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Security Journal on Ulitzer The need for an easy single, yet secure, login procedure has always been an elusive issue for many big organizations. Multiple user names and passwords, multiple logins, and the ensuing confusion and frustration consume much of a user's productivity in terms of time and energy. Secure Login Secure Login provides secure Single Sign-On and total landscape encryption for SAP supporting a variety of different authentication mechanisms including Active Directory, LDAP, SAP-ID, RADIUS, RSA SecurID®, SQL DB, and even smart cards. Secure Login is tightly integrated into SAP by making use of its Secure Network Communications (SNC) framework and by fully supporting SAP's Cryptographic Library (SAPCryptolib) which means that no third party or SECUDE components need to be installed on the SAP server. However, SECUDE also provides its own cryptograph... (more)

Tablets Elbowing Out PCs: Gartner

Gartner has cut its PC sales forecast for this year to 352.4 million units, up 14.3% from last year, but down from its previous 17.9% estimate. Next year it figures they'll be up 15.9% to 409 million units, down 18.1% forecast. It lays the erosion a bit to the purchase-postponing economy but mostly to the advent of the tablet, which it doesn't consider a PC. In Gartner parlance it's a user-consuming media widget. By 2014 Gartner's now saying that tablets will displace 10% of PC units. It's expecting 19.5 million tablets to sell this year, rising to 54.8 million next year and 208 million in 2014. Emerging economies, it says, may bypass PCs altogether in favor of tablets. Gartner also suggests that the replacement cycle is broken. PCs last longer and in some cases are being replaced by thin clients and virtual desktops that will negatively impact desktop PCs long-term.... (more)

Lenovo to Manufacture in US

How's this for turnabout. Lenovo, the now $30 billion Chinese company that bought IBM's PC operation in 2005 as a path to global glory and is now threatening to replace HP as the world's largest PC vendor, is going to start making PCs in North Carolina next year after the production line is built. It swears it's not a publicity stunt. It means to start with a few million dollars and just over 100 workers and grow it into something meaningful. Of course it will be meaningful to the people hired to fill the 100 new jobs. The Wall Street Journal said unemployment in the area is about 10%. Lenovo says the facility will make it more responsive to the demands of American corporate clients for supplies and product customization. And while it allows that the cost of US production will be higher than sourcing the gear in China or Mexico, as it currently does, the move will r... (more)

Microsoft’s Quarter Shrugs Off Falling PC Sales

Microsoft shrugged off the precipitous downturn in PC sales and the diffident reception given Windows 8 Thursday when it posted record fiscal Q3 results. It returned 72 cents a share, up 19%, on revenues of $20.49 billion, up 18%, beating expectations of 68 cents, but coming up light on the top line which Wall Street thought would be $20.53 billion or thereabouts. In the same period last year Microsoft did 60 cents on $17.7 billion. Earnings took a nine-cent-a-share hit because of the European Commission's latest $733 million fine. The company also said that CFO Peter Klein will be leaving by the end of this quarter after four years in the job and 11 years at the company. Microsoft expects to find a replacement among its financial staff in the next few weeks. The company has lost a lot of familiar faces. The Windows Division came in with revenues up 23% year-over-year... (more)

Nokia to Launch Netbook Called Booklet

Nokia, Microsoft's new best friend, is branching out for the first time in 25 years with a Windows-based netbook called the Booklet 3G. EVP for devices Kai Oistamo called the move a "natural evolution" given the current demand for mobility and Nokia's hereditary skills. The company's keeping availability and pricing under wraps until Nokia World on September 2 but it evidently expects to push the gismo through the operator channel. Like most other netbooks the widget is built around Intel's Atom processor, and Nokia claims up to 12 hours of battery life. The thing's aluminum chassis measures slightly more than two centimeters and it weighs a little under three pounds. Features include 3G/HSPA and Wi-Fi as well as Nokia's suite of Ovi services such as access and playback of millions of tracks through Nokia's Music Store and syncing from a Nokia smartphone to Booklet a... (more)

