Well, if you didn’t believe that we live in a post-PC world before, the latest report from IHS iSuppli should help persuade you. According to its research, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will have spent $55.4 billion on semiconductors for phones and tablets in 2011, as compared to just $53.1 billion on PC silicon. Of course, as the chart above shows, OEMs spent more money on wireless devices in 2008 and 2009. But, after an interlude of PC primacy in 2010, it looks like mobile’s where the money’s at for the foreseeable future — can’t say we didn’t warn you.
Nvidia’s CEO boasted about the power frugality of an upcoming quad-core chip, as the company reported better-than-expected earnings today.
The graphics chip supplier swung to better-than-expected earnings in the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, buttressed by revenue from laptop graphics processing units used with systems built around Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” processors.
Nvidia reported a profit of $151.6 million compared with a loss of $141 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue surged 25 percent to $1.02 billion. And gross margin–a critical profit indicator–jumped to 51.7 percent from 16.6 percent compared to last year. In the third quarter, revenue is expected to be up 4 percent to 6 percent from the second quarter.
Responding to an analyst’s question during the earnings conference call, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the upcoming Kal-El processor–likely the first mainstream quad-core ARM chip–will actually offer better power efficiency than the company’s dual-core Tegra 2, currently used in tablets from Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, and others. Those tablets are based on Google’s Android “Honeycomb” operating system.
“Kal-El is so much better performance than Tegra 2. And so much lower power. Very few people have internalized that Kal-El is lower power in every use case compared to Tegra 2,” Huang said. Kal-El is due later this year.
He also said that Nvidia has invested heavily in Android. “We’ve made very, very large investments in the Google operating system. And we have a great working relationship with [Google]. As soon as the next-generation Kal-El processor goes into production we can run like the wind.”
And among persistent rumors that Texas Instruments is the favored chip supplier for Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system–the version of Android that follows Honeycomb and Gingerbread–Huang said, “I look forward to Ice Cream Sandwich and expect to be very successful with it.”
But Nvidia’s future is not all pegged on Android. Its quad-core chip is also targeted at Windows 8 tablets and laptops. “We’re very bullish on Windows 8 for the second half of next year,” he said.
Intel has inaugurated a $300 million Ultrabook Fund in an effort to accelerate development of the recently announced form factor.
According to Santa Clara, Ultrabook systems will combine the performance and capabilities of today’s laptops with tablet-like features – ultimately delivering a “highly responsive and secure experience” in a thin, light and elegant design at mainstream prices.
As such, Intel wants to invest in companies that develop devices with a focus on next-gen capabilities, such as longer battery life, innovative physical designs and improved storage capacity.
“The overall goal of the fund, which will be invested over the next 3-4 years, is to create a cycle of innovation and system capabilities for this new and growing category of mobile devices,” explained Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital.
There are apparently three key phases in Intel’s strategy to create the ultimate Ultrabook: second-gen core processors (due in 2011), Ivy Bridge integrated chipsets (2012) and Haswell (2013), the last of which is expected to significantly reduce x86 power consumption.
Ready to get hands-on in the danger zone — from afar? That’s precisely what an enterprising team of University of Massachusetts Lowell researchers are working to achieve with a little Redmond-supplied assistance. The Robotics Lab project, dubbed the Dynamically Resizing Ergonomic and Multi-touch (DREAM) Controller, makes use of Microsoft’s Surface and Robotics Developer Studio to deploy and coordinate gesture-controlled search-and-rescue bots for potentially hazardous emergency response situations. Developed by Prof. Holly Yanco and Mark Micire, the tech’s Natural User Interface maps a virtual joystick to a user’s fingertips, delegating movement control to one hand and vision to the other — much like an Xbox controller. The project’s been under development for some time, having already aided rescue efforts during Hurricane Katrina, and with future refinements, could sufficiently lower the element of risk for first responders. Head past the break for a video demonstration of this life-saving research.
Rumor yang menyebutkan bahwa Google akan menghadirkan game di Google+ terbukti benar. Raksasa internet tersebut pekan ini mulai menyuguhkan permainan, menyaingi game di Facebook.
