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Report: Dell/EMC merger in the works

Dell and EMC could be merging. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Dell and Silver Lake, a private-equity firm, are in advanced talks to buy EMC. The WSJ reported a deal could be made as early as next week, and could be valued at US$50 billion, which would make it the biggest technology takeover …


Google announces the project to speed up the mobile Web

Google wants to speed up the mobile Web. The company has announced a new open-source initiative, the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, which aims to dramatically improve the performance of mobile Web browsing. “We want Web pages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to work alongside smart ads, and to load instantaneously,” wrote David …


Siemens and Cohda Wireless want to make smart road signs

A project for intelligent road signs and traffic lights has begun. Siemens AG and Cohda Wireless announced today that they will collaborate on Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), an initiative for wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and roadway infrastructure—including traffic lights. It presents drivers with immediate dangers, ultimately helping them avoid …

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Amazon introduces analytics, data-management tools

Amazon this week introduced new capabilities within its cloud of Web Services. The company debuted Amazon Snowball, an import/export system, as well as Amazon QuickSight, a business intelligence platform for the service. The company also introduced an addition to the Kinesis streaming platform inside its cloud called Kinesis Firehose, which makes it easier to ingest …


Mozilla’s proposed content blocking principles, iOS 9 usage, and Toyota’s self-driving cars—SD Times news digest: Oct. 8, 2015

Content blocking (such as blocking unwanted ads or unwanted browser tracking) to improve load speed and data consumption is becoming common across the Web and mobile. But Mozilla believes developers and users should be aware of the consequences. For instance, the company believes content blocking has the power to harm competition and innovation, or take …


HP announces a new open-source NOS and developer community

HP is tackling datacenter networks in its latest product. The company announced OpenSwitch, a new Linux-based open-source network operating system (NOS), which comes with a developer community to build it up. “The rise of the Internet and the global digital economy gave birth to new always-on business model,” said Philippe Michelet, senior director of global …

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From the Editors: Want innovation? No MBAs allowed

We’ve taken a look at a program at UC Berkeley where students across disciplines come together to work on solving problems in the marketplace. A lot of this work takes place around solving urban problems in India, but the projects span the gamut from third-world issues to first-world enterprise business strategies. Solomon Darwin, who directs …


From the Editors: View your customers as partners

On Sept. 3, software development toolmaker JetBrains announced it was changing its licensing model from a perpetual model to a subscription model. The company’s rationale for creating JetBrains Toolbox is that the new distribution model would cost customers less and simplify management of the licenses. The Toolbox plan also would let customers pick and choose …


Perl 6 has been unveiled

Perl 6 is on the horizon, as the the upcoming release of the programming language was announced on its new website. “Like her world-famous big sister, Perl 6 intends to carry forward the high ideals of the Perl community,” according to the language’s website. “Perl 6 is currently being developed by a team of dedicated …


appsFreedom to provide offline apps, VR for kids, and YouTube’s iOS update—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 7, 2015

The mobile-driven, enterprise app development platform, appsFreedom, launched a new version of its Rapid Mobile App Development platform, which will enable offline mobile app development with all of the necessary features. Moments of poor or dropped connectivity can lead to unsatisfied customers and data loss. In some industries, like oil and gas, employees are sent …


Companies to Watch in 2016

Technology is advancing at a pace recently described as “frankly ridiculous” by IBM Fellow Jason McGee, who also is vice president and CTO of IBM’s Cloud Foundation Services. These advances affect how we get information, interact with our devices, make decisions, and even modify how we work. They also leave behind a long tail of …


MIT researchers are working on object recognition through flexible machine learning

Do you want your photo tagging sites like Flickr to better recognize cats and dogs? MIT’s research lab, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is working on it. In December, CSAIL researchers will present a new way of using machine learning at the annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. Built on a …


Facebook wants to bolster connectivity for slow Internet users and Sub-Saharan Africa

The series of Facebook outages, caused by planned software updates, at the end of last month caused an uproar for millions of its mobile users. The social networking site is trying to prevent the issue in the future by working on two other ways to improve connectivity. There are still users stuck on mobile 2G …


Microsoft wants developers for HoloLens

Microsoft is looking for developers to create new experiences for its augmented reality headset. The company announced today at its Windows 10 device event that it is starting to take applications for the HoloLens development kit, which will be made available during the first quarter of 2016. “HoloLens is the only device that mixes holograms …

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    The Evolution of SharePoint InfoPath and Forms – and What to Do About it

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