ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...
|By Shelly Palmer||
|December 16, 2012 03:01 AM EST||
Lots of people are asking me what’s on my wish list this holiday season. For me, the list is pretty modest: I’d like a Tesla Model S electric touring sedan. You’d like one too – they are simply awesome! But, since that’s not in the cards, here are the top five tech gifts I’d give (or have already given) to myself.
#1 — Samsung – 75″ Class – LED – 1080p – 240Hz – Smart – 3D – HDTV - Model: UN75ES9000FXZA – Street Price $8,999
For a mere $8,999 wherever fine televisions are sold, you can pick up this state-of-the-art Samsung 75″ HDTV. Some of the features are pretty unimportant to me. I’m not interested in 3D, but I really want the 240Hz refresh rate. Any set with a refresh rate over 200Hz is technically 3D ready, but 3D at home is a sub-optimal experience. What isn’t sub-optimal is the refresh rate. 240Hz HDTV monitors rock! I’m also mostly uninterested in the built-in “connected” TV features. Smart TV isn’t really very smart and I think it is a sub-optimal experience, too.
However, this set has lots of HDMI connectors, so I can use my Xbox 360 or the MacMini I have set up as a media server to access Netflix, Hulu and the other online content I crave. In fact, an AppleTV box, Roku or VuDu box will serve as well (or better) than the built in features. But I digress.
What I care deeply about is the picture quality. This set is a sight to behold. I love it. Will I love is as much as the 84″ UltraHD set coming out next year? Hummm … for $8,999 I really want to be sure. Nope, I’m sure. This is my wish list, and a Samsung 75″ ES9000 is item number one.
#2 — iPad Mini 64GB with 4G – List Price $659
OK, I know… I already have one. But I love my iPad Mini so much, I’d wish for it again. I prefer the 64GB model. While mine is on Verizon, the unit is also available on AT&T and Sprint, and you should choose the carrier that has the best coverage in the areas you travel most. Do not believe the TV commercials and don’t worry about the carrier that I have – you need to choose the carrier that’s right for you.
Can you buy the least expensive model? The one that’s 16GB and WiFi-only and sells for just $329? Sure. But don’t. Photos and videos (the ones you take, not the ones you rent or buy) take up a lot of storage space. And there is nothing like LTE wireless speed when you’re on the road.
By the way, I am completely addicted to the 7″ size. It fits in my outside jacket pocket and I can speed-type with my thumbs standing up – a trick that cannot be done at on a 10″ tablet. This is a behavior-changing device. The only reason this fell to item number two is because I really want that Samsung 75″ for my living room.
#3 — iPhone 5 64 GB – List Price $399 with Contract, $849 Unlocked
I have one of these too, but if I didn’t, it would certainly be on my wish list. Notwithstanding, tied for third on my list are two smartphones from Samsung. The Galaxy SIII ($699 unlocked, as low as $49 with a contract) and the Galaxy Note II ($649 unlocked as low as $299 with a contract). I love these devices. The SIII is probably the best phone on the market and the Galaxy Note II’s big screen makes it a “Goldilocks” device.
#4 — Canon 5D Mark III – List Price $2,990 (Body only)
I don’t have one of these, but I really, really want one. This is the Digital SLR that has literally changed the motion picture business. The newly-designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light, and next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed makes me giddy.
This camera not only shoots 22.3 Megapixel stills – it shoots native H.264 full 1080p HD video. There are so many accessories for this camera, you’re going to need about $10,000 to get your kit together. But, when you do – you’re ready to make movies. Look out Mr. Spielberg … there’s a DP with a 5D Mark III chasing you!
#5 — Macbook Air (i7, 8GB RAM, 512 GB Flash Drive) – List Price $2,199 (13.3”)
This is simply the most computer in the smallest usable package I’ve ever seen. It literally fits inside a manila envelope, yet it is as powerful a computer as you could possibly need. Final Cut, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Windows 8 with Parallels – no matter how hard you push this thing, it just delivers.
Some people will tell you that there are less expensive computers that will do the job. Yes there are… ignore them. If you can only own one computer, this is the one to own. What about the new MacBook Pro 13″? Too big. For the road warrior in your life, this top-of-the-line Macbook Air will make the Yuletide bright.
That’s my tech gift wish list for 2012. Of course, my most important wish is for each and every one of you to have a happy and healthy holiday season.
Dec. 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST Reads: 2,939
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
Dec. 19, 2014 04:00 AM EST Reads: 2,362
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:45 PM EST Reads: 1,454
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST Reads: 1,552
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,685
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,865
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:15 AM EST Reads: 2,650
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,296
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,065
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
Dec. 18, 2014 06:00 AM EST Reads: 1,147
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:15 PM EST Reads: 2,094
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 2,130
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 2,107
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Dec. 17, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 2,012
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:45 AM EST Reads: 2,212
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Dec. 16, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,081
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
Dec. 15, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 2,505
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 8,118
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 3,270
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,394