SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off next week in Las Vegas, and industry watchers expect the show to remain heavily focused on developments in large-screen, connected TV sets as well as smaller tablet and PC-hybrid devices. Makers of large-screen TV sets will be a major presence at the show. Samsung , Sony , LG , Panasonic and Sharp will hold press events on Monday to showcase their latest and upcoming offerings. These are expected to include more ultra-thin sets and improved software interfaces for connecting to the Internet. See full streaming coverage of CES
Another area to watch will be so-called “ultra HD,” meaning TV sets that offer up to four times the screen resolution of current high-definition sets. Sony and LG have already introduced such sets, and Samsung, Sharp and other manufacturers are expected to showcase these types of products at CES, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week.
But CES has also become notable for who is not there. Apple —one of the largest and most profitable consumer electronics makers on the planet — has never been a strong presence at the event. And this year will also be the first without Microsoft acting effectively as show anchor. The software giant announced last year that it plans to hold its own events to showcase its products.
Ramon Llamas of IDC told MarketWatch that larger companies are favoring their own forums for launching their devices. Also, smartphone makers typically favor the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona in late February for big product launches. “I’m seeing a lot more people looking at CES and saying that this is not the time to showcase our new flagship,” Llamas said. “There’s so much going on that it’s easy to get drowned out.”
FRAMINGHAM – Microsoft on Monday issued a security advisory that confirmed in-the-wild attacks are exploiting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer. The software maker is working on a fix. The advisory addressed the “zero-day” vulnerability — meaning it was discovered and exploited before a patch was available — that was found and disclosed by researcher Eric Romang over the weekend. On Monday, the Metasploit open-source penetration framework published an exploit module for the bug, putting pressure on Microsoft to act quickly.
IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)
BOSTON – Dell announced Monday that it is buying Quest Software for US$2.4 billion, following weeks of speculation over its interest in the infrastructure software vendor. The deal is expected to close later this year. Quest’s products include the Toad database management toolset, Quest One Identity management software, and the SonicWALL andSecureworks products, all of which will be complementary to Dell’s portfolio, the companies said in a statement.
The Wall Street Journal
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled the first computer it has ever made, a tablet called the Surface that comes with a keyboard and other features designed to stand out in a market dominated by Apple Inc. The new device, unveiled by Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer at an event for journalists here, is a sign of the new tactics the software giant has been forced to embrace as it tries to make up lost ground in the mobile market. Microsoft said the smallest Surface tablet is 9.3 millimeters thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, which is similar to Apple’s iPad, at 9.4 millimeters thick and 1.44 pounds. The Surface has a 10.6-inch screen compared with the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. The Surface has a built-in kickstand and magnetic cover, which also acts as a touch keyboard. Microsoft didn’t say whether the device would connect to cellular data networks or would be Wi-Fi only. Microsoft didn’t identify contractors who will manufacture the hardware, or provide much clarity on timing — except to say that the first Surface models will arrive when Windows 8 is generally available, which is expected to be in the second half of the year.
Mr. Ballmer styled the new tablet device as a vehicle to exploit its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, and a variant called Windows RT that relies on different kinds of computer chips. The software is the first from Microsoft designed with tablet computers in mind, offering an interface called Metro that is designed to be controlled by a user touching a display. Al Hilwa, an analyst at IDC, said the combination of PC and tablet features makes surface a “true converged” device. ”A Swiss Army knife of a tablet?”
Gartner Press Release
Building the Mobile Enterprise Will Be Discussed at the Gartner Catalyst Conference, August 20-23 in San Diego
The rapid proliferation of consumer mobile devices is changing the traditional IT environment in enterprises, as 90 percent of enterprises have already deployed mobile devices, with smartphones being most widely deployed, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. Eighty-six percent of enterprises surveyed said that they plan to deploy media tabletsthis year.
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Google’s acquisition of QuickOffice further moves the search giant beyond the “pure Web” and toward an embrace of the App Internet, writes Forrester Research Vice President and Principal Analyst Ted Schadler in a new blog post. Schadler writes: “The App Internet is the future of software architecture and the foundation of how people get stuff on their mobile devices (we call that mobile engagement). The App Internet means native (or hybrid HTML5) apps on mobile and desktop devices that use the Internet to get services. It’s the native app that makes the user experience good. It’s the Internet that makes the user experience relevant to life.”