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The rise of software-as-a-service

Plus, Acer's six-day battery life capability and the Flip video camera

November 23, 2009
Skinny Acer notebook delivers six-day battery life
Register Hardware
Tony Smith writes about Acer’s battery life on its Aspire Timeline 1810TZ notebook.

“Acer appears to have found a solution to notebook users’ battery life woes. Its Aspire Timeline 1810TZ apparently delivers a 10x improvement in runtime when compared to other thin’n’light laptops equipped with six-cell lithium-ion batteries. Given most laptops struggle to deliver six-and-a-half hours of battery life, we think we’re onto a good thing here.”

What’s your opinion?

The Rise of SaaS
Network World
Robin Gareiss writes a bout the software-as-a-service market.

“Cisco’s recent introduction of WebEx Mail, a Software-as-a-Service offering meant to replace on-premise Microsoft Exchange servers highlights the continued momentum behind hosted applications to reduce operating costs and complexity. Sixty pe rcent of companies are adopting some form of SaaS, with customer resource management leading the way. IT leaders are also increasingly looking at SaaS-based offerings for computing platforms, disaster recovery, application performance and management, and security and data leak prevention. Adopters cite several advantages of SaaS-based applications over on-premise approaches, including faster upgrade cycles, less upfront investment, and lower ongoing operational costs. Chief among concerns are reliability, security and privacy, applicaton performance, and financial viability of the SaaS provider. Make sure SaaS is part of your application and computing evaluation strategy.”

Wi-Fi enabled Flip videocam coming from Cisco
Network World

Cisco Subnet writes that according to media reports, Cisco will be coming out with a Wi-Fi-enabled Flip video camera early next year.

“The device might be the first to feature Cisco technology; Cisco bought Flip maker Pure Digital earlier this year. Presumably, the Wi-Fi connection will allow Flip users to instantly upload videos to YouTube, Facebook or any other popular sharing site on the ‘Net, without first downloading to a computer. This is something the iPhone already allows, according to this post from Wired.”

What’s your opinion?