NEWSLETTER: IBM TO ACQUIRE RED HAT & FACEBOOK WORKING ON ‘GOOGLE GLASS’ COMPETITOR

NEWSLETTER: IBM TO ACQUIRE RED HAT & FACEBOOK WORKING ON ‘GOOGLE GLASS’ COMPETITOR

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IBM IS SET TO ACQUIRE SOFTWARE COMPANY RED HAT FOR $34 BILLION

THE STORY

IBM Corp. has agreed to acquire Red Hat, an open source software organization for a whopping $34 billion with an aim to diversify its consulting business and hardware technology into a bigger margin products and services.

WHAT IS RED HAT?

Red Hat is an open source software product-based organization, which was founded in 1993. It has a corporate headquarter in Raleigh, North Carolina and other offices worldwide. Red Hat specializes in Linux operating systems and lists among very few companies list that has both revenue growth and free cash flow. Red Hat works on a professional open source business model, which is based on open source software and subscription-based customer support. In short, Red Hat sells subscriptions for the support, training and integration services, which offer help to customers in using their open source software products

WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS ACQUISITION?

With the acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion, including the debt, IBM aims to consolidate its hardware technology and diversify its business into higher margin products and services. One of the major benefits to IBM is that Red Hat has been providing subscription services to its customers. This way, IBM is going to have a lucrative source of subscription revenue. Also, IBM aims to catch up tech giants like Alphabet Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft in the swiftly multiplying cloud business.

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FACEBOOK IS WORKING ON A ‘GOOGLE GLASS’ COMPETITOR DEVICE

THE STORY

Facebook’s working on its next big project, which is in hardware sector, the augmented reality glasses. Back in 2017, Mark Zuckerberg had expressed his willingness to build an AR glasses, but the company didn’t had adequate science or tech to build it.

WHAT IS AUGMENTED REALITY?

Augmented Reality or AR is a degree of technology where the real-world objects are “augmented” by machine generated perceptual information. In other words, augmented reality brings digital objects into a person’s perception of the real world. The first AR device was invented back in the early 1990s with Virtual Fixtures system developed at the Armstrong Laboratory of US Air Force in 1992. However, many labs and organizations have provided us with augmented realities. Google also rolled out its popular Google Glass in 2013 but the company pulled the devices at the end of December 2015.

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WHAT MADE FACEBOOK ATTEMPT “GLASS”?

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, had announced in 2013 that his company wanted to build a device like Google Glass. However, he openly admitted that the organization did not have adequate technology or the science to complete this project. Now that Facebook has stepped in to build its next project in hardware sector with augmented reality glasses, it seems to have sped up its way. Another factor that may have ignited the idea of building AR Glasses is that Facebook is known for using technology in sifting out abusive contents from its platform.

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