2011 and tech industry: 10 reasons to remember the year

Why 2011 will be remembered by the tech industry? The death of Steve Jobs or via social networking revolution are just some of the most important.

A year is almost over and just before we take a plunge into an anticipated 2012 let’s take a moment to look back at 2011 What has it meant in the world of technology? What news, events or trends identified in this year that is left behind?

Of course, 2011 will be remembered above all as the year that killed Steve Jobs. But there was more: there were trends that were confirmed, success and downward falls to a problem that helped regarding safety or efficacy. There were companies with domestic scandals, firms shook hands and began a love story and others that did not stop fighting for a moment. All the while the world uses social networks not only to play Farmville, but also to overthrow dictators. Here are 10 things you need to remember from 2011 in the tech industry:

1. The death of Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs’s health was concerning years ago, but in August, when he passed the baton of Apple CEO Tim Cook, was when things started to get ugly. Two months later came the dreaded news: Steve Jobs had died. FromĀ  October 5 on, people paid homage to the figure of the visionary, doubts about the future of the company began to resonate ever louder. Would Tim Cook keep Apple afloat? So far it seems that yes, as Steve Jobs left everything pretty close to the coming years. Kept the script to the company ?

2. Social networks and the revolution. Something happened when several countries that are taking place through youth-led revolt against dictatorial power that decided to cut the Internet. And in 2011 it became clear that Facebook, Twitter or BlackBerry Messenger were used to do more than entertain: it was the year of revolutions spread and expanded through social networks, the year of the largest technological protests in history.

3. Hacktivism. Somewhat related to the previous point and dragged a bit since 2010, the year also saw just how different hacktivists groups (hackers for cause) put the spotlight on companies like VISA and PayPal. The figures speak for themselves: in 2010, 92% of attacks by hackers were aimed at stealing money primary. In December 2010, however, Anonymous started to encourage the digital revolution, and over 2011 have carried out attacks of all kinds. Is this their goal? The protest, boycott. But not money.

4. The great attack on Sony. One of those attacks will be remembered most by the PlayStation Network (PSN) of Sony, which was off-line for over a month, between April 21, when the company closed for “maintenance” to May 31, the date on which it reopened in Europe and America. In the attack, which took place between 17 and 19 April, the hackers would have collected 10 million credit card numbers. Sony, of course, ensured that the data was encrypted and safety codes were not stored.

5. The fall of the BBM … and RIM. RIM was not doing particularly well things this year, with it’s market share in the world of smartphones increasingly smaller and without being able to find it’s particular iPhone if you will. It has, a special and unique weapon: the BBM, an instant messaging service through their own servers, that was not necessary to have a data plan. But then something on it’s Canadian servers failed (a switch, the say) and BBM was down for nearly three days in much of Europe, America and some Asian countries. Something that did not help the already battered image of RIM.

6. Staggering of HP. At Hewlett-Packard they cannot wait for 2011 to end and see if 2012 starts with better luck. And there’s a person to blame: Leo Apotheker. The now ex-CEO that was appointed in September 2010 and since then few analysts trusted him. Although it seemed that nothing could be worse than the scandal of Mark Hurd. Then almost a year after his appointment in August 2011, a surprised Apotheker planned to sell the PC division of the company (30% of HP revenue). By the way, HP announced that it would get rid of webOS and bought Autonomy, a software company, for 10,000 million dollars. The market received the news with astonishment and HP shares fell 20%.

7. Love stories. Not everything was going to be negative. 2011 we saw the birth of two big partnerships that promise to provide plenty to talk about the future: on the one hand, Nokia and Microsoft, a relationship that hopes to take a strong and competitive position in the world of smartphones so far it has eluded them. On the other hand, Facebook and Spotify, which makes other attempts by other companies (Apple, Google, Amazon) to provide music in the cloud become at risk of being extinct.

8. The stories of hate. If there is a stormy relationship that was defined 2011 is that undoubtedly of Apple and Samsung, two companies united by a relationship (Samsung chips supplied to Apple) and separated by the competition in one market: smartphones. In 2011 both companies were dedicated to Sue each other for patent infringement around the world, getting even in some places (like Germany) to ban a product of the opponent. Probably also true that Apple is simply struggling against Google and Android indirectly, rather than against Samsung.

