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Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple Turns to the Fashion Industry to Boost Sales as iPhone 5c Struggles

Apple has hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to runs its retail division, which means she'll be leading both its online and physical retail stores.  Though some may question the wisdom of hiring someone from the fashion industry, Ahrendts has been very successful in making the once iconic Burberry brand into something the younger generation wants. Before joining Burberry in 2006, the company was trading at £4.30, or $6.87 a share - but  this has by 268 percent during Ahrendts’ tenure, and the company's stock is now trading at £15.85, or $25.32 a share. Ahrendts’ official title at Apple will be senior vice... more »
Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Backup and Recovery in the Spotlight with New Funding, Innovation

Historically a pain point, backup is quickly becoming an asset for many enterprises as vendors push the envelope on security and bring analytics into the mix. The Sunnyvale, California-based Druva is a leader in realizing the potential of data protection as a source of tangible business value. Established in 2008, the startup offers a device-independent backup and governance platform that ensures the availability of mission-critical information through file sharing, encryption and audit capabilities. Druva claims that its software supports nearly two million computers and smartphones across 76 countries. The company announced this week that it has raised $25 million in a Series... more »
Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads

So, perhaps the music industry should take a long hard look at itself. Always moaning about the widespread availability of illegal downloads online, and wondering why piracy continues to persist, well here's one possible reason why that's the case – apparently, most people don't have the option of downloading content legally online anyway. At least, that's the findings of a recent report by the Mercatus Center think tank, which analyzed the weekly top ten most pirated media on file-sharing site TorrentFreak, before comparing this with the availability of said media from legal sources online, and publishing its results on Piracydata.org. Their findings... more »
How To Break Free From Google's Latest Privacy Intrusion: "Shared Endorsements"

How To Break Free From Google's Latest Privacy Intrusion: "Shared Endorsements"

If you missed Google's quiet announcement last Friday, when it posted an update to its Terms of Service related to its online ad campaigns, well, you'll probably be in for a bit of a shock when your photo and name starts showing up in adverts scattered across the web. Under the new ToS, the search engine giant will be able to display so-called 'endorsements' from Google+ users in its search result adverts and "other promotional contexts," it says. What this means is that, anyone who has previously provided a review of products, stores, hotels and restaurants etc., could soon see their... more »
Ada Lovelace Day: A Proud Legacy for Coders

Ada Lovelace Day: A Proud Legacy for Coders

Computers have one feature in common from the first engines of computation to the most modern quantum models: they’re all built to permit customization to task. Computers are programmable--either in hardware or software--and this is what makes them the versatile central technology of computation that makes them the “brain.” As a result, computers science and engineering collapses into the art of programming and the craft of the developer. Today is Ada Lovelace day and she is widely, and proudly, pronounced as the first programmer. Her instrumental connection to Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine begins a proud legacy for developers that can be... more »
Rejoice Women in Science During Ada Lovelace Day with Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thons’

Rejoice Women in Science During Ada Lovelace Day with Wikipedia ‘Edit-a-Thons’

Today marks the Ada Lovelace Day, a tribute to the British Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, known as Ada Lovelace, and recognized for being the first person to create an algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, that is, the first computer programmer in history. The celebration aims to highlight women who have contributed to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Initiated five years ago, the Ada Lovelace Day is about sharing stories and raising the achievements of women in STEM. Are you interested in doing something special for Ada Lovelace day? How about spending some... more »
Ex-Valve Engineer Launches Kickstarter for CastAR, Augmented Reality Glasses

Ex-Valve Engineer Launches Kickstarter for CastAR, Augmented Reality Glasses

It is true that there are many augmented reality projects, but the question is: do any advanced, practical augmented reality platforms exist today? The answer may be CastAR, a platform developed by none other than Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, two former Valve developers. Valve has never hidden its intention to seek to create new game controllers, the proof is with the recently unveiled Steam Controller, touchpads and SteamOS. At the beginning of the year, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson, started working on the creation of a prototype augmented reality system for Valve. The project did not please Valve, and it... more »
Automating Complexity : The Opportunity in the Challenge for Network Automation

Automating Complexity : The Opportunity in the Challenge for Network Automation

Network Automation is helping companies bridge the IT complexity gap with the latest iteration of its flagship business process automation suite, which was first launched in 2004. The foundation of the product family, AutoMate 10, introduces a streamlined interface and support for over a dozen additional technologies. AutoMate includes an “Action Library” of more than 600 functions for creating and managing processes. The company says that its software lets users automate tasks without having to write custom scripts that don’t scale well and force admins to spend an unnecessary amount of time on maintenance. Version 10 of the solution adds event monitoring... more »
Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating the Feminine Genius

Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrating the Feminine Genius

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is often considered the first programmer in the world. For five years, the initiative of Ada Lovelace Day has offered to share the stories of women and recognize their contributions in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Every year around October 15, Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated through events organized around the world. Augusta Ada Byron, better known as the Countess of Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron and born in England in the nineteenth century, had its name remembered throughout all this time to have succeeded in creating the first computer program in the world.... more »
NoSQL Market Snapshot: Past, Present, and Future

NoSQL Market Snapshot: Past, Present, and Future

As long as there have been computers, data storage and access has been an issue. At the height of the so-called "Web 2.0" era, SQL databases were the talk of the town. The LAMP stack (Linux Apache MySQL and PHP) was the savior of dynamic websites around the world. Even today, MySQL and other SQL databases still play an important role, but there is also another option, particularly for high volume, high traffic websites. It is called NoSQL. Over the past few years, NoSQL has gained significant traction and has become the database type of choice for many organizations. As the... more »

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