In two weeks, Google (GOOG) will release an Android software development kit (SDK) specific to wearables, in a move to pave the way for OEM device makers to build smartwatches and myriad other wearable computing devices based on the mobile OS platform.Content Classification: Curated
In Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-to-last opportunity to fix security flaws in Windows XP, its venerable, 12-year-old operating system, the vendor is set to release five security updates to users on Patch Tuesday, March 11, less than a month before it closes down support for the OS on April 8.Content Classification: Curated
Maybe BlackBerry (BBRY) chief John Chen figures the device maker’s best ad strategy isn’t a billboard on the highway, an online video or a splashy picture posted online. Rather, a publicized visit to the White House to lay out the mobile device maker’s product road map and check out what staffers like and don’t like about their BlackBerries makes for a pretty decent ad campaign all by itself.Content Classification: Curated
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has added to its collection of Android-based devices with a no-fanfare launch of a new 8-inch tablet running Jelly Bean 4.2.2, featuring pared-down specifications and positioned at a budget-conscious price to compete with Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based fare from rivals Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba, and, of course, Apple’s (AAPL) iPad Mini.Content Classification: Curated
You can't run Windows applications on Google's ChromeOS, and you probably will never be able to, since the Wine emulator for loading Windows software on Linux platforms won't work with Linux-based Chromebooks. That may not matter at all to most people, but it is a reminder of how mobile and cloud-based hardware devices are making OS interoperability increasingly rare.Content Classification: Curated
As if the importance of a solid networking infrastructure wasn't already clear, Avaya has released the results of a study that shows 80 percent of mid-to-large companies in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom experienced lost revenue in 2013 because of unscheduled network downtime.Content Classification: Curated
Enhanced ARM support and stronger scalability for cloud computing servers highlight the long list of new features in Xen 4.4, the open source virtualization hypervisor whose release the Linux Foundation has announced.Content Classification: Curated
A few days ago, the Linux Foundation announced a partnership with edX to offer the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for training Linux and open source engineers. What were the origins of this deal, and what comes next?Content Classification: Curated
Similar to most IT companies, Microsoft (MSFT) historically has kept much of its political activism below the surface and apart from its platforms and services, which means for the most part it has refrained from opening its product portfolio to political advertising. Until now.Content Classification: Curated
HP announced this week that it has officially purchased Shunra, a a Philadelphia-based application performance engineering (APE) company and current HP partner.Content Classification: Curated
Several of Cisco Systems’ (CSCO) partners feel they are getting the cold shoulder in the SMB space from the once-enthusiastic vendor.Content Classification: Curated
On the heels of Mobile World Congress in February, many of you may have mobile on the mind. We know that larger businesses are leveraging mobile applications to increase customer, partner and vendor engagement and streamline internal operations. Recent research from the SMB Group indicates 67 percent of SMEs now view mobile solutions and services as “critical” to their businesses.
A majority of organizations engaged in ERP initiatives are experiencing extended implementation durations and over-budget scenarios. Still, despite implementation woes, organizations report high levels of satisfaction with ERP successes—and the confirmation that they would do it all over again if necessary, according to a new study from Panorama Consulting, a Denver-based consulting firm specializing in the global ERP market.
As a strategic planning consultant, I hear a lot of reasons why VARs don’t want to spend time creating plans for their companies. The most popular excuses are, “It takes too long,” ”I don’t have time,” and, “What good is a plan anyway? It will just sit on the shelf collecting dust.”Content Classification: Influencer
At the recently concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, IBM (IBM) chief executive Ginny Rometty, in a move to breathe more life into the vendor’s $1 billion commitment last January to build a business around its Watson advanced artificial intelligence system, challenged developers to build applications that could best take advantage of Watson’s technology.Content Classification: Curated
If you were worried about losing your virtualized information in a freak cloud outage, fear not: HotLink has announced several new improvements to its popular DR Express program for virtual machines (VM) running VMware’s (VMW) vSphere that will ensure your data remains safe and sound.Content Classification: Curated
Hey there racing fans, and welcome back for another dose of weird, wonderful, and wild news with Distribution Watch. This week we’ve got the latest from Ingram Micro (IM), Synnex (SNX), Novus, Tech Data (TECD) and Arrow (ARW). So sit back, pop open a cold one and plant your peepers on this week’s headlines.Content Classification: Curated
Solution providers need to stay at the forefront of IT. They constantly need to look at the next growing services delivery avenue to keep pace with technology advancements and give their customers a competitive edge. The good news is there will be no shortage of opportunities moving forward as cloud computing continues to penetrate all areas business and redefines how IT services ultimately are delivered.
Huawei is building out its software-defined networking (SDN) portfolio with several products and technologies announced at the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Santa Clara this week. Each of the technologies is based on the SoftCOM framework.Content Classification: Curated
All the cool kids are moving their businesses into the cloud—are you?Content Classification: Curated