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Technology Update (2012 Q2) – Key Trends and Events

Not only is it the end of iPv4 era it also is the end of IE era

June 6, 2012 was the iPv6 day – we no longer have to worry about running out of IP addresses.

World IPv6 Launch: June 6: The Internet Society, an international nonprofit organization that advises on Web standards, policy and education, has selected June 6, 2012, as the World IPv6 launch day. This date will mark the beginning of a new phase in the life of the Internet, when IPv6 begins to become a normal part of the Internet experience for everyone—taking over from IPv4.

Not only is it the end of iPv4 era it also is the end of IE era – Chrome first overtook IE on Sundays!

Chrome overtakes IE on weekends: Over the past three weeks, Google Chrome has beaten out Internet Explorer as the No. 1 browser in the world — but only on Sundays. Monday through Saturday, IE has remained the browser with the highest worldwide market share, although its lead is slipping.

And then after a few days it has overtaken IE.

Google Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer: Google’s Chrome is now the most popular Web browser worldwide, surpassing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time, according to the latest figures from StatCounter. After years of slowly chipping away Internet Explorer’s market share, Chrome took the lead with 32.76 percent share, while IE dipped to 31.94 percent.

That is not the only change in leadership – Samsung has emerged as the worldwide leader in mobile.

How Samsung Became The World’s Top Handset Vendor: It sounds like Nokia’s classic ringtone just got a few octaves lower and sadder… the Finnish phone-maker had been ousted from its lofty position at the top of the cellphone food chain. Samsung just became the leading shipper of mobile phone handsets in the world.

But, Apple remains by far, the most profitable company.

Apple rules mobile: Lots of companies are selling mobile devices, fewer are making any money, and only four — Apple, Samsung, HTC, and Motorola Mobility … Apple and Samsung are clearly the dominant forces in the mobile device market, and Apple overshadows Samsung.

Meanwhile, if you use your phone to primarily make a call then you are so backdated!

Making calls fifth most popular use: A new study has confirmed what most users are perfectly aware of; that making calls is not even close to being the main use for our smartphones.

But for e-commerce, Smartphones have a strong competition from tablet.

Tablets drive more e-commerce sales than smartphones: It appears that tablets have outpaced smartphones in the sheer amount of traffic they deliver to commerce sites, according to online marketing technology company Monetate, which analyzes more than 100 million online shopping experiences, said that in the first quarter of 2012, tablet traffic to commerce sites hit 6.52 percent, overtaking smartphones (5.35 percent) for the first time.

And in tablet iPad rules the market.

Traffic share – iPad still dominates market with 91%: Apple’s iPad claimed 91.07% of all tablet traffic during that period, while the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire accounted for 0.85% and 0.71%, respectively.

So, both Microsoft and Google realized that to compete with iPad they need an integrated platform.

MS Surface: Would I seriously consider buying a tablet which is light in weight, has an elegant, sleek and sturdy design, runs office, where the cover morphs on to be the keyboard, is attractively priced and has an acceptable battery life? Google Nexus 7: The Nexus 7 is a powerful new tablet that will compete not only with the Apple iPad, Amazon’s Kindle and others. The new hardware along with the new developer tools made Google I/O one of the most sought-after tickets in the IT world.

But Apple wants to one step ahead with Voice interface – has Apple slipped?

What Does SIRI Say about Post-Steve Jobs Apple?: When did you last hear Apple being sued for issuing ads that were “fundamentally and designedly false and misleading”? … Suit filed by Frank Fazio alleges that Apple is in violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, is in breach of warranty, and has committed both intentional and negligent misrepresentation.

And Google Now has got rave reviews.

With Google Now, Android Puts Apple’s SIRI To Shame: I’ve been using Jelly Bean on a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 for the last few days. And I can say Google Now is a lot more impressive than Siri. Google Now fills in all the gaps left by Siri, and does pretty much everything else a whole lot better. This is how search should work on mobile devices.

We can start looking interfaces beyond voice – display device that we can wear!

Google Glass – Prototype at USD 1,500: Google wanted developers to get early access to Google Glasses to help shape the product—and presumably develop apps. He added that Google Glasses are “not a consumer device.” Orders will only be taking at the conference. Google Glasses will ship in early 2013.

But, watch out Google – Apple has obtained a patent on a similar technology.

Apple gets patent for wearable device: Google is already getting some stiff competition in the race to develop a wearable computer. Apple was awarded a U.S. patent for a head-mounted display device that’s designed to project an image in front of a user’s eyes, creating an “enhanced viewing experience.”

And you have the curious case of Apple losing the iPad trademark battle.

$60M iPad settlement: Proview had accused Apple of acquiring its rights to the iPad name in a deceptive way. Apple set up a UK-registered company, IP Application Development Ltd (IPADL), and bought the naming rights from Proview’s Taiwanese affiliate in 2009 for merely US$55,000.

