DataCore to LeftHand VARs: Come on over
DataCore will make it worthwhile for LeftHand Networks value-added resellers to switch over to its
"HP is a terrific company," said James Price, DataCore's vice president of product and channel marketing. "However, many LeftHand resellers, like our own partners, differentiate themselves … by tailoring their solutions to the specific needs and budgets of their customers. Freedom from hardware tie-ins is critical to delivering these solutions."
HP battles BlackBerry; Nokia takes on iPhone
The smartphone wars got even hotter this week. Hewlett-Packard announced it will release a touch-screen smartphone using Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Aimed at battling Research in Motion's BlackBerry, HP's consumer-targeted phone will enable email and Internet access and be similar to HP's business-class iPaq devices. HP has been selling iPaqs since it acquired Compaq Computer in 2002, but the phones have never been available in retail stores. Meanwhile, Thursday Nokia unveiled a touch-screen smartphone that takes direct aim at the iPhone. Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic has a music and video player, surround-sound speakers, 8 gigabytes of memory, a 3.2-inch screen, and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson and HTC Corp. have already released iPhone rivals.
IBM updates Cognos 8
A new version of Cognos 8 analytics software adds support for annotations so users can add explanations and notes to reports and charts. With Cognos 8 version 4, authors and data modelers can now see the "business lineage" or sources of relevant data. IBM, which bought Cognos a year ago, tightened up the links to its own InfoSphere Warehouse by adding support of InfoSphere OLAP cubing as a data source for Cognos reports and links to InfoSphere's Business Glossary. Cognos 8 version 4 will be available in the fourth quarter.
Global chip sales grow along with PC and cellphone sales
Global chip sales grew 5.5% in August from a year ago as a result of strong cellphone and personal computer sales, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Global chip sales totaled $22.7 billion in August, up 2.4% from July. The Asia-Pacific region posted the biggest increase at 12%, while sales in the Americas slumped 7.3%. The SIA cited information from a recent Credit Suisse report that showed PC unit sales up 9.1% in August with a projected growth of 13% this year. The same report shows cellphone sales rising 10% in emerging markets.
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