Zotac ZBOX pico pocket-sized desktop PC review – Liliputing

Zotac has been offering a line of tiny desktop computers for a few years, but the company’s new ZBOX PI320 pico is the smallest yet. It’s also one of the first to come not only with memory and storage, but also with an operating system pre-installed. It’s a fully functional PC that sells for about …

Source: liliputing.com

How did we get to this point? In order to fend off competition from upstart chip designer ARM, Intel is selling its low-power Atom processors at dirt cheap prices. Meanwhile Microsoft is literally giving away Windows licenses for free to makers of small, low-cost tablets, notebooks and other computers in an effort to compete with Google Android and other mobile operating systems.

DailyTech – Hackers “Hit the Easy Button”, Breach Staples’ Credit Card System

Breach is reported limited to roughly dozen stores in the Northeast, may only affects a couple thousand customers

Source: www.dailytech.com

A small but growing number of retailers have safeguarded customers by ditching Windows XPe and moving to enterprise Linux distributions.  Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), the Home Depot’s chief rival, reportedly uses OpenSUSE for its PoS systems.  Papa John’s Int’l, Inc. (PZZA), America’s fourth largest takeout and pizza delivery chain, reportedly runs on Fedora Linux from Red Hat, Inc. (RHT).

Staples was using AS/400 with XPe clients (like Home Depot and like Target)

Intel: Big Winner In The War Between Chromebooks And Cheap Windows Notebooks

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) sold 15 million tablets in Q3 2014. However, the company’s mobile chip division posted another $1.04 billion in operating loss for Q3. While the management is promising significant reduction in contra reve

Source: seekingalpha.com

Chromebooks are rising star and now even MS has 10″ tablets for sale at Walmart running Win8, at the low low price of $179. 

Nuance Embeds Speech Solution into eClinicalWorks Mobile EHR – CTS Medical Kiosk & Retail Kiosk

Nuance today announced it has partnered with eClinicalWorks to embed Nuance cloud-based medical speech recognition technology into eClinicalTouch for the iPad and eClinicalMobile for iOS and Android, enabling clinicians working in outpatient… Source: hitconsultant.net Healthcare mobility trends are on the rise, and Nuance has seen an increased adoption of cloud-based medical speech solutions. With several thousand clinicians …

Source: www.kioskcts.com

Speech recognition integrated into Cloud-Based EHR system. Now you (or your Doctor) make their notes by speaking.  Dragon engine. This is the first one to do it (many/all will follow)

Karma | Take WiFi with you everywhere.

Karma Go lets you take WiFi everywhere. Pay-as-you-go for data that never expires. No contracts or monthly fees. With nationwide coverage on LTE, stay connected to the internet with all of your devices, seamlessly.

Source: yourkarma.com

This is pretty cool. A teeny tiny puck about the length and width of a Post-It Note and thinner than an iPhone that gets you on the Internet anywhere. No monthly fee, no contract. Only pay for the data you use. $14 for 1GB, less if you buy more. Way cheaper than hotel rates. And when you share your connection with others, they and you both get free bandwidth. Coverage almost everywhere in the US. 

The Egg is a Tizen Based Portable Touchscreen Cloud Server (Crowdfunding)

Carry around your cloud storage

Source: www.cnx-software.com

If you like the convenience of cloud storage, but are wary of privacy implications, and/or are not satisfied by the file download/upload transfer rate, a new device called The Egg might be what you are looking for. It’s a tiny Wi-Fi enabled cloud storage server, powered by an Intel Atom processor and running Tizen, with up to 256 GB storage that you can carry in your pocket, with your data being fully private and always accessible, and there’s also a touchscreen display to let you watch

The project has now been launched on Kickstarter, with the company looking to raise over $500,000. Perks start at $199 for the 64GB Egg including your own domain name, and up to $399 for the 256GB version. Shipping is free to the US, but an hard-to-swallow $65 fee is asked to ship the package to the rest of the world, and delivery is scheduled for July 2015. Beside the Kickstarter campaign, more details may be available on eggcyte.com.

Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2015

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with the potential for significant impact on the organization in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to the business, end users or IT, the need for a major investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

The top trends for 2015 cover three themes: the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.

