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Over 4 billion people still have no Internet connection

The number of people using the Internet is growing at a steady rate, but 4.2 billion out of 7.4 billion will still be offline by the end of the year.

Overall, 35.3 percent of people in developing countries will use the Internet, compared to 82.2 percent in developed countries, according to data from the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). People who live in the so-called least developed countries will the worst off by far: In those nations only 9.5 percent will be connected by the end of December.

2015: don't expect much change in the smartphone market over the coming years.

What will the smartphone pie look like for Google's Android and Apple's iOS in 2019? Pretty much the same as today, says research firm IDC.

The worldwide smartphone market in 2019 is expected to look awfully similar to today's smartphone market.

By the end of 2015, total smartphone shipments will hit 1.4 billion, according to new data from research firm IDC.

2015 smartphone sales

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Samsung regains number one position in smartphone market

 

Samsung Electronics regained the number one position in the smartphone market in Q1-2015, but its market share dropped to 24 percent from 31 percent a year earlier, according to a research firm.

2015 Tablet sales.

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Tablettes : une affaire de professionnels en Europe ?

IDC estime que la demande en entreprise va relancer, sur le court terme, le marché des tablettes en Europe de l’Ouest.

Gartner: Cloud IaaS is a $16.5 billion market

Led by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, the market will grow 29% per year until 2019.

 

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing is a fast growing market, leaping up 33% in 2015 to become an estimated $16.5 billion market, according to research firm Gartner.

The market shows no signs of slowing down, with a compound annual growth rate of 29.1% predicted for the next four years until 2019.

France. Tablettes, smartphones, PC… : le multi-terminal s’impose.

Selon une étude menée par Dell et Intel, les Français ont été bien rapides que la moyenne mondiale à délaisser leur PC de bureau comme outil unique de travail. Les salariés veulent désormais des terminaux spécifiques apportant la productivité adaptée à la tâche à accomplir.

2015 PC Sales

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Marché PC : pas d’exception française

GfK constate que le recul des ventes de PC en France s’est poursuivi au 1er trimestre 2015. Tous les segments du marché sont concernés.

The backlash against Facebook’s Internet.org project is growing.

65 advocacy organizations in 31 countries released an open letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg protesting Internet.org—an effort to bring free internet service to the developing world—saying the project “violates the principles of net neutrality, threatening freedom of expression, equality of opportunity, security, privacy, and innovation.”

Huawei's LiteOS looks to play central role in Internet of Things

China's Huawei Technologies is ramping up its claim on the Internet of Things market with a new operating system, the world's largest telecommunications equipment maker announced Wednesday.

Gartner shows two-horse race in IaaS cloud: AWS and Microsoft Azure

Research firm Gartner's annual report card on the public IaaS cloud computing market shows there is one clear leader -- Amazon Web Services -- and another clear challenger, Microsoft Azure. And then there is everyone else.

Cegid monte en puissance aux USA avec JDS Solutions

L’éditeur de progiciels Cegid procède à l’acquisition de JDS Solutions, éditeur américain d’applications ancré dans l’univers de la vente au détail.

C’est une opération de croissance externe importante pour Cegid qui veut accélérer son développement aux Etats-Unis dans le secteur du retail.

Dépenses Cloud: progression de plus de 18% en 2014.

Selon IDC, les dépenses dédiées au cloud se sont élevées à 26,4 milliards de dollars en 2014, soit une nette progression de plus de 18% en un an.

Capgemini to expand in North America with $4B acquisition of iGate

French IT services company Capgemini is to acquire iGate in the U.S. for US$4.0 billion, in a bid to expand its presence in the North American market.

The deal will boost Capgemini's revenue from North America by 33 percent to $4 billion, making the region the first to account for 30 percent of its revenue.

VoLTE not the only mobile VoIP option

Mobile operators are transitioning to VoLTE, a technology that will incorporate voice over IP (VoIP) onto the mobile data channel. However, there are other alternatives for mobile VoIP blossom over the years, including mobile apps offered by “over the top” (OTT) VoIP providers (such as Vonage and Skype), landline VoIP carriers (such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable) and Internet portal providers including Google, Yahoo!, and others.

US mobile ad revenue spikes.

