The days of highly integrated, one-brand-fits-all computing are ending fast, and the challenge for the offcuts is to succeed where their lineage failed. But is the biggest split yet to come?
Chris Duckett dispenses with "trends", "magic quadrants" and other salesbot speak to investigate what is really the foundation of IT: source code.
Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.
Having been sold the image of Cupertino as the privacy good guy, and a music collection as a personalised reflection of one's tastes, Apple has overplayed its hand by pushing an album onto its users.
Shaking up lethargic industries is what Apple claims it is best at, and now it says the banks and credit card companies deserve a good shake-up. If it succeeds, it will help more than just iDevice users.
Australia faces a dangerous conflation of technology-driven surveillance and an almost total lack of technical comprehension from the political class.
The music is about to stop on the dancing around the issue of data retention in Australia, and the former government needs to make its plans clear to the electorate.
After sitting at around 1 percent or less of marketshare in many major markets around the world, the Kantar Worldpanel has decided to stop counting BlackBerry as a separate line item, and lump it into the Others category.
Firefox's slow morph into the Mozilla suite that it left behind continues as a HTML editor is added back into the web browser.
After chasing consumer-led computing for the past few years, enterprises are due to be the opening front in the next change to computing — an experience that depends on where you are, and which device you are using.
As American customers get themselves into a lather over the impost of fixed internet data caps, the reality is that soon, most internet users won't care or think about them.
By leaving all the technology programs to next year, the Australian federal government is left dragging the chain on initiatives it should be undertaking.