Microsoft Rebrands Windows Phone and Nokia as Lumia
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 22, 2014 - 11:37 PM
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Notably absent from Microsoft Mobile’s website is the Nokia name. An indirect mention of Nokia Facebook page is the only hint of the Nokia name. According to The Verge, Microsoft is getting ready to shift to the new “Microsoft Lumia” branding for mobile devices.   The implications are significant for the many Nokia social-media accounts as well as Microsoft websites that will require updates that will soon begin with the Microsoft France site. Microsoft began the process to purchase Nokia for $7.2 billion in 2013, following a multi-year partnership with the Finnish mobile company. Microsoft finally closed the deal in April 2014 after clearing the last regulatory hurdles. Soon 18,000 workers were experiencing a lay off primarily due to the Nokia acquisition.
How to Capitalize on the Use of a Public Cloud Infrastructure
Author: Staff Writer on October 21, 2014 - 9:52 PM
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 In today’s computing landscape, it is unlike that anyone would disagree on the inevitability of the Cloud; in fact, it is only a matter of time before the Cloud becomes the sine qua non for the continued success of a company. Assuming that you are familiar with the characteristics of a Cloud (on demand self service, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, broadband connectivity, measured service), Cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and the types of the Cloud deployments (private, public, community, hybrid), the contents of this article primarily focuses on how one can capitalize on the use of public Cloud infrastructures.

 Since the public cloud computing model is a shared resource pooling, pay-as-you-use model, it does bring with it certain benefits in terms of both time and cost. The infrastructure is leased, which means that there is no need to re-invent the wheel for common, non-critical services that can be rented, which can significantly reduce the time to market for your company. The utility-like, pay-as-you-use financial model, combined with the increase in technological power and low cost for computers and storage devices, makes it possible for your company to avoid upfront infrastructural costs and shift your expenditure from CAPEX (capital expenditure) to OPEX (operational expenditure). It also makes it possible for your company to focus on your projects rather than on the infrastructural requirements, which could be quite costly.

Microsoft and Dell Join Together in Hybrid Cloud Offering
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 20, 2014 - 9:53 PM
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On Monday Microsoft announced its latest cloud offerings, hoping to distinguish itself from Amazon and Google. "Amazon and Google aren't selling hardware for a private cloud. That's the difference. Microsoft, with Dell, is.... Microsoft and Dell are both respected enterprise vendors, so I think this new offering will certainly get the attention of enterprise buyers”,  said Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group.   Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and cloud chief Scott Guthrie, highlighted the Microsoft’s Azure software cloud platform which is being offered with Dell hardware in a unique private cloud package.   As part of the announcement, Microsoft introduced its G-series virtual machines which utilize Intel Xeon processors.
You Don’t Need to Know Everything
Author: Michael Osterman on October 14, 2014 - 7:24 PM
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Many years ago when I was early in my career, I worked for one of the leading market research companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shortly after I joined the company it was acquired by DRI, a small subsidiary of McGraw-Hill. After the acquisition, a DRI employee was transferred into our offices to serve as a liaison between corporate and their new acquisition. He was a very bright guy with an exceptionally quirky sense of humor. Among the various things I learned from him, the most notable was a comment he once made: “You don’t have to know everything, but you do have to know how to find everything”.

The first iteration of what our liaison was describing, in a sense, became Google and other search engines. In theory, at least, there is a collection of all relevant information somewhere in the cloud and all you have to do is type in a few words to gain access to it. In short, you don’t have to know everything, but you at least have the opportunity to find everything. There continue to be shortcomings in modern search engines driven by incomplete information, intentional biases from prioritizing some information sources over others, the desire of search engine companies to generate revenue from search, and user limitations in not being to adequately describe exactly what they’re looking seeking.
Preview of Samsung 5x performance Wi-Fi Technology
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 13, 2014 - 11:09 PM
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The speedy 802.11ac routers may be soon forgotten once Samsung brings its newly announced next gen 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology.   On Sunday discussed the new technology that will make it possible for network speeds to run at five times the speed of current 866Mpbs per device maximum all  the way  up to a blazing 4.6 Gbps. With the new technology Samsung says that a 1 GB movie file can be moved from one device to another device in less than 3 seconds.  The new technology will avoid using the heavily trafficked 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless channels utilized by routers currently, and will alternately use the 60 GHz frequency band.  Kim Chang Yon, who leads the company’s DMC R&D Center, said that Samsung has “successfully overcome the barriers to the commercialization of 60GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology.”  This enables the Wi-Fi to overcome extremely short ranges seen in prior attempts by other companies. 
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