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Firebase Invites for DevOpsAngle Readers

Firebase Invites for DevOpsAngle Readers

Earlier today I told you about Firebase, a new hosted NoSQL database, and how it fits into the new client-centric application development paradigm. Firebase is still in private beta, but if you'd like to check it out early e-mail angle@klintfinley.com. The first ten people to e-mail will get a beta invite.... more »
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How The Power of In-Person Communication Became a Powerful Business Weapon: Infographic

We live in digital age where the evolution of cloud computing, social networks and virtual communications are making our daily tasks quicker and easier.  But ‘The Power of In-Person’ infographic from Cisco reveals some interesting observations, claiming in-person communication is powerful, and more effective than virtual communications (see full infographic below). Based on a survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit and Cisco, the majority of business leaders unanimously agree that in-person communication is the most powerful way of sharing information, and is a valuable asset for a successful workplace. The survey was conducted among 862 business leaders to evaluate the... more »
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Apple's iPad and iPhone Sales Surprise the Market

Traders braced themselves to hear disappointing earnings news from Apple after the market closed on Tuesday. Google, IBM, Dell and Intel all failed to meet expectations in their last earnings reports, which likely contributed to the collective doubt that Apple would not be able to reach the lofty market goals for its performance. The worries caused Apple’s stock price to fall 12% over the last two weeks. Apple has had a meteoric rise, and although it’s impressive, investors are beginning to question how long the positive streak can continue. It seems the good news is continuing a bit longer. Apple released... more »
Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

The scars left in the cloud-storage industry are still red and angry after the FBI raided and shut down the popular, worldwide cyberlocker service Megaupload in January, so when people started to notice other cyberlockers fall afoul of the same issues, concern rises. Recently, Dropbox started to offer a service that allows users to directly link to files to view their contents and Google has launched Google Drive that also allows direct linking to files. Looking at the incitement against Megaupload, this should put them both on the same firing line. Mike Masnick from TechDirt argues that the addition of Dropbox’s... more »
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Facebook's IPO Setback - Too Many Acquisitions?

Facebook is expected to have their initial public offering on May 17, but because they recently went on a shopping spree, acquiring Instagram for $1 billion, Tagtile - the customer-loyalty application,  and 650 Microsoft patents for $550 million, their IPO may be delayed by a month or so. Facebook needs to discuss with the Securities and Exchange Commission the effect of their recent acquisitions.  A report from Reuters states that the SEC's Corporate Finance division is reviewing Facebook's IPO filing, and everything must be approved before Facebook can start selling shares. "Any spending does make a difference to the financial position of the... more »
Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

A crop of tools for building applications in a new way has emerged over the past month. The way developers build applications has changed over the past few years. The old client-server model involved doing most of the work on the server side and then piping the results down to a dumb client. That might be a command line application crunching numbers and then displaying the results to a terminal application, or it might be a complex Ruby on Rails application transforming data queried from MySQL and rendering it as an HTML page that is sent to a browser.... more »
Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Cloud storage is far from being new.  Not in the consumer space where Dropbox and a few others rule, or in the enterprise.  Every last bit of potential has been extracted from this core concept, and now new players have some serious innovation if they plan on staying afloat in what has become an extremely crowded industry. Symform is all about innovation, and fueling that is the reason behind its newly announced second round of funding. The series already hauled in $8 million from WestRiver Capital, OVP and WestRiver Venture Partners, and up to $3 million has been reserved for a... more »
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Schmidt Says They Only Copied API Names, Not Implementation

Android Chief Andy Rubin crumbled in court on Monday as Oracle’s lawyer, David Boies hammered him with questions pertaining to Java and copyright infringement.  Rubin’s questioning was cut short as he took the stand during the latter part of the hearing on Monday, so he again appeared in court yesterday followed by Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, who somehow managed to save face. Rubin’s second day Rubin sidestepped many of the questions thrown at him, stating that he was getting confused with Oracle counsel's use of words, especially the word “fragmentation.” Boies asked Rubin about software engineer Tim Lindholm's email... more »
Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho, a company that makes big data insight more accessible to the business user, released a new version of its flagship solution. Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 works as a layer between Hadoop and the end user, with a new set of features. On the user end, Business Analytics expands on readability with the addition of geo mapping, heat grids and two new chart types, in addition to what it calls interactive visual analysis. A user can, for example, zoom in on a particular element in a bubble graph. Pentaho says the new functionality works across all forms of visualization the platform... more »
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Dell Revamps Precision Workstations for the Always-On Data Center

It seems Dell has been listening to the market and it customers. The computer maker released four new Precision workstations that have a strong focus on being highly dependable and easy to manage. Dell designed the new workstations, Dell T1650, T7600, T5600, T3600, using market research and feedback from thousands of customers on what was important. Dell used the information to redesign the Precision workstation series completely. As Kirk Schell, marketing director for Dell’s business client group, said, many organizations now operate 24/7 globally. This environment makes serviceability much more important; so, that’s what Dell has delivered. The Precision workstations use... more »

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