Ya, para pengguna Google+ kini sudah mulai bisa memainkan game bersama teman di jejaring sosial milik Google tersebut. Ekspansi Google ke ranah game ini sudah diprediksi sebelumnya sejak perusahaan internet tersebut memperkenalkan Google+ Juni silam.
Disebut-sebut sebagai pesaing Facebook, tak heran jika Google+ kerap dibanding-bandingkan dengan situs yang dibesut Mark Zuckerberg tersebut, termasuk prediksi kehadiran game di Google+.
Dengan menambahkan game ke Google+, Google berharap jejaring sosialnya yang sudah punya lebih dari 25 juta pengguna bisa lebih menarik. Seperti diketahui, strategi ini berhasil dilakukan Facebook, dengan FarmVille milik Zynga sebagai salah satu game yang paling laris dimainkan.
sederet game perdana yang hadir di Google+ di antaranya ada poker Zynga dan Angry Birds.
Sayangnya, belum semua game Zynga tersedia di sini. Pengguna yang ingin memainkan game seperti FarmVille, CityVille dan yang terbaru Empires & Allies misalnya, masih harus bersabar karena game ini baru ada di Facebook.
Karena masih baru, opsi game mungkin belum tersedia untuk seluruh pengguna. Google berjanji merilisnya secara bertahap hingga ketersediaannya menyeluruh semua pengguna Google+.
At the DEF CON 19 hacking conference, which took place between August 4 and 7, it seems that a full man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack was successfully launched against all 4G and CDMA transmissions in and around the venue, the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. This MITM attack enabled hackers to gain permanent kernel-level root access in some Android and PC devices using a rootkit, and non-persistent user space access in others. In both cases, whoever launched this attack on CDMA and 4G devices was able to steal data and monitor conversations.
For now the only evidence that such an attack occurred is the report of Coderman on the Full Disclosure mailing list. Coderman seems to be a relative veteran of security and open source mailing lists, though, and he says he has attended six DEF CONs. If he’s telling the truth, then this attack would represent the first ever man-in-the-middle attacks on two networks that have so far proven to be unhackable. For the ailing and nigh-stillborn CDMA this isn’t such a huge issue — but if 4G has fallen, just as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and cellular companies around the world begin to plow huge dollars into its roll out, this could be a massive blow.
Coderman’s report suggests that, like Wi-Fi MITM, which regularly harasses surfers at DEF CONs and other hacker conventions, the attackers were able to inject custom packets into the 4G and CDMA data stream. These forged packets allowed the attackers to create on-screen prompts that, if clicked, installed a rootkit on the PC or Android device. If you’ve seen “fake AV” pop-ups while surfing the web, then that’s a good analogy for what this man-in-the-middle attack is capable of. Once the rootkit (or similar backdoor) is installed, it’s simply a matter of connecting to the exploited device via SSH. Coderman says the attackers could also monitor conversations, which suggests that not only can packets be injected, but they can also be sniffed and decoded in real-time.
Without more information from Coderman, another savvy DEF CON hacker, or from the hackers themselves, it’s hard to prove that this attack actually occurred. It’s still very early days, too — Coderman only posted his findings to the mailing list a few hours ago — but if we see some more activity on the mailing lists or a reaction from a cellular carrier with an interest in 4G, then we’ll be sure to update this story. It’s also worth pointing out that we don’t know which version of 4G has been hacked. HSDPA, WiMAX, and LTE all use different transport layers and security methods, and the repercussions will depend on which one has fallen.
Red Hat announced today that it’s beefing up the OpenShift platform it unveiled in March. The Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) play from Red Hat now supports Java Enterprise Edition 6 (EE6) via JBoss Application Server 7 (AS7) and MemBase in OpenShift Flex.
OpenShift was announced at the Red Hat Summit in May of this year. OpenShift follows Red Hat’s acquisition of Makara in November of 2010. Markara was already integrating the JBoss middleware in its “cloud application platform,” but Red Hat says that OpenShift is the first platform to deliver Java EE6 as a PaaS play.
