Gartner increases its IT spending forecast

January 7, 2011
Gartner raises IT spending forecast for 2011
ZD Net
Larry Dignan recaps Gartner’s revised forecast for IT spending this year.

“Gartner on Thursday said it raised its global IT spending forecast to $3.6 trillion in 2011, up 5.1 per cent from 2010. Gartner’s previous outlook called for IT spending growth of 3.5 per cent for 2011. Meanwhile, Gartner said the official global IT spending tally for 2010 was $3.4 trillion, up 5.4 per cent from 2009. Is it all clear sailing? Not quite. Gartner said that devaluation of the U.S. dollar has boosted its forecast. Gartner noted that it had projected IT spending growth of 3.2 per cent for 2010. Of the 2.2 per cent spread between its forecast and what actually happened with IT spending, 1.6 per cent of boosted by the weak dollar against other currencies.”

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PogoPlug Video converts footage on the fly, streams it to all your connected devices
Sean Hollister shares some information on Cloud Engines’ newest solution, PogoPlug Video.

“The $200 PogoPlug Video may look just like the PogoPlug Pro that tempted your pocketbook in October, but it’s got a brand-new daughterboard inside, whose purpose in life is to take your video files, convert them to variable bitrate H.264 and stream them anywhere in the world in real time. CEO Daniel Putterman claims that — depending on device support — it can pull footage directly from a connected camcorder and share it with your dearest relatives’ computers, tablets and phones then and there. Sony’s AVCHD camcorders will be compatible on day one, with other companies negotiating right now, and speaking of promises, the company says that additional printer support for all PogoPlug devices is ‘right around the corner.’”

Motorola offers first taste of Honeycomb with Xoom tablet
Ars Technica
Ryan Paul writes about Motorola’s new Android-based tablet, better known as Xoom.

“During a press briefing at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola officially unveiled its much-anticipated Xoom tablet. Available exclusively on the Verizon network, Xoom will come with Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a new version of Android that brings substantial improvements aimed at boosting the platform’s suitability for tablets. Motorola intends to ship the Xoom during the first quarter of 2011, and update it in the second quarter to add support for Verizon’s nascent LTE network.”

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