Quantum computing, programming languages, Chromebook woes, and digital transformation: Tech research roundup
Status Report: Is quantum computing worth the leaps of faith?
Let's start with our special feature on quantum computing, which is an area of emerging technology that's receiving a lot of attention. ZDNet Status Report suggests that being involved in the quantum computing industry right now doesn't necessarily make any organisation more competitive.
Quantum computing: IBM launches 127-qubit Eagle quantum processor
IBM, meanwhile, announced a new 127-qubit processor called Eagle and previewed designs for IBM Quantum System Two, Big Blue's next-generation quantum system. By 2025, IBM is projecting that there will be frictionless quantum computing to enable a broad array of applications that will surpass classical computing.
Most popular and fastest growing languages for developers
Rust grew faster than any other programming language in the past 24 months
Rust is another programming language that has been making waves. The open-source programming language is mostly used in embedded software and 'bare metal' development. Rust grew faster than any other language in the past 24 months, nearly tripling in size from just 0.4 million developers in Q3 2019 to 1.1 million in Q3 2021.
Why this former favourite programming language is sliding down the rankings
Chromebook sales weaken but MacBook sales hit new record
According to Strategy Analytics, businesses in Q3 2021 spurred sales of premium PCs, while consumers were drawn to discounts on MacBook Air and gaming notebooks. Despite Chromebook growth stalling, the overall PC market grew a significant 8% year on year, while Dell stood out with a 50% year-on-year rise in sales.
Chromebook shipments fall in Q3 as education market becomes saturated
Tech analyst IDC also produced figures that suggest the Chromebook sales boom is over. IDC data shows that Chromebook shipments fell 29.8% in the third quarter compared to a year ago. In addition, tablet shipments fell 9.4%.
Samsung just narrowed the smartwatch gap on Apple Watch
Samsung's switch to Google's Wear OS instead of Tizen this year appears to have been a winning move, with Wear OS's marketshare skyrocketing in the past two quarters from just 4% in Q2 2021 to 17% in Q3 2021, according to new data from Counterpoint Research.
Digital transformation: The rise of the business technologist
According to Gartner, on average, 41% of employees outside of IT - or business technologists - customise or build data and technology solutions. Gartner predicts that half of all new low-code clients will come from business buyers that are outside of IT organisations by the end of 2025.
A digital-first shift is changing how nonprofits operate
Finally, 76% of nonprofits said they need to develop a data strategy for their organisation and those with a high digital maturity are 1.4x more likely to acknowledge this compared to those with low digital maturity.