“Intel’s new-and-slightly-improved Atom processors and support chips met the waiting world Monday morning, a couple of weeks earlier than their oft-rumoured rollout at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Their early appearance is one of the only surprises about the new Atom platform, code-named Pine Trail. As widely reported, the Pine Trail platform consists of two sets of chips: one, code-named Pineview, houses the Atom processor core, integrated memory controller, and GPU. A second, code-named Tiger Point, houses I/O.”
“The software giant said Friday it plans an additional test version – a release candidate – to launch in February while the tool set’s engineering team focuses on improving performance. ‘As you might have seen, we significantly improved performance between Beta 1 and Beta 2,’ Sosa Somasegar, senior vice-president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, wrote in a blog post announcing the delay. ‘Based on what we’ve heard, we clearly needed to do more work.’”
Johna Till Johnson writes how SMBs are using technology and why their business processes are sometimes similar to larger enterprises.
“What we’ve found in our research is that SMBs rely heavily on collaboration tools and services such as email, mobile phones, IM and shared workspaces. In fact, in many cases SMBs are ahead of their larger counterparts. Smaller and more agile, they’re able to adopt technologies faster than their giant counterparts – which means that the bigger companies may well be able to learn from the smaller ones (rather than the other way around). So what else are SMBs up to? They’re increasingly turning to real-time collaboration applications: audio, video, and Web conferencing, either via stand-alone products or services, or increasingly via conferencing applications integrated with VoIP platforms.”