Chinese tech titan Alibaba invests 1 billion yuan in mobile gaming distribution

Chinese tech firm Alibaba is again branching out in the digital arena — this time, getting into mobile game distribution.

The company is investing 1 billion yuan in an alliance with a handful of other mobile gaming firms to distribute offerings…

Link: Chinese tech titan Alibaba invests 1 billion yuan in mobile gaming distribution
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Microsoft Azure hit by 8 hour outage that nobody noticed

Microsoft has confessed that some of its Azure storage service customers might have “experienced difficulties provisioning new resources or accessing their existing resources ” during an outage that lasted for around eight hours on Wednesday night through Thursday morning. The company said a…

Link: Microsoft Azure hit by 8 hour outage that nobody noticed
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Adobe’s Earnings Say a Lot About How Cloud Subscriptions Are Growing Its Available Market

Plenty of software companies have been successful at changing their business model from one in which they typically sell licenses for packaged software on an up-front basis, with perhaps some maintenance and support revenue obtained afterwards, to one in which they sell subscriptions for apps and cloud services available on multiple devices.

Link: Adobe’s Earnings Say a Lot About How Cloud Subscriptions Are Growing Its Available Market
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SANS ISC Stormcast: Daily Network Security News Summary; Cyber Security Podcast

ISC StormCast for Friday, March 17th 2017
A daily summary of network and system security news from the SANS Internet Storm Center
Author:Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
Created: Friday, March 17th 2017
Length: 6:04
minutes
Today’s Headline: #Ubiquity Flaw; #MACOS RAT

If you like this…

Link: SANS ISC Stormcast: Daily Network Security News Summary; Cyber Security Podcast
via isc.sans.edu

Microsoft Azure cloud gets OK to handle sensitive Veterans Affairs data

Samantha Ehlinger. Microsoft Azure Government cloud is approved to handle the Department of Veterans Affairs’ most sensitive data, the company announced Wednesday. The cloud service provider received a high authority to operate for the department under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program — designating that it meets the security requirements necessary to handle the department’s “sensitive data including PII and PHI.” This follows Azure Government’s announcement last month that it had been granted a high P-ATO from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board for 12 additional services, bringing its high provisionally authorized services to 32.

Link: Microsoft Azure cloud gets OK to handle sensitive Veterans Affairs data
via http://www.fedscoop.com

Microsoft and Qualcomm Team on Data Center Chips

Big Blue wants to put its enterprise social network platform to work with a new set of features designed to make it easier for employees to collaborate with each other. The latest version of the platform, IBM Connections, set to be released March 28, will also feature tools to help onboard new employees.

Link: Microsoft and Qualcomm Team on Data Center Chips
via http://www.mobile-tech-today.com

A Kandy Android Library

Kandroid – A tiny, easy to use library for Kandy. Kandy provides REST API’s using which, we are going to code an Android helper library that one can use for building Android Apps consuming Kandy API. Kandy provides an Android Library using which one can easily code and accomplish a lot. If you question about unique features, that’s where the Kandroid comes into picture.

Link: A Kandy Android Library
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Public Cloud Pitfalls: Microsoft Azure Storage Cluster Loses Power, Puts Spotlight On Private, Hybrid Cloud Advantages

Solution providers said “storage availability” issues affecting Microsoft’s Azure public cloud for eight hours and 10 minutes is once again spotlighting the benefits of private and hybrid cloud.
Microsoft said its engineering team identified a “storage cluster that lost power and became…

Link: Public Cloud Pitfalls: Microsoft Azure Storage Cluster Loses Power, Puts Spotlight On Private, Hybrid Cloud Advantages
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Experts urge awareness on the cyber security front

RAPID CITY, S.(KOTA TV). “Everyone has one of these in their pocket,” says Dr. Paul Hinker from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology waving a smart phone. He says we need to understand that for the phone to do what we want, it needs to gather data — a lot of data. “If you think about it, there is a tremendous amount of information the phone needs to be able to do (all the things we ask),” he says.

Link: Experts urge awareness on the cyber security front
via http://www.kotatv.com

The New Trend in Cloud Computing

According to Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, the demand for cloud computing will grow 18% to $246.8 Billion in revenue in 2017. Gartner Director of Research, Sid Nag stated that growth is driven, in part, by public cloud infrastructure services which include basic computing, storage and network services offered by Microsoft, Amazon or Google, for example.

Link: The New Trend in Cloud Computing
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ASUS ZenWatch 3 Android Smartwatch Review

The ASUS ZenWatch 3 is the best looking smartwatch on the market
Now on the third generation of Android Wear-powered smartwatches, ASUS is paving the way with its first circular smartwatch. Sporting a respectable price of $229, ASUS hits the sweet spot for smartwatch pricing and even throws in…

Link: ASUS ZenWatch 3 Android Smartwatch Review
via http://www.androidheadlines.com

Ubuntu Linux Falls on Day 1 of Pwn2Own Hacking Competition

The Pwn2Own hacking competition began on March 15, and security researchers have already successfully exploited Ubuntu Linux, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari and Adobe Reader. In total, Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), which operates the contest, has awarded researchers $233,000 for their efforts.

Link: Ubuntu Linux Falls on Day 1 of Pwn2Own Hacking Competition
via http://www.eweek.com