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Wearable Enterprise Apps via Salesforce

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Wearable Enterprise Apps via Salesforce

Salesforce turns its attentions to wearable electronics and launches Salesforce Wear, an open source platform for developers wanting to the likes of Google Glass from consumer toys into enterprise tools.

The Wear platform counts Samsung, Philips and ARM as partners, and currently supports the Google Glass headset, the Samsung Gear 2 and Pebble smartwatches, the MYO gesture control armband, the Bionym Nymi (a heart beat-based authentication wristband) and devices running on the upcoming Android Wear.

To help developers wanting to take on the device category Salesforce provides what it calls the "Salesforce Wear Developer Pack"-- a collection of open source reference apps acting as an example of how Salesforce builds apps for such devices. In turn such apps connect to the Salesforce1 platform.

"Wearables are the next phase of the mobile revolution," Salesforce says before talking of the "massive opportunity these devices offer to connect with customers in new ways."

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WWDC 2014: All About the OS Updates

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WWDC 2014: All About the OS Updates

The Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) has never been a hardware show, but rarely has it been so focused on operating system updates-- both OS X and iOS are getting new versions packed with tweaks and features later this year.

As these things tend to do we also got the latest Apple user numbers, from the Mac installed base (80 million) and the percentage currently using Mavericks (51%) to big iOS numbers (2013 saw 135m customers buying a first iDevice) and overall satisfaction totals (97%).

Opening proceeds before the traditional keynote was "Apps We Can't Live Without," a video celebrating the users' favourite apps and the developers behind them. After all, WWDC is a developers' event-- and registered Apple developer numbers now total 9 million, a 47% increase in 12 months.

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Nearly 30% OS Share for Win XP

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Nearly 30% OS Share for Win XP

Microsoft might be ending support for Windows XP in just about a month, but the venerable OS is not going anywhere any time soon-- according to Net Market Share 29.5% of PCs continue running on XP.

Windows XP supports ends on 8 April 2014, meaning users will no longer get system updates or patches. Microsoft is understandably eager to get such users to move to newer Windows versions (preferably 8/8.1), and even offers a free tool for hopefully smooth migration.

However Windows 8 support remains low-- while 47.3% of PCs run on Windows 7, just 6.4% run Windows 8, with an additional 4.3% for Windows 8.1. Vista is also still around, with 3.1% share.

The rest of the pie is divided between Mac OS X (3.5%), Linux (1.5%) and "other" (4.4%).

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Intel Hadoop via Big Data Partnership

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Intel Hadoop via Big Data Partnership

Intel names UK-based integrator Big Data Partnership partner for its Hadoop distribution across EMEA territories, making use of Xeon processors to better support big data deployments in the region.

The company says it will work on scalable solutions for the capture, storage and analysis of big data in order to help customers solve problems, identify revenue streams and develop custom solutions.

“As we expand the adoption of the Intel Distribution into new global markets, partnerships with knowledgeable and experienced companies will be strategic to our growth,” Intel says. “Companies such as Big Data Partnership are well equipped to deploy the Intel Distribution in Europe and add a new layer of support for Apache software integration.”

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April 2015 Release for Windows 9?

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April 2015 Release for Windows 9?

According to Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows the April BUILD 2014 developer conference will feature discussion on the future of Windows-- namely "Threshold," a year-off release likely to be renamed as Windows 9 come 2015.

"Threshold" is reportedly the codename for the next wave of Windows updates set to follow a Windows 8.1 service/feature pack called Update 1 (or GDR1) and Windows Phone 8.1. According to Thurrot it involve the return of the Start menu, the ability to run Metro-style apps on the desktop alongside desktop applications and even the dropping of Windows 8 branding. How come? Windows 8 wasn't much of a success (currently it is in use in less than 25 million PCs) and Microsoft wants to wipe the slate clean from the influence of former Windows boss Steven Sinofsky.

Another major focus for Threshold is the "maturing and fixing" of the Metro design language, probably with a windowed mode that works on desktop.

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