cloud computing

Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

Department of Veterans Affairs signs $36m cloud-computing deal

The Department of Veterans Affairs has signed a $36 million deal with HP and Microsoft that will result in 600,000 users being migrated to Microsoft's cloud email and collaboration services. The contract is for 5 years, and involves an initial amount of 15,000 employees being transitioned to Office 365 for Government. The rest of the staff will be transitioned over the rest of the contract's duration.

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Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

Google NC data center gets Street View treatment

If you were wondering where the internet is housed, you're asking the wrong question - but if you want to know where Google's corner of the internet lives, you're in luck. This week Google has released not just a high-definition set of photos from several of their data centers, they've got a lovely Street View look at one in particular. Google's Lenoir, NC data center has the greatest little look-around you could hope for this afternoon.

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Acer Aspire M5 Series Ultrabooks detailed with touch for Windows 8

Acer Aspire M5 Series Ultrabooks detailed with touch for Windows 8

Today is a hot day for your Acer Windows 8-bound notebook family with not just the V5 series popping up for touchscreen laptop justice, but with the Aspire M5 Series Ultrabook as well. What we've got here with the M5 Ultrabook is a unit that will be sold exclusively by Best Buy stores in the United States - so don't expect them anywhere else, basically. Here you'll have an 8-hour battery life supporting a 14-inch Aspire M5-481PT and a 15.6-inch Aspire M5-581T. They come in different colors, too!

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AT&T’s team up with IBM is exactly the jolt “the cloud” needs

AT&T’s team up with IBM is exactly the jolt “the cloud” needs

If you're hesitant to work with your data stored in this ephemeral location called "the cloud", you're not alone - but AT&T and IBM have announced a team-up today that'll send a shock through the market that'll have masses of users converting. When you've got a new technology - or any technology that people may be hesitant to use in general - your best bet in making people adopt it is to prove to them that it's reliable at the same time as it is either fun or helpful to use. To do that you need brand power and better yet, cross-brand power like AT&T and IBM are demonstrating this week.

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Oracle isn’t planning NetApp acquisition, Ellison says

Oracle isn’t planning NetApp acquisition, Ellison says

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has laid any rumors of another acquisition to rest today. Many were thinking that NetApp might be the next buyout target for Oracle, which has already purchased 8 other companies this year, but speaking to CNBC today, Ellison said that Oracle is done acquiring other companies... at least for now. Instead, Oracle will be focusing on its own "organic growth" for a while, as the company thinks it has all of the pieces in place to facilitate such growth.

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iCloud updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with Notes and Reminders

iCloud updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with Notes and Reminders

Head over to iCloud.com today and you'll find Apple's own central console showing off a couple new features, both of them bringing the environment into the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 universe. The first of these iCloud changes is a brand new drop-down notifications bar - what you're seeing here is a note from the Apple calendar showing us that we've got an imminent date with a skateboard. The other update is that Notes is now a cross-platform system - now in the browser-based iCloud environment, you'll be able to make a note to yourself on your iPhone or iPad and have it wherever you need it, no matter the device - just head to the web browser.

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Woz speaks: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything”

Woz speaks: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything”

Apple co-founder and technology celebrity Steve Wozniak spoke last night at a monologue show by Mike Daisey, saying that he thought the next few years of cloud computing will be "horrendous." Letting the crowd of the show "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" know how he felt about the cloud trend in everything from music streaming to content storage, Woz wasn't shy about noting how worried he was about the future. Woz noted that considering what we've got in the so-called cloud already "there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

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Panasonic Lumix SZ5 wifi camera brings on the cloud

Panasonic Lumix SZ5 wifi camera brings on the cloud

This week Panasonic has revealed a collection of devices that are made to blow your mind in many different ways, the LUMIX SZ5 being a web-connected camera also made to do just that. This device has a 10x optical zoom, brings on wi-fi connectivity for quick file sharing, and brings on connections to your smartphone for a three-for-one wallop. This may be just the social media machine you're looking for. NOTE: also check our our hands-on with Panasonic hardware from this week's big reveal session as well!

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Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 aim for cloud supremacy

Microsoft Office 2013 and 365 aim for cloud supremacy

As both Google and Apple bring their big guns to the cloud market with Google Drive and iCloud, so too has Microsoft accepted the challenge with a cloud-connected Office 365 for both PCs and tablets. Utilizing their undeniably popular Office suite with Office 2013 as well as web-based versions of apps in Office 365, Microsoft has at once brought the Office back to the desktop (with desktop-based 365 applications) and connected it all back up to the cloud for any-machine usage. Users' Microsoft accounts are attached in the upper right-hand corner of each Office 365 application, all of it connected to SkyDrive for web-based storage.

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