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Microsoft Jumps into Phablet Craze with New Software

Microsoft Jumps into Phablet Craze with New Software

Microsoft is upgrading its Windows Phone operating system to support phablets, smartphone-tablet hybrids with a screen size ranging between five and seven inches. The update will also introduce a number of usability enhancements, including a “driving mode” that notifies callers if the user is too busy to respond immediately. Windows Phone Update 3, as it's known officially, will roll out to developers tomorrow and to customers in the coming months. The platform features a bigger start menu that supports an additional row of tiles to accommodate devices with screens as large as six inches. Other additions include the ability to bind... more »
For Drivers, Developers + Phablets : Windows Phone 8 Update Highlights

For Drivers, Developers + Phablets : Windows Phone 8 Update Highlights

News: Microsoft has released information about its much awaited update for Windows Phone.  Nope, it’s not going to be called Windows Phone 8.1 -- it’s not following in the steps of Windows 8.  It will, in fact, sport a much lengthier nomenclature.  The update is called Windows Phone 8.1 Upgrade 3.  It is a mouthful, but the features may be worth the trouble. Windows Phone 8 Upgrade 3 Highlights . So what does Window Phone 8 Upgrade 3 have to offer? . For phones and phablets This update is certainly noteworthy, since the platform will now cater to devices with small or bigger screens. The update... more »
PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData Reaches out to Practitioners in Bid to Popularize Flash Virtualization

PernixData, a San Jose-based provider of virtualization software, is working to put its platform in the hands of practitioners as part of an aggressive growth strategy that spans innovation and global expansion. Established by Exadata co-founder Poojan Kumar and former VMware storage CTO Satyam Vaghani, PernixData offers a tool that makes server-side flash resources accessible across all hosts in a cluster. The product is currently only available for VMware environments, but KMV- and Hyper-V-compatible versions will be rolled out within the next 18 months. The company’s newly announced PernixPro program provides storage professionals with free access to its flagship FVP solution and... more »
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Driving To A Hybrid Cloud With Dedicated Servers

Adopting the public cloud is similar to renting a car from Hertz or Avis. You pay for the days you use (or by the hour, if you rent from Car2Go or ZipCar). It’s very easy to get one anywhere anytime, you can jump in a car in minutes, the car is used by multiple customers every month (multi-tenant) and you have the flexibility in that you can rent a car in one location and drop it off in another when you’re done. Yet, if it is so convenient and inexpensive, why don’t more people drive a rental car to work each... more »
Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Tighter BYOD Policies Needed To Fend Off Rising Mobile Malware Risk

Juniper Research published a report today that claims up to 80% of all smartphones are running without having any kind of protection against malware installed, even in spite of the growing awareness of security threats and the wide availability of mobile security software. According to Juniper's researchers, of the 1.4 billion smarphones in the world, only around 325 million of those devices actually have security software installed. One of the main reasons for this low level of security software adoption is that many users are still unaware of how big a threat malware really is. In addition, Juniper Research points to... more »
Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Google Readies New Treats for Halloween Event

Trick or treat?  Search giant Google is said to be prepping for an event in October 31, 2013, and reports are suggesting that a new phone, a smartwatch and the new version of Android will all be launched at the said event. Last week, a leaked Service Manual of the Nexus 5 made its way on to Scribd and it showed that the device will feature a 5.0” IPS TFT display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, 32GB internal storage – it was not specified if there will be other variants. The device will also come with 2GB RAM,... more »
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HP CEO Signals Wintel Alliance May Be in Its Final Days

Hewlett Packard is no longer playing by Intel and Microsoft’s rules, CEO Meg Whitman told analysts at a meeting this week. Citing the rapid decline of the traditional PC market, the executive said that her company faces pressure to break out of the Wintel ecosystem and embrace new platforms, namely Android and Chrome OS. While Windows’ desktop monopoly has shown consistent decline in recent years, Google’s operating systems are seeing rapid growth as consumers abandon PCs in favor of more affordable mobile devices. Add to that Microsoft’s expanding hardware lineup and its acquisition of Nokia, and it’s not hard to see... more »
Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo Mail Finally Gets Serious About Security, Adds Default SSL Encryption

Yahoo has finally, and somewhat belatedly, decided to follow in the footsteps of Google, Microsoft and Facebook, announcing that it'll make SSL encryption the default setting for all Yahoo Mail users as of next January. The company confirmed the plan in a statement given to the Washington Post yesterday. This follows the introduction of SSL encryption last January, years behind the likes of competing email providers, although the feature was only enabled for those who decided to opt in. In contrast, Google's Gmail has had SSL encryption as the standard setting for all users since January 2010, and the company has been... more »
Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Hacking ObamaCare – Is Your Data Safe?

Missing on stability is one thing. Missing the scale of operations, that’s another. Poor coding, well now that list piled up rather quickly didn't it? Launching a major website with all of those things in question, that’s a whole other level. There has been some “circling the wagons” in response to an earlier article where I objectively described the ObamaCare website as a failure.  Someone please tell us about how it is successful, from a technical point of view. Now, we’re supposed to give the new fixes a chance, but as Jon Brodkin at ArsTechnica puts it: “Government IT at its... more »
NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

NSA Collects Email Contacts and Buddy Lists from 500,000 Accounts a Day

Another fresh leak from the Snowden files reported in the Washington Post reveal how the NSA is collecting data, specifically the online address books of American citizens.  It’s just another of the continuing disclosures of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity to come from the files and classified documents that were taken from Edward Snowden, the government contractor currently in self-exile in Russia.  In the report, millions of everyday citizens are caught up in this collection of email contact lists from which digital maps are created, all in an effort to find terrorist connections within this information.  The scope of... more »

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