HTC has abandoned plans to launch a large Windows RT tablet due to weak demand, according to sources close to the company. The Taiwanese smartphone maker had planned to manufacture a tablet computer in the larger category of around 10in, but decided to ditch those plans after learning that there is not as big a market for Windows RT devices as previously hoped. An IDC report shows that only 200,000 tablets powered by Windows RT were sold in the first quarter of this year, significantly less than expected, showing that Microsoft's answer to the tablet craze has not been all that effective. The sources in question said that HTC still plans to create a 7in tablet with Windows RT, but the high cost involved with producing a larger cousin led to the cancellation of the project. The 7in version is reportedly due for release later this year.
When you read about big data, it most likely revolves around a startling figure or case study - the millions of conversations and terabytes of data we create, or an example of a company drowning in ever increasing volumes of data. Yet, that's actually the least interesting part of big data. Most organisations are not drowning in data - they have completely manageable volumes to contend with. If you are from a company that's not the size of Amazon or the BBC, you might feel like the big data conversation is not about you, but you would be wrong. In fact, a number of startups are brilliant at getting value out of big data. They know that size doesn't matter; the real value of big data is in being able to connect the dots. Once you stop worrying about the volumes, you can focus on the more interesting bit: bringing all the different types of data together. In some instances, this is already happening and companies are tracking the customer journey by joining up web traffic, advertising, and promotional codes with sales or referrals stats. By joining those data sets together, they see what their customers do before they make a purchase. More importantly, they have insights they can act on and measure. Follow the link above for five ways to transform your business with data.
Google has announced that in the future it will only give companies seven days to disclose zero-day vulnerabilities in software, after which time it will make the security glitches known publicly, so that users can take appropriate steps to defend against them. In a security policy update, Google decided to implement the new disclosure period because it believes more urgent action is needed in most of the cases its security engineers encounter. Google recommends that companies fix critical vulnerabilities within 60 days, or at least provide workarounds, and it does not expect updates to vulnerable software within the new seven day period. However, it does call for companies to publish mitigation advice, such as temporarily disabling affected software. Google will also hold itself to the new standard, attempting to rectify, or at least inform users about, newly-identified vulnerabilities within the allotted seven days.
For years, while Microsoft ruled the enterprise roost, the idea that Apple could be anything other than a niche player was rarely suggested. Apple certainly had good (but expensive) hardware, but Steve Jobs himself refused to even attempt a serious pursuit of the enterprise. Apple rising into this sphere and becoming a real player was a far-fetched concept — beyond its lack of commitment, its software didn't provide the same usability as the Windows version of Microsoft Office or indeed the support channel and the rest of the major infrastructure a major enterprise firm requires. But the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon, and the attraction of using a whole computing 'ecosystem' changed our priorities, presenting Apple with new possibilities in the process. The BYOD movement began with the iPod, when users got drawn into iTunes and the Apple ecosystem. Things really took off with the iPhone though, when all of a sudden your music player could simultaneously be your phone, web browser, email device and much more. Apple's ecosystem strengthened further with the introduction of the iPad, and continues to evolve. The devices integrate so seamlessly with Macs that when considering a new computer, there's now a lot to pull a consumer away from Windows PCs. People aren't just choosing computers anymore – they're choosing ecosystems.