Red Hat strips down for Docker

Reacting to the surging popularity of the Docker virtualization technology, Red Hat has customized a version of its Linux distribution to run Docker containers.

By Joab Jackson | 06 March, 2015 04:25

Tags: application virtualization, open source, Linux, virtualization, software, Red Hat, operating systems

Gmail's revised contacts page cuts down on clutter

While users wait with bated breath to see if Google Inbox ends up becoming the new Gmail, Google has unveiled an incremental change to Gmail: a newly redesigned contacts page. It hasn't yet been rolled into Gmail proper, but is now available in preview form.

By Serdar Yegulalp | 05 March, 2015 23:39

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, Mail, internet, Email Software

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Thursday, March 5

China defends surveillance plan... Apple's plans for larger iPads put off... IBM buys AlchemyAPI... and more tech news

By IDG News Service staff | 05 March, 2015 23:22

Tags: Apple, AlchemyAPI, consumer electronics, Google, IBM, Microsoft, MtGox, mobile, internet

No reduced tax rate for e-books, top EU court rules

E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), and European Union countries may not extend tax exemptions for books to include e-books, the EU's highest court ruled Thursday, adding that it considers downloadable e-books to be services.

By Loek Essers | 05 March, 2015 23:15

Tags: european commission, Civil lawsuits, legal, Court of Justice of the European Union

China aims to help local Internet firms cross into the global market

China seeks to help the country's Internet firms gain a bigger foothold in the international market, and is preparing to pour more state funds into its emerging tech sector, according to one of its top leaders.

By Michael Kan | 05 March, 2015 22:28

Tags: regulation, government, internet

Microsoft opens up Xbox One to app developers

Microsoft is opening up app development for the Xbox One with the launch of a kit that will be available to all developers, bringing the console closer to the Windows 10 space.

By Tim Hornyak | 05 March, 2015 14:00

Tags: Game platforms, Microsoft, games, Xbox

Intergenerational Report: Government should model service delivery on private sector

Governments need to learn lessons from the private sector, particularly when it comes to using technology to achieve efficiencies in service delivery, according to the Intergenerational Report/

By Rohan Pearce | 05 March, 2015 13:24

Tags: open data, digital disruption, government, Digital Transformation Office

Five things we learned about Etsy from its IPO filing

Etsy, the online marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods and crafts, disclosed some interesting tidbits about the company's business when it filed to go public Wednesday.

By Zach Miners | 05 March, 2015 12:24

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, social networking, Etsy, social media, internet

Dairy Farm Group signs Telstra for private cloud

Dairy Farm Group has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with Telstra that will see the business, which operates 5800 stores across Asia, including Ikea and 7-Eleven outlets, migrate its SAP suite to a private cloud.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 March, 2015 11:31

Tags: Cloud, cloud computing, Telstra

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.

By Joab Jackson | 05 March, 2015 10:04

Tags: Enterprise service busses, Google, middleware, software, Enterprise application integration, data integration

Senate passes legislation to crack down on social media

The government yesterday won support from the Senate for its online safety bill, paving the way for the creation of a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner and the implementation of a system to compel social networking sites to remove bullying material.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 March, 2015 09:12

Tags: social networking, social media, social networks

Microsoft's universal app platform is big play for mobile, but can it deliver?

If Windows 10 is key to Microsoft's effort to succeed in mobile, then the universal app platform is the technology that could make that happen. It promises to bring developers the cross-device nirvana they have long sought from Microsoft, but there are still challenges before Windows 10 can make headway against Android and iOS.

By Kristin Burnham | 05 March, 2015 09:05

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Google, Yahoo offer online tools to keep address books current

Google and Yahoo are both embracing the card format to help people better organize the contact information they store online.

By Fred O'Connor | 05 March, 2015 09:01

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, Google, Mail, internet

OS X Yosemite's uptake breaks 50%

Apple's OS X Yosemite powered more than half of all Macs last month, according to data recently released by analytics vendor Net Applications.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 March, 2015 08:37

Tags: Apple, net applications, Mac OS, Microsoft, OS X Yosemite, Mac OS X, software, operating systems

Facebook wants to get better at detecting fake profiles

Facebook is taking steps to improve how it detects fake profiles, particularly those created by people claiming to be someone else.

By Zach Miners | 05 March, 2015 08:29

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, social networking, social media, internet, Internet service providers, Facebook

Amazon's next cloud conference set for October in Las Vegas

IT professionals with skills in Amazon Web Services will once again swarm Las Vegas come October.

By Joab Jackson | 05 March, 2015 08:16

Tags: business issues, amazon, e-commerce, cloud computing, internet

Against the odds, Canonical and Jolla trot out iOS, Android alternatives

Four smartphone OSes that hope to find room next to Android and iOS were on display at Mobile World Congress, but the most exciting were Ubuntu Phone and Sailfish OS.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 05 March, 2015 06:12

Tags: MWC, consumer electronics, smartphones, Samsung Electronics, canonical, Mobile OSes, Mozilla Foundation, mobile

Time to FREAK out? How to tell if you're vulnerable

Nervous about the FREAK flaw? Freakin' out?

By Gregg Keizer | 05 March, 2015 06:05

Tags: Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, Microsoft, security, computerworld

IBM acquires AlchemyAPI to fatten Watson portfolio

IBM has acquired computing services provider AlchemyAPI to broaden its portfolio of Watson-branded cognitive computing services.

By Joab Jackson | 05 March, 2015 05:31

Tags: business issues, applications, IBM, data mining, software, Mergers and acquisitions

MWC 2015: Galaxy S6 and Edge feature plums for workers and IT shops

BARCELONA: With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung is making a concerted effort to attract workers as potential buyers and to win the hearts of IT managers who have to wrangle with enterprise smartphone security and management.

By Matt Hamblen | 05 March, 2015 04:31

Tags: S6 Edge, AirWatch, Galaxy S6, Kno, IT management, Oracle, enterprise IT, consumerization of IT, BYOD, galaxy, Mobile Iron, Blackberry, samsung, Google, Microsoft

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