Author Archives: Pearl Gray

Jay-Z Ditches His iPhone Just in Time for His