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Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform
Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, has announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, designed to let large enterprise firms train and...
Millennials think Snap’s camera glasses Spectacles are ‘weird’ but love the app
Snap recently went public and investors are trying to figure out whether the company has long-term growth, or whether it is facing stiff competition from the likes of Facebook. For now however, millennials,...
LG's SteamVR headset is real – and it's at GDC this week
It appears LG is entering the VR gaming ring with the likes of HTC and Oculus, thanks to a little help from Valve.The electronics giant behind the upcoming LG G6 handset is demonstrating its first prototype...
Top YouTube publisher says platform doesn't make it easy to find premium content
AwesomenessTV makes most of its money from YouTube. But CEO Brian Robbins thinks YouTube could give premium content — the kind of stuff his company is making for YouTube every day — a little more love....
CrowdStrike Updates Falcon Security Platform to Discover More Risks
Security vendor repackages its security platform providing legacy anti-virus replacement, Endpoint Detection and Response, as well as discovery capabilities. CrowdStrike updated its Falcon security platform...
IBM Brings Watson Cognitive Computing to Security Operations
After months of training, IBM's Watson for Cyber Security platform is now ready for the market and will help to enable a new generation of Cognitive Security Operations Centers. IBM announced a series...
Capsule8 Launches Linux-Based Container Security Platform
Cybersecurity startup Capsule8 this week announced that it has raised $2.5 million to launch the industry's first container-aware, real-time threat protection platform designed to protect legacy and next-generation...
Tenable Brings Vulnerability Management Platform to the Cloud
Tenable rolls out new Tenable.io Software-as-a-Service vulnerability platform, built from the ground-up for the cloud era, providing web application scanning, container security and vulnerability management...
TechDemocracy Launches Intellicta Security Risk Platform
TechDemocracy officially releases its Intellicta platform to provide situational awareness for security risk, governance and compliance issues. Understanding security risk across an organization is often...
The Witness is finally available for Android...as an Nvidia Shield exclusive
The Witness, by Braid creator Jonathan Blow, was one of, if not the best, puzzle games of last year. Now, almost twelve months on, the game has finally made its way to Android as an Nvidia Shield exclusive. The...
Here are challenges Snapchat faces as it gets closer to its IPO
Snapchat says it has 150 million daily active users, with the majority in the 18- to 24-year-old range. Its private nature lets users send videos to each other without sharing them publicly, which some...
Microsoft Introduces Azure Cloud-Based Connected Vehicle Platform
Renault-Nissan Alliance will be among the first automakers to bring Microsoft's Cortana and other Azure Cloud services to their connected cars. In the near future, Cortana may remind drivers of an upcoming...
Nutanix Expands Networking in Its Enterprise Cloud Platform
The company that made its name in the hyperconverged infrastructure space is continuing to expand its efforts to offer a complete enterprise platform. Nutanix is adding network visualization and improved...
Download of the day: FreeFileSync
The days when we did everything on a single computer are long gone. Today we’re flitting around between Macs and PCs and maybe Linux boxes too.So how do you keep the stuff you need synchronized between...
As Twitter prepares to report earnings, advertisers are growing lukewarm on the company
One year after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as official CEO, the company has yet to launch a product that has generated much excitement among advertisers — a task that's key to the company's...
Renesas Enhances Synergy IoT Platform with New ARM Offerings
The chip vendor is partnering with Express Logic and IAR on the next generation of the Synergy platform for developers of IoT products. Semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics is teaming with two other...
Avaya Creates a Single Platform for Business Communications
The company's Equinox offering will improve the user experience by making it easier for customers to move from one application to another. Avaya is taking its multiple unified communications and conferencing...
Avaya Platform Offers Cloud-Based Unified Network Support
The Avaya Cloud Networking Platform will make the deployment and management of increasingly complex networks simpler and cost-effective. Avaya is introducing a new platform that lets enterprises and midsize...
SolarWinds Updates Server, Application Monitoring Platform
Features include the ability to remediate server issues remotely with built-in troubleshooting tools, as well as integration with the Orion platform. Information technology management software specialist...
SAP to Spend $2.2 Billion to Expand IoT Efforts Worldwide
As part of the five-year plan, the company also is buying two companies to help expand the IoT capabilities of the software maker's SAP HANA platform. Enterprise software maker SAP will spend $2.2 billion...
Facebook hits 4 million advertisers, COO Sheryl Sandberg says
It comes after a Wall Street Journal report that revealed the social media company overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years. While Sandberg said she can't promise...
