Cisco acquires OpenStack cloud provider

From InfoWorld: Cisco this week said it will acquire privately held Metacloud, an operator of private OpenStack clouds for global enterprises.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Metacloud offers an OpenStack-as-a-Service that remotely operates private clouds in a customer’s data center. Cisco says Metacloud will augment its strategy to build a global Intercloud, a network of clouds stitched together from Cisco and partner offerings to deliver a distributed platform to support the company’s Internet of Everything initiative.

Toshiba slashes struggling PC division to focus on business

From PC World: In another sign of the decline of the PC, Toshiba is cutting its PC workforce by about 900 people and sales bases by more than half.

The manufacturer said Thursday it will step up restructuring of its struggling consumer PC operations to focus on sales to business clients.

Toshiba will withdraw from certain consumer markets but it would not specify which ones. It said it will cut its sales bases around the world from 32 to 13 during its 2014 fiscal year, which ends March 31.

Amazon beats Google to the punch on .buy with $4.6M purchase

From CNET: Amazon has beaten Google in a bid to acquire the .buy top-level domain.

ICANN, the international Internet regulator, has awarded (PDF) Amazon the .buy domain after the company successfully outbid three other competitors in an auction. Amazon paid $4.6 million in an auction that ended on Wednesday. Google came in second place through its registry service, Charleston Road Registry. Google lost other auctions on .tech and .vip, as well.

Amazon Releases New and Refreshed Kindle Fire Tablets, Announces Fire OS 4

From DailyTech: Amazon has been busy on the mobile front, following the disappointing launch of the Fire Phone. The Fire Phone has been an absolute dud on the market, with AT&T (the exclusive carrier for the Fire Phone) already dropping the price of the entry-level model to 99 cents on contract.

With that said, Amazon has always had better luck with its tablets and e-readers, which is why the company is proud to announce two refreshed tablets and four all-new tablets under the “Kindle Fire” product family.

Apple issues third OS X Yosemite public beta

From InfoWorld: Apple yesterday released the third public beta of OS X Yosemite, shipping the preview a few days earlier than expected.

The update, labeled build "14A361p," accompanied the debut of the eighth developer preview, also on Monday. The latter was available only to registered developers, who pay $99 annually for access to pre-release software so that they can begin building new apps and modify existing ones for what Apple also calls OS X 10.10.

Slimmer, higher-res Kindle Voyage e-reader leaked by Amazon

From PC World: This may be the age of the smartphone and tablet, but Amazon has an e-reader user base voracious enough to merit yearly refreshes of devices like the Kindle Paperwhite. With the second generation Paperwhite about to hit its first birthday, it appears Amazon is preparing to release the 2014 edition of the glow-in-the-dark e-reader.

Earlier on Wednesday, Amazon's German and Japanese stores briefly put up information about a new version of the Paperwhite, dubbed the Kindle Voyage.

iPhone 6 demand challenges Apple supplier Foxconn

From CNET: The iPhone 6 seems to be running into the same old story -- not enough supply to meet demand.

Apple supplier Foxconn has brought more factory workers on board to make the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus at its plant in Zhengzhou, China. But the complexities of manufacturing both phones appear to be taking their toll, the Wall Street Journal said Wednesday, citing the usual "people familiar with the matter."

NVIDIA Offers Up 32GB, LTE-equipped SHIELD Tablet for Pre-order

From DailyTech: When NVIDIA announced its SHIELD tablet back in late July, two versions were announced: a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and a 32GB model with LTE connectivity. Since that time, only the former model has been available for purchase, priced at $299.

Today, NVIDIA is finally taking orders for the 32GB LTE version of the SHIELD Tablet. The device will be available for $399 unlocked; choosing to buy it on contract through AT&T will drop the price to $299 according to Engadget.

Intel teams with Indian firm to launch 'Eddy' tablet for children

From PC World: Intel has teamed with Indian education startup Metis Learning on an Android tablet that aims to keep children away from violent TV content and games on their parents’ smartphones.

Targeted at children aged 2-10 years, Eddy is priced at Indian rupees 9999 (US$163), and comes with over 160 apps selected by educators and experts to accelerate a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development, Intel said.

HTC prepping yet another One M8 variant, leaks suggest

From CNET: HTC could be ready to release yet another variant of its One series of smartphones, a new rumor suggests. According to details obtained by Twitter source @Uplinks, HTC could soon introduce a new, albeit minimal, twist on the One M8 flagship.

Called the HTC One M8 Eye for now, this new device is expected to largely feature the same hardware found in the flagship model. The only difference, allegedly, is that HTC will swap out the 4-UltraPixel camera in favor of a more traditional 13-megapixel rear camera.

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