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China's Xiaomi targets ten markets in international expansion

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to enter ten foreign markets later this year, including Brazil, Mexico and Russia, in a bid to expand globally with its low-cost but cutting-edge phones.

Having risen to become a top smartphone maker in its home market, Xiaomi has already begun selling phones in Singapore, and plans to also enter five other Southeast Asian markets including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand later this year, it said Wednesday.

The Internet of Things meets disruptive technologies

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be everywhere. According to Gartner, by 2020 the IoT will be more than a $300 billion market, with over 26 billion devices installed. In contrast, today we use 7.3 billion smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Naturally, the IoT will run up against today's other disruptive technologies, including social, mobile, analytics and the cloud. Let's take a look at how the IoT is affecting and leveraging each of these areas, as well as its impact on cybersecurity.

Facebook, Google, Twitter in new scrum over mobile app ad gold rush

What once was Facebook's private mine has created a gold-rush effect with Google and Twitter also now seeking more mobile riches. But there's only so much money to go around.

At its F8 developer conference next week, Facebook is expected to present plans for a mobile advertising network, and in so doing turn on an additional revenue stream that could mint it billions more in mobile advertising revenue -- but not if Google and Twitter have a say in the matter.

Android finally outshines iOS in mobile ad traffic

For the first time ever, Android's share of mobile ad impressions surpassed those of iOS, according to mobile ad platform Opera Mediaworks.
 

Android shoots past iOS in mobile ad traffic. Opera Mediaworks

Why Dropbox and Box are expanding beyond straight-up cloud storage

For companies in the cloud storage business, standing out from the pack isn't getting any easier, as many competing services are racing to the bottom with both free and paid offerings.

TPE et PME françaises: investissements IT en hausse.

Le baromètre CaPex (édition 2014) démontre un regain de confiance en l’avenir pour les TPE et PME françaises. Celles-ci comptent investir plus dans l’IT pour renforcer leurs activités existantes.

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

Organizations are leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) technologies as a major part of their digital initiatives to enhance the customer experience, according to a recent Gartner report. Demand for modern technology customer relationships is driving refreshed or expanded integration and usage of all areas of CRM software. The outlook continues to be positive for CRM as buyers focus on technologies that enable more-targeted customer interactions in multichannel environments.

After cloud price cuts from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, what's next?

As prices bottom out, cloud vendors will focus on feature sets, lock-in, and highly granular competition from specialists

Now that Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- in that order -- have all engaged in a fresh round of price slashing for their cloud services, what's next beyond keeping prices mutually competitive?

Enterprise software, devices to fuel IT spending growth in 2014, Gartner says

Worldwide IT spending this year will rise 3.2 percent to $3.8 trillion, driven by rebounding device sales and strong growth in the enterprise software category, according to analyst firm Gartner.

Enterprise software revenue will jump 6.9 percent to $320 billion, thanks to increased interest in social software, database technologies and data management technologies, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Changes Its Tune With Free Version of Windows

Microsoft took an enormous step forward this morning. It unveiled a free version of its Windows operating system.

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