Marissa Mayer Is The New CEO Of Yahoo – Business Insider

Marissa Mayer is the new CEO Of Yahoo.

She quit Google today and starts her new job tomorrow.

Mayer was Google’s first woman engineer.

She managed its search product for years. She also led development of iGoogle, Google News, and Gmail…

via Marissa Mayer Is The New CEO Of Yahoo – Business Insider.


Oracle CEO Larry Ellison buys Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly for $500-600 million | The Verge

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Forget RIM and Palm : Oracle’s Larry Ellison just bought a Hawaiian island. Lanai is a 140 square mile island in the middle of Hawaii, 98 percent privately owned, and Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie just confirmed that the owner has transferred the property to none other than the Oracle co-founder and CEO. The governor released this statement:

“It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lana’i. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean is well known specifically in the realm of America’s Cup sailing. He is also a businessman whose record of community involvement in medical research and education causes is equally notable. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near future.”

The Maui News , which has been covering the sale for a while, reported that the asking price was between $500-600 million for the entire island… which quite frankly sounds like a steal. Lanai is famous because of Dole Foods, which bought the island in 1922 and turned it into the world’s largest pineapple plantation for a time. Dole is a subsidiary of Castle & Cooke, whose current owner and chairman David Murdock is the one selling the island. Notably, Bill Gates rented out the entire island for his marriage in 1994. Find a good bit more about the history of the transaction and island residents’ worries about the deal at our Maui Newssource links.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison buys Hawaiian island of Lanai, reportedly for -600 million | The Verge.

Nokia’s next step…

After the birth of the Apple iPhone, a new dawn is coming. One of the first to jump on this is the leading mobile phone manufacturer Nokia.

Nokia is planning to update their smartphone’s OS – Symbian:

S60 smartphone software evolves to enrich the user experience.

Here is part of the Press Release by Nokia as issued on Oct 16, 2007:

Expanding the platform with intuitive touch user interface, sensor technologies and complete web video experience.

Symbian Smartphone Show, London, UK – As Internet is
entering into the core of mobile experiences, Nokia continues to
implement new innovations for S60 on Symbian OS(TM), the market leading
smartphone software, to develop the best possible mobile experiences
for people.
S60 will
introduce new features that enhance the user experience and enable
manufacturers, developers and operators to design new types of mobile
devices, applications and services. 
touch user interface in S60 smartphone software offers licensees the
opportunity to develop devices with a variety of input methods, whether
it is a touch screen with a traditional keypad, touch screen with a
qwerty keyboard or touch screen alone, supporting both finger or stylus
optimized input, in addition to the range of access options that
already exist today.

You can read the rest of the Press Release here.

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1 core, 2 core, now 4 core!

Intel Corp. says its new 50-watt quad core Xeon processors, released Monday 12/03/2007, would help the chipmaker gain market leverage in an energy-conscious business environment.

Quadcore processor

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said the two new 50-watt server processors — dubbed the Intel Xeon L5320 and L5310 respectively — would decrease users’ server power consumption by 35 to 60 percent versus Intel’s current 80-watt and 120-watt quad core server processors.

Clearly, Intel’s strategy with these two chips is aimed at a server market in which its’ main competitor Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc. intends to release processors that feature lower power consumption rates.

Warren Shiau, associate partner and senior analyst, IT research for The Strategic Counsel, said Intel has been taking it to AMD on price and performance. The new Xeons are part of the next wave of Intel’s attack: Performance per watt.

Intel quadcore

“This isn’t necessarily about having the lowest power consumption,” he said. “Intel traditionally has not been able to get lower consumption rates than AMD, so it’s gone for decreasing it’s power consumption to offer competitive levels with AMD, but not necessarily equal or better. The upside being that Intel, across the board, is going for and getting better performance-per-watt which seems to be the more relevant measure in the marketplace than having the absolute lowest power consumption.”

Shiau said the general consensus is that AMD isn’t really going to have an answer for everything Intel is hitting it with until AMD gets Barcelona-based products out the door in volume, which probably means another half-year of Intel taking it to AMD’s margins.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst for The Enderle Group, said latching onto the ‘green’ movement Stateside is a wise strategy, one that is in vogue with most companies, and particularly in the run-up to the forthcoming U.S. federal election in 2008.

“Green is big right now and likely to get bigger in the U.S. as elections approach. Initially much of the cause isn’t an environmental concern as it is that many IT shops are hitting thermal limits in their data centers and the cost of increasing the cooling can run into millions of dollars for an existing building,” he explained. “As a result, power, or in this case heat, has become a big concern. But, with the increased focus on the environment and the growing cost of fossil fuels suddenly there is even more focus on doing things efficiently.


“Both Intel and AMD have seen this trend coming and one of the major areas the two will be competing on is which company can do the most with the least amount of power, heat, and noise.”

Moreover, Enderle said the new Intel Xeons also showcases a skill set that would become more popular going forward in the channel. That is, the ability to efficiently map out and design data centers to maximize capacity and minimize the thermal load and power requirements for the site.

“This should also help drive a swap out of the older, less efficient technology from both AMD and Intel, as well as older UNIX mainframe and mid-range products that are not power or heat efficient to new products that can do more, but without increasing the heat or power requirements and possibly reduce them,” he remarked.

