The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an Urgent Jumpstart

Numerous electronic voting machines used in United States elections have critical exposures that could make them vulnerable to hacking. Security experts have known that for a decade. But it wasn’t until Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential campaigns and began probing digital voting systems that the topic took on pressing urgency. Now hackers, researchers, […] Read more »

Alphabet’s Project to Restore Wireless Service in Puerto Rico With Balloons Gets FCC Approval

Project Loon has already proven its real-world usefulness once this year. The FCC has approved an experimental license for Alphabet, Inc’s Project Loon to attempt to restore wireless service to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico using its high-altitude balloons, according to FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry. Though the Loon technology is not entirely proven, it could […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: An under-pressure OpenStack gets support from an (in)famous individual

Last week saw a few thousand devoted OpenStack community members flock to Boston to take part in the bi-annual OpenStack Summit. This summit marks a major turning point for the initiative. Since we all congregated in Barcelona last year, there have been some major pieces of news which have rocked the community. Only a couple […] Read more »

Visual Studio’s cloud IDE gets smarter about builds

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services cloud-based application development platform is improving pull requests, package management, and GitHub build integration. Upgrades will make it easier to work with pull requests assigned to teams, Microsoft said in a bulletin discussing improvements planned for rollout during the next few weeks. “When a PR is created or updated, email […] Read more »

Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business gets Mac client, shared folder sync

Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while. The company also launched a new Mac client for its business-focused cloud storage service that can be deployed outside the confines of the Mac App Store. Users will also be able to sync files from […] Read more »

Microsoft gets support for its fight against government gag orders

Microsoft has secured some big allies in a fight against the federal government, including three of its chief rivals, plus a hometown airline.  Microsoft is fighting the government over its right to tell customers when federal agents request their data and emails. The company filed a lawsuit in April against the federal government, charging such […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Kubernetes becomes more scalable, gets support for hybrid clouds

Earlier this week, Google released version 1.3 of Kubernetes, the open source container orchestration software. The release brings support for deploying services across “multiple clouds (including on-prem), support for multiple node types, integrated support for stateful services (such as key-value stores and databases), and greatly simplified cluster setup and deployment on your laptop. Now, developers […] Read more »

IBM gets 215 million patient profiles in $2.6 billion analytics firm buy

IBM’s Watson Health, the company’s 10-month-old healthcare data crunching unit, plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics and its 215 million patient profiles, with the ultimate goal of helping health-care providers make better business and patient-care decisions. The $ 2.6 billion deal, announced Thursday, gives IBM Watson Health access to a huge new data set in […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Azure Stack beta gets new services and DevOps tools

People testing out the public beta of Microsoft’s Azure Stack private cloud system have some new platform services and DevOps tools to play with less than two weeks after it initially launched.  Starting Monday, users can download a beta version of the Web Apps feature for Azure App Service that runs on Azure Stack and […] Read more »

SQL Server 2016 gets an R (language) rating

With the latest preview of Microsoft SQL Server 2016, Microsoft tipped its hand about its plans to integrate the R language with its products. Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of the Data Group at Microsoft, outlined in a blog post the major features unveiled in SQL Server 2016 in its latest Community Technology Preview (CTP). Most of the […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Azure cloud gets live video encoding for everyone

Microsoft has made its Live Encoding service generally available as part of a slew of updates announced Thursday for the Azure Media Services suite.  Live Encoding lets broadcasters send one video stream to Microsoft’s cloud and get it encoded there into an adaptive bitrate stream that can be sent to different types of devices. That means […] Read more »

Google’s container management service exits beta, gets uptime guarantee

Google is the latest cloud service provider to rally behind containers, an emerging type of virtualization technology that adherents claim can streamline the process of running workloads in the cloud. Google is now offering a container management service, called the Google Container Engine, for production workloads. This sets the stage for businesses to run their […] Read more »

Google’s container management service exits beta, gets uptime guarantee

Google is the latest cloud service provider to rally behind containers, an emerging type of virtualization technology that adherents claim can streamline the process of running workloads in the cloud. Google is now offering a container management service, called the Google Container Engine, for production workloads. This sets the stage for businesses to run their […] Read more »

The cloud gets mobile apps moving

Immediately after Hurricane Sandy tore through New York City in October 2012, city officials needed a quick way to show the damage that had been done to streets and infrastructure. They needed an app — and they needed it immediately. For a quick turnaround, Cordell Schachter, chief technology officer at New York City’s Department of […] Read more »

VMware gets help to build and deploy cloud apps more easily

VMware gets help to build and deploy cloud apps more easily Working to make its public cloud more competitive, VMware has partnered with Bitnami to make using open source apps and development environments on vCloud Air easy. The Bitnami Launchpad for VMware vCloud Air OnDemand website lists … Read more on PCWorld Joyent Adds Non-Docker Services […] Read more »