Enterprise software: Beware the loud voices of charlatan thought leaders

Many enterprise business processes have lots of moving parts; as a result, software tends to be complicated to develop and challenging to purchase. Consider the complicated flow of information through a manufacturing company, for example, or the steps needed to execute financial accounting in a large company. Layer on issues like security, scalability, cost, and risk and it becomes clear… Read more →

Panasonic Q2: Fiscal year forecast bleak, $9.6bn loss on deck

Japanese technology giant Panasonic has forecast it will lose ¥765 billion ($9.6bn) by the end of its current financial year, ending early 2013, despite previously projecting a ¥50 billion ($626m) profit. The massive projected loss is partly due to deferred tax assets, the firm said in its report [PDF]. In the statement, Panasonic cited a continued unease over the global economy… Read more →

South Africa’s Naspers swoops on Middle East with Souq.com buy

Souq.com, the self-styled ‘Amazon of the Middle East’, has confirmed long-running speculation that it is selling a stake in its business to South African web and media group Naspers. The e-commerce site announced this week that it has secured a new round of investment from Naspers and existing shareholder Tiger Global Management. The company has not disclosed the value of… Read more →

Asus CFO: Nexus 7 sales close to 1 million per month

Taiwanese PC and tablet maker Asus’ chief financial officer David Chang told The Wall Street Journal that sales of the Google-branded Nexus 7 tablet are closing in one million units per month. The Android-powered 7-inch tablet, priced at $199 for the base model, hobbled along with a good albeit slow start by today’s standards, according to Cheng, but sales figures picked… Read more →

Firefox lost 6-9 million downloads in EU browser choice ‘glitch’

Mozilla vice president of business affairs and general counsel Harvey Anderson estimates that as a result of Microsoft’s failure to include the so-called “browser choice” screen for Windows users in Europe for more than a year and a half, Mozilla lost between 6-9 million downloads in total. In spite of ongoing legal action by the European Commission, Microsoft could face another… Read more →

Daily Report: Floodwaters Rise, Web Sites Fall

Here is a lesson every Web site manager may be taking away from Hurricane Sandy: It is probably not a good idea to put the backup power generators where it floods. Quentin Hardy and Jenna Wortham of The New York Times report that as computer centers in Lower Manhattan and New Jersey shut down or went to emergency operations after… Read more →

Google Search for iOS threatens the incumbent Siri

It’s no secret that Siri didn’t get off to a great start. Calling early reviews “mixed” would be polite. When it launched with the iPhone 4S in October 2011 Apple described Siri in its typical, magical terms: Siri not only understands what you say, it knows what you mean. It figures out the right apps to use to find the… Read more →

Samba 4 is now slated for release on November 27

Samba 4.0 – complete with a Microsoft-compatible Active Directory controller – is now slated for release on November 27 — for real.   The fourth release candidate of the open source  platform was released today and the fifth release candidate is slated for release on November 13. If all goes well, the final version is expected to be released by the end… Read more →

Logitech’s ConferenceCam brings HD video conferencing down to branch office prices

Logitech’s ConferenceCam BCC950, pictured above, has a street price of about $200. Video conferencing has always been something of a luxury for small and medium-sized businesses. True enterprise-grade video conferencing hardware has always been a significant expense, and many if not all of the major solutions avaliable require buy-in to proprietary systems, much like it is with VOIP-based PBX systems…. Read more →

Microsoft’s Build conference turns "2.0"

My home in lower Manhattan is without power, but I’m sitting in Building 92 on the Microsoft campus, attending the company’s Windows-focused Build conference.  I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m finding that to be a metaphor for this year’s Build event, versus last year’s. I’ve left the storm behind for a calmer environment. And I’m… Read more →

Logitech’s ConferenceCam brings HD video conferencing down to branch office prices

Logitech’s ConferenceCam BCC950, pictured above, has a street price of about $200. Video conferencing has always been something of a luxury for small and medium-sized businesses. True enterprise-grade video conferencing hardware has always been a significant expense, and many if not all of the major solutions avaliable require buy-in to proprietary systems, much like it is with VOIP-based PBX systems…. Read more →