Overall this is a signal for change, and change generally means good revenue for the channel if the players can position themselves to take advantage of it, Enderle added.

“Green is also the color of money, at least here in the U.S.,” he quipped.

A processor that throws off less heat is easier to package and requires less ancillaries, Shiau said.

“All other things being equal, a processor that consumes less power is going to reduce data center costs compared to one that consumes more,” he said. “If energy costs were inconsequential you could bet it wouldn’t be an issue.

“Marketing people and what’s in vogue; it all goes hand-in-hand.”

The goal is absolutely about finding solutions for customers who are facing increased electricity costs, said Bill Calder, spokesperson for Intel in Hillsboro, Ore.

“This is particularly acute in today’s data centers. The growing number and density of servers has made electricity costs a significant factor in IT purchases,” he said. “With products like the Intel Xeon 5300 series we offer both incredible performance and energy efficiency — the best of both worlds. As such, it is not about latching on to any particular movement as much as it is offering customers the right choices that meet their needs to lower overall cost and still have outstanding performance with the latest server technology.”

Of the new quad core chips, Intel’s Xeon L5320 runs at 1.86 GHz and the L5310 runs at 1.60 GHz and features 8MB on die cache for faster memory data communication and run on dedicated 1066 MHz front side buses. Servers based on the new low-power, quad-core processors are designed for dense data centers, blade servers, and industries such as financial services where the scale and density of servers are highly sensitive to power, real estate and cooling costs, the company said.

Intel said its’ Tier 1 server vendors would build solutions with the new Xeon chips in the coming months. Acer, Dell, Digital Henge, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, HCL, IBM Corp., Samsung, Verari and Wipro are all expected to announce plans to do so. Milpitas, Calif.-based Rackable Systems Inc., a server and storage products provider, did so recently when it unveiled plans to deploy servers featuring the L5320 and L5310 via unique server designs and delivered fully racked and cabled.

“Our newest low wattage servers demonstrate our ongoing commitment to green technology and reducing data center operational expenses,” said Giovanni Coglitore, CTO, Rackable Systems, in a statement. “With Intel’s new 50-watt quad core processors inside Rackable Systems’ thermally efficient servers, we can meet companies’ computing needs while effectively managing skyrocketing energy costs.”

Officials said the quad core Intel Xeon L5320 is priced at US$519 in quantities of 1,000. The Intel Xeon L5310 is priced at $455.

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Holographic Memory in your pocket

Soon you could be able to store more mp3s and podcasts in your pocket than you’ll ever have time to listen to. Fujifilm is working on a terabyte (1000 gigabyte) holographic memory, which it expects to launch in 2009. The terabyte holo-memory drive would be no bigger than a sugar cube and could access data much faster than existing memory technologies.

Holographic memory devices store binary bits of data by generating a 3D pattern of light interference inside a crystal or photopolymer, using lasers. Multiple bits can be written and read simultaneously, making the technique potentially very speedy.

Fujifilm has already developed a holographic memory disc capable of holding 300 gigabytes of data. Other companies currently working on holographic memory include IBM, Bell Labs and InPhase.

From NewScientist

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Solar + LEDs = free night light

A building under construction in Japan will use natural light to illuminate its rooms, even during the night.

Japanese construction company Shimizu and electronics giant Sharp have jointly developed a transparent building material that absorbs light during the day and uses it to light up rooms when the Sun goes down. The material is being used to construct a new office complex in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on the south eastern edge of Japan.

Sections of the office’s walls look transparent, but actually contain incredibly thin solar panels and as many as 320 light-emitting diodes that release whitish-blue light at night. According to NikkeiNet Interactive (paid subscription required), the walls can convert 7% of solar energy into electricity and illuminate the building for an average of 4.6 hours every night.

The image here shows another of Shimizu’s office buildings, named Izumi Garden, in Tokyo.

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Bluetooth Digital Watch

Seiko Watch

Seiko Instruments Inc announced their first Bluetooth watch yesterday, the BT Watch or CPC TR-006 ver.1.0. This hi-tech watch is packed into a very stylish casing and this watch will be released onto the market at the end of this year or beginning 2007. This watch is in fact an extension of your phone, and you’ll be able (at first) to play around with the volume of the ringtone of your phone. It can also alert you when you have an SMS or email, and it can display the number and the name of the person that is calling you. Finally, it will also alert you when the Bluetooth connection between the watch and phone is broken, so you won’t forget your phone anymore. This is a product that might change our lives a bit, the way we use a phone and even appeal to the technophobes. As this watch is not yet released, we really hope that Seiko Instruments Inc will add more functions in the final version.

A demo video is available on WBS TV Tokyo’s website

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Emotional LED Flowers

LED Flowers

NEC will present the KotoHana (the talking flower) at CeBit. It is interactive via the Sensibility Technology (ST) and it recognizes your feelings (happy, sad, angry, …) and changes colour through LED’s, even if you’re far away from the flower (via Wireless LAN and the Internet).

Get one for your woman to stick to her dress, so at a glance you know how she feels! 😉

From here.

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