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BlackBerry posts quarterly profit

The struggling smartphone manufacturer posted a surprise profit on Friday for the second quarter in a row, eking out gains thanks to a massive cost-cutting effort and an adjustment to the value of its investment in a broad patent portfolio.

For its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended February 28, BlackBerry posted earnings excluding certain items of 4 cents a share, compared with Wall Street's forecast of a loss of 4 cents a share. BlackBerry shares rose 3.2 percent to $9.60 in premarket trading Friday.

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, is the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the “Nobel Prize in Computing.”

 

Microsoft et Fiducial insèrent la tablette Surface dans un pack TPE-PME

Mobilité, cloud (Office 365) et tablette (Surface Pro 3). Tels sont les piliers d’une nouvelle offre packagée par Fiducial Informatique. Microsoft élargit ainsi ses canaux de distribution BtoB.

Facebook pushes Messenger as future of business communication

Facebook is positioning its Messenger app as a way to improve communications between online businesses and their customers.

Amazon fluffs up its cloud services for consumers

Amazon is bolstering its cloud-storage services to consumers, on Thursday rolling out two new unlimited packages that let users stow away either just photos or every kind of file.

Workplace-as-a-Service from Sprint

Sprint announced its Workplace-as-a-Service offer. Sprint will design and manage core communication and key productivity tools, including integration and implementation, service level agreements, and a single source for support.

Service options include WAN connectivity, managed Wi-Fi, voice, audio/video conferencing, mobile device management, and more. Workplace-as-a-Service comes with the option to allow each user to keep wireless service with another provider or to move to Sprint wireless service.

Vonage Grows UcaaS

Vonage has agreed to acquire Simple Signal, a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) provider targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs), for a purchase price of $25.25 million. Simple Signal offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and app services via the BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform-- that same platform used by Vonage.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Cyanogen raises $80 million with help from Twitter

Cyanogen, the software maker building an Android-based operating system to take on Google, has raised a boatload of cash from some well-known sources.

Microsoft to preinstall more apps on Android with partnerships

Office apps like Microsoft Word will come already downloaded on some Android tablets from Dell, Samsung and other device makers. Microsoft just sharpened its software sword against Google on the search giant's own platform.

Bye bye Novapost, bienvenue à PeopleDoc

L’éditeur français dédié aux solutions SaaS RH Novapost change d’identité et devient PeopleDoc, avec pour ambition de se développer sur les marchés américain et européen.

Cloudwatt: Orange veut piloter seul.

Deux ans et demi après son lancement, Orange consulte ses partenaires Thales et la Caisse des Dépôts pour prendre totalement la main sur Cloudwatt, un des représentants du cloud souverain à la française. Orange a engagé des discussions pour racheter la part du capital de Cloudwatt à ses partenaires, l’entreprise Thales et la Caisse des dépôts.

France. French Tech, outil opérationnel en faveur de l'innovation et du business?

Le gouvernement cherche à monter des passerelles entre les start-up, l’industrie et les leviers de financement. Avec le CES qui s’ouvre, Axelle Lemaire en charge du numérique aborde les enjeux.

C’est le principal enjeu de la French Tech. Comment transformer la promotion du savoir-faire numérique en France en un véritable outil opérationnel en faveur de l’innovation en France ?

2015 PC Sales

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France: Unilend lève 8 millions d’euros pour assurer le financement des PME

La plate-forme de crowdlending Unilend a finalisé un tour de table de 8 millons d’euros pour optimiser le développement de son activité de prêts de particuliers à entreprises.

Big data interest still growing

Companies are still scrambling to manage ongoing data growth even as they pursue projects designed to generate more value from the data they already have. For many, even keeping pace remains a challenge.

Google and Avaya to bring Chromebooks and WebRTC to call center

Google and Avaya are chasing companies seeking to install or upgrade call center systems, promising them easier and more affordable deployments via Chromebooks and a WebRTC interface to the Avaya customer support software.

Unify Launches Circuit, a new communications and collaboration platform

Unify has formally released Circuit, previously known as Project Ansible. Circuit provides voice, video, screen sharing, messaging, and file sharing from a single pane of glass, removing the need to switch between multiple applications. The platform also stores and manages information through associations and conversations.

France: Skype déclaré "Opérateur" par l'ARCEP?

Un discret amendement intégré dans le projet de loi Macron renforce les prérogatives attribuées à l’ARCEP pour déterminer qui est opérateur. Allo Skype ? En France, Skype va-t-il bientôt prendre la casquette d’opérateur…contre sa volonté ?

Apache Tajo brings data warehousing to Hadoop

Organizations that want to extract more intelligence from their Hadoop deployments might find help from the relatively little known Tajo open source data warehouse software, which the Apache Software Foundation has pronounced as ready for commercial use.

