Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion

Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion (http://money.cnn.com)

Technology News

The Google announced Monday 1/13/2014 that it is buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.

Nest Labs, led by former Apple designer Tony Fadell, develops “smart” home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and communicate with smartphones.

Nest Labs will maintain its brand name and continue to be led by Fadell, Google said, adding that the deal will likely close in the next few months.

Fadell told Fortune’s Dan Primack that Google made a very strong pitch for how we could have all the resources of a large company while retaining the independence of a next-generation Nest.
“This allows us to accelerate and stay in front of the coming wave of products for what we like to call the conscious home,” Fadell said.

Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement that Nest is “already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe.”

“We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!” Page said.

Google shares ticked up 0.7% in after-hours trading Monday.

(Continue reading at http://money.cnn.com)

My Two Cents: Very interesting, as long as the information about your house is not being tracked and saved by Google for 3rd parties, I feel this is a great thing for everyone!

Netgear ProSecure UTM Series

Netgear ProSecure UTM Series (http://www.prosecure.netgear.com)

Technology Hardware

A comprehensive all-in-one gateway security solution. The ProSecure UTM combines application proxy firewall, VPN, zero day protection, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, intrusion prevention, and URL filtering for total protection.

ProSecure Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances combine performance with comprehensive security coverage for small businesses. The flexible modular software design architecture leverages patent-pending Stream Scanning technology to scan files and data streams up to 5x faster than conventional methods. This architecture in turn enables ProSecure UTM to utilize virus and malware threat databases from NETGEAR and Sophos that are over a million signatures in size – up to 400x more comprehensive than legacy small business UTM platforms
(Continue reading at http://www.prosecure.netgear.com)

My Two Cents: I have been very happy with the Netgear ProSecure UTM50. I replaced a Mikrotik RouterBoard with the UTM50 and attached it to two Core Routers. Unified Threat Management with in hardware systems is the way to go these days even at data centers, based on what your mission is. The price is reasonable, and most come with a 3 year (UTM) subscription.

H.P. Shakes Up the Server

H.P. Shakes Up the Server (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com)

Server News

Hewlett-Packard is planning to commercially release a new kind of server. With the server, it is angling for an entirely new look at how this multibillion-dollar business runs, by creating products more rapidly and having more semiconductor companies provide chips.

Plans for the server were announced 16 months ago as Project Moonshot. H.P.’s chief executive, Meg Whitman, has talked about it as a major source of new growth many times since then. Until now, however, the scope of H.P.’s ambition has not been clear. The server uses low-power Intel chips. H.P. says it uses 89 percent less energy and is 80 percent smaller than today’s typical server. It is also said to cost 23 percent as much overall.

(Continue reading at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com)

My Two Cents: Servers that use less energy with increased performance is always a good deal! I am looking forward to getting one of these in the very near future for testing!

Apple Unveils iPad Mini

Apple Unveils iPad Mini (http://www.foxnews.com)

Apple unveils iPad mini, new Macs at California event
A smaller Apple just fell from the iPad tree.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took to the stage in California at a media event to finally unveil the company’s long-awaited iPad mini – a new product meant to compete with the smaller, 7-inch tablets from companies like Google and Amazon that are nipping at the tech giant’s heals.

“You knew there’d be something called Mini in this presentation,” Schiller told the crowd.

The company has sold 84 million iPads since their debut in April 2010, he said. (Continue reading at http://www.foxnews.com)

My Two Cents: Very exciting times in the mobile market! The iPad mini sounds like a perfect mini device..we will see!!

iPhone 5, Apple Raises the Smartphone Bar

iPhone 5, Apple Raises the Smartphone Bar (http://www.businessweek.com)

With iPhone 5, Apple Again Raises the Smartphone Bar
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took the stage Wednesday to unveil an eagerly awaited revamping of the company’s flagship products, including the iPhone, iPod, iTunes—all the way down to its ubiquitous white earphones. The centerpiece of the event, held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, was the introduction of the iPhone 5, a sleek new handset that sports a larger screen but a thinner profile and is 20 percent lighter than the previous iPhone 4S.

The phone runs Apple’s new iOS 6 mobile operating system and clearly raises the bar in a high-stakes, industry-wide competition between Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and other tech giants to dominate the most real estate in the expanding world of mobile computing. “It really does feel like a piece of jewelry,” says Tim Bajaran, an analyst at Creative Strategies, of the new phone.
(Continue reading at http://www.businessweek.com)

My Two Cents: I am looking forward to the release of the new Apple iPhone 5. Apple has done an outstanding job with their mobile operating system. It is clear that Apple creates while their competitors try to keep up. Competition in this industry is what keeps the advancements in this technology going. The end result are better mobile devices for the customer. This is a good thing.