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It looks like Google wants to have the cloud to itself. In March, the company decreased prices for Google Drive and it is hoping to annihilate its main competitors, namely Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The battle for cloud supremacy has just started, and Google has once again turned the market upside down. The company slashed prices by 80%; users have 15 GB at their disposal in Google Drive Cloud Storage, which they can use for free. If you subscribe for 100 GB, you will be paying $1.99 rather than $4.99, and for 1 TB the price is $9.99/month instead of $49.99. OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive As opposite to OneDrive and Dropbox, Google’s storage services are incredibly inexpensive. Many users agree that the company is absolutely crazy for reducing the prices, yet they’re certainly not complaining. Surprisingly, Dropbox has higher fees than OneDrive; it charges... (more)

2007 - 2014 - 2021 : deux septennats, pour changer le monde des Systèmes d’Information (première partie)

  Je comprends de moins en moins les informaticiens pessimistes : nous vivons une époque formidable et tout reste à faire pour améliorer les usages de l’informatique dans les entreprises. Nous sommes à mi-parcours d’une révolution que j’ai appelée la R2I, la Révolution Industrielle Informatique. Dès 2012, j’avais écrit une série de six billets sur le sujet. Il faudra deux septennats pour que cette R2I arrive à son terme, et ils seront très différents. Dans cette première partie, je ferai le point sur de ce qui c’est passé entre 2007 et 2014. Pendant ce septennat, tous les composants essentiels d’une informatique moderne sont nés et ont atteint un niveau de maturité élevé. Dans la deuxième partie, j’anticiperai ce qui pourrait se passer entre 2014 et 2021.    2007 - 2014 : tous les composants de la R2I se mettent en place  Et si nous faisions un rapide retour en a... (more)

Android Apps Promised on Non-Android Platforms

The Zürich-based Myriad Group, which is already being sued by Oracle for ceasing to pay what Myriad claims are excessive Java licensing fees, appears to be daring Oracle to find new grounds to take it to court. On Tuesday Myriad announced that it was going to try to get between Oracle and its God-given right to collect Java taxes - just like Google has with Android - and launch a thing called Alien Dalvik that will let Android apps run on non-Android platforms. It means to begin, oddly enough, with the not-very-promising MeeGo Linux operating system and show off what it's got so far on the Nokia N900 smartphone next week in its suite at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Myriad may want to rethink some of its plans considering Reuters' report that Nokia has just scrapped its plans to go with a MeeGo phone, the combination of Intel's Moblin OS and Nokia's Maemo O... (more)

Book Review: Learning Mobile App Development

As an individual I can decide which platform I would like to target with my shiny new application, but when working for a company we have to target both industry leaders at the same time. Although I like a good challenge, I am really glad the mobile world now only consists of iOS and Android. When I first started looking at building consumer applications, Blackberry was still in the picture. My enterprise mobile experience consists of all Microsoft technologies, but that was in a different lifetime using Windows CE, Pocket PC, and Windows Mobile. This book is a great book for looking at how some of the most commonly used functionality compares across the Android and iOS environments. I have listed the table of contents below to give you an idea of what topics are covered. Part I: Overview of Mobile App Development 1. Why Mobile Apps? 2. App Design Issues and Consideratio... (more)

8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business

8 Tips for Going Paperless In Your Small Business Ray Coleman is a small business owner who writes about money management, green living, and sustainability.   One of the great benefits of the modern age is the ability of small businesses to conduct a majority of their operations in the digital realm. Eliminating the need for bulky file cabinets, storage facilities, photocopiers, printers, and scanners can reduce overhead dramatically. Replacing costly courier services with emails, and swapping out newsletters and solicitations for social media and web-based marketing programs means serious cost savings, as well. Essentially, all of this comes down to replacing paper with pixels. By taking your business green, you're not only helping the environment, you're freeing up a ton of working capital for your venture – and often creating a better and preferred experience f... (more)

