Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Adds Video Wall Option, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) Tablet Enters Thai, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Models Human Brain

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Cisco adds immersive video wall option to telepresence technology (TechTarget)
Cisco and Prysm Inc., a video display provider, have recently partnered to provide businesses with immersive telepresence technology — a combination of the Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) TelePresence platform and Prysm’s videowall technology. “There are many large [enterprises] with a need for very high-quality, lifelike video-conferencing meetings,” said Rich Costello, senior research analyst for UC and enterprise communications infrastructure at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC. “It’s a good opportunity for vendors to partner to create a strong telepresence experience.”

Hewlett-Packard CompanyHP enters Thai tablet market (Bangkok Post)
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has become the latest US computer maker to jump on Thailand’s consumer tablet bandwagon, underlining the potential of the third-generation mobile broadband market. However, industry veterans believe the world’s second-largest computer maker might not be able to keep pace with the likes of Apple and Samsung in the short term. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) yesterday unveiled its Android-based consumer tablet in the Thai market, hoping to capitalise on increasing demand.

IBM Looks to Human Brain to Devise New Programming Model (PC Magazine)
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) on Thursday announced a new computer programming framework that draws inspiration from the way the human brain receives data, processes it, and instructs the body to act upon it while requiring relatively tiny amounts of energy to do so. “Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM’s new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today’s von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures,” International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) said in a statement introducing recent advances made by its Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) project.

Huawei Challenging Cisco With New Switch (Business Standard)
Huawei Technologies is preparing the release of a new network switch it says is as easily update-able as a smartphone app. The product is nothing short of Huawei challenging Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) for dominance in the global core networking market. The S12700 series switch is designed to accept periodic and on-demand software updates, making it more flexible and efficient than conventional switches. What it’s not is software-defined networking (SDN), which decouples the switching decisions from the underlying hardware. Huawei’s S12700 is serving multiple missions. First, it’s helping the China-based company diversify its portfolio to become more attractive to business customers. Second, it provides a product significantly different from anything in Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)’s portfolio, opening the possibility of stealing away networking market share.

HP plugs password-leaking printer flaw (Register)
Security flaws in a range of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) printers create a way for hackers to lift administrator’s passwords and other potentially sensitive information from vulnerable devices, infosec experts have warned. HP has released patches for the affected LaserJet Pro printers to defend against the vulnerability (CVE-2013-4807), which was discovered by Michał Sajdak of Sajdak discovered it was possible to extract plaintext versions of users’ passwords via hidden URLs hardcoded into the printers’ firmware. A hex representation of the admin password is stored in a plaintext URL, though it looks encrypted to a casual observer.

Meet the small IBM appliance that helps power Sprint’s connected car (VentureBeat)
Ed Brill is the director for enterprise mobile marketing at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), and we caught up with him recently to find out how IBM is helping support Sprint Velocity, a technology that will bring real-time communication and some really cool automation to your moving vehicle. It all starts with IBM MobileFirst, the company’s portfolio of mobility services, which International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) uses to help its customers become “mobile-first” enterprises. That includes software, analysis and testing tools, as well as strategic consulting. “IBM is both a supplier … and a builder,” Brill says. “A lot of apps that consumers know [were built by us], they just don’t see the IBM brand.”