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The End To Windows 7 In October 2016

The End To Windows 7 In October 2016

It’s finally happened. Microsoft has updated its Windows lifecycle fact sheet that outlines the product sales periods for all its desktop operating systems. It has set a date of 31st October for Windows 7 to be completely killed off.

This raises a critical issue too if you buy a new PC next year – if you buy it after July 29th make absolutely sure you select the Windows 10 option. Microsoft has stated it will allow anyone with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 copy to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. However, this grace period ceases at the end of July next year, with Windows 10 having been launched at the end of July this year. So, if you buy a Windows 7-based PC in August 2016, chances are you won’t be eligible for the free upgrade…

Read Full Article: Forbes

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg’s Commitment To Net Neutrality And Free Basics

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg’s Commitment To Net Neutrality And Free Basics

Commitment To Net Neutrality And Free Basics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage in New Delhi, India on Wednesday for a “Town Hall” session in which he strongly defended Facebook’s commitment to net neutrality, and explained how Free Basics, its open access platform previously known as internet.org, has brought 15 million people online who would otherwise not have internet access.

But with reports that India’s government is considering drafting new regulations to guarantee net neutrality, and some withering criticism from Indian net activists about Facebook’s platform and its partnership with mobile operator Reliance Communication, there has been much skepticism in the press and the blogosphere on why Zuckerberg has chosen to visit India so soon after his initial visit a year ago.

Free Basic was launched in a blaze of glory earlier in August 2013 with the promise of “bringing together technology leaders, nonprofits and local communities to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have internet access.” The argument is an inspiring one and presented universal internet access as a fundamental human right of the 21st century.

Drones & Hot Air Balloons

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Free Basics is now operational in 25 countries and has some groundbreaking technologies rolling out, including drones and hot-air balloons to deliver wi-fi to Africa, but it is in India, the second biggest Facebook market in the world after the United States with over 130 million Facebook users, where the prospects for the project will be decided. With over 1 billion Indians still not connected to the Internet at all, it’s become a crucial market for Facebook to get right as it looks to expand its global reach.

There are signs that Facebook’s technological savvy and all the good intentions in the world may not be enough to achieve its goal of free global internet access. Uptake has been slow and the New York Times spent a lot of time on the ground talking to ordinary Indians who had never heard of the service. “Facebook says the primary goal is to show people what the Internet is all about,” reported the New York Times of October 25, “but many Indians want more and complain that, contrary to its altruistic claims, the project is simply a way to get them onto Facebook and to sign up for paid plans.”

Furthermore, Facebook and its mobile partner Reliance Communications have been accused of cherry-picking partners to create a ‘walled-garden’ environment.

Scathing Criticism

Advocates for a free and an open Internet have been scathing in their criticism of the service. The editor of Indian news site MediaNama.org explained how ‘’on the open internet, everyone is equal, yet on Internet.org, Facebook is the kingmaker.’’ Global news service Al-Jazeera reported that Zuckerberg was quick to address these concerns, explaining how the service is not limited internet, and how “operators have spent billions of dollars on the infrastructure and so you cannot get the complete internet for free. So with Free Basics, we are letting developers offer zero-rated services. This is powerful. We are not being a filter of any content going through that.”

By Jeremy Daniel

Apple TV On Its Way Later This Month

Apple TV On Its Way Later This Month

The new Apple TV is available in capacities of 32 and 64 gigabytes. New orders are scheduled to be delivered between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 at the fastest, if customers are willing to pay for expedited delivery. Free orders deliver Nov 2 through Nov 4.

The first Oct. 30 deliveries will allow Apple to narrowly meet its promised delivery window of the month of October.

While home deliveries begin this week, retail availability of the Apple TV has not yet been announced. Apple’s online store simply states that in-store pickup of the new Apple TV will be available soon…

Read Article Source: Apple Insider

Apple May Owe Close To 1 Billion Dollars In Patent Damages

Apple May Owe Close To 1 Billion Dollars In Patent Damages

Smartphone makers are plenty used to patent battles—there was a time when seemingly every mobile handset manufacturer was suing one another over phone patents. But Apple has a new foe now: The company could owe up to $862.4 million in patent damages to the licensing arm of a major US public university, Reuters reports.

A jury has found that Apple, without permission, used chip technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in many of its popular devices, including recent iPhone models, according to Reuters. Intel, the leading PC chip maker, had settled with the university’s patent arm in 2009 just before trial, Reuters says…

Read Article: QZ.com

The Massive Tech Deal : Dell and EMC

The Massive Tech Deal : Dell and EMC

The Dell EMC Deal

Dell has acquired EMC for a whopping $67 billion, a Brobdingnagian deal regarded as the biggest takeover in the technology industry. Shareholders at EMC will get around $33.15 per share, which includes $24.05 per share in cash and tracking stock—valued at $9 per share—at VMware, the company’s popular cloud and virtualization subsidiary. Under the terms of the agreement, VMware will continue to operate as a publicly traded company.

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Dell and EMC said that the total transaction of the deal is valued at $67 billion. Although Dell recently reported having $12 billion in debt, the company astutely held negotiations with banks to help finance the acquisition. In a press release, Dell said that the buyout will be financed by a combination of debt financing (around $40 billion), tracking stock, cash on hand, and common equity from Dell founder Michael Dell, his private equity firms Silver Lake and MSD Partners, and the Singapore-based investment company Temasek Holdings.

