Look out for a new range of lower-cost netbooks this year using Arm-based processors rather than Intel’s Atom chip…but don’t expect to see any of them running Windows.
Linux, yes, Google’s Android operating system, quite possibly, but Microsoft is not yet supporting the new devices, which is something of an irritation to Warren East, Arm chief executive. Read more
One view of the future holds that the world will end up with just a handful of massive distributed computers, under the control of companies like Google.
If so, then we could be getting there faster than you think.
According to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, around 20 per cent of all the servers sold around the world each year are now being bought by a small handful of internet companies – he named Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Amazon. That is an amazing statistic, and certainly not one I’d heard before. And this is before cloud computing has really caught on in a big way. Read more
The Emerging Communications conference in Silicon Valley this week has been discussing the latest trends and technologies in telecoms, with the web dominating proceedings.
Among the presentations, Stuart Henshall described Phweet, a service that uses Twitter as a platform to allow users to control their phone calls through a simple URL. Read more