Monday, July 06, 2015

Microsoft unloads Windows 10, Office, and Skype news ahead of holiday weekend

iPhone 6S to feature much faster download speeds - Report | Uber can charge you $250 for damage to its cars if you are caught in anti-Uber riot

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Microsoft unloads Windows 10, Office, and Skype news ahead of holiday weekend
Here's what Microsoft announced regarding Windows 10, Office 2016, and Skype just before the July 4th weekend. Read More

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Starting the Journey to Managed Infrastructure Services
As more business users adopt Next Generation IT models to drive innovation and growth, IT has unwillingly found itself behind the curve. This white paper provides a guide to help IT organizations select the optimal workloads for initial migration, and to start shifting their focus back to innovation. Learn More

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Shaping the "We Economy"
The Accenture Technology Vision 2015 maps out a three-year set of technology trends that businesses should not ignore. Digitizing everything is giving birth to a new era of "digital ecosystems." View Now.

iPhone 6S to feature much faster download speeds - Report
As a mid-cycle upgrade, the iPhone 6S won't see any drastic, if any, aesthetic changes compared to the iPhone 6. But underneath the hood, the iPhone 6S may very well provide a compelling upgrade propositionAccording to a recent report from 9to5Mac, Apple's next-gen iPhone will feature a Qualcomm LTE chip that promises to deliver a drastic increase in download speeds at the device level. While real world usage remains to be seen, the Qualcomm LTE chip Apple has its eyes set on can, in theory, deliver network speeds at are up to twice as fast as current LTE download speeds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Uber can charge you $250 for damage to its cars if you are caught in anti-Uber riot
While about 3,000 angry taxi drivers protested against the “wild competition” of Uber, specifically the low-cost UberPop service available via mobile app, many of blockades and protests staged last Thursday in Paris turned into violent riots. Protesters smashed windows, slashed tires, flipped and burned cars and attacked drivers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

When Steve Ballmer laughed at the first iPhone
Eight years ago this week, the iPhone went on sale for the first time and forever changed the tech landscape. In one fell swoop, Apple wrestled control away from the carriers and put users at the forefront of the smartphone experience. What was once a product designed only for business executives instantly became a device positioned and marketed for consumers.When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone about eight and a half years ago, he wasn't lying when he said that it was a leapfrog product that was bout 5 years ahead of the competition. Rivals who saw the future that the iPhone promised would go on to see success, with Android being the obvious example. In contrast, rivals who laughed off the iPhone, companies like MIcrosoft and BlackBerry, paid dearly for their willful ignorance. Today, both companies remain engaged in an endless game of catchup as they desperately try to remain somewhat relevant in the mobile space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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How APM can Improve Operations and Development
Industry analyst Robin Layland joins Dan Kuebrick of AppNeta and Stevan Arychuk from New Relic to discuss what operations and developers need from a performance management solution. View now

You can't shoot a drone, so what can you do if it invades your privacy?
The verdict of the first known lawsuit involving the use of a firearm against a civilian's unmanned aerial vehicle – UAV, or, as most refer to it, drone – was made public this week, potentially setting a precedent for these kinds of cases. It looks like you pretty much can't shoot somebody else's drone out of the sky in public.Motherboard spoke with Eric Joe, the owner of the hexacopter that his neighbor shot down with a shotgun last November. Now that the details of the case are available, it seems like a pretty open-and-shut case. The drone was still flying over Joe's family's property when his neighbor shot it down, and the neighbor admitted both in person and via email to having shot the drone down, but declined to pay what Joe claimed the damage was worth. The judge ruled in favor of Joe and awarded him $850 in damages, and while the Motherboard article says criminal charges are still pending, it warns that the FAA's official definition of drones as "aircraft" means that shooting at one could, technically speaking, mean a maximum penalty of a 20-year prison sentence. An attorney with a law firm that Motherboard says "has more experience in drone law than anyone else in the country" said that this case might set a legal precedent going forward:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Cisco flexes some Internet of Things muscle
No company has been more aggressive with promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) than Cisco. The company started the Internet of Things World Forum events to promote the concept, and has done a number of studies looking at the financial impact of the IoT. In fact, Cisco's outgoing CEO, John Chambers, has reiterated over and over that the IoT will have a bigger impact on the way we work, live, learn and play than the Internet did, and that the total economic impact will be in the neighborhood of $19 trillion. This is a similar number to the $11 trillion in impact touted by McKinsey this week.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

