It’s the Network Break! Visualize a virtual donut, sip hot coffee, and join us as we take a swing at the latest tech news. We lead off with alarming stats for the PC industry (six quarters of falling sales) and debate the future of this computing form factor.
We also speculate on the implications of the latest smartphone sales, which failed to reach double digits for the first time ever.
Intel is looking to boost its presence in the IoT market by courting manufacturers and developers in China, and Facebook has appointed former Google exec Regina Dugan to lead a new hardware development arm inside Facebook.
Greg does an “I told you so” dance on confirmation that Cisco did invest in SpringPath, the startup that’s providing key software for Cisco’s HyperFlex converged appliance. The U.S. government says it has yet to find anything of value on the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooter, and we explore why information-gathering wasn’t the real goal.
IBM’s Power9 chips hope to make a splash in the data center, Huawei’s carrier division is on track to tower over Ericsson, NEC and HPE integrate around SDN, and Juniper lowers guidance on its revenue.
We’re joined this week by guest pontificator, Craig Matsumoto, editor in chief at SDX Central.
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PCs Plummet, Smartphones Slip To Single-Digit Growth
Global PC shipments drop to lowest level since 2007 – Seeking Alpha
Intel Targets IoT
Secretive Intel quietly woos makers in China – Network World
Facebook Invests In Hardware
Facebook Poaches Google’s Regina Dugan For Hardware Push – InformationWeek
Cisco Put A Ring On SpringPath
Confirmed: Cisco did invest in SpringPath – The Register
IBM’s Hopes For Power9
Power9, GPUs, FPGAs Will Have A Profound Effect On The Data Center – Packet Pushers
IBM Unfolds Power Chip Roadmap Out Past 2020 – The Next Platform
Huawei The Giant
Huawei’s Carrier Division Set to Dwarf Ericsson by 2018 – Light Reading
NEC, HPE Integrate For SDN
NEC Integrates SDN Technology From HPE Aruba – SDX Central