1. Computing everywhere (phones/wearables)

2. manage, monetize, operate and extend

3. 3D printing

4. Analytics

5. Context-rich systems

6. Smart machines

7. Cloud client self-service computing

8. Software defines — agile & dynamic

9. Web-scale IT (ie be like Amazon)

10. Security (apps become aware)

All in the a lot of the usual suspects + some new catch phrases.  Of the 10 you would think #7 would have the most dependable driver — Mobile computing.

The client as a service: IGEL well equipped for ClaaS – Media Releases – CSO | The Resource for Data Security Executives

Following Software and Desktop as a Service (SaaS / DaaS), another aaS trend is now on the IT horizon. With its highly remote administrable thin and zero clients, IGEL is in pole position as a technological partner for Client as a Service. For enterprises, ClaaS turns the traditional office computer from a hardware investment into a highly scalable service

Source: www.cso.com.au

Many IT service providers are already offering their customers IGEL thin, zero and software thin clients as part of complete packages for a fixed monthly price – including hardware leasing and complete remote management. Advanced IGEL Partners (AIPs) and other resellers also take advantage of IGEL’s standardised remote management. The IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), which comes supplied with all IGEL solutions, allows all thin and zero clients to be pre-configured and rolled out quickly, remote administered seamlessly via the network, updated and managed centrally. This enables service providers to put together packages tailored to their customers’ needs and to offer them on attractive terms.

Devon IT and Lenovo Show ThinkCentre Thin Client Lineup with VMware Certified Software at VMworld 2014 Europe – Press Release – Digital Journal

This week at VMworld 2014 Europe Devon IT is showing the expanded Lenovo thin client portfolio – including the ThinkCentre M32 and M73 thin clients-

Source: www.digitaljournal.com

Lenovo’s ThinkCentre thin clients offer customers a choice of a flexible Linux-based thin client operating system, LeTOS or Windows Embedded Standard 7.  The thin client also features Lenovo Terminal Manager (LTM) software that is effective, secure and easy to use management software.  Lenovo collaborated in partnership with Devon IT, a worldwide leader of thin client solutions to develop these advance thin client software solutions.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141015/152235

Lenovo unveils enterprise service expansion though modular thin clients | ZDNet

The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One modular display will be available during October with a starting price of approximately $279, the ThinkCentre M73 Tiny thin client will be available in November, starting at roughly $299, and the ThinkCentre M53 Tiny thin client will be available for purchase in December, starting at approximately $249.

Source: www.zdnet.com

In addition, Lenovo has teamed up with client solutions provider Devon IT to equip the thin clients with Lenovo Terminal Manager (LTM) software, in order to help IT staff create, deploy and manage virtual desktop infrastructure.

Microsoft Says Windows Will Run Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing | WIRED

The next big thing in cloud computing doesn’t work with Microsoft’s Windows operating system. But Microsoft wants to change that. As part of its ongoing effort to embrace the latest tech trends, Microsoft says it’s building a version of Windows that will offer something akin to Docker—a technology originally created for the Linux operating system…

Source: www.wired.com

Microsoft has fallen behind the competition in many ways—most large web services run atop Linux and most cloud services are geared toward Linux—but the company is intent on making up lost ground. It already provides a way of running Linux—and Linux Docker containers—atop its own cloud service, Microsoft Azure, and now, it’s taking another step by adding containers to Windows. This isn’t the sort of thing Microsoft would have done in the past. Traditionally, it was loath to play nicely with the Linux world. But now, the company realizes it must.

With Chromebook for Work update, Google ups the ante on the enterprise

Google recently announced major updates through its Chromebooks for Work program. Will it be enough to entice more enterprises?

Source: www.techrepublic.com

With the latest updates, Google has focused on fulfilling requests from business customers. For example, a single sign-on capability has been added so that users can sign into their Chromebook with the same corporate login they use for the rest of their business tools. According to Sheth, this was one of the most requested features. The blog post noted that the feature utilizes the security assertion markup language (SAML) format and is compatible with identity tools such as Okta, Ping Identity, SecureAuth, SiteMinder, and Microsoft AD FS, among others.

Kodak Alaris announces new solutions to make web-based and thin client scanning quick and easy

Research shows 87% of business applications are web-based yet only 2% of firms use web technology for document scanning

October 8, 2014 — Research shows 87% of business applications are web-based yet only 2% of firms use web technology for document scanning [1]. To address this, Kodak Alaris announced today a third model in its ScanMate series – the KODAK ScanMate i1180 Scanner. The new scanner allows easy connection to thin client systems or web-based applications in companies running Intranet environments.