127 devices added to the Internet each second, but Congress is clueless about IoT
Tick tock, every second 127 items are added to the Internet, according to calculations by Stringify CTO Dave Evans, former chief futurist at Cisco. That adds up to about "328 million things" that "are being connected every month, approximately one for each person in the U.S. By the time you finish reading this article, more than 100,000 new things will have been added to the Internet." Those IoT things are collecting data that tells your story, perhaps much more personal tidbits than you would likely share. Yet as the "world we inhabit is becoming a digital landscape, one that tracks and responds to each of us," is "anyone in Washington paying attention?"To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


Data and Storage Reduction: Some Existing Options
Spending the same amount to store all types and pieces of data—or even to keep any data which has no positive value to an organization—is a suboptimal approach from many perspectives. Read more to learn how to store and spend less on data. Learn More.

Clearing the fog around open switching terminology
The networking industry is making a decisive move toward open switches. Much of the media's attention is on mega-scale operators' do-it-yourself switches, such as Facebook's Wedge and 6-Pack or Google's much more secretive in-house switches. A few weeks ago I sat in on a presentation by analyst Alan Weckel of Dell'Oro Group at the Ethernet Technology Summit, and he made the interesting observation that if Google were counted as a switch vendor (with itself as its only customer), it would be the world's second largest – surpassed only by Cisco.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

IDG Contributor Network: The Internet of Things will actually exceed its hype
If you feel like you're getting barraged by hype surrounding the Internet of Things—essentially sensors connected to networks—don't worry, it will be worth it. All that hype is actually understated, according to a new report. The IoT is going to be worth more than any of us thought, the report implies. That report, published by McKinsey Global Institute, says the "potential economic impact" of the IoT will be "$4 trillion to $11 trillion a year" by 2025.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

How Cisco brings communications to disaster relief efforts
Although Cisco Live 2015 is in the books now, the memories of it certainly lives on. Each event I attend is different and gives me a better understanding of how Cisco operates as a company. I've written many posts over the years on Cisco's ability to be innovative to capture market transitions and drive the company's growth. One of the things I've liked about Cisco over the years is the philanthropic side to the company that resonates from CEO John Chambers down to all of the employees. I've heard Mr. Chambers talk on more than one occasion about corporate social responsibility and how important that is to the Cisco culture.One of the more interesting discussions I had around this topic at Cisco Live was with Sue-Lynn Hinson, who manages what Cisco calls the Tactical Operations (TacOps) team. The goal of this group isn't to drive sales or to market the latest and greatest product. Sue-Lynn never goes on sales calls and she and her team have no quota to fill. Instead, the TacOps team spends its time travelling the globe to establish emergency IP-based communications to first responders, government agencies, relief organizations, and others in times of emergency caused by disasters or other incidents. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Microsoft to release cross-platform Visual Studio 2015 by July 20
Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2015 will be released for download on July 20, along with the Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6. The company will also host a Q&A session online on the day of the release with the engineering team, as well as 60 deep-dive sessions to help users understand the new features of the platform.S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, made the announcement on his blog.Visual Studio has become the de facto standard for Windows development, but with this release, Microsoft is going way beyond Windows. It will support cross-platform mobile development targeting iOS, Android, and Windows, as well as game development by targeting game platforms like Unity, Unreal, Cocos and more. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Americans' have a 'right to eavesdrop' on what our IoT devices say about us
Somehow I never imagined writing about the “right to eavesdrop,” nevertheless supporting that right. But data privacy is a big deal so now I am because the group which should be empowered with the right to eavesdrop is us – you and me. And what are we eavesdropping on? The data being collected by our Internet of Things devices; data that is stored – perhaps forever – and shared or sold to the dreaded Third Party; data that – over time – paints an intricately detailed portrait of you.The Internet of Things is “likely to touch every American personally,” wrote Politico's M. Scott Mahaskey. FitBit is a cool device that “tracks your calories burned, your heart rate, even how you sleep. Then it records the data and sends it … where?”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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