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  • If HP wants to be the new IBM, does Google want to be the new Apple?

    So I go away for two weeks and all hell breaks loose. First, Google decides to buy Motorola's mobile phone operation, then HP says it's getting out of the PC business and discontinuing WebOS products. Now, the Google thing makes sense, kind of, if yo... 

  • Google spurned offer to join Microsoft and Apple in bid for "bogus patents"

    To many people out there, the name Brad Smith might not be too familiar. He'sMicrosoft's general counsel and most of the time anyone would have come across his name in the past would probably have been in defending the software giant against anti-mon... 

  • Jargon buster is a good idea but it misses the real target

    Earlier in the week, IT support company Barton Technology released a "jargon buster" designed to help small businesses and SMEs decipher some of the jargon in hardware, networking, software and licensing, backup, server applications and sec... 

  • Is there more to Microsoft than Windows?

    Only the churlish would seek to dismiss a company reporting record revenue and profits, especially when that company is Microsoft, the biggest software business in the world. As I'm not churlish by disposition, I won't, although quite a few others ha... 

  • Apple may not be a computer company anymore but it's doing very nicely

    In January 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company was dropping the word "Computer" from its name to become "Apple Inc". As he pointed out at the time, only one product (the Mac) was a computer out of the four pr... 

  • Currency fluctuations can be good for your business, ask IBM

    Here's an interesting snippet of information: IBM's second quarter revenues were positively affected by currency fluctuations to the tune of 7% or around $1.6bn. In other words, without positive foreign exchange rates, IBM's revenues would have been ... 

  • Staff benefit from Softcat's "rubbish forecasting" with beer and cake

    When Softcat broke throughthe £200m revenue mark last week, managing director Martin Hellawell revealed that it would be celebrating with beer and cake for staff. "I never dreamt of getting to the £200m mark this financial year,&quo... 

  • Memo to Turner: You can run Windows 7 on an iMac. It's not a big deal

    Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner was in combative mood at the vendor's Worldwide Partner Conference last week, taking jabs at all manner of rivals, including Google, IBM, Oracle, salesforce.com, VMware and Apple. On the latter, he m... 

  • Finance officers take keener interest in IT spend

    So the finance people are starting to take much closer control of IT spending. According to a study, chief financial officers (CFOs) have authorisation for 26% of all IT investment compared to 5% for chief information officers (CIOs). In addition... 

  • Data is the new oil? That's just too much

    Judging by Google, there seem to be a lot of people around at the moment who are opening their presentations with the bold statement that "data is the new oil". It's a pretty exciting and thought-provoking way to get people's attention....