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Parallels integrates Mac, PC and iPad into your IT infrastructure

Parallels integrates Mac, PC and iPad into your IT infrastructure

Apple products for work are used globally by business and, as per a Forrester report, about half of all companies have at least provided some of their staff with Macs or iPad. According to a Parallels study, it was still common in large companies that Macs are operated without much business tools (mostly related to Microsoft business suites) or security management and 42 percent of large companies would not have a solution for the Mac. Bridging the gap between PC, Mac and iPad, Parallels announced Parallels Business Solutions, a mixed Windows and Mac business tools. Parallels Business Solutions include updates to... more »
Bitcoin wallet Inputs.io goes frownyface and shuts down after serious breach

Bitcoin wallet Inputs.io goes frownyface and shuts down after serious breach

Visitors to the secure Bitcoin wallet site Inputs.io will be greeted with a frowning emoticon today and a PGP-signed message telling them the bad news: Inputs.io has been shut down in the wake of a massive hack. The site has lost 4100 bitcoins to hackers and is unable to continue operations. :( Two hacks totalling about 4100 BTC have left Inputs.io unable to pay all user balances. The attacker compromised the hosting account through compromising email accounts (some very old, and without phone numbers attached, so it was easy to reset). The attacker was able to bypass 2FA due to a flaw... more »
The biggest challenge of data science is framing the problem | #IBMIoD

The biggest challenge of data science is framing the problem | #IBMIoD

Live from the IBM Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Jake Porway , Founder & Executive Director at DataKind. Talking about this event and his presentation on stage, Porway described his keynote as "mostly talking about new ways that we can use big data for the greater good." Elaborating on that, he added: "There are a lot of great applications around, businesses are figuring out how to help you watch movies better, or to find a bar that you might want to go to, but the coolest thing to me about the... more »
Zadara brings NetApp FAS hardware to the Cloud

Zadara brings NetApp FAS hardware to the Cloud

Block storage vendor Zadara is taking aim at the hybrid cloud with a new pay-as-you-go solution for NetApp customers. The offering enables users to plug their fabric-attached storage (FAS) infrastructure into AWS using a private network and dedicated drives and vServers. Zadara is best known for its Virtual Private Storage Array, an OpenStack-based platform that provides SAN and NAS functionality on major public clouds. The so-called "storage array as a service” addresses the technical barriers to deploying databases and high-performance applications at a remote location. With this week’s product launch, NetApp customers can leverage VPSA to provision EC2 instances with elastic NetApp... more »
 HP takes on supply chain security

HP takes on supply chain security

Security risks today can come from any source.  Sometimes there are deliberate attacks, sometimes, there are inadvertent security issues and they can come from outside or within your own organization, but one of the most critical points of weakness in the modern enterprise can be outsiders, third-party groups and vendors.  The evidence is clear that the modern enterprise has changed, delivering global product and incorporating global sources through a vast network of global suppliers.  Inevitably, the information bridge between supplier and enterprise must be opened, but with this relationship comes an increased risk of not only a serious breach, but... more »
Apple announces repair program expansion

Apple announces repair program expansion

Earlier this year, Apple equipped its stores with a machine and tools so iPhone 5 units with damaged screens could be replaced while you wait.  The cost for having your screen replaced is $149, cheaper than the $225 fee you pay in its previous program wherein damaged devices are replaced with a new one. This not only helps consumers save on money but Apple as well, as the replacement program costs Apple about $1 billion a year. With the release of its newest batch of iPhones, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple is said to be expanding its repairs service. Aside... more »
IBM's big data focus: ease and simplicity | #IBMIoD

IBM's big data focus: ease and simplicity | #IBMIoD

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, were joined again by Merv Adrian, VP with Gartner and reputed analyst, who offered his insight on the IBM Information on Demand conference in Las Vegas this week. What's your report card for #IBMIoD? asked Furrier. "As always, it's overwhelmingly large. I think the number is 13,000 people. You have to see it to believe it. There are also a lot of suits here, a lot of people interested in the business side. Even in a session that I just sat through that was talking about competitive displacement by IBM, two people on the panel... more »
Don't like Google Helpouts?  Try these rival services instead

Don't like Google Helpouts? Try these rival services instead

Google recently introduced a new service, or platform as the search giant calls it, that allows people to ask for help from experts in a video call.  people can ask for help with anything from recipes, to DIY projects, and even learning a new language on Google Helpouts.  The platform is the fusion of its identity tools, Google+ Hangouts, and Google Wallet.  And because Google Wallet is involved, this means money is involved.  You pay to talk to some of the experts - though not all of them, as there are some who're willing to offer their help for free. For... more »
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OpenStack Summit highlights: SDN, Cloud and everything in between

The OpenStack ecosystem gets bigger with every meetup. This week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong attracted a crowd of 3,000, along with dozens of vendors that leaped at the opportunity to show off their latest solutions. Arista Networks led the charge with the new 7000 X Series of programmable 10 GbE and 40 GbE switches. Based on the company’s Linux-based EOS networking platform, the line provides automated provisioning, enhanced management capabilities for virtual environments and improved power efficiency. Over at the storage layer, NetApp introduced a set of new drives for the Cinder component of OpenStack to smooth the deployment of block... more »
Otoy introduces ORBX.js, brings cloud-based graphics processing to any browser

Otoy introduces ORBX.js, brings cloud-based graphics processing to any browser

LA-based graphics company Otoy has teamed up with software giants Mozilla and Autodesk to deliver state-of-the-art graphics and gaming applications running on AWS that can be accessed from any web browser. According to Otoy's press release: "By deploying a high-performance, pre-configured 'OctaneCloud Workstation' AMI [Amazon Machine Image], design and engineering professionals can access Autodesk 3DS Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software to perform major design work without ever having to download a piece of software to their local PC," As well as the Autodesk Edition AMI, which gives users a 30-day free trial of Autodesk's applications, Otoy has also unveiled... more »

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