Canonical Ubuntu 13.10 Now Available

October 20, 2013

This version primises to support phones, laptops, desktops and servers, all in one …

The latest Ubuntu is now available to download.

Canonical said on Thursday that Ubuntu 13.10 for desktop and smartphone is now available. This release includes a wide range of mobile core apps created by the Ubuntu developer community, including a browser, calendar, clock, weather, and calculator. The company also said that it’s working with partners to bring Ubuntu smartphone devices to market in 2014.

“This is a milestone in Ubuntu’s history; the exact same Ubuntu OS runs on ARM phones and modern HP Moonshot ARM servers, and provides exactly the same capability as x86 platforms,” said Rick Spencer, who leads Ubuntu’s consumer-facing engineering. “Ubuntu 13.10 is a full server-grade OS that offers a mobile experience and is lean enough to support mobile devices, kicking off a new era in mobile security and computing convergence.”

Ubuntu is my Linux of choice.

 


Citing Windows 8 Uncertainty, Intel Warns On Current Quarter

September 10, 2012

Planning on getting a new PC because of the latest bloatware from Microsoft is not going to work anymore. Surprised fondleslabs taking it out on new PCs and Microsoft alike. Don’t be. Now it seems everybody knows, things are changing. If it’s not smart phones, now it’s fondleslabs. Both are taking their revenge on desktops and laptops alike… The PC wars are finally over.

Consumers and businesses aren’t  just holding off on new PC purchases until Windows 8 ships at the end of next month; they’re unsure what types of machines to purchase. That’s the word from chip-making giant Intel, which warned investors this week that earnings for the current quarter would be lower than previously expected.

Intel previously said that it expected revenues in the current quarter to be $13.8 billion to $14.8 billion. It now expects revenues to hit $13.2 billion, plus or minus $300 million. Intel’s gross profit margin will fall from 63 percent to 62 percent.

The slowing of sales is in line with recent announcements from PC giants HP and Dell, both of which predicted lower-than-originally-expected revenues for the current quarter.

As usual, the culprit is Windows 8, which goes on sale on October 26, right as the current quarter is winding to a close. But Intel’s slowing growth might have more to do with uncertainty than any expectation about a future boost from Windows 8. The trouble is, PC makers aren’t sure which types of Windows 8 devices are going to sell the best, and because the coming generation of Windows 8 hardware is so diverse, it’s not clear where these firms should put the most resources.

Previous to this version of Windows, sales predictions were relatively easy: Consumers and businesses essentially chose between two basic types of PC, desktops, and portable computers. But thanks to the rise of simpler, slate-like tablet devices, Windows 8 will be accompanied by a much wider range of PC types, including various desktops, but also tablet, slate, laptop, Ultrabook, hybrid PC, convertible PC, and other portable designs, many of which will come with multi-touch capabilities.

And Intel’s ARM-based competitors now have a foot in the PC door, too: Various PC makers and other device makers will be selling portable devices based on Windows RT, the ARM variant of Windows 8. (Even Intel’s longtime partner Microsoft is making a Windows RT tablet, the Surface.) Uncertainty about the popularity of these devices, too, is surely hanging over Intel’s future growth potential.

Not helping matters is that business PC sales are flattening ahead of the Windows 8 launch as well. In previous quarters, strong sales of business PCs helped make up any shortfall on the consumer side. Only Intel’s data center business—servers—is meeting expectations, the firm revealed.

Fortunately for Intel, none of this was unexpected. With the biggest PC makers already reducing sales forecasts ahead of the Windows 8 launch, most people believed it was only a matter of time before Intel followed suit. After all, these firms are Intel’s customers, not businesses or consumers.


HP Plans to Cut 25-30k Employees, Force Those Left to be More Efficient

May 23, 2012

Had a brief post on this last week, this is the scoop. HP plans to cut up to 30,000 workers. While attempting to increase effeciency.

In other words, HP is going to invest in trying to do the same amount of work with a smaller workforce — a popular move of late in the post-recession U.S. market.  While that approach may indeed improve margins, it may also leave a bad taste in the mouths of some investors that had hoped HP would make more drastic changes to its cloud computing efforts, or invest in resurrecting its dead mobile device lineup.

The job cuts could be announced Wednesday, when HP is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings.