As Juan Noceda, product manager for OpenShift, points out in a post about OpenShift’s new features, Java EE6 brings Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) which makes Java “less restrictive and much more extensible compared to Spring.” Not surprising that Red Hat would call out CDI, as the company had specification leads on the CDI Java Specification Request (JSR).
Note that it’s not all about Java – OpenShift also has support for Python, Perl (now 5.10), Ruby, and PHP. It supports Spring, Turbogears, Django, Symfony, Rails, Sinatra, and a number of other frameworks. For data service, OpenShift supports MySQL, MongoDB, Memcache, Membase, Deltacloud, and others.
OpenShift’s latest update also brings an improved REST API, which means that developers should be able to tap into OpenShift easier and integrate it with their IDEs, and tie in with build systems like Jenkins and Apache Ant.
OpenShift comes in two versions – Express and Flex. Express is a free version for application developers to use. It’s a multi-tenant offering and developers are welcome to use it as long as they like to host applications that don’t require the monitoring tools and additional capacity that Flex offers. The Flex platform offers the dedicated application servers (JBoss, Tomcat) shell access, and dedicated hosting.
Java EE is typically known for its heavy footprint, so how is Red Hat able to offer it for free in a multi-tenant environment. Issac Roth, formerly of Markara and now Red Hat’s “PaaS Master” says:
To run a free service without breaking the bank, a service provider needs to be able to run the free users in a multi-tenant environment. And that is exactly what Red Hat has done. Because the engineers that work on hypervisors (KVM), operating system (Linux), JBoss middleware, and the EE6 APIs (such as CDI) are collaborating, we’ve been able to do what one analyst recently called a “complete vertical stack integration as a service.” In technical terms, we’re running JBoss AS7 multi-tenant with complete isolation between tenants while packing many users onto a virtual machine and doing load-sharing.
Basically, OpenShift is allowing developers to develop applications and run them on a platform without having to worry about scaling out the platform or managing the underlying software. Red Hat is providing monitoring tools for application profiling and the like with OpenShift, but developers can concentrate on writing an application against a development stack without having to put the stack together first. How does this differ from something like Google’s App Engine (GAE)?
The short answer is, GAE isn’t Java EE6 compliant. Red Hat says it’s difficult to move apps in or out of GAE, whereas OpenShift will support “bi-directional” movement of applications as long as companies are using the standard application stacks.
Currently Red Hat is running OpenShift on Amazon Web Services, but it’s planning to offer the service on other cloud providers as long as they’re Red Hat certified. It also sounds like they’ll be packaging it for larger customers that might want to run it in a private cloud as well. The company also plans to release OpenShift as an open source project at some point, but the company is currently still going through and vetting the parts of OpenShift it acquired from Markara for release. This is a process that can involve quite a few legal and engineering cycles.
What’s all this goodness going to cost you? For now, nothing. The service is in developer preview, so Red Hat is not charging for the service even for those using Flex – though customers will have to pay the AWS fees for Flex. The costs for OpenShift, unfortunately, are not yet available. Pricing should be announced before OpenShift reaches production status.
Microsoft Windows 7 remains on track to become the leading operating system (OS) in the PC market – running on approximately 42% of systems by the end of 2011.
“Steady improvements in IT budgets in 2010 and 2011 are helping to accelerate the deployment of Windows 7 in enterprise markets in the U.S. and Asia/Pacific, where Windows 7 migrations started in large volume from 4Q10,” explained Gartner analyst Annette Jump.
“However, the economic uncertainties in Western Europe, political instability in selected Middle East and Africa (MEA) countries and the economic slowdown in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 will likely lead to slightly late and slow deployment for Windows 7 across those regions.”
Interestingly enough, Gartner’s forecast assumes Windows 7 is likely to be the last version of a Microsoft OS that is deployed via mega corporate-wide migrations. In the future, many organizations are expected to use alternative client computing architectures for standard PCs with Windows OS as they move towards a virtualization and cloud computing paradigm.
