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Information and Communications Technologies

IBM rethinking decades-old computer design with $3 billion investment

IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips. The computer design initiative could pave the way for functional quantum and cognitive computers that mimic brain functionality.

Microsoft's Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

Microsoft's Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday.

PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship in 2014, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this year are expected to decline by 2.9 percent compared to 2013, which is lower than previous yearly declines.

IT spending growth to be slower than expected in 2014, Gartner says

IT research firm Gartner has cut its forecast for global IT spending by about one-third for this year, blaming a tougher competitive environment and subsequent pressure on vendors to lower prices. Spending will rise 2.1 percent to $3.7 trillion in 2014, down from the 3.2 percent growth rate Gartner had predicted for 2014.

The downgraded forecast isn't necessarily a cause for concern, said Gartner managing vice president Richard Gordon in an interview.

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

Apple's Swift is instant hit among top programming languages

Apple's new Swift language, featuring modern-day development capabilities for building OS X and iOS applications, is likely to find swift, high placement in assessments of programming language popularity.

Atos veut se rapprocher de Bull pour renforcer son influence en Europe.

Le groupe Atos (infogérance, intégration de systèmes) veut acquérir Bull (cyber-sécurité, HPC, serveurs et cloud…) pour 620 millions d’euros.

Cisco launches all-in-one desktop comms devices to declutter desks

US networking giant Cisco today announced it is launching two new Android-based desktop communication devices in a bid to declutter employee desks.

The 23-inch DX80 and 14-inch DX70 touchscreen devices are designed to free up space on a worker’s desk by removing the need for employees to have telephones, webcams and other communications technology in front of them.  

IDC cuts IT spending forecast on mobile slump, emerging market uncertainty

A slowdown in the growth rate for tablet and mobile phone sales and economic uncertainty in emerging markets are putting a damper on global IT spending, according to IDC.

Worldwide IT spending will increase 4.1 percent in constant currency this year, to $3.7 trillion IDC said Friday. That's down from last year's 4.5 percent growth and from IDC's prior forecast of 4.6 percent growth.

France: Strato renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web pour TPE/PME.

A partir du système CM4all Sites 2.0, l’Allemand Strato a remis à plat son offre de création de sites Web (fonctions et tarifs). L’offre est déclinée sur le marché français. Strato, fournisseur de services Internet (hébergement, noms de domaines, pack c-commerce…) et filiale de Deutsche Telekom, renouvelle son approche de création de sites Web. L’offre est revue avec la renaissance de ses activités en France.

SFR Business Team: communication-collaboration, services cloud (M2M, IoT).

Offres convergentes (communications unifiées et collaboration), cloud privé et objets connectés (M2M/IoT), services à valeur ajoutée : SFR Business Team a cerné ses relais de croissance pour les prochaines années.

Une nouvelle ère s’ouvre pour SFR Business Team.

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