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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, July 3

Windows 10 close to finished... Intel reshuffles leadership... Microsoft, Kyocera strike Android patent licensing deal... and more tech news

By IDG News Service staff | 03 July, 2015 23:11

Tags: hardware systems, U.S. National Security Agency, software, Fix the Court, intel, internet, Uber Technologies, kyocera, Cisco Systems, Yahoo, Google, Microsoft

Hands-on: Windows 10's latest build feels close to finished

It has been quite a week for Windows 10. In the past four days, Microsoft has released three preview builds of its upcoming operating system, and the company plans to keep serving up hot new bits to testers in rapid-fire style in the run-up to the OS's launch on July 29.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 03 July, 2015 09:56

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Supreme Court justices hold stock in tech vendors, other firms

Two U.S. Supreme Court justices owned stock in tech vendors or other companies that filed briefs in cases under review by the high court in the past year, a watchdog group said Thursday.

By Grant Gross | 03 July, 2015 07:00

Tags: business issues, Stephen Breyer, time warner, legal, Fix the Court, Gabe Roth, government, Samuel Alito, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Supreme Court, emc, John Roberts

Microsoft confirms 'waves' roll-out of Windows 10

Microsoft has confirmed that it would roll out the free upgrades to Windows 10 later this month in several "waves," with beta testers getting first dibs on the OS.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 July, 2015 05:11

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

How Instagram spots a trend

With a user base of over 200 million people, who collectively post 70 million new photographs and short videos a day, Instagram provides a timely view of events around the world that people are interested in. But how does the service spot emerging trends while they are still on the rise?

By Joab Jackson | 03 July, 2015 04:42

Tags: Development tools, application development, Instagram, software

Third build of Windows 10 in one week a sign of OS stability

Microsoft gave early testers of Windows 10 a little surprise in the run-up to the Fourth of July holiday in the U.S. by releasing a yet another new build of its upcoming operating system to the public.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 03 July, 2015 04:35

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Scott McNealy sees gold in the hills of social data

It's coming up on four years since ex-Sun CEO Scott McNealy launched Wayin, but the startup today bears little resemblance to its original self.

By Katherine Noyes | 03 July, 2015 02:53

Tags: analytics, Internet-based applications and services, applications, Sun Microsystems, data mining, software, social media, internet

Wi-Fi password-sharing feature in Windows 10 raises security concerns

With the launch of Windows 10, anyone who walks into your house and gets your Wi-Fi password for their PC could potentially let all their friends onto your network, thanks to a new feature that has ignited controversy online.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 02 July, 2015 13:53

Tags: Microsoft, Networking, Windows, wireless, Mobile OSes, software, mobile, operating systems, WLANs / Wi-Fi, Windows Phone

Microsoft's Office 2016 preview gets real-time editing in Word and more

Microsoft quietly updated its Office 2016 Preview apps for early adopters over the past two weeks with a slew of new features the company announced in a round-up Wednesday.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 02 July, 2015 05:37

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, Office suites

Sencha's new framework helps enterprises build Web apps for all devices

Sencha's Ext JS 6 Javascript framework is now generally available, and with it comes the ability to build Web apps for desktops, tablets and smartphones. But getting the user interface right isn't always easy.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 02 July, 2015 02:30

Tags: Development tools, Sencha, application development, software

Salesforce sweetens the deal for growing SMBs with new Desk.com edition

Salesforce has long targeted SMBs with its Desk.com application for customer support, but on Wednesday the cloud powerhouse launched a new version of the software designed specifically for rapidly growing firms.

By Katherine Noyes | 02 July, 2015 01:21

Tags: applications, Customer Relationship Management, Salesforce.com, software

Skype for Business preview adds support for massive meetings, cloud-based phone administration

Businesses that use Microsoft's Skype for Business communication product have some new beta features to play with that make the enterprise messaging and calling product more useful.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 01 July, 2015 23:01

Tags: applications, Microsoft, software, collaboration

Latest Windows 10 SDK preview helps developers build cooler photo apps

Microsoft has added a handful of image- and photography-related features in a new version of the Windows 10 SDK. It, along with the OS itself, will become generally available at the end of the month.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 01 July, 2015 20:40

Tags: Development tools, application development, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Bauer Media chooses Dropbox for collaboration

Australian media group Bauer Media has used Dropbox for Business to share documents and designs, reducing the need for network drives, email and paper printouts.

By Hamish Barwick | 01 July, 2015 14:09

Tags: Case studies, Bauer Media, Dropbox for Business, Case Study

More than 28 billion gigabytes of storage shipped last quarter

Worldwide data storage hardware sales saw a boon in the first quarter of this year, with a 41.4% leap over the same quarter in 2014.

By Lucas Mearian | 01 July, 2015 10:49

Tags: Data storage, IDC, storage

Microsoft releases its second Windows 10 build in two days

Microsoft surprised testers of Windows 10 on Tuesday by launching another build of its forthcoming operating system just a day after the last update.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 01 July, 2015 10:42

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Kyvos serves up Hadoop on cubes

What good is big data if you don't have the proper tools to make sense of it? A startup, Kyvos Insights, can transform terabytes of information stored on Hadoop clusters into easy-to-parse data cubes, the format business analysts prefer.

By Joab Jackson | 01 July, 2015 08:12

Tags: applications, software, Kyvos, business intelligence

Amazon releases open source cryptographic module

Potentially saving the world from another online security disaster like last year's Heartbleed, Amazon Web Services has released as open source a cryptographic module for securing sensitive data passing over the Internet.

By Joab Jackson | 01 July, 2015 03:03

Tags: Amazon Web Services, open source, security, Varnish, software, encryption

Workday spans finance and HR with real-time planning tool

Workday has long been known for its financial and HR software, and on Tuesday it rolled out a new enterprise offering that spans both areas with a focus on planning, budgeting and forecasting.

By Katherine Noyes | 30 June, 2015 23:18

Tags: applications, HR, software, Financial / tax, workday

Update: Google, Microsoft, Oracle back new R Consortium at Linux Foundation

As foreshadowed on Twitter yesterday, a new R Consortium of major vendors launched today aimed at "strengthen[ing] both the technical and user communities," according to a Linux Foundation announcement.

By Sharon Machlis | 30 June, 2015 23:11

Tags: data analytics, applications, R Language, Tibco Software, linux foundation, Revo, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, business intelligence, Revolution Analytics, Google, Microsoft, software, twitter

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