Big IPOs, Internet of Things, Cloud to Shade 2014

For the tech industry, 2014 will mean out with the old and in with the new.

The shifting technology landscape, which is favoring cloud computing and Big Data analytics, has fostered a new set of influential tech companies and forced old-guard tech giants to rethink their businesses.

The big trends of 2014 will build on the paradigm-changing technologies of recent years, including cloud, mobile and social.

What follows are five big trends to watch in the tech industry in 2014.

1.       Spending shifts to the cloud

Greater corporate use of cloud computing services will drag down revenue growth for information technology hardware and software suppliers in 2014, Barclays said in its year-ahead outlook.

“We believe the deflationary impact from the cloud ($1 spent on cloud infrastructure actually results in several dollars coming out of other IT end markets) should prevent IT spending from growing meaningfully in 2014 and 2015,” Barclays said. “We believe global IT spending will remain challenged in the lower-single-digit growth range.”

The cloud computing shift is boosting the fortunes of cloud service companies such (AMZN) at the expense of traditional tech hardware and service outfits like Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), IBM (IBM) and Oracle (ORCL).

Companies and other enterprises increasingly are paying for computing resources as a service over the Internet rather than buying their on-premise IT hardware, including servers and data storage gear. The desire to save money and boost efficiency is behind the corporate adoption of cloud services.

Meanwhile, pricing battles are going to get more intense this year in the infrastructure-as-a-service market, industry officials say.

Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are going to compete aggressively with Amazon Web Services for market share.

“Not only is this a battle for market dominance; it reflects the nature of cloud computing: a capital-intensive industry in which maintaining high utilization is critical,” Bernard Golden, CEO of consulting firm Hyper Stratus, wrote last month in CIO magazine. In 2014, “the cloud computing market will look a lot like the airline industry — great for customers, but perilous for providers.”

Price battles could turn into price wars in the cloud infrastructure market, according to Derrick Wlodarz, owner of technology consulting and service company Fire Logic of Park Ridge, Ill.

“The past few years have been nothing but posturing by the big boys,” he wrote on Beta News last month.

Electric meters, sensors, surveillance cameras, cars and other devices will be connected to the Internet and automatically do things on behalf of humans, Perkins said: “This Internet of things also means the cloud is more important than ever. The cloud provides the central hub for all of these devices, as well as context about the user that can be tapped into and shared to make the product or service better.”



Abney Associates Article: Opera and Yandex start One Platform Foundation

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Yandex today announced that it has banded together with Opera Software, SlideME and CodeNgo to

kick off and support a new ‘open-source’ initiative dubbed the One Platform Foundation (OPF).

According to its boiler plate, the OPF wants to “help the Android ecosystem evolve by enabling

developers to easily code and submit their apps across multiple alternative application stores”.

In case you didn’t know, Opera and Yandex are among Google’s prime competitors in the mobile

browser space, and the latter company in particular has been ruffling the Mountain View-based

Internet search giant’s feathers in numerous other ways.

Android marketplaces represent another battlefield.

One of OPF’s first projects is AppDF (short for App Description File), a format that allows developers to

describe their Android applications in one file and publish it to multiple app stores in one fell swoop.

The AppDF format is for now supported by Yandex.Store, Opera Mobile Store, SlideME and CodeNgo.

The OPF says all app stores are welcome to join the movement, and some are already looking into it.

Victor Shaburov, VP of Storefront Services at Opera Software, says:

“AppDF is a great tool that allows cross-store app submission. It simplifies the work of developers a lot

and is set to drive them a lot of new users.”

Chris Jones, co-founder of self-publishing platform CodeNgo, added:

“We believe that AppDF will significantly lower the obstacles for developers trying to monetize their

apps and also enable a healthier alternative app store ecosystem.”

(Also read: InMobi offers Android developers a free way to distribute their apps to 130+ stores)

Another project from the OPF initiative is OpenIAB (short for Open In-App Billing), a library that allows

Android app developers to support in-app billing APIs of multiple application stores with a single piece

of code.

The One Platform Foundation says it basically aims to alleviate many of the problems faced by Android

app developers worldwide today:

The OPF was created to solve some of the big problems for Android app developers – app store market

fragmentation and lack of time and resources to allocate apps to any of more than 30 alternative app

stores other than Google Play.

The reason why developers usually ignore the smaller app stores is that each app store has its own

app description format, form for app submission, etc.

We estimate that it takes on average from 30 minutes to an hour to wrap an app for each app store. It

can cost up to 300 man-hours per year total (without potential updates) to cover all app stores.

The OPF’s mission is to help Android app developers increase the number of stores their applications

are distributed in without spending a lot of time and resources on it, and ultimately increase revenues

by broadening the potential audience.

Of course, this will also help providers of alternative Android app stores grow and make money

themselves, so it’s not like Yandex, Opera and other backers of the initiative are doing it out of sheer


Also read:

Yandex signs Google agreement for submitting contributions to the Chromium project alongside Nvidia,


Opera partners with TIM to bring its App Store to 70 million Brazilian mobile users

Opera’s WebKit-powered browser for Android comes out of beta with full launch

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Abney and Associates: PROG LANGUAGES

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PC Speak: An Abney and Associates Internet and Technology Research Lab summarizes the following programming languages.  Programming languages are artificial languages used in giving instructions to a machine (particularly a computer) that it could understand. They are employed in creating programs or software and have control on the performance, output and activities of a machine.

PLs are characterized by their syntax (form) and the meaning of its code (semantics). They are quite different from human languages as PLs are finite, exact and can be fully understood — with very little nuances, too. Plus, meanings of keywords do not change so there is no chance of something being misinterpreted as another thing.

Thousands of programming languages are already existing (and still counting) as they are created for specific needs and requirements, most of which are commercial. A programming language can be a combination of two or more already existing languages but some are really designed from scratch.

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