Seeing more ads on your phone? Mobile advertising surged 76 percent in 2014.  Internet advertising revenue climbed 16 percent to $49.5 billion in 2014, as a spike in sales for mobile spots pushed it above banner ads for the first time, according to a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

"Marketers clearly recognize that consumers are leading mobile-first lives," IAB chief Randall Rothenberg said in the report, published Wednesday.

Amazon reveals that its AWS cloud service is a $5 billion business

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been one of the industry's big spenders as he strives to make the company all things to all people, fashioning Amazon as a grocery store, entertainment producer and device maker. The company on Thursday reported results for the first three months of 2015 that show Bezos' earliest spending effort -- a business that rents data storage and computing services over the cloud -- is paying for itself.

France: la timidité des PME vis à vis du Cloud.

L’Insee constate que l’adoption du cloud dans les PME françaises est en retrait par rapport à la moyenne européenne. Quels sont les obstacles perçus ?

En dépit des efforts consentis par les fournisseurs pour agrémenter leurs offres et les rendre plus « transparentes », les PME françaises hésitent encore à franchir le pas vers le cloud.

Vonage CEO Speaks Out on SMB UCaaS Trends

Vonage has recently acquired Simple Signal, a service provider offering Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Simple Signal uses the same BroadSoft BroadWorks platform used by Telesphere, another UcaaS company that Vonage acquired about late last.

Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent: l'idée d'un rapprochement en discussion?

Nokia mènerait, en interne, des discussions remettant sur la table l’idée d’un rapprochement avec le Franco-Américain Alcatel-Lucent. Voici quelques années que les bruits de couloir circulent autour d’un éventuel rapprochement des deux équipementiers télécoms Nokia et Alcatel-Lucent. S’il est encore trop tôt pour envisager cette issue, la situation et les orientations stratégiques des deux groupes rendent l’hypothèse d’autant plus plausible à moyen terme.

Google France a dix ans : opérations séduction auprès des start-up, des PME et des associations.

La branche française de Google lance sa première campagne institutionnelle et accentue des initiatives pro-numériques pour les entreprises et les associations.

Cela fait dix ans que Google est installé en France.

« Comme moi, la société a dû apprendre pour trouver sa place en France », déclare Nick Leeder, Directeur général de Google France (le manager d’origine australienne est en fonction depuis deux ans).

Some teens may indeed be anti-Facebook

Facebook's popularity might be on the decline among some teenagers, the company signaled Wednesday.

For younger teenagers, Facebook has seen a decline in the number of daily users, the company reported during its third-quarter earnings call. Overall, usage among U.S. teens was stable between the second and third quarters, but the decrease in daily usage for some was noted early in the prepared remarks of Facebook's chief financial officer, David Ebersman.

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3 percent dip from last year.

The strength of the dollar against some other currencies, such as the Euro, will affect IT buying. What 1,000 Euros bought in hardware last year, might not be enough for the same hardware this year, and that hurts demand.

Facebook's future could include app consolidation

Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has been on a mission to unbundle the company's many services and expand far beyond the single application that transformed it into the largest media platform that's ever existed. Zuckerberg says the changes represent an evolution in Facebook's approach to how it connects people around the world.

Deloitte, Tendances IT 2015 : les entreprises au carrefour du numérique

Deloitte estime que la stratégie des entreprises, portée par la transformation numérique, va évoluer dans une logique de fusion du business et de l’IT.

Tata Communications seeing significant demand growth for hosted UC services

 

Anthony Bartolo, the President of Mobility and Collaboration at Tata Communications, has been recently interviewed for getting his perspective on the latest trends. Tata Communications targets the top 2500 multinational corporations and also provides global white label services for other carriers to target the mid-tier and small business market segments. Tata Communications is also a global carrier partner helping Microsoft deliver its Skype for Business services.

France. Les TPE/PME utilisent de manière disparate les outils numériques disponibles.

Linkeo constate que les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises s’approprient les outils numériques à leur disposition, mais les exploitent de manière disparate. Quand bien même ils en ont cerné le potentiel en matière de valorisation et de développement commercial, les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises ont encore un usage relativement disparate des nombreux outils numériques à leur disposition.

France: les budgets "Cloud" des entreprises fluctuent.

