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Weekly Techno Briefs

Category : IT industry
Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here:

This week, Facebook turned ten and Microsoft named its next CEO. We reveal which tech companies patented the most inventions in the US last year and which police department is trialling Google Glass. And we take a look at the incredible shrinking car.

Microsoft names next boss
Our Alliance Partner Microsoft has chosen its next CEO – only the third in the history of the famous company. Indian-born Satya Nadella, 46, will take charge once current CEO, Steve Ballmer, steps down later this year. At the same time, founder Bill Gates will leave his post as chariman, but he will stay on the board as a technology advisor.
"Microsoft is one of those rare companies to have truly revolutionized the world through technology, and I couldn't be more honored to have been chosen to lead the company," said Mr Nadella, who has been leading the company’s cloud operations.

Link: BBC News

Ten years of Facebook
Facebook celebrated its tenth anniversary this week. The social network giant, regularly in the news these days, seems to have conquered its challenge of making money through mobile advertising. But industry observers can’t seem to decide if Facebook has a bright future or is in decline and no longer being ‘cool’ for younger people who communicate with fresher networks such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Link: BBC News

Police trial Google Glassss
New York City’s Police Department, a Capgemini client, is currently testing Google Glass to see if the device is suitable for officers to wear and use while on patrol. The Internet-connected glasses could help the police with all sorts of tasks starting with facial recognition. Google doesn’t yet sell its headsets commercially but plans to do so in the US later in 2014. And while the company has not revealed plans to sell Glass outside of its domestic market, expect many more organiations to experiment with it for a variety of purposes.

IBM tops US patent league again
Although it seems quite modest about its accomplishments compared to some of its tech rivals, IBM has revealed that it topped the US league of patents for the 21st year running in 2013. Last year, Big Blue's inventors received a record 6,809 patents for inventions in a wide range of areas, some of which are topical and strategic, such as cloud computing and Big Data analytics through to supercomputing. Google took second place with 1,851 patents in 2013, while Intel, HP, Oracle, Amazon, Symantec, and EMC occupied the third to eighth positions.
Link: IBM

Are folding cars the future?
An Israeli tech company has designed a car that can be shrunk when parked. At the touch of a button, the lightweight electric car’s sides compress to transform it from the size of a small car to that of a motorbike, taking up just a quarter of a parking space. The car, which is patent pending so not yet available to buy, is intended for urban driving only.

The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.

About the author

Tom Barton
Tom Barton
Tom’s career in communications spans 20 years in the consulting, telecommunications and music industries. He joined Capgemini in 2005 and led the merging of PR, web communications and internal communications into one team. This recognised the convergence of channels and platforms that support an effective communications programme for external and internal audiences. Before joining Capgemini, Tom was global head of media relations at PA Consulting Group, marketing and communications director at his own record label, and had various internal and external communications roles at Cable & Wireless. He plays guitar, darts and cricket, and is still trying to do the Times crossword.

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