Around the IT Industry 1/21-1/25

by Modis on January 25, 2013

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Intel to Cease Motherboard Production

After 20 years of producing a variety of system motherboards designed for their popular CPUs, the Intel Corporation has officially announced its intent to stop production of motherboards altogether following the introduction of its next CPU.  While the implementation of this change will occur over a period of three years, Intel plans to repurpose many of its corporate resources away from the production of motherboards and into other aspects of desktop computing.  The company has offered no specific reason for the change, but industry trends have shown that Intel motherboards have fallen far behind industry leaders such as Asus and Gigabyte in popularity.

“Six Strikes” Policies Could Impact Public WiFi Access

A variety of large broadband Internet providers in the United States are moving towards policies that allow them to terminate service to accountholders who violate copyright laws through torrenting or other filesharing practices.  Many of these policies feature a “six strikes” caveat that warns users of their transgressions six times before action is taken against them.  Unfortunately, for many public businesses such as coffee shops and restaurants, the actions of individuals using their open WiFi could bring the policy down on their accounts and forever prevent that business from acquiring service again.

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S IV in March

Following in the footsteps of the wildly successful Galaxy S III, Samsung has announced that it plans to reveal the next generation of the smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, during a press release in March.  While no official reports on the device’s features or functionality have been released, rumors abound of a full 1080p HD display and the new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor to be amongst them.

Ubuntu Considers Rolling Updates Instead of New Releases

Ubuntu Linux is the leading distribution of the popular open-source operating system and has faithfully released a new version every six months in its nine-year history.  Now, however, Ubuntu’s developer Canonical has said that it is considering doing away with the semi-annual release model in favor of more long-term stable distributions that will be supported through “rolling releases” that add features as they are developed.  This method of steadily improving an operating system via systematic feature additions and upgrades is not new (Windows Update has been around for years) but has not yet been implemented in any version of Linux.

Microsoft Engaged in Dell Buyout

Microsoft has entered talks with Silver Lake Partners and Dell CEO Michael Dell to discuss a significant investment of $1 to $3 billion in a leveraged buyout of the PC manufacturer.  The move, while unexpected, makes perfect business sense considering Microsoft’s recent failings in the PC hardware and production market.  By adding Dell to its holdings, Microsoft will be able to leverage the reputation and market share of Dell in the hardware market and improve its own market penetration in the coming years.

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