Cisco Adds 30 New Partners, $1 Billion to Intercloud

By aligning with these companies, Cisco takes a quantum leap toward its plans to address customer demands for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform that can meet the needs of the Internet of Everything. Cisco’s open approach to the Intercloud is designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability and promises local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty.

Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told us to think about Cisco’s Intercloud like a mini-Internet of clouds. As such, he said, its success depends on how many partners it has.

Source: www.cio-today.com

“You can have the best plan but if you don’t have many partners it doesn’t add much value, This is a good example of the network effect, where the value of the network is proportional to the square number of nodes on it. With more nodes the value grows exponentially. If you are a multinational looking to do some sort of hybrid cloud service, you are almost certain to find Cisco certified services in the companies you are in.”

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Why the writing may be on the wall for Redbox Instant

Redbox Instant hasn’t been able to sign up new users for three months due to a credit card fraud issue that may fasten the video service’s demise.

Source: gigaom.com

Content is king in VOD space and Redbox has been unwilling to pay for that, as well as the necessity to promote the service like Netflix or Amazon has, looks like it’s down for the count

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HP Stream 13.3 and 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows on a $200 Budget

Need a bottom-of-the-bargain bin Windows machine? HP has just revealed a pair of incredibly cheap laptops, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch HP Stream.

Source: gizmodo.com

The 13.3-inch ($230) and the 11.6-inch ($200) models  are completely fanless thanks to their low-voltage Intel Celeron processors, and each come with 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a low-res 1366×768 display. You’ll find the usual array of ports: USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, an audio jack and an SD card reader. – these are competitors to the Chromebook offering – Unlike its Chromebook competitors, these laptops don’t rely on an internet connections and can run full Windows applications. 

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Go go gadget glass! (For a third of the price of Google)

Following its recently-launched Kickstarter campaign, we spoke to Optinvent’s CEO and co-founder Kayvan Mirza about the smart glasses that can rival Google Glass.Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/29/go-go-gadget-glass-for-a-third-of-the-price-of-google/...

Source: www.itproportal.com

What sets the ORA devices apart is the “Flip-Vu” dual-mode display, which is optimized for augmented reality and provides a significantly bigger display than any of its competitors.  “Rather than positioning the display above your eye so you have to turn your eye to look at it, which isn’t very comfortable, they have 2 positions; one is directly in front, right in your field of view, which is great for doing augmented reality type stuff. The other position is directly below your field of view, which is again much more comfortable than looking up.”

Some still debate around whether smart glasses will or won’t become the pinnacle of wearable technology. – we think smartglasses are better suited for business / technical applications where it’s value (what and how it changes how people work and organize that work) will be more clearly appreciated. There possibilities with gaming and recreational use are there, but with privacy concerns of others being a limit that has already been seen in Google Glass being outright rejected in some public venues.


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GoPro Hero4 Black Shoots 4K Video at 30 fps

GoPro has revealed three new actions cams including its flagship Hero4 Black, mid-range Hero4 Silver and entry level Hero cameras.

Source: www.tomsguide.com

However since most TV screens operate at 60fps / 60hz, 30 fps isn’t quite good enough, but is definitely an improvement over the previous 15fps.   We suspect that GoPro is going to improve in their next gen design to get closer to the 60 fps goal.

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New Chromebook capability; Adobe adding a streaming version of Photoshop

The Chrome OS gets more support from familiar software. Google welcomes Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Photoshop to Chromebooks.

Source: www.techtimes.com

“This streaming version of Photoshop is designed to run straight from the cloud to your Chromebook” – For IT administrators, it’s easy to manage, with no long client installation and one-click deployment to a team’s Chromebooks.  The ability to run Adobe products on the Chrome OS is a big step for Google’s Chromebooks, as consumers often pony up the extra $100 or $200 to buy a laptop that will run familiar productivity suites like Microsoft Office and Adobe’s offerings. That customer timidity and those lost conversions aren’t lost on Google, who also took another step toward bolstering Chrome OS with the wealth of software found in the Google Play Store.

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Consumer Reports test: iPhone 6 bends at 70 pounds

If you get into your car, make sure your phone is not in your back pocket

Source: www.usatoday.com

The iPhone 6, flexed under the same amount of weight as a competitor, the HTC One but had an edge when it came to separation by 10 pounds. The iPhone 6, however, didn’t hold as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which didn’t flex or break until it hit 150 pounds, or the outgoing iPhone 5, at 130 pounds and 150 pounds respectively. Consumer Reports didn’t consider the iPhone to be particularly delicate. “All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough,”  – I’m betting that tougher standards for case design are implemented.

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