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Reuters: Apple Beefs Up Enterprise Assault

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Apple has a dedicated sales force as part of an "aggressive" assault into corporate territory Reuters reports, as the company hopes to offset declining iPad sales by means of enterprise market expansion. 

Apple storefront NYCFurther aiding such effort are "a dozen or so" developers, the story continues, not to mention the IBM, with whom Apple teamed up back in July 2014. Industry experts say Big Blue can help Apple challenge the likes of HP, Dell, Oracle and SAP in both both office hardware and software, while putting in the spokes of similar mobile enterprise efforts by Microsoft, Google and Samsung. 

Via the partnership IBM provides Apple with the predictive software, security and data analytics required for its upcoming enterprise-grade software suite, as well as personnel for a dedicated support hotline. 

Intel to Merge Mobile, PC Units

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An email to Intel employees by CEO Brian Krzanich describes plans to merge Intel's loss-making mobile unit with the profitable PC business, the Wall Street Journal reports-- creating a single Client Computing Group.

Intel hybrid"The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich writes.

Reportedly the merger takes place on Q1 2015, with current PC business head Kirk Skaugen taking the lead. Mobile unit boss Herman Eul will stay on to help the transition until Chipzilla finds him a new position. The WSJ also says the Client Computing Group consist of developers from both Core and Atom teams.

The decision probably comes due to a need to offset the losses of one division with the profits from another (mobile unit operating losses total $1 billion for Q3 2014 alone), but it also reflects a changing CE market. After all, how can one classify the two-in-one devices Intel regularly shows off at trade events? Are they tablets, PCs, or both?

JPR: Nvidia Up, AMD Down in GPUs

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According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR) Q3 2014 PC graphics shipments show Nvidia is taking market share  back from AMD, as AMD shipments fall by -7% Q-o-Q,  Nvidia grows by 12.9% and Intel shows an 11.6% increase.

JPR GPU"The 3rd quarter is typically the big growth quarter, and after the turmoil of the recession, it appears that trends are following the typical seasonality cycles of the past," the analyst says.

When it comes to GPU attach rate (including integrated and discrete GPUs), Q2 2014 sees a 2% increase to 155%, while 32% of PCs have discrete GPUs (flat from Q1 2014)-- meaning 68% of PCs in uses today carry embedded graphics in the CPU.

JPR adds overall Q3 2014 PC shipments are up by 6.9% Q-o-Q, if down by -2.6% on a Y-o-Y basis. And, judging from GPU shipments, the analyst says PC vendor are "guiding cautiously" for Q4 2014.

ZigBee Reaches Version 3.0

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The ZigBee Alliance unifies multiple ZigBee wireless networking technologies into a single standard-- ZigBee 3.0, a means enabling communications between multiple devices in both residential and enterprise applications.

Zigbee 3.0ZigBee 3.0 is IEEE 802.15.4-based, operates at 2.4GHz and uses ZigBee PRO, the group's standard for network formation and the devices attached to them. However it lacks 2 ZigBee specs, namely Smart Energy 2.0 (an IP-based profile) and RF4CE (a ZigBee version geared at remote controls).

“Underneath the covers we are accommodating these multiple applications in a single standard, so ZigBee thermostats, for example, can be used in either home or office buildings,” the Alliance says.

2015 in Cloud, According to Forrester

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Cloud keyboardThe days of fighting the cloud are over, Forrester Research says in its 2015 cloud forecast. Thus customers are to face major changes, be it in application architecture, portfolio and vendor relationships.

"The landscape for cloud computing changes quickly, so your business technology agenda must adapt just as rapidly," the analyst states. "Your business will earn an early mover advantage by keeping ahead of these changes."

As such Forrester has these predictions on the cloud come 2015.

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