Dell Buys EMC-VMware In $67 Billion Deal, Partners See New World Enterprise Order

From CRN: Dell has acquired EMC in a $67 billion deal that transforms the onetime PC maker into a $90 billion computing powerhouse with its sights set on dominating the enterprise IT market.

BlackBerry CEO may kill off BlackBerry phones

From InfoWorld: The end of the BlackBerry handset is nigh -- or at least it will be if the company can't get its phone business in the black before 2016 is out. BlackBerry CEO John Chen already said he'd think about giving up on handsets if the company's situation didn't improve. At Code Mobile on Thursday, Chen added a loose deadline for the end of BlackBerry phones.

Google's OnHub turns out to be part router, part Chromium OS computer

From PC World: While Google cheerily advertises the 13 antennas packed into its new OnHub router, the company’s been less forthcoming about the software under the hood.

Now that some hackers have rooted the high-tech Wi-Fi router, we have some clarity: OnHub appears to run a heavily-modified version of Chromium OS, the same browser-based software that powers Chromebook laptops and Chromebox desktops.

Adobe apologizes for botched Lightroom update, issues fix

From CNET: Adobe Systems has apologized for releasing a bug-plagued update to its Lightroom software but still faces customer wrath over changes to the program for editing and cataloging photos.

Will you use an SSHD as your desktop's primary boot drive?

Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Review (Page 1 of 10)

Have you ever met someone who likes to affix all their honors and achievements after their name to make them look more important? Recently, I was talking to a friend, who sent me a PowerPoint slide of a professor in university who had more than half a dozen of such abbreviations when introducing himself to the class in his first lecture. Now, do not get me wrong; there is nothing wrong with plugging in proper credentials when introducing yourself. But if someone went around and said they were "Dr. Awesome, PhD, MSc, OBE, MLA, MD, LLB, CPA, CPU, PSU, RAM, HDD, PCI, LCD, VTEC, BBQ, PB&J" and so forth, and the audience has no idea -- or even cares -- what three quarters of those abbreviations mean, then it will make as much sense as me showing off my Xbox Live achievements in front a panel of academics at a technical conference: It is totally meaningless. Of course, it is only meaningless if it was overdone and used in the wrong situation. I think many people will find it reasonable if I ever inserted myself in as "Jonathan Kwan, PhD, MSc EE, P.Eng" in a professional setting to give them an idea of who I am (Full disclosure: I am none of those... yet). Recently, Western Digital sent along a sample from their mainstream hard drive line, the Blue series, for us to check out. Traditionally, the company do not add suffixes and abbreviations to their products to make things simple, but this time around, they did. Called the Western Digital Blue SSHD, which adds 8GB of NAND flash memory to give it a boost in speed for frequently used data, the WD40E31X 4TB aims to compete against Seagate's Desktop SSHD ST4000DX001 4TB, a very similar product also equipped with 8GB of NAND flash memory in attempt combine the speed of a solid state drive with the capacity of a traditional hard disk. Will the SSHD tag be just a game of adding random letters for WD with no substance, or will being a solid state hybrid drive really represent nice boost in desktop performance? We benchmarked one to find out.

HP, SanDisk partner to bring storage-class memory to cloud

From InfoWorld: Hewlett-Packard and SanDisk have announced an agreement to jointly develop "Storage Class Memory" (SCM) that could replace DRAM and would be 1,000 times faster than NAND flash.

The two companies will market their SCM products for use in enterprise cloud infrastructures based on HP's memristor (a revolutionary form of resistor), which it has been developing for at least five years, and SanDisk's ReRAM memory technology.

Alibaba sets up second data center in the US in $1B cloud expansion

From PC World: Continuing the expansion of its AliCloud cloud computing business, Alibaba Group is setting up a second data center in Silicon Valley.

The Chinese company said customers could apply from Monday for services from the data center, which will span over 10 cloud services including Elastic Compute Service, offering scalable computing services, an Analytic Database Service that provides real-time, high-concurrency online analytical processing, and a Cloud Monitor System using an open platform for the real-time monitoring of sites and servers.

Apple Mac sales down, but the broader PC market is even worse off

From CNET: Apple's two latest iPhones may be off to a strong start in terms of sales, but fewer people are buying the company's MacBooks and iMacs.

Analysts aren't in agreement over the rate of the slowdown, with IDC reporting a 3.4 percent decline in Mac units shipped and research firm Gartner reporting slowing growth of 1.5 percent. Both numbers point to the lowest growth rate in two years, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Microsoft's HD-500 ("Display Dock"), the Magic Sauce Behind Continuum

From DailyTech: Continuum is arguably the most compelling Windows 10 feature in the smartphone space. The premise is elegant and simple. Connect a Windows 10 smartphone like a Lumia or compatible third party handset to a monitor and your phone behaves like a PC, outputting to the bigscreen the kind of interface you'd usually see on a Windows 10 laptop or desktop.


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