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Touch-based Firefox Coming to Windows 8 Soon

Touch-based Firefox Coming to Windows 8 Soon

Admit it, you just hate using Internet Explorer right? Pretty much anyone who knows anything about computers despises Microsoft's browser with a passion, even though the most recent versions aren't (in all honesty) that bad. Fact is, IE was god-damn awful for years, which is why its one-time 90% market share has been eroded by popular, friendlier alternatives like Firefox and Google Chrome. People hate Internet Explorer so much that one of the first things they do upon buying a new laptop or PC is to download one of the aforementioned alternatives and set it as their default browser straight away.... more »
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HotLink Announces First VMware Disaster Recovery System at Basic Backup Cost #VMworld

Hybrid virtualization management developer HotLink Corp. has announced HotLink DR Express, which allows users to backup VMs to AWS and, when disaster strikes, run those VMs remotely on Amazon, providing rapid disaster recovery for an upfront backup cost of $25 per VM per month on an annual subscription (not including recovery costs). Users backup their VMs and, when needed, run them on Amazon, through VMware vCenter, so all operations look to the operators exactly like their routine operations, with no unfamiliar interfaces or requirements that can easily cause errors in a high-pressure disaster recovery situation. When the company has recovered... more »
Can Apple Strike Gold With The iPhone 5?

Can Apple Strike Gold With The iPhone 5?

Apple may have a few presents lined up for fanbois in time for the holiday season, and these are likely to be coming in waves over the next months. Apple will be holding a press event on September 10, 2013, we're expecting that days before that, iOS 7 will finally be made available for download.  Reports have suggested that Apple will be unveiling two devices at its big press event: the long-awaited iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C - which is supposed to be a low cost version of the iPhone 5.  Then there’s the rumors regarding the Apple TV and... more »
Scale-out NewSQL Database Earns Clustrix $10M in Funding

Scale-out NewSQL Database Earns Clustrix $10M in Funding

Clustrix has raised $10 million in Series D financing from HighBar Partners to expand its customer base and accelerate the development of its flagship product, a scale-out SQL database designed for transactional workloads and real-time analytics. The product is used by dozens of “large-scale production customers around the world,” including AOL and Symantec. The round brings Clustrix’s total funding to $56.5 million. The company had previously raised $16.5 million from Sequoia Capital, U.S. Venture Partners, ATA Ventures and Don Listwin, the founder of the Canary Foundation and the former chief exec of Openwave, a mobile internet pioneer that now calls itself... more »
Google vs Microsoft: When Tech Giants Fight Dirty

Google vs Microsoft: When Tech Giants Fight Dirty

Google and Microsoft have been embroiled in an ugly and protracted war of words for some time, and the rift between the two companies widened last week when the search giant moved to block the newly revamped 'official' YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google had previously done the same thing with the original YouTube for Windows Phone app before later agreeing to work with Microsoft to fix it, only to turn around and come up with a whole list of new reasons as to why the app still isn't acceptable. Microsoft was pretty pissed off the first time around, but managed... more »
HTC Losing Beats by Dre : The Fall From Grace is Littered With Bad Investments

HTC Losing Beats by Dre : The Fall From Grace is Littered With Bad Investments

In April of 2011 HTC was second only to Apple in U.S. smartphone sales. Think about that, a little over two years ago HTC was #2 in U.S. smartphone sales, as the "other guy" in the Apple vs. ? conversation. Since then, its shares have lost nearly 90 percent of their value and partners are jumping ship faster than the Titanic. Beats Electronics LLC, the creator of Beats by Dre headphones, is looking to buy out its Asian partner HTC. HTC Corp. still owns 25 percent of Beats By Dre, but the founders, music mogul Jimmy Iovine and American hip-hop producer... more »
VMware This Year: Key Acquisitions, Mobility + OpenStack

VMware This Year: Key Acquisitions, Mobility + OpenStack

Ahead of VMworld next week, we're taking a trip down memory lane looking at highlights from last year's event, as well as this year's biggest developments from VMware.  As the world shifts towards software-defined everything, virtualization remains a key focal point for many industries in the enterprise, and VMware is embracing the trend through updated products and open source contributions. Here's a look at what the company has been up to from the start of this year leading up to this year’s conference in San Francisco. VMware Marching Towards Software Defined Datacenter with Acquisition of Virsto VMware signed a definitive agreement to acquire... more »
Aerospike 3 Release Seeks a Step Up in NoSQL, Focuses On Real-Time Processing

Aerospike 3 Release Seeks a Step Up in NoSQL, Focuses On Real-Time Processing

For the past several years, NoSQL databases have provided a scalable, manageable, and stable method for dealing with modern scaling and data format challenges.  Aerospike real-time NoSQL database and key value store has broken the predictable performance barrier by applying established distributed systems principles, new real-time optimization techniques and flash storage (SSDs) technologies. Now, the newest release of Aerospike, dubbed Aerospike 3, adds support for distributed aggregations, complex and large data types and queries using secondary indexes and user-defined functions (UDFs). Built on Aerospike 2 architecture, the new release provides predictable high performance for processing terabytes of data and billions of... more »
Why Your Emails Will Never Be 100% Secure

Why Your Emails Will Never Be 100% Secure

Just days after the supposedly 'secure' email provider Lavabit, famously used by NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, shut down its operations, a similar service going by the name of Silent Circle also decided to shut up shop last week. Silent Circle based its decision on the fact that it deemed it impossible to provide a 100% secure and encrypted email service, stating that no matter what level of encryption it used, so long as the metadata of user's emails existed somewhere (in the case of email, it has to), it couldn't live up to its promises. Following Silent Circle's announcement, a number of... more »
Hortonworks' New Windows Hadoop Platform Win for Both Companies and Users

Hortonworks' New Windows Hadoop Platform Win for Both Companies and Users

Hortonworks' August 13 announcement of Data Platform 1.3, a version of standard Hadoop version that runs native on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012, is a win for users and for both Hortonworks and Microsoft, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor and Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly. First it is a win for the many companies who run their data centers on Windows servers rather than Linux. IDC estimates that 75 percent of x86 servers are sold with Windows and only 25% with Linux, and until now that large group of Windows server users were locked out of the... more »

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Ralph Finos

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- David Vellante

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