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Lots of Questions on MS-Nokia Deal

Lots of Questions on MS-Nokia Deal

Reactions to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile business has rocked public opinions, with many who think this is a bad desperation move to those who think it’s a fantastic strategic opportunity.  The Wall St reaction so far hasn’t been all that remarkable and that’s because there is much room for debate on either side here.  Microsoft has been facing limited options of remaining in the smartphone market, despite a series of solid products based on their fledgling Windows Phone 8 platform.  Nokia hadn’t made a lot of traction in the smartphone market and was probably on the path of abandoning... more »
Rackspace CTO Discusses OpenStack Roadmap #VMworld

Rackspace CTO Discusses OpenStack Roadmap #VMworld

Sean Wedige, the chief technology officer for Rackspace’s Global Enterprise Solutions group, stopped by theCube at VMware 2013 to discuss Rackspace, OpenStack and DevOps. He kicked off the interview by sharing his insider’s perspective on the company’s efforts to accelerate the project while maintaining its position in the VMware ecosystem. Wedige says that as a customer-driven provider, Rackspace aims to provide solutions for workloads rather than specific platforms or environments. Certain applications are best served by the capabilities offered by VMware, he notes, while others stand to benefit from features available with OpenStack. OpenStack is more than just a framework. Wedige highlights that... more »
Ubitus Built-in Video Game Consoles GameNow Arrives on LG Smart TVs in Korea

Ubitus Built-in Video Game Consoles GameNow Arrives on LG Smart TVs in Korea

LG is more serious than many of its rivals in gaming, and is bringing a gaming console right into its Smart TVs. On the occasion of E3 2013 Los Angeles, LG and Ubitus, the technology leader in deploying cloud-enabled rich media services, announced the start of a partnership that will see the U.S. launch of the platform cloud gaming GameNow accessible from the Korean manufacturer of Smart TV. Expanding the service, Ubitus and LG have announced that they have signed a partnership for a new cloud-gaming service that will beam directly to LG’s Smart TVs in Korea. The cloud gaming solutions... more »
Weekly Security Review: Dropbox Client Reverse Engineered,  Hytrust Adds Secondary Approval

Weekly Security Review: Dropbox Client Reverse Engineered, Hytrust Adds Secondary Approval

It’s been an eventful week in the cybersecurity arena. Security researchers have successfully reverse engineered Dropbox, a study confirmed that Android is the most targeted mobile operating system on the market, and Hytrust unveiled a new secondary approval solution at VMworld. Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn recently announced that they have gained access to the source code for Dropbox’s desktop client using a combination of new and existing reverse engineering techniques. The two researchers claim that they were able to bypass Dropbox’s two-factor authentication, create open source Dropbox clients and perform a wide range of other malicious activities. Kholia and Wegrzyn argue... more »
GameBrain Reveals End-to-End Cloud Gaming Platform for Indie Developers

GameBrain Reveals End-to-End Cloud Gaming Platform for Indie Developers

When it comes to the development of mobile games, speedbumps are scattered everywhere. You can cover them with a thick layer of money and go through it, but small developers most often cannot do it. The difficulties for indie game developers for creating successful games involve weighing creative and artistic possibilities against technical capabilities and business demands. But, there are solutions for them--one such solution, still in beta testing, is a new platform called GameBrain. Designed to address the needs of smaller mobile game developers, GameBrain announced a cloud-based development and publishing platform to expedite the process from game idea. From a... more »
HP Storage Marketing Chief on the Software-Defined Data Center #VMworld

HP Storage Marketing Chief on the Software-Defined Data Center #VMworld

Craig Nunes, the vice president of marketing at HP Storage, hopped into theCube during the recently concluded VMworld conference to discuss software-defined infrastructure, virtualization and everything in between. Nunes starts the interview by providing his take on software-defined storage (SDS,) which he describes as the separation of storage management from the hypervisor and the underlying hardware. Abstracting the latter layer enables users to realize a wide range of benefits, he notes, including simplified administration and high availability. According to Nunes, the primary applications of SDS are driving down storage costs and improving quality of service. He adds that the main driver behind the... more »
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Microsoft Moves to Copy Apple and Google

Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's  smartphone business should come as no surprise to those who have watched Microsoft over the last year. The strategy has turned into copying Apple  Apple and Google more and more, and for good reason. Let's count the ways: Stores: People have been making fun of the Microsoft stores because nobody seems to be actually buying anything there. I think that's a little bit unfair as it's still early in the game. Microsoft has made the only serious attempt at copying the fantastic Apple stores, and it just needs to drive this strategy with hundreds of more stores combined... more »
The US Regulatory Side Effect, Tradehill Stops Bitcoin Trading

The US Regulatory Side Effect, Tradehill Stops Bitcoin Trading

While the Bitcoin community is trying to adjust the new regulatory rules and scrutiny, things aren't going as well as they used to. Government agencies are targeting Bitcoin traders and in a latest development Bitcoin exchange Tradehill has suspended its platform indefinitely. Over the weekend, the exchange for virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, entered into a trading halt, temporarily freezing all trades while it deals with “banking and regulatory issues”.  Through a statement on its website which gives little explanation of the reasons, Tradehill said that the decision was not made lightly, and that it regrets having to take such action. “We... more »
All You Need to Keep Things Simple: Smart PJs, Smart Bra and a Smart Ring

All You Need to Keep Things Simple: Smart PJs, Smart Bra and a Smart Ring

This week’s SmartBody roundup features: comfy pajamas to help put your kids to bed, a bra that beats mammograms in detecting cancer, and one ring to rule them all. Smart PJs   Kids love a good bedtime story but parents can sometimes be stuck in repeat, reading or telling the same old story because they can’t remember the old bedtime stories from when they were kids or they can’t find the kids’ story books. But soon, all a parent will need is a pair of Smart PJs, a smartphone and an app to keep their bedtime stories interesting.  Smart PJs are available for both... more »
Nokia's Unsold Assets & The Next Microsoft CEO

Nokia's Unsold Assets & The Next Microsoft CEO

Microsoft and Nokia have announced that the world's biggest software company will be acquiring the Finnish company’s Device and Services division, which includes its phones the Lumia and Asha brands as well as licensing agreements with other companies, a 10-year license to Nokia’s patents, and a 4-year license to HERE Maps as well as other perks. The Nokia brand will not be going away - in future it'll focus on furthering efforts for NSN, a leader in network infrastructure and services; HERE, a leader in mapping and location services; and Advanced Technologies, a leader in technology development and licensing, but majority... more »

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