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iPhone 6 Plus: Half of a very portable work system

zdnet.com — Summary: The iPhone 6 Plus becomes an integral part of a small work system that packs a punch when combined with the right accessory. I'm working at a sidewalk cafe with one of the smallest systems I've ever used for work.
Oct 31, 2014

iPhone 6 Plus: Half of a very portable work system via @jkendrick zd.net/1E73Kmt >>Could a journalist get by with this?

What's next for Microsoft's private cloud?

zdnet.com — Summary: Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the private cloud part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer. Microsoft's Azure team has been rolling out new services, features and partnerships at a breakneck pace as of late.

HTC Q3: Razor thin profits but its recovery still on track

zdnet.com — Summary: The Taiwanese phone maker drummed up a tiny profit for the three-month period, with the hope that it can do better during the lucrative December holiday quarter. HTC's recovery is still on track, but the carriages still seem a bit wobbly.
Oct 31, 2014

ZDNet: HTC Q3: Razor thin profits but its recovery still on track ow.ly/2PYoju

Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

zdnet.com — Summary: A circuit judge likened police forcing smartphone owners to unlock their device with a fingerprint akin to providing a DNA sample or an actual key. Is nothing sacred anymore? A Virginia circuit court judge ruled this week that smartphone users can be compelled to give up their fingerprint, but not their passcodes, allowing police to search their devices.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ZDNet: Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint zd.net/10EZ2yb

Following the launch of Apple Pay, Juniper Research thinks NFC will finally be a success

zdnet.com — Summary: For the past decade, NFC (Near Field Communications) has promised much and delivered little. But Juniper Research predicts that Apple Pay will now drive market adoption... After a decade where NFC (Near Field Communications) has suffered from what Juniper Research called a "vicious cycle of indifference", the company expects this month's launch of Apple Pay to boost the technology in the US market.
Oct 31, 2014

Following the launch of Apple Pay, Juniper Research thinks NFC will finally be a success, by me at @ZDNet ~ zd.net/109Oq9f

Film studios could use retained data to sue torrenters

zdnet.com — Summary: Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that copyright holders could sue ISPs to get hold of data retained as part of the government's mandatory data-retention regime.

Salesforce opens first European data centre in the UK

zdnet.com — Summary: Salesforce has opened its first European data center in the United Kindom, one of three new establishments planned over the next year. Salesforce has opened its first European data center, located in the United Kingdom.
Oct 31, 2014

ZDNet: Salesforce opens first European data centre in the UK ow.ly/2PY4pz

Sony rides high PlayStation 4 sales, Q2 losses narrower than expected

zdnet.com — Summary: Thanks to strong PlayStation 4 sales, Sony has posted a narrower than expected loss in Q2 -- but the firm's mobile division still suffers. Sony has reported narrower than expected losses in Q2, due to strong sales of the PlayStation 4 console. The Japanese electronic giant reported its second-quarter financial results (.PDF) on Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

ZDNet: Sony rides high PlayStation 4 sales, Q2 losses narrower than expected ow.ly/2PXSLy

Starbucks touts mobile order and pay, 'e-commerce on steroids'

zdnet.com — Summary: Starbucks is ahead of the retailing curve with its mobile efforts and is hoping to stay that way with a mobile order and pay service about to launch with delivery next year. Starbucks, which conducts nearly 7 million mobile transactions a week, is planning a order and pay service vis smartphones in 2015 as well as a delivery.

IBM teams with Chinese ISP Tencent to advance cloud portfolio

zdnet.com — Summary: The companies will work together to build Software-as-a-Service offerings that tap into mobile, cloud and big data for use in internal processes and operations. IBM has turned to the Chinese Internet service provider Tencent to help build out its public cloud portfolio with Software-as-a-Service offerings that tap into mobile, cloud and big data for use in internal processes and operations.
Oct 31, 2014

ZDNet: IBM teams with Chinese ISP Tencent to advance cloud portfolio ow.ly/2PXno4

The cloud and your health data: Who do you trust?

zdnet.com — Summary: Microsoft, Google and Apple are all looking to aggregate your health data, launch wearables and crunch your information in the cloud. How much does being an enterprise class cloud provider matter? Microsoft has launched a new platform dubbed Microsoft Health and a band that's designed to track your health data and serve out insights.

iPad Air 2: Overkill and underwhelming

zdnet.com — Summary: Apple's newest tablet is their thinnest and most powerful yet. So why am I disappointed? As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I sold my original iPad Air back to Amazon, and ordered the new iPad Air 2.

Red Hat delivers latest developer tools

zdnet.com — Summary: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is still new, but there are even newer programming tools. Fortunately, with the latest Version of Red Hat Software Collection, programmers can keep up to speed. When it comes to open-source programming tools, it sometimes seems that if you blink, your programs are out of date.

LinkedIn holds strong for Q3 earnings but falters on Q4 outlook

zdnet.com — Summary: Wall Street was expecting earnings of 47 cents per share with revenue of $557.49 million. LinkedIn handed in its third quarter earnings report after the bell on Thursday. The professional social network reported a net loss of $4.3 million (compared to $3.4 million a year ago), or three cents per share ( statement).

Microsoft Band is a game changer

zdnet.com — Summary: We've had the PC, and the smartphone, and then the tablet. Now we are entering a new era, that of the wearable. And Microsoft's sudden and rather dramatic entrance into the market with the Band is set to be a game changer. We've had the PC, and the smartphone, and then the tablet.

Six Clicks: Scariest Tech Trends of 2014

zdnet.com — Summary: Yes, it's Halloween of 2014, and we're here to revisit the technologies that are so frightening, they'll make you evacuate from multiple "interfaces". It sits racked in your dark, cold datacenter, where the evil sysadmin gnomes live. Haunting the inside of a 4U power sucking beast, stored on your SAN as physical file systems or as virtual machines.

Drupal Security Team gives ominous news

zdnet.com — Summary: The "Highly Critical" vulnerability revealed two weeks ago was widely exploited just hours after it was announced. But there's no evidence yet of actual, widespread attacks. In a year filled with horrible security blunders we may have a winner for worst of the year with a eight weeks still to go.

Android co-founder Andy Rubin said to be leaving Google

zdnet.com — Summary: The father of Google's mobile operating system stepped down as chief of the unit last year. As Sundar Pichai finds himself up on the way up the escalator at Google, it appears the former head of his department is on his way out of the company altogether.
Oct 30, 2014

ZDNet: Android co-founder Andy Rubin said to be leaving Google ow.ly/2PWAKt

Keyboards coming for the iPad Air 2 (Six clicks)

zdnet.com — Summary: Keyboard makers are busy updating their products to fit the iPad Air 2. Here are some keyboards tested extensively with the iPad Air that should be good options for iPad Air 2 owners. The iPad Air 2 is physically similar to the previous model.