9. Confirmation of Android. And in 2011 Android was not only was the strongest contender to the throne of Apple in the smartphone world, but finally managed to sit on it: Android has more than 50% of global market share of mobile platforms. The interesting thing is that it is not even that they stole it from IOS: their share remains more or less stable, while the Google platform feeds from other mobile operating systems.

10. The year of the tablets. Tablets are not only the star gift this Christmas, they are also the promise fulfilled in 2011. Following the vision of Apple launching the iPad that few understood in its presentation but which few could resist once proven, the rest of the manufacturers got to work in 2011 just as well, with the arrival of a possible candidate to unseat the iPad: Amazon Kindle Fire. But this may need to be decided in an article in 2012.

Smartphones are destroying the camera market

Smart phones increasingly incorporate more powerful specifications. One of the tools that has improved in recent times is that cameras are being built, this is one of the most attractive features when thinking about having a phone. However, this continuous improvement is making the digtal camera market smaller. Data from a study point in the first eleven months of 2011 that there have been 17% fewer digital cameras sold in the same period in 2010.

Not spared are the pocket video cameras, with 13% fewer sales in the same period. According to the NPD Group a study that collects data from the United States, improving smartphones cameras are up 10 times in the last five years, has been vital to make them useful for everyday use. Interestingly, some of the models that have marked a major advance in recent times have not had continuity, such as the Nokia N8 with a 12-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The Finnish company has decided to opt for more modest camera equipment but with a more attractive interface, such as Nokia Lumia 800.

The camera phones are negatively affecting digital cameras

There is no question that smartphones cameras are taking over specific field, the photos and videos that can be made in a daily basis. However, the same study noted that digital cameras over 10 MB not only not have been affected by the smartphone market, but also managed to increase their sales by 16%, so this market segment is safe from the influx of smartphones, at least for the next few years.

Know whether an image has been Photoshoped or not

Today, though we be the first ones we turn to Photoshop to make portraits, landscapes or any images that will leave us better looking than before after we have take a photo with our camera, the truth is that there is no denying that we live in a world distorted by the retouching of images, allowing us a reality that has long ago ceased to be.

Today I want share with you a project that I think will revolutionize the world of media as we know it today, will revolutionize both the parameters of beauty as a real fashion. And it turns out such a tool exists, capable of knowing at a grade of 1 to 5 when an image has been retouched. Can you imagine if someone gets a hold of this tool ? Undoubtedly will jeopardized the credibility of many ways in which we actually sell for fiction.

For now they have posted an interesting article in which they have implemented the practices of the experiment in a lot of pictures taken from magazine covers and newspapers around the world, and in which right of the bat demonstrates what we already knew, that in fact the photo retouching is a tradition before publishing anything.

More info | NY Times

Google Music Store, new details, can it compete with iTunes ?

As it was announced last week, tomorrow could become the official launch of Google Music and Google Music Store, two closely related products that could eventually be housed under a single name, Google Music. We have hear alot of rumors but none with confirmation. Small details that where leaked by workers that Google was testing a product that could revolutionize the market as it is known today.

Some already have had access to the service, and eg Bloomberginforma one of the strengths is the store, what we have always called it the Google Music Store. This new store would be Google’s version of iTunes from Apple.

What is certain is that Google has made ??agreements with major labels, Universal, EMI and now Sony. It is not known how long it would take the Mountain View to negotiate with corporations, but remember that companies like Spotifyles has not been able to make an impact in the US.

Tracks prices go from 99 cents up to 1.29, while Google would begin the campaign and promotion of its service offering discounts. The Wall Street Journal also has had access to this information, and ensures that after buying a song users would have access to listen, for free, one or two songs from the collection of our contacts. It confirms that the service would revolve around what appears to be focusing all its products Google: Google +, almost without realizing it is becoming increasingly large and increasingly used by more people.

Outsourcing IT services: When to implement?

