Android 5.0 Lollipop Slated for November
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 28, 2014 - 10:26 PM
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Google said that there new Android 5.0 operating system, also known as Lollipop, will become available in November. The new operating system will feature automatic encryption of user data.   Android devices that use the newest version of Android will by default be encrypted during activation.   Even Google will be prevented from unlocking an Android device even if a law enforcement agency makes the request. A unique key located on the device that allows for decrypting will not be assessable to Google. Only the password holder will be able to view pictures, videos and messages that are stored on the device.
 
Twitter Reports Strong Mobile Growth, Yet Investors Grow Impatient
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 27, 2014 - 8:32 PM
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Even though Twitter has a large, robust and growing mobile user base, investors have become impatient that the social media company isn’t making enough progress.   For the third quarter, the company reported that 80 percent of the Twitter users log in from a mobile device at least once a month, while 284 million users log in at least once a day. This represents about a 5 percent growth from the numbers reported in June of this year.  Even though the company lost $175.5 million for the quarter, its revenue more than doubled to $361.2 million.  In spite of the progress made, shares were down more than ten percent in after-hours trading.
 
China Invests Heavily In the Chip Industry
Author: John Duckgeischel on October 26, 2014 - 11:04 PM
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In 2013, China imported $232 billion in semiconductor products, which was larger than its total expenditures for petroleum imports for the year.   This is one reason why the government is spending serious money on developing its in-country chip industry expertise as it builds the world’s computers, networking equipment and smartphones. “There is a clear sense of urgency nowadays about semiconductors and chips in particular,” stated Daniel H. Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group, an economic research and advisory firm. “There is a sense that since China is overwhelmingly still dependent on imports — especially for higher-end chips that go into everything made in the country — there is a national security vulnerability.”

 
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
Guest Blogger: Mano Paul, CSSLP, CISSP, GWAPT, GSSP-.Net, ECSA, MCAD, MCSD, CompTIA Network+ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/manopaul)

 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.
 
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