November 12, 2018 at 04:20PM Black Friday may be still be 10 days away, but shopping season started early in the enterprise this year. We have seen acquisitions totaling almost $50 billion in the last couple of months alone, topped by the mega $34 billion IBM-Red Hat deal two weeks ago. What exactly is going on… Continue reading Enterprise shopping season starts early with almost $50B in recent deals
November 09, 2018 at 03:11PM LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with some 580 million users, took a big step into professional development and education when it acquired Lynda.com for $1.5 billion and used it as the anchor for LinkedIn Learning. Now, with 13,000 courses on the platform, LinkedIn is announcing two… Continue reading LinkedIn Learning now includes 3rd party content and Q&A interactive features
November 06, 2018 at 02:34PM Every day, there are around 650,000 emergency service callouts via 911 for medical, police and fire assistance in the US; and by their nature these are some of the most urgent communications that we will ever make. But ironically in the age of smartphones, connected things and the internet, these… Continue reading RapidSOS, an emergency response data provider, raises $30M as it grows from 10K users to 250M
November 01, 2018 at 11:13AM Hilary wants to upgrade to a 15.6in laptop with a 256GB SSD, but they are too expensive. Would a smaller drive be OK?I need to replace an old 15.6in Acer Aspire laptop with a Core i3 processor. I want to go down the SSD route, but do I need 128GB… Continue reading Is a 128GB SSD big enough for Windows 10?
October 30, 2018 at 09:02PM Let’s start with a basic premise that the vast majority of the world’s workloads remain in private data centers. Cloud infrastructure vendors are working hard to shift those workloads, but technology always moves a lot slower than we think. That is the lens through which many cloud companies operate. The… Continue reading The hybrid cloud market just got a heck of a lot more compelling
October 30, 2018 at 05:58PM Microsoft, Facebook and Google express confusion over plans and call for more clarityPhilip Hammond’s proposals to introduce a digital sales tax on technology firms will face tough opposition, as the industry warned a similar European Union measure could inadvertently damage European companies.Microsoft, Facebook and Google expressed confusion over the chancellor’s… Continue reading Hammond’s digital tax faces opposition from big tech firms
October 29, 2018 at 06:52PM As you look at the $34 billion IBM-Red Hat deal announced yesterday, if you follow the enterprise closely, it seems like a good move, at least on its face. It could be years before we understand the true value of it for IBM (or lack thereof, depending on how it… Continue reading Assessing IBM’s $34 billion Red Hat acquisition
October 28, 2018 at 11:21PM With its latest $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM may have found something more elementary than “Watson” to save its flagging business. Though the acquisition of Red Hat is by no means a guaranteed victory for the Armonk, N.Y.-based computing company that has had more downs than ups over… Continue reading Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM
October 28, 2018 at 07:15PM After rumours flew around this weekend, IBM today confirmed that it would acquire open source, cloud software business Red Hat for $190 per share in cash, working out to a total value of $34 billion. IBM said the deal has already been approved by the boards of directors of both IBM… Continue reading IBM to buy Red Hat for $34B in cash and debt, taking a bigger leap into hybrid cloud
October 26, 2018 at 09:15PM The Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract bidding process has drawn a lot of attention. Earlier this month, Google withdrew, claiming ethical considerations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos responded in an interview at Wired25 that he thinks that it’s a mistake for big tech companies to turn their back on the US military.… Continue reading Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins
October 26, 2018 at 02:41PM After getting EU approval a week ago, today Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, the Git-based code sharing and collaboration service with 31 million developers, has officially closed. The Redmond, WA-based software behemoth first said it would acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock in June of this year, and after the acquisition… Continue reading Microsoft closes its $7.5B purchase of code-sharing platform GitHub
October 25, 2018 at 12:33PM Jane has read that Microsoft is removing the screen-capture utility in Windows 10 and would like a free alternativeThe next Windows 10 update will remove the Snipping Tool, and I wonder if there is an alternative free tool you would recommend. Apparently the workaround is to use OneNote, but not… Continue reading What’s the best replacement for the Windows 10 Snipping Tool?
October 24, 2018 at 09:00PM Last year, Amazon announced a new initiative, Alexa for Business, designed to introduce its voice assistant technology and Echo devices into a corporate setting. Today, it’s giving the platform a big upgrade by opening it up to device makers who are building their own solutions that have Alexa built-in. The… Continue reading Alexa for Business opens up to third-party device makers
October 24, 2018 at 06:45PM Larry Ellison gave his Oracle Openworld keynote on Monday and of course he took several shots sat AWS. In his view, his company’s cloud products were cheaper, better and faster than AWS, but then what would you expect him to say? He rolled out a slide with all the facts… Continue reading Oracle’s Larry Ellison keeps poking AWS because he has no choice
October 23, 2018 at 06:00AM This slim, powerful machine is the finest example of what a Windows laptop should be. If only it came with USB-C The Surface Laptop 2 is Microsoft’s ultimate vision of what a Windows 10 laptop should be – simple, sleek and sophisticated, but still a little different.The look, feel and… Continue reading Surface Laptop 2 review: Microsoft’s sleeker answer to the MacBook Air
October 22, 2018 at 01:00PM Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that lets developers specify and manage their cloud infrastructure using the programming language they already know, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Madrona Venture Group. Tola Capital also participated in this round and Tola managing director Sheila… Continue reading Pulumi raises $15M for its infrastructure as code platform
October 21, 2018 at 09:00AM Results from Microsoft Google, Amazon and more will show whether this month’s jitters are still affecting the web giantsWhat does the future hold for US tech stocks? The coming weeks will tell, as eight of the most dominant technology companies report results.Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s parent), Amazon, Snap Inc (Snapchat), Twitter,… Continue reading After gloom over Nasdaq losses, tech investors hope for a ray of sunshine
October 18, 2018 at 04:21PM 'We need to make a choice between people and profits,' one Amazon worker says Microsoft and Amazon workers protest firms' military AI contract and 'authoritarian surveillance' tech ...
October 17, 2018 at 12:53PM Company is first Chinese member of Partnership on AI, following, Google, Apple, Facebook and othersThe AI ethics body formed by five of the largest US corporations has expanded to include its first Chinese member, the search firm Baidu.The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society – known as… Continue reading Chinese search firm Baidu joins global AI ethics body
October 16, 2018 at 06:00PM For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub… Continue reading GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool
October 16, 2018 at 10:50AM 'Personal computing would not have existed without' Allen, Bill Gates said, but that was just one of his many achievements Paul Allen death: The Microsoft founder who was a space pioneer, football lover and guitar player 'as good as Hendrix' ...
October 16, 2018 at 08:46AM Using the same materials found in space craft and sports cars, Microsoft's latest laptop is a genuine adversary to Apple Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: A supremely smooth statement of intent ...
October 16, 2018 at 08:00AM It looks, feels and works great, is cheaper than the previous version and lasts longer on a charge, but it still doesn’t have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3The new Surface Pro 6 the latest version of Microsoft’s category-defining detachable tablet PC, but do a price cut, faster chips and a new… Continue reading Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: a fantastic tablet PC you shouldn’t buy