While it is spending a fortune on new weaponry, the US Navy would rather pay millions in protection money to Microsoft to keep its ancient Windows XP machines running.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, which runs the Navy’s communications and information networks, signed a US$9.1 million contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003.… Read the rest
The continuing strength of the US dollar has hit database company Oracle in the financials.
The company said for its Q4 results, its revenues fell by five percent to $10.7 billion.
Its revenues for the whole of its financial year 2015 amounted to $38.2 billion.… Read the rest
Linus Torvalds has admitted that his Linux baby has grown so big and is so influential it can carry on without him.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Torvalds’ said that there is no concrete plan of action if he died. But that would have been a bigger deal 10 or 15 years ago.… Read the rest
Software firm Adobe said that it has released the 2015 version of its Creative Cloud tools and services, describing it as a milestone.
The release updates Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC as well as proving mobile apps for both the iOS and Android operating systems
Adobe also said it has introduced a better Creative Cloud product aimed at enterprises and that includes security, collaboration and publishing services for businesses and large organisations.… Read the rest
Big Blue said that it will embed Apache Spark into its analytics and commerce platforms.
It will also offer Spark as a service on IBM Cloud.
The company said it will get over 3,500 developers and researchers to work on Spark projects worldwide.… Read the rest
A survey reveals that leaders in large enterprises think artificial intelligence (AI) is good for jobs and isn’t a force of darkness.
Narrative Science surveyed 200 CEOs, CTOs, and other senior directors across many Fortune 500 companies.
Eighty percent of the respondents believe that AI technologies create jobs and improve worker performance and efficiency.… Read the rest
In a sign that either we woke up in the wrong parallel universe, or the world is coming to an end, the paranoidly proprietary Apple actually open sourced some of its code.
Jobs’ Mob announced that Swift 2 is on its way and the whole codebase—the compiler and standard libraries—will be open sourced.… Read the rest
With the surprise success of Linux in Android, and on the server, the world is suddenly faced with a shortage of Linux geeks.
Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said that there are enough computing niches where GNU/Linux is the major player — from supercomputers to the next generation of automotive systems.… Read the rest
In common with every man and his dog, Microsoft has made a statement of intent that it wants to be big in the much hyped internet of things (IoT).
At the Computex show in Taipei today, Microsoft said it will cooperate with Toshiba to build Windows and Azure IoT gadgets.… Read the rest
While Microsoft has now confirmed that PC versions of Windows 10 will ship at the end of July, and versions for other machines later, there is considerable confusion in the market about how the firm will price up its offerings.
Windows 10 is being offered free to users of Windows 7 and the benighted Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 – but reports suggest that the picture is far from clear on how Microsoft will tackle the OEM end of the market.… Read the rest