Brazil has delayed until next year plans that will require all new vehicles to be equipped with GPS-based anti-theft vehicle tracking systems. The country’s National Traffic Council (CONTRAN) issued a new resolution November 24 that says all new passenger cars and trucks will require such telematics systems by the end of 2011. The rule applies Read More..
The uncontrolled growth of software applications leads to higher costs, which takes money away from necessary IT investments, according to a CIO survey conducted by HP. The survey, which polled 500 CIOs in Germany, Britain, France, Italy and the Nordic countries, found that 74 percent considered software proliferation a major problem. CIOs found that as Read More..
At first glance, a 7.5 percent increase in the number of new electronics and IT students in Germany doesnâ€™t look too bad. But when compared with the growth in demand for engineers in these key areas, it is clear that Germany will continue to suffer a growing shortage of qualified electronics and IT experts in Read More..
IT budgets are likely to remain steady next year, according to a poll of IT managers at major companies in German-speaking countries. According to the survey, which is part of consultants Capgeminiâ€™s annual IT Trends Study, 39 percent of IT managers polled see IT budgets little changed, while 21 percent expect cuts. Thirty-five percent of Read More..
SK Telecom said it has introduced the first commercial mobile telematics service in China. The South Korean mobile services provider said its E-MIV service will allow customers to use their mobile phones to protect, control and manage their cars. The system is currently an option that can be installed in cars at the dealership, but Read More..
The US government is proposing mandatory backup cameras for bigger vehicles. The new safety regulation follows the 2007 so-called â€œCameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act,â€ which resulted from the death of a child that was killed when his father accidentally backed over him in his driveway. “The changes we are proposing today will help drivers Read More..
Europeâ€™s biggest software maker, SAP, would like to cooperate more closely with HP. â€œHP has been a good partner to us for many years and we are open to expanding that cooperation,â€ said Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP. In an interview with Germanyâ€™s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Snabe said cooperation with the US-based technology group makes Read More..
German companies donâ€™t have a strategy to implement green IT, according to a survey of managers at small and medium-sized enterprises. Though 70 percent of managers interviewed said green IT is an important issue for them, few have taken steps to implement green-IT programs such as systems consolidation or virtualization. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of talk Read More..
Cloud services,Â mobile computing and social networking will converge to become a mainstream IT platform in 2011, according to market researchers IDC. “In 2011, we expect to see these transformative technologies make the critical transition from early adopter status to early mainstream adoption,” said Frank Gens, senior vice president and chief analyst at IDC. The Read More..
Renault is launching an advertising campaign for its Twizy ultra-compact electric car that specifically targets Apple iPhone and iPad users. The French carmaker is launching a so-called â€œiAdâ€ because it sees common ground between users of iPhones and iPads and future buyers of its electric city car. â€œBy launching Twizyâ€™s mobile marketing with iAd, Renault Read More..