May 30, 2011
The VAR Guy
Dave Courbanou reports that Google’s new offering could mean for resellers.
“Google wants to bring more to your phone than a digital credit card, and so it’s looking to integrate coupons, discounts and loyalty programs to shift the idea of offline and online payments into one hybrid payment ecosystem. Google even wants to turn Google Wallet into a repository for tickets to events, airline boarding passes, a form of valid ID or even your keys (although which car or house keys was not specified).”
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports on what some users are calling Skype’s “gross violation of trust.”
“While the deal with Microsoft is a way off from being finalized, and Microsoft management will be in no way responsible for this goof-up, it is very strange that Skype would be so careless with user’s operating systems at this time, especially when that operating system is owned by the new owners.”
Joe Fay reports on a presentation by Intel’s CFO, who says the age of falling PC prices is over.
“Last year’s premium chip would be pushed down the price list, as would everything else in its turn, with that hot chip from a couple of years back being bumped off the main price list and into Intel’s embedded business. And that price list itself would be a sprawling jumble of brand names, prefixes, suffixes and clock speeds.”