Making sense of Microsoft’s Surface lineup

Microsoft’s Surface business has always been a minefield for the company. The OEMs who build PCs that run Microsoft Windows aren’t thrilled at the prospect of their partner also being a rival in the cutthroat hardware business. The competitive challenge for Microsoft, then, is to be successful but not too successful. That might explain why some Surface decisions, especially pricing,… Read more →

​HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded

When Hewlett Packard split its PC and printing business from its enterprise unit, it was widely assumed that Hewlett Packard Enterprise would outshine HP Inc. But better design and a knack for finding new profit pools in a tough personal systems market has put the spotlight on HP. In its second quarter earnings report, HP reported revenue of $12.4 billion,… Read more →

It’s not just Windows anymore: Samba has a major SMB bug

The other week, Microsoft got its security teeth kicked in when an old SMB security hole was exploited by the WannaCry ransomware attack. This week, it’s the turn of Samba, the popular open-source SMB server. Like the WannaCry security hole, the good news is the Samba file-sharing bug has already been fixed. The bad news is you may be using… Read more →

It’s not just Windows anymore: Samba has a major SMB bug

The other week, Microsoft got its security teeth kicked in when an old SMB security hole was exploited by the WannaCry ransomware attack. This week, it’s the turn of Samba, the popular open-source SMB server. Like the WannaCry security hole, the good news is the Samba file-sharing bug has already been fixed. The bad news is you may be using… Read more →

Splunk satisfies Q1 targets, raises outlook for fiscal year

Splunk reported solid first quarter earnings after the bell Thursday and raised its revenue outlook for the fiscal year. The machine data software provider reported a first quarter net loss just over $99,931, or 73 cents per share. Splunk’s non-GAAP losses narrowed to a penny per share on a revenue of $242.4 million, up 30 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was… Read more →

Nutanix beats market expectations for Q3

Nutanix reported its third quarter financial results Thursday, beating market expectations. The company reported a non-GAAP net loss of $60.8 million or 42 cents per share. That’s compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $40.4 million, or 33 cents per share, in Q3 of fiscal 2016. Revenue came to $191.8 million, up 67 percent year-over-year. Wall Street was looking for… Read more →

​Twilio gets into the serverless game

Twilio has launched Twilio Functions, a serverless platform to build communications apps. The move follows the success of Amazon Web Services’ Lambda, a serverless offering, and similar efforts. The general idea is to abstract compute resources so developers can stick to the code without managing things like provisioning and scaling servers. According to Twilio, Functions will include a runtime environment… Read more →

How CIOs can tap into the momentum behind digital transformation

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Rackspace to acquire TriCore for its application management capabilities

Rackspace on Thursday announced its acquisition of TriCore Solutions, a leader in enterprise application management. The terms of the deal, which should close in June, were not disclosed, though Rackspace called the deal its largest acquisition ever. TriCore manages a range of applications including enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions from Oracle, SAP and other vendors. Customers have asked Rackspace to… Read more →

How to develop a practice of lifelong learning

Getty Images/iStockphoto I recently received a note from a journalist colleague I quite respect. It was interesting enough to share with you. He writes: Based on your long history of hands-on experience with tech: Do you constantly (or maybe just regularly) find yourself not knowing something about it? The reason I ask is I am almost always on the edge… Read more →

Polycom, Zoom forge video conferencing, collaboration pact

Polycom and Zoom have partnered to bridge their respective video collaboration and conferencing tools. Under the partnership, Zoom Video Communications and Polycom launched the Zoom Connector for Polycom. In a nutshell, Zoom’s video meetings will be easily available on Polycom’s conferencing systems with a click. Zoom is a popular video meeting collaboration tool that competes with Goto Meeting as well… Read more →

T-Mobile Digits launching on May 31st after successful beta program, $10 for additional lines

Back in December 2016, T-Mobile launched an expansive beta program for its new T-Mobile Digits service. I have been using it daily on my Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, a couple of phones, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet. Today we learned what the cost was for the Digits service and customers will be satisfied. All existing T-Mobile numbers are… Read more →