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AWS rolls out enterprise document storage and sharing

  • Amazon Web Services is offering a new document sharing service with management and security features designed to appeal to businesses. Werner Vogels, Amazon chief technology officer, introduced the service, called Zocalo, at the AWS Summit, Thursday in New York City.

IBM rethinking decades-old computer design with $3 billion investment

  • IBM will pour $3 billion into computing and chip materials research over the next five years as it rethinks computer design and looks to a future that may not involve silicon chips. The computer design initiative could pave the way for functional quantum and cognitive computers that mimic brain functionality.

Microsoft debuts cloud storage service for enterprises

  • Enterprises looking to cut costs of storing data can soon investigate a new service from Microsoft designed to save money by backing up information in the cloud. The service is available for a new set of storage appliances that the company will start selling Aug. 1.

Office 365 SMB editions to get a makeover

  • Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 lineup for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), adding features, dropping prices and increasing the flexibility to mix and match them with Office 365 plans for enterprises and with stand-alone applications.

    The changes are the result of feedback from partners and existing Office 365 customers, and are intended to make the Office 365 application suite more attractive to SMBs and easier to market for channel resellers, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

US: Python bumps off Java as top learning language

  • Python has surpassed Java as the top language used to introduce U.S. students to programming and computer science, according to a recent survey posted by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Eight of the top 10 computer science departments now use Python to teach coding, as well as 27 of the top 39 schools, indicating that it is the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses, according to Philip Guo, a computer science researcher who compiled the survey for ACM.

With Passport phone, BlackBerry says it's hip to be square

EMC acquires TwinStrata to push corporate data into the cloud

  • Storage vendor EMC has scooped up cloud storage management company TwinStrata, the companies announced Tuesday.

    The U.S.-based TwinStrata is the developer of CloudArray, a platform that allows enterprises to move their on premise stored data into over 20 public or private clouds. Data put on CloudArray is encrypted by default and automatically gets replicated or moved to a cloud service depending on a company's requirements.

Microsoft adds Yammer to more Office 365 editions

  • Microsoft will bundle Yammer with more editions of Office 365, adding the enterprise social-networking product to the suite's editions for schools and midsize businesses.

    Existing subscribers of Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans will get licenses for Yammer's Enterprise edition at no additional cost, the company said Monday.

Microsoft's Windows to aid PC market revival in 2015

  • Microsoft's Windows OS could play a crucial rule in returning worldwide PC shipments to modest growth next year after multiple years of decline, Gartner said on Monday.

    PC shipments could reach around 317 million in 2015, increasing from 308 million units expected to ship in 2014, the research firm said in a study. Shipments this year are expected to decline by 2.9 percent compared to 2013, which is lower than previous yearly declines.

IDC: Apps will drive public cloud spending to sustained double-digit growth

  • Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion in 2013 and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC.

    Some 86 percent of the 2013 total came from cloud software, which encompasses both SaaS (software as a service) applications and PaaS (platform as a service) offerings, with the remaining 14 percent generated by cloud infrastructure, IDC said Monday.

Numvision, éditeur de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage », lève des fonds pour son développement.

  • L’éditeur français de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage » Numvision a bénéficié d’une levée de fonds de 500 000 euros pour étoffer sa gamme de solutions dédiées et son réseau de partenaires à l’international. L’éditeur français de logiciels spécialisé dans le cloud Numvision a bouclé un tour de table de 500 000 euros, financé par le fonds d’investissement lyonnais Veymont Participat

Cisco acquires tiny collaboration company

  • Cisco last week acquired Assemblage, a maker of browser-to-browser collaboration tools that do not require downloads, plugins or installations.

    Assemblage offers real-time collaboration applications for shared whiteboarding, presentation broadcasting and screen sharing. Its products can set up inter-browser collaboration with just one mouse click, Cisco says. Assemblage provides WebRTC and HTML 5 based solutions.

Google Dart upgrade zooms in on mobile app dev

IT spending growth to be slower than expected in 2014, Gartner says

  • IT research firm Gartner has cut its forecast for global IT spending by about one-third for this year, blaming a tougher competitive environment and subsequent pressure on vendors to lower prices. Spending will rise 2.1 percent to $3.7 trillion in 2014, down from the 3.2 percent growth rate Gartner had predicted for 2014.

    The downgraded forecast isn't necessarily a cause for concern, said Gartner managing vice president Richard Gordon in an interview.

Dropbox for Business folders can now be shared in read-only mode

  • Users of Dropbox for Business will now be able to share folders with colleagues without necessarily giving them rights to edit their content. Giving users read-only access to folders hasn't been possible until now: Dropbox for Business users by default granted edit rights to the people they shared the folders with.

    Dropbox makes this move as it faces heightening pressure both in the consumer and enterprise cloud storage and file share markets from rivals like Microsoft and Google.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress, plan to be number one

  • Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. As part of its earnings announcement, Oracle trumpeted that at an annual cloud subscription revenue run rate of nearly US$2 billion, it is now the industry's second-largest cloud vendor behind Salesforce.com.