The combination of Dell and EMC creates an enterprise solutions powerhouse bringing our customers industry leading innovation across their entire technology environment. Our new company will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next generation IT including digital transformation, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, mobile and security,” said Micheal Dell.

Our investments in R&D and innovation along with our privately-controlled structure will give us unmatched scale, strength and flexibility, deepening our relationships with customers of all sizes. I am incredibly excited to partner with the EMC, VMware, Pivotal, VCE, RSA and Virtustream teams and am personally committed to the success of our new company, our customers and partners,” he added.

Joe_Tucci CEOThe deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of Dell’s fiscal year, which ends in February 2017. Once the deal closes, Michael Dell is expected to lead the combined company as chairman and CEO. Meanwhile, Joe Tucci, the chairman and chief executive officer of EMC, will continue as chairman and chief executive officer of EMC until the transaction closes, although he could stay beyond the period. The two executives started the negotiations last year, sources said.

The coming together of EMC and Dell will create a powerhouse in the technology industry with more than $80B in revenue. The combined company will be a leader in a number of the most attractive high-growth areas of the $2 trillion information technology market. It will have complementary product portfolios, expanded market reach, and four of the world’s greatest technology franchises: servers, storage, virtualization and PCs,said Joe Tucci, chairman and chief executive officer of EMC. “Additionally, it brings together strong capabilities in the hottest IT trends, including digital transformation, the software-defined data center, hybrid cloud, converged infrastructure, mobile and security.”

The deal provides a unique relationship, mixing Dell’s expertise in computers and servers with EMC’s leading storage and virtualization services. EMC owns around 80 percent of VMware, which is currently valued at $33 billion in the market. The deal will help Dell transition from a consumer-focused company to an enterprise-centered business, competing against IBM, HP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Amazon. Investors lauded the deal.

This landmark transaction will create a powerhouse with leading franchises across enterprise IT. For EMC, this moment represents the culmination of Joe Tucci’s and his team’s work to create one of the most important technology companies of our time. We also commend Michael Dell and Silver Lake for their vision and creativity in recognizing EMC’s unrealized value and in creatively structuring the transaction,said Jesse Cohn, senior portfolio manager at Elliott Management. “Further, Elliott is pleased to participate in VMware’s ongoing upside through the tracking stock, which will benefit from both meaningful synergies as part of Dell’s organization as well as far greater liquidity than VMware shares have today.”combination of EMC and Dell will prove to be a winning combination for our customers, employees, partners and shareholders.”

By Gene Briones

Dell Acquires EMC For $67 Billion

Dell Acquires EMC For $67 Billion

Dell Inc. this morning formally announced that it has agreed to acquire network storage giant EMC Corp. EMC 6.66% for approximately $67 billion.

Under terms of the complex deal, EMC stockholders would approximately $33.15 per share. This includes $24.05 per share in cash and $9.10 worth of a tracking stock for VMWare VMW 1.75% , an EMC-owned cloud and virtualization software company that already has around a 20% equity “stub” trading on the public markets…

Read Article: Fortune

Smart Accessories:  The Apple Watch Hermes

Smart Accessories: The Apple Watch Hermes

The New Apple Watch Hermes

Apple began allowing the purchase of their newest wearable tech in collaboration with Hermes yesterday, October 5th, 2015. The French Luxury brand and and world’s largest technology company began collaborating after the introduction of the newest iPhone model last month. While this product release may not be the most significant in recent months (the new iPhone 6, Apple TV, and larger-than-life iPad Pro top the list), the partnership between these two brands alone is huge.

Smart clothing has seen a recent surge in popularity, with sport health bands, the Pebble, and necklaces that monitor heart rate and the amount of steps you’ve walked in a day being commonplace among western people’s daily accessories.
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The Apple Watch Hermes features a standard Apple Watch face with three unique types of bands, the single tour, double tour, and cuff models. With the standard price of a baseline Apple Watch being over $400, the partnering allows Apple to convey their latest new gadget as a luxury item. There is no doubting that those who can afford the watch are interested in luxurious accessories (The collection ranges from $1100 to $1500).

What the Apple Watch Hermes represents is the combination of mobile technology and high-end fashion. With two powerhouse brands such as these partnering up, it’s a matter of time before other technology companies pair their wearable tech with other fashion brands.

Hermes has always been known to be selective in the brands that it chooses to partner with, and ripples are being set within the fashion industry. The collection will only be available in 70 stores world-wide, and you can expect to find the watches in select Apple stores, Hermes boutiques, and high-end retail stores such as Maxfield, Colette in Paris, and Selfridges in London.

You can read more about the watch specifications on Apple’s product page.

By Keith Baird

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What Top SaaS Vendors Do I am not going to mention names in this article, but if you want to be the best, you must look at what the best do – and do it better. The importance of investing in SaaS onboarding can be easily overlooked in favor of designing efficient and powerful software…

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How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

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The Business of Security: Avoiding Risks

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4 Industries Being Transformed By The Internet of Things

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Cloud Infographic – Disaster Recovery

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5 Things To Consider About Your Next Enterprise Sharing Solution

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