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Google abandons 'forced' sign-up policy for Google+

Google seems to have relented on its tough policy towards its not-so-popular social network Google+. Back in July, Google announced users no longer have to use their real names on the site, and now it's decided to end its policy of 'forcing' new users to sign up for a Google+ account. When Google launched its compulsory sign up of Google+ in January 2012, it drew the ire of countless netizens who claimed the company was pushing them into its social network. For anyone wanting to use Google's services – be it Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs or something else – there was... more »
Is the Alibaba IPO why Bitcoin's market price is dropping?

Is the Alibaba IPO why Bitcoin's market price is dropping?

Today Alibaba Group Holding Limited went public with an IPO in the United States priced at $68, raising $21.8 billion for the company and investors. According to The Wall Street Journal, this makes Alibaba the biggest U.S. IPO in history. How is Alibaba related to Bitcoin? As a holding group, the Alibaba Group represents a massive holding of e-commerce across all of China and BTC China is one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges by volume, which recently saw a jump in volume to 29,400 BTC from a daily average of 19,000 BTC. European exchanges also saw an increase in volume, for... more »
New platforms, upgrades simplify life for IoT developers

New platforms, upgrades simplify life for IoT developers

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features an update to an Internet of Things (IoT) software development platform, another platform looking to give apps and devices a voice, and a new product to help the development of enterprise apps.   Embarcadero launches latest version of Appmethod   Embarcadero Technologies Inc. announced the latest version of  Appmethod, the company’s end-to-end app development platform for building natively compiled, multi-device apps for various mobile operating systems. The latest version of Appmethod now has extended support for Google Glass, and developers who are planning or building apps for the Internet of Things can use the platform to create connected apps... more »
Cloud vendors inject more security into their networks

Cloud vendors inject more security into their networks

In an effort to address one of customers' most persistent worries  about using public cloud infrastructure, IBM has teamed up with AT&T Corp. to provide private connections to its Softlayer data centers. The partnership will give organizations the option of linking up their environments to IBM's public cloud through AT&T's NetBond service, thereby matching IaaS kingpin Amazon.com Inc. and other providers such as Microsoft Corp., which also offer direct connectivity. Dedicated lines have become a must-have among corporate consumers of cloud services for their reliability and inherent security. NetBond has the added benefit of being integrated with AT&T's virtual private network software, meaning... more »
Big Data "ups the pressure" on pro journalists: Inside Edition's Deborah Norville shares her story | #Inforum14

Big Data "ups the pressure" on pro journalists: Inside Edition's Deborah Norville shares her story | #Inforum14

 . Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville is a devout believer in Big Data. It "ups the pressure" on professional journalists, she said, when anybody can verify and broadcast data from their smartphones. In her interview on theCUBE during the Inforum conference in New Orleans, LA, Norville discussed the data science behind her new book, "Thank You Power," shared insights on the role of Big Data in journalism, and chatted with hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly about the surprising ways in which television keeps her life interesting. See Norville's entire interview below.   Image by SiliconANGLE... more »
Red Hat shores up mobile strategy with FeedHenry acquisition

Red Hat shores up mobile strategy with FeedHenry acquisition

Red Hat Inc. has put hybrid computing at the center of its long-term growth strategy, but while the company's on-premise software portfolio may be second to none in the open-source world, its public cloud lineup lags behind the competition in both adoption and functionality. The Linux giant hopes to narrow the gap with the acquisition of FeedHenry Ltd., a provider of mobile development services based in Waterford, Ireland. A spinout of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group at the Waterford Institute of Technology, the firm offers a managed environment for building and testing cross-platform applications. The environment is built in the... more »
Slow iOS 8 update? Why you should wait, and how to upgrade without deleting photos

Slow iOS 8 update? Why you should wait, and how to upgrade without deleting photos

With the newest iPhone 6 already on sale and the iOS 8 software update available for owners of older iPhone models, many of you may be antsy to upgrade. For good reason, too. iOS 8 features a new keyboard, camera app enhancements and improved search. But you might want to hold off on hitting that "download and install button" for the iOS 8 update a bit longer.  . Why you should wait   For starters, the mere act of checking for an update on your device could take 10 to 15 minutes. Some iPhone users have reported problems connecting to Apple's server to check for an update. Even when... more »
What's next for Infor after the cloud? You guessed it - Big Data | #Inforum2014

What's next for Infor after the cloud? You guessed it - Big Data | #Inforum2014

Infor Inc. has achieved something that the likes of Oracle Corp. and SAP could only dream of. That is, it's successfully transformed itself into a fully-fledged cloud-based software solutions company that, according to Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang, “has delivered” on its promises. Eager to shed some light on the transformation within the company, Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, dropped by theCUBE alongside Wikibon analysts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly to discuss the company's switch to the cloud and its ambitions to become a Big Data analytics service provider to its customers. Phillips explained that one of his motivations for the cloud... more »
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If Infor has its way, tomorrow's enterprise systems will run entirely in the cloud

Infor Inc., the privately-held enterprise juggernaut with a knack for flying under the industry's radar, is following in the footsteps of its better-known competitors to the public cloud. But while SAP SE and Oracle Corp. are adjusting for the new way of delivering applications one product and strategic acquisition at a time, the stealthy software powerhouse is diving in headfirst – and rebuilding everything from scratch. At Inforum 2014 in New Orleans this week (see SiliconANGLE's coverage here), the company unveiled an entire lineup of cloud-based solutions more reminiscent of an Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit than a suit-and-tie user conference... more »
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The State of Hadoop 2014: Who's using it and why

Now more than eight years old, the Apache Hadoop platform for processing and storing Big Data is on the verge of hitting the big time. Or at least that's what the industry keeps on telling us anyway. But how big is Hadoop really? Are many organizations actually using it? If so, what are they using it for? Hard data on the actual size of the Hadoop market is extremely hard to come by, although the companies leading the Hadoop charge are adamant that they're beating customers away with a stick. Cloudera alone claims to be adding between 50 and 60 new... more »

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