US: Mobile app usage hits 51% of all time spent on digital media

  • Here's a stat that will make most people nod in agreement: time spent on mobile apps is at an all-time high and just keeps growing. But, breaking down the data piece-by-piece does carry some surprising facts -- such as people use Internet radio, social media, and photos far more on their mobile devices than on their PCs.

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

  • Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

    Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

Microsoft turns cloud storage into Office 365 feature

  • Microsoft's decision to boost free storage space to one terabyte for Office 365 subscribers is less a game changer for the rent-not-own concept than additional evidence that storage is transforming from a separate service to a feature, analysts argued today.

    "Storage is a feature," said Wes Miller of Directions on Microsoft. "It's fast becoming a feature of the platform."

Google spells out ambitious plan: Android world domination

  • The message to developers at Google's I/O fest this year was crystal clear: Android software will power everything from phones and cars to TVs and beyond. Android was the star of the show at Google's developer fest on Wednesday, with executives pitching the mobile operating software as the driving force behind everything from connected TVs and cars to new wearable devices.

Google, Microsoft clouds now cover MongoDB

  • Following its success with Amazon Web Services, MongoDB's namesake database can now run on cloud services from Microsoft and Google.

    "Amazon continues to be the dominant place to run applications in the cloud, but there is a lot of interest, especially from Microsoft shops, in running MongoDB on Azure. And there is significant interest from developers in what Google has to offer," said Matt Asay, MongoDB vice president of marketing and corporate strategy.

Dell aims Cloudera-powered appliance at enterprise Hadoop users

  • Dell today became the latest hardware vendor to tailor a solution specifically for Hadoop, the big data analysis framework that's practically become its own software ecosystem. Dell's appliance is being pitched as an in-memory acceleration solution that runs Cloudera's Hadoop distribution.

China sets out to become global leader in chip manufacturing

  • China is propping up its local chip manufacturing industry with new policies and financial support intended to turn the country into a semiconductor-making powerhouse by 2030.

    In policy guidelines published Tuesday, the Chinese government laid out a blueprint to develop the domestic integrated circuit industry.

    The country not only wants to sharpen its competitive edge, but also wean itself from foreign chip makers, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a separate posting.

Hadoop analysis now tackling IoT to improve transit

  • For the Internet of Things, collecting data is only half the battle, and public transit agencies know that as well as anyone.

    Operators of bus, train, and trolley systems collect a wide range of data from ticket machines, fare validation devices, GPSes (Global Positioning Systems), and other sources, but typically that data stays in silos, according to Wade Rosado, director of analytics for Urban Insights, a consultancy launched on Monday to help make use of transit data.

Microsoft cuts OneDrive prices, increases capacity

  • Microsoft will dramatically increase capacity and lower prices for OneDrive, increasing pressure on other cloud storage providers and also sweetening the deal for prospective and current Office 365 customers.

    The company will more than double to 15GB the storage capacity in the free, stand-alone OneDrive service for consumers. People get access to this free OneDrive storage also when they sign up for Office Online, the free, lightweight Web-based version of Office, and also when they sign up for Outlook.com, Microsoft's free webmail service.

France: baromètre PAC CloudIndex juin 2014.

  • La dernière édition du baromètre PAC CloudIndex décrit des entreprises françaises conscientes des apports du cloud, mais encore peu nombreuses à l’intégrer pleinement dans leur stratégie.

    Ayant développé une certaine compréhension des apports et des enjeux du cloud, les entreprises françaises sont de plus nombreuses à en faire un pilier de leur transformation numérique, sans pour autant établir de stratégie globale.

Amazon's Fire smartphone is more a retail device than a phone

  • You'd be forgiven for thinking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to compete with other phone makers with his company's new Fire smartphone. But forget the multiple cameras and pretty 3-D-like effects, the device is really about selling more stuff.

    The Fire comes with close ties to Amazon's online retail store, relies on the company's cloud storage and is a platform for Amazon's digital content in the areas of music, video, books and apps.

Google's Go language on the rise, but Dart is stalling

  • While Java and JavaScript co-lead in this month's RedMonk Programming Language Rankings, Apple's Swift and Google's Go are making headway with developers. But Dart, Google's heralded JavaScript rival, has stalled.

Oracle claims second-largest SaaS vendor title, while Q4 profits slip

  • Oracle is now the industry's second-largest SaaS vendor after Salesforce.com, but it made that announcement as fourth-quarter profits slipped slightly and on-premises software license sales ended the fiscal year flat.

    Revenue for the fourth quarter, which ended May 31, rose 3 percent to US$11.3 billion, while net income fell 4 percent to $3.65 billion.

Wireless data traffic more than doubled in US in 2013

  • The total amount of data handled by wireless carriers in the U.S. more than doubled in 2013, an increase driven in large part by video traffic. U.S. carriers saw 3.2 exabytes of data traffic run across their networks, the CTIA said in its annual report on the U.S. wireless industry. An exabyte is 10x18 bytes or, put another way, a billion gigabytes.