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Amazon Introduces Cloud Drive Desktop Drive

Amazon Introduces Cloud Drive Desktop Drive

Amazon has upgraded its Cloud Drive and introduced a desktop drive version that allows users to sync their Cloud Drive with the desktop app. Useful for both PC and Mac users, this Cloud Drive app creates a folder on your desktop and instantly syncs all the files you put in it. And, if you have the app on multiple devices, it’ll sync your files across all those devices. If this rings some bells, you’re right as this is exactly the way Dropbox service works. Just like Dropbox, Amazon Cloud drive creates a local folder on your system, PC or Mac, which... more »
Fortumo Brings Mobile Payments to Mobile Game Developers to Broaden Audience to China, Brazil

Fortumo Brings Mobile Payments to Mobile Game Developers to Broaden Audience to China, Brazil

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous for the on-the-go-user as well as the on-the-go gamer, and as a result developers have been aiming for iOS and Android to give them an “in” to the market of all these people with computers in their pockets. When it comes to monetizing apps, developers want to be able to get money from people with as little fuss as possible and that’s where in-app payment processor Fortumo comes in. Most in-app purchases have been handled through marketplaces delivered by phone OS (Google for Android and Apple for iOS) but not everyone has easy access to credit... more »
HP Set to Eclipse Rivals with Project Moonshot?

HP Set to Eclipse Rivals with Project Moonshot?

HP is finally set to lift the lid on its long-awaited Project Moonshot later this morning, unveiling what analysts predict will be a new class of low-power, hyperscale servers that can scale up performance quickly. The event has been eagerly anticipated thanks to the endless stream of rhetoric from HP about its new, next generation ARM-based servers, which it claims have the potential to disrupt the market and spark a new wave of innovation in the data server industry. HP set tongues wagging last Tuesday when it sent out invites for a webcast event on April 8, promising to tell us... more »
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Facebook Home's Mobile Ad Strategy: A Bait-and-Switch Plan

When Facebook started sending out invites for a mobile launch event last month, the blogosphere exploded with rumors:  some pundits speculated that company is developing on a social OS, while others predicted that Zuckerberg will unveil homegrown phone. Last week, Facebook finally let the cat out of the bag. The social media giant is hoping to capture mobile audiences with something called Home, an interface that sits on top of Android and keeps the user connected with Facebook at all times.  SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto discussed the update on Friday’s NewsDesk segment (full video below). Facebook Home consists of four components:  a... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 8, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 8, 2013

Accenture Announces Cloud Platform for Technology Integration and Management in a Hybrid World Accenture has announced the Accenture Cloud Platform to help clients get maximum business value from cloud computing and in anticipation of a shift in demand toward the public cloud. The Accenture Cloud Platform provides services and solutions designed to help organization integrate and manage hybrid cloud environments that span multiple vendor platforms are are critical to providing ultimate flexibility and supporting emerging technologies. More Deloitte Foundation, American Accounting Association Host 48th Trueblood Seminars Approximately 60 accounting and auditing professionals and educators convened the 48th annual Robert M. Trueblood Seminars for... more »
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Security is a Living Organism, says Zettaset CEO Jim Vogt

Security is a living organism--people will want to deal with a data leakage. What's interesting is the way we are going to do it. We won't have to have secure and non-secure clusters because we can co-mingle secure and non-secure access on the same nod and cluster, which is key. Efficient access to the data is how people want to build networks across flash, SAN, disk, etc. They want to take that data and put it in the most efficient place based on usage. On the security performance front, [Zettaset is] shipping V5 now that introduces a couple important things: more... more »
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Developers, Analysts Win with Tintri's Smart SLI Storage

Tintri just launched the latest version of its flagship storage virtualization platform, Tintri OS 2.0. The solution features only one new addition, but it’s a major one: a set of VM- and vDisk-level replication capabilities branded as ReplicateVM. The company says that its new software is an industry first, and boasts that per-VM replication eliminates the need for LUNs, volumes, tiers and other legacy storage constructs that burn  system resources.  This has a few advantages: developers can test and analyze data from a production database without reducing end-user productivity, and VMs can be brought up from any location as necessary.  This... more »
EPUB3 Conversion with Flipick

EPUB3 Conversion with Flipick

The launch of the Apple iPad 2 ushered in a platform for the display of interactive fixed layout books. At the same time, Apple released iBooks Author for the creation of these books specifically for the iBooks store. Its primary limitations, however, are: books must be created from scratch in the application, the application is Mac-compatible only, and the resulting files can only be used by the latest iBooks app, which only runs on iOS devices. Flipick, a subsidiary of Mediawide, has created a set of plugins for InDesign on both Mac and Windows to take existing book layouts and... more »
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When Considering Cloud Services, Some Apps are Naturals, Others Not So Much

As Cloud services mature to the point that CIOs can trust at least some mission-critical applications to the Cloud, choosing the right applications to move out-of-house is a critical decision, writes Consultant, Wikibon Analyst and former college CEO Scott Lowe. The Cloud can provide some important advantages, but it has weaknesses as well, particularly in the area of integration with other applications. In his Alert, “CIOs: What Should You Keep on Premises vs. the Cloud”, the third in his series on Cloud computing issues for CIOs, Lowe looks at several central business applications, considers the pros and cons of moving... more »
High Fidelity Receives $2.4M to Realize Bold Virtual Reality Ambitions

High Fidelity Receives $2.4M to Realize Bold Virtual Reality Ambitions

High Fidelity, a low-profile San Francisco startup, raised $2.4 million out of a $3.4 million funding round earlier this week. The SEC filing’s related persons section lists Linden Lab founder Philip Rosedale, and former colleagues Freddy Heiberger and Ryan Karpf. Linden Lab is the company that created Second Life, an online virtual world that had over 21 million registered accounts as of November 2010. Rosedale, Heiberger and Karpf went on to launch a job marketplace called Coffee and Power in 2011, but the service turned out to be largely unsuccessful (they did however manage to raise  1$ million in funding from Amazon... more »

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