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Review: Nokia's Flagship Windows Phone on Verizon

Microsoft is desperately trying to make a dent into Google's dominance in the mobile computing business. Even Apple has been ahead of Microsoft for five years now, and BlackBerry's smartphone market share is approximately equal to Microsoft's. Verizon already is selling two Windows Phone 8 smartphones -- one from HTC  and one from Nokia . Most recently, Verizon  has launched a second Nokia Windows Phone, this time the highest-end Windows Phone currently on sale in the U.S. market. The model number is 928. Let's start with the hardware. This is one thick, heavy and square brick. Fortunately, it is not too slippery,... more »
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WinWire CEO On the Converge of Collaboration, Mobile and Analytics

Ashu Goel, the chief executive officer of WinWire Technologies, stopped by theCube at the recent Appcelerator launch event to provide his take on three of the hottest trends in IT: collaboration, mobile and Big Data. Goel starts the interview by offering a little background on his company, a provider of enterprise collaboration and analytics solutions that started out as a web development firm. He tells SiliconAngle correspondent Jeff Frick that WinWire has worked on making information actionable for the past six years. The firm’s two areas of focus are among the most ‘common themes’ in the enterprise, according to Goel. He highlights... more »
Google Likely to Replace Android with Chrome

Google Likely to Replace Android with Chrome

The biggest smartphone technology event in a decade may be just one year away. Google  appears to be working hard to replace Android with its current PC desktop/laptop operating system, Chrome OS -- commonly referred to as "Chromebook" and "Chromebox" products. These new smartphones and tablets would be called "Chromephones" and "Chromepads." The Chromephones would launch around the middle of 2014. This replacement of Android in favor of Chrome OS should not be a surprise to readers of this column, as I first predicted it, in this article, two years ago. Clearly, I was too optimistic about the timing. That said, my fundamental... more »
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You Can’t Manage Today’s Data with Yesterday’s Strategies

It is amazing to consider just how dramatically, explosively, and exponentially data has grown over the past decade. Consider the advances in technology over the last 30 years or so. The 80s pioneered the concept of the personal computer and broad deployments of local area networks with distributed file servers, small capacity disk systems, limited content creators, and very limited software capabilities. The 90s introduced pooled storage systems to increase IT efficiency delivered as storage area networks and networked-attached storage appliances. And as we accelerated toward the end of that decade, the Internet started to take shape, opening up all... more »
Most Windows 8 Users Agree: Metro Apps Suck

Most Windows 8 Users Agree: Metro Apps Suck

When Microsoft first launched Windows 8, it had high hopes for its new "modern" metro interface and the applications it would support. The idea was that Metro would allow PC users to interact with their computers in an entirely new fashion, flicking between apps and manipulating them with the touchscreen just as they're used to doing on their iPads and Android tablets. Few will disagree that it was an ambitious plan, but unfortunately for Microsoft it's one that's proved to be a spectacular failure thus far. The problem is that people just aren't using Windows 8 in metro mode. A new... more »
EU Extends Market Testing of Google's Anti-Trust Proposal

EU Extends Market Testing of Google's Anti-Trust Proposal

It was presumed last month that the European Commission was ready to accept Google’s anti-trust proposal, but we're closing in on June and the proposal has yet to be confirmed. According to the EU, the proposal submitted is still under ‘market test’.  And on what should have been the last day for testing, it was announced that the testing will be extended until the end of June. "This market test should have been concluded yesterday, but at the request of some participants we have decided to prolong [by] one month the market test, so at the end of June we will receive... more »
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Gamiel Gran Says Mobility is Once in a Lifetime Trend

SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick visited Appcelerator’s Mountain View headquarters last week to bring you the full highlights from the company’s enterprise launch event. He covered the news and interviewed some of the executives who helped cement the company’s position as mobile development powerhouse, including vice president of business development Gamiel Gran. Gran joined Appcelerator from Sierra Ventures, where he tracked new technologies and emerging verticals for five years. In the interview he tells Frick that he decided to switch employers because mobility is a “once in a lifetime trend” that is poised to disrupt the enterprise application stack, and he wanted to... more »
Opera Browser Revamped With Sleeker, Faster, Minimalist Design

Opera Browser Revamped With Sleeker, Faster, Minimalist Design

Bored with Google Chrome? Fed up with Firefox? Sick of Safari? Absolutely hate Internet Explorer with a passion? Then you might just want to take a look at the newly revamped Opera web browser, now known as "Opera Next", which has just been made available to download on Windows PCs and Apple Macs in beta mode. Opera's all-new browser marks a significant shift from what is one of the oldest web companies in the world. The company, whose browser is way older than Chrome or Firefox, has been built almost from scratch with a newly revamped design and a host of... more »
OKPay To Suspend Money Services for Bitcoin Exchanges, Says Mt. Gox

OKPay To Suspend Money Services for Bitcoin Exchanges, Says Mt. Gox

Mt. Gox is informing customers that OKPay, a long-time money-transfer partner with the Bitcoin exchange, will be suspending operations with Bitcoin-related exchanges. The Tokoyo-based exchange has published this news in a PDF online as a press release that makes it clear this change is immediate, but that customers who usually use OKPay for transfers will have a grace period to move their funds before the partnership is severed completely. “Mt. Gox has recently been informed by OKPay, one of  our longtime partners, that they are planning to stop performing wire transfers to and from all Bitcoin exchanges, including Mt. Gox,” the... more »
Appcelerator’s Michael King On Mobile Business Opportunities

Appcelerator’s Michael King On Mobile Business Opportunities

SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick caught up with Michael King, head of enterprise strategy at Appcelerator, to discuss the evolution of mobile and its impact on the way companies engage their users. King is an analyst turned business leader who has been tracking the mobile market for a good number of years. He tells Frick that his work involves a lot of interaction with customers, and notes that a good portion of them tend to repeat the same mistakes. The executive says that CIOs often underestimate the value of a strong mobile strategy. As a result many of them approach BYOD as if... more »

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