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Slew of New Products Unveiled @ Dell Enterprise Forum 2013

Dell wasted no time on Day 1 of its week-long Enterprise Forum in San Jose. The company unleashed an array of new products and announced an important strategic partnership with Oracle, which finally set its eyes on the hyperscale market. Dell augmented its lineup with a set of Active System appliances that sport Active System Manager 7.1, the workload and deployment automation platform that powers its converged boxes. This latest release introduces support for third party hardware and Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor, deeper integration with vCloud, and a set of prepackaged configuration templates for SQL Server. The refreshed Active System lineup was announced... more »
Microsoft: Outlook RT, Fingerprint Scanners for Windows 8.1 & Free Office For "Small" Devices

Microsoft: Outlook RT, Fingerprint Scanners for Windows 8.1 & Free Office For "Small" Devices

It's been a busy 24 hours for Microsoft, which has announced a slew of changes regarding its new Windows 8.1 tablets. First up is the news that Microsoft's popular Outlook email client will now be available on Windows RT, the 'dumbed-down' version of Windows that's run by ARM-based machines only. Previously these devices, which include the Surfade RT, only supported Microsoft's basic productivity suite of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, allowing with its email, calender and people apps. "We're always listening to our customer and one piece of feedback was that people want the power of Outlook on all of their Windows... more »
iPad Games List Boosted by Knights of the Old Republic Release

iPad Games List Boosted by Knights of the Old Republic Release

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is without doubt one of the best Star Wars games and role-playing games of all time. Launched for the first time in 2003 on the Microsoft Xbox, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is considered as one of the best games in the gaming world. Knights of the Old Republic received much praise for saying solid story that really balanced between the light and the dark. It is almost course of a game that takes place in a universe where the battle between the good Jedi and the dark side is a very important... more »
GOV.UK Colophon Stack Redefines Open Source Adoption

GOV.UK Colophon Stack Redefines Open Source Adoption

Government services have to be so good that people want to tell their friends about them. These services should be easy to find and simple to use and also be cost effective and SME-friendly. Open source technologies used in GOV.UK government site has been establishing itself. The data site is a watershed in how government approaches open source Web design, both in terms of what you see online and how it was developed. The diversity of open source components, tools and services used was surprising. They use “at least five different programming languages, three separate database types, and two versions of... more »
The Short but Meaningful Life of Andrew Reisse, Oculus VR Co-founder

The Short but Meaningful Life of Andrew Reisse, Oculus VR Co-founder

On Thursday, May 30, 2013 another brilliant mind was taken from the tech industry. Andrew Reisse, the co-founder of Oculus VR, was struck by a car while crossing a crosswalk and killed in the incident.  The car responsible for his death was involved in a high-speed chase with the authorities when it happened. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle and other suspects were members of a gang and are on probation.  The driver will be facing murder charges. The Oculus team posted a tribute to Reisse on its site to inform others of this tragic demise and his contributions to the... more »
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Is Facebook to Blame for Zynga's Mobile Failures?

  Zynga's glory days met a bitter end when the company announced that it will be laying off 18 percent (250 employees) of its workforce. In addition to the layoffs, the company is shutting down its operations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. The move comes as Zynga struggles to deliver more mobile games such as Running With Friends, which has an average app star rating of 4.5 from 22,700 players in less than one month after being launched. In fact, it's the first game since Words With Friends in its 'With Friends' series to gain any significant buzz. The 'franchise' model... more »
AWS Summit 2013 Germany Roundup--It’s Much About Big Data and DevOps

AWS Summit 2013 Germany Roundup--It’s Much About Big Data and DevOps

AWS Summit 2013 took place last month, and recently Amazon published the slides for the event. The primary focus of the event was on cost effectiveness, security, big data, and DevOps. Clearly, it targets the entire IT industry, especially the developer community. The keynote at AWS Summit 2013 Germany was delivered by Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com., who talked about the transformational impact of AWS. He said that one of the principles of AWS is driving cost down to a point so that you don't have to think about it, and that the company has done 31 price reductions over the... more »
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Could Apple's iRadio Become Big Data's Big Debut In Music?

Apple’s WWDC 2013 developer conference is all set for next week, and rumors about what the company is launching are abundant.  Many have taken iDevices off the list of expected announcements, which leaves the much rumored streaming music subscription service front and center. According to earlier reports, Apple will be unveiling iRadio, a new streaming music service for iTunes.  Rumors for the big reveal were fueled when news surfaced that Apple signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group for rights to its recorded music and music publishing for 10 times the amount Pandora is paying major music publishers.  Apple’s deal with... more »
The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

The Power of Private PaaS in DevOps with Gene Kim

When it comes to cloud computing, IT staff finds it challenging to adapt the changing project requirement, budget changes, change in the cloud model and in terms of how they manage IT. Luckily, Private Platform as a Service (PaaS) empowers IT and DevOps to take control and develop, deploy, and shift applications from one cloud environment to another on a multitenant architecture. Last week, Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project gave insights on how private PaaS  enables development on various cloud infrastructures in a webinar with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker. Kim said how organizations can create stronger... more »
The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things: Connected Devices Driving Storage Requirements

The Internet of Things is growing at an accelerated pace. Connected devices already number in the billions, and they will soon number in the tens of billions if the more optimistic predictions come true. This ever-expanding ecosystem is driven by two powerful global trends: the adoption of Big Data in the enterprise, and the rise of mobile in emerging markets. On the enterprise side, companies of all sizes are leveraging analytics to gain insights into their products, customers and operations. Last month, Virgin Atlantic announced plans to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft with 787s, highly sophisticated airliners that... more »

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