Saturday, March 24, 2012

DENSO to Acquire I-Net Corporation's 3D Business Unit


>>The 3D Business Unit has developed 3D image-based simulation technologies, as well as software for haptic devices. (Haptic devices commercialized by DENSO include remote touch controllers used in Lexus GS, RX and other Lexus models.) These technologies and expertise will be used in DENSO’s developments of various products, including human machine interface area.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Remember That iPad Tease about "See" and "Touch"? It Was an Advanced Haptics Head Fake

from Forbes:

>>Jack Purcher of Patently Apple exclaims, “Advanced haptics will freak us out at the realism it could bring to science books, artwork, photography and yes, games. Advanced Haptics could very well end up being a game changer for the senses, to be sure.”

Expansion detailed - Jamba (Philippines)


>>We want to add three stores by the end of the year, possibly in the Makati [City] area, Quezon City, and Ortigas [Center],” Sharon T. Fuentebella, managing director of local Jamba Juice franchise holder Fresh Healthy Juice Boosters, Inc. which is part of the Max’s Group of Companies, told reporters. At present, Jamba Juice operates branches in Bonifacio Global City, Alabang Town Center, and in SM Mall of Asia, after it was first introduced in the country last September.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Apple's haptic touch feedback concept uses actuators, senses force on iPhone, iPad


>>In an effort to make touchscreens less static, Apple has proposed that future iPhones and iPads could feature actuators that would provide haptic feedback to users, and also include sensors that would measure the force at which a user touches the screen.

Apple’s New Touchscreen Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen


>>Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) touchscreens could soon come with the ability to let users feel the controls on the screen. The company has filed a patent application with the Patent and Trademark Office for a haptic technology that would provide feedback to the user and include sensors that measure the force at which a user touches the screen, an AppleInsider report said.

The application, titled “Touch-Based User Interface with Haptic Feedback,” says the use of piezoelectric actuators would allow the user to feel a virtual button on the fingertip. In addition, if the device can measure how much force a user is applying to the screen, it could respond with differing reactions.

Dougherty & Co Downgrades Equinix (EQIX) to Neutral; Valuation Call


>>Analyst, Mark, Kelleher, said, "Since we initiated coverage in October 2010 the stock has appreciated 97%, and just since the beginning of 2012 the stock has appreciated 46%. The company now carries an enterprise value of 8.5X our 2013 EBITDA estimate, and has surpassed our 12 month price target of $140.

Making Cloud Computing Work

Equinix CEO Stephen Smith weighs in on the state of business.

Jefferies Starts Equinix (EQIX) at Buy, $165 Price Target


>>Jefferies initiates coverage on Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) with a Buy. PT $165.00.

Barclays raises Equinix price target


>>Barclays raises Equinix price target to $155 from $116, rating overweight

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mobile Device Input: 2 Intriguing New Technologies


>>But these demonstrations--from the cowbell, to shaking maracas, to circling the rim of a wine glass--were really there to showcase the capabilities of Immersion's technology. The idea is that device manufacturers will license the technology--Immersion counts LG, Nokia and Samsung among its licensees, and Pantech is actually using HD haptics now--and developers will use it in applications.

Outside of the fun little tricks, Immersion showed some practical examples. For instance, imagine scrolling through your Facebook photos that people have commented on and finding, via "feel," the ones that have received the highest number of comments. It actually felt heavier in those spots. The same can be done with email. Immersion showed how you can configure e-mail so that your boss' e-mail gives you a bit of a taser-like buzz when you're scrolling through your inbox. Immersion calls this "ambient awareness" and is attempting to create ways to communicate clues in the background. Their theory is that developers will be able to simplify user interfaces so that not as much information clutters up the app screen.

ABN AMRO Clearing Helps Customers in Asia-Pacific Drive Performance Improvements and Reduce Operational Costs

Customers trading multiple asset classes across regional venues and territories will benefit from faster on-boarding and regional market entry

SINGAPORE — March 21, 2012Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that ABN AMRO Clearing (AAC), a leading global securities services provider which covers 85 exchanges worldwide and clears more than 16 million trades per day, has extended its data center network in Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore to support its trading customers across Asia-Pacific. This will provide AAC’s customers with faster on-boarding and regional market entry, with multi-asset class and multi-venue connectivity.

With Platform Equinix™, AACs customers will experience the direct benefits of access to an established, network- dense and highly secure financial services’ ecosystem, powered by high-connectivity and low latency. This enables AAC customers to leverage AAC’s exchange memberships, global network and infrastructure, as well as drive performance improvements among their counterparties through reference data and network services while reducing total costs of operation ― all of which are essential to a successful regional or global trading strategy.

“At ABN AMRO Clearing, our customers are our first priority, and we need service providers who can offer the ability to seamlessly enter and expand in multiple territories, and add value to our client base,” said Chris Lee, global head of market access, ABN AMRO Clearing. “Equinix is the perfect choice for us with its extensive reach in Asia-Pacific, and its track record of providing the highest quality services consistently through its global platform. We currently offer trading access, hosting and proximity across the globe covering multiple asset classes. This is delivered via our 26 global data center locations utilizing FIX[i] and our vendor partners. Equinix is an integral part of that.”

