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Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's x86 server business. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. The agreement builds upon a longstanding collaboration that began in 2005 when Lenovo acquired IBM's PC business, which included the ThinkPad line of PCs. In the period since the companies have continued to collaborate in many areas. IBM will continue to dev... (more)

Project types using the Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows

Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Update 2 RC was installed on a Windows 8.1 Laptop computer. In addition to the Windows program Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Web and Blend for Visual Studio 2013 (This will be installed if you are to run just the Update 2 RC) were also installed on the computer. With Blend you can develop HTML and XAML Store Apps. Here is a screen shot of the details of Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows Update 2 RC. Using this interface you can create a variety of project types using the templates as shown in the next imag... (more)

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview makes Nokia Lumia Icon loose its touch sensitity

I have been using Nokia Lumia Icon for the past few weeks. It has perhaps one of the best camera systems. Recently couple of days ago, I installed Windows Phone 8.1 Preview despite the warnings. http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/04/get-windows-phone-81-developer-preview.html Actually I was trying to get on to Cortina, which of course I did. http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2013/12/i-dont-mind-cortana-to-be-my-digital.html http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/04/microsoft-closes-gap-with-apple-and.html However, last night I had left the phone for charging and in the morning when I wanted to read... (more)

USMC and DoD Rapid Reaction Technology Office Seeks Info On Six Categories of Technology: Please review and engage

By Bob Gourley Friends at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies recently brought this to our attention and since a high number of our readers live their lives studying or working with advanced technologies we wanted to get this to you right away. The threat of improvised explosive devices (IED) has proven very difficult to mitigate. This strategic threat poses challenges now and will for the foreseeable future. Great minds and organizations in and out of government have been working on ways to mitigate this threat, and there are many capabilities in place already, but advers... (more)

M2M News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read M... (more)