Time flies: August has already hit its midpoint, and summer will soon be over. How did that happen? Now’s the time to squeeze in that vacation you’ve been putting off. And what better way to get some guilt-free relaxation than by reading up on our industry?
Here are our recommendations for a half-dozen new books on tech that are not only informative, but also fun. Any of them should make a great addition to your summer-vacation packing list.
Microsoft and Intel just made it easier for your data-center customers to use blockchain.
Late last week Microsoft introduced what it calls the Coco Framework. It’s an enterprise blockchain framework that integrates Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) for greater security and confidentiality.
That’s a lot of money, even for Intel, which in its last fiscal year had revenue of $59.4 billion.
So why is Intel doing it?
Mainly, because Intel believes the market for autonomous vehicles will be huge. So huge, Intel doesn’t want to miss out.
When it comes to the cloud, chances are good your midsize customers run a mix of cloud infrastructures — public, private on-premises and private hosted clouds. Chances are also good they need your help managing this complex mix.
Hybrid cloud has become the new normal. That’s because the cloud isn’t a one-size-fits-all technology. Instead, smart data-center managers mix and match cloud types to take advantage of each variant’s strengths and avoid its weaknesses:
Graphics designers, illustrators, video producers and other visually creative customers should be excited to learn that Dell’s latest system is now shipping.
It’s called the Dell Canvas. The device was introduced at the CES show in January, and at the time, Dell said shipments would begin in March 30. Well, that was delayed a bit.
If you find it comforting to know some things don’t change, you may welcome this news: Tablet sales are still declining, and 2-in-1s are still replacing conventional tablets.
According to new figures from market watcher IDC, the number of tablets shipped worldwide in this year’s second quarter fell by 3.4 percent from the year-earlier quarter. In all, 37.9 million tablets were shipped globally in Q2:17, IDC says, compared with 39.3 million units a year before.
Virtual reality is the next big thing. Sure, you’ve been hearing that for years, even decades. But this time around, it just might be true.
For example, a new report from Bloomberg states that VR is the fastest-growing skill for online freelancers. It also says billings on VR projects in this year’s second quarter grew more than 30-fold from the year-earlier period.
Your small and midsize business clients who use Microsoft Surface devices can now enjoy the same services and support offered to big enterprises.
Get trained on the latest Intel processors for the data center, and you’ll gain training credits and a chance to win a 60-inch curved TV, flying drone, VR headset, or Starbucks gift card.
Intel just launched Drone Racing, a new competition for solution providers. It combines interactive training on the Intel Xeon platform of data-center processors with drone racing and a chance to win big prizes.
All-in-One PCs don’t get enough respect. Their design is clever, combining the compact footprint of a notebook with the large display size of a desktop.
That should make AiO systems ideal for your business customers who need a large, sharp display, but don’t want — or have room for — the clutter and cables of a desktop.
These customers could include a medical office that needs a PC in every examining room. A bike shop that wants to show customers more options in an online catalog. Or an administrative office where space is tight.