Quick, let’s have a show of hands … how many of you had a HP PC as your very first PC? We can’t see what you are doing but if we are betting men we would bet a lot of you reading this have your hands up now. So that makes today’s developments even more interesting.

Yep that was me. First laptop too. The local chains discount them heavily, so why not? They have all been good reliable machines. So have the Dell servers I have bought over the years.


As The Economy Roars: Hewlett-Packard Said to Consider Cutting as Many as 25,000 Jobs

May 17, 2012

Bloomberg:

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) is considering cutting as many as 25,000 jobs, or 8 percent of its workforce, to reduce costs and help the company contend with ebbing demand for computers and services, people briefed on the plans said.

The number to be cut includes 10,000 to 15,000 from Hewlett-Packard’s enterprise services group, which sells a range of information-technology services and has been beset by declining profitability, said these people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t final and may change.

Meg Whitman, chief executive officer since September, is seeking to reverse the growth slump that led to the ouster of her predecessor, Leo Apotheker. The company’s PC sales are dropping as consumers favor tablets, such as Apple Inc.’s iPad, and it has been slow to adapt to the shift toward cloud computing, away from the IT services Hewlett-Packard provides.

So keep on roaring out there Barry and Joe, apparently you are howling in the dark.


Here’s What Cisco CEO John Chambers Said On The Conference Call That Scared The Crap Out Of Investors

May 10, 2012

What’s a Cisco … The make routers. Routers run the Internet. The Internet Is Not Expanding? Cisco is a bellweather company for things Internet.

John Chambers

Shares of Cisco plunged 9% after hours yesterday when the company warned of a cautious business outlook, slowing revenue, and trouble in Europe on the company conference call.

Probably the best summation of the company’s perspective on things right now came in this question and answer, via Seeking Alpha.


Dell “No Longer a PC Company” as It Focuses on Enterprise

February 28, 2012

Another one sees the light …

Dell will still devote energy to its XPS lineup

Dell, a company that rose to prominence on direct sales to customers, lean operations, and competitive prices is moving its focus away from the PC market. According to PC Pro, this revelation comes courtesy of Brad Anderson, Dell Solutions Group President.

“We’re no longer a PC company, we’re an IT company,” said Anderson. “It’s no longer about shiny boxes, it’s about IT solutions [that let companies drive efficiencies].”

The company killed off its netbook lineup in late 2011.

Dell experienced record growth in its enterprise solutions and services divisions with $18.6 billion in revenue for fiscal 2012 ($4.9 billion for Q4). Revenue from its consumer unit dropped 2 percent for Q4 to $3.2 billion.


Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter of 2011 Declined 1.4 Percent; Year-End Shipments Increased 0.5 Percent

February 17, 2012

PCs the long slow goodbye … But Office is like an addiction — we can’t give it up

After two quarters of positive growth, worldwide PC shipments totaled 92.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, a 1.4 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2010, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. These figures were in line with Gartner’s earlier forecast of a 1 percent decline for the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Continuously low consumer PC demand resulted in weak holiday PC shipments,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “While economic uncertainty in Western Europe had an effect on consumer PC shipments, expectations of a healthier economic outlook in North America could not stimulate consumer PC demand in that region. The healthy professional PC market as well as growth in emerging markets could not compensate for the weaknesses in mature markets, with overall growth still negative.”

Hard-disk drive (HDD) shortages triggered by the October 2011 floods in Thailand had a limited impact on fourth-quarter PC shipments and prices. However, Gartner analysts said a major impact will be felt, and this is expected to materialize in the first half of 2012, and potentially continue throughout 2012. These shortages will temporarily lower PC shipment growth during 2012.

“Ultrabooks were quietly introduced into the market during the 4Q11 holiday season,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “Ultrabooks didn’t seem to draw consumers’ attention. Consumers had very little understanding and awareness of ultrabooks, and only a small group of consumers was willing to pay the price premium for such models. However, as has been seen this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) show, 2012 is a big debut stage for ultrabooks.”

HP retained its No. 1 position in the fourth quarter of 2011, despite a shipment decline of 16.2 percent year over year (see Table 1). While the company’s new CEO, Meg Whitman, cleared up some confusion surrounding its PC business, its 4Q11 results were affected by the noise around this issue. HP also had to battle against aggressive pricing from competitors and deal with weak consumer PC demand in the holiday season.

Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q11 (Units)

Company

4Q11 Shipments

4Q11 Market Share (%)

4Q10 Shipments

4Q10 Market Share (%)

4Q11-4Q10 Growth (%)

HP 14,712,266 16.0 17,554,181 18.8 -16.2
Lenovo 12,931,136 14.0 10,516,772 11.3 23.0
Dell 11,633,880 12.6 10,796,317 11.6 7.8
Acer Group 9,823,214 10.7 12,043,606 12.9 -18.4
Asus 6,243,118 6.8 5,180,913 5.5 20.5
Others 36,827,666 40.0 37,358,786 40.0 -1.4
Total 92,171,280 100.0 93,450,575 100.0 -1.4

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
Source: Gartner (January 2012)

Lenovo experienced the strongest growth among the top five vendors, as its PC shipments grew 23 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, and it further cemented its place as the No. 2 vendor in global PC shipments. The company’s growth was attributed to its aggressive pricing in both the professional and consumer markets.

As smartphones and slabs running cut down versions of Linux take over — Forget Windows. The real future of is MS Office. You did know Apple OS is UNIX of sorts. The key is it’s free to Apple. What did you think google runs?


NAIAS 2012: Smart Shows Off Tiny “For-Us” Concept Pickup Truck

January 12, 2012

OK But where do the sheets of plywood go? The roof?

Smart Truck? Maybe not

What’s the point of a pickup truck that you can’t fit a tool box in?

Smart cars always remind me of slightly larger versions of the Cozy Coupe (remember that red and yellow toy car we used to maneuver around in as kids?). But smart debuted a new vehicle at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that actually allows for storage in addition to carrying passengers.

Smart, an automotive branch of Daimler AG, showed off its new electric truck today called the smart for-us concept pickup. The pickup is small and quirky like smart’s cars, but provides a little extra space with a pickup bed in the back for toting objects like bikes.

This truck may be tiny compared to most, but it packs some punch and seems to get the job done. It features a 75 HP electric motor, a 17.6 kW/h lithium ion battery pack, a top speed of “well over” 80 mph, and can go zero to 60 in five seconds.

The smart for-us concept pickup has 11.6 cubic feet of space, and offers two slits in the cargo bed for the front wheels of ebikes. The cargo bed also has a docking station that charges these ebikes so that they’re ready whenever the driver is.

“We at smart love pickups — if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable,” said Dr. Annette Winkler, smart CEO.


Apple’s iMac Accounts for Nearly 33 Percent of All-In-One PC Sales

January 9, 2012

Lenovo is expected to surpass Apple in 2012

While Apple seems to be doing well in the mobile department with its iPhone and iPad devices, a recent report shows that the tech giant is also seeing some successful sales numbers with its all-in-one iMac desktop.

According to DisplaySearch, a California-based research firm, Apple is ahead of the all-in-one PC game accounting for 32.9 percent of shipments in the third quarter. Lenovo followed with 22.7 percent of all-in-one sales in the third quarter, and Hewlett-Packard (HP) fell in third place with 21.4 percent.

The all-in-one PC market grew 39 percent to 14.5 million units globally last year. According to Chris Connery of DisplaySearch, all-in-ones are an area of the desktop market that will continue growing, and tech companies should focus on them.

DisplaySearch said the all-in-one market could grow to 23.3 million units by 2014. According to Cult of Mac, Apple is also looking to revamp its all-in-one iMac this year with a 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge platform.


HP WebOS Goes Open Source

December 9, 2011

HP believes there’s room for an open source mobile operating system that’s not fragmented — an apparent reference to Google’s Android, which has been customized by third parties like Amazon, and which exists in many different versions, without a strictly defined release or update schedule for all device makers who use it. This suggests that HP will still retain some control over the software to prevent it from being forked by third parties.

HP hasn’t yet decided which particular open source license it will use, but it will be a “copyleft” license, meaning that any third-party changes to the OS will have to released back into the open source world so others can see and use them, and won’t be allowed to copyright any Spinoffs. The company also said it would have to do some work to replace parts of WebOS that are protected by patents today.

Last spring, HP said that WebOS would ship on HP PCs starting in 2012. The company offered no update to those plans, but noted that WebOS can run in any WebKit browser.

Here’s the press release:

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