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Facebook’s strategy: Buy the best, copy the rest?

Photo illustration: Andrew Nusca Facebook-owned Instagram, the artsy mobile photo sharing service, announced yesterday the launch of a new capability: video. You can read my colleague Rachel King’s report from the conference here. If you’re a fan of consumer mobile apps, Instagram should be familiar to you. If you’re not, you may hazily recall our… Read more →

How to buy a smartphone: A guide for newbies

While it may seem that the smartphone has become ubiquitous in today’s busy world, there are quite a few folks who have never owned one. I see them quite regularly while walking around the busy city. Believe it or not there are still a lot of flip phones out there. A caller to my favorite… Read more →

NSA PRISM puts "public" cloud in a new light

Like Jason Perlow, I doubt that the NSA is really that into me. It’s all those other three-letter acronym (TLAs) organizations, such as the FBI, IRS, and SEC, which might have access to my data that I worry about. Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you. (Credit: CBS Interactive/ZDNet)… Read more →

Ed Iacobucci, co-founder of Citrix, dies of cancer

Edward Iacobucci, the former IBM developer who co-founded the U.S. computer software company Citrix, died this morning at 59, his former company announced. The cause was pancreatic cancer. His most recent venture was VirtualWorks Group, a company he co‐founded in Florida in 2009 to tackle “data sprawl.” Facing declining health, he stepped down from his… Read more →

‘Clear and direct guidance’ for cloud computing

“I’m really surprised when people say they’re not doing SOA now, they’re doing ‘cloud.’ Statements like that really concern me. Because it reflects a lack of understanding that these are not in any way competing or alternative approaches to building and evolving IT enterprises. It’s the opposite.” Photo: ThomasErl.com Those are the cautionary words of… Read more →

Bluetooth ‘Tile’ allows you to find lost keys, bikes, dogs, anything really

Tile  (@TheTileApp) is an absolutely brilliant hardware device that can be attached to keys (or just about anything) so that you can locate them when lost. Tiles uses Bluetooth 4.0 (low energy) and will be compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 3rd and 4th generation, and iPod Touch 5th generation. (Sorry Android users). Bluetooth Low… Read more →

Is Salesforce building on Oracle’s next-gen database?

Salesforce has reportedly signed up for a pricey Oracle database deal and JMP Securities analyst Patrick Walravens think a total contract value may approach $300 million over five to seven years. That deal would include database, middleware and back-end technologies. There has been a fair amount of hubbub about whether Salesforce would ultimately get off… Read more →

Oracle: Can it handle tech curves, multi-front wars?

Oracle’s fourth quarter sales miss — the second consecutive one — has analysts wondering if the company is capable of navigating the cloud computing and open source technology changes ahead. The company’s fourth quarter wasn’t all bad, but Oracle struggled in emerging markets and Australia as deals were downsized or pushed out. Oracle executives brought the usual… Read more →

Timehop: A photographic stroll down memory lane

Timehop is a fun service that indexes all of your photos, then displays historical photos that you took on this day in history, its tagline sums it up nicely: Timehop helps you celebrate the best moments of the past with your friends. Start by downloading the iOS app (free, App Store) to your iPhone, then install… Read more →