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Microsoft gives Outlook.com a facelift and adds myriad new features to make your Inbox more hospitable

Microsoft gives Outlook.com a facelift and adds myriad new features to make your Inbox more hospitable

Tons of new features have been added to Outlook.com as part of an expansive update, including a bunch of new themes, ways to make your inbox more manageable, collaboration features, improvements to the calendar, as well as using Skype from email, and simplified file sharing in OneDrive. The update is now available as a preview to only a limited amount of customers with an aim to make it available to a wider audience in the coming weeks. What to expect? The facelift: Outlook.com now has 13 new themes with graphic designs, something Microsoft says will mirror your personality. Carl Jung would be... more »
Google set to unveil Android M with built-in fingerprint support and Android Pay at I/O 2015

Google set to unveil Android M with built-in fingerprint support and Android Pay at I/O 2015

In a May 28 update to its I/O 2015 schedule to announce “Android for Work Update” sessions, Google – seemingly accidently as the update has been removed – revealed that it plans to unveil the next iteration of its mobile operating system, Android M, at its annual developer conference next week. Android M, like Android L which was released at I/O 2014, is likely to be a developer preview and deliver significant changes to Google’s mobile operating system. As is the case with new products from key vendors, the rumor mill has been churning non-stop with bits and pieces of information that... more »
Apple, IBM roll out Apple Watch support to first wave of enterprise iOS apps

Apple, IBM roll out Apple Watch support to first wave of enterprise iOS apps

An update to Apple’s mobile enterprise apps web page shows that Apple and IBM have started rolling out Apple Watch support for a select number of MobileFirst for iOS apps in the healthcare, public safety and energy industries. (via 9to5Mac) Judging by the updated app descriptions, Apple Watch support allows the existing iOS apps to send push notifications to the wearable, ostensibly making it easier for professionals to access alerts and notifications when their hands are otherwise engaged. Three MobileFirst for iOS apps have been updated to include Apple Watch support: Hospital RN This healthcare app for iOS (pictured above) uses iBeacon technology to... more »
iOS 9 rumor update: Maps to include public transit info, new font and more

iOS 9 rumor update: Maps to include public transit info, new font and more

Apple’s built-in Maps app for iOS has lacked public transit information ever since the iPhone maker dropped Google as its provider for map data in 2012. A report from 9to5Mac on Thursday indicates that Apple is preparing to debut its Transit feature for Maps in iOS 9 at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Public transit routes and a new Maps user interface Along with bus, train and subway routes, Transit will reportedly also include an enhanced user interface with larger icons, a trip-planning feature and a “Transit view” – a new map view in addition to the current Standard,... more »
Blowing bubbles: Shopify shares close up 51% on NYSE debut with a $1.9b market cap

Blowing bubbles: Shopify shares close up 51% on NYSE debut with a $1.9b market cap

Shares in Shopify Inc. surged on debut at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, with the online storefront provider finding favor among investors. Shares in the company surged to as much as $28.74, up 65 percent on its float price of $17 a share, before closing the day at $25.68, up 51.06 percent. Shopify was originally looking to raise $100 million according to its initial public offering (IPO) filing back in April, but instead raised a higher than expected $131 million. According to reports, Shopify closed the day with a market cap of $1.9 billion, way up on its initial IPO filing valuation... more »
Cisco accused of sanctions-busting to supply banned networking equipment to Russian intelligence agencies

Cisco accused of sanctions-busting to supply banned networking equipment to Russian intelligence agencies

Cisco Systems Ltd. has come under fire following allegations that it skirted U.S. sanctions against Russia in order to sell networking equipment to its intelligence services. The allegations were made in an investigative report by Buzzfeed, which obtained internal company documents it claims show that Cisco officials knowingly approved the deal, which was made through a number of front companies, in violation of the sanctions. According to Buzzfeed, Cisco altered its sales records and booked deals under fake company names in order to continue selling gear to Russia's military and security forces. Buzzfeed claims Cisco succeeded in selling an unspecified quantity... more »
Brit + Co raises $23.1m Series B to further target female millennial DIY lovers

Brit + Co raises $23.1m Series B to further target female millennial DIY lovers

Brit Media Inc., the company behind the media and e-commerce site Brit + Co has raised $23.1 million Series B. Who participated in the round was clear, but a Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) filing shows that Lisa Lambert of Intel Capital has joined the company's board, suggesting they took part. Founded in 2011 by Brit Moran, who some describe as the "Martha Stewart of Silicon Valley" Brit + Co (the main property of the company) is an online media and e-commerce platform that provides tools to "teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls." The site covers traditional crafts to high-tech manufacturing and is said to... more »
Adult FriendFinder hacked with millions of private records appearing on the Dark Web

Adult FriendFinder hacked with millions of private records appearing on the Dark Web

FriendFinder Networks Inc.'s popular adult dating and hookup website Adult Friendfinder has been hacked, with the details of millions of users appearing on the Dark Web. U.K. television station Channel 4 made the discovery, claiming that the stolen data reveals sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and if they are looking to cheat on a spouse, along with less risque details such as email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and IP addresses of users. Adult FriendFinder claims to have 63 million users, however the report noted that only 3.9 million records had so far been made available online. Channel... more »
Apple working on two 12 inch iPads, split-screen mode, multi-user login

Apple working on two 12 inch iPads, split-screen mode, multi-user login

Rumors of a 12 inch plus iPad, dubbed the iPad Pro, have long been doing the rounds. A new report surfaced Thursday detailing a number of features due for inclusion in iOS 9 that are aimed specifically at Apple’s larger screen iPad Pro. Sources said to be familiar with Apple’s plans told 9to5Mac that the company is developing a split-screen mode to allow duel-app viewing, two 12 inch iPads codenamed “J98” and “J99”, and multi-user login support. Apple may show off the split-screen functionality at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June as part of the expected iOS 9 unveiling,... more »
How to stay fit and in charge with your smartphone during the zombie outbreak

How to stay fit and in charge with your smartphone during the zombie outbreak

When the zombie virus sweeps through cities and turns friends and foes alike into brain hungry walkers, chances are you’re going to be doing a lot of running. To prepare for the upcoming apocalypse of the shambling dead you might think of hitting the gym, but chances are good you’d be better off getting fit by increasing your hiking and running endurance. Since May is Zombie Awareness Month according to the Zombie Research Society, we at SiliconAngle have been researching how you can use your smartphone to prepare for and stay alive when zombies become aware of you. Also check out... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.

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