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Microsoft Earnings Big on Windows 8 and Super Bowl Strategy

Microsoft Earnings Big on Windows 8 and Super Bowl Strategy

On the eve of Microsoft’s possibly most significant earnings reports in recent history, eyes are fixed are on the Redmond giant.  The recent announcement of pricing and availability of their tablet product - the Surface Pro is no coincidence, regardless of the earnings outcome this announcement will be a positive prospect.  Most importantly, the earnings will be the first since the company released the latest version of its flagship product – Windows 8.   Some facts have emerged such as the 60 million Windows licenses sold so far – a number on par with Windows 7 sales at this juncture.  It... more »
End of an Era: Intel Exits the Motherboard Business

End of an Era: Intel Exits the Motherboard Business

There are two seminal moments in m personal history that explain why I ended up in the technology industry. The first was when I first encountered a BASIC compiler in the 8th grade and discovered that I could write a program, store it on a cassette tape (that I later upgraded to an 8″ floppy drive) and make the computer do things, however trivial it was. The second event was prying open my computer, not the TRS-80 that I learned BASIC on, and swapped out components. An entirely new world opened up to me when I learned about all the cool things... more »
Life With Google Chromebook: Mac/Windows Killer

Life With Google Chromebook: Mac/Windows Killer

What's better than the best customer support in the world? No need for customer support, that's what. And that is the story of the best PC in the world, the Google  Chromebook. Once upon a time, in the 1990s, I wasted probably 100-plus hours per year on various forms of PC support and maintenance. Booting up the PC took at least two minutes, there were updates to all sorts of programs, and the troubleshooting took place over the phone with some Dell rep located in India. It was an eternal nightmare. And a time-sink. Then came the Apple  stores, with their Genius bars. It... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 23, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for January 23, 2013

RSA Introduces Integrated Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery & Crisis Management System EMC Division RSA has introduced RSA Archer Business Continuity Management and Operations, a tightly integrated business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management suite. Aligned with BS25999, NIMS, and ISO 22301, it offers a standards-based approach to business continuity planning. It integrates with other GRC processes such as enterprise risk management, incident management, and third-party management to align recovery efforts with organizational objectives and priorities for enhanced visibility, accountability, and reporting. More   Health Provider Chooses HP Converged Storage for Medical Records Community health provider KishHealth System has chosen HP Converged Storage to accelerate... more »
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SAP Reports Surge in Q4 Demand for Analytics, Cloud and Mobile

This morning SAP disclosed preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31.  The business software maker saw sales increase by 21 percent year-over-year to €5 billion, or $6.65 billion, marking the 12th consecutive quarter of double digit revenue growth. SAP credits its strong financial performance to better-than-expected results in the EMEA and AJP regions, as well as “exceptional growth” in three of its core verticals: analytics, mobile, and cloud. HANA generated sales of $266 million in Q4 and nearly twice as much for the full year, while Sybase accounted for about $290 million last quarter.  The company’s two cloud segments,... more »
Puppet Labs Raises $30M from VMware

Puppet Labs Raises $30M from VMware

Puppet Labs, a maker of data center automation software, announced that VMware bought a $30 million stake in the company. The investment will be used to strengthen the strategic alliance between the two firms. Puppet Labs raised $46 million to date from VMware, Google Ventures, Cisco, Kleiner Perkins and several other big name venture capitalists. Its flagship product is an open-source configuration framework that is widely used by system administrators to manage Linux deployments, as well as other Unix-like operating systems, and Windows. The platform caught VMware’s attention because the commercial edition extends the core product’s functionality to virtualized environments. Puppet Enterprise... more »
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Android Battery Life, Nexus and Motorola: What's the Problem?

Does Google have an internal communications problem? On the December quarter conference call, Larry Page said, "Battery life is a huge issue. You shouldn't have to worry about constantly having to recharge your phone." This is from a company that has as its signature device the Nexus series of smartphones that were engineered with HTC, Samsung and LG over the last few years. Google has said repeatedly that the Nexus program shows off "the best of Android." That's true, on many fronts, including software. The Galaxy Nexus, launched in the fourth quarter of 2011 and still selling today, was one of the very first... more »
What Will the Next Xbox Have? Leaked Specs Hit the Market

What Will the Next Xbox Have? Leaked Specs Hit the Market

Xbox fans may already be rejoicing as proof of the upcoming Xbox, codenamed Durango, had been revealed by VGleaks. In what it claims as a world exclusive, the site has revealed full specifications of Durango. CPU x64 Architecture 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU custom D3D11.1... more »
BitPay Announces 10,000 Bitcoin Transactions with Zero Cases of Payment Fraud

BitPay Announces 10,000 Bitcoin Transactions with Zero Cases of Payment Fraud

BitPay announces that the bitcoin transaction processor has exceeded 10,000 successful transactions with zero cases of payment fraud. For a regular financial institution this might be news, but as you’ll see, with Bitcoin fraud is somewhat difficult. Financial transactions on the Internet have always come with a risk—and a sensation that that risk is higher online than it is in the real world. In the HackANGLE section here at SiliconANGLE we’ve seen coverage for malware that targets consumers, spam that phishes out details of financial records, and many, many scams. Fraud and fake transactions are so common with credit cards that... more »
Nimbus Joins the Hypergrowth Club

Nimbus Joins the Hypergrowth Club

Nimbus is the third startup to have announced triple-digit gains within past week. The company, which produces speedy flash storage systems for cloud applications and databases, reported a 415 percent year-over-year sales increase in 2012. "We are delighted to have achieved this tremendous milestone,” stated Thomas Isakovich, CEO and founder of Nimbus Data. “Shipping over a petabyte of flash memory in the past month demonstrates flash memory’s rise as the torch-bearer for next-generation primary storage and Nimbus’ technology leadership and operational maturity. We foresee continued rapid adoption of Nimbus Data solutions as the storage industry goes through perhaps its greatest paradigm shift in decades.” Nimbus says that the... more »

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