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VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
VMWare Releases Workplace Suite

VMware has released its Workplace Suite — a combined platform to deploy and manage applications and desktops from the cloud to laptops, smartphones, tablets, or whatever. The suite comes as part of a partnership with Google and NVIDIA, VMware has been showing the world the ability for VMware Workplace Suite to stream even graphics-intensive Windows applications to Google Chromebooks. VMware is billing this as an initiative to bring data and applications closer to the places users actually... 

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New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

August 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
New IBM Power System 8 Range Enroute

Doug Balog General Manager of IBM Power Systems has hinted that biggish blue is about to release a new range of power 8 servers. Talking to Server Watch Balog said that the strategy for accelerating Power is by using the OpenPower Foundation, which currently has over 50 members. IBM recently shed its x86 industry-standard server business in a deal with Lenovo. As a result, instead of being an Intel server partner, IBM is now mostly a competitor. Balog’s thinks that an open approach is now... 

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HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

August 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
HP Recalls 6M Laptop Power Cords Over Fire Concerns

Hewlett-Packard has recalled more than 6 million laptop power cords that could potentially cause fire and/or burning hazards. HP is recalling LS-15 AC power cords used with HP and Compaq branded laptops. The company is recalling about 5.6 million power cords in the U.S. and 446,000 units in Canada. The cord pulls out of one end of the AC adapter. It came with laptops and accessories sold between September 2010 through June 2012, HP said on its power cord recall website. There have been 29 reports... 

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IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Softlayer Goes Bare Metal

IBM’s Softlayer announced on Tuesday that it is offering bare metal servers that are deployed in less than 30 minutes and billed by the hour. The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to Softlayer’s global private network, which the company said allows for seamless integration between data centres without additional networking fees, offers unlimited inter-data centre bandwidth, and delivers exceptional performance and security. Softlayer added... 

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Seagate Launches 8TB Hard-Drive

August 28, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Seagate Launches 8TB Hard-Drive

Seagate has become the first disk drive maker to ship an 8TB hard drive. The 3.5in SATA3 hard drive is designed for data centers and servers with an eye to cloud content and backup disaster recovery storage. It comes with multi-disc RV tolerance to bolster performance. “As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build... 

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Are Graphics Cards On The Way Out?

August 27, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Graphics Cards On The Way Out?

JP Research has issued a report on GPU sales and reached the conclusion that the days of the add-on graphics card are fading. According to JPR’s report, sales of add-on graphics cards declined 17.5 per cent quarter-over-quarter and 17.6 per cent year-over-year. In comparison, last year’s quarter-over-quarter rate for the same period was 5.5 per cent. Nvidia took the biggest kicking in terms of decreases, seeing a decline of 21 per cent. AMD had a fall of 10.7 per cent. Some of the decline can... 

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China To Unveil PC OS To Compete With Microsoft, Google

August 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China To Unveil PC OS To Compete With Microsoft, Google

China plans to roll out a home-grown operating system by October to wean the country from foreign-made OSes like Windows, the government-run Xinhua news agency said Sunday. The operating system, which Xinhua did not name, will be initially offered on desktop PCs, with the plan to later extend it to smartphones. The news service cited a report in the People’s Post and Telecommunications News, a trade paper run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the agency responsible... 

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Oracle Appears To Be Going To Court

August 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Appears To Be Going To Court

Oregon is so unhappy with the performance of the website that Oracle built for its Obamacare rollout it is suing and it is not mincing its words. Oracle billed hundreds of millions of dollars to build the site and when it did not work Oracle sued Oregon for $23 million more for its work. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in May “asked the state attorney general to take legal action against” Oracle to get its money. The complaint from the state of Oregon is vicious. It said that over the last three... 

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Intel Moving Closer To ‘Wire-Free’ Computing

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Moving Closer To ‘Wire-Free’ Computing

Intel is moving closer towards providing what it calls “wire-free” computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show. The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals, it said in a blog entry. The dock will remove the need to plug HDMI or DisplayPort display connectors directly into laptops. The wireless dock will provide USB 3.0-like speeds to transfer data to external... 

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Microsoft Helping Hardware Makers To Offer Cheaper PCs

August 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Helping Hardware Makers To Offer Cheaper PCs

Microsoft is aiding hardware manufacturers in building low-priced Windows PCs to challenge Chromebooks, and the early results of that effort are hitting the market. Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo are selling laptops priced less than $250 that run on Windows 8.1 With Bing, a royalty-free version of the company’s flagship operating system. Windows 8.1 With Bing is the same as Windows 8.1, but it has Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer. Microsoft is using Windows 8.1 With... 

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Can A Linux Certification Payoff Financially?

August 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can A Linux Certification Payoff Financially?

The Linux Foundation has announced an online certification programme for entry-level system admininstration and advanced Linux software engineering professionals to help expand the global pool of Linux sysadmin and developer talent. The foundation indicated that it established the certification programme because there’s increasing demand for staff in the IT industry, saying, “Demand for experienced Linux professionals continues to grow, with this year’s Linux Jobs Report showing that... 

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Unity Starts Pushing Open Source Plan

August 25, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Unity Starts Pushing Open Source Plan

Unity Technologies has stepped up its commitment to democratising game development by making key components of its ubiquitous engine open source. At present, that applies to the Unity Test Tools and the engine’s new graphical user interface system, which was demonstrated in the opening keynote of Unite 2014. The features will be available under the MIT/X11 license, giving users the freedom to “control, customise and extend” their functionality. The source code for the components... 

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HP Finally Sees Growth

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Finally Sees Growth

HP has seen its revenue grow for the first time in three years to $27.58bn, helped by stronger than expected growth of its PC division, which grew 12 percent year on year. The revenue rise was up from the $27.23bn the company made in Q3 2013, and up from $27.31bn in the same period last year. Despite this growth, profits fell in Q3 2014, dipping under the $1bn mark to $985m. This is down from $1.39bn in the same period last year and $1.27bn in the previous quarter. HP reported that its Personal Systems... 

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SanDisk Launches Ultra II SSD

August 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SanDisk Launches Ultra II SSD

SanDisk has updated its consumer solid-state disk (SSD) drive aimed at laptop upgraders. Sandisk claims that the Ultra II SSD improves PC performance by up to 28 times and adds 15 percent to battery life. The drive also has an improved SSD Dashboard that offers firmware upgrades, security and cloning facilities in one user interface. “We live in an era where we expect to have information at our fingertips anytime, anywhere, with technology that keeps us connected to both our personal and work... 

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Are Evernote Extensions Spamming Chrome?

August 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Evernote Extensions Spamming Chrome?

Malwarebytes has warned of a fake Evernote extension for Chrome that spams users with unwanted advertisements by injecting Javascript into every webpage they visit. The vulnerability means that on the surface, it looks like the popups and advertisements are coming from the websites users are visiting, when they are actually coming from the fake Evernote web extension. Researchers at the company discovered the vulnerability in a “multi-plug .PUP” file, which installs the fake Evernote... 

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