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Cleantech Forum attendees in San Francisco that the upcoming Model S would indeed come with support for third-party applications to run on that monster 17-inch infotainment console. We're happy to see the company encouraging developers to put that Tegra chip to good use, though we can't help but worry about the myriad distractions that could come along with it.

Atmel analyst day


>>Beyond this, Berger thinks Atmel's business is robust with microcontroller (MCU), maXTouch, and memory shipments likely to grow in second half of 2011 versus first half of 2011.


>>ATML reaffirms its maXTouch rev outlook of $300M+ in 2011.

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Future of Handset Gaming May Well Be Sensation

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Tablet devices and smartphones could soon represent the replacement for consoles as the most attractive platform for the gaming sector.

This is at least the opinion of several insiders in the multibillion industry – here is a quote from Heiko Hubertz, chief executive and founder of online gaming firm Bigpoint, taken from his recent interview with Reuters:

Cypress’s CapSense® Solution Powers Clarion Touch Panel Featured in Suzuki MR Wagon

Interesting comment in the Press Release:

>>Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), the market leader in touch-sensing, today announced that the Clarion Co., Ltd. has chosen Cypress's CapSense® touch-sensing solution to drive the touch panel featured in the dashboard of the Suzuki MR Wagon. The touch panel houses the main audio control and is used for volume control and channel selection.

We're excited to work with Clarion to deliver the stylish and functional touch panel in the Suzuki MR Wagon, said Hassane El Khoury, automotive business unit director. It's indicative of the trend of leading automotive companies moving into the touch age.

Equinix management to meet with Deutsche Bank


>>Meeting to be held in Singapore on June 6 hosted by Deutsche Bank.