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  • Microsoft Sway gets its first paid features

    After a year on the market, Microsoft’s Sway presentation software has received features that are only available to paying customers, alongside a host of updates to its productivity service.

    29 June 16 02:00 Written by Blair Hanley Frank
  • Read Arista’s CEO customer letter on Cisco patent infringement verdict

    Arista’s President & CEO Jayshree Ullal issued a letter to customers who may have been worried over the impact of last week’s US International Trade Commission ruling that the company had infringed on three Cisco patents.
    The ITC on June 23rd issued a limited exclusion order and cease and desist order that will forbid Arista from importing products (with these specific infringed features) into the U.S., Ullal wrote.

    28 June 16 07:54 Written by Michael Cooney
  • Arista infringes on Cisco networking patents, trade agency says

    In a move that could lead to a ban on selling its products in the United States, the US International Trade Commission has ruled that Arista does in fact infringe on a number of Cisco’s technology patents.
    Arista now must decide if it wants to ask the US government to overturn the so-called “import ban” or ask that an appeals court toss the decision, observers say. It could also decide to build products in the US – a move that Cisco says would “not only would violate the ITC orders, but the federal court has the authority to enjoin local manufacturing of infringing products.”

    24 June 16 09:24 Written by Michael Cooney
  • Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle

    One of the main goals of SDN (software-defined networking) is to make networks more agile to meet the changing demands of applications. A new Silicon Valley startup, Apstra, says it has an easier way to do the same thing.

    22 June 16 21:49 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • Pure Storage offers a novel way to upgrade flash arrays

    Pure Storage already lets enterprises buy new controllers for their flash arrays by subscription. Now it’s offering a way to trade in old flash media when new and improved versions come out.

    22 June 16 09:08 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • New Slack tools let you chat with bots using buttons

    Slack is making it easier for people to interact with third-party services that integrate with its chat app with the launch of a new developer tool that lets bots add clickable buttons to their messages.

    22 June 16 02:54 Written by Blair Hanley Frank
  • With APFS, Apple focuses on storage efficiency in its OSes

    At WWDC, Apple unveiled a file system that will span all of its products, include several encryption methods to guard data and allow old or unused files to be moved to the cloud. Analysts wondered whether users would need or want the features.

    18 June 16 05:38 Written by Lucas Mearian
  • This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

    Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It calls the Tofino series of switch chips the world’s fastest, at 6.5Tbps (bits per second). Plus, its architecture gives networking vendors near-total freedom to develop new switching software.

    15 June 16 06:29 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • Intel lets slip roadmap for Optane SSDs with 1,000X performance

    Intel let slips the timeline for its upcoming Optane line of SSDs that will blur the line between storage and memory by offering performance that has 1,000 times the endurance of NAND flash and is in some cases up to 1,000 times faster.

    14 June 16 04:50 Written by Lucas Mearian
  • Four top innovators are leaving Cisco

    Four Cisco Systems executives who led “spin-in” ventures that became important parts of the company have resigned.

    07 June 16 10:09 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • NetApp's new SolidFire software option is buy once, use anywhere

    NetApp's SolidFire division, a recent acquisition focused on all-flash technology, is introducing a way for customers to buy its software and hardware separately. As their needs grow and change, enterprises will be able to use the same software licenses across multiple sites and machines.

    03 June 16 06:09 Written by Stephen Lawson
  • No, it wasn’t just you: Super Mario Bros. is tougher than NP-hard

    A new paper co-written by researchers at MIT, the University of Ottawa, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock says that Super Mario Bros. belongs to the complexity class PSPACE, meaning it’s more difficult to “solve” algorithmically than the famous traveling-salesman problem or factoring large numbers, which are referred to as NP-hard.

    01 June 16 06:53 Written by Jon Gold

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