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Flash Draws Server and Storage Together, says IBM CTO

This week at IBM Flash 2013, theCube sat down with Brad McCredie, CTO of IBM’s Server and Server Technology Division.  They tackled the important topic of end-to-end software and storage, converging in the datacenter. McCredie heralds how flash has eliminated the impediments in integrating servers with storage. After all, that’s what IBM Flash 2013 is all about. “One of the things we’re here talking about today, Flash, really has lowered a lot of barriers into making a single entity out of the server and the storage," McCredie says. "So much of what we talked about right now with what flash can... more »
Xamarin Acquires LessPainful, Introduces Automated UI Testing Platform

Xamarin Acquires LessPainful, Introduces Automated UI Testing Platform

Making an app is not an easy task.  Hundreds of lines of codes to write and just one mistake could result to things crashing down in an instant.  Aside from that, after writing the code, you need to test it in various platforms to ensure that everything looks good and works well.  Good thing there are now platforms that help developers test their apps across multiple platforms with ease. Xamarin, the company that aids developers to build fully native mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, has announced the acquisition of LessPainful, the Danish company which created Calabash - the most... more »
OKCupid Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin for Online Dating

OKCupid Partners with Coinbase to Accept Bitcoin for Online Dating

With over 4 million active users (and 7 million registered), OKCupid is a very popular Internet dating site that includes those annoying quizzes that everyone seems to love so much—and now Coinbase has announced a partnership with the dating site to enable acceptance of Bitcoin. This has been a big few months for the cryptocurrency with numerous businesses starting to see it as a viable exchange of value. This is even after last week when the currency reached a valuation high of $266 only to collapse below $100—currently Bitcoin value sits much lower near $70. Amid the sites that accept Bitcoin... more »
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Microsoft Takes on AWS with Azure IaaS, Price Match and Offer Ubuntu 12.04

Microsoft has taken Windows Azure Infrastructure Services from pre-release to general public availability, packing some big guns to compete with Amazon’s popular offerings.  The news comes just as the annual OpenStack Summit hits its stride this week, where Rackspace unveiled its own AWS competitor based on its open platform. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, aside from being a mouthful, will deliver virtual machine configurations, a virtual private network and a new Azure software development kit, complete with higher memory capacity and higher performance compute nodes. IaaS price wars live on . Azure is currently being used by 200,000 businesses, and that number is growing by... more »
5 Facebook Apps We Want for Google Glass

5 Facebook Apps We Want for Google Glass

This week brought long-awaited specs on Google Glass and its companion Android app, along with API details for developers anxious to build apps for the wearable gadget.  Another extension for Android's open source platform, Google Glass comes with some surprisingly strict limitations on how developers can distribute and monetize apps.  But we doubt that will keep app makers from exploring their options.  As Google grows its device line up, its mobile OS only grows in influence.  Even Facebook's crafted a dedicated software solution based on Android with Facebook Home. Indeed, mobile is making friends of Google and Facebook. “I think it’s fantastic... more »
Great Idea Microsoft, Let’s Turn Windows 8 Into... Windows 7!

Great Idea Microsoft, Let’s Turn Windows 8 Into... Windows 7!

Unbelievably, or so it may sound, that really does look like the best response Microsoft can come up with as it desperately tries to boost sales of its failing Windows 8 operating system. Basically, Microsoft has decided to allow users to ‘revert back’ to Windows 7 in its upcoming Windows Blue update, pegged to arrive sometime this summer. According to a report from ZDNet, Microsoft’s ‘great idea’ is to give users the option of booting directly to desktop, allowing them to skip past the much-derided Metro interface that acts as the OS’s current launch pad. But the Redmond firm’s innovation doesn’t stop... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 16, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 16, 2013

HP Releases List of Supply Chain Smelters to Encourage Suppliers to become Conflict-Free HP has published a list of 195 smelters that have been identified within its supply chain in an effort to have their smelters independently reviewed and certified as conflict-free smelters (CFS). It is the first major IT manufacturer to publish its smelter list publicly and encourages the entire industry to move to use of CFS-certified smelters and refiners. For more than a decade the mining of materials used to produce tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been linked to the funding of... more »
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Google Launches MyGlass for Android, SoftBank Still Gunning for Sprint

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Google Glass tech specs and API out; Softbank still confident in Sprint deal; China has most malware on mobile devices; Twitter to launch TV Online soon;  and YouTube updates iOS app with live stream support. Google Glass tech specs and API out Google has released the tech specs of Google Glass, its API and the companion app, MyGlass, is already up on Google Play.  The Glass features durable frames with adjustable nose pads, a camera capable of taking 5MP photos and 720p videos, connects with any Bluetooth-enabled phones that has the MyGlass app installed, and connects... more »
Tops Dogs Team Up for Project Savana : Hadoop Simplified for OpenStack

Tops Dogs Team Up for Project Savana : Hadoop Simplified for OpenStack

Project Savana, the OpenStack project originally developed by Mirantis, is getting support from some of the industry's top players to provide an integration point for third party Hadoop provisioning and management frameworks, such as the Apache Ambari project.  The news comes during the annual OpenStack Summit, being held in Portland this week. Hortonworks, a significant contributor to Apache Hadoop, Mirantis, one of the largest OpenStack systems integrators, and Red Hat, Inc., one of the largest contributors to the most recent release of OpenStack, are collaborating on Project Savana to provide open source APIs and simpler transitions when moving Hadoop workloads between... more »
Explosion of Boston Bombing Scams: Beware The Fake Domains

Explosion of Boston Bombing Scams: Beware The Fake Domains

Despicable, shameless behavior. There can be no other words to describe those looking to quickly cash in on yesterday’s tragic Boston marathon bombing. Within minutes of the two explosions taking place, dozens of new internet domains were registered in what looks likely to be a scam targeting people wanting to donate money to victims. Domains including bostonexplosion.com, bostonmarathonvictimfund.com and bostonrelief2013.com were among over 125 new websites that popped up in the hours after Monday’s bombing, according to the website The Domains. Of these, at least TWENTY of them appeared within TEN MINUTES of the bombs going off, while the rest were added... more »

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