Technology has become a powerful tool for all companies, in order to maximize their performance, they understand and use to its potential. Able to contribute to business growth, without a doubt a successful deployment of IT services, optimizes production time and reduce costs, which impacts positively on the profitability of the company.

An organization, maintaining existing clients, attracting potential, increasing profitability and exploring new markets, how do you get the best results without incurring additional expense or an investment of time than prescribed? The answer is simple: by outsourcing IT services. Through these outsourcing companies companies can concentrate all their efforts in their area of ??business, leaving the performance specialists of technology in their organization.

The main advantage is cost reduction (lower initial investment and optimization of fixed costs), because the company should not make great economic effort, but can cancel a monthly fee for the services used. Also advantageous is the outsourcing-on-demand, specialized human talent and flexibility you get when you specifically select the services needed, in addition, with the benefit of scalability (which provides the possibility to increaset as the business warrants it ).

What is important to evaluate when selecting an IT service provider is the guarantee of confidentiality, integrity and support information, as well as the quality of service selected. Similarly, it is imperative to ensure that it conforms to the needs of your business.

Every day more companies are opting to use IT outsourcing as one of the best ways to optimize their business without worrying about areas other than the central focus of the company. The flexibility and competitive advantages offered by this system represent an attractive option in enhancing the technological area in organizations.

Review of the new Ubuntu 11.10

Last October, Ubuntu released its latest stable version of Linux baptized with the name “Ocelot”. Ubuntu 11.10 just seen the light.
It would not be exaggeration to say that Ubuntu is rarely indifferent to system users. If the previous version was already reasonably good (although their desktop environment, Unity, has never reached celebrity status), the latter, 11.10, and despite maintaining the same environment, we believe that it has alot of expectations placed on it. In addition to its proven system stability, reliability and safety, Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric Ocelot) runs very good, it is more fluid, provides a faster response, and visually it improved alot, despite maintaining its minimalist philosophy, has improved the general appearance in part through better and more rational presentation of the button icons contained in Dash, in a more organized and is structured better.
Oneiric Ocelot: more compatible and fasterThis aside, to make the necessary comparison with previous versions, Ubuntu 11.10 optimizes its already known integration and compatibility with peripherals, increasing the range and number of these. Connecting a camera, printer or other device, ensuring fast performance.

Another interesting aspect is the loading speed and, above all running applications, programs or any of the processes that the system performs. Ocelot Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer provided it has minimal resources. While other operating systems are slow to load the system, and still more take some time to establish an Internet connection, Ubuntu 11.10 loads up in much less time and your Internet connection is virtually instantaneous.

New look and new kernelThe revamped Ubuntu look has become more evident in the System Center software. This tool not only popular now looks more attractive, but lets you navigate through your screen, and this is important, it is more convenient, comfortable and fluid, recalling in some ways, Apple’s online store or i-Tunes. The redesigned interface for this version lets you view the newly installed programs, classified by category and by the assessment that users have made them. The general aspect of the system can be viewed in 2D or 3DThe engine system has also been renewed. One of the most important features of the new 11.10 is that it is the first version that incorporates Linux Kernel 3.0. Another of the most significant (and discussed) has been the replacement of Evolution for Thunderbird as default mail client. We discuss this, precisely because Thunderbird does not have a legion of enthusiastic fans and, I must say-Evolution has been and remains a quality product rather than proven.
Other notable developmentsInteresting facts:

  • Substantially improved graphics resource consumption over the previous version.
  • New login screen and login user with all options available login (Gnome shell, classic Gnome, Ubuntu 2D Plasma KDE, etc).
  • Higher speed and improved overall system performance.
  • Unity acquired new selective filters.
  • Nautilus 3 (file browser) with a new interface, more optimized.
  • New look and content of the home button or Dash and appearance of the system preferences with spectacular wallpapers.
  • Deja Dup as a tool for backup or backup’s.
  • LibreOffice New version 3.4: more integration and better performance.

Finally, although it does not represent a departure from the version 11.04, it should be stressed that storage in the cloud through Ubuntu One: the link between online services and the system has been enhanced as well, all in a way of keeping up with the times.