Daily Tech Briefing: April 9, 2014

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-04-09 Print this article Print

Microsoft's Cortana Presages Bing's Future; IBM Brings New Cloud Offerings, Pricing to the Mainframe; Apple Reimbursing Customers for Unapproved In-App Purchases; and more.

Oracle to Acquire NetSuite for $9.3B in Cloud Push

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle will buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion in a cloud push; BlackBerry unveils a $299...

NIST Declares Two-Factor Authentication Using SMS Texts Insecure

DAILY VIDEO: NIST says SMS-based two-factor authentication isn't secure; the UK approves Amazon's...

Microsoft Unveils Service for Helping Enterprises Move to Windows 10
IT Insiders Optimistic About Verizon-Yahoo's Future

DAILY VIDEO: IT insiders project the future of Verizon-Yahoo; FCC's Wheeler urges...

Apple Planning Larger iPhone 7, Market Chatter Suggests

DAILY VIDEO: Latest iPhone 7 rumor suggests a new, larger model is possible; Samsung confirms fix for...

French Regulators Says Microsoft Collects Too Much User Data

DAILY VIDEO: French regulators accuse Microsoft of improper data use; Samsung denies Galaxy S7 Active...

Oracle Distributes Largest-Ever List of Software Security Patches

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle issues its largest patch update ever; Why BlackBerry CEO Chen doesn't worry about...

Government Requests for Google User Data Continue to Rise

DAILY VIDEO: Google sees government requests for user data growing; Google tries to charm European...

Softbank to Acquire Chip Designer ARM in $32.2 Billion All-Cash Deal

DAILY VIDEO: Softbank deal to buy ARM aimed at bolstering its IoT reach; the hacking of Ubuntu Linux...

Microsoft Releases Azure SQL Data Warehouse for the Cloud

DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft's Azure SQL data warehouse opens its doors to big data; IBM delivers secure...

Read more about the stories in today's news:

Microsoft recently introduced its answer to Apple's Siri and Google Now in the form of voice assistant technology called Cortana, which is powered by Bing. Cortana proved itself to be quite capable and stole the show at the Build 2014 conference, but it was not the only Bing-powered technology featured at the event.

Microsoft also showed off App Linking, which launches application functions based on Bing search results and the Bing Knowledge Widget, which is a JavaScript module designed to enhance any Website or blog with the power of the Bing knowledge engine, according to a post on the Microsoft blog.

IBM recently announced new enterprise cloud offerings for its big iron platform. The goal of these new offerings is to help users cut the cost of operations and quickly use trusted cloud services with mainframe technology.

The company announced this technology at the System 360 mainframe's 50th anniversary event. IBM added that there will be a new flexible utility pricing model. This will allow service providers to pay for Linux-based mainframe cloud infrastructure over time based on compute consumption, rather than system capacity.

Last year, the Federal Trade Commission reviewed thousands of complaints from consumers who were upset that their children made unauthorized purchases with their Apple iPhones.

In response, Apple made a $32.5 million settlement with the FTC, and is now in the process of refunding customers for the unapproved purchases. Customers who have been charged for in-app purchases were sent an email from Apple and asked to review their purchase histories to see if they qualify for a refund.

Finally, Google announced "Sustained Use Discounts" for Google Compute Engine users who run large projects on virtual machines. These discounts will allow users to save money when they use more virtual machines in the Google Cloud. Along with simpler pricing, the discounts will give users higher agility and lower risk.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel