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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

Dropbox is on the defensive after revealing its file-sharing service will in future tap into the very heart of your computer’s operating system. Project Infinite, unveiled in April, will take Dropbox out of the browser on the PC or Macs and integrate it directly with your machine’s local file storage. Items stored in your …
Gavin Clarke, 26 May 2016
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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

The cost of Microsoft’s white elephant entry into smartphone manufacturing has gone up by another $1bn. Microsoft is restructuring its smartphone hardware business in a move that will cost 1,850 jobs and $950m. Severance pay will claim $200m of that figure, with 1,350 staff losing their jobs at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland …
Gavin Clarke, 25 May 2016
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Urika-ka-ka-ka! Cray unveils open source big data box

Supercomputer shop Cray is branching into analytics with tailored high-end systems packing open-source number-crunching software. Cray Tuesday unveiled the Urika-GX ticking some of the best-known technology boxes and due in the second-half of 2016. The Urika-GX is preinstalled with OpenStack and Apache Mesos for cloud and …
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2016
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UK plastic beats cash in 2021

Never mind mobile payments with a phone, debit cards are set to dominate the UK’s near future of shopping. Cash will finally be surpassed by debit cards as the most popular method of payment in 2021, according to a report from Payments UK. An estimated £14.5bn in debit card payments are expected in 2021 versus £13bn in cash …
Gavin Clarke, 23 May 2016
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Google: 'Here to stay on business cloud... but a long way to go'

Google is “very serious” about enterprise cloud – according to Google’s head of enterprise cloud. Diane Greene, Google senior vice president for enterprise business, is reported to have made the claim during a side-event at the firm’s annual I/O Conference in San Francisco, California. And, while she didn’t name names, Greene …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016
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Salesforce claims 'record' quarter record at Oracle and SAP's expense

Salesforce has claimed its “best ever” year opening - at the expense of Oracle and SAP - while committing a growing portion of its cloud to AWS. The SaaS provider bounced back into the black for the first three months of 2016, its fiscal 2017, reporting net income of $38m. Revenue was up 26.8 per cent to $1.91bn, leaving …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2016
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AWS chucks 2TB X1 instances at SAP memory hogs

Amazon’s released AWS instances packing 2TB serving mega memory-hungry workloads such as SAP HANA. The cloud provider today uncorked its X1 instances, which were first announced in October. X1 instances use four Intel Xeon E7 2.3GHz processors with 10Gb per second of dedicated bandwidth and large L3 caches targeting high- …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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Microsoft and SAP renew business vows in cloud

Microsoft and SAP are renewing their decades-old business intelligence and data partnership for cloud. SAP’s HANA elastic middleware will run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud with certified support. The agreement covers development, test and production workloads on SAP’s HANA and SAP S/4 HANA – the version of SAP’s enterprise suite …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2016
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Salesforce cutting ties to Larry Ellison's database?

Salesforce is working to cut its dependency on Oracle with a project called Sayonara. The cloud-CRM provider’s project is reported to be headed by former Microsoft software architect Pat Helland who co developed Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Helland worked on Bing’s Cosmos – a multi-tenanted architecture of massively …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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PHP pioneer and Zend co-founder enlists for AWS big-data mission

Andi Gutmans, a pioneer in scripting language PHP and co-founder of Zend Technologies, has joined Amazon’s cloud. Gutmans has become general manager of the NoSQL Group, part of the AWS data services unit. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gutmans is “working on the next generation of NoSQL database”. Gutmans blogged here: “ …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Warren Buffett picks Apple

Apple’s Wall St fortunes have received a boost from veteran investor Warren Buffett. His Berkshire Hathaway took a 9.8-million-share stake in the firm at the start of the year, news that boosted Apple's stock two per cent before trading on Monday. Buffett traditionally limited his exposure to tech stocks – he holds an 8.59 per …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016
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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

Dell has turned its Oracle database migration suite into an exit out of Larry Ellison’s empire. Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now jump from the Big Red One to the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory database. You can also use the Dell suite to move to EnterpriseDB …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2016

Salesforce parks its planned IoT cloud on... shocker! AWS

In a major break from the past, Salesforce is turning to an outside supplier to run a portion of its cloud. The CRM-as-a-service provider has asked Amazon’s Web Services to deliver the plumbing for its latest planned service – an Internet of Things Cloud. Announced in September 2015 and due by the end of this year, Salesforce …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016
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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsoft’s browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build …
Gavin Clarke, 11 May 2016
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Groupon fires patent suit at IBM

IBM has been taken to court by online marketplace Groupon over claimed patent violation. Groupon filed a counter claim on Monday in a court in Chicago after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in an earlier, separate suit. The online marketplace is reported to have targeted IBM’s WebSphere Commerce platform. Its claim …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2016
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NetSuite CEO: 'It will be $99 forever for every user'

NetSuite has ruled out following its business-apps-as-a service peer Salesforce in hiking prices for customers. Zach Nelson, chief executive since 2002, has fixed his firm's monthly per-user pricing – currently at $99 - in stone. Business-cloud software rival Salesforce has increased its core pricing, stable and barely changed …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2016
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016
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Sage cheerfully pours £10m over Salesforce partner Fairsail

Payroll and accounting software firm Sage Software is taking a stake in Salesforce-HR platform partner Fairsail. Star-struck Sage, which has also announced interim financial results with growth in its own cloud service, will take a £10m minority stake in Fairsail and a board seat. Sage is leading the funding round. Fairsail …
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2016

Samsung chuckles, swerves around Apple's Q1 phone sales crash

Samsung delivered what Apple couldn’t in the first three months of 2016 - increased smart phone sales. The chaebol today reported overall group net profit of 5.25 trillion won ($4.5bn), up 5.6 per cent for calendar Q1 on sales that grew 5.6 per cent to 49.7 trillion won ($43bn). The giant’s mobile unit reported eight per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2016
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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

The sky is not falling. This is not as bad for Apple as 2003 or 1996. But neither does Apple walk on water. For the first time in 13 years, Apple’s reported falling revenue – down 13 per in the last three months to $50.6bn. Cruelly, it was the growth engine that was winding down: iPhone sales fell for the first time in the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2016
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016
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OneDrive shrinks

Microsoft is emailing OneDrive users about its plan to shave 10GB from its 15GB free storage. From July 27, OneDrive users will get just 5GB of free storage in Microsoft's cloud. Microsoft is offering a year’s free subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1Tb storage for people over the 15GB threshold in response to the outcry …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

Analysis Microsoft has reiterated its belief in a mythical annual income of $20bn from cloud despite growth in Azure and its apps-as-a-service business slowing. Chief executive Satya Nadella Thursday reiterated the existing belief Microsoft will hit £20bn “run rate” in cloud business for fiscal 2018. That’s the fiscal year after …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016