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+ - Despite bolstering its offerings, BlackBerry is still stuck in the past->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The BlackBerry Security Summit gave the company a chance to announce its acquisition of Secusmart and affirm its commitment to delivering and expanding highly secure devices and services. While there were high points, it also demonstrated that BlackBerry is still out of touch in some key areas."
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+ - Why Frank and Oak uses Looker to keep its data looking sharp->

Submitted by Copy that 2
Copy that 2 (2700183) writes "Frank and Oak, an online men's clothing retailer, requires that users sign up to shop, offering them a new collection of clothes to choose from each month. With 1.5 million members, the company's previous BI platform wasn't cutting it and it soon ran into a bottleneck problem that will sound familiar to many users of such tools."
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+ - It's now possible to print computer memory on paper->

Submitted by Caleb Garling
Caleb Garling (3651989) writes "Paper is cheap, flexible, and widespread, making it a good candidate as a substrate, but one of the issues with printing conductive materials to paper is one of the reasons paper works so well for ink: absorption. Being porous and uneven is an unwanted quality when trying to lay down the very precise structures necessary for electronics.

To get around this, principal researcher Der-Hsien Lien and team first coated the paper in a layer of carbon. Their aim was to make a type of resistive random access memory (RRAM), where a voltage is applied across a layer of insulator via an electrode. Each "bit" on the paper would be an insulator sandwiched by two electrodes with a state of 1 or 0."

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+ - Microsoft: Platform->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Satya Nadella's experience coming up through the Microsoft ranks (and through several different divisions) has given him a very different picture of the company than Steve Ballmer had, and it's shaping his re-invention of Microsoft. The key to Nadella's Microsoft is the idea of Microsoft as a platform. While that idea may seem orthogonal to the original devices and services concept developed by Ballmer, it's actually closely related. The platform that Nadella is talking about is Microsoft's services, and he's thinking ten years ahead when hyperscale cloud services deliver much of our computing experience."
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+ - How to prepare for the flood of wearables into the workplace->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Wearables are poised to make a dramatic entrance into our lives and workplaces, if they haven't already. Wearables pose many of the paradigm shifting challenges that mobile devices, apps, and cloud services did. Companies will have to figure out how to redesign apps — again — to be more aware of context, and will have to grapple with new privacy and security challenges. But unlike with the flood of smartphones, this time they can be prepared."
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+ - Why Apple's IBM partnership is big win for HealthKit and iOS 8->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The IBM deal isn't just about helping Apple sell more iPads. IBM has deep connections and expertise in the health care industry, where IT departments still rule. The deal could help Apple establish HealthKit as a widely accepted standard, paving the way for a big win with iOS 8 devices and the rumored iWatch or other wearables."
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+ - IBM's iPad apps will be built using Swift programming language->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Buried in this CITEworld story about Tim Cook and Apple's earnings was an offhand remark that IBM is using Apple's new Swift programming language to build the dedicated enterprise apps for iOS under the terms of their deal. That could be very significant because it means that the apps will developed specifically for the iPad (and possibly the iPhone as well) and will take into account the form factor and mobile nature of the device. It could also mean that these are apps that will be iPad-specific and not easily ported to other mobile platforms like Android."
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+ - A year later, Virgin still loves Salesforce Chatter, but regrets outsourcing->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Eighteen months ago, CITEworld talked to Virgin America about their installation of Salesforce Chatter. In this follow-up, VA says they still love Chatter, and adoption and usage have actually grown. But the decision to outsource their Salesforce development had some unfortunate consequences."
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+ - How the Coachella school district handled rolling out 20,000 iPads->

Submitted by Gamoid
Gamoid (656769) writes "This past school year, the Coachella Valley Unified School District gave out 20,000 iPads to every single student. The good news is that kids love them, and only 6 of them got stolen or went missing. The bad news is, these iPads are sucking so much bandwidth that it's keeping neighboring school districts from getting online. Here's why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP."
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+ - The Microsoft layoffs are about culture not money->

Submitted by Copy that 2
Copy that 2 (2700183) writes "Mary Branscombe talks to a source about how the culture at Microsoft will change. The people who will be building Microsoft products will have a different attitude with a broader range of skills and better tools, and they'll be working inside a company that's organized differently, that collaborates and shares more internally and that spends its money on things that matter to developers."
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+ - Google Chrome and other killers: How to get the most from your battery->

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Copy that 2 (2700183) writes "Citeworld reporter Chris Nerney examined his mobile device to see what is the biggest battery sucker. His advice: by being aware of the various features, functions and apps that consume large amounts of battery power, laptop and mobile device owners can better avoid disaster scenarios."
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