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Not Everyone Hates Windows 8 As Market Share Soars To 7.4%

Not Everyone Hates Windows 8 As Market Share Soars To 7.4%

Summer time might be winding down but things are looking a bit more radiant for Microsoft and Windows 8, after its much maligned operating system's market share surged forward significantly over the last few months. Windows 7 remains by far the most popular operating system – and it's likely to remain so for some time – but with Windows 8 now being used on more than 7% of all PCs, Microsoft might soon have reason to start feeling smug. The data comes from the Net Applications website, which shows that Windows 8 surged dramatically over the last month (August), gaining 2.01... more »
Moto X May See Huge Price Drop to Make Way for Nexus 5

Moto X May See Huge Price Drop to Make Way for Nexus 5

Notorious Twitter leaker, @evleaks, has just revealed that consumers may be seeing a huge price drop as well wood back covers coming for Google and Motorola's Moto X phone towards the end of 2013. Moto X price drop to $100 coming in Q4, along with wooden back configurations (for $50) pic.twitter.com/wpIdgYLjHO — @evleaks (@evleaks) August 31, 2013 Currently, the Moto X sells for $199.99 for the 16GB version on a two-year contract with AT&T and Verizon. The latter company also offers the device for $24.99 a month on Verizon Edge.  If what @evleaks says is true, we may be seeing the Moto X... more »
Three Things We'd Like to See in the Galaxy Gear

Three Things We'd Like to See in the Galaxy Gear

Just two days to go until the world finally gets to see what Samsung has been cooking up in its kitchen.  Rumor has it, Samsung will be revealing the Galaxy Note III, but that's not the real headline act. Aside from its new phablet, the South Korean firm is also expected to unveil its new Galaxy Gear, Samsung's first entry in the wearable tech market. Leaks have recently surfaced which reveal the Galaxy Gear will sport a 2.5” display with a 320×320 resolution supporting touch, swipe and select type gestures, but the device is unlikely to have text-input.  Though previous leaks... more »
Does Smart Technology Spell The End Of Consumer Privacy?

Does Smart Technology Spell The End Of Consumer Privacy?

Facebook is said to be reconsidering the way its privacy policy is written in an effort to make it easier for its users to understand what they’re signing up for.  Basically, Facebook says that the moment you sign up for the service and agree to its terms, you give them permission to use and sell your data.  Though you can restrict some of your information so advertisers can’t get a hold of it, details such as your username, email address, mobile number, profile photo and anything that you share publicly are all fair game. In other words, we're throwing away all... more »
Shadow IT, Rogue Clouds and Security

Shadow IT, Rogue Clouds and Security

Shadow IT is one of the greatest security risks that a lot of people just don’t know about. It's actually a growing and potential threat to security in enterprise after enterprise. If you don’t know what Shadow IT is – that’s when IT systems seep into production without prior approval from the organization. The phenomenon of mobility is one comparable such example. In many environments, when mobility hit the mainstream, you had all these devices taking off – people accessing and storing email, web pages, storing documents, connecting to the company network – all of it uncontrolled, unsanctioned officially by... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Management and Healthcare Analytics

Weekly Big Data Review: Management and Healthcare Analytics

The Big Data space saw a lot of activity this past week. Zenoss announced that it has rearchitectured its data-driven operations management platform, Cleversafe and Panzura teamed up to make information more consumable for global enterpises, and PernixData introduced an SMB-optimized version of its flagship offering. In other news, Hewlett Packard revealed how the Vertica Analytics Platform helps healthcare providers improve patient care and drive operational efficency. On Monday, Zenoss unveiled the latest version of its Service Dynamics management solution. The release introduces several major enhancements, including a reorganized schema and an upgraded business intelligence engine that supports in-memory columnar queries.... more »
Facebook Proposes Critical Privacy Policy Changes

Facebook Proposes Critical Privacy Policy Changes

Do you ever think about what you’re agreeing to when you sign up for any online account? It's almost a given that 99% of netizens never read the terms of service or privacy policy when they sign up for online services, but does this mean they forfeit the right to be angry at said services when they share their information with advertisers? It's a matter of debate, but for now this is the defense that Facebook is using in the hope that its users won’t complain about why their information is being shared with advertisers and other service providers.  The social... more »
Yet More Galaxy Gear Specs Leaked

Yet More Galaxy Gear Specs Leaked

Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Gear, it’s entry in the wearable tech arena, a couple of days before IFA 2013 in Germany.  With only a few days before the launch, more leaks about the rumored device have just surfaced. Until now, we've barely heard much about the Galaxy Gear except that it will be able to perform smartphone tasks such as making phone calls, surfing the web, sending and receiving emails and so on, but it’s not clear whether it will just be a companion device for a Galaxy smartphone or a stand alone device. But in the last few... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: VMworld and the Software-defined Data Center

Weekly Cloud Review: VMworld and the Software-defined Data Center

The cloud ecosystem marked many advancements at this week’s VMworld 2013 conference in San Fransico. VMware pulled the curtains back on half a dozen new cloud and software-defined data center solutions, a number of big name partners updated their offerings to support the latest releases, and Red Hat unleashed an upgraded version of its cloud management software. VMware grabbed headlines with NSX, a network virtualization tool that promises to deliver a secure, transparent and easily managed “pool of transport capacity.” NSX was released in conjunction with vSphere 5.5, which introduces Hadoop support and a Flash Read Cache that promises to reduce... more »
Internet of Things Review: Nokia Introduces Tablet, ARM Buys Sensinode

Internet of Things Review: Nokia Introduces Tablet, ARM Buys Sensinode

The Internet of Things is not slowing down anytime soon. Nokia announced a new Windows tablet, sources revealed that HTC is going after the Chinese market with a localized operating system, and ARM picked up a Finnish startup that develops software for connected devices. Apple, one of ARM’s biggest clients, also grabbed headlines with a new iPhone trade-in program that is already running in select locations. Nokia is going after the fast-growing tablet market with the Sirius, a 10.1-inch Windows RT device that is reportedly thinner and lighter than iPad 4. Insiders claim that the tablet sports a 1920×1080 resolution display... more »

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- Ralph Finos

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