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  • Opinion: Connecting Reverse Logistics, Recycling, Sustainability

    Just recently, IDC's David Daoud released a report on the staggering weight of PCs and related devices and accessories recycled in the United States in 2010. (For Earth Day, IDC has posted a free version of this document with registration.) The total weight amounted to about 8 lb per capita or a total weight of 2.5 billion pounds in 2010 (2,506,659,212lb). We're talking about PCs (about 44% of the total), PC displays (27%), multifunction peripherals (about 15%), and the remainder primarily from mobile phone devices, x86 servers, digital cameras, nonenterprise storage, keyboards, mice, and cables.

  • Opinion: Supply Chain in the Cloud - Looking Beyond TCO

    I have had a significant number of conversations recently about cloud, and how it applies specifically to the supply chain. OK, not all that surprising, after all, along with mobility, cloud is very much at the apex of the hype cycle. Yet if one looks beyond the hype, cloud offers the potential to not only transform how supply chain organizations procure IT capabilities, but also to fundamentally change how they manage business processes. Certainly I do not wish to 'over-egg' the omelet here, or suggest that this will happen tomorrow, but it is coming -- and perhaps faster than we might appreciate.

  • Opinion: Warranty Capability Model Published

    Last week was a big week in Warranty. IDC Manufacturing Insights not only published the Warranty Management Capability Maturity Model, but we held a webcast entitled "The Way to Becoming a Warranty Warrior" which described the details of the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) and also reviewed the industry field study results which showed the clear separation in maturity markers of the leaders, or "Warranty Warriors" from the laggards, or "Warranty Wannabees".

  • Opinion: IHS Acquires Dyadem

    On April 27th, IHS acquired Dyadem as part of its strategy to expand its environment, health, and safety (EHS) and sustainability portfolio. Although IHS did not release any data on the financial details of the acquisition or Dyadem's recent revenue numbers, we do know that Dyadem and its 100 or so employees will bring capabilities in operational risk management, particularly with respect to product design, product quality, and manufacturing. (Dyadem is headquartered in Toronto; its placement on PROFIT Magazine's list of Canada's fastest growing companies indicates Dyadem grew 345% over the five years leading up to 2010, and [Feature: Five Linux Distributions Get a Fresh Boost

    Between the launch of a new Linux kernel update and the news that open source has achieved mainstream business use at last, it's been an exciting week in the world of open source software.

  • News: Angry Birds robots under Wi-Fi control

    Robots modeled after the characters in the popular mobile game Angry Birds were controlled over Wi-Fi at the Beijing International High Tech Expo this week.

  • News: Students: Buy a PC, Get a Free Xbox

    Microsoft has announced a special offer for students looking to purchase a new PC for their studies -- a free Xbox.

  • News: Sony Hacked Again

    It seems a lot of people really have it in for Sony at the moment -- the Japanese Internet service provider arm of Sony has suffered a system intrusion.

  • How-Tos: Using iTunes' Restore From Backup command

    Earlier this week, my friend and Macworld colleague, Dan Frakes, posted a series of tweets lamenting a frustrating problem he was having with his iPhone. It began with a seemingly innocuous act: charging his iPhone overnight. The next morning, Dan's iPhone had "reset"--with the result that the ordering of his home screen icons was jumbled and all his painstakingly assembled folder organization was gone.

  • News: Kingston's USB 3.0 DataTraveler flash drive shows its speed

    Kingston Technology has become the latest storage vendor to ship a flash drive based on USB 3.0 speeds with early performance tests suggest the new drive is lighting fast.

  • Opinion: Samsung's E-Reader Screens Boast 16.7 Million Colors

    Much of the buzz coming out of the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium conference in Los Angeles this week is about high-resolution screens for tablets capable of 2560-by-1600 resolution -- five times that of the iPad's 1024-by-768 display. But Samsung, makers of those eye-popping screens, also unveiled new e-reader screens that use the colored oils of "electrowetting" and can show up to 16.7 million colors.

  • Opinion: Yep, Looks Like Sony's Been Hacked Again

    Sorry Sony wonks, heave a collective sigh, shoulders slumped, heads down, and brace for more bad news: Sony's been hacked again.

  • News: IT will help UK meet carbon targets, says BCS

    BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has welcomed the government’s plans to extend the UK’s carbon budget, saying that IT has a key role to play in meeting the targets.

  • News: Google's mobile Maps site adds features

    Google has upgraded the mobile site for Maps, which is one of the company's most popular online services, adding features found on the version for desktop browsers.

  • News: Government appoints digital director

    The Cabinet Office has appointed Mike Bracken, formerly director of digital development at the Guardian, as its new executive digital director.

  • News: Microsoft beats Apple to back-to-school promo punch

    Microsoft has announced a back-to-school deal that offers a free Xbox 360 console with the purchase of a Windows PC, beating Apple to the promotional punch.

  • News: iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 20

    This week's iPhone 5 rumor roundup features information on The Date from that hotbed of Apple smartphone rumors, St. Albans, Hertfordshire; more slips from Verizon's loose-lipped CFO; LTE prospects in Red China; how the iPhone 5 is causing a slump in global smartphone cells; a new SIM card standard that will extend Apple's control over identity stuff; and why new tables in the Apple stores mean iPhone 5 will have NFC.

  • News: AT&T lab test shows LTE speed at double Verizon's advertised rate

    AT&T recently demonstrated a fast 28.87 Mbps download speed during an LTE test at a Plano, Texas, lab, but an AT&T spokesman warned not to extrapolate that speed for what real-world speeds will be when AT&T launches its LTE wireless network this summer.

  • Opinion: Retail IT Vendors Pay Attention

    In a new retail end user primary research conducted between January and April 2011, we assessed MEA retail IT directions in great detail. During the analysis of the survey findings we were astonished in seeing such a dynamic market in MEA, which we are sure many IT vendors will not want to miss!

  • News: Tigo turns up heat in African mobile money market

    A new mobile money service from Millicom International Cellular, the operator of the Tigo brand, is turning up the heat in one of Africa's booming technology markets.



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