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Scorching Hot Devices at MWC 2012: Nokia PureView, HTC One X and More

Mobile World Congress officially kicked off today and already several brands are impressing attendees with their products.  Here are just some of the items that made attendees do a double-take. Nokia The Finnish phone maker teased audiences from around the world with their crisp video clip featuring snow covered terrain.  And today, the Nokia 808 PureView was unveiled to the public. The Nokia 808 PureView features a large, high-resolution 41-megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology.  It has the ability to zoom without loss of clarity, and captures seven pixels of information condensed into one pixel for the... more »
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10 Reasons Why Pinterest is Addicting

I completely dismissed Pinterest the first time I tried it at some point in 2011. “Nothing new here,” I thought to myself. It didn’t seem innovative enough (and a bit too girly) to be worthy of my interest. It wasn’t until around the time Pinterest secured $27 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, which valued the company at $200 million, that I realized Pinterest was onto something. Now, I didn’t start paying attention because of the crazy amounts of money that startups can raise or because of posts like this on on blogs like TechCrunch. Nope. I started paying attention because I noticed my wife using... more »
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Who Will Win the Connected Home? Android@home vs. AirPlay

The connected home seems to be a prime focus for tech companies these days, and why not?  Connected homes or smart homes, for the most part, eliminate wires, placing faith in networks and the cloud.  And with connected devices’ growing popularity, there are two major contenders in this game: Apple and Google.  They're both vying for your home, controlling your entertainment, personal media and device line-up.  With rumors abound, both Apple and Google have the potential to own the connected home.  Here's how. Apple AirPlay Apple is ahead of Google in terms of devices, as they entered the game back in 2004... more »
Dell's Software Buy Strengthens Storage Portfolio

Dell's Software Buy Strengthens Storage Portfolio

Dell announced what is essentially its software group’s first acquisition: AppAssure, a maker of backup software solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but what we do know is that, unless Dell agreed to pay a particularly outrageous sum for the firm, AppAssure will likely prove to be a good investment in its own, not to mention its overall value to the hardware maker. The company has been named the fastest growing backup software maker by Inc Magazine, having seen growth throughout the past 19 consecutive quarters. AppAssure employs about 230 workers, all of whom will remain in their positions... more »
The Pirate Scene Nimbly Adopts New x264 Video Codec

The Pirate Scene Nimbly Adopts New x264 Video Codec

Where it might take giant corporations years to come to a conclusion on a major standards change, pirates from the video scene lead to an implementation in a matter of days, a source tells SiliconANGLE. Over the years, the video scene for many major piracy networks have used XviD as their primary encoding for video files due to its widespread playability, high quality, and availability; however, over the years another standard has begun to eclipse that: x264. To control what goes into a release into these scenes the members agree upon certain carefully worded standards for labeling and identifying the contents... more »
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Tablet Business Apps for MWC 2012: NFC for iPad and Android

The 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will kick off Monday, and we’ll be covering it extensively.  Expect several launches by the biggest brands in the mobile industry, as well as by smaller players trying to make the most out of the extra publicity, and a big portion of those launches will be new apps. This is why this week’s roundup has a small section dedicated to MWC. Upcoming apps – near-field communications is all the rage Our very own Mellisa Tolentino wrote up a very extensive piece on what exactly it is we’ll be seeing at MWC this year. One trend... more »
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How Google, IBM and Yahoo Use Big Data to Predict the Oscar Winners

The Google blog has a post about what search data say about tonight's Academy Awards. IBM has its Oscar Senti-meter, a tool it developed with the L.A. Times and the University of Southern California Annenberg Innovation Lab.  Yahoo is predicting a winner based upon the bets people are making. Google Google says its predictions are based upon two factors: How the nominees fared in search results for the last four weeks of the prior year. For whatever reason, Google found that the searches people did in the state of New York were most accurate in predicting Academy Award winners. Following that criteria, Google narrowed its choice... more »
This Week in Cloud: Hosted Backup, Automation and Remote Private Clouds

This Week in Cloud: Hosted Backup, Automation and Remote Private Clouds

This week had a few noticeable developments in the hosting arena as well as the private cloud. The first piece of news in this week's recap is SunGuard’s newest product – a cloud-based backup service that runs entirely on Amazon Web Services. In essence the offering integrates SunGuard’s encryption, data protection and other technologies with AWS’s storage and compute ‘bi-directionally.’  The company revealed plans to further flesh out this approach as the initial solution gains in popularity. Another new service was launched by ScaleXtreme this week. The automation solutions provider decided to offers its largest clients a perk by introducing a cloud-based... more »
Rumors Abound About Blizzard’s Free-to-Play Project

Rumors Abound About Blizzard’s Free-to-Play Project

Of course, on this subject Blizzard Entertainment is mum. Best known for their mighty massively multiplayer online phenomenon and game title, World of Warcraft, the gaming studio might be looking to go where many other MMOs are starting to go: into the world of free-to-play. Recently DC Universe Online saw a huge boost in revenue after switching their game from pay-to-play to free-to-play. Although World of Warcraft is unlikely to make that switch, Blizzard might be looking into producing a new title and releasing it as free-to-play. All this even though WoW has seen a 10% decline in its total subscriber base. According... more »
Dell Software Group Makes Its First Acquisition:  AppAssure

Dell Software Group Makes Its First Acquisition: AppAssure

Disclosure: Dell sponsors DevOpsAngleThe newly formed Dell Software Group announced its first acquisition today: AppAssure, a vendor of backup and replication software. Terms of the deal were not announced.Dell formed the Software Group earlier this month to bring its software assets under one umbrella. According to Dell's announcement, "The computer maker recently hired private-equity executive and former CA Inc. (CA) head John Swainson to shore up its software business as its looks to focus on higher-margin operations like software and data-storage systems." Forrester analyst Glenn O'Donnell described Swainson as "the same guy who rescued CA from the brink of... more »

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