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It happens all to often. The web services we've come to know and love run into connectivity issues, and we're left without access to our favorite apps. This morning some Google users and Google’s App Status Dashboard reported a service disruption with a handful of its top apps, keeping people from accessing email, documents and more. According to the report, Mail, Drive, Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations are experiencing a service disruption while the Admin control panel/API is experiencing an outage. Some users are also experiencing issues with Google Chat via third-party apps and Google Analytics. No news yet as to what is causing... more »
Intel published some tough numbers this morning as it announced its first quarter results, recording a stark 25% drop in profits on the back of another decline in microchip sales. Yet the world’s largest chipmaker remained as arrogant as ever, confidently predicting a "low single-digit increase" in its revenues by the end of the year, despite the PC market’s continuing turmoil. Overall, Intel’s revenue slipped by 2.5% compared to this time last year, amounting to $12.6 billion for the first quarter, while net income dropped to just over $2 billion. That Intel’s growth has slipped comes as little surprise in light... more »
Crypto-currency Bitcoin has gone from skyrocketed value, to overhyped nothing, back to somewhere in the middle over the last few weeks. While Bitcoin tries to find its place as an alternative to the US Fed's dollar, there is one Bitcoin enthusiast who isn't jumping ship. Dread Pirate Roberts, founder of the black market site Silk Road, says the his site is running as smoothly as ever. "Bitcoin’s foundation, its algorithms and network, don’t change with the exchange rate." On Silk Road, visitors can use Bitcoins to buy practically any illegal drug imaginable. On today's Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see... more »
The US Federal Trade Commission has been asked by Civil liberties advocates to take action against the nation's four major wireless carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile USA, for selling millions of Android smartphones with security vulnerabilities. The Civil liberties advocates assess that these Android smartphones never, or only rarely, receive updates to patch said dangerous security vulnerabilities. The request for investigation and complaint for injunctive relief was filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union against all four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile USA. The overwhelming majority of phones that the carriers sell run Google's Android... more »
In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Motorola making ample-sized Android phone; Microsoft and Foxconn parent signs licensing patent; and Chat Heads invade iOS. Motorola making ample-sized Android phone When Google acquired Motorola, everyone was expecting that the next Nexus device would be from Motorola, or that the next Razor line would be Google-centric, but that never happened. Google has an explanation though, as the company had no input regarding Motorola's releases last year. But things are about to change as the two prepare to reveal better devices, not bigger, but better. What this could mean is that Motorola and Google won’t be... more »
Nimble + Cisco Play Into Microsoft's Vision of the Cloud : Unveils Fast Track Reference Architecture
Nimble Storage, a provider of flash-optimized storage solutions, has released new private cloud reference architecture for Microsoft customers. The Nimble Storage SmartStack for Private Cloud with Cisco consists of three-rack unit (3U) Nimble Storage CS200 Series, a midmarket hybrid storage array that’s optimized to run Microsoft solutions, and compute from Cisco. The configuration can include 2-4 Cisco UCS C220 M3 rack servers, two Cisco UCS fabric extenders and a pair of fabric interconnects. The design is built to run Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V for failover clustering, and System Center 2012. Nimble says that its design has been certified to support... more »
Diane Mueller, Red Hat’s Cloud Ecosystem Evangelist, visited theCube, broadcasting live from the annual OpenStack Summit this week, to discuss Red Hat’s recent developments and their involvement with the cloud, sitting down with show hosts John Furrier and Jeff Frick. Currently, Red Hat is the number one contributor to OpenStack, and Mueller explains that they have members working on everything, from heat, to computing, to storage. At the infrastructure as a service layer, Red Hat is charging forward with RDO, or “Red Hat Distribution of OpenStack,” their own new release of the project. Additionally, Mueller added with excitement, Red Hat is also busy at the platform as a... more »
At the IBM Flash 2013, SiliconAngle’s theCube interviews Bob Bruce, VP of Federal Sales at ViON, a company that specializes in designing, delivering and maintaining storage and server solutions to enterprise-wide data centers throughout the federal government and public sector & commercial marketplaces. According to Bruce, ViON’s clients are largely from the intelligence community, and these clients are always on the lookout for technology enablers to help them process data faster. Flash helps them a great deal with that as it allows them to put more data which a five-year-old technology can’t do. Because ViON works in the single most security-conscious... more »
In today's mobile and social news roundup: EA pulls back from Facebook, Foxconn resumes hiring to gear up for production of the new iPhone, Google Fiber gets a boost from Sony, and more. EA just announced the closure of a number of its popular Facebook games such as The Sims Social, Pet Society, and SimCity Social which will go offline on June 14th. There are no current plans to shut down the popular games from its PopCap subsidiary. Social games have been losing popularity on Facebook, but they have plans to re-emphasize its commitment to gaming later this year. Foxconn has resumed... more »
Facebook Messenger has been widely used to keep in constant contact with friends and family, but as more people rely on their mobile devices, many have found alternative methods of communication outside of the popular social network. Chat apps such as Snapchat and WhatsApp have been gnawing away at Facebook Messenger’s target market, and that could spell bad news for Facebook as it re-shifts its strategy to the mobile sector. WhatsApp reaches 200 million monthly active users According to WhatsApp, it now has more than 200 million monthly active users, a far cry from Facebook Messenger’s 56 million monthly active users from... more »