Staff picks for the week of Nov. 16, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralWe often don’t think about the technology that impacts our everyday lives, or how it originates. From where the Internet lives to the Hollywood star who helped invent Wi-Fi, there are several behind-the-scenes technology stories worth telling. Read on for your weekly dose of tech news. (more…)

SHI’s Q3 revenue jumps on strong legacy and emerging partner performance

Earnings ReleaseSHI’s Q3 was yet another stellar three months: The company’s quarterly revenue of $1.7 billion (a 14 percent year-over-year increase) pushes up our 2015 revenue to $4.7 billion – a record for the first nine months of a calendar year. In Q3, legacy partners like Microsoft, Dell, Adobe, Symantec, HP, and Cisco continued to perform very strongly. Our emerging partners — Lenovo, Apple, Tableau, and Pure Storage – were the top incremental new revenue drivers, which highlights the trend we’re seeing of customers investing in big data/business analytics tools, as well as flash storage and mobility solutions. (more…)

What the Apple Cisco partnership means to you

partnershipWhat happens when two tech giants come together? A new era of networking and integration.

On Aug. 31, 2015, Tim Cook and John Chambers, the respective CEOs of Apple and Cisco, announced a partnership that creates a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.

“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Cook. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

Before the digital ink was dry, questions about the partnership’s ramifications were being asked in IT departments around the world. What does the partnership mean to customers? What implications does it have on the broader market? How will other ecosystem partners be affected? (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Oct. 5, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralTechnology is constantly pushing limits and today’s Staff Picks show how far, from apps for your cat to a potential mushroom-powered smartphone. Read on for our take on these stories and more.

Why your cat needs an iPad (read by Camillia S.)

Nothing is safe from the digital era. We wear technology and give our toddlers iPads to play with while we take on the rest of the duties of the day. So it’s only right that pets are the next marketing target for tech toys and gadgets. Technically, pet parents are the targets, but pets are the beneficiaries of all the new animal-friendly apps and gadgetry. Friskies, a popular brand of cat food, has been creating digital cat games since 2011. Who knew? Instead of sitting on your couch and having your cat chase a laser beam, now there’s an app for that. I always thought that we looked forward to spending time with our pets, but with the introduction of apps and tech toys I’m starting to think we may see them as more of a nuisance. (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Sept. 28, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralAs technology advances, many people wonder just how far it’ll go. Will machines and robots become self-aware? So far that answer is no, but artificial intelligence is being applied in new and interesting ways. At the same time, other technological advances are aimed at increasing our safety. That said, technology isn’t always applied to good intentions. Read on for this week’s Staff Picks. (more…)