Indian startup shows how the cloud can be used to transform education in rural India

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Classle, a Chennai-based startup uses a potent combination of cloud, mobile and social technologies to enable students to access learning material free of cost through their basic low-cost mobile devices

Many a times we do things beyond a formal classroom without realizing that we are learning in the process. For example, an individual surfs and accesses material on the Internet in the form of audio, video, wiki and then goes ahead to even create and store information. Understanding the immense power of peer-to-peer learning, Classle, a Chennai-based startup has developed a cloud based education system for rural India.

Classle gets … Read more

Microsoft May Prioritize The Desktop In Windows 9

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The latest rumor from the Microsoft community is confusing: Microsoft may disable, by default, the Metro-defined Start Screen on desktop-based computers in Windows 9, what is currently referred to as “Threshold.”

According to Neowin’s Brad Sams, in some Threshold builds, users must “manually turn [the Start Screen] back on, but this is situation dependent, if you wish to access the live tile environment.”

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley has a slightly different take on the situation:

Users running Threshold on a desktop/laptop will get a SKU, or version, that puts the Windows Desktop (for running Win32/legacy apps) front and center. Two-in-one Read more

6 models of the modern data center

Our look inside the new data centers of Fidelity, GM, Capital One, Equinix, ServiceNow, and Bank Of America shows the future of computing.
The cloud hasn’t killed the company-owned data center.
Companies from General Motors to Fidelity are taking the best infrastructure ideas from Web giants such as Facebook and Google and adapting them to their very different business needs in order to build a new generation of data centers.
To highlight the different approaches and strategies these companies are taking, we looked at six companies beyond the Web giants that have made or are planning major data center investments.

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13 Apps for the Best Glastonbury Festival Experience

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The Glastonbury Festival temporarily creates the third biggest “city” in South West England every year as almost 200,000 people flock to a bucolic corner of Somerset. Fourty-four years since its first incarnation, the festival has changed utterly from a small gathering to a meticulously planned behemoth. To some, a terrible beauty has been born over the last five decades. To others, the festival is still a must see, a rite of passage or just the perfect five days in the midst of a busy year.

Whatever your reason for going to Glastonbury, failure to prepare means preparation for failure. With … Read more

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

A growing number of small and medium businesses in the United States rely on as a means of deploying mission-critical software products. Prior to the advent of cloud-based products — software solutions delivered over the Internet – companies were often forced to invest in servers and other products to run software and store data. The advent of cloud services as well as their steady improvement in such areas as security and reliability make these solutions a logical choice for business owners and principals who want the latest innovations, functionality, and efficiency as well as cost effectiveness.

Many businesses garner considerable … Read more

Google Buys Skybox Imaging

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Satellite company’s technology will improve Google Maps and enhance Google’s ability to provide business intelligence to organizations.

Google on Tuesday said it plans to buy satellite imagery firm Skybox Imaging for $500 million, subject to regulatory approval.

Skybox, founded in 2009, has built what it claims is “the world’s smallest high-resolution imaging satellite.”

Google said the deal will help it keep Google Maps up to date. In time, the company hopes Skybox’s team and technology will help it in its mission to expand Internet access and to improve disaster relief efforts.

What Google neglected to mention is that Skybox’s satellite … Read more

Cloud Infographic: Saving Means Sacrificing

Cloud Infographic: Saving Means Sacrificing

One of the biggest deciding factors in selecting a cloud service provider are the costs. Companies want to save money and saving money is not only a good thing – but a great thing! Unfortunately, low prices in most cases will reflect in the quality of the services you pay for which can be greatly detrimental to your business. Low prices can mean hindered site performance, inexperienced support, increased security concerns and a whole slew of other issues that can, and will arise. You must take a look at the whole picture and budget accordingly.… Read more

E3 2014: The Biggest Event In Cloud Gaming

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One of the most exciting things that any true cloud gamer has to look forward to each year is the many different events that are put on in different areas of the country. These events come in all sizes, ranging from the big behemoths that everyone attends, to the smaller more local events hosted in cities around the world. There is, however, one event in particular that has proven itself to be the most popular and widely-attended affair of them all: E3. First established in 1995, E3, which stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo, has been a leading source of news … Read more

Sherlybox Creates A Network Storage System On Your Desk

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Personal cloud-like storage solutions are all the rage these days, what with the NSA reading our love letters and all, so desktop-based hard drives with some cloud smarts are a great way to get Dropbox-like performance with your own hardware. That’s where Sherlybox comes in.

Sherlybox, created by the makers of software solution Sher.ly, is a small hard drive that connects to your network and creates a private cloud. You can share the space with others, upload and download files, and offers invite-only access to your data. The 1TB $199 device ($149 without hard drive), looks a little like a … Read more

Start-rite is latest UK brand to be hit by Heartbleed bug

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Childrens’ shoes retailer Start-rite has advised customers to change their passwords after it was hit by the Heartbleed vulnerability.

The shoe company is the latest in a number of websites that were affected in the UK. Parenting website Mumsnet also fell prey to the OpenSSL, the cryptographic library used by millions of websites to encrypt their communications via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security), vulnerability that caused an IT security catastrophe earlier this month.

Start-rite sent an email to its customers alerting them to the Heartbleed attack last week.

“We were made aware of the potential impact … Read more