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Will Anyone Else Still Want To Use Windows Phone?

Will Anyone Else Still Want To Use Windows Phone?

With Microsoft snatching up Nokia's mobile phone business in a stunning $7.17 billion acquisition, it's a clear sign that the Redmond firm believes it can fight against Android and iOS dominance alone. But even though Microsoft itself has now become the largest single maker of devices running its Windows Phone OS, the company insists that it still wants to license the software to other hardware vendors. Nokia's Lumia phones are by far and away the most familiar devices running Windows Phone, but they aren't the only ones – HTC has also backed the platform with a number of devices, whilst Samsung... more »
Microsoft Gobbles Up Nokia In Massive $7.17B Acquisition

Microsoft Gobbles Up Nokia In Massive $7.17B Acquisition

Whatever your feelings about Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, the guy deserves credit for making one hell of an exit. Just days after announcing his intention to step down as Microsoft's CEO, he goes and sanctions what could well be the most important acquisition in the software giant's history to date – the massive $7.17 billion takeover of Nokia's mobile phone division, underlining the company's determination to become a major player in the hardware department. The deal was formally announced late last night in a flurry of press releases from both companies. Apparently, both Microsoft's and Nokia's boards of directors have agreed on... more »
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Marines.com With Message to US Marine Corps

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Marines.com With Message to US Marine Corps

The quickly-gaining-huge-publicity hacking group the Syrian Electronic Army has struck again, this time with a lot of waves made in the media: they managed to vandalize Marines.com with a message to the United States Marine Corps. In the message they call the Marines “brothers.” The SEA is known as political hactivists and backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Recently the SEA has been in the news with hacks against Twitter and vandalism of newspaper sites as well as a denial that Anonymous has successfully d0xed them. The message proceeds with: This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who... more »
Minecraft 1.7 Brings Update to World Generator and New Biomes

Minecraft 1.7 Brings Update to World Generator and New Biomes

The development team at Mojang announces that the company is working on a number of big updates for the world generator part of Minecraft, which includes the addition of new biomes for players to use and explore. The developers have also released two overview maps, which should prove the better distribution of biomes. A biome is a climate zone used in Minecraft to set what kind of surface the ground has--much like real-world ecological zones such as deserts, forests, oceans, taiga, and prarie. It helps the game decide whether it should rain or snow, what trees grow there, and sometimes also... more »
Savvis Cloud Strategy Chief Shares Partner Angle on vCloud Hybrid Service

Savvis Cloud Strategy Chief Shares Partner Angle on vCloud Hybrid Service

VMware hopes to earn a spot alongside public cloud giants Amazon and Google with vCloud Hybrid Service, a newly unveiled IaaS solution that offers full integration with on-premise customer environments. Jonathan King, the vice president of cloud strategy and business development at Savvis, discussed the impact of the service on his company in a recent interview on theCube. With over 50 colocation facilities worldwide, Savvis is one of the largest service providers in the VMware ecosystem. There is overlap between its cloud portfolio and vCloud Hybrid, King acknowledges, but he intends to turn this challenge into an opportunity. He predicts that... more »
Electronic Arts Celebrates 25 Million Downloads of Plants vs Zombies 2 in Two Weeks

Electronic Arts Celebrates 25 Million Downloads of Plants vs Zombies 2 in Two Weeks

The mobile market is growing rapidly. In recent days, the average player is delighted with faster titles and ease of online play, such as those available on iOS or Android platforms. One such recently released game is Plants vs. Zombies 2, a new chapter in the tower defense series that has really captured the attention (and brains) of millions of players on mobile devices. Plants vs Zombies 2 carries a legacy of great value with a first series of mind boggling download numbers netted by fame and classic popularity--and it's been a very long time in coming. PopCap Games, a unit... more »
The Syrian Electronic Army Denies Being D0xed by Anonymous

The Syrian Electronic Army Denies Being D0xed by Anonymous

The Syrian Electronic Army (or SEA) has been a thorn in the side of the online security community for months now and has been implicated in numerous hacks involving mostly cybervandalism of Twitter accounts and journal websites such as the New York Times and Huffington Post. Recently, cells of the hacking collective Anonymous have geared themselves into action due to the obvious turf-war rivalry of another hacking group rolling around in their territory and began to counterhack SEA—including striking back. For some background on the SEA and who they are, the best source of information is John Casaretto’s post bout their... more »
Fun Apps for Labor Day Weekend

Fun Apps for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is an American holiday that celebrates the economic and social contributions of workers on the first Monday of September.  But for some, it’s the end of summer and the start of autumn so some just celebrate this glorious day relaxing in the their house. If you’re on of those who want to make the most of the holiday, you can try some of these apps to make your Labor Day weekend far from boring. The Hamptons BlackBook City Guide If you’re lucky to be spending Labor Day weekend at the Hamptons but don’t know your way around the township and you... more »
Taking Control of Your Online Privacy On Campus

Taking Control of Your Online Privacy On Campus

As a University of California student, I spend the majority of my time online, as the Internet is an essential element to my achieving academic success. Whether it is completing online homework assignments, reading course material, conducting research, watching Calculus YouTube videos, or forming study groups via Facebook, the Internet enhances my intellectual achievements. If it were not for the consistent availability of this vast array of knowledge, communication, and interconnectivity right at my fingertips, it would be difficult and in some cases impossible to perform my every day scholastic tasks. However, there are many students, including myself, who are frustrated... more »
Apple Patent Hints at Scene Controlling Technology

Apple Patent Hints at Scene Controlling Technology

This week’s SmartHome roundup features: a tech giant looking to deliver the world’s ultimate home remote control, a device that delivers energy consumption information at a glance, and a way for you to keep eye on your home plants while you’re away. Unified home   The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published a patent filed by Apple that pertains to a device, like the iPhone, that can save, manage and recall entertainment and "smart home" system settings, called "scenes." Imagine this: every day is movie night and each night has a theme.  You set the light and sound settings different for each... more »

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- Brian Gracely

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- Ralph Finos

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- David Vellante

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