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Microsoft’s MDM Finally Coming To Office 365

October 31, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft’s MDM Finally Coming To Office 365

Microsoft will rollout mobile device management (MDM) capabilities to Office 365 in 2015, making it easier for firms to manage corporate data across a range of mobile devices, including those running iOS and Android as well as Windows. Microsoft unveiled the updates coming to its Office 365 cloud-delivered productivity suite in 2015 at its TechEd Europe conference. These will enable customers to apply security policies against devices that connect to Office 365 to ensure that email and documents... 

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Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Confirms Next Generation Of Office To Launch In 2015

Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to roll out its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015. ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft’s Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona. According to Foley, White said that the next version of Office on Windows would launch in the last half of next year, a broad timetable that was different from previous speculation, which had... 

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BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

October 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
BlackEnergy Malware Wreaking Havoc On Industrial Control Systems

Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned that industrial control systems (ICS) in the US have been compromised by the BlackEnergy malware for at least two years. The BlackEnergy family of malware is believed to be the same used in the cyber attack against Georgia in 2008. It uses a malicious decoy document to hide its activities, making it easier for the hackers to mount follow-up attacks. US-CERT said the malware campaign is sophisticated and “ongoing”, and attackers taking... 

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IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

October 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM, Twitter Teaming Up On Data Analytics

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Twitter to aid in business decisions using data collected from tweets worldwide. IBM will help businesses predict trends in the marketplace and consumer sentiment about products and brands and will train 10,000 employees to consult businesses on the best use of Twitter data. IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty has been trying to shift the 100-year-old company’s focus away from commoditized hardware to higher-value... 

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Western Digital Goes Purple

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Western Digital Goes Purple

WD announced that it will begin shipping larger capacity drives in its surveillance series. The WD Purple range, launched in February, will now include a 6TB version designed for use in video surveillance environments. WD Purple drives are capable of recording in groups of eight hard drives, monitoring a total of 32 high-definition camera feeds. “Video surveillance has long been a pioneering Internet of Things application,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s... 

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HP’s Helion Goes Commercial

October 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP’s Helion Goes Commercial

HP has announced general availability of its Helion OpenStack cloud platform and Helion Development Platform based on Cloud Foundry. The Helion portfolio was announced by HP earlier this year, when the firm disclosed that it was backing the OpenStack project as the foundation piece for its cloud strategy. At the time, HP issued the HP Helion OpenStack Community edition for pilot deployments, and promised a full commercial release to follow, along with a developer platform based on the Cloud Foundry... 

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China Touts Homegrown Servers Admidst Cybersecurity Concerns

October 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Touts Homegrown Servers Admidst Cybersecurity Concerns

A Chinese firm has developed the country’s first homegrown servers, built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. China’s Dawning Information Industry, also known as Sugon, has developed a series of four servers using the Loongson 3B processor, the country’s state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday. “Servers are crucial applications in a country’s politics, economy, and information security. We must... 

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Is Unity Up to Something Big?

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Unity Up to Something Big?

Earlier today Unity Technologies caused quite a stir in the games industry with the announcement that former Electronic Arts chief exec John Riccitiello would be taking over the CEO job for David Helgason. While EA struggled to make shareholders happy, Unity has been seeing tremendous growth, becoming a favorite toolset for large and small publishers and especially indies. In fact, the company serves over 600,000 monthly developers. But what does Unity really have up its sleeve? Is the hiring of... 

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Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

Twitter has introduced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that the firm claims will make it easier for developers to build great apps. Twitter is looking to embrace the developer community after having alienated it in 2012 when it tightened API rules governing third-party app developers. The company said during its first developer conference that Fabric is a ‘modular mobile platform’, or developer toolkit, which brings together tools and services from a mixture of outfits already under... 

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Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

Samsung has started shipping its first 8Gbit DDR4 memory chips and 32GB dual in-line memory modules (Dimms) for servers manufactured using a 20nm process technology. The Korean chip maker said the 20nm production process had been expanded from its PC and mobile memory markets to the enterprise server market with these fresh components, which it began producing earlier this month. The new 32GB module offers a data transfer rate per pin of up to 2,400Mbps, equating to a 29 percent performance increase... 

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Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

Google has added account authentication via USB stick to its two-step verification process, offering users a more convenient way to sign in to their accounts in a secure manner. As detailed in a Google security blog post, a compatible USB Security Key can now be used to log-in to Google accounts with two-step authentication. The addition of the USB Security Key, Google claims, ensures that the log-in website is an actual Google website and not a fake. Two-step authentication normally asks the user... 

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Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

Microsoft has issued the first update for Windows 10 Technical Preview, launching its fast-paced release strategy. The update, designated as Build 9860, followed the Oct. 1 release of the preview, which Microsoft has offered businesses and technology enthusiasts to give potential customers a look at the work in progress and collect feedback during development. The Oct. 1 version of Windows 10 was labeled Build 9841. “Sometimes [updates] will be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer... 

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EMC Buys More Of VCE

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
EMC Buys More Of VCE

Data storage products maker EMC is buying much of Cisco’s stake in their joint venture VCE. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centres, bundles Cisco’s networking equipment and servers with EMC’s storage gear and software from EMC’s VMware subsidiary. EMC is expected to merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results and an announcement will be made later today. EMC on Tuesday said it would make an announcement... 

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

The WiGig standard has been around since 2009, but we haven’t really seen it hitting that many retail devices. Back at IDF 2014, Intel demonstrated WiGig 802.11ad video, peripherals, 4K video transfer and it promised that Skylake based laptops will come out of the box with the technology. WiGig will let you transfer up to 7Gbpps of audio, video or data via 2.4, 5 or 6GHz bands and is as fast as eight-antenna 802.11ac and nearly 50 times faster than highest 802.11n rate. It is backward compatible... 

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nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

Although has not been publicly confirmed that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lolipop will be coming to its Nvidia Shield tablet, Nvidia was pretty quiet about the Shield Portable handheld console, so we asked around. It appears that the update will indeed be coming to Shield Portable as well. The first devices on the list to receive the Android 5.0 Lolipop update will be Google’s own Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 as the oldest devices, followed by Google... 

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