Daily Tech Briefing: August 29, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-08-29 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple reportedly working on 12.9-Inch iPad; HP unveils next-gen ProLiant servers for data center transformation; Microsoft to cut Azure SQL prices this fall; and more.

 
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The latest Apple product rumors suggest that the company will introduce a 12.9-inch iPad, which would be the largest iPad model the company has built so far.

Market rumors suggest that Apple will release this larger tablet model in early 2015. However, Apple isn't expected to unveil the new tablet during a Sept. 9 media briefing. This event is expected to showcase the new iPhone 6 and possibly a new wearable device that new media have dubbed the iWatch.

Today's iPads come in a regular 9.7-inch screen size and in an iPad mini with a 7.9-inch screen. Apple could be trying to offer a new larger iPad to boost tablet sales, which have been slowing around the globe.

Hewlett-Packard officials are unveiling the company's upcoming ninth-generation ProLiant servers. Officials claimed that these servers are the next steps in the vendor's efforts to align its server strategy with rapidly changing customer demands for data center technology.

These demands have been brought on by such trends as mobile computing, big data and the cloud. They added that the new systems will offer three times the compute capacity of previous ProLiants, make infrastructure provisioning 66 times faster and drive down the total cost of ownership.

Since 2011, Apple has twice tried without success to get a U.S. court to ban the sale of some Samsung mobile devices here due to alleged patent infringement.

Now a federal court in a San Jose, Calif. has rejected Apples demand for a sales ban for the third time. U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh said in her ruling that Apple has not demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm from if Samsung is allowed to continue selling its phones.

Microsoft has announced that it will trim prices on its Azure SQL Standard and Premium plans. Eron Kelly, general manager of product marketing for Microsoft SQL Server, stated that the new pricing structure could allow customers to affordably upgrade to better performing plans.

 
 
 

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