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This week, we've been putting both the iPad 4 and the Microsoft Surface tablet through their paces. In our testing, we're happy to say that both tablets are very solid HTML5 platforms. Internet Explorer 10 on the Surface has a broad, well implemented HTML5 feature set that mostly meets and occasionally exceeds mobile Safari's. On the performance front, the iPad 4 leads in raw JavaScript and Canvas performance while the Surface has a faster SVG implementation. Having comprehensive, high performance HTML5 support is now a "must-have" feature for new mobile devices. For end users, both these devices promise great user experiences from well-designed HTML5 apps. Going into our testing, we were bringing expectations set by the iPad 3 and our developer hardware for Windows 8. When we reviewed the iPad 3 in the Spring, we were disappointed with iPad performance. Ordinary web... (more)

Redux: Cloud Computing For a Cause

Originally posted December 2008. Yesterday I had a great conversation with Romanus Berg of Ashoka, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs and a long time customer of Enomaly. In the conversation we discussed some of the opportunities that cloud computing may offer as a social empowerment tool in emerging economies. In case you've never head of Ashoka, founded by Bill Drayton it was one of the first groups to popularize the concept of Social Entrepreneurship. The core foundation of social entrepreneurship is found within businesses that recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Whereas a business entrepreneur typically measures performance in profit and return, a social entrepreneur assesses success in terms of the impact s/he has on society. Ashoka acts as a kind of peopl... (more)

Court Tells Samsung to Stand in Line Like Everybody for Apple’s Widgets

A federal court shot down Samsung's dreams of getting early access to Apple's unannounced next-generation iPad 3 and iPhone 5 Tuesday. It'll have to stand in line like everybody else. No elbowing to the front. Apple accuses Samsung of "slavishly copying" its widgetry in a now-expanded Android-inspired patent infringement suit, but patent follower Florian Mueller says the court's decision hints that Apple may not get a preliminary injunction barring Samsung's devices from landing on American shores, forcing Samsung into a settlement. He says, "Apple will have to think carefully about the scope and timing of a preliminary injunction motion." See http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/06/samsung-has-to-wait-for-ipad-3-and.html and http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2011/06/apple-amends-complaint-against-samsung.html. ... (more)

Cisco's New Collaboration Solutions To Support WebRTC

Click here to follow ▸@WebRTCSummit At its annual Collaboration Summit event, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Thursday announced the next phase of its vision for collaboration, which focuses on delivering innovations that embrace the modern workspace and enable users to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere. Cisco designed the new solutions specifically with the goal of making it easier for teams to instantly connect, communicate and collaborate -- so people can respond faster and make decisions more quickly. Tailor-made for the increasingly mobile and distributed workforce, these new innovations are simple to use, are highly intuitive and make collaboration easy to scale across organizations of all sizes. The modern workspace will integrate tools at work with many of the tools employees use at home; support mobility trends that enable people to access in... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

100 Things to Watch in 2010

New Media on Ulitzer JWT, the world's best-known marketing communications brand, today released its list of 100 Things to Watch in 2010. "Many of the items on our list reflect broader shifts we've been following, from growing awareness and action around health and wellness and the environment to warp-speed developments in technology," says Ann Mack, director of trendspotting at JWT. "Our list also shows how accelerating demographic, political and economic power shifts are manifesting in our everyday lives. And it points to the way industries are redefining or reinventing themselves to survive or to fully leverage these power shifts." This year, many of JWT's Things to Watch reflect repercussions of the Great Recession, from "energy dieting" to "luxury goes East" to "trip bundling." The people on the list -- from pop culture, sports, politics and other sectors -- h... (more)

Chrome Netbook OS; Tablet PCs; LBS; Open Source

2010 will undoubtedly be a year of technology innovation. In 2009, Twitter revolutionized the way we get news, it brought us closer to those who were a part of the news, almost making traditional media irrelevant. I don’t know who (or what) will be the Twitter of 2010, but below are a few predictions for the coming year. Google’s Chrome Netbook OS will be a hit. Their OS will mostly be dependent on a Google Account. A Google Account opens up their full Google Apps suite, which includes email, calendar, word processing, and MS Office like functions. Google’s renditions of their current OS have been well received by the “blogosphere” especially it’s ability to fit on a 1GB flash drive. An OS that small is perfect for Netbooks and tablet PCs. The smaller footprint also gives the user more capabilities. A key part of the Chrome OS will be the Chrome brower (my browser ... (more)

Rimm Tries to Maintain Its Strong Hold

Rimm along with other Smartphone makers like Palm have had to sit on the sidelines as Google led Android smartphones seem to have caught the imagination of gadget lovers. The recent media frenzy over Google’s much anticipated Nexus One phone probably has not helped much either. The BlackBerry maker plans to change all that and retain it’s still strong following of business users with the launch of a $200 gadget called the BlackBerry Presenter that it is demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  When you plug the device into a big-screen TV or projector, you can wirelessly run a PowerPoint presentation straight from your BlackBerry itself. You don’t need to then lug your laptop around for meets and actually move around up to 30 feet while presenting. You will be able to navigate through presentations, view speaker notes, loop presentati... (more)

IDC Counts Tablets

IDC said Tuesday that what it calls the media tablet market was up 45.1% sequentially to 4.8 million units in the third calendar quarter driven almost exclusively by global demand for the iPad, giving Apple close to 90% of the market. It's projecting nearly 17 million tablets shipped worldwide last year and 44.6 million will ship this year, with the US representing nearly 40% of the total. It figures 2012 is good for 70.8 million units. Growth this year and next, it says will be driven by devices based on Android and other operating systems. The researcher is also counting eReaders. They were up 40% sequentially in Q3 to 2.7 million units. It figures the category was good for at 10.8 million units last year, three-quarters of them shipping in the US, and should see 14.7 million units ship this year and 16.6 million next year. It's expecting significant acceleratio... (more)

100 Million Tablets by Next Year: Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley has delivered itself of a 96-page study on the tablet that, based on multiple surveys, came to the conclusion that 100 million units could ship by next year, double what everybody's been saying. That would be 65 million this year, up from 16 million last year. Its findings suggest that two-thirds (67%) of corporations will buy the things or bow to their infiltration of their firewalls. International demand was particularly impressive in view of the US consumer bias in other people's numbers, outstripping US projections of purchase interest - like 41% in China to 11% in the US. Morgan expects tablets to cannibalize printing and games console makers and hurt AMD. PC sales could be down 5% over three years although the thing is still largely additive. Morgan picks Apple, Samsung, ARM, SanDisk and Broadcom as winners. As Forbes points out Fred Hickey, the... (more)

Intel Wades into Tablets

Needing to do something about ARM and its legion of followers, Intel introduced its x86 tablet chip Monday at its Developer Forum in Beijing. That's the 45nm Oak Trail Atom, now officially christened the Z670, which it said has captured 35 design-wins, apparently mobile clinical assistants, industrial tablets and portable point-of-sales devices. It's 60% smaller than other Atoms with a lower-power design for fan-less devices as well as something resembling "all-day" battery life. It will available in widgets starting next month. Oak Trail is the prelude to a now-sampling 32nm Cedar Trail Atom, which Intel showed off and which is supposed to show up in fan-less netbooks, entry-level desktops and of course tablets in the second half. Unfortunately for Intel netbooks aren't selling much since the iPad arrived on the scene. Neither, come to think of it, have Atom tablets... (more)