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HP reorgs cloud biz as Marten Mickos cedes key responsibilities

Image copyright (c) 2012 Pinar Ozger pinar@pinarozger.com.Marten Mickos, the former Eucalyptus CEO who became HP’s top cloud guy in September when HP …

Apple spending $2 billion on two European data centers running on 100 percent renewable energy

Apple has announced plans worth €1.7 billion ($1.93 billion) to construct two new data centers in Europe. Each facility will be run using 100 percent renewable energy and will provide online services such as iTunes, iMessages, and Siri for Apple customers in Europe. The data centers are being built …

NSA chief declines comment on spyware reports, says program are lawful

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the National Security Agency refused to comment on Monday on reports that the U.S. government implants spyware on computer hard drives for surveillance purposes, saying “we fully comply with the law.”<p>National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers testifies …

A weird Gmail bug has tons of people sending emails to the wrong contacts

Google's mail service seems to have a bug in its auto-suggest feature that's causing a bunch of people to send messages to the wrong contacts. Instead of auto-completing to the most-used contact when people start typing a name into the "To" field, it seems to be prioritizing contacts that they …

Gmail

Facebook passes 2M advertisers and launches Ads Manager for iOS

Facebook today made two major announcements related to its advertising business. The company has passed 2 million advertisers on its platform and has launched an Ads Manager mobile app.<p>2 million and counting<p>The 2 million figure, it’s important to emphasize, refers to <i>active</i> advertisers, meaning …

IDC: Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of global smartphone shipments in Q4 2014 and the whole year

Android and iOS accounted for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2014, and coincidentally, 96.3 percent for all of last year as well. That means the duopoly grew 0.6 percentage points compared to the same period last year (95.7 percent in Q4 2013) and 2.5 percentage points on an annual …

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Basically nobody uses anything other than iPhone or Android

Wither thee, Windows Phone?<p>The smartphone competition really isn’t much of a competition, it turns out. A new report from market research firm IDC …

Pebble Time raises $1 million on Kickstarter in just over half an hour

It's easy to jump over a low bar<p>Pebble released its latest smartwatch, the Pebble Time, through a brand new Kickstarter campaign this morning. It's a return to the roots for the company, which famously got started on the back of one of the largest Kickstarter campaigns ever back in 2012.<p>Perhaps …

ARM, Freescale and IBM offer a platform for industrial IoT

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Kirill__M/Shutterstock<p>ARM is trying to make its mbed OS, its fairly new operating system for the internet of things, a …

Apple's new multicultural emoji are (almost) here

Plus, there's an Apple Watch emoji<p>Earlier this month, Apple began seeding OS X 10.10.3 to developers and rolling out an iOS 8.3 beta with the promise of updated, multicultural emoji. But we didn't know what those new emoji would look like — until now.<p>Today, Apple launched its second OS X 10.10.3 …

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S first drive review

The whole world seems to be going turbo. That’s mostly a good thing.<p>In the case of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, it’s a very good thing.<p>While it’s …

Mercedes-Benz

Google buys Softcard, teams up with carriers on mobile payments

Image copyright iStock.Google and the mobile carriers have long been at odds over mobile payments, but faced with the runaway success of Apple Pay, …

Google Launches 'YouTube Kids' for iPhone and iPad

Google announced on Monday that it has released YouTube Kids [Direct Link] on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The new app provides children and families with a kid-friendly portal to discover and explore videos about anything they can possibly imagine. The family-focused content is appropriate …

ISIS capital in Syria is 'like a big prison,' activist says

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not hard to get into Raqqa. The problem, one prominent activist tells CNN, is getting out.<p>Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi's voice is calm and measured as he describes life inside the city ISIS claims as the capital of its so-called caliphate. But the horrors he details are harrowing.<p>Airstrikes. …

Russia's Vladimir Putin says war with Ukraine 'unlikely'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1147000/1147696_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529290479_faafad3abaf901fead626df2741847de<p><b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has said war with neighbouring Ukraine is "unlikely", in an interview for Russian television.</b><p>Mr Putin also stressed …

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The first team device designed to unlock the power of the group

Some of the most productive work happens when you can harness the collective knowledge and skills of a group. When you bring the right backgrounds …

Office everywhere: More great news for Office on iOS and Android

Last week, we saw the new experiences coming with Windows 10, including how Office universal apps for Windows 10 will deliver new touch scenarios for …

Office for Android, Outlook for iOS and Android, and new Power BI makeover – Weekend Reading: January 23rd edition

Before you throw yourself into chicken wings and football, here’s a quick look at this week’s highlights from Microsoft.<p><b>Office continued to expand</b> …

For customers still using Windows Server 2003, now is the time to migrate

It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003. Back in 2003, Windows Server 2003 was the first server operating …

Microsoft acquires Sunrise, creator of an innovative calendar app for mobile devices - The Official Microsoft Blog

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired Sunrise, provider of a next-generation calendar app for iOS and Android. We are making this …

New Azure services help more people realize the possibilities of big data

<i>By T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform and Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president, Machine Learning</i><p>This week in San …

Analyst Report: Sector Roadmap: Smart home platforms

Analysis<p>A wide variety of companies are seeking to capitalize on the huge potential of the smart home market. Some are partnering with service …

MIT researchers claim they have a way to make faster chips

Image copyright Flickr / Andrew Magill.A team of MIT researchers have discovered a possible way to make multicore chips a whole lot faster than they …

WhatsApp hits 400m user mark

<b>WhatsApp has announced that it now has 400 million monthly users.</b><p>Jan Koum, CEO of the popular messaging app took to the company's blog to break the …

Microsoft's Project Siena lets you create Windows apps with ease

If you think creating an app is something only whizkid developers and those with programming skills can do, think again. Microsoft has recently unveiled Project Siena, a Metro-style app that lets anyone create their own Windows 8.1 program with regular PowerPoint and Excel knowhow. As it's a Metro …

Microsoft's Office Remote lets you control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with a Windows Phone

Microsoft has just unveiled Office Remote, a new app that lets users control Word, Excel, and PowerPoint presentations with any Windows Phone 8 device. It's basically SmartGlass for the company's productivity suite, and is a joint effort between Microsoft Research and the Office team. “We want to …

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Nokia to add Bluetooth LE to all Windows Phone 8 Lumias

An update called Lumia Black will enable the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology for the entire WP8 Lumia lineup.<p>Nokia will roll out an update that will outfit all Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8 with the latest low-energy version of Bluetooth.<p>In a new FAQ, Nokia noted that the recent Amber …

Ballmer admits Microsoft needs a new leader for change

Microsoft board pressured Ballmer to move a lot quicker<p>Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build, but he’s also assisting with a reorganization for his successor. In exclusive interviews with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, …

Dell Loses Its First Senior Executive Since the Buyout

Now that computing company Dell has completed its $25 billion leveraged buyout, the first member of the company’s senior executive team is headed for …