The personal-computing market, long known to be struggling, is in worse shape than most analysts believed — and that’s bad news for the handful of tech giants that continue to derive the bulk of their revenue from this still vast, but quickly declining, industry. Behemoths like Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo have generally failed to build much presence in tech’s new growth markets even as their core PC business shrinks.If the PC industry’s “big five” can’t successfully find new frontiers in emerging areas like mobile, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, the cloud and analytics, the consequences for both Wall Street and Main Street could be severe. Despite their shrinking market, these vendors collectively still employ more than 640,000 workers and represent a combined market capitalization (excluding privately held Dell) of $655 billion. Their decline’s effects could quickly ripple through the economy.
Today’s topics include Microsoft setting its sights on OEMs, the appeal of the FCC’s net neutrality decision is heard in federal court, HP Inc. announced it will be exiting the low-end tablet market, and rumors that Toshiba and Fujitsu could be merging their PC businesses.Microsoft is setting its sights on original equipment manufacturers and original device manufacturers with Windows 10 IoT Core Pro.
Raspberry Pi, the Foundation responsible for the creation of the original Pi set of single board computers has announced the release of a new model – the Raspberry Pi Zero.Today, I’m pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5. – Eben Upton, FounderThe Zero is on sale immediately, and is also given away free with The MagPi, the Foundation’s own magazine. For a $5 PC, the specs are impressive for the extremely diminutive machine.
Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is at the forefront of the Internet-of-Things (IoT), according to a recent report by IoT Analytics. Learning from its relatively late entry into the mobile market – as a result of which it is still struggling to catch up with Qualcomm – the company entered the IoT space at an early stage, and has been aggressively pushing new products, platforms and partnerships to gain a wide footprint in the market. For over two decades, Intel has been the leader in the PC chip market, accounting for a substantial majority of global microprocessor sales. However, the company’s top line growth has been hit by a slowdown in PC sales over the last few years. Can IoT be the next big thing for Intel, drastically lowering the company’s dependence on the PC market?
In its efforts to carve out a slice of the Internet of Things, Intel announced its first processor in years that is not compatible with its x86 architecture. Separately, a small company in Sweden shared its story of working on another Intel IoT chip.
The two inputs were among several glimpses into the PC giant’s efforts at its second annual event here focused on the Internet of Things.
First came the PC, then the Internet, then the smartphone and tablet. Now, technology companies want to link them all to your front door, your bathroom light, or your furnace — anything with an on-off switch, and some things that don’t yet have them — using myriad sensors throughout your house.Samsung Electronics Co. will begin selling a starter kit for a connected home this month, stepping up competition with Google Inc. and Apple Inc. in the industry’s bid to sell systems that turn off the lights when nobody’s in the room and let you control your thermostat from the car or subway.
Managing and controlling energy and operational data in commercial buildings and industrial sites with ‘Internet of Things’ devices just got easier as industrial PC company Logic Supply, Inc. launches their new model CC150 ‘Internet of Things Gateway with Candi IoT Server.’Previously, businesses who used the Candi Controls IoT Platform to monitor, control, and manage data from communicating devices paid extra and waited longer for industrial PCs to be custom-configured. With the launch of the CC150, Logic Supply is pre-configuring an application-specific Internet of Things Gateway with Candi’s embedded IoT Server® software stack at no additional cost, which interoperates with the Candi Network Operations Cloud™ right out of the box.
Intel raked in half a billion dollars through its Internet of Things (IoT) division in its latest quarter, offsetting a declining PC business that contributed to flat growth.
The chipmaker recorded $12.8 billion in takings between January and March 2015, an identical sum to the same period last year that left revenue growth flat, but saw its IoT division grow 11 per cent year on year to earn $533 million.
Many older tech companies that helped create the PC industry in the 1980s and 1990s have fared poorly more recently as smartphones and tablets redefined computing. Still, these companies might have – what amounts to – a second chance with the internet’s next evolutionary phase, the Internet of Things or IoT. The IoT already brings the web to many formerly unconnected home appliances, business devices, and even cities.
According to Gartner, Internet of Things (IoT) vendors will earn more than $309 billion by 2020. However, most of those earnings will come from services. Gartner also estimates that by 2020, the IoT will consist of 26 billion devices and those devices, Cisco believes will end up dominating the Internet by 2018.