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Apple Tolls the Death Knell for iWork.com in Favor of iCloud

Apple Tolls the Death Knell for iWork.com in Favor of iCloud

Amid all the cloud app buzz, Apple has actually taken a step back from the online application world. It plans to shutter the popular cloud-based iWork.com, which has been in existence since 2009. Why is Apple pulling the plug and what’s Apple’s idea of cloud really all about? Let’s take a look … First up, […]

Dell: We’re Gearing up to Build for the Windows 8 Future

Dell: We’re Gearing up to Build for the Windows 8 Future

Michael Dell has gone on the record with Bloomberg, revealing that Dell plans to gear up its resources to build Windows 8 tablets as soon as it can. With a big-name vendor such as Dell jumping on board the Windows 8 bandwagon, what can we expect in the tablet space at the end of 2012? […]

Is Apple Plotting a Course to Discontinue Using Google Maps?

Is Apple Plotting a Course to Discontinue Using Google Maps?

The rivalry between Apple and Google continues, even in passive aggressive forms. The latest: There’s evidence within iPhoto for iPad that Apple may be phasing out the use of Google Maps. But why exactly? And why just iPhoto? Let’s take a look. A tip of the hat goes to MacRumors, which has aggregated the reports […]

Riverbed Chumming the Open Source Waters at SHARKFEST 2012

Riverbed Chumming the Open Source Waters at SHARKFEST 2012

No, it’s not Shark Week, that’s on the Discovery Channel. This is SHARKFEST 2012, and Riverbed Technology, the WAN optimization network company, will be hosting the fifth annual convention focusing on Wireshark, the open source packet sniffer. But how does this play into the channel? I’ll tell you … What goes down at SHARKFEST? This […]

Symantec’s Norton Protects Samsung Galaxy Android Devices

Symantec’s Norton Protects Samsung Galaxy Android Devices

Symantec is looking to capitalize on the continued proliferation of mobile devices, with its Norton Mobile Security for Android now available for Galaxy phones. What exactly does mobile security provide, and more importantly, do we need it? Here’s a quick look … This won’t be the first time I’ve cautioned against buying mobile security software. […]

Is Google Planning to Sell Motorola’s Set-Top Box Division?

Is Google Planning to Sell Motorola’s Set-Top Box Division?

When you think breaking tech news, you probably don’t think about the New York Post, but the news outlet is reporting that Google plans to drop the set-top box division of Motorola after the completion of the Motorola Mobility acquisition. But is it true? And if it is, what does it say about Google’s future plans? What did […]

The New iPad Arrives: Retina Display, Impressive Internals

The New iPad Arrives: Retina Display, Impressive Internals

It’s here, it’s finally here. The new iPad has arrived from Apple and it has all the goodies you’ve been waiting for, including the much coveted retina display. But there’s more to the new iPad than meets the eye (no pun intended.) If you want to know why this is Apple’s best tablet yet, I’ll tell you…

Google Launches Google Play to Replace Android Marketplace

Google Launches Google Play to Replace Android Marketplace

Google tasked itself with streamlining and unifying the Android ecosystem with Ice Cream Sandwich, and now has its sights setting on doing the same with the Android Marketplace. So it’s out with the old — Android Marketplace — and in with the new — Google Play. The closest analogy I can give you is that […]

ZyXEL Bolsters Security Lineup with Cloud-Based IP Cameras

ZyXEL Bolsters Security Lineup with Cloud-Based IP Cameras

Physical security has been gaining some traction in the channel, and ZyXEL, in its continuing effort to expand and enhance its partner programs, has rolled out a new set of cloud-based IP surveillance cameras. Read on for the deets … ZyXEL’s IPC3605N and IPC4606N don’t have sexy names, which is why they’re under the much […]

Intel Launches Next-Generation Xeon E5-2600 Processor Line

Intel Launches Next-Generation Xeon E5-2600 Processor Line

Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 CPUs are hot off the wafers and here to provide “breakthrough I/O innovation.” You might be thinking, “How exciting can a new set of processors be?” I’m here to tell you, pretty darn exciting. If you’re at all interested in the future of cloud and virtualization technologies, check out what this […]

iPhone 5 Rumors: Apple Plans All-Glass Design, Larger Screen

iPhone 5 Rumors: Apple Plans All-Glass Design, Larger Screen

I’ve refrained from blogging as many iPhone 5 rumors as I can, but this one is worth looking at. The latest buzz on the Internet suggests Apple will be sticking with an all-glass unit for the iPhone 5 design. What might that tell us about Apple’s next phone? Just a few tantalizing details … A […]

