Get a Surface Pro 4 with keyboard for $659.99

If you know me, you know I have no love for Microsoft. Maybe it’s the Xbox One that forced an hour-long software update last night, when all I wanted to do was watch a Blu-ray. Maybe it’s the Windows operating system that still can’t find my printer after waking up from sleep mode. And don’t get me started on the Surface tablet, which is shown far and wide with a…

June 4, 2017
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Indian government likely to spend USD 7.8 billion on IT in 2017

The Indian government is estimated to spend USD 7.8 billion on IT in 2017, 7.5 percent increase from 2016, according to Gartner. This is down from Gartner’s previous projection of 9.5 percent for government’s IT spending growth in 2017. “The 2 percent revision in our outlook is primarily due to the effects of demonetization and a drop in industrial production,” said Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner. “However, spending plans like…

June 4, 2017
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US bill aims to quash Open Internet Order, prevent its return

A bill introduced Monday by some U.S. senators aims to repeal net neutrality rules under the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 Open Internet Order, and ban the agency from issuing similar regulations in the future. The legislation aims to give some permanence to recent moves by the Republican-dominated FCC to repeal provisions of the 2015 order. There are concerns that if the FCC at some point comes under the control of…

June 3, 2017
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Infosys to hire 10,000 in the US as Trump focuses on local hires

Indian outsourcer Infosys is hiring 10,000 American workers over the next two years, in the wake of a review of U.S. visa rules and an emphasis on local hires by the administration of President Donald Trump. Infosys said Monday it will open four new “Technology and Innovation Hubs” in the U.S., focusing on cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud, and big data….

June 3, 2017
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Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its growing stable of devices

Microsoft has added a new laptop to its growing stable of Surface devices, and it’s amazingly thin and fast. The Surface Laptop has performance, features and design that will redefine the category, said Panos Panay, corporate vice president at Microsoft during an event in New York City on Tuesday. The 13.5-inch laptop is the first pure laptop in the product line and offers an elegant design. Microsoft’s other portable Surface…

June 3, 2017
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Java modular battle heats up as Oracle criticizes Red Hat, IBM

Amid a budding controversy surrounding the module system planned for Java, Oracle’s chief Java architect, Mark Reinhold, lashed out today at Red Hat and IBM’s opposition, saying the companies are simply guarding their own interests. In an open letter to the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Commitee published Friday morning, Reinhold was highly critical of the two rival vendors. The current disagreement centers on Java Specification Request 376, which focuses…

June 3, 2017
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Azure, AI, JavaScript headline Microsoft Build 2017

At its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle this week, Microsoft will put its Azure cloud and Windows 10 front and center with sessions ranging from cloud services to artificial intelligence to programming languages. The company will provide a road map for the Azure Compute platform and discuss how to use the cloud service for continuous delivery. Brendan Burns, co-founder of the Kubernetes container orchestration platform and the lead on…

June 3, 2017
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Dell EMC’s newest switches will come with its open network OS

Dell’s drive into open networking accelerated on Monday with the announcement of the first switches to ship with OS10, the company’s network operating system that’s based on open source. At Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, the company introduced two data-center switches running OS10 Enterprise Edition, an enhanced version of the open-source OS that Dell announced early last year. The software is based on technologies from the Linux Foundation and…

June 3, 2017
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Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10’s debut version

Microsoft will issue the final security update for the debut version of Windows 10 tomorrow. Windows 10 1507 — Microsoft tags feature upgrades with a yymm label — will receive its last security patches on May 9. The retirement date had been quietly announced last month when it appeared on several support documents. “The time has now come to end servicing for version 1507,” one of those documents stated. Tomorrow…

June 3, 2017
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Why Edward Snowden loves open source

Infamous government hacker Edward Snowden believes open source is a fundamentally better way to use technology compared to proprietary technology that he believes disempowers users. Snowden was interviewed at the open source cloud computing project OpenStack Summit in Boston via video from a non-descript location and spoke about his personal use of open source technology. In 2013 Snowden, then a government contractor, leaked classified information about government surveillance programs run…

June 3, 2017
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