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Submission + - Windows next: So what? (

mattydread23 writes: The PC isn't dead. But Microsoft tried ambitious and ahead of the curve with Windows 8 and got a resounding "huh?" from the mainstream market. If the next version plays it safe, tones down the vision, and makes enterprises comfortable with the more secure and easier to mobilize WinRT runtime, while accommodating cheap tablets for people who don't want to pay for iPad and want something more powerful than Android, Microsoft can hold onto its 14% while it builds out cross-platform versions of its apps to take advantage of the services where it's actually doing something exciting — like Power BI and Project Spark and Skype Translator and Azure ML and lots of things that have nothing at all to do with Windows.

Submission + - Matrix: A new open source standard for IM, VOIP, and video chat (

Gamoid writes: I talked to Matrix, an open source initiative that's trying to build a new, open, federated standard for chat, voice, and video that enables rich applications to be built but that still allow users of different clients to talk to each other. It's only two weeks old, but Matrix has a lot of potential.

Submission + - Why Apple's HealthKit and HomeKit privacy rules are a huge competitive advantage (

mattydread23 writes: Apple has added a list of rules about how developers can use HealthKit, HomeKit, and keyboard data, and they demonstrate Apple's commitment to ensuring that the most private and personal data of its users is respected and protected. In a year where Facebook admitted that it experimented with the mental state of hundreds of thousands of its users, it's refreshing to see a company that remains focused on what its users want and need, and doesn't rely on selling information about them.

Submission + - VMware unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA partnership for Chromebooks (

Gamoid writes: At VMworld today, VMware introduced the Workplace Suite, a platform for securely delivering applications and content across desktops and mobile devices from the cloud. The really cool part, though, is a partnership with Google and NVIDIA to deliver even graphics-intensive Windows applications on a Chromebook. I was on the scene.

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

mattydread23 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.

Submission + - Why Apple's IBM partnership is big win for HealthKit and iOS 8 (

mattydread23 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.

Submission + - How the Coachella school district handled rolling out 20,000 iPads (

Gamoid 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.

Submission + - A Samsung phone is less like a PC and more like a car (

Copy that 2 writes: Want to start a software hardware manufacturer? Look at how Toyota and Volkswagen do it.
Both of them have premium brands--Lexus and Audi--that give them margin and the opportunity to invest in new technology, which then subsidizes the mass market brands, which in turn give the economies of scale to lower costs across the board, including in the premium segment. People buy premium products not just because they utilize better technology, but also because they're fashion statements. That strategy, executed well, is why companies such as Fiat, Renault, Chrysler, GM, Peugeot and others can't compete.

Submission + - What businesses need to know about Android Work (

mattydread23 writes: Android Work is Google's most concentrated attempt yet to stop iOS from dominating the enterprise. In this piece, longtime IT and Apple writer Ryan Faas explains exactly what's in Android Work, how it compares with Apple's current enterprise mobile management offerings, and what they mean for existing IT policies. A must-read for anybody who has to deal with Android devices at work.

Submission + - Why APIs are the future of email (

Copy that 2 writes: Inbox, a startup launched today, gives developers a way to access messages from all of a user's email inboxes. Find out how it differs from the rest of the market.

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