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If you were waiting for Windows 9 to come out, you can stop holding your breath now because Microsoft is skipping that version completely and skipping ahead to version 10. The company held an unveiling of sorts for the OS yesterday and Jarvis Davis, technical architect for endpoint optimization & mobility at CDW, shared his first impressions of Windows 10 on the CDW Solutions Blog.

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Software-defined networking has been a conversation piece in the tech press a lot this year and it's continuing to gain momentum with organizations and IT vendors alike. Here's another sign of the good health of SDN: HP has launched a whole app store dedicated to it, reports ZDNet.

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The mobile revolution is here to stay and some organizations and employees are taking it a step further and going mobile-only. While the benefits in productivity and access support organizations making the shift, many are failing to make a mobile-only shift to security strategies and solutions, reports Dark Reading. New survey data cited in the story says that 30 percent of organizations have no security in place to support mobile and 74 percent believe their current security solutions to be inadequate for mobile work.

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The Internet of Things has vendors chomping at the bit to build devices that communicate over networks. Wisely, many groups have recognized that in order to minimize fragmentation and improve interoperability of IoT, standards need to be put in place. Add the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to that list as the group officially started an IoT working group this past July, reports Computerworld.

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The chains, so to speak have officially been broken for Google Apps users. Google recently made a switch that now allows end-users to bypass IT admins and install their own apps from third-party market places (aka app stores), reports InformationWeek. That means users, not IT staff, can make their own decisions about which apps will be installed on company devices, which could be a challenge for IT staff to track and manage.

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When the spirit of technological innovation and disruption pays a visit to your industry or specialty, there's nothing you can do about it. While data centers have been the heart of most corporate IT shops, Gartner is predicting that the world of data center IT will be flipped upside down by cloud and the rise of IT service providers in China as soon as 2016, reports eWeek.

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1981: Osborne 1

The first commercially successful “portable” computer, tipped the scales at 23.5 pounds.

1994: IBM Simon Personal Communicator

The original smartphone, combined a PDA and cellphone in a slimmed-down 8x2.5x1.5-inch form.

2010: Apple iPad

Apple iPad, the first truly successful tablet, weighed in at 1.5 pounds and leapfrogged decades of development by other manufacturers.

2014: The Samsung Galaxy S5

Not unlike a portable briefcase, offers 16GB of storage (up to 128GB through removable storage) at a heft of 5.1 ounces.

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