Friday, April 20, 2012

HTC moving away from QWERTY keyboards in future smartphones


>>"As a company, the QWERTY keyboard we're moving away from in general."

Zellweger then went on to say that the future of QWERTY on smartphones will likely revolve from newer haptic technologies that are being worked into software based, on-screen keyboards. He also feels that hardware-based keyboards, while still somewhat in demand, would not allow HTC to move forward the designs of its smartphones.

"We feel that putting too much effort into that [QWERTY] would take away from our devices."

Equinix Spreads Cloud Love

Stifel Nicolaus removed Equinix from its Select List,


>>Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX): Stifel Nicolaus removed Equinix from its Select List, citing valuation. However, the firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock.

Samsung Outsold Apple In Smartphones In Q1, Analyst Says

from Forbes: 

>>Next Tuesday, Apple will report results for the March quarter. The Street is expecting the company to sell in the vicinity of 32-33 million iPhones for the quarter. That’s a lot of smartphones. But it might not be anywhere close enough to make the company the calendar Q1 smartphone champion.
ACI Research analyst Edward Zabitsky asserts in a research note that Samsung in the quarter sold over 40 million smartphones, grabbing the title of global smartphone unit king.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Touch Technology


>>Imagine a game of Angry Birds in which you could actually feel the tension of a slingshot before propelling a squawking fowl into a group of thieving pigs.
That’s exactly the kind of ‘feeling’ researchers hope to add to touchscreen devices one day.

Equinix Price Target Increased to $180.00 by Analysts at Citigroup


>>Equities research analysts at Citigroup (NYSE: C) boosted their price target on shares of Equinix  from $154.00 to $180.00 in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday. The firm currently has a “buy” rating on the stock.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

InMobi Selects Carpathia Hosting as Strategic Worldwide Managed Hosting Partner

InMobi's secure, scalable environment currently includes hundreds of servers, hosting over 1.5 Gbps of network traffic and is spread among Equinix data centers in San Jose and London, with the proposed addition of Hong Kong in the near future. By leveraging Carpathia to deliver managed infrastructure and network as a service, InMobi was able to expand into new geographic markets and avoid significant capital expenditures, while maintaining the highest level of support for its critical infrastructure.

HiWave announces stereo Bluetooth wireless speaker design; delivers 2 x13W burst audio and over 30 hours playback

HiWave Technologies, the provider of electronic and transducer solutions for audio and haptic touch, has announced a stereo Bluetooth wireless speaker reference design that provides 2 x13W burst power and runs for 30 hours (around 45 albums) from its small, 2200mAh Li-ion battery. Speakers based on the design enable users to stream audio from Bluetooth enabled phones, tablets and laptops.

A closer look at Equinix’s ecosystems

Read the whole post at Telecom Ramblings: 

>>Equinix finished 2011 with 4,317 customers, excluding smaller clients inherited through the Virtu acquisition in East Netherlands.  While looking at customer count may not be necessarily indicative of revenues, the exercise of analyzing this metric may be interesting to see local strengths, as building ecosystems (or communities of interests, as TeleCity calls them) is one of the best ways to ensure the success of a data center, especially if you have magnet customers among them.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Nokia And RIM: A Tale Of Two Pasts

Read the whole article at Seeking Alpha: 

>>Nokia (NOK) and RIM (RIMM) share a similar fate, a kind of backward evolution which is turning them into entities less suited to survive in today's smartphone market: both companies seem to represent the past of something (consumer and enterprise handsets, respectively), rather than players with a viable future, and several analysts have already started writing their obituaries.

Both companies changed the handsets market, at one stage, through their contribution to the development of GSM and the introduction of the first "smartphones" (Nokia), and by marrying email with mobility (RIM). Customers, however, have turned their back to their most recent offerings, and both companies are struggling, with new CEOs, to reinvent themselves into something different.

A quick look at both companies' great pasts.

Samsung says to unveil new Galaxy S smartphone on May 3

from Yahoo: 

>>Samsung Electronics Co (KSC:005930) said on Monday it would unveil the third-generation of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S on May 3 in London, banking on a heavy marketing campaign heading into the summer Olympics in the city.
Samsung became the world's top smartphone maker last year on the back of strong sales of Galaxy lineups and the latest edition comes after it released Galaxy S II in late April last year.
The South Korean firm sold over 40 million Galaxy smartphones since the model was released in June 2010.

OpenMarket co-locates Sydney data centre to meet customer demand


>>OpenMarket Australia country manager, Jonathan Morgan, told Computerworld Australia the company also chose the location due to close proximity to its Sydney head office. The company began its Australian operations in March 2010 when OpenMarket acquired the holdings of MX Telecom. It currently has five staff and two offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
“The facility is primarily for Australian companies who wish to have local processing but it might also be used by Asian customers who have the same requirements,” he said. “Over time, it will be used to replicate the gateways we have in the US, Europe and Singapore so it will become one of our six global data centres.”

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chicago Board Options Exchange plots move to Secaucus


>>Hence the move to Secaucus. Doing so will shave execution times down to as low as 100 to 300 microseconds, said Gerald O’Connell, chief information officer at CBOE. A millisecond is a thousandth of a second, while a microsecond is a millionth of a second.
Gerald O'Connell, chief information officer of CBOE
The exchange’s main electronic trading platform will be moved into a facility known as NY4, an otherwise anonymous warehouse that sits alongside Secaucus Road. The size of several football fields, the two-story building is a modern marvel of electrical systems, fiber optics and air-conditioning to keep countless computer cabinets running day and night, O’Connell said. And it is all mostly unmanned.
Already, CBOE houses two of its electronic exchanges at NY4 – its secondary options market C2 came online there when it was launched in 2010, and it moved an associated stock exchange there from Chicago last year. In addition to its flagship options platform, the exchange also will move the matching engines for its futures exchange and single-stock futures exchange to Secaucus. Meanwhile, it completed its purchase of the National Stock Exchange in Jersey City in January. Operations, however, still will be monitored from Chicago, where its backup facilities will remain.