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Autodesk, NASA rethink interplanetary lander design

SHELBY THORNER In 2012, the Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars, thanks in part to the designers and engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Now, the NASA JPL has set its sights on a greater challenge: getting a lander all the way to the moons of Saturn and Jupiter. To get closer to that goal, researchers from the JPL teamed… Read more →

Microsoft re-releases Windows Server 2019

Credit: ZDNet After pulling its Windows 10 October 2018 Update (also known as 1809) and Windows Server 2019/1809 feature updates at the start of October, Microsoft is re-releasing them to mainstream users starting today, November 13. The updated versions include fixes for data-loss problems and other issues discovered after Microsoft initially began rolling them out on October 2. Starting today,… Read more →

Microsoft resumes rollout of Windows 10 version 1809, promises quality changes

Microsoft has resumed the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809. The re-release of the so-called October 2018 Update comes more than five weeks after the company pulled the original installation files from its download servers and stopped its scheduled delivery through Windows Update just days after its initial debut on Oct. 2. Must read: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October Update… Read more →

​Red Hat blends Kubernetes into Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14

There was a bit of fear when IBM acquired Red Hat that Red Hat might abandon the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud. Nah! In Berlin at OpenStack Summit, Red Hat introduced its latest OpenStack distribution: Red Hat OpenStack Platform 14. It comes with a generous helping of Kubernetes container orchestration via Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Also: Best Black Friday 2018… Read more →

Moment announces Tele 58mm lens for smartphones: Six element glass provides 2x or 4x optical zoom

Image: Moment top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 CES and MWC are over and it’s time to clear the dust and see what smartphones are leading the pack this year. Read More In January I bought the Moment wide angle lens and then recently tested the anamorphic option with various phones. Today, Moment announced the Tele 58mm lens… Read more →

Cloudtenna’s DirectSearch for local and cloud file search

special feature Integrating the Hybrid Cloud As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Read More The combination of Big Data and (relatively) cheap cloud storage has led to an explosion in efforts to make stored files findable. Google has Cloud Search, Elastic recently scored a $4B IPO,… Read more →

Digital transformation spending to approach $2 trillion by 2022

Digital transformation spending will approach the $2 trillion mark in 2022, good for a 16.7 percent compound annual growth rate, according to IDC. The big question will be how much of digital transformation spending will deliver returns. IDC said spending on technologies and services that enable digital transformation of businesses will hit $1.97 trillion in 2022. Part of the digital… Read more →

Sex in driverless cars will be the next big thing, say scientists

Now what’s going on in there? Image: Toyota I felt a shudder. As the Washington Post began to describe the findings of the drily-, slyly-titled Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism, I worried about the article’s bent. You see, it began by suggesting that driverless cars will “give people a new place to have sex. Possibly for money.”… Read more →

​OpenStack expands focus beyond the IaaS cloud

In Berlin, at OpenStack Summit, Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack‘s Executive Director, announced that this would be the last OpenStack Summit and it would be replaced next year by Open Infrastructure Summit. This is more than just a name change. It represents that OpenStack is evolving beyond its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud offerings to offering a full range of cloud services. must read… Read more →

Universal Robots hires marooned Rethink Robotics employees

Collaborative robotics giant Universal Robots is hiring more than 20 members of now-defunct Rethink Robotics, once a competitor. The announcement also came with news that UR will merge its Boston office with Rethink’s former Boston headquarters. The two firms were rivals in the close-knit robotics world prior to Rethink’s unexpected demise in October. Though Universal Robots has always dominated the… Read more →

Google launches VisBug, a Chrome extension for point-and-click web design

At the Chrome Dev Summit that’s taking place today in San Francisco, Google announced a new developer tool called VisBug that simplifies the task of editing a web page using a simple point-and-click interface. VisBug is currently available as a Chrome extension that can be installed from the main Chrome Web Store. Google engineers likened it to Firebug, the now-defunct… Read more →