New KODAK Info Input Solution software is available too. It works in sync with the KODAK ScanMate i1180 and other scanners and is a secure web-based thin client document capture solution. It automatically captures, classifies and extracts information from paperwork and eliminates any need for expensive thick client infrastructure.


Hauke Fast, Kodak Alaris’ EAMER product marketing manager, says, “Web-based or a thin-client architectures allow organisations to speed up adoption of new business applications whilst minimising support costs. The ScanMate i1180 does all its image processing locally within the scanner. This minimises the need to purchase and support high-end PCs and reduces the impact on network performance due to traffic congestion.”


The KODAK ScanMate i1180 is a comprehensive scanning package

Like the recently announced i1150, the ScanMate i1180 comes with integrated barcode recognition – supporting nine barcode types – and has a customisable colour LCD interface to help users quickly identify where to send captured images. Intelligent Document Protection safeguards against jams, and the ScanMate i1180 offers TWAIN and ISIS driver compatibility to make it simple to integrate with other applications. The ScanMate i1180 includes one button Smart Touch functionality so users can start business processes and scan to predefined locations.


Able to process 40 pages per minute with a recommended volume of up to 5,000 pages per day, the ScanMate i1180 comes with a full license for the EMC Captiva Cloud Toolkit to make it straightforward for developers to write their own thin client or web capture applications. This is the first time a scanner in this class has had such software included for free eliminating the need to buy middleware.


A low specification PC is all that is necessary for full speed scanning (such as an Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM machine), making the new ScanMate ideal for use in network environments like Citrix, server-client, remote desktop and so on.

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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View: Comparing Receiver for HTML5 & Chrome vs Horizon Blast (HTML5) | Citrix Blogs

Citrix blog compares XenDesktop and Horizon View.  XenDesktop comes out on top.

Source: blogs.citrix.com

This blog post takes a close look at what people see when they log into Citrix Receiver on a Chromebook or through HTML 5 to access the newest version of XenApp and XenDesktop compared to what VMware Horizon View users see when they log into Horizon Blast.

V1206-P Zero Client for PCoIP

The V1206-P is 10ZiG’s next-generation TERA2 PCoIP Zero Client. This device supports the efficiency and security of centralized computing and offers an uncompromised desktop experience. The V1206-P latest chip set (TERA2 PCoIP Portal Processor) delivers a powerful, secure and easy to manage PCoIP Zero Client. 

Source: www.10zig.com

The Zero Client eliminates the need for running, managing, maintaining or securing enterprise desktops while still delivering high end user elements. With six USB ports, rich multimedia playback, HD audio and multiple monitor support, the V1206-P is the perfect fit for any VMware VDI environment.

Teradici and CounterPath Introduce Unified Communications for PCoIP Zero Clients in VMware DaaS and VDI Deployments

Teradici® and CounterPath Corp. (NASDAQ:CPAH) (TSX:CCV), today introduced the industry’s first scalable voice unified communications (UC) solution for PCoIP® Zero Clients in VMware® desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments

Source: www.stockhouse.com

Voice communications increasing — Built for the cloud, PCoIP Zero Client end points displace traditional PCs at a fraction of the cost. In contrast to PC hardware, all user data and computing applications remain in the data center, with only pixels transmitted to the zero client end point, resulting in significant cost efficiencies and optimal security. Zero client end points have no operating system or browser, making them simple to manage and update, and centrally-hosted desktops enhance end user mobility, allowing users to move between devices while securely preserving their desktop environment.
Read more at http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2014/10/14/teradici-and-counterpath-introduce-unified-communications-for-pcoip-zero#4yZXQAgckm7LieVT.99

Lenovo announces new thin clients priced between $249 to $279

Lenovo today announced new thin clients, expanding its enterprise solutions portfolio with new thin clients. ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One modular display will be available during October, starting at approximately $279.

Source: www.infotechlead.com

On display this week at VMWorld in Barcelona, the new Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny and M53 Tiny combined with the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One will offer customers the freedom of a thin client and monitor setup with the compact benefits of an All-in-One form factor.

LiJun Su, executive director, Lenovo Desktop Marketing, said: “We think this design will change the way people buy and use thin client devices for the better.”

ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One has a 23-inch monitor. Tiny M73 and M53 thin clients, which will also be available separately, are attached to the back of the monitor unit through a hassle-free tool-less process allowing for easy and cost effective future upgrades without needing to replace the display.