Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders
Intel, Sony and Google are expected to unveil on Thursday a “smart TV”: an Internet-ready, super content machine that — if the hype is to be believed — will let viewers watch Celebrity Apprentice, tweet, and respond to emails at the same time. On Wednesday, Intel’s sales and marketing chief — while keeping his cards close to the vest — couldn’t resist a little plug for the general concept of Internet TVs.
“The smart TV category is going to take off. It just makes all the sense in the world,” Thomas Kilroy told the Reuters Global Technology Summit. “Why would you want to compromise when you’ve got a nice big screen, you’re watching TV and you want to access information and keep that program on instead of bringing in another device. ”
“It’s our belief that there’s going to be a fundmental shift that happens every 30 to 40 years or more…and it’s about to happen with televisions,” he added. “I actually remember the black and white days. I remember in my house when we went from black and white to color and my gosh, what an experience.”
It remains to be seen if Google TV — tech blogs have already dubbed the product Smart TV — will transform the media consumption landscape. But the idea is sure getting traction.
All those reminders to "think before you print" and the use of the email for most official correspondence might make you believe the office printer is no longer so important. The reality, however, is that we print more than ever, according to Vyomesh Joshi, Executive VP of Hewlett-Packard's imaging and printing group, who sat down with the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco.
The truth is, even company executives don't realize might be surprised much printing and printing-related is going on, he says.
It is how MphasiS Chief Executive Ganesh Ayyar refers to the Indian IT services provider’s strategy of going for small to mid-size acquisitions. The bigger ones can become a “noose around your neck”, Ayyar said.
The company, 61 percent owned by Hewlett-Packard, is buying the India-based IT services arm of troubled U.S. insurer American International Group. Ayyar, who spoke to us about the company’s “ambidextrous approach” to business, indicated today that any future acquisitions would be in the AIG ballpark.
The PC giant’s head of enterprise sales was quick to point out flaws in the stripped-down, no-frills mini-computers that have garnered rave reiews for their ultra-portability and anywhere-connectivity.