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Spotify literally rocks the world : New, free features for iPhone + Android

Spotify literally rocks the world : New, free features for iPhone + Android

Spotify made a few important announcements this morning that would make any audiophile drool. First off, Spotify can now be accessed on mobile devices for FREE.  This means you can now listen to millions of songs, from your own playlist, playlists of people you follow, or just look for your favorite artist or type of genre you want to discover new songs. “Today we’re giving people the best free music experience in the history of the smartphone and the tablet,” said Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder at Spotify, during the announcement in New York. “Whether you're going to the gym, or having... more »
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VMware injects analytics into virtualization lineup

While Hewlett-Packard is busy wooing HP Discover attendees with new cloud solutions and converged systems, VMware is continuing on its journey to move up the increasingly commoditized virtualization stack in pursuit of sustainable margins. The EMC subsidiary is rolling out IT Business Management Suite 1.0 Standard, an analytics tool that provides data center operators with visibility into infrastructure costs and energy consumption. The Advanced and Enterprise editions, which are versioned 8.0, come with “persona-based dashboards” that can be targeted to specific roles, including CIOs, CFOs, IT project managers and line-of-business execs. The platform works across both on- and off-premise deployments, underlining VMware’s... more »
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Dell enters Chromebook fray with low-cost educational laptop

Dell has arrived fashionably late to the Chromebook party with the introduction of a less-than-$300 laptop featuring Google’s cloud-powered operating system and complementary software. Designed for use by students and teachers, the Dell Chromebook 11 comes with fourth generation Intel Celeron 2955U processor, 16GB of flash storage and either 4GB or 2GB of RAM depending on the model. It boots in under 8.4 seconds and manages 10 hours of battery life. The machine sports an 11.6-inch 1366x768 monitor and a front-facing 720p webcam that “creates exciting opportunities for collaborative learning in a variety of learning environments,” Dell said. The company hopes... more »
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Facebook CIO Tim Campos delivers keynote at #HPDiscover

During Tuesday’s Keynote presentation at the HP Discover event in Barcelona the HP team welcomed Tim Campos, the CIO for Facebook. Campos discussed the transition currently underway from an industrial age economy to a knowledge-based economy and how Facebook’s partnership with HP has allowed them to explore the frontiers of this emerging business environment. Facebook has benefited greatly through the use of HP Vertica in maximizing the lifeblood of their company: data. “The thoughts and ideas that come from our workforce are what drive us,” Campos stated. Offering advice for other companies that are mid-transition, Campos urged them to identify what their... more »
WANdisco passes Hadoop milestone with CDH certification

WANdisco passes Hadoop milestone with CDH certification

WANdisco, a UK-based provider of high availability software, announced this morning that its Non-Stop Hadoop solution has been certified to run on top of Cloudera's leading CDH4 distribution. The news comes three months after Yahoo spinoff Hortonworks added support for the software to its rivaling analytics platform. "With this announcement, WANdisco has solidified partnerships with the two leading Hadoop distribution vendors - Hortonworks and now Cloudera,” commented Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly. “WANdisco's non-stop namenode across the WAN enables both HDP and CDH users to ensure continuous availability across geographically dispersed Hadoop deployments. This capability is becoming increasingly important as Hadoop deployments... more »
Yahoo Mail outage still unresolved after almost 3 weeks

Yahoo Mail outage still unresolved after almost 3 weeks

An unknown number of Yahoo! Mail users have been have been hit by a service outage since November 25, in what is yet another spectacular PR disaster for Marissa Mayer's company. Dozens of users report that they haven’t been able to send or receive emails, while others claim they cannot login to the service at all. Now obviously, being unable to access your email is a critical issue that needs to be resolved quickly, so we can assume that Yahoo is working feverishly behind the scenes to do about this, right? Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. Although the outage... more »
Microsoft plots to undercut Android by dropping Windows Phone license fees

Microsoft plots to undercut Android by dropping Windows Phone license fees

Microsoft is reportedly considering a dramatic shift in its mobile strategy, copying Google and giving away its Windows Phone and Windows RT software to device makers for free. The plan has yet to be confirmed, but if Redmond follows through it could result in a flood of new Windows Phone devices from brands like Samsung, Sony and HTC, helping the platform to emerge as a serious rival to Android. Okay so that's a pretty bold claim to make – Android is streets ahead of Windows Phone at the moment, but key to this is one of costs. If Microsoft goes ahead... more »
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HP applies Big Data to ecological research

Underpinning the messaging at this week’s HP Discover 2013 summit in Barcelona, Hewlett-Packard announced that it has joined forces with nonprofit environmental organization Conservation International (CI) to help scientists take proactive steps against ecological threats. The collaboration produced HP Earth Insights, an integrated Big Data solution that couples Vertica database technology with a custom dashboarding tool called the Wildlife Picture Index Analytics System. The platform, which already stores three terabytes of “critical biodiversity information,” runs on ProLiant servers and provides near real time analytical capabilities for users via ElitePad enterprise tablets. “Until now, scientists had to manually collect and analyze this... more »
Sophos warns of rising ransomware threat in 2014

Sophos warns of rising ransomware threat in 2014

Cybercriminals are attempting to create a so-called “ransomware creation kit” in order to mass produce new variants of malware designed to extort money from PC users, reports security firm Sophos. The warning comes from Sophos' annual Security Threat Report, which revealed that ransomware has become far more widespread over the last 12 months. The company said that it was all set to become the “market leader” of malware, due to Microsoft's efforts to protect Windows computers against other kinds of attacks. Online extortion   Ransomware refers to a special kind of malware that's designed to extort money from PC users. Once the software installs... more »
A look at Dell's New End-to-End Enterprise Mobility Management Solution #DellWorld

A look at Dell's New End-to-End Enterprise Mobility Management Solution #DellWorld

Dell Software has announced today from DellWorld 2013 that it is entering the enterprise mobility management space with an all-new product. The product aims to provide safe, simple access to corporate data without threatening employees’ personal privacy or compromising the user experience. The end-to-end mobile enablement solution is designed to give customers a secure, managed environment for accessing enterprise data on multi-OS smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and clients – including thin, zero and machine-to-machine – regardless of who owns them. Dell also is introducing new container-based secure workspaces for employee-owned smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops, which complement already established EMM-ready... more »

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