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This Week in the Cloud: End-User Management, Mega and Home Entertainment

This Week in the Cloud: End-User Management, Mega and Home Entertainment

Managing end-users is no easier task, but two firms have set out to make it easier.  Both companies had major milestones this week in the world of cloud computing. Virtualization specialist VMware debuted the latest release of the Horizon Suite, its pre-bundled enterprise mobility offering. This newest version includes a solution named VMware Workplace - an MDN platform that enables IT departments to roll out apps and data to all of the devices used by a individual or team. Stormpath, a pure play provider of user management solutions, announced that it closed an $8.2 million first round of funding round led by... more »
Analytics Make the World Go 'Round, Especially for Faltering Ad Networks

Analytics Make the World Go 'Round, Especially for Faltering Ad Networks

Mobile ad network operator Millennial Media has been busy lately, warding off flailing interest from Wall Street and making acquisitions in an effort to continually improve its targeting and analytics capabilities.  In a business world increasingly driven by data, Millennial Media has acquired Metasolver, a privately-held analytics startup that help marketers improve ad targeting. Millennial Media CEO Paul Palmieri announced the buyout during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call earlier this week. He described the deal as a “small but strategic cash acquisition” that will “help us deliver additional programmatic buying solutions to advertisers.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we know... more »
This Week in Big Data: Open-Source, Funding, and a New Book

This Week in Big Data: Open-Source, Funding, and a New Book

We’ve had a few interesting developments in Big Data this week. Hortonworks and Red Hat announced major contributions to the open-source community, an emerging search startup closed a massive round of funding, and Alteryx published a Big Data handbook for business users. Hortonworks, the Hadoop services startup that spun off from Yahoo last year, made two submissions to the Apache Software Foundation and debuted new platform that will help it compete with Cloudera. The company donated Tez, a Hadoop performance optimization utility, and Hadoop Gateway, an authentication engine, to Apache. It also unveiled Stinger, an ultra-fast query engine that challenges Cloudera’s Impala. Red... more »
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Hewlett-Packard Earnings: It Could Have Been Worse

Hewlett-Packard suffered a massive decline in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, but it still performed better than what analysts expected. HP reported earnings of 82 cents, down 11 percent from last year but well ahead of the 71 cents the Street forecasted. Sales stood at $28.4 billion, better than the consensus estimate, but 6 percent less than what the company reported for the fourth quarter of 2012. Hewlett-Packard certainly didn’t give its investors any reason to celebrate, but its stock is nonetheless up 12.28 percent at $19.20. The reason?  The company didn’t have any nasty surprises either.  HP Chief executive... more »
Is Chromebook's Success A Precursor To Pixel's Failure? - Breaking Analysis

Is Chromebook's Success A Precursor To Pixel's Failure? - Breaking Analysis

  Having been a man of the desktop my entire life, this brave new world of the laptop, notebook, ultrabook, and now Chromebook is the stuff of mythos and legend,  Where design is more important than function, and portability is more important than power. It makes me feel like an old man telling stories of "the old days" where we had to carry our heavy steel computers and CRT monitors to LAN parties - and we had to walk uphill, both ways! But these days I use a Chromebook every day, and I must say, I am rather enjoying the future, and apparently I... more »
Chromebook Review Part 4: Entertainment

Chromebook Review Part 4: Entertainment

I love my online media and I am at heart a gamer. So these two things inform how I look at a device when it comes to entertaining myself. As for my experience here, it’s been a mixed bag: the Samsung Chromebook has some fairly good options for movies and music but it’s not the place that I’d go to for gaming. The first thing that I should point out to readers: Chromebook is entirely cloud-based, it has no CD or DVD drive. This machine cannot play your DVDs--if you want to play music or movies it’ll have to come from... more »
US, China Trade Cyberattack Charges

US, China Trade Cyberattack Charges

We know that China has a notorious reputation when it comes to cyberattacks. And in the similar vein, the United States has a reputation itself for conducting some serious cyberwarfare experiments. Clubbing together these countries, it makes a serious issue of cyberattacks, and a recent outcome of the war is the exchange of charges by both. Recently, both US and China traded charges over cyberattacks after the US security firm Mandiant alleged that Beijing controlled hackers who penetrated the US government, companies, and media. Mandiant issues a 74-page report on the issue, stating that the hacking group "APT1" (Advanced Persistent Threat)... more »
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Europe is Buzzing about the Latest Raspberry Pi Model

Raspberry Pi, the computer that is no bigger than a key card from the Hilton, has been creating a lot of buzz. The main topic appears to be the shocking low price of the small device. Other news includes what makes the newest model different from last year's Model B. Mojang has finally posted Minecraft: Pi Editionafter a false start in December for consumption on the ARM PC. The product that has been released to the public is a shorter version of Pocket Edition that will fit into the network’s limited resources. And in other Raspberry Pi news... Raspbmc 1.0 Brings... more »
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Google Launches the Bugatti of Laptops

I'm typing this review on the coolest piece of hardware in the market today, the Google Pixel. If you can afford to spend $1,299 or $1,449 on a laptop, this should be your next productivity device. Google's other current laptops are among the least expensive in the market: $199, $249 and $449, respectively. But just like Volkswagen makes $19,000 cars, it also owns Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, enabling you to spend well over $200,000 on a car. This Google Pixel, as it is called, is the Bugatti of laptops. Let me tell you what it does that no Apple MacBook or Microsoft... more »
Why Bricks-And-Mortars Will Live Forever

Why Bricks-And-Mortars Will Live Forever

One word: Apple. . If there is any proof needed that brick and mortar retail is here to stay, one just needs to look at the Apple Retail Store. As Kim Bashkin of Business Insider highlighted in a recent post, “[the Apple Store] has been widely touted as a major step forward for brick-and-mortar retail. But it's not just the design that has made it so successful – it's the entire customer experience.” In a recent Pando Daily interview, Marc Andreessen predicted the death of traditional retail, and is quoted as saying, “Retail guys are going to go out of business and ecommerce... more »

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