IBM’s new Nabla containers are designed for security first

Companies love containers because they enable them to run more jobs on servers. But businesses also hate containers, because they fear they’re less secure than virtual machines (VM)s. IBM thinks it has an answer to that: Nabla containers, which are more secure by design than rival container concepts. James Bottomley, an IBM Research distinguished engineer and top Linux kernel developer,… Read more →

Amazon Prime Day: Business tech deals you shouldn’t miss

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Microsoft to end support for Skype ‘Classic’ after September 1

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has made official the end date for the “Classic” version of Skype: September 1, 2018. Microsoft is rolling out an updated version of Skype 8.0 for Windows desktop today, July 16, and will make this the replacement for Skype 7.0, aka the Classic version. After September 1, only Skype version 8.0 will work, officials said. Also: Why… Read more →

Salesforce buys marketing intelligence firm Datorama

Salesforce is buying Israeli marketing intelligence firm Datorama, the company said Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but some reports suggest it’s worth upwards of $800 million. Datorama’s cloud-based AI software is used by marketers to consolidate and pull insights from data that can be used to optimize campaigns and workflows. Salesforce plans to use the acquisition… Read more →

Amazon Prime Day: Business tech deals you shouldn’t miss

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Oracle’s Blockchain Cloud Service is generally available

Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, which Oracle rolled out at the OpenWorld conference in October, is now generally available. As the name makes clear, the offering makes blockchain technology available as a service. Oracle customers pay per usage, paying for each transaction going to a blockchain. A blockchain, the technology behind the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is a shared, distributed ledger that can… Read more →

GE to standardize Predix platform on Microsoft Azure

General Electric said on Monday that it will standardize its Predix platform on Microsoft Azure and integrate the Predix portfolio with Azure’s native cloud capabilities, including Azure IoT and Azure Data and Analytics. GE Digital will also leverage the Azure cloud platform to run Predix-based IT workloads and productivity tools in an effort to bolster efficiencies across the company. Other… Read more →

Macbooks for pros: How to decide among several workable options

The introduction of the 2018 MacBook Pro models just a month after WWDC has surprised everyone. What’s even more of a surprise is that this crop of devices actually has offerings that are of use to high-end pro users. What’s a high-end pro? I’ve been writing about pro Mac users for a while, and every so often, someone takes issue… Read more →

U.S. vs. China trade war likely to hit data center, IT spending

The ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China–and the latest $200 billion round of tariffs on Chinese goods coming to the U.S.–are likely to lead to increased information technology costs for enterprises. This week kicks off earnings season and rest assured there will be some discussion of tariffs and how they are impacting business. Restoration Hardware and Daimler are… Read more →

Watch: A robotic race car zips around this historic track without a driver

An autonomous car has successfully pulled off a high-speed lap at the historic Goodwood hill climb circuit in West Sussex, England. The vehicle that ran the one mile-plus lap is called Robocar, an autonomous electric platform that underlies a new robot racing circuit called Roborace, which is chaired by former Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi. The idea is that… Read more →

Dirt and dust might not destroy your new 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard

2018 MacBook Pro features a membrane underneath the keycap iFixit Apple seems to have taken steps with the 2018 redesign of the MacBook Pro to reduce the possibility of dirt and crumbs damaging the keyboard – and perhaps put the brakes on future lawsuits that might arise as a result of jammed-up keyboards. Must read: Everything you need to know… Read more →