“We are pleased to have ABN AMRO Clearing as the newest addition to our established financial ecosystem across Platform Equinix. With our high quality of security, service and high-speed connectivity across multiple markets, we will help AAC acquire new customers across the region by easing clearance processes that drive effective trading and clearing,” said David Wilkinson, senior director, business development for Equinix in Asia-Pacific.

“As trading volumes in Asia continue to grow, customers with aggressive regional expansion plans continue to execute increasingly complex trading strategies that span multiple asset classes, venues and territories. In addition to market access, counterparty and service provider access is key to staying ahead of the curve. Such access will typically include real-time market, reference and sentiment data for trade decisions, ISV[ii] access for operational services and support and network access for offsite order flow,” said Wilkinson. “The Equinix Marketplace, which enables buyers to find and connect with more than 4,000 Equinix partners and customers, is well equipped to help AAC’s customers increase visibility and choice when selecting a best-in-class provider for timely market information that could enable effective clearance and trades.”

Equinix has 11 data centers across five key markets in Asia-Pacific, in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai. The company services more than 900 customers in the region, including financial customers such as Chi-East, Activ Financial, IPC, Chi-X and Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange. Download the case study to learn how Equinix delivers a consistent global experience.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Equinix: :A 'tantalizing' tech


>>The 25 analysts now following Equinix foresee earnings rising from $1.72 per share last year to $2.52 this year, $3.51 in 2013 and $4.92 in 2014, according to First Call.

The high estimates run about 50% above those mean estimates—suggesting the possibility of $7 to $8 per share two or three years from now.

Cloud Plus Carrier Ethernet Equals Success for Equinix


>>Operating a Carrier Ethernet exchange out of the same data centers where it also hosts cloud providers has created some unique synergies and opportunities for Equinix. Carrier Ethernet News checked in last week with Jim Poole, Equinix general manager of Global Networks and Mobility, to discuss those opportunities.

“Many cloud companies went to market with an over-the-top delivery model over the Internet,” noted Poole. But, he added, “the reality of the corporate market is that it sits on a private, wide-area network—and increasingly that network is Ethernet-based.”

Research: Tactile User Interfaces

TouchEngine is a new haptic actuator that we created for designing and implementing a wide range of tactile user interfaces. It is particularly suited for implementing tactile feedback in handheld, mobile electronic devices. Indeed, currently TouchEngine is the only haptic actuator that has all of the following highly desired qualities:

  • small, miniature size;
  • lightweight;
  • low voltage and power consuption ;
  • extremely low latency, accelerations up to 5G can produced;
  • can produce a wide variety of tactile patterns with different frequency and amplitude;
  • can be easily customized and retrofitted to devices of various sizes and forms;
  • relatively inexpensive in mass production.

Certain Mobile Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics; Receipt of Amended Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public Interest

Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received an amended complaint entitled Certain Mobile Electronic Devices Incorporating Haptics, DN 2875; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or complainant's filing under section 210.8(b) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.8(b)).

Samsung's WiFi-laced DV300F camera now available, priced at $260

from Engadget:

>As the latest addition to the DualView line, this 16 megapixel shooter features a 25mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom, and boasts a three-inch main LCD, along with that 1.5-inch front-facing display.

FIX Flyer leverages Platform Equinix to create high performance, large-volume Managed FIX trading application for a major investment bank.

Equinix is FIX Flyer’s hosting provider of
choice because of its flexibility, hassle-free
support, and global reach. It is very easy to
configure a complete, scalable and robust
Managed FIX service on Equinix

Immersion Haptic SDK @ MWC 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

Equinix target raised to $165 from $140 at Benchmark Co.


>Benchmark Co. increased its target on Equinix.

Starbucks Goes Healthy, Opens First Juice Store - Will It Succeed?

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha:

>>Starbucks (SBUX) will open today its first Evolution Fresh juice store in the city of Bellevue, Wash., east of Seattle, just months after buying Evolution Fresh and hiring key personnel in an attempt to go after the $50 billion health and wellness market.

The Coffee and Snack Shops industry is expected to resume its long-term growth trend starting from 2012, according to research firm IBISWorld. Consumers, however, have become increasingly health-conscious, and the general trend toward healthy eating has taken market share from other unhealthier segments like donut and ice-cream shops. A perfect timing for Starbucks to get into this new, faster growing segment.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

BSO Network Solutions and Equinix are developing a global sales partnership for hosting facilities


>>In response to the continuing, growing demand for hosting, the saturation of the Datacenters and the new requirements for environmental protection, BSO Network Solutions recently added to its list of Paris area partners the Equinix sites at Pantin and Saint-Denis and has as of today has commenced marketing 1200 kW of operating power.

"This partnership today basically applies to Paris with PA3 and PA4, but will naturally tend to expand to other sites to support our clients' growth abroad," states Charles-Antoine Beyney, Chairman and co-founder of BSO Network Solutions. "It was natural for us to work on this partnership with Equinix, since we share similar approaches to the hosting world and related services: client service, security, availability and an eco-responsible ethos".