Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents

 Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “in the iPhone X it’s clear you’re looking at a little ghost of the Pre.” It seems that Qualcomm’s legal team was taking note, they cited that line in a complaint… Read More

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Google Home learns how to multitask

 Google’s smart speaker got a little smarter this week, with the addition of a multitasking feature. The new capability make it possible for the device to accomplish two different missions at the same time. It was rolled out with little fanfare and first noted by CNET. We’ve since confirmed the addition with Google. It’s a bit surprising that the company rolled it out to… Read More

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Apple marks World AIDS Day with in-store and in-app donations

 After raising $160 million for the Global fund as part of its partnership with (Red), Apple is marking tomorrow’s World AIDS Day by offering up a bunch of opportunities to donate. The easiest of the bunch is the company’s promise to donate $1 to the fund for every transaction made with Apple Pay at the company’s retail stores, on its site or in-app. In honor of the occasion,… Read More

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Blue Apron loses its CEO

 Blue Apron founder Matt Salzberg is stepping aside as the company’s CEO, the company announced Thursday. CFO Brad Dickerson has been promoted to take his place. It’s been a volatile past few months for the cooking kit company, which went public in June. Shares closed Thursday at just $2.99. Blue Apron had gone public at $10 per share, after originally hoping to go public between… Read More

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will now take place in 2018

 SpaceX had been planning to launch its huge Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time this year, with a timeframe set most recently for sometime in November. Here on the last day of November, we know that’s not happening – but now we also know we won’t see a Falcon Heavy launch before early 2018 at least. We shouldn’t have to wait that long into next year, however;… Read More

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Here’s what rumored Trump CIA pick Tom Cotton thinks about surveillance, Russia and other issues

 As rumors build that the Trump administration plans to boot Rex Tillerson from his post atop the State Department in order to replace him with Mike Pompeo, it’s worth examining who would lead the CIA in Pompeo’s absence. Trump is reportedly considering Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton to replace Pompeo as the head of the CIA — a pick that isn’t uncontroversial given… Read More

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Wearable numbers get a bump, as consumers shift focus to smarter devices

 The wearable space seems to still be figuring itself out — though in spite of some reports about the death of the category, overall growth remains one of the few constants. According to the latest numbers from IDC, the global bump was pretty modest for Q3 of this year, at about 7.3-percent, year over year. More interestingly, the numbers point to a larger overall trend of consumers… Read More

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News from AWS re:Invent

Amazon wasn’t the only company to announce new services and capabilities at its conference AWS re:Invent this week. As Amazon announced new machine learning, mobile, container, Internet of Things and cloud solutions, other companies took the time to reveal how their products would enhance those solutions even further.

RedLock announced its RedLock Cloud 360 Platform solution would integrate with Amazon’s newly announced threat detection service, Amazon GuardDuty. This new integration would provide users with the ability to manage security and compliance risks as well as provide additional context and visibility into those risks.

Alert Logic also announced integration with GuardDuty with the launch of its new Cloud Insight Essentials solution. The new functionality is designed to help users continuously identify and fix configurations of their AWS environments and be alerted to active threats.

Dynatrace announced code-level monitoring for serverless AWS Lambda functions and the ability for users to monitor performance across the whole omnichannel landscape with Amazon Alexa. “Amazon Alexa is becoming a key part of omnichannel experiences. Today, people buy and transact business via voice, not just on their laptop or mobile device. Monitoring these transactions at a user level is critical, as without it, you have an increasingly big blind-spot,” said Alois Reitbauer, VP, Chief Technical Strategist and Head of Innovation Lab at Dynatrace. “It’s similar with IoT; you now have millions of devices that are driving the code that’s being executed in AWS Lambda, so organizations need automated real-time discovery and continuous visibility to deliver proactive performance management and avoid IoT failures.”

In addition, the company announced the availability of SaaS contracts for its cloud application performance management solution on AWS Marketplace.

LogicMonitor, a SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for enterprise IT, announced new features to its LM Cloud solution that improve the ability to capture and measure AWS ROI. The solution can break-out and view cost by operation in real-time to provide more visibility into an AWS investment.

