Big Screen Samsung Galaxy View Tablet Tuned for Entertainment

Today's topics include the introduction of Samsung's Galaxy View tablet, HP adds Enterprise features to the Helion OpenStack cloud Platform, Facebook's lesson for developers about running the social media app on 2G mobile networks, and Google's release of new metrics tools for its Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Logging services.

Samsung is looking to create a new home entertainment niche with its new Galaxy View tablet. It features an 18.4-inch Full HD display, a kickstand for easy viewing and a host of preloaded streaming content sources that give users access to movies and television shows on the fly.

The Galaxy View includes a video-optimized user interface on its touch-screen display that enables users to download videos from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, CBS and other content providers. The new machine will retail for $599.99 and be available in black starting Nov. 6.

Hewlett-Packard may be getting out of the public cloud business, but it's far from withdrawing from cloud computing altogether.

According to Jay Jamison, vice president of product marketing, the company will use the resources that had been spent on its Helion public cloud to provide technology that helps businesses build private and hybrid cloud environments.

Jamison told eWEEK that HP's change in direction will bring new focus to HP Helion strategy, which at its core is really about the technology and services that allow customers to adopt private and managed clouds.

Facebook knows that many new users in emerging nations can only access Facebook using old-fashioned 2G networks, which cause apps like Facebook to load excruciatingly slow.

Facebook product manager Chris Marra wrote in an Oct. 27 post on the Facebook Code page that the company has implemented "2G Tuesdays" so that developers could get an up-close look at what real-world users in developing nations have to deal with every day.

The company hopes the experience of slow 2G download speeds will encourage developers to make changes to improve performance.

Google has added new features to its Cloud Monitoring and Cloud Logging services in a bid to make it easier for IT administrators to extract value from the log data generated by their cloud- hosted systems and applications.

The three new features, available in beta to Google's Cloud Platform customers, are a logs-based metrics feature, an advanced log filters capability and a feature dubbed Charts to Logs that allows administrators to go from a chart view to the corresponding log data to make it easier discern trends in the data and help solve problems.

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