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InfiniDB going out of business, but its database will live on as open source

Increasingly stiff competition in the database market has claimed another victim, as InfiniDB has ceased operations effective immediately with plans to file for bankruptcy.

By Chris Kanaracus | 20 September, 2014 06:11

Tags: business issues, open source, applications, databases, software, InfiniDB

Qualcomm hopes to attract developers with mobile TV and digital glasses SDKs

Qualcomm has released SDKs (software development kits) for LTE broadcast and digital glasses at its Uplinq conference, hoping to give the two burgeoning areas a push.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 20 September, 2014 00:09

Tags: Development tools, application development, consumer electronics, qualcomm, accessories, software

Samsung drops Knox prices and introduces Knox user portal

Samsung on Thursday announced price reductions and updates for its Knox security and management software for IT shops and a free My Knox service that is directly available to professionals using ActiveSync.

By Matt Hamblen | 19 September, 2014 09:18

Tags: mobile device management (MDM), applications, security, Samsung Electronics, software, mobile

SAP buying Concur for $8.3 billion to boost cloud portfolio

SAP is buying business-travel and expense software vendor Concur for about US$8.3 billion, in a bid to continue growing out its portfolio of cloud-based applications.

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 07:57

Tags: Concur, business issues, SAP, software, internet, cloud computing, Mergers and acquisitions

Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

It's the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 06:43

Tags: business issues, hardware systems, financial results, software, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down as CEO, Catz, Hurd named co-CEOs

It's the end of an era at Oracle, as CEO Larry Ellison has been appointed executive chairman and CTO of the vendor, with co-presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd named co-CEOs.

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 06:12

Tags: business issues, hardware systems, financial results, software, internet, cloud computing, Oracle

Google wants to enrich offline browsing

Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren't accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google.

By Joab Jackson | 19 September, 2014 05:27

Tags: Development tools, Languages and standards, application development, Google, software

Microsoft plots Dynamics CRM update with an eye on marketing, global expansion

Microsoft is poised to release a major update to its Dynamics CRM and marketing applications in a bid to gain market share against rivals such as Salesforce.com.

By Chris Kanaracus | 19 September, 2014 03:06

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, applications, Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce.com, SAP, it strategy, software, internet, cloud computing, IT management, Oracle, Microsoft

Apple delivers final non-security Mavericks update

Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.9.5, what is most likely the last non-security update for Mavericks, just weeks before the company will ship the successor, Yosemite.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 September, 2014 03:00

Tags: Apple, software, apple mac

Red Hat acquires FeedHenry to get mobile app chops

Red Hat wants a piece of the enterprise mobile app market, so it has acquired Irish company FeedHenry for approximately €63.5 million (US$82 million).

By Mikael Ricknäs | 19 September, 2014 01:08

Tags: business issues, middleware, software, Red Hat, Mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft heads back to the desktop

Microsoft has flopped on smartphones and tablets. At the same time, its Windows 8.x has continued to be such an abject failure, with a mere 13.4% share of the PC market, that it's trailing even legendary fiasco Vista in market acceptance.

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | 18 September, 2014 21:07

Tags: Windows 8, Windows PCs, Microsoft, bing, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 9

Google lets Apps users bypass admins and install third-party Marketplace tools

In a move that could prove unpopular with IT administrators, Google has granted rights to end users of its Apps workplace email and collaboration suite to install third-party software from the company's Google Apps Marketplace.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 08:52

Tags: Google, applications, e-mail, software, internet, cloud computing, Software as a service, collaboration

The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

With the release of its new mobile operating system, Apple has become the first smartphone maker to enable by default a kill switch that can lock and secure a stolen phone.

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 07:55

Tags: Criminal, Apple, consumer electronics, legal, iPhone, smartphones, software, operating systems

iOS app devs warn customers off iOS 8's iCloud Drive

Third-party developers of iOS apps today urged iPhone and iPad users not to accept Apple's offer to upgrade iCloud storage to iCloud Drive after they install the new iOS 8.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 September, 2014 05:50

Tags: dropbox, applications, telecommunication, ios, storage, Mobile OSes, internet, cloud computing, mobile, cloud storage, Apple

Qlik courts the business manager with easier analytics

Continuing its efforts to bring business intelligence to the masses, software provider Qlik has released Qlik Sense, which is designed to provide business managers with an easy way to examine large data sets for insights and trends.

By Joab Jackson | 18 September, 2014 05:47

Tags: applications, software, business intelligence, Qlik

Dropbox upgrades API for its lightweight app databases

Dropbox's Datastore API, which gives apps a lightweight cloud database for storing structured user data, like settings and contacts, has been extended to let apps store data locally if users aren't logged into Dropbox.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 04:57

Tags: Development tools, application development, dropbox, software

Box has high hopes for iOS 8 doc picker extension

Box foresees a significant jump in usage of its iPad and iPhone app resulting from one of the new extensions Apple will launch with the new iOS 8.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 02:35

Tags: applications, telecommunication, ios, storage, Mobile OSes, software, Box.net, collaboration, mobile, mobile applications, Apple

How IT should prep for iOS 8

Although Apple has incrementally improved business and enterprise functions with every iOS release, three releases were particularly significant for business users and the IT professionals that support them: iOS 2 (called iPhone OS 2 at the time), which introduced support for Exchange ActiveSync and configuration profiles; iOS 4, which introduced Apple's mobile management and app encryption APIs and helped launch the MDM/EMM industry; and last year's iOS 7, which ratcheted up enterprise security and management capabilities.

By Ryan Faas | 17 September, 2014 22:58

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, software, operating systems, Apple iOS

VMware gives desktop admins more control with Mirage update

VMware has upgraded desktop management tool Mirage with bandwidth control features and also published APIs to allow sharing of the data it collects.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 17 September, 2014 22:57

Tags: software, VMware, system management

Open document formats campaign backed by EU's digital commissioner

European government agencies should adopt open document formats in their dealings with citizens, outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has urged.

By Loek Essers | 17 September, 2014 21:56

Tags: Government use of IT, applications, european commission, software, government, Office suites

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