Author: Hoofer

December 15, 2010 Off

HP ePrint news goes local

By Hoofer
Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

HP was smart enough to realise that once you’ve designed printers with network interfaces and enough processing power to run a touchscreen control panel, it doesn’t take all that much to add network based services.

For example, the ePrint models can print documents sent to them by email, and download and print daily news summaries and other content. The problem was that the initial news source was American.

HP has now added Australian news and headlines through Yahoo!7 Daily Brief.

December 14, 2010 Off

Leaving Facebook

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Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erika Jonietz.

Not the Diaspora—I didn’t convert to Judaism or emigrate anywhere. Instead, I accepted a coveted (by geeks) invitation to sign up for Diaspora, a decentralized, privacy-focused social network created by four New York University undergrads in response to what has been seen as Facebook’s focus on profits at the expense of users’ privacy.

December 14, 2010 Off

Rackspace Seeks An Edge Over Amazon With Managed Cloud Launch

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Grazed from CRN.  Author:  Andrew R. Hickey.

Rackspace Hosting on Tuesday launched a new managed cloud service, a hosted offering that the company says gives it an edge over commodity cloud players like Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) Web Services.

"We’re bringing that managed service level over to the cloud," said Pat Matthews, senior vice president of cloud at Rackspace, adding that managed cloud takes some queues from Rackspace’s managed hosting launch of a decade ago. "It differentiates us from Amazon."

December 14, 2010 Off

Google Docs delivers full desktop on iPad

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Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Anthony Caruana.

About a month ago, Google made an update to the mobile version of Docs so that editing of documents, albeit with some limits, was now available on mobile platforms like Android and iOS. Over the weekend, some further tweaks appeared. Now, the desktop version of Google Docs can be enabled on the iPhone.

December 13, 2010 Off

Lenovo: Convergence through cloud as future of IT

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

In an interview with ZDNet Asia during his recent trip to Singapore, Rory Read, president and chief operating officer of Lenovo, said the convergence technology, which allows seamless movement of data from one device to another, will be the next wave of innovation for the next three to five years.

Users will not want to move their data from their smartphone to other devices manually, said Read, noting that this will need to be done seamlessly. "Think about it. You will take a picture with your smartphone or smart camera. It’s going to automatically, [via] 3G, link up and distribute that information to your laptop," he illustrated.

December 13, 2010 Off

Amazon announces storage cloud for 5TB objects

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Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Jack Clark.

For Amazon Web Services (AWS), an object is a piece of data, file or group of files. AWS assigns an identification key to the object, which is stored across a number of datacentres in AWS’s S3 storage cloud.

On Thursday, AWS announced in a blog post that it had boosted the potential size of objects.

December 12, 2010 Off

Cisco: ‘World head over heels for convergence’

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Grazed from The Register.  Author:  Timothy Prickett Morgan.

Cisco Systems didn’t necessarily want to be in the server racket. But a few years back, when the networking giant realized that converging server and storage networks would cut into its revenue streams. Therefore, to remain relevant – by which I mean to make money – Cisco could create converged infrastructure, including servers and networking together and partner for storage and hypervisors.

December 11, 2010 Off

Microsoft dives into cloud as resellers ask: ‘What’s in it for me?’

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Grazed from The Register.  Author: Tim Anderson.

Analysis “We’re rebooting, re-pivoting, re-transitioning the whole company around betting big on cloud services,” said Microsoft CFO Kevin Turner at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year.

Turner was talking about hosted services – based mainly on Exchange and SharePoint – along with the Azure application and storage platform. Customers for Microsoft’s BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) include Royal Mail, American Express, and the State of California.