Such is the complexity of cloud computing systems that the...
Business intelligence startup Looker Data Sciences Inc. is tapping into...
By itself the Oculus Rift headset priced at $599 isn’t...
Amazon is getting serious about expanding its presence in the...
Opera Software ASA, the makers of the Opera web browser, are about to be acquired after having received a NOK 10.5 billion ($1.2 billion) takeover offer from a consortium of Chinese companies. The offer, from investment funds Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management, Yonglian Investment Co. Ltd., mobile game developer Kunlun, and security firm Qihoo 360 Software, values Opera's shares at NOK 71.00 ($8.28) per share, a 53 percent premium on their closing price a of February 4 on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In a statement the Opera board has recommended that shareholders accept the takeover offer, and larger shareholders representing 33... more »
Such is the complexity of cloud computing systems that the average user runs applications and carries out experiments on a combination of six different public and private clouds, according to a new survey from Software-as-a-Service provider RightScale Inc. RightScale's 2016 State of the Cloud Report, which is based on the answers of more than 1,000 technical professionals, also reveals a sustained increase in hybrid cloud adoption, as growing numbers of enterprises shift workloads to the cloud, especially private clouds. According to the report, private cloud adoption has grown from 63 percent to 77 percent of organizations, with hybrid cloud adoption growing at... more »
Microsoft has infuriated dozens of system admins with the near-constant flow of updates its released for Windows 10 since the OS launched last year. In particular, people are miffed about the veil of secrecy that comes with these system updates, which could potentially make some critical changes without anyone's knowledge. The problem is that Microsoft applies updates to Windows 10 automatically, giving users very little control. For its part, Microsoft says it's no different to how Web services also update themselves behind the scenes, tying it into its new “Windows-as-a-Service” mantra. It's a great sound-bite, but Microsoft forgets that Windows isn't the... more »
Business intelligence startup Looker Data Sciences Inc. is tapping into Hadoop's processing power for data analytics with a new update that provides support for Presto and Spark SQL. Santa Cruz, CA-based Looker's platform is described by the company as a “browser-based development environment for business intelligence”. The platform is built atop of Looker's proprietary programming language LookML, and allows enterprises to describe, define and analyze their data where it resides, as opposed to shifting data to a data warehouse first. The addition of Presto and Spark SQL expands the list of databases Looker is compatible with. Other supported databases include Amazon... more »
By itself the Oculus Rift headset priced at $599 isn’t cheap, but from the beginning we also knew that only a powerful PC would be capable of running the VR headset. Oculus has now announced that it will sell Rift bundles along with Oculus-ready PCs starting February 16, 8 am Pacific Time, and as we expected the whole package is what one might call a high-end purchase. Asus, Alienware and Dell will be the first to join with Oculus, although more companies will will be coming soon, according to Oculus. Pre-orders will be available from Best Buy, Amazon and the Microsoft... more »
If you are the type of degenerate who feels the need to cheat at a free online card game like Hearthstone, then you probably deserve whatever viruses or malware you get out of it, but technology security company Symantec Corp has decided to issue a warning anyway about the shady nature of many Hearthstone cheat programs. According to Symantec, out of the many types of Hearthstone cheat software, none are completely safe to use. This includes programs that claim to earn users free gold and arcane dust, which are used for purchasing in-game items and services and crafting specific Hearthstone cards, respectively. "Such applications are a total scam; they do not work,"... more »
After a two-month hiatus, the closed beta for Blizzard Entertainment's highly anticipated team shooter Overwatch has finally returned, and the game has arrived when several new features for players to try out. New game modes The latest beta patch has introduced two new game modes to Overwatch. Control Mode Control is a new type of map where players must occupy and defend a location from the enemy team. While players hold the point, they gradually make progress toward capturing it, and the round ends whenever the capture is complete. Whichever team wins the best two out of three rounds wins the entire match. This game mode is not... more »
Yesterday, several high ranking executives resigned from game peripheral maker Mad Catz Interactive Inc, including the company's CEO and President, Darren Richardson. The resignations came in the day before the company was set to release its latest financial report. According to Mad Catz, Board Chairman Thomas Brown and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Whitney Peterson also stepped down. “We recognize the tremendous value that Thomas, Darren and Whitney have brought to Mad Catz during their tenure and thank them for their many contributions throughout the years,” Karen McGinnis, who formerly served as company CFO and is now the new CEO, said in a statement. “Looking ahead, we are... more »
Amazon is getting serious about expanding its presence in the gaming world, and the e-commerce giant announced today that it will be releasing its own free game engine called Lumberyard. According to Eric Schenk, General Manager for Amazon Lumberyard, the new Lumberyard game engine is designed to support full AAA game development. "Great technology can indeed make things easier, but the complexity of games has grown faster than the ability of technology to simplify the work," Schenk said in a blog post. "At Amazon, we believe it should be possible to make great tools and technology that can simplify development for everyone. And beyond just making... more »
The sharp decline in venture capital activity that has been recorded over recent quarters didn’t stop ThinkingPhones Inc. from closing a mammoth $112 million round this morning to fund its growth effort. The cloud-based communications provider is rebranding to “Fuze” on the occasion in a bid to reflect the fact that its focus has expanded beyond the mobile VoIP market where co-founders Derek Yoo and Steve Kokinos started their entrepreneurial journey a decade ago. The name comes from a videoconferencing startup that it purchased back in November as part of an acquisition spree that saw two other competitors bought up since the... more »