New Relic announced new capabilities and best practices for leveraging AWS. New Relic Infrastructure was updated to support AWS Personal Health Dashboards, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES), Amazon Aurora, Auto Scaling, and AWS CloudTrail. “New Relic shares with AWS a commitment to helping organizations adopt the skills, practices, and measurement required for operating in the cloud so that they can realize the full benefits of a cloud transformation. Undergoing this change – both in the technology and the processes utilized – can be challenging for distributed enterprise IT teams that need to operate at scale. New Relic’s platform and latest innovations are designed to provide real-time analysis into every infrastructure component within the context of the applications that they support. This can make it easier for teams to respond to and implement change faster, and accelerate cloud adoption within their organizations,” said Henry Shapiro, vice president and general manager of infrastructure at New Relic.

Other announcements included: AHEAD’s CoPilot to monitor and optimize public cloud environments, Splunk’s new integrations with Amazon Kinesis Firehose and Amazon GuardDuty, Accenture’s new AWS capabilities, and Bungie and Activision Publishing’s Destiny 2 Ghost Skill for Alexa.  

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Registration Now Open for Alfresco DevCon 2018

Alfresco Software, a leading enterprise open source provider of process automation, content management and information governance software, today announced open registration for Alfresco DevCon 2018, an international developer conference entirely dedicated to Alfresco technology that will take place in Lisbon, January 17-18, 2018, at the Museu Fundação Oriente. DevCon 2018 will bring together the entire Alfresco community, including customers, partners and developers, driving collaboration and increasing technical know-how between Alfresco Software and its global stakeholders – as well as offering attendees several special sessions on Alfresco’s soon-to-be released Application Development Framework (ADF) 2.0. This is a once-a-year opportunity to learn from the experts, meet with peers, and grow understanding of all that the Alfresco Digital Business Platform has to offer – under one roof, with no registration fee.

Conference Highlights

Technical demonstrations, best practice discussions and in-depth talks about open source software tools and technologies will be central to Alfresco DevCon 2018.  It will provide attendees with practical knowledge, use cases and real-world techniques that can be applied immediately to their Alfresco deployments. Event highlights include:

  • 60+ Sessions – Focused on technical demonstrations, best practices and in-depth discussions from multiple experts, including John Newton, CTO and founder of Alfresco, and Thomas DeMeo, Alfresco’s vice president of product management.
  • Training Opportunities – Day Zero of DevCon brings three training opportunities; new Alfresco developers can attend a free full-day introductory session, while experienced users may take half-day preparation courses for the Alfresco Process Services and Alfresco Content Services certified engineer tests.
  • Hack-a-Thon – Also taking place during the pre-conference day, members of the community and company will participate in various “Hack-a-Thon” projects. The results will be featured in a demonstration on the last day of the conference. This builds upon the success of the September 22 session which featured 26 projects and resulted in over 60 participants contributing to the success of the event.

“We couldn’t be more excited or proud to host the complementary DevCon 2018 in Lisbon,” said Alfresco Vice President of Product Management Thomas DeMeo. “We look forward to deep technical conversations, seeing all the exciting solutions from our developer community, providing a glimpse of the future direction, and gathering feedback on how Alfresco can add value to their organizations.”

Registration for the two-day event is open now.  In addition, an optional pre-conference day will be offered on January 16. The pre-conference day will offer attendees the ability to participate in the Alfresco Hack-a-Thon, an introductory course, or a certification preparation course, led by Alfresco University partners Averi and ECM Core, using the latest curriculum and teaching tools.

More About Application Development Framework 2.0 (ADF 2.0)

Available in early December, ADF 2.0 will further accelerate the ability of developers to rapidly deliver modern user experiences for process and content-centric applications.  With an expanding set of underlying APIs, as well as significant additions to the existing user experience component library, the new release will enable developers to customize applications within minutes, not the usual hours, days or weeks.

“Because ADF continues to push performance boundaries and set the standard for an extraordinary end-user experience, Alfresco customers such as Royal Bank of Canada are embracing it and already have ADF applications in production,” observed Alfresco ‘s DeMeo. “At the same time, we are seeing our partners lean in and make use of ADF in crafting their own solutions.”

Alfresco has delivered on a monthly release cadence of ADF, with a new beta released every week to GitHub.  Developers interested in learning more about ADF can take training courses through Alfresco University or review online content athttp://ift.tt/2da35OO.

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Fire TV owners can now control Hulu, NBC, CBS and other video apps via their voice

 Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to control more video apps using Alexa and their voice, the company announced today. This feature lets you ask Alexa to “watch,” “play,” “pause,” “rewind,” “fast forward,” and more. It can also take you to an individual show, network, or specific genre of programming. Before, Alexa could… Read More

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