Why workers want self-service IT

The pendulum is in full swing toward employees empowered to make tech choices at work and away from traditional IT departments. A new survey found that workers are seeking self-service IT, driven in large part by cool consumer tech, "freemium" cloud services and an autocratic IT department whose slow, conservative ways aren't able to keep up with the urgent demand of business technology.

IBM teams with BlackBerry and Samsung to offer governments a secure Android tablet

IBM is entering the tablet market -- sort of. The company plans to sell a modified Samsung Android tablet this summer with extra security capabilities, aimed at government users.

Microsoft customizes Azure for the Internet of things

Microsoft wants to help organizations set up and run Internet of things (IoT)-styled distributed systems, by providing a set of integrated Microsoft's Azure cloud services designed to cut deployment times and management hassles.

The Azure IoT Suite would be particularly useful for three types of workloads:

2015 Tablet sales.

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Social, messaging apps struggle with decision to 'bundle' or 'unbundle'

Some popular social media apps 'unbundle' features left and right, while other services stick to all-encompassing apps with a variety of functionality. Each strategy has its pros and cons, and each makes sense for different types — and different sizes — of companies.

To "bundle" or not to bundle, that is the challenge social media and messaging services wrestle with these days. (Or at least one of the challenges.) The answer is not a simple one because trends change, and what works today may not work as well tomorrow.

Microsoft partners with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom for SMB Office

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft announced deals with AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to bring a full suite of Office apps to SMBs using iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone 10.

Google offers low-cost, cloud-based backup service

Google has unveiled a new backup storage service designed to provide enterprises and startups with a low-cost way of storing and archiving large amounts of information. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline offers enterprises an alternative to running in-house storage systems, or startups with mobile apps a way to store user data.

Les Trophées Big Data 2015.

A l’occasion du congrès Big Data Paris 2015 qui se tient ces 10 et 11 mars au CNIT Paris La Défense ont été remis les Trophées de l’Innovation  Big Data, soutenus par Atos. Ces trophées ont pour objectif de valoriser les projets innovants dans le domaine du big data , d’un point de vue technologique et orienté « usages ».

Cegid poursuit son incursion dans le cloud.

Entre solutions transversales (finances, RH…) et métiers (retail, hôtel, manufacturing…), l’éditeur lyonnais de logiciels de pilotage pour les entreprises s’adapte à la nouvelle donne du cloud.

Cegid a 30 ans en 2013 et se porte bien. L’éditeur lyonnais de logiciels de gestion pour les entreprises et les métiers poursuit son incursion dans le cloud.

Avaya Upgrades Video Platform with Team Engagement Solutions

Avaya has announced enhancements to its video collaboration platforms as part of its new “Team Engagement Solutions.”

Additions and enhancements to Avaya’s portfolio include:

HP embraces open hardware designs with Cloudline servers

Hewlett-Packard is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Microsoft in embracing open hardware designs with its new low-cost Cloudline servers.

Cloudline servers are no-frills cloud servers that break away from proprietary technology HP uses in its popular Proliant servers. The servers are HP's first based on industry standard specifications defined by the Open Compute Project, which was founded by Facebook in 2012, and Open Networking Foundation, which was formed in 2011.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes WANs and routers

Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks SDN venture has broadened its product line to tackle enterprise WANs, an increasingly vital market for the technology.

Google brings app messaging to its cloud

Closing a gap with other enterprise cloud providers, Google has created a service to facilitate communications across applications that customers build on the company's cloud platform.

The Google Cloud Pub/Sub service, made available as an open beta on Wednesday, is designed for exchanging messages across different Google cloud services and internal systems in great volume and with minimal delay.

Internet of the Things. Where does Data go?

The Internet of Things means different things to different people:

Alibaba enters U.S. cloud market, signaling global ambitions

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is making a push into the U.S. cloud computing market, where it's expected to run into competition from Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft.

Alibaba subsidiary Aliyun is already the biggest cloud player in its home market, and on Wednesday, it opened a data center in California, its first data center outside of China.

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Orange incorpore Microsoft Lync à ses offres cloud

La nouvelle solution de communications unifiées dans le cloud Business Together as a Service Microsoft d’Orange Business Services (OBS) intègre les composantes de la plate-forme Lync de Microsoft. Orange Business Services (OBS) profite des TechDays 2015 pour annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Microsoft.

Android for work to boost the use of Google mobile operating system in the workplace.

Google has unveiled a new set of applications, online services, and industry partnerships designed to promote the use of its Android mobile operating system in the workplace.

Jive beefs up company and community communications apps

Jive Software has announced updated releases for both internally and externally communication.

A new version of the company's Jive-n software for internal communications aims to help organisations improve both companywide and group communications.

IBM to pump $4 billion into cloud, mobile, and analytics

IBM will dedicate $4 billion in spending this year to the cloud, analytics, and mobile technologies, as it struggles with seismic shifts that are changing the computing landscape it once dominated,

In return, by 2018 IBM expects to reap a combined $40 billion in annual revenue from the areas in which it's investing, which also include social and security, the company said at an annual meeting on Thursday.