Why Microsoft Loves Google's Android

You won't hear Microsoft say this out loud, but secretly they are celebrating Google's contribution of the Android mobile phone platform to the Open Handset Alliance. At least they ought to be. Android is perhaps the best thing to happen to Microsoft since they won the browser wars in the 1990s. And given  Verizon's announcement yesterday that they will be opening up their network to any device and operating system that meets a "minimum technical standard" it seems that Android  may  have legs even if Google doesn't secure the 700 MHz spectrum. Microsoft's biggest competitor in the software development industry has been, for the past 12 years, Sun Microsystems' Java Platform.  Starting in the mid to late 1990s Java began to gain mind share among developers in every area in which Microsoft has an interest. Today, with over 6 million developers (according to Sun) Java c... (more)

Dolphin Announces Open API With Over 50 Add-ons Including Dropbox and Wikipedia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/28/12 -- GOOGLE I/O -- Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and iOS and only Gesture and Voice enabled browser, today announced the launch of Dolphin Garage, which opens the Dolphin Browser API to allow for third-party development. Dolphin also announced four new Add-ons from Dropbox, Pocket, Evernote and Wikipedia that show off Dolphin Garage's powerful capabilities. In addition, Dolphin Garage also supports Web apps based on Adobe's PhoneGap, which enable faster HTML5 Web app deployment. Dolphin Garage gives developers access to more than 150 Dolphin internal APIs including various browser user interface interactions, while also providing a runtime sandbox environment to allow developers to create their own experiences within Dolphin Browser. Powered by Dolphin Garage, users can now seamlessly exp... (more)

Box Powers Cloud Collaboration for Leading Life Sciences Organizations

Box today announced that leading pharmaceutical and life sciences organizations Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific Corporation have recently chosen Box as their primary platform for managing and collaborating on content. These companies join Box’s growing pharmaceutical and life sciences customer base, which includes AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly and Company, Edwards Lifesciences and others. "Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies have a tremendous opportunity to move critical business content like research materials and findings to the cloud, dramatically improving internal and external processes and increasing the speed and flow of information,” said Whitney Bouck, general manager of enterprise at Box. “For companies like Jazz Pharmaceuticals and Boston Scientific, Box provides the platform that powers secure global collaboration and drives productivity comp... (more)

New Anonymous Photo Sharing App Unseen Raises $2.1 Million in Funding

Bearch, an Austin-based company that strives to solve problems by connecting people in unique ways, today announced that it raised $2.1 million in funding for Unseen, its anonymous photo sharing app for college students. Texas-based investors include Dirk Elmendorf, co-founder of Rackspace; Rony Kahan, CEO/co-founder of Indeed.com; Doss Cunningham, CEO of Woodbolt International; and several other angels. The investment will be used to expand app availability to more college campuses and for the development of new features that will allow greater interaction between users. First released in May 2014 to Texas A&M University students, Unseen was created by Bearch Co-founders Michael Schramm and Munjal Budhabhatti. Unseen connects students by providing a safe place to share thoughts, experiences, and struggles without fear of repercussions or judgment. The app requires n... (more)

CORRECTING and REPLACING Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite Integration, Enables to Launch Office Applications Up to 50 Percent Faster and Delivers Up to 30 Percent Better Battery Life

URL has been added to end of first sentence under Availability and Pricing section. Additionally, final bullet point under Great for Development, Design, and IT Pros has been revised. Final customer quote under What Customers are Saying About Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac has been revised. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac lets you run Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and more on a Mac. A free trial is available at www.parallels.com/desktop. (Photo: Business Wire) The corrected release reads: PARALLELS ANNOUNCES PARALLELS DESKTOP® 10 FOR MAC WITH OS X YOSEMITE INTEGRATION, ENABLES TO LAUNCH OFFICE APPLICATIONS UP TO 50 PERCENT FASTER AND DELIVERS UP TO 30 PERCENT BETTER BATTERY LIFE No. 1-selling software for running Windows applications on a Mac becomes an even easier choice for millions of consumers and IT professionals worldwide with this most powerful version of the s... (more)

Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite Integration

No. 1-selling software for running Windows applications on a Mac becomes an even easier choice for millions of consumers and IT professionals worldwide with this most powerful version of the software to date LONDON, UK - August 20, 2014 - Parallels® today launched Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac (www.parallels.com/uk/upgradepd10) and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition, the industry-leading software for running Windows applications on Macs. New built-in intelligence and support for Apple's latest operating systems - including OS X Yosemite[1] - greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/uk/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be ava... (more)