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Red Hat’s Virtual Summit Crowds Hint at Future Conference Models

In what could be a trial run for more of the same, Red Hat held a first-ever virtual technical summit to spread the word about its latest cloud tech offerings. CEO Paul Cormier welcomed online viewers to the conference, which attracted more than 80,000 virtual attendees. The company made several key...

Amazon Ratchets Up Competition in 5G, Hybrid IT

Among the highlights of Amazon Web Services re:Invent are three announcements that strengthen its presence in the enterprise hybrid IT infrastructure market: AWS is teaming with Verizon to deliver 5G edge cloud computing; the first AWS Local Zone is located in Los Angeles; and AWS Outposts are gener...

Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency May Revolutionize E-Commerce

Facebook has released details about Libra, its long-rumored cryptocurrency. The company outlined plans "for a new decentralized blockchain, a low-volatility cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform that together aim to create a new opportunity for responsible financial services innovation." The...

ARM Joins Firms Shunning Huawei’s Business

British mobile device software design firm ARM has ordered its staff to stop working with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei and its subsidiaries, in compliance with a ban issued by President Trump. Under an executive order he signed last week, foreign companies and individuals are prohibited from buyi...

ANALYSIS

WiFi, Managed Services and the Home Network: Solving In-Home Connectivity

Home networks are a key building block for today's connected home systems and products, and wireless is the dominant method of connectivity for a variety of smart home, computing and entertainment devices. Loss of wireless connectivity can be disruptive to the user experience and seriously impair th...

Microsoft Buys Solair for Azure IoT

Microsoft last week announced the acquisition of Solair, a move to expand its global Internet of Things business. Solair's IoT customization and deployment solutions, which are built on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, have helped a wide range of businesses improve efficiencies and profitability, a...

Microsoft to Add Secure Islands to Its Cloud

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase data security firm Secure Islands. It will pay between $78 million and $150 million, according to reports, but company spokesperson Joel Sider declined to disclose the terms of the acquisition, which requires regulatory approval. Secure I...

BlackBerry Unveils BBM Protected to, Ahem, Protect Market Share

BlackBerry, whose share of the mobile phone market has been on a downward spiral, this week launched BBM Protected, the first in its planned eBBM Suite of secure enterprise-class messaging products. BBM Protected targets regulated industries. It's claimed to be the only secure mobile instant messagi...

Samsung to Try Out Tizen Smartphone in Russia

Samsung this week officially launched its long-anticipated Tizen phone, at the Tizen Developer Conference being held in San Francisco through Wednesday. One description of Tizen is that it's an open source Linux-based operating system from Samsung -- but that might be open to debate. The Samsung Z T...

TECH TREK

Nintendo Won’t Include Gay Characters in Sim Game

Nintendo won't include same-sex romantic activities in English editions of an upcoming life simulator game. The company has faced pressure, including a fan-fueled social media campaign, to let users have gay relationships in Tomodachi Life, a game whose characters are modeled after real people. The ...

Net Neutrality Wins Tough Battle in European Parliament

The European Parliament on Thursday approved new Net neutrality rules. Net neutrality, both in the EU and in the U.S., refers to the concept of requiring ISPs to treat all traffic the same regardless of its source. In Europe, that means ISPs such as Vodafone can't deliver content from competitive pr...

TECH TREK

Report: US Tech Titans Making Bank From Offshore US Treasury Securities

Apple, Microsoft, Google and Cisco have accumulated enormous amounts of money via interest payments from the U.S. government, according to a report from the UK's Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The companies together hold $163 billion in U.S. government debt. Of that $163 billion, $124 billion i...

TECH TREK

China to Test Drone’s Smog-Clearing Powers

China is taking its chemical war with smog to another level. Government agencies in China hope a newly designed drone can help mitigate air pollution. The airborne vehicle will spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, thereby knocking them to the ground. This tack begs whether it is advisable to have...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Malware Drop, Ransomware Rise Forecast for 2014

A malware decline and ransomware rise are in the security crystal ball for 2014. There will be less malware spreading through networks next year as hackers focus on obtaining credentials that allow them to access systems under the guise of authentic users. "Malware will still be important in estab...

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