Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

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amazon-cloud-ecosystem Amazon is working to make its Cloud Drive service more competitive in the crowded online storage market. After recently bundling free, unlimited photo storage on Cloud Drive for Amazon Prime customers, today the company is going after developers with a new Cloud Drive API. The API will allow third-party developers to integrate Cloud Drive into their own applications, so they can focus more… Read More

Microsoft has a strange obsession with productivity

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Microsoft started with a mission during the ‘80s to put “a computer on every desk in every home.” Having achieved that, the new Microsoft has bigger, more ambitious goals in an era where personal computing is moving to a mobile world Microsoft doesn’t dominate. Computers aren’t just working tools anymore, they’re components of our entire life. Apple is about creativity and simplicity; Google is about interconnectivity.

Microsoft has chosen productivity.

Productivity is at the center of everything Microsoft is now building across multiple rival platforms, a shift from the company’s focus on its own devices and services just a year ago under former CEO Steve Ballmer. Productivity is the new buzzword that Microsoft is slapping on…

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‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ is the most accessible role-playing game I’ve played

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I recently vented at length about my apathy for finishing video games and specifically bemoaned the big budget “style,” in which a small, interesting idea is hidden inside a two-ton container of filler. What I didn’t say then is that while I don’t finish many of games, there’s an entire genre I rarely even start: the role-playing game. And so I’m surprised to find myself not just 20 hours into Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third part of a series I’ve ignored, but with enough enthusiasm and curiosity to possibly reach its conclusion another 60 hours away.

For the first time, an enormous fantasy role-playing game, steeped in sticky mythos, feels accessible. For a game about elves, demons, dragons, and a tear in the fabric of reality, it…

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Unified Hires EMC Ventures Founder Shawn Douglass As Its First CTO

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Shawn Douglass Social marketing company Unified is announcing that it has hired Shawn Douglass as its first chief technology officer.
Douglass previously held a number of roles at enterprise technology company EMC, including founder and managing director of EMC Ventures. More recently, he was CTO at cloud management company ServiceMesh, which was acquired by last fall by CSC. Read More

Two New Apps, Flic And Cleen, Make Managing Your iPhone’s Photo Gallery As Easy As Using Tinder

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ios-photo-app A couple of new mobile applications for iPhone users offer a faster, and arguably more fun, way to free up storage space on your device by allowing you to quickly delete photos from your phone’s gallery. Both apps, Flic and the newly launched Cleen, are sort of like “Tinder for your Camera Roll.” As with the popular dating app, users swipe photos left or right (or up… Read More

Box Brings Touch ID To Its iPhone App, Updates Web Experience

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LEVIE Box, a cloud-focused enterprise collaboration company, is releasing an update to its iOS application for iPhone and iPad, along with updates to its website designed to improve navigation. On the iOS side, Box is bringing Touch ID support to iPhones that can support the tool, allowing users to unlock documents with their finger instead of a potentially ponderous PIN. The new app will also… Read More

The Oatmeal Addresses Net Neutrality As Only The Oatmeal Could

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Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 12.31.02 PM The Internet routes around damage, which is why I suspect this whole Net Neutrality mess will become moot once users realize that they can hobble Cox and Time Warner as easily as they hobble their users. However, thanks to saber-rattling from the big carriers, it looks like the whole thing will be a slog with moneyed folks leading up the pro-Big-Cable cause. For example, this Tweet by the… Read More

Chromecast gets Starz, Showtime Anytime, and family-friendly video games

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Google has announced that the Chromecast app line-up will include family-friendly video games and two new entertainment channels. Classic titles such as Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble Blitz, and Monopoly Dash are being made available, along with dance and trivia games like Big Web Quiz, which utilizes Google’s Knowledge Graph to generate questions. Apps can be downloaded from Google Play or the iOS App Store allowing phones and tablets to be used as controllers for Chromecast’s library of games, removing the need for extraneous peripherals. The actual game board will be displayed on the TV. Those who prefer more sedentary entertainment can opt for videos from Showtime Anytime and Starz.

In a bid to lure new subscribers, Google is also…

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Here’s how to buy a Nexus 6 from US carriers starting tomorrow

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Maybe you didn’t bother trying to purchase a Nexus 6 from Google Play; it’s not easy to do with stock disappearing almost instantly. But thankfully, you’ll have several other options starting tomorrow — and one of them could provide some instant gratification.

AT&T has announced that it’ll begin taking pre-orders for the Android 5.0 Lollipop flagship both online and in stores on November 12th. You’ll be able to reserve the Midnight Blue model (AT&T makes no mention of whether it’ll be selling Nexus 6 in white) for $249.99 with a two-year agreement or $682.99 off contract. If you prefer AT&T’s Next plans, there are three ways to go: $0 down with $22.77 per month through Next 24, $28.46 per month with Next 18, or $34.15 per month with…

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Chromecast Aims To Be The Focal Point Of Family Games Night With New Apps

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Chromecast_dongle Google’s Chromecast seemed a fairly innocuous seed when first planted back in July of 2013, but Google has been steadily ramping up the potential for the streaming HDMI dongle, via developer support and updates to its core software. Now, Google is announcing family-friendly games designed for Chromecast, which mark a concerted effort to turn the streamer into a console alternative for… Read More

GitHub Brings Its Enterprise Offerings To AWS

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aws-robot With the latest version of GitHub Enterprise, large organizations can now take the service’s virtual machines and stand up a highly scalable version of GitHub‘s services on Amazon’s cloud computing platform.
Since its launch seven years ago, GitHub has become the de facto standard for many developers who want to host and manage their source code in the cloud. Enterprises… Read More

Okta’s New Mobile Device Management Tool Separates Work And Personal Data

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Concept photo of network of people next to a mobile phone. Okta, which to this point has been known as a company for managing identity in the cloud, made the leap to mobile device management today, announcing a new product called Okta Mobility Management that provides a simple way to separate work and personal data, giving IT controls they need over work content without compromising personal content on the phone. It’s not a secret that many… Read More

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