When Microsoft first announced Azure, at its PDC Conference in October 2008, I was not impressed. Here is the press release, if you fancy a look back. It was not so much the technology – though with hindsight Microsoft’s failure to offer plain old Windows VMs from the beginning was a mistake – but rather,
…continue reading Office, Azure Active Directory, and mobile: the three pillars of Microsoft’s cloud
Embarcadero is spilling the beans on a new development tool called AppMethod, which has its own site here and a little more information on TechCrunch. A fuller reveal is promised at SXSW, which kicks off on March 7 in Austin, Texas.
But what is AppMethod? The IDE looks very like Delphi, the languages are
…continue reading Embarcadero pre-announces AppMethod cross-platform development tool: Delphi repackaged?
Samsung introduced KNOX at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is a secure app and data container for Samsung mobiles, backed by hardware, enabling businesses to run apps that are isolated from a user’s personal apps (which might include badly behaved or even malicious apps). Data is encrypted so that business secrets are safe
…continue reading Samsung evolving KNOX into complete mobile device management solution
Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for a breathtaking $16 billion. Too much money by any normal valuation; but that might not matter if it makes sense strategically.
What is the value of WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.
…continue reading What’s up with Facebook acquiring “we don’t sell ads” WhatsApp
At CES in Las Vegas yesterday, CEA Director of Industry Analysis Steve Koenig presented data and predictions on global tech spending trends. The figures come out of CEA Research and are based on sales tracking at retail outlets around the world supplemented by other data.
This being CES, I was expecting a certain
…continue reading CES analyst predicts flat global consumer tech sales, massive dominance of smartphones and tablets, drift towards low-end
There may yet be an ITWriting review of the year; but in the meantime, the trend that has struck me most this year has been the steady march of permission-based, fee-charged technology during the course of the year, even though it has continued trends that were already established.
The decline of Windows and rise of
…continue reading 2013: the web gets more proprietary. So do operating systems, mobile, everything
At its Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Salesforce has been hyping up its newly announced Salesforce 1. The keynote left us in do doubt: it is fantastic, it does mobile, it does cloud, it does “internet of things”.
Co-founder Parker Harris describes Salesforce 1 at Dreamforce
But what is Salesforce 1? For those
…continue reading Making sense of Salesforce 1 (it’s all about mobile)
Today has been tumultuous for BlackBerry. Investment company Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, was intending to buy the company for US $4.7bn, but that deal fell through, apparently because of failure to attract other investors to what seemed a risky endeavour. Instead, Fairfax and other investors will invest US $1bn of new money into BlackBerry.
…continue reading As BlackBerry stumbles, there are now three mobile platforms that matter
I’m just back from AVG’s press event in New York, where new CEO Gary Kovacs (ex Mozilla) presented the latest product suite from the company.
Security is a huge topic but I confess to being something of a sceptic when it comes to PC security products. Problems include performance impact, unnecessary tinkering with the
…continue reading Does anti-virus work? Does Android need it? Reflections on AVG’s security suite
Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie has posted about his plans for Titanium, the company’s cross-platform mobile development toolkit.
With Ti.Next, we’ve created a small microkernel design that