Toshiba shares to be removed from special watch list: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) – Shares of Toshiba Corp are to be removed from a special Tokyo Stock Exchange watch list, the Nikkei reported on Wednesday. Toshiba has been on the “securities on alert” list since its 2015 accounting scandal. Reporting by Chris Gallagher Tech Related Posts:Tesla shares fall from record high after warning from analyst'Anemic' iPhone […] Read more »

Takeway.com to increase commission rates from Jan 1

(Reuters) – Dutch meal delivery firm Takeaway.com said it would increase its commission rates from Jan. 1 and that it expects this to have a 5 percent positive effect on its revenue growth. Takeaway.com also plans to increase investments in Germany and other markets in the fourth quarter of 2017, it said in its third-quarter […] Read more »

Tesla shares fall from record high after warning from analyst

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shares of Tesla (TSLA.O) fell from record highs on Tuesday after an analyst warned that the electric car maker may take longer than expected to become profitable. Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois launched coverage of Tesla with an “underperform” rating, helping send shares of the company headed by entrepreneur billionaire Elon Musk […] Read more »

Cloud computing reversal: From ‘go away’ to ‘I can’t miss out’

Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” That quote has stuck with me to this day. There’s no doubt that computers and computing have changed our lives. Without them, we would be slaves to processes and paper. I was reminded of Asimov’s quote when I saw the […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individual

Last week saw a few thousand devoted OpenStack community members flock to Boston to take part in the bi-annual OpenStack Summit. This summit marks a major turning point for the initiative. Since we all congregated in Barcelona last year, there have been some major pieces of news which have rocked the community. Only a couple […] Read more »

3 takeaways from Red Hat’s AWS deal for OpenShift

Red Hat and Amazon have long been framed as rivals, but only in the sense that anyone who provides on-prem Linux and PaaS products competes to some degree with a cloud provider. Really, they’re more like peanut butter and jelly. Yesterday, Red Hat unveiled details about a new partnership with Amazon to support integrating some […] Read more »

How IBM wants to bring blockchain from Bitcoin to your data center

At its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM is announcing new features for its open source cloud-hosted blockchain service in an attempt to bring this distributed database technology from its initial use of powering Bitcoin to a broader market, including the financial services industry. Blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continually […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Lessons learned from the recent AWS S3 outage

Amazon S3 underpins many AWS services, including AWS Lambda, Elastic BeanStalk, and Amazon’s own Service Health Dashboard. It also serves as an object and media store for many other internet services that rely on it every day. On February 28th, 2017 AWS experienced an hours long outage of the Amazon S3 Service in US-EAST–1 region. […] Read more »

IT Products Go from Big Noise to Big Business

There’s been a positive change in the enterprise computing business of late; more product announcements truly are focused on how technology can help a company do business. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:3 key factors missing from your cloud business caseApple said to move part of cloud business from AWS to GoogleCan Taking on Debt Help Your […] Read more »

IBM is on a push to offer IoT from development to production

The internet of things is so complex that some enterprises would rather turn to one vendor to determine the business case for an IoT deployment, design the system, roll it out, and operate it as a service. At least that’s what IBM believes. The company’s combining several of its products and services into what it […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: From chatbots to Einstein, artificial intelligence as a service

The recent announcement of Salesforce Einstein — dubbed “artificial intelligence for everyone” — sheds new light on the new and pervasive usage of artificial intelligence in every aspect of businesses. From consumer to business Even without knowing it, the consumer world has long been using AI-based systems. Siri knows which movies are showing at what […] Read more »

Lessons from launching billions of Docker containers

The Iron.io Platform is an enterprise job processing system for building powerful, job-based, asynchronous software. Simply put, developers write jobs in any language using familiar tools like Docker, then trigger the code to run using Iron.io’s REST API, webhooks, or the built-in scheduler. Whether the job runs once or millions of times per minute, the […] Read more »

These are the lessons Trulia learned from building a chatbot

It’s a competitive real-estate rental market out there, and Trulia wanted to capitalize on the interest with a new Facebook Messenger bot it launched earlier this month. The bot lets users search for rental properties and keep up to date on new properties when they become available.  Trulia’s bot came out of a quarterly hackathon […] Read more »

These are the lessons Trulia learned from building a chatbot

It’s a competitive real-estate rental market out there, and Trulia wanted to capitalize on the interest with a new Facebook Messenger bot it launched earlier this month. The bot lets users search for rental properties and keep up to date on new properties when they become available.  Trulia’s bot came out of a quarterly hackathon […] Read more »

3 key factors missing from your cloud business case

You want to justify some IT spending for cloud-based platforms. Your CEO or board has asked for a business case, and you’ve been scrambling to create one. Of course, you’ll include obvious items like capex versus opex. However, most business cases miss three important concepts: 1. The value of agility Yes, again. The problem with […] Read more »

