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Articles tagged with: IBM

Microsoft And Google Tweet Wars

Our tech giants Google and Microsoft has taken the patent war to next level and Twitter is the new war zone. Recently, Microsoft, along with Apple and Oracle collectively bought some 6,000 patents from Nortel inc.

In the mean time, Google bought around 1,000 patents from IBM. Microsoft, Apple and Oracle in a group known as CPTN paid $3.5 billion more than the predicted price for buying the patents.

Google Buys IBM Patents

Suing rival tech companies has now become child’s play for big IT companies. Consequently every company is trying to decorate its portfolio with as many patents as it can by buying patents from different companies.

Google, which had recently been sued by Oracle for Java patent infringement in development of Android has also decided to take some precautionary measures.

IBM Files Patent For Modifying Onscreen Keyboard

Although most users like better to use a physical keyboard and only uses virtual keyboards for the sake of portability. They can’t carry around the physical keyboard around all the time and so they use the virtual keyboard on their mobile devices.

However, the flexibility offered by the virtual keyboards can never be matched by the physical ones. That’s exactly why IBM is filing a U.S. patent application for a morphing touchscreen keyboard interface.

Intels Buys Fulcrum Microsystems To Boost Networking

Intel is acquiring Fulcrum Microsystems (a networking chip company) for an unknown amount of money. The buyout is expected to be the result of Intel’s efforts to boost current network offerings.

Fulcrum was founded in 1999 and they currently design Ethernet switches that are used in data centers. Fulcrum’s 10GB Ethernet and 40GB Ethernet switch products are expected to work well with Intel processors and Ethernet controller offerings.

University Of Nebraska Gets 250K For Microsoft Office 365

While it’s not uncommon for companies to offer incentives to clients to try out new products, Microsoft recently paid the University of Nebraska, $250,000 to move from its existing IBM Lotus notes to Microsoft’s Office 365.

The University stated that they will use the money to convert a large number of the PCs currently using Lotus notes in addition to using the funds to pay for a Microsoft Premier Support agreement covering email and Microsoft Office applications for the University as a whole.

ThinkPad + IdeaPad Tablets, On The Way

Lenovo’s president, Rory Read has officially announced in an interview that IdeaPad and ThinkPad tablets will hit markets later this year. Consumers can expect both tablets to rock 10″ screens, come with Android Honeycomb, and cost between $450 and….gulp….$900.

The IdeaPad K1 will ship out next month, with the professional-oriented ThinkPad tablet coming this August. I suppose IBM wanted to throw down two Windows 7 tablets before it was “too late” with Windows 8 expected to arrive next year.

IBM Turns 100, Seeks New CEO

IBM (International Business Machines) will replace its current CEO to mark the company’s 100 years of success. Besides the centennial anniversary, the company’s current CEO, Sam Palmisano, will be turning 60 in July, the age when IBM CEO’s retire and name their successors.

The three current names circulating around that would succeed Palmisano are; 53 year old, Virginia Rometty. Rometty currently is head of IBM’s sales division and would be the first female CEO of IBM if elected. Next up we have Mike Daniels, currently head of services for IBM, a division that makes up 60% of IBM’s revenue.

Lenovo Speeds Boot Time On ThinkPad T420s

The main reason why people love tablets and smartphones is the instant-on feature that allows consumers to start using their devices immediately. Likewise, the “drawback” of laptops and computers is often the boot time it takes, even if all you need to do is shoot off a single e-mail. Lenovo has realized this “problem” and has engineered its ThinkPad T420s to boot in ten seconds or less due to BIOS optimizations coupled with a solid-state drive.

Great Budget Notebook: Samsung Series 4

We just got word that there is a new Samsung notebook, the Samsung Series 4, model 400B2Bs. The notebook is aimed for ultra mobile users who need something light enough to take with them wherever they go, but powerful enough to handle basic business computing. The machine wasn’t designed to compete with the aesthetics of the MacBook, but when you need a computer, style doesn’t really matter.

Interestingly, it comes with an IBM-style tracking numb embedded within the keyboard that can be used as a mouse. This tracking numb is traditional of most IBM business notebooks. The notebook also has a fingerprint reader for security, and while not a new invention, does complement the business image rather well.

Introducing The Lenovo ThinkPad X1- LEAKED!

When we think of true laptop beauty, many of us think of the MacBook Air. Afterall, it is the world’s thinnest laptop computer. For many, the razor thin appeal just adds to the edginess and spunk the MacBook Air offers consumers. While we have seen a few companies try to head to head with Apple, many have missed the mark. The Dell Adamo is an excellent example of Dell’s solution to the MacBook Air. It’s sleek design and square figure was meant to dazzle many, but didn’t really get the publicity it deserved.

Lenovo is coming up with its own solution to the MacBook Air, the ThinkPad X1 (that just leaked). This beautiful device will come with a whopping 160GB solid-state technology to keep your data secure even when you’re on the move. The X1 is…