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  • Microsoft's new program provides students with free access to the company's Azure cloud platform, along with tooling and other support.

  • The partnership with Johnson & Johnson builds on Google's rising aspirations in the life sciences space.

  • With $100 million in VC funding and well over 100 new top-level domain names, Donuts has emerged to become the pre-eminent vendor in the new era of Internet domains.

  • Tech startup Nerdalize teams up with energy company Eneco in a program to use cloud servers to heat residences while they run workloads.

  • While the number of requests is down since last year, Microsoft renewed its call for more transparency in government efforts to obtain customer data.

  • About half the senior execs participating in a recent survey expect automation to significantly improve their business processes within three to five years.

  • Intel could spend as much as $10.4 billion for the chip maker, which represents its largest acquisition since buying McAfee for $7.7 billion.

  • Network equipment used in the hotel industry was found to have a misconfiguration that could have potentially exposed guests to risk.

  • Progress adds responsive design elements to its Telerik Kendo UI JavaScript/HTML5 framework.

  • Amazon takes all wraps off, offers sky's-the-limit storage; Samsung rumored to Be eyeing AMD acquisition; FAA's recent drone testing permit too little, too late, Amazon Says; and there's more.

  • Just months after Apple released its most popular iPhone model yet, rumors are swirling about its plans for follow-ups that will hit store shelves this year. Apple is developing three new iPhones that will launch in the second half of 2015, according to a new report that surfaced on March 25. As it has in the past, Apple has kept its plans close to the vest, but the rumors have come from the company's supply chain, where it's already working on prototypes and preparing components for its upcoming launches. According to that report, the iPhone 6 line will be replaced by the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. There will also be a new entry-level device, called the iPhone 6C.  The report is just the latest in a string of rumors surrounding Apple's smartphone release plans. Apple has committed to an annual update to its smartphones, and 2015 will usher in products that have few major improvements but should offer some appealing features, according to the rumors. This slide show will cover what features could show up in the new iPhone models if they actually materialize in 2015.

  • It's no secret that today, businesses are largely only as successful as the technology they rely on—and the IT departments that keep that technology running. In many ways, this means a business' success relies on the speed at which IT can adopt significant new technologies. So SolarWinds, a provider of IT performance management software, recently set out to discover the current state of new technology adoption, the barriers to adoption and the needs of IT pros tasked with delivering impactful business outcomes as a result of that adoption. SolarWinds' report, IT Trends Report 2015: Business at the Speed of IT, found that nearly all (93 percent) of IT pros who responded to the survey feel adopting significant new technologies—those that require more than 10 percent of the annual IT budget—is at least somewhat important to their organizations' long-term success. However, the report also identified several key barriers and challenges that stall technology adoption and consequently their impact on business. This slide show, developed from eWEEK reporting and SolarWinds' report, takes a look at the top five barriers to new technology adoption. There really aren't any grand surprises here, illustrating just how pervasive these barriers are and the need to solve these problems—which everyone is aware of—so IT can finally drive business success in the way it is meant to.

  • NFV and OpenStack expertise are at the core of the deal that will see Ubuntu become the host operating system for Ericsson's cloud offering.

  • The open-source Docker container application virtualization project turned two-years old on March 20, marking a robust period of market hype, interest and adoption. Docker was originally just the Docker-engine project started by Solomon Hykes at platform-as-a-service vendor dotCloud. The original dotCloud business has been sold, and Docker Inc. is its own business and has raised $66 million in multiple funding rounds. The project has grown to include Hykes as chief architect, Steve Francia as the chief operator and Michael Crosby as chief maintainer. In the last two years, many vendors—including Red Hat, IBM, Microsoft, VMware and Amazon—have embraced Docker technology. Other companies are creating technologies and products that extend, complement and support it. Docker needs a host OS on which to run, which has led to Red Hat's creating Project Atomic. CoreOS and RancherOS have also emerged as purpose-built optimized operating systems for container deployment. eWEEK examines the wide world of Docker container virtualization.

  • Industry researcher VisionMobile last year published a report saying that despite the vast investments enterprises are putting into developing mobile apps, to date only a minority (15 percent) of independent mobile developers are actually targeting the enterprise market. This is because developers generally see the consumer market, at this point, as the quickest and easiest way to make money in mobile development. Consumers seem to want an app for everything they do, and the market has proved they will pay if there is perceived usefulness. However, longer-term, enterprise mobile app development might be a better way for developers to go; researchers believe that the market is about to get very big, very fast. Enterprises should look at developing their own mobile apps for a number of good reasons. This slide show, put together with eWEEK reporting and industry insight from mobile back-end-as-a-service (mBaaS) provider Kinvey, provides insight for enterprises on the key differences and value points regarding mobile enterprise applications as opposed to standard Web-based apps.

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