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Cloudera reportedly raising ‘at least’ $200M, with Intel leading the new round – GigaOM

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

According to a report in Bloomberg, Hadoop vendor Cloudera might be raising “at least $200 million” in financing from a group of investors that includes Intel. Representatives from both Cloudera and Intel declined to comment for the Bloomberg story, which cites “people with knowledge of the situation.” (Cloudera actually did announce a large funding round on Tuesday, although it was $160 million and T. Rowe Price led the round. Intel…

Evaluating AMD’s TrueAudio and Mantle Technologies with Thief – AnandTech

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scheduled for release today is the 1.3/AMD patch for Thief, Square Enix’s recently released stealth action game. Following last month’s Battlefield 4 patch, Thief is the second big push for AMD’s recent Radeon technology initiative, becoming the second game to support Mantle and the first game to support TrueAudio Technology. Thief has been something of a miss from a Metacritic perspective, but from a technology perspective it’s still a…

Microsoft May Bring Office To An iPad Near You, But Investors Divided On Future – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Microsoft Microsoft shares climbed close to 4% Tuesday following reports that the company will finally release a version of its popular Office software for Apple’s Apple’s ubiquitous iPad. Investors, however are divided as to whether the move signals big changes to come. Microsoft shares hit $39.90 early Tuesday, building on the stock’s upward trajectory since former CEO Steve Ballmer announced retirement plans in August 2013 and hitting its highest level…

US transfer of Internet control years in the making, fueled by foreign pressure – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  The decision was announced nonchalantly, in trademark Washington fashion on a Friday afternoon: The U.S. government will cede its last bit of control over the Internet.  The government has maintained that influence through contracts with the organization that administers the Internet, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. But a Commerce Department agency announced Friday that it would relinquish control over…

Microsoft Surface 2 – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Microsoft Surface the second, now with more LTE! (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T’s growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18. Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs…

Lost Jet’s Path Seen as Altered via Computer – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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Evaluating AMD’s TrueAudio and Mantle Technologies with Thief – AnandTech

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scheduled for release today is the 1.3/AMD patch for Thief, Square Enix’s recently released stealth action game. Following last month’s Battlefield 4 patch, Thief is the second big push for AMD’s recent Radeon technology initiative, becoming the second game to support Mantle and the first game to support TrueAudio Technology. Thief has been something of a miss from a Metacritic perspective, but from a technology perspective it’s still a…

Cloudera reportedly raising ‘at least’ $200M, with Intel leading the new round – GigaOM

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

According to a report in Bloomberg, Hadoop vendor Cloudera might be raising “at least $200 million” in financing from a group of investors that includes Intel. Representatives from both Cloudera and Intel declined to comment for the Bloomberg story, which cites “people with knowledge of the situation.” That Cloudera would raise such a big round isn’t too big a surprise given the company’s current status. It has already raised close…

Microsoft will unveil Office for iPad later this month – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Satya Nadella is planning to host his first press event as Microsoft CEO next week. The software maker has been inviting members of the media to a special cloud- and mobile-focused event in San Francisco on March 27th. Nadella is expected to discuss Microsoft’s “mobile first, cloud first” strategy, and there will be some major news ahead of the company’s Build conference in early April. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell…

Is Microsoft about to buy Xamarin? – ZDNet

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Many .Net developers are abuzz about a rumored acquisition or major investment by Microsoft in Xamarin. CRN reported on March 17 that Microsoft was “in the final stages of negotiations” that may lead to either an outright acquisition or investment in the mobile tool vendor that has been a major backer of Microsoft’s C#. Neither Microsoft nor Miguel de Icaza, Xamarin’s cofounder, are commenting on…

The way PC World dealt with our broken laptop just didn’t compute – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In September last year my husband and I took our Dell laptop into our local PC World as there was a disc stuck in it and, although it still worked, we wanted the drive fixed. We gave it to the Knowhow team for a 10-day repair. We signed a document saying we had backed up content but had no reason to believe there was a threat of lost data as…

The way PC World dealt with our broken laptop just didn’t compute – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In September last year my husband and I took our Dell laptop into our local PC World as there was a disc stuck in it and, although it still worked, we wanted the drive fixed. We gave it to the Knowhow team for a 10-day repair. We signed a document saying we had backed up content but had no reason to believe there was a threat of lost data as…

Why Intel Is Taking A Stand On Conflict Minerals – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

“Sustainability issues may not be at the center of most consumers’ buying decisions, but if you look at the trends it’s becoming more top-of-mind,” explained Gary Niekerk, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Intel Corporation. We discussed the story behind Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s recent announcement that Intel is manufacturing and shipping conflict-free microprocessors, how the company’s thinking around sustainability issues has evolved over the years, where consumers fit into this…

Crunching The Numbers: AMD Radeon R7 265 Versus Nvidia GTX 750 Ti – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In February, AMD filled the gap between their Radeon 270 and Radeon 260x with the announcement of the $149 R7 265, a 2GB graphics card aimed specifically at gamers wanting higher quality performance with modern games at 1080p. A few days later, Nvidia Nvidia unveiled their GTX 750 Ti, a card requiring no additional PCI-E power and boasting the efficiency of their new Maxwell architecture. Which one should you buy?…

The way PC World dealt with our broken laptop just didn’t compute – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In September last year my husband and I took our Dell laptop into our local PC World as there was a disc stuck in it and, although it still worked, we wanted the drive fixed. We gave it to the Knowhow team for a 10-day repair. We signed a document saying we had backed up content but had no reason to believe there was a threat of lost data as…

Backlash over administration decision to relinquish control of Internet overseer – Fox News

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  A plan by the Obama administration to relinquish control over the organization that administers the Internet is raising concerns that the United Nations — or individual foreign governments — could make a play for control of the web.  The organization in question is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The group controls web domain names and other aspects of Internet…

Lost Jet’s Path Seen as Altered Via Computer – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Microsoft CEO Nadella may unveil Office on iPad on March 27 – ZDNet

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It looks like Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella himself may be taking the wraps off Microsoft’s Office for iPad. Microsoft has scheduled a March 27 press briefing in San Francisco with news “focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.” Nadella will be providing the opening remarks. According to several sources of mine, Microsoft’s latest timetable calls for the company to finally introduce the long-rumored…

Internet transition triggers GOP backlash – Politico

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Obama administration’s decision to relinquish oversight over the group that manages the Internet’s architecture has raised an early red flag with Republicans, who blast the move as a threat to free speech. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the Web’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. government for more than a decade — but the Los Angeles-based nonprofit has worked to transform…

Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE tablet lands at AT&T – CNET

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Microsoft Surface the second, now with more LTE! (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T’s growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18. Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs…