How Cyber Security Needs Are Driving Cloud Adoption

According to Goldman Sachs spending on cloud computing infrastructure and … Cyber security is of major importance to cloud computing companies.


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Sept. 22 marks the worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows, with a new delivery model and apps designed to pair with Windows 10.

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3 Big takeaways from Amazon’s latest cloud outage

In the wee hours of Sunday morning something went very wrong in an Amazon Web Services data center.

At 6 AM ET error rates for the company’s massive NoSQL database named DynamoDB began skyrocketing in AWS’s US-East Virginia region – the oldest and largest of its nine global regions. By 7:52 AM ET, AWS determined the cause of the problems: an issue with how the database manages metadata had gone awry, impacting the service’s partitions and tables.

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Amazon Web Service’s Health Dashboard shows the timeline of events from Sunday’s outage, including the root cause. 

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Apple removes apps as App Store hit in malware attack

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Dozens of iOS apps in Apple’s App Store were infected with malware in recent days, including hugely popular Chinese social networking apps, in what appears to be first major case of hackers breaching Apple’s highly controlled mobile software ecosystem.

Apple said Sunday it had removed apps from the App Store that were known to include the malicious code, but not before apps like WeChat, which has hundreds of millions of Chinese users, had been distributed with malware that could attempt to steal users’ passwords and other information.

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First big data pilot zone in China launched

… Alibaba and Tencent, have moved into the province’s Guian New District since 2013 to establish cloud computing bases and big data centers.


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Amazon rolls out cold cloud storage option

Amazon Web Services today launched a new, less-expensive flavor of its cloud-based object storage service meant for data that is infrequently accessed (IA).

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Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) IA is an alternative to the company’s standard S3 offering and its Glacier service. Amazon’s three storage offerings now include: S3 for fast access to data; S3 IA, which is less expensive than S3 with a slight tradeoff in availability; and Glacier, which offers even less expensive prices, with high availability but the tradeoff of long latency for retrievals.

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Google’s New Chromecast Reportedly Coming This Month, Spotify Support Also Likely

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Google’s second-generation Chromecast has been a while in the making, but now there appears to be some fresh leaks on what we can expect to see from it — and when.

The new Chromecast, which almost looks like a party balloon with a USB stick poking out based on newly leaked images, is expected to include the option to pull feeds into the home screen (that could mean social media feeds, for example, but not confirmed), better WiFi (perhaps 802.11ac), a new “Fast Play” feature, and more, according to 9to5Google.

The blog also said in a separate report Thursday that we can expect to see Chromcast support for Spotify’s mobile app.

Google is hosting an event later this month on September 29 where it’s due to unveil two new Nexus devices. If this Chromecast report is true, we can expect to see that there, too.

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With the original Chromecast, users still experienced a delay when hitting the cast button from a connected smartphone or tablet, so the report predicts that the new Fast Play feature could be around making that experience more seamless — it also ties into the faster WiFi.

Finally, Google is expected to also launch something called Chromecast Audio, according to the leaked documentation obtained by 9to5Google.

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“It appears that this could allow your Chromecast to plug directly into any speaker by way of auxiliary cord, providing Chromecast support to any speaker or audio system in your home,” the blog wrote. “This feature will, according to the documents, have multi-room support, the ability to mirror your Chrome or Android audio, and brings ‘high-quality’ audio.”

While Google has continued to push out firmware updates for the original 2013 device, the hardware itself is overdue for an refresh. For fans of the first Chromecast that have been patiently waiting, it looks like your time has finally come.

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Oracle licence sales continue to decline – and cloud fails to take up the slack

While Oracle’s sales have been squeezed, sales of cloud computing services haven’t been able to make up the shortfall. Software and platform as a …


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Uber’s enemies unite: its top American rival teams up with its biggest China rival

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If you can’t beat em, join forces with another company who can help run em off the road.

Lyft, the friendlier, mustachioed alternative to Uber in the U.S., announced Wednesday that it has entered into an “alliance” with Didi Kuaidi, Uber’s better positioned competitor in China, that will effectively launch Lyft in China and help beat back Uber in two key markets

Didi Kuaidi has invested $ 100 million in Lyft as part of an earlier round of private financing. The two companies will also collaborate on technology and product development, making it possible for Lyft passengers to access Didi Kuaidi in China without changing apps and vice versa as part of the new strategic partnership. Read more…

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