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Gartner: PC Prices on the Up

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Gartner reports PC prices within the Eurozone are set to increase by up to 10% in 2015, as vendors raise prices in order to offset the effects of currency devaluation.

Graph going up"We are currently seeing the sharp appreciation of the dollar against most other currencies reflected in companies' earnings results," the analyst says. "PC vendors selling to Europe and Japan, where local currencies have fallen up to -20% since the start of 2015, have little choice than to raise prices to preserve profits."

W. European end-user spending is forecast to reach $116 billion (in constant dollars reflecting growth rates in local currencies)-- a 4% increase over 2014 and a reflection of expected increases in local currency.

Edbak ETR1 Revs up its Motor for VideoConferencing

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Edbak ETR1

Edbak will bring to the videoconferencing market a 37-55 inch trolley with motorised height adjustment and precision tilt for display screens. The ETR1 features electric telescopic height adjustment allowing easy height adjustment of the display by remote control (no tools needed).

You can also turn the base to tilt or angle the display-- a useful feature in rooms with tight spaces.

With easy 3-step installation, the ETR1 reflects Edbak's sturdy design and comes with easy-to-roll wheels so customers can roll the trolley to where it is needed. And the casters have brakes. Added cable management keeps all conference-room tidy.

Holds up to 80 kg and accommodates, with its universal design, a wide range of VESA mounts.

Comes in black or chrome with the column coated with mild steel powder for a stainless steel polish.

Go Edbak ETR1

IBM Claims Quantum Computing Breakthrough

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IBM announces what it describes as two "critical advances" in the creation of a practical quantum computer-- a means to simultaneously detect and measure two kinds of quantum errors and a square quantum bit design.

Intel QuantumWork on quantum computers has been going at IBM since 1981, following the first workshop on the "physics of information" by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman. IBM believes Moore's Law will soon run out of steam, and as such only quantum computing can open further innovation across the industry.

Quantum computers are based on qubits, the quantum equivalent of regular bits. Qubits can simultaneously exist as both 0 and 1, in what is known as a "superposition state." This should allow for the crunching of calculations far too complex for current hardware-- so much so Big Blue claims a quantum computer built using just 50 qubits can outperform any supercomputer on the TOP500 list.

Rackspace Intros Akamai-Powered CDN

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Rackspace launches the Rackspace Content Delivery Network (CDN)-- an Akamai-powered service providing customers with integrated, "one-click" access to Akamai CDN services via the Rackspace portal.

RackspaceAccording to Rackspace, CDN provides customers with a "competitive advantage" as it allows them to scale out their global presence without massive infrastructure investments. This is important, since Kiss Metrics research suggests "nearly half" of web users tend to leave a website and abandon their search or purchase if a desired page fails to load in the first 3 seconds.

Meanwhile 79% of online shoppers will not return to a site if it gave them trouble, and 44% will tell a friend if they had a poor online shopping experience.

IDC: Cloud Drives EMEA IT Infrastructure

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According to IDC, EMEA IT infrastructure (server, disk storage and ethernet switch) spending for public and private cloud has Q4 2014 revenues worth $1.1 billion with 27% Y-o-Y growth, and around $4.1bn with 28% growth for overall 2014.

Such results lead to the cloud-related share of EMEA infrastructure spending growing to 17% in 2014, up by 3 percentage points from 2013. The cloud also accounts for 32% of total Q4 2014 EMEA storage capacity, a 52% increase over Q3 2013.

IDC EMEA Cloud spending

Thus, the analyst forecasts the market will reach $10.8bn by 2019, or 39% of total market expenditure, making it one of the areas of "tremendous growth" for European infrastructure-- especially compared to an otherwise stagnant (if not declining) traditional market.

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