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  • Cheaper Xbox offering without Kinect spikes US sales

    Posted July 17, 2014 - 4:47 am

    Sales of Xbox One gaming consoles more than doubled in the U.S. last month because of the introduction of a cheaper version of the console that doesn't include the Kinect motion sensor.
  • SAP raises annual cloud revenue forecast after the business soars in Q2

    Posted July 17, 2014 - 2:46 am

    SAP reported strong growth in cloud revenue in the second quarter, while its software revenue continued to fall, reflecting a shift in the market from on-premises software and services to applications delivered through the cloud on a subscription model.
  • Microsoft may announce its biggest layoffs ever on Thursday

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 7:47 pm

    Microsoft reportedly will announce the biggest round of layoffs in its history on Thursday as massive changes wrought by new CEO Satya Nadella start to take hold at the struggling IT giant.
  • Chef cooks up infrastructure testing tools

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    Borrowing a technique from the software development community, Chef, maker of a popular system configuration tool, has released the first commercial software to support a new and supposedly more effective approach to managing hardware and software, called test-driven infrastructure.
  • Microsoft seeks help in pushing cloud tech

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Looks to partners to help convince enterprises to switch from Microsoft software to its cloud services.
  • Oracle ties its social intelligence apps to LinkedIn

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Oracle has hooked up its SRM (social relationship management) software suite to LinkedIn, a move to give marketing and customer support staffers a way to reach the business-oriented social network's 300 million users.
  • Microsoft's future under Nadella less about Windows, more about mobile and cloud

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    Microsoft's future will be less devoted to its Windows operating system as it continues to push into mobile and cloud services, CEO Satya Nadella said, using his keynote speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about where the company is headed.
  • Sony gaming websites down over unpaid bills

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 9:31 am

    Sony on Wednesday was struggling to ensure access to game-related websites that went offline apparently because of unpaid domain name bills.
  • SAP withdraws appeal in German software resale dispute

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 5:25 am

    SAP has withdrawn its appeal in a dispute over the resale of used SAP software in Germany, according to a filing with the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg.
  • Mozilla's JPEG compression slims down file sizes

    Posted July 16, 2014 - 2:11 am

    Mozilla has released an updated version of its JPEG compression tool that shaves down file sizes by 5 percent, a small figure but one that is significant for image-intensive Web services such as Facebook.
  • Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Apple's partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies -- as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises.
  • Bank of America illegally copied $300 million in software, alleges Tibco lawsuit

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    Bank of America illegally copied US$300 million worth of Tibco's enterprise software for use in a massive IT project at its Merrill Lynch subsidiary, Tibco alleges in a lawsuit.
  • Skype group calls now free on Surface, Windows tablets

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Users can make group calls for free on Windows PCs, so why not tablets, too? Microsoft has solved that problem.
  • Apple fires back at China state media allegations of location tracking

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Apple's certainly no stranger to accusations of location tracking, but the latest allegations come from what may be a surprising source: China's state-sponsored media. As reported by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, China Central Television called the iPhone a "national security concern," suggesting that it could even compromise "state secrets" if the device is being used by Chinese state officials. On Monday, Apple responded to the charges.
  • Chromebook sales explode in the workplace

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Tablets may be all the rage, but there's a significant turf war brewing in the U.S. PC market. Between January and May, Chromebook sales to U.S. businesses and other large institutions rose by more than 250 percent compared to the same time last year, according to a new report from market research firm NPD Group.
  • PicNet completes large-scale deployment for Terry White Chemists

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:59 am

    PicNet has completed deployment of over a hundred wireless access points and a central management system for Terry White Chemists.
  • SoftLayer fuels IBM hybrid Cloud growth

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 11:25 am

    SoftLayer has fuelled hybrid Cloud adoption by attracting thousands of new customers according to parent company IBM.
  • Feds declare big win over Cryptolocker ransomware

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 10:52 am

    A status update filed in Pennsylvania by the U.S. Department of Justice said that both the Gameover Zeus botnet and Cryptolocker 'remained neutralized.'
  • Zimbra buys its way into cloud storage market

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Cloud storage and file-sharing fever has hit Zimbra.
  • Oracle hopes to make SQL a lingua franca for big data

    Posted July 15, 2014 - 8:00 am

    Oracle is hoping to turn heads in the crowded data analysis market with Big Data SQL, a software tool that can run a single SQL query against Oracle's own database as well as Hadoop and NoSQL data stores.
  • OCZ flash accelerator takes a sharper focus on SQL Server

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 7:45 pm

    Storage has always affected how fast software runs, but IT shops now have more tools they can bring to bear on the problem.
  • Microsoft COO tells partners to get with the cloud program now

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company's cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.
  • Nine things everyone should know how to do with a spreadsheet

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    If your job (or even your personal life) requires you to do anything substantial with numbers, chances are you use a spreadsheet app to do it. As a Mac user, you've got plenty of choices among spreadsheet apps, but for most of us the choice comes down to three: Microsoft's Excel 2011; Apple's Numbers (version 3.2); and the browser-based Sheets section of Google Docs.
  • Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 9:32 am

    The recent release of Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support/LTS (Trusty Tahr) proves to us once again that it doesn't matter if you're Oracle, Microsoft, or Canonical: Bringing a fleet of products into new release revision synch is tough.
  • How Android TV will change the way you game

    Posted July 14, 2014 - 9:10 am

    The line that separates mobile games from console experiences is already blurring. Google's plans for its Android TV platform figure to obscure it even more.
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