PC Spending’s Coming Back: Goldman Sachs

PC Support Journal Goldman Sachs claims the corporate PC and PC server refresh will be one of the most important trends in technology over the next two years, positively impacting software and semiconductors as well as hardware. It’s projecting PC growth of 12% next year and 13% in 2011, when the cycle should peak. Revenue growth, however, will be limited to the low to mid-single digits because of aggressive pricing and the shift to lower-end desktops and notebooks. It figures Dell will be the biggest beneficiary because of its outsized exposure to the enterprise.   ... (more)

Intel Redesigns Chips for Ultra-Thin Laptops

Intel has seconded its mainstream Core, low-end Celeron, even its Pentium chips to ultra-thin (maybe one-inch) laptop service to up the generally pricy widgets' performance (maybe 35%-40% in certain applications), double their graphics performance and generally make them more responsive. The move should expand the market as well as stymie some of AMD's ULV ambitions. The new 32nm Core ULV chips, available in June, reportedly have 40 design wins and should turn out more affordable ultra-thins with better battery lives. The company has something else in mind for tablets. ... (more)

PC Market Unexpectedly Contracts

PC shipments unexpectedly went down rather than up in the first quarter. Both Gartner and IDC promised they would be up as the economy improved. They were both fooled. IDC promised a modest 1.5% gain. Instead its data said demand dropped 3.2% to 80.5 million units worldwide. Gartner, on the other hand, which thought the market would be up 3%, found demand was down 1.1% to 84.3 million units. That seems further apart than the two usually are. Both blame the iPad, but that doesn't explain how come Mac sales were up 18.9% to 1.49 million boxes according to Gartner or 9.6% to 1.25 million according to IDC. Of course the MacBook Pro refresh at the end of February didn't hurt. IDC VP Bob O'Donnell might be on to something when he says, "While it's tempting to blame the decline completely on the growth of media tablets, we believe other factors, including extended PC life... (more)

PCs Weak Except Apple’s

IDC says PC shipments worldwide - not counting tablets which are eating into PCs - were up 2.6% in Q2, short of the 2.9% the researcher's May forecast. Gartner's findings look worse. It said PC sales were up 2.3%, a far cry from the 6.7% it predicted. HP is still the biggest vendor with 18.1% of the global market, followed by Dell with 12.9% and Lenovo leapfrogging a struggling Acer, down 10%, to claim third place with 12.2% market share. IDC said spending is still cautious. While things looked brighter in emerging markets, US sales were down 4.2% against a tough compare, hit by falling netbook sales, the smartphone distraction, weaker corporate demand and a crummy economy. It said corporate investment was going into the cloud and virtualization. Apple, however, didn't lose any of its glowing polish. Its shipments were up 15% in the US catapulting Apple into third p... (more)

IDC Cuts PC Forecast

IDC has cut its prediction of PC growth this year from 5% to 0.9% or about 367 million units. It will be the second consecutive year of growth below 2%. The researcher figures US shipments will drop 3.7%. Dell last week reported quarterly sales off 14% year-over-year, HP was down 10%. It remains to be seen if Windows 8 makes a difference. It arrives October 26 to a "more competitive environment" and consumers confused by the new products. Merchants have cut prices - well, they are trying to clear Windows 7 inventory - but IDC says the back-to-school season is pretty much a bust. Longer term it estimates worldwide shipments (think emerging markets, notebooks and Ultrabooks) will work out to about 6.5% in 2013, 7% in 2014 and 7.1% in 2015. Earlier it figured the average would be more like 8.4%. Wall Street is expecting Intel to pre-announce. ... (more)

Bad News from Intel Worse than Expected

A billion dollars more or less - poof - disappeared off of Intel's books Friday morning when it lowered its Q3 revenue guidance to $13.2 billion plus or minus $300 million, down about 7.3% from a range of $13.8 billion-$14.8 billion or a mid-point of $14.3 billion. It also withdrew its full-year forecast and anything else it might have said. Wall Street, having read the entrails when HP and Dell confessed that PCs weren't selling, was expecting Intel to pre-announce it just didn't think the news would be quite so dramatic. It was expecting something like $14.2 billion. Overstocked OEMs aren't buying as many PC chips, a phenomenon that is anti-historical considering they usually stock up ahead of Christmas and ahead of a major Microsoft operating system. But not this time. Intel Ultrabooks haven't been selling, the Haswell chip has been delayed, and the market isn't ... (more)