Twitter for sale? Here's who might be looking and why
It hasn't been an easy road for Twitter. The social network has run up against years of flat growth, has a history of letting abuse slide and struggles to quell terrorism. Now, rumors are swirling about...
Chinese wanderlust drives rapid growth for payment platform Alipay
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Alipay payment platform has inked deals with 10 overseas airports as it looks to expand on the back of Chinese consumers' growing appetite for travel, and has already signed...
Facebook VP David Marcus explains how Messenger will make money
Another bit of news: Consumers will no longer have to interact with bots only through text. Now developers can pull in web interfaces so users can scroll through lists or play games while still within...
SmartBear Enables SwaggerHub to Instantly Deploy to Microsoft Azure
SmartBear Software announced that its SwaggerHub API developer collaboration platform enables API developers to deploy directly to Microsoft Azure. SmartBear Software, a provider of software quality tools...
Qualcomm Unveils Self-Contained VR Headset
The VR820 reference platform will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chips and is being created with Goertek. Qualcomm officials are introducing a reference platform for virtual reality headsets...
Boost for start-ups as Kickstarter makes Asian debut in Hong Kong and Singapore
Kickstarter, one of the world's largest crowd funding platforms, made its Asian debut in Hong Kong and Singapore on Wednesday. Creators in both cities can now put their projects onto the Kickstarter platform...
eXalt KWaaS Platform Helps Businesses Digital Transform Themselves
The KWaaS platform offers marketing, e-commerce and operational executives the ability to specify business rules and changes without software or IT involvement. Cloud-based digital transformation services...
Google is killing Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux
Enlarge / Chrome apps running on an older version of Chrome OS.Andrew CunninghamFurther ReadingThe Play Store comes to Chrome OS, but not the way we were expecting reader comments 24 Share this story...
Optimizely, Anaplan Add to Azure AD App Gallery
Microsoft's cloud-based user identity and management platform's growing roster of compatible apps now includes the A/B testing service in addition to more than 20 new third-party apps. Microsoft's Azure...
Cradlepoint SDK Targeted at IoT, M2M Applications
Developers and enterprise customers can create tailored M2M and IoT applications on top of Cradlepoint platforms to address specific business needs. Cloud-based network solutions specialist Cradlepoint...
This leather jacket doubles as a personal, wearable cloud
We carry a lot of computing power around with us. A smartphone in our pockets. A smartwatch, or perhaps a fitness tracker on our wrists. A laptop in our backpacks. With that comes a lot of redundant computing...
The NFL to launch Snapchat's 'Discover' platform
The National Football League announced on Tuesday that it will start getting featured on Snapchat's "Discover" channel, and struck a deal for an extended partnership with the social media company. The...
Evergage Data Hub Synchronizes Customer Information Across Systems
The platform is designed to simplify the integration process and give marketers a centralized repository of customer data to use for personalization. Real-time personalization platform company Evergage...
AT&T Releases SDN Management Platform to Open Source
Officials with the carrier say they are releasing the ECOMP technology to the open-source community via the Linux Foundation. AT&T officials are following through on a promise to release the management...
How Digimarc Is Transforming Mobile Apps Into Engagement Tools
Oregon-based Digimarc is the inventor of the Digimarc Discover platform featuring the imperceptible Digimarc Barcode for identifying and interacting with virtually any media. The platform lets smartphones...
Cisco Partners for Chat Bot Development
The company is teaming up with Gupshup and API.ai to drive the development of bots that can be integrated onto its Spark collaboration platform. Cisco Systems is enlisting partners in its efforts to grow...
10 Reasons Why Enterprise Cloud Computing Is Ready to Boom
At its Worldwide Partner Conference on July 11, Microsoft announced a partnership with GE under which the industrial giant will integrate its Predix Internet of things (IoT) platform with the Microsoft...
The long and painful death of Flash
Introduction and the curse of JobsIf you've used the internet for longer than a few years then it's more than likely you've come across Flash. Historically, the format has been a pervasive force on the...
C3 IoT Lands Energy Power ENGIE in Major IoT Deal
C3 IoT will provide ENGIE the necessary power, scalability and flexibility to apply machine-learning and advanced real time analytics to very large petabyte-scale data sets. IoT platform-as-a-service...
Nutanix Looks to Move Beyond Hyperconverged Space
With new capabilities in storage, automation and hypervisor support, the company wants to become a data center platform vendor. Nutanix, which has made its name in providing software for the growing hyperconverged...
CTERA Expands Enterprise File Services Platform with Endpoint Backup
The platform is a private cloud IT-as-a-Service platform for storing, protecting and governing data across endpoints, remote offices and servers. Secure file specialist CTERA announced enhanced enterprise...
