Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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Two years after discovering memristor technology, HP continued to advance its work in these four basic elements in integrated circuits. In August, HP partnered with Hynix Semiconductor to bring memristor technology to market in the form of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM). Memory chips created using memristor technology could run much faster and use far less energy that those using Flash memory technologies, according to Dr. Stanley Williams, HP senior fellow and founding director of HP's information and quantum systems laboratory. The partnership with a computer-memory manufacturer should enable the two companies to deliver a high-quality, memristor-based memory solution quickly and on a mass scale, he said.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.