The Internet of Things or the Internet of Everything, as we have called it, opens up a universal wireless potential for new products and services that will enrich people's lives by seamlessly connecting the physical and digital world, giving both smart devices and common household objects a voice, while also producing untapped opportunities for innovative individuals and companies. This new opportunity will reshape some of the largest industries in the world. In our view, the Internet of Everything is more than just connecting every device, vehicle or white goods appliance to the cloud. We believe that many devices, connected on an ad hoc basis, as the occasion warrants, will add an entirely new and very useful element to the Internet of Everything, which is today largely a cloud-based phenomenon. Our ultimate vision is that every person will be able to have access to an "internet of things near me," within which the devices and services they most value will connect and collaborate and be easy to operate. It will work across our homes, offices and cars and it will know when devices are in the same room as us and enable us to connect with them and control them via immediate, direct connections and communication. As this Internet of Everything continues its rapid evolution, it will require an enormous amount of collaboration and work from many players. What will it take for this logical next step in the Internet of Everything to really take off?
At its annual MAX conference, Adobe Systems announced the latest milestone in its market leading Creative Suite, which will in effect cease to exist, to be replaced entirely by Creative Cloud, the company's software subscription option. A major emphasis of the new suite version ties in with the company's push to this Creative Cloud subscription model that includes downloads of constantly updated apps for subscribers along with new collaboration tools and online services. Deeper integration between Creative Cloud and the Behance social network for creative professionals is a key example of the latter – but there are plenty of cool new features which make their appearance in new program versions, which you can learn about by following the link.
EMC unveiled its new storage defined storage platform called ViPR at its EMC World event in Las Vegas, and has hailed it as the first of its kind. The announcement comes as the buzz surrounding anything software-defined (including data centres and networks) continues to grow and EMC promises that being able to manage both the storage infrastructure and the data residing within it will provide many of the benefits associated with the "software-defined" paradigm. The key message is that customers will be able to treat the Control Plane and the Data Plane as two separate entities, and in EMC's own words, allowing the CP to "manage the underlying intelligence of the storage arrays through policy-based automation". This is a step change from treating virtualisation as a traditional, uniform storage unit. The CP, or in EMC's lingo, the ViPR controller, acts like a remote control that allows the customer to perform complicated tasks via a dashboard or self-service portal that delivers a directory of storage resources available.
Apple has landed in sixth place on this year's Fortune 500 list, and is the only tech company to crack the top 10. It came in at 17th in 2012, and its entrance into the top 10 proves that it's "bigger than ever," Fortune said. "At Apple's press event this past October, it maintained more than disrupted with its software upgrades and iPad mini announcement," the magazine said. "Also, this past year has seen a lot of CEO Tim Cook having to apologise," from the Apple Maps to warranty issues in China. "Still, when every executive wants to invent the iPod of [insert company name], Apple remains an innovative icon," Forbes concluded. Cupertino's real story is its profits, according to Fortune managing editor Leigh Gallagher, who told CBS This Morning that, had the list been based on profits instead of revenues, Apple would have landed in second position, behind Exxon. Facebook, meanwhile, made its first appearance on the top 500, at 482.
Rebranded from old moniker RIM, with a new OS and two fresh handsets in its pocket, BlackBerry has set about making its mark on 2013. The Canadian firm's comeback hasn't arrived in a particularly explosive manner, but progress is steady and the imminent unveiling of a budget to mid-range smartphone – sporting the trademark physical keyboard – looks to set to keep up some momentum. The rumoured device is expected to be named the BlackBerry R10, with leaks and reports starting to drip through over the past week. Yet the latest revelations provide the clearest picture yet of what the phone may have in store, as tech blog BGR has posted a series of images and specifications purporting to be that of the R10. The photographs in question show what looks like a cheaper version of the newly-launched BlackBerry Q10; the physical keyboard smartphone that was unveiled alongside the touchscreen-only Z10 back in January, as BlackBerry stays true to its stylistic roots. According to BGR, the R10 will feature a 3.1in display with 720p resolution, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage, 2GB RAM, and a 1,800 mAh battery. The site also claims the BlackBerry R10 could be launched "later this month," potentially leaving three BlackBerry 10 devices on the shelves by the end of May.