While on patent, there are 2 high profile fights going on – one between Apple and Samsung

Has Apple Done Samsung A Favor?: In the mind of the customer Samsung is now established as THE competitor for Apple and has made Samsung management much more aggressive.

The second one is between Oracle and Google over Android

Google to pay $0 in damages to Oracle, wait for appeal: After watching Judge Alsup strike down its patent and Java API infringement claims, Oracle seems to be cutting its losses, agreeing to accept $0 in damages from Google. Confused? So was the Judge, who reportedly responded to the proposal by asking, “is there a catch I need to be aware of?” No catch, but Oracle isn’t giving up, stating that it’s taking its case to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

While Google and Oracle fights over Java – C has quietly overtaken it.

C overtake Java and Objective-C overtakes C++: This month there is an interesting change in the TIOBE index: Objective-C has become more popular than C++. Both Objective-C and C++ started in 1983 as object-oriented successors of the C languages. Right from the beginning, Objective-C and C++ competed to become the de facto object-oriented programming language. It took quite some years before C++ could claim victory. Now Objective-C is back (thanks to the iPhone and iPad), but not as a direct competitor of C++ any more. C++ is used heavily in large high-performance systems whereas Objective-C is mainly used in the mobile apps industry.

We also see the launch of many new languages – clearly inspired by cloud – 2 of them from Google.

Go, Dart and other new programming languages: GO, DART, X10, Chapel, Ceylon, Scala, Clojure, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, Haxe

But Google acknowledged that not every application is going to be browser based.

Google buys Quick Office: Google Docs worked horribly on mobile browsers like iOS’s Safari and Android’s Browser. Google came out with a mobile-optimized Google Docs website, but it still worked poorly. All this is why Google revealed today that it has bought Quick Office, a small company whose Quick Office Pro productivity suite is the only serious business editing tool for Android.

People also wonder why Google is so late to launch cloud storage service.

It’s here! Google launches ‘Drive’: ‘Just like the Loch Ness Monster, you may have heard the rumors about Google Drive. It turns out, one of the two actually does exist,’ said the search giant today, confirming the existence of its long-rumored online storage service.

Where there already are so many competitors.

15 Competing offering: Google has entered more than a few IT markets as a big-name latecomer. Now the company has finally moved its long-anticipated GDrive cloud storage service into general availability. A lot of competitors have already taken a big head start in the market. Literally dozens of cloud storage providers are available to handle your files in a safe place. Here are 15 of them.

Also, people were wondering what took Google so long to launch its compute engine.

Google Compute Engine – What took them so long?: The popular notion of cloud computing really began with Google. Now, some four years after Google launched its App Engine development platform, Google has finally decided to get in the public cloud IaaS game. Why now? Google inspired the whole cloud juggernaut years ago. Why not sooner?

Where there are several standards which are fighting each other and the market leader Amazon.

OpenStack: OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface. CloudStack: CloudStack is open source software written in java that is designed to deploy and manage large networks of virtual machines, as a highly available, scalable cloud computing platform.

And then there is a vendor consolidation for the Enterprise 2.0.

Enterprise 2.0 Gets A Fillip: Microsoft-Yammer, Oracle-Vitrue, Salesforce-Buddy Media: Microsoft has spent USD 1.2 billion to buy Yammer. Few days back Salesforce acquired Buddy Media for USD 0.689 billion and about a month back Oracle acquired Vitrue for about USD 0.3 billion.

But, cloud security received a jolt with 6.5 million cryptographic hashes of password were leaked out.

LinkedIn Password Theft: The leak of LinkedIn passwords has underscored that users of online services should choose unique and complex passwords for access to cloud services, according to an ongoing analysis.

And while on the subject of password – did your prospective employer ask for your password?

Social Media, Passwords, and the Hiring Process: For this third blog I met with Renee Jackson, a Labor and Employment lawyer with Nixon Peabody LLP, who has gained particular renown for her cutting-edge technology and social media practice. My goal in meeting with Renee was to better understand the topic of social media use in hiring practices from a legal perspective.

Fortunately, it has become illegal in some of the states.

Maryland: Maryland becomes first state to ban employers from asking for social media passwords. California: California Senate OKs ban to keep employers from social media passwords
Illinois: Seeking to guard the privacy rights of the social networking generation, Illinois is making it illegal for employers to ask job applicants for passwords to their online profiles.

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Udayan Banerjee is CTO at NIIT Technologies Ltd, an IT industry veteran with more than 30 years' experience. He blogs at http://setandbma.wordpress.com.
The blog focuses on emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile computing, social media aka web 2.0 etc. It also contains stuff about agile methodology and trends in architecture. It is a world view seen through the lens of a software service provider based out of Bangalore and serving clients across the world. The focus is mostly on...

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