The cloud switch is on: From migration to management

At this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, I saw a shift in vendor focus. Last year, the big focus was migration. Whether the product was Office 365, Azure, or Dynamics, the framing was how to migrate, so many vendors offered migration tools. This year, despite a continued strong presence of migration offerings, the buzz had shifted […] Read more »

Run, don’t walk, from China’s Big Brother law

China’s National People’s Congress has drafted a second version of a controversial cybersecurity law. It would bring a great deal of censorship for both foreign and domestic citizens and businesses, whether they use the cloud or not. China is a wasteland for the modern internet. Websites like Facebook and Google are blocked. Moreover, web traffic is […] Read more »

Nvidia chief downplays challenge from Google’s AI chip

Nvidia has staked a big chunk of its future on supplying powerful graphics chips used for artificial intelligence, so it wasn’t a great day for the company when Google announced two weeks ago that it had built its own AI chip for use in its data centers. Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, was built specifically […] Read more »

A new app from SAP helps line managers keep track of their budgets

It’s not often easy for line-of-business managers to get a real-time view of their budgets and spending, but a new app from SAP aims to change that. Based on SAP’s Hana Cloud Platform, the app pulls data from core financial reporting systems and makes it searchable, so that line managers can do ad hoc spend analyses […] Read more »

Why the former CIO of Gap moved from clothes to cloud

One Big Bang digital transformation was enough for Tom Keiser. After overhauling legacy IT systems and updating ecommerce platforms, the former Gap CIO has joined SaaS provider Zendesk as its first CIO. The move comes more than a year after leaving the apparel retailer. Now Keiser will build out IT, security and data analytics capabilities […] Read more »

5 things to expect from Microsoft’s Build developer conference

Microsoft executives will take the stage at Moscone West in San Francisco on Wednesday for the first of two keynote addresses to the company’s big Build developer conference. Here are five key things to expect from the next two days of Microsoft announcements: 1. New features in Windows 10 for developers and end users alike […] Read more »

10 big announcements from Google’s Cloud Conference

In San Francisco this week at Pier 48, overlooking the Giants’ AT&T Ballpark, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) executives are holding a user conference to introduce products and services they hope will help make the case for choosing Google in the cloud. Sam Charrington, a cloud and big data analyst and advisor, summed up Google executives’ […] Read more »

10 big announcements from Google’s Cloud Conference

In San Francisco this week at Pier 48, overlooking the Giants’ AT&T Ballpark, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) executives are holding a user conference to introduce products and services they hope will help make the case for choosing Google in the cloud. Sam Cherrington, an analyst and cloud consultant, summed up Google executives’ pitch best this […] Read more »

Apple said to move part of cloud business from AWS to Google

Apple has moved some of its iCloud and services data from Amazon Web Services to Google’s cloud platform, in what is seen as a bid by the iPhone maker to diversify its cloud service providers, according to reports. The move comes even as the company is building its own new data centers, leading to speculation […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Learning from the PaaS

In 2009, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a draft definition of cloud computing. The NIST definition, created for government agencies buying cloud services, simplified cloud computing into three types of services: 1) IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where vendors offer on-demand compute, network, and storage; 2) PaaS (Platform as a […] Read more »

Big Data Moves From Hype To Reality, CompTIA Finds

Organizations are moving past the hype and into actual value when it comes to big data and analytics implementation, according to a new survey by CompTIA. But challenges remain, including a skills gap and the struggle to wrangle the growing quantity of data generated. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:How IBM wants to bring blockchain from Bitcoin […] Read more »

Developers get new tools from Google to analyze images

Developers can now easily build powerful applications that understand the content of images thanks to new machine vision tools released by Google. The company unveiled the beta of its Cloud Vision API on Wednesday, giving select developers an opportunity to run advanced image processing services that let their applications more easily handle pictures. Applications can […] Read more »

Why companies are switching from Google Apps to Office 365

Microsoft’s increasingly strong Office 365 performance is coming partly at the expense of Google Apps. Motorola’s recent decision to move from an elderly version of Office to Google’s cloud service bucks the more common trend of companies who have been using Google Apps switching to Office 365. It’s not just Microsoft saying that Office 365 […] Read more »

Get ready to meet Kudu, a new, open-source storage engine from Cloudera

An open-source storage engine called Kudu could soon be on the way from Cloudera, offering a new alternative for companies with big data stores to manage. Kudu will be offered as an alternative to the popular Hadoop Distributed File System and the Hadoop-oriented HBase NoSQL database, according to a VentureBeat report, which cited a slide […] Read more »

Apple drops iCloud prices, matches rival storage services from Google and Microsoft

For the second year in a row, Apple reduced prices for its expanded iCloud storage plans, putting costs in line with rivals like Google, Microsoft and Dropbox. Apple announced changes to iCloud extra storage pricing earlier this month at the event where it unveiled new iPhones, the larger iPad Pro and a revamped Apple TV. […] Read more »