While it's true that Chromebooks have seen booming sales, that enthusiasm has mostly happened in the K-12 space and in startups. Due to its cloud-only architecture, many in the enterprise space thought Chromebooks weren't sturdy or strong enough for work. But a recently announced partnership at VMworld between VMware, NVIDIA and Google could change people's minds. According to the official release, the partnership "will deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks."
As the brainchild of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square has enjoyed a very high profile in the payments space. While it made a big splash last year in partnering with Starbucks, the company is now focused on providing tools to much smaller enterprises. TechCrunch reports on the company's new online booking software, which will allow small businesses to book appointments with their customers.
The changes in IT are hitting the networking professionals with speed and fury. Between the blossoming Internet of Things and the disruptive forces of software-defined networking, things just ain't the same. Cisco has responded to these trends by revamping its Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) program to address these shifts in the market, reports NetworkWorld.
In the quest to expand the mobile revolution to everyone, Intel is aggressively trying to bring down the costs associated with creating smartphones. CNET reports that Intel has created a "super-cheap" smartphone chip called SoFIA that could see smartphones retail for as little as $50.
The customized shortened URLs of many media outlets are being repurposed by hackers to point to fraudulent news sites, according to security experts from Websense. One of the reasons for this hijacking is due to the fact that many news organizations make their Bitly API keys publicly available, which the Websense team says is a mistake.
At its annual Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this summer, Apple unveiled its plans for the next version of its desktop OS, Mac OS X. Mavericks, which was released last year, was the first non-big cats version of the OS and so far, the changes have been subtle and not revolutionary. Yosemite follows a similar path and inches the OS closer and closer to its mobile cousin, iOS. The Verge has a great overview of what to expect from Mac OS X Yosemite.
Ever since Windows 95, the Start Menu has cemented itself as an iconic part of Windows operating system. The initial removal of the menu in the first version of Windows 8 caused significant controversy that ultimately resulted in the return of the Start Menu in Windows 8.1. But new screenshots, courtesy of The Verge, show that Microsoft is ready to evolve the Start Menu with Windows 9.