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Tim Cook Interview Highlights : No Innovation, China is the New US

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and 5c early this month, admittedly we hoped for something more than just a pimped out iPhone 5.  No surprises, no new products (iWatch, anyone?)  Apple has been using the same strategy for years.  Every iPhone and iPad released is just a tweaked version of the old one, few features making the newest generation stand out from a completely saturated smartphone market.  The only shocker from Apple's iPhone launch event was the fact that the Cupertino company is finally broadening the price points for its flagship device, making it all the more accessible to... more »
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From RIM to RIP : 4 Potential Buyers to Put BlackBerry Out of Its Misery

BlackBerry. Sigh. Poor BlackBerry. We reported earlier this week that vultures were circling over BlackBerry, with patents and its OS being the most desired assets. Yikes, what happened to BlackBerry? From being the smartphone that once dominated the corporate world, it's now a distant fourth behind the powerhouses of iOS and Android, and the deep pockets of Microsoft continue to spend money to stay relevant. (Microsoft has just snapped up Nokia for $7.2 billion.) And things are looking increasingly dire for BlackBerry.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the smartphone maker is planning on cutting its jobs up to 40 percent,... more »
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Tableau CMO Talks Customer-Driven Marketing | #tcc13

Tableau chief marketing officer Elissa Fink believes that effective brand messaging hinges on positive customer experiences. She stopped by theCUBE at last week’s Tableau Customer Conference to discuss how she applies this principle in her work. Fink and her team take most of the credit for organizing the event, which theCUBE co-host Dave Vellante named “one of the top two conferences that we’ve been to in terms of alignment” between messaging and customer priorities. The executive highlights that she chose the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as the venue for the gathering because it can accommodate a... more »
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Pious Electric Car Drivers Unite: California Launches EV Week

California Governor Jerry Brown is on a mission to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Charge Across Town, an initiative spearheaded by the Palo Alto City Councilmembers, along with  along with Bay Area electric vehicle, technology and environmental leaders, will be launching EV Week on September 25, 2013. “EV Week 2013: San Francisco to Silicon Valley” is a three-city, five-day electric vehicle exposition designed to engage, educate and excite Bay Area drivers about the benefits, ease and accessibility of electric vehicle ownership. If you still doubt the power of EVs on the road, EV... more »
Brazil Outlines Plans To Circumvent The USA Online

Brazil Outlines Plans To Circumvent The USA Online

Brazil has had enough of the NSA's spying games, and has declared that it will do whatever it takes to isolate itself from the United States and its all-powerful internet spies. According to a report from The Washington Post, President Dilma Rousseff was outraged when she learned that the NSA intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network, and spied on millions of Brazilians who use services like Facebook and Google.  Due to this, Rousseff postponed a scheduled Washington trip next month where she was to be honored with a state dinner. Brazil's anger is understandable, as is its... more »
Red Hat Teams Up with dotCloud to Promote Open Hypervisor Alternative

Red Hat Teams Up with dotCloud to Promote Open Hypervisor Alternative

In the software-defined era, the hardware abstraction layer doesn’t have to be a hypervisor. Sensing the winds of change, Red Hat is putting its weight behind an open-source Linux container engine called Docker. Developed by dotCloud, Docker takes advantage of system-level functions to encapsulate any application and its dependencies as a lightweight container that can run on bare metal as seamlessly as it would in a virtualized, private cloud or public cloud environment. The main benefit of the technology is that it consumes considerably less resources than traditional virtualization frameworks such as VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer. Red Hat announced this morning... more »
How To Use iOS 7: A Quick Tutorial

How To Use iOS 7: A Quick Tutorial

Some iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users may have already updated their compatible devices to iOS 7.  What with the mad scramble among fanbois the world over to get their hands on Apple's latest software, it may take a hours to download and install the update, but once done your newly updated device is ready to rock 'n' roll :) Some users have been impressed by the sleek new look of iOS, some have steamed in to criticize it, while others still have just been left baffled.  Why is that?  Because many of the familiar applications and tasks just aren't that... more »
Salesforce Cozies Up To Workday in Cloud Alliance

Salesforce Cozies Up To Workday in Cloud Alliance

This morning Salesforce.com and Workday announced the beginning of a closer relationship that'll see the two enterprise software providers step up integration between some of their key cloud offerings. The announcement, which can be read in full here, lauded the benefits of closer integration whilst also making clear that each company plans on using products offered by the other to add value to their own offerings. As part of this closer relationship, Workday plans to integrate its HCM, financial and analytic applications to Salesforce.com's Sales, Marketing and Service clouds, while Salesforce will also integrate its Chatter tool into Workday more broadly.... more »
Iovation Identifies Massive Level Of Fraud On Tor Network

Iovation Identifies Massive Level Of Fraud On Tor Network

The Tor anonymizing network has proven itself to be highly beneficial for whistleblowers, political activists, and other risky but cause-worthy activities.  Unfortunately, the allure of anonymity has also paved the way for shady activities to go unnoticed - with child pornographers and Black Market dealers apparently doing an extremely brisk business, all thanks to the anonymity that Tor provides. Tor allows people to anonymously browse the internet by redirecting web traffic along hard-to-follow routes and assigning web users a random IP address that can change at any time. This helps in masking users’ true geolocation, as well as the IP addresses... more »
Blizzard Makes Plans to Remove All Auction Houses from Diablo III

Blizzard Makes Plans to Remove All Auction Houses from Diablo III

After pioneering an attempt to introduce Real Money Transactions (RMT) into an online game, Blizzard is removing all auction houses from Diablo III in preparation to changing the way the game’s item system works. Citing that the auction house (AH) and its RMT version undermine the core gameplay of Diablo, Blizzard states that they will be taking both offline on March 18th, 2014 alongside what they’re calling “Loot 2.0.” Gold auction houses in MMO and online games have never been that controversial and Diablo II still has a trading community (although not an AH) that’s been going strong after many years... more »

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