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Daily Tech Briefing: April 11, 2014

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:00
BlackBerry Intends to stay in the handset business, Chen says; T-Mobile kicks off 3 days of news with $40 Simple Starter Plan; Windows XP deadline slows PC market decline; and more.
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Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear Smartwatches Launch Worldwide

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:30
Samsung, the smartphone sales leader, today launched its newest flagship. One survey says 89 percent of Galaxy S4 owners plan to update.
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YouTube Live-Streaming Coachella Music Festival April 11-13

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:17
If you couldn't score one of the hard-to-get tickets for Coachella, you can at least watch the performances as they are live-streamed this weekend.
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Workers Want Remote Access, Better VPNs

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 19:15
A survey finds that people want their jobs to be flexible, and have some frustration with corporate networks that lag behind changing demands.
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Microsoft Says Azure Cloud Services Safe From Heartbleed SSL Flaw

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 18:40
The company assures users Azure is immune to the OpenSSL flaw that affects much of the Internet. Customers running Linux images should remain on alert.
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New Data Center Innovation Stack Could Redefine IT

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:50
As users look to revisit their IT infrastructure to utilize cloud-ready benefits, this may be the year that the innovation stack redefines IT entirely.
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How to Choose the Right Cloud Database

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:00
Database as a Service (DBaaS) is cloud database hosted and managed by the cloud service providers that can be accessed through public cloud or the hybrid cloud. The cloud provider takes care of provisioning, configuring, setup, maintenance, backups and patching the database. Customers are expected to export the database and start consuming the service through the pay-as-you-go model. There is a debate on whether Database as a Service (DBaaS) should be considered part of IaaS or PaaS. Though databases are part of almost all PaaS offerings, they are quickly becoming the key building blocks of IaaS. While customers can always launch VMs and set up a database of their choice, the DB service is different because it’s set up, configured, managed, and monitored by the infrastructure service provider. Popular databases, including MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and PostgreSQL, are offered through these managed database services. Subscribing to these DB services enables customers to stay focused on their core application instead of managing and administering a database.

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Categories: Java, Media

An Apple Buyout of Sony Is a Bad Idea: 10 Reasons Why

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:45
Rumors have circulated for years suggesting Apple was interested in acquiring Sony. Here's why Apple is better off not making such an acquisition.
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In Defense of Mobile Platforms

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:45
Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to learn whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It's no secret that the past few years have seen a debate between two paradigms: whether to write specific code for different devices, or to take a wider approach. The rapid advances in mobile technology have led to a world where there is no single accepted approach, but history looks to be repeating itself from the desktop world, and I believe that application development platforms are the way forward.

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Categories: Java, Media

ERP and Billing Systems that Stall Innovation and Growth | Part 1

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:00
The world of enterprise applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and billing, can seem boring to people who are more interested in what is going on at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter, or the latest iPhone or Android application. In the late 1990s when ERP systems first came on the scene, there was plenty of drama and hype. The vendor marketing bravado and cut-throat competition, failed multi-million dollar projects, implementations spanning years and massive cost overruns are still fresh in the minds of many. Who can forget the legendary “moon” on the high seas between SAP’s Hasso Plattner and Larry Ellison’s Oracle boat? The infamous rivalry and competition between Oracle and SAP continues into this century with a battleground that now spans ERP and also databases. Meanwhile, in the late 2000s, certain venture capitalists (VCs) could not get enough of social media startups focused on consumers or cloud companies focused on Internet merchants. Many of the best minds of the generation were worried about how to make people click ads.

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Categories: Java, Media

Python Tools for Visual Studio Gets an Update

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:29
The beta release is available under an open source license.
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Dell Software Releases AppAssure 5.4 Data Backup Platform

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:00
AppAssure 5.4 features a slew upgrades designed to improve replication, optimize performance and reporting, and broaden platform support.
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Wearable Device Market to Top 19 Million Units in 2014

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:30
The wearables market took a huge step forward over the past year and shipment volumes will exceed 19 million units in 2014, according to IDC.
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DDOS Mitigation Service and Layered Security

Java Developer's Journal - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:15
Chief Security Officers (CSO), CIOs and IT Directors are all concerned with providing a secure environment from which their business can innovate and customers can safely consume without the fear of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. To be successful in today's hyper-connected world, the enterprise needs to leverage the capabilities of the web and be ready to innovate without fear of DDoS attacks, concerns about application security and other threats. Organizations face great risk from increasingly frequent and sophisticated attempts to render web properties unavailable, and steal intellectual property or personally identifiable information. Layered security best practices extend security beyond the data center, delivering DDoS protection and maintaining site performance in the face of fast-changing threats.

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Categories: Java, Media

Gamification Can Reap Digital Business Benefits

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:00
Gamification has tremendous potential, but right now most organizations aren't getting it right, a Gartner report found.
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eWEEK Launches New Research Center Document Archive

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 06:15
The eWEEK Research Center is a new repository of gated assets, categorized as either client-sponsored or editorially produced content.
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Microsoft Updates Python Tools for Visual Studio

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:50
Microsoft has delivered an update to its Python Tools for Visual Studio that brings support for new web frameworks and more.
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BlackBerry Experience Event Focuses on Real Customer Needs

eWeek - Application Development - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 04:30
BlackBerry is listening to customers, getting closer to them than ever, and is primed for cross-platform support, executives said at a New York event.
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Pivotal Launches Spring Boot 1.0

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:05
The rapid application development framework speeds the development of Java-based Web applications.
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EU Privacy Watchdogs Approve Microsoft Azure

Devx: Latest Published Articles - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:59
Microsoft's enterprise cloud computing service is the first to obtain blanket approval from European regulators.
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