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Mitel takes aim at Avaya with ShoreTel bid

Anyone thinking about signing a deal with ShoreTel for unified communications gear might want to take a closer look now that Mitel has made public its hopes to buy the company.

By Tim Greene | 21 October, 2014 08:59

Tags: unified communications, Synergy, telecommunication, Networking, voip, Microsoft, ShoreTel Cisco Unified Communications, Shoretel, Avaya

Office Mix now lets PowerPoint users create on the fly

Microsoft wants to deliver a new wave of apps that are intuitive, intelligent, and mobile- and cloud-friendly -- and its latest move is with Office Mix, a PowerPoint add-on aimed at teachers, for recording presentations and making them more interactive.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 21 October, 2014 07:01

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Samsung delivers fix for SSD slowdowns

One of Samsung's most affordable consumer solid-state drives is experiencing read slowdowns with older data, a problem the company has now addressed with a firmware upgrade and installation guide.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 October, 2014 05:35

Tags: SSD, Drives, Data storage, storage

Ask Watson or Siri: Artificial intelligence is as elusive as ever

In 1966, some Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reckoned that they could develop computer vision as a summer project, perhaps even get a few smart undergrads to complete the task.

By Joab Jackson | 21 October, 2014 04:08

Tags: applications, Salesforce.com, software, data mining

Enterprise must shake core to be innovative: Telstra

To be innovative, a large corporation must do more than build an "innovation centre," according to panellists from Telstra and major Web companies.

By Adam Bender | 20 October, 2014 18:20

Tags: investment, innovation, startups, enterprise, Partnerships, innovation centre

Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

Ethernet's future is now about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 October, 2014 11:58

Tags: Ethernet Alliance, Aquantia, Networking, internet, cloud computing

Startup offers a big-data storyteller

Amassing a pile of big data is not sufficient to spur insight, even if you have clever ways of analyzing that data. The savvy data scientist must also find a way to make all this information tell a story so it can be understandable to others.

By Joab Jackson | 18 October, 2014 07:52

Tags: applications, software, ClearStory Data, business intelligence

Apple patches OS X to protect against POODLE

Apple yesterday issued a security update for OS X Mavericks and Mountain Lion meant to protect Macs against possible POODLE attacks.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 October, 2014 07:15

Tags: SANS Technology Institute, Apple, Google, Mac OS, beca, software, Mac OS X, operating systems, Oracle

Disruptive technology reaps cash as venture capital pours in

It's a boom year for venture capital investing, and tech companies with the potential to disrupt business-as-usual are grabbing the lion's share of the money.

By Marc Ferranti | 18 October, 2014 07:12

Tags: business issues, Uber, applications, Airbnb, software, internet, investments, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Salesforce's big opportunity is in keeping it simple

It's good to be Salesforce -- and increasingly bad to be anybody else.

By Matt Weinberger | 18 October, 2014 07:04

Tags: salesforce, data analytics, Xamarin, software, Birst

Apple opens bridges between OSes with launch of Yosemite, iOS 8.1

Apple desktop and laptop computers will play better with iPads and iPhones via new Continuity integration features on iOS 8.1 and MacOS X Yosemite, available free, starting Monday for iOS 8.1 and today for Yosemite.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 17 October, 2014 05:55

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems

Hadoop World: The executive dashboard is on the way out

In their zeal to collect as much operational data as possible, organizations hoping to gain an advantage through the use of big data will also need to rethink how they process, analyze and present that material.

By Joab Jackson | 17 October, 2014 05:32

Tags: Pinterest, MapR Technologies, Google, applications, University of Utah, software, data mining, ClearStory Data

Apple releases OS X Yosemite

Apple has launched OS X 10.10, aka Yosemite, as a free upgrade for most Mac owners.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 October, 2014 05:05

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, Mac OS X, Yosemite, operating systems

12 things I hate about Hadoop

I love the elephant. The elephant loves me. Nothing is perfect, however, and sometimes friends fight.

By Andrew C. Oliver | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: application development, software

Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a system that's based on Wi-Fi hardware and could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home.

By Stephen Lawson | 16 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: Mimosa Networks, telecommunication, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi, broadband

Facebook opens smooth scrolling Paper framework for iOS

The framework that powers Facebook's Paper content presentation app is being made publicly available to help developers create Apple iOS apps that scroll more smoothly.

By Joab Jackson | 16 October, 2014 06:41

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Facebook

Pixate lets designers prototype native mobile apps without writing code

Startup Pixate is offering a tool that lets designers build prototype apps for iOS and Android that run directly on devices, without having to write any code.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 16 October, 2014 04:16

Tags: Development tools, application development, software, Pixate

Microsoft to bring Docker to Windows Server

The Docker virtualization technology has just taken another giant step forward, as developers from both Microsoft and Docker have started working on a native Docker implementation for Windows Server, which will make the increasingly popular container technology available for use in Windows shops.

By Joab Jackson | 16 October, 2014 00:28

Tags: application virtualization, virtualization, open source, Microsoft, software

Google to spend $60M on undersea fiber link between Florida and Brazil

Google's foray into a $60 million undersea fiber optic cable construction project linking Florida to Brazil should help the search giant gain greater control of all aspects of Internet access while expanding its efforts to close the digital divide.

By Matt Hamblen | 15 October, 2014 21:19

Tags: Bharti Airtel, pacnet, Google, Networking, singtel, Airtel

NRMA embraces startups, eyes emergency digital assistance

The 94-year-old NRMA seeks to reinvent its business for the 21st century through startups and a digital twist on its roadside assistance program.

By Adam Bender | 15 October, 2014 13:31

Tags: Jumpstart, startups, roadside assistance, emergency digital assistance, cars, smartphones, startup accelerator, mobile, emergency computing assistance, NRMA, business transformation

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