In other OS related news, shipments of Apple iMacs and Mac OS share on new PCs posted increases over the last 12 months. To be sure, Mac OS was shipped on 4% of new PCs worldwide in 2010 – versus 3.3% in 2008. As such, Cupertino’s OS is forecast to be on 4.5% of PCs in 2011 and increase to some 5.2% of new PCs by 2015.
“The adoption of Mac PCs and Mac OS is a result of Apple’s ability to grow well above the market average in the last 12 to 24 months,” said Jump.
“[This can be attributed] to its ease of use from the user interface (UI) point of view and ease of integration with other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the existing Apple ecosystem of applications and programs.”
Meanwhile, Linux is expected to remain a niche OS over the next five years with its share below 2%, due to the high costs of app migration from Windows to Linux. In the consumer market, Linux will run on less than 1% of PCs, as Linux’s success with mini-notebooks was short-lived and few mini-notebooks are preloaded with it today.
Finally, Gartner analysts do not expect Chrome OS, Android or webOS to claim any significant market share on PCs over the next few years.
“To get any consideration as an alternative for a traditional PC, lighter OSs will first need to get strong positions on emerging client devices such as Web books and media tablets,” she confirmed.
“Even then, it is unlikely that they will have any impact on Microsoft and Windows OS’s hold on positions on traditional professional PCs in the time frame of the current forecast. This is because of application compatibility issues and the high proportion of Windows-specific apps within many enterprises.”
Jump noted that only in 2012 will the market reach the point of crossover between Windows-specific and OS-agnostic applications for enterprises – as approximately 50% of apps are likely to be fall into an OS “neutral” category by then.
In the consumer space, the proportion of OS-agnostic applications is already above the Windows-specific applications, something which could help Chrome OS and Android make inroads into the lucrative market over the next three to five years.
Menurut hasil dari Konfrensi Black Hat, Microsoft Windows 7 keluar sebagai pemenang dalam hal network security berhadapan dengan OS X-nya Apple. Tampaknya kedua OS mempunyai keunggulan yang menonjol, namun OS X mempunyai berbagai keringkihan lebih dari lawannya.
Setelah diperbandingkan oleh para peneliti melalui berbagai rangkaian tes, Windows 7 mempunyai tingkat keamanan jaringan yang lebih baik. Walaupun tentu saja, hasil ini cukup mengagetkan publik. Versi OS X yang dahulu tampaknya lebih mudah untuk diekploitasi, berbeda dengan pembaharuan yang dilakukan di versi Lion oleh pihak Apple.
Hal ini dapat terjadi tentu karena adanya perbedaan fokus oleh kedua perusahaan ini. Untuk pihak Micosoft karena lebih menitikberatkan pada pangsa pasar perusahaan-perusahaan, tentu isu tentang keamanan jaringan pada OS sangat perlu ditangani lebih serius. Sedangkan untuk Apple, mereka lebih banyak mendedikasikan OS untuk pemakai yang notabene insan kreatif dan menginginkan keindahan.
Lagi-lagi ulah peretas internet Anonymous yang kabarnya ingin mencoba menumbangkan situs jejaring sosial Facebook. Hal ini didasarkan atas pendapat grup ini bahwa data yang tersimpan di Facebook telah disalahgunakan, dengan cara dijual ke pemerintah dan perusahaan keamanan yang bertujuan untuk memata-matai orang.
Menurut video yang diposting oleh Anonymous di YouTube, grup itu akan berusaha melakukan aksi nya pada tanggal 5 November nanti,dan turut mengajak semua orang yang ingin berperan. Namun seperti yang kita ketahui dari akun Twitter @GroupAnon, bahwa tidak semua anggota dari Anonymous ini akan ikut serta,bahkan tidak setuju, dalam proyek kali ini karena ternyata beberapa anggotanya merupakan pegawai Facebook sendiri.
Akankah Anonymous berhasil untuk menumbangkan situs raksasa yang mempunyai 750 juta pengguna? Dan juga mengembalikan reputasinya setelah gagal untuk menumbangkan Amazon?
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