Technology News Gallery Week of May 21, 2012

Cloudy at iTech in Toronto

Bell Canada’s Strahan McCarten was one of several speakers at the iTech Summit in Toronto who touted the advantages of cloud services. The telco’s new cloud platform, coming in the fall, will let customers self-provision servers on the fly.

Facebook IPO is down to earth

There were high expectations when Facebook finally made it to the Nasdaq exchange, but the share didn’t make the leap many had hoped for. A few hours after launch the stock had gained less than $3.

Hewlett-Packard offers new Ultrabook

HP’s entry into the small, fast laptop race is the Folio 13 Ultrabook, which is just 18 mm thick. The manufacturer says it’s a business-grade laptop with a 13.3-in. screen and a battery good for up to 9.5 hours.

Another new Google feature

Google has started to incorporate the “knowledge graph” it has been building for two years into its search results. It will deliver context-sensitive information about people and things users search for on the right side of a page.

LifeSize displays new all-in-one VC units

LifeSize has come out with two portable all-in-one videoconferencing units. The US$19,999 Unity 500 (above) has a 40-in. LED display and comes with a touch-panel desktop phone. The Unity 50 has a 24-in. display.

Infineon CEO to step down

Peter Bauer, the CEO of German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies, said he will resign due to complications from his osteoporosis when the company’s fiscal year ends in September. He’ll be replaced by Reinhard Ploss.

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