LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs

From PC World: Microsoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers.

The professional network that was acquired by Microsoft in December has been generally associated with educated urban professionals but the company is now planning to extend its reach to semi-skilled people in India.

Intel's Atom is underwhelming no more: New chip packs 16 cores

From InfoWorld: Intel's Atom was mostly known as a low-end chip for mobile devices that underperformed. That may not be the case anymore.

The latest Atom C3000 chips announced on Tuesday have up to 16 cores and are more sophisticated than ever. The chips are made for storage arrays, networking equipment, and internet of things devices.

The new chips have features found mostly in server chips, including networking, virtualization, and error correction features.

ARM buys Mistbase and NextG-Com to extend its reach in IoT

From PC World: Chip designer ARM has a new strategy for the internet of things: to offer complete solutions "from application software to antenna."

ARM has typically left it to licensees of its microprocessor designs to add their own wide-area radio modems and other circuitry essential for the chips at the heart of smartphones and other connected devices. That's the case with Qualcomm, for example, which packages ARM's processor core with its own LTE modems to deliver the chips at the heart of Apple's iPhones.

China's Uber-slaying ride hailer reportedly going global

From CNET: After acquiring Uber's operations in China last year, Didi Chuxing is taking steps to ascend to the global stage.

The Chinese ride hailer is testing an English version of its smartphone application and the ability to accept payment by international credit cards, reports the South China Morning Post.

A full English interface is expected to be rolled out in China this spring, according to The Beijinger, quoting reliable but unnamed sources.

SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says

From InfoWorld: SAP’s named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer.

The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store.

Verizon scrapes $350 million off deal to buy Yahoo

From CNET: The telecommunications giant and internet pioneer Yahoo have signed an agreement that drops the original $4.83 billion acquisition price for Yahoo by $350 million, the companies said Tuesday. This comes months after Yahoo's public image tumbled downhill with one hacking scandal after another.

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

From PC World: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority.

Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents.

If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

YouTube is cutting those annoying 30-second ads next year

From CNET: Sick of having to sit through 30 seconds of boring ads before your YouTube video plays? We have good news for you.

Google will scrap the unskippable 30-second advertisements that sometimes play before YouTube videos, BBC reports. The bad news? It'll only happen next year.

Shorter ad formats, such as ones that can be skipped after five seconds, will remain. It remains to be seen how this will impact YouTube Red, the streamer's paid subscription service, a selling point of which is ad-free.

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Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

As time progresses, sometimes I wonder how far we have come. For me personally, I still remember when I was still in high school, wondering what I should study in university just like it was yesterday. As I entered university for my degree in Electrical Engineering, I remember joking with my former colleague Devin Chollak on going into graduate studies after -- knowing full well the impossibility of that idea. Now that I am sitting in my office here at the University of Calgary, working towards my PhD in Electrical Engineering, sometimes it baffles me how I even got here in the first place. I think it was a combination of people who had more faith in me than I had in myself, along with more opportunities that were given to me than I really should deserve. Beyond that, there is really nothing to boast about. With the medium sized brown corrugated cardboard box sitting next to me right now, I wonder in the same way how we got here. Inside this brown corrugated cardboard box contains Western Digital's Red WD80EFZX 8TB hard drive. But we are not talking about how we have just one of them for testing. Actually, we have four of them -- yes, you read that right -- four 8TB hard drives for our review today. Tally up this trivial math question, we have a whopping 32TB of storage. What the heck is 32TB of storage? Can you imagine being able to buy all these for $1320 a decade ago? And how well will they perform? Well, the answer is in the box as we shuffle through the details.


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