Vanson Bourne estime que le déploiement du cloud dans les entreprises françaises a entraîné des coûts inattendus… en plus de compliquer la tâche des décideurs informatiques.

With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy

When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.

On Wednesday Facebook said it was acquiring WhatsApp, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying US$16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.

Internet of Things connections to quadruple by 2020

Here in 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a massive effect on business, according to a recent report by Verizon, and by 2025 it predicts best-in-class organizations that use IoT extensively will be up to 10 percent more profitable than they are today.

IBM to invest $3B in building Internet of Things business

IBM on Tuesday said that it will create a new Internet of Things unit and invest $3 billion over four years to build it out. The move formalizes IBM's existing Internet of Things efforts. IBM's smarter-planet and smarter-cities businesses are connected to the Internet of Things trend. The rough idea behind the Internet of Things is that sensors will be embedded in everything and networked to create data. This flow of data could improve operations.

Crowdfunding et prêt aux PME : Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros

Spécialisé dans le crowdfunding appliqué aux TPE/PME sur le modèle du prêt, Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros pour son 2e tour de table institutionnel.

Trois millions d’euros injectés au mois de janvier par Truffle Capital dans Credit.fr, huit millions obtenus à la mi-mars par Unilend avec Ventech et 360 Capital Partners en tête de gondole : les acteurs traditionnels du capital-investissement mettent leurs billes dans les plates-formes de financement participatif.

Snapchat: 71% of US users between 18 and 34.

BlackBerry posts quarterly profit

The struggling smartphone manufacturer posted a surprise profit on Friday for the second quarter in a row, eking out gains thanks to a massive cost-cutting effort and an adjustment to the value of its investment in a broad patent portfolio.

For its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended February 28, BlackBerry posted earnings excluding certain items of 4 cents a share, compared with Wall Street's forecast of a loss of 4 cents a share. BlackBerry shares rose 3.2 percent to $9.60 in premarket trading Friday.

Cloudwatt: Orange veut piloter seul.

Deux ans et demi après son lancement, Orange consulte ses partenaires Thales et la Caisse des Dépôts pour prendre totalement la main sur Cloudwatt, un des représentants du cloud souverain à la française. Orange a engagé des discussions pour racheter la part du capital de Cloudwatt à ses partenaires, l’entreprise Thales et la Caisse des dépôts.

France. French Tech, outil opérationnel en faveur de l'innovation et du business?

Le gouvernement cherche à monter des passerelles entre les start-up, l’industrie et les leviers de financement. Avec le CES qui s’ouvre, Axelle Lemaire en charge du numérique aborde les enjeux.

C’est le principal enjeu de la French Tech. Comment transformer la promotion du savoir-faire numérique en France en un véritable outil opérationnel en faveur de l’innovation en France ?

France: Unilend lève 8 millions d’euros pour assurer le financement des PME

La plate-forme de crowdlending Unilend a finalisé un tour de table de 8 millons d’euros pour optimiser le développement de son activité de prêts de particuliers à entreprises.

Big data interest still growing

Companies are still scrambling to manage ongoing data growth even as they pursue projects designed to generate more value from the data they already have. For many, even keeping pace remains a challenge.

Why workers want self-service IT

The pendulum is in full swing toward employees empowered to make tech choices at work and away from traditional IT departments. A new survey found that workers are seeking self-service IT, driven in large part by cool consumer tech, "freemium" cloud services and an autocratic IT department whose slow, conservative ways aren't able to keep up with the urgent demand of business technology.

Microsoft customizes Azure for the Internet of things

Microsoft wants to help organizations set up and run Internet of things (IoT)-styled distributed systems, by providing a set of integrated Microsoft's Azure cloud services designed to cut deployment times and management hassles.

The Azure IoT Suite would be particularly useful for three types of workloads:

Social, messaging apps struggle with decision to 'bundle' or 'unbundle'

Some popular social media apps 'unbundle' features left and right, while other services stick to all-encompassing apps with a variety of functionality. Each strategy has its pros and cons, and each makes sense for different types — and different sizes — of companies.

To "bundle" or not to bundle, that is the challenge social media and messaging services wrestle with these days. (Or at least one of the challenges.) The answer is not a simple one because trends change, and what works today may not work as well tomorrow.