Nexsan Launches FASTier NST Unified Storage Appliances

Nexsan Launches FASTier NST Unified Storage Appliances

In August 2011, Nexsan teamed up with Toshiba to accelerate the growth of Nexsan’s FASTier technology using SSDs. Now, Nexsan has expanded SSD-based technology with a unified storage appliance, the Nexsan NST series. Storage VARs itching for the speed of SSDs without the price tag of a full-on SSD appliance should read on … Nexsan‘s […]

Rumor: Google Releasing Android 6.0 ‘Key Lime Pie’ in 2013

Rumor: Google Releasing Android 6.0 ‘Key Lime Pie’ in 2013

It seems like just the other day we were talking about the coming of Android 5.0, Jellybean. Now that the future is old news, we need the future’s future, which will of course, be Android 6.0, a.k.a., Key Lime Pie. What does Google have in store with the sixth iteration of its mobile operating system? […]

Ingram Micro Makes Splash at ISC West Security Conference

Ingram Micro Makes Splash at ISC West Security Conference

Ingram Micro is looking to make a security splash at the 2012 International Security Conference West, which will be held in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nev. But what is it about security that has Ingram Micro all fired up? All the details you need to know, without the fluff, coming right up … At the International […]

Why Windows 8 Tablets Could Knock Google out of the Game

Why Windows 8 Tablets Could Knock Google out of the Game

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Windows 8 is coming soon. But even if you’re not a fan of Microsoft or Windows 8, you should care about its arrival. Windows 8, along with Windows 8 tablets (especially ARM-based ones) have the potential to shake up the tablet ecosystem so hard it could […]

OnLive Expands Virtual Desktops to Android Tablet Devices

OnLive Expands Virtual Desktops to Android Tablet Devices

Remember OnLive, the video game company that has been leveraging its server know-how for desktop virtualization? The company has moved beyond the iOS ecosystem, making available OnLive Desktop for Android-based tablets. What does OnLive’s consumer-based virtualization solution tell us about the channel and the future of mobility? Let’s take a look … The proliferation of […]

Symantec, VMware Build Virtualization Security Relationship

Symantec, VMware Build Virtualization Security Relationship

Symantec and VMware are making their relationship more intimate, bringing new security integration across VMware’s suite of virtualization technology. VARs working the virtual space or security vendors looking to provide some increased incentive may want to check out what these two tech giants are doing … As virtualization and the cloud proliferate, Symantec seeks to […]

AMD Snaps Up Intel-Based Cloud Server Builder SeaMicro

AMD Snaps Up Intel-Based Cloud Server Builder SeaMicro

AMD has scooped up cloud server company SeaMicro, setting the IT world ablaze over the chip maker’s ambitions are in the future. SeaMicro builds Intel boxes, so what does AMD plan on doing with those assets? Here’s a small look at something of a big deal in the IT world … What does SeaMicro do […]

IBM PartnerWorld: Ed Abrams Talks MSPs, Partners, Analytics

IBM PartnerWorld: Ed Abrams Talks MSPs, Partners, Analytics

At IBM PartnerWorld 2012, MSPmentor sat down with Ed Abrams, IBM’s VP of Marketing for Midmarket, who offered a closer look at what IBM has in store for its MSPs and the SMB market. He also provided some insightful answers on the future of data analytics. Here’s the MSPmentor scoop … We kicked off the […]

IBM PartnerWorld 2012: MSP Roundtable Provides Direction

IBM PartnerWorld 2012: MSP Roundtable Provides Direction

At IBM PartnerWorld 2012, IBM’s VP of Marketing for Midmarket Ed Abrams hosted a roundtable discussion session for IBM MSPs. If you’re an MSP wondering where you should be headed, or simply looking for the pulse on services, read on for the scoop. IBM partnership need not apply … Panelists at the discussion included Jim […]

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