Microsoft .NET: A Platform for All Developers
Microsoft continues to enhance its .NET platform to support any developer writing any application on any platform. To that end, the software giant recently held dotnetConf, a virtual conference focused...
Autodesk Launches Forge Cloud Tools for Devs, Invests in Startups
Autodesk goes public with the first three companies it's invested in as part of a $100 million fund announced last year. Computer-aided-design has come a long way since the days when high-powered workstations...
Updated: OS X 10.12 release date, news and rumors
OS X 10.12Update: A new rumor suggests Apple engineers are busy developing a Continuity-like TouchID implementation for Mac. Read on to find out more.With Microsoft's Windows 10 heating up the PC market,...
Facebook goes all-in on mobile with dumping of web ad platform
Not so long ago, Facebook investors doubted the social network's ability to win on mobile. Now it's practically the only thing that matters. Facebook said Wednesday that it's doing away with a desktop...
Microsoft bangs the final nail in Nokia Devices’ coffin, will lay off 1,850
Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop during happier times. Elop got the boot in 2015.The last remaining vestiges of Nokia at Microsoft are being closed down as the company "streamlines" its...
CoreOS Fest Showcases New Projects to Advance Containers
CoreOS held its second annual CoreOS Fest event May 9-10 in Berlin, with a satellite event simulcast in San Francisco. CoreOS originally got its start in 2013 as an optimized delivery platform for Docker...
NXP Unveils Platform for Autonomous Vehicles
At its FTF show this week, the chip maker is demonstrating its offering, which includes its BlueBox compute engine for self-driving cars. Officials with chip maker NXP Semiconductors expect the company...
SAP Reveals New Functionality, Partnerships for IoT Platform
SAP is building out its new platform and partnering with Dell, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Siemens and Hitachi to bring more functionality to the table. SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There are apparently no quick...
Chrome dev asserts browser is viable VR platform, targets 90 FPS rendering
Author's approximation of what VR on Chrome might look like. (A little too literal? Whatever.)The ongoing virtual reality battles aren’t just being waged on the hardware side. Software firms are making...
Hitachi Launches IoT Business Unit, Lumada Platform
The creation of the Hitachi Insight Group and IoT platform positions the conglomerate to better compete with the likes of GE in the emerging market. Hitachi officials have said the massive multinational...
Siri creator introduces Viv, the new AI assistant
Embed Share From Siri creator Dag Kittlaus comes Viv, a product that aims to be the next generation personal assistant. Kittlaus sat down with USA TODAY’s Ed Baig to talk about Viv and where he thinks...
Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair
Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Solair, an Italy-based IoT service that was founded in 2011 (and not the U.S.-based company that makes retractable awnings). Solair already used Microsoft’s Azure...
Apple throws open doors to CareKit, shows off the first four apps
AppleFollowing the huge success of Apple’s ResearchKit—which connected tens of thousands of patients with clinical research in its first year—comes the release today of its medical sibling, the open source...
StoryStream Secures $2.6M from MMC for its smart content platform
Marketers have a complicated time of it. They have to combine user generated content with branded content in a way that doesn’t leave the brand looking utterly foolish. StoryStream has a platform...
Stream on Steam: You can now stream movies on gaming platform
Steam, the platform where users can buy and download games is stepping up its push into movie-streaming after it struck a partnership with film studio Lionsgate. The U.S. entertainment company behind...
Red Hat Goes All-In on OpenStack
Red Hat on Wednesday announced the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and OpenStack Platform 8. The offerings provide a complete, integrated hybrid cloud stack with a container application platform,...
BioBeats raises $2.28M for its platform to replace human stress therapists
BioBeats takes the data from wearables which monitor the health of employees of patients and puts it into a biometric machine-learning platform that delivers insights to healthcare providers or employers....
Why Bots Aren't Ready to Replace Mobile Apps
NEWS ANALYSIS: Everybody's hyping bots as a solution to out-of-control mobile apps. Don't believe the hype. Suddenly, bots are everywhere. Bots are the next big platform. Bots will save us from the "app...
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Update: New Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus price information and release date information has become available, so we've added it to our ongoing review.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the new Android phone that's...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 'comeback' phone
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bump up the screen size by doing away with a physical home button and dramatically reducing the frame - or bezel.Taking up nearly all of the front of the phone, the screen curves...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign
reader comments 15 Share this story Jennifer Hahn NEW YORK CITY—After tons of leaks and speculation, the Galaxy S8 is finally here. Samsung took the wraps off its newest flagship at the swanky Lincoln...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8, after Note 7 fiasco
NEW YORK -- Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the...
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