Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 24, 2014

 
 
By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-09-24 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BlackBerry's new Passport smartphone to sell for $599; Microsoft rolls out faster Azure virtual machines; HP, Intel offering free 1TB virtual storage with Xeon servers; and more.

 
Verizon, Yahoo Agree to Reduce Buyout Price to $4.55 Billion

DAILY VIDEO: Verizon negotiates down to $4.55B for Yahoo transaction; Congressional staffers see...

Google Tells RSA Show Audience How it Secures a Billion Android Users

DAILY VIDEO: How Google secures over a billion Android users; Amazon moves into teleconferencing...

Oracle Appeals Ruling in Java Infringement Dispute With Google

DAILY VIDEO: Oracle revives Java copyright infringement dispute with Google; Apple to Mark Smartphone...

Trump Administration Holds Back Executive Order on Cyber-Security

DAILY VIDEO: White House withholds cyber-security order for further revision; Cortana to help Windows...

Kaspersky Finds New Malware Designed to Hide in Memory, Steal Data

DAILY VIDEO: Kaspersky discovers new malware designed to stealthily steal data; Microsoft to shield...

U.S. Court Orders Google to Turn Over Data Stored on Overseas Servers

DAILY VIDEO: Federal court says Google must turn over data in foreign servers; Cisco report: mobile...

Leak of Windows 10 Cloud Suggests Microsoft Readying Chrome OS Fighter

DAILY VIDEO: Windows 10 Cloud leak points to potential Chrome OS fighter; TiVo's analytics pinpoint...

Google Shuts Down Short-Lived Hands Free Mobile Payment App

DAILY VIDEO: Google drops hands free mobile payment app; Microsoft Outlook on iOS welcomes Evernote...

Snap Inc. Files for an IPO Worth an Estimated $3 Billion

DAILY VIDEO: Snap Inc. makes it official, will go public next month; Microsoft sharpens Edge browser...

Google Wins Appeal of 'Right to Be Forgotten' Case in Japan

DAILY VIDEO: Japan's supreme court backs Google in 'right to be forgotten' case; HPE acquires...



Read more about the stories in today's news:

 
 
 

BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced that the company will price its new Passport smartphone at $599 without subsidies when it goes on sale Sept. 24. He explained that this price is about $100 lower than that of unsubsidized phones sold by rivals.

The new iPhones from Apple start at $649 without a contract for the iPhone 6 and $749 without a contract for the iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 smartphone is available without a contract for about $650.

Blackberry's new phone is actually shaped like a passport, with a display that 4.5 inches square, offering the same viewing space as a 5-inch smartphone.

Microsoft has announced Azure D-Series virtual machines, which can help organizations manage hefty big cloud workloads for customers in the U.S., European and select Asian service areas.

The goal is to extend the benefits of gigabytes' worth of RAM and flash storage to Azure customers who are looking to squeeze more performance out of their cloud processing platforms. For Microsoft, this offering represents a new means of attracting enterprise workloads.

Hewlett-Packard will now provide a 1TB virtual storage appliance license that is free of charge to all purchasers of Intel Xeon-based E5 v3-based servers.

HP and Intel will even throw in this inducement when customers buy Xeon-based servers from HP's competitors, including Dell, IBM and Lenovo. This move acknowledges the mix-and-match reality of the data center, with certain brands and types of servers and storage matched to various workloads.

Azul Systems announced on Sept. 23 that its OpenJDK-based Zulu 8 offering is now freely available on the Docker software virtualization platform. This is an open-source, tested, compatibility-verified binary distribution of the OpenJDK 8 platform. It is compliant with earlier Java SE 7 and Java SE 6 standards available on Docker in the same format.

 
 
 

Submit a Comment

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























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel