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Google Compute Engine's Entry Into the Public Cloud Highlights Industry Pricing War

Google Compute Engine's Entry Into the Public Cloud Highlights Industry Pricing War

Google Compute Engine's (GCE) entry into the public cloud market highlights the pricing war going on amongst the web giants that have begun to commoditize their infrastructure. The playing field in the cloud wars is starting to level in pricing, as all the major players feature comparable pricing. However, even with comparable pricing, public cloud providers are competing fiercely for market share, and price is an important aspect of their marketing efforts. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is the back-alley street fight for web giants. Here are a couple examples: Windows Azure has promised to match Amazon AWS on future price reductions, and while both bill... more »
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Big Data, Internet-of-Things, Fast Analytics Driving Business Change

The combination of Big Data, Internet-of-Things, and fast analytics is creeping into our personal and business lives. CIOs need to pay attention and develop strategies for their companies to take advantage of the possibilities, writes Wikibon Analyst, Founder and Managing Consultant of The 1610 Group, and former CIO Scott Lowe in his recent Wikibon Alert, “The Internet of Things, Big Data and Fast Analytics Provide the Ultimate ‘What If’ Outcomes for CIOs”. An estimated 8 billion to 10 billion devices are connected to the Internet today, and more are being added every day. He counts at least 12 connected devices in... more »
HTC's Doomed. It's Dying, Dead, No One Can Save It. Goodbye.

HTC's Doomed. It's Dying, Dead, No One Can Save It. Goodbye.

It's no secret that the HTC ship is sinking, but the smartphone maker could be about to expire faster than we realized if the rate at which executives are abandoning ship is any indication of the company’s future. In the past three months Jason Gordon, HTC’s vice president of global communications, Rebecca Rowland, global retail marketing manager, John Starkweather, director of digital marketing and Eric Lin, product strategy manager, have all left the company.  And now we have a new casualty - HTC's Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera, responsible for the company’s overall product strategy, who bailed out last week. Why are... more »
Microsoft Gets Gangsta: Xbox One Muscles In On Used Games Market

Microsoft Gets Gangsta: Xbox One Muscles In On Used Games Market

The Xbox One looks fantastic, but one thing that gamers have been worried about is their ability to play pre-owned games on the console. The good news is that Microsoft has confirmed that this will be allowed, users can buy and install pre-owned games on their machines no problem at all. The bad news? It's hinting that "a fee" will be charged in order to do so. Now before we go reaching for our pitchforks and torches and set off on a witch hunt, lets take a look at exactly what Microsoft has said about it: "We know there is some confusion... more »
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How To Use Google Search with Conversations

Google has quietly introduced “conversational search” to Google Search users using the Chrome browser.  The feature was introduced during last week’s Google I/O, and though some claim it’s not really new since the feature already exists on Google’s mobile app, there are some noteworthy additions to the service. First off, the feature is not yet available for everyone with the Chrome browser.  It seems the Conversations update has been quietly released in the US first, and will eventually make its way across the globe. How to use the new Conversations features   To use conversational search, you just need to click on the "microphone"... more »
Java SE Gets New Version Numbering Scheme

Java SE Gets New Version Numbering Scheme

Oracle recently announced the new version numbering scheme for Java Standard Edition (SE). The new release numbering scheme has been devised for upcoming Java SE releases. “With the recent increase of security releases we have been skipping numbers and have already had to renumber releases1. To avoid confusion caused by renumbering releases, we are adopting a new numbering scheme,” Oracle said. Oracle will implement the new version numbering scheme for all Java update releases that include both Limited Update releases and Critical Patch Updates, with change in the frequency and way in which these releases are numbered. For example, Limited Update releases... more »
Round-Up: Games You Can Play at Launch on Xbox One

Round-Up: Games You Can Play at Launch on Xbox One

Recently, Microsoft unveiled its much-awaited gaming console--the Xbox One. Ready to go head-to-head with Sony’s PlayStation 4, Xbox One is Microsoft’s all-in-one living-room device. The device is slated to release later this year, and comes with several new features like the new controller with Wi-Fi radio, “Precision” direction pad, deep groves on thumb sticks, and integrated battery compartment. Talking about the games, Microsoft didn’t reveal a lot of new games for Xbox One. But here we have a list of confirmed titles for the device: Call of Duty: Ghosts Forza Motorsport 5 NBA Live 14 Madden NFL 25 FIFA 14 EA Sports UFC Quantum Break Destiny Electronic Arts sports... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 22: Butterfly Labs ASIC Miners Ship, Canadian Regulators Lighten Fears, and the EFF Accept BTC as Donations Again

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 May 22: Butterfly Labs ASIC Miners Ship, Canadian Regulators Lighten Fears, and the EFF Accept BTC as Donations Again

It’s been a sunny week for Bitcoin with some interesting turbulence, some shifting fronts, the odd cloud, and a lot of bright spots. First on the plate is that Butterfly Labs is shipping their promised ASIC miners after over a 10 month delay. Canadian money regulators have sent a now-leaked letter to Bitcoin exchanges in that country telling them not to worry about registering--in the wake of the MtGox account freeze this is seen as a good thing. And on the other unexpected end, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has started accepting bitcoins for donations again. Butterfly Labs Shipping ASIC Miners It’s been a while... more »
NetApp Taps into Cash Stockpile to Distract Investors from Q4 Decline

NetApp Taps into Cash Stockpile to Distract Investors from Q4 Decline

NetApp’s fourth quarter earnings failed to meet the Street’s expectations, but its stock price shot up by more than 2.5 percent. This increase reflected the market’s positive response to the news that the company will issue a dividend and spend a sizable portion of its $7 billion cash stockpile on stock repurchases. For the quarter ending April 26 NetApp reported net earnings of $173.8 million, a noticeable decline from the $180.7 million it raked in during the same period last year. The vendor’s per-share profit climbed to 69 percent, and revenue rose by 0.8 percent to $1.72 billion this year. NetApp estimates... more »
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Making Fun of Scalability : New Comic Strip Pays Homage to IT

Whoever said geeks have no sense of humor clearly hasn’t stumbled on the comic Not Invented Here.  The site is all about the trials and tribulations of ITs, coders, developers but has been injected with humor. Software scalability is a confusing topic so here are some comics to lighten your day, enjoy! More comics can be found at NIH. Comic compilation credit to: High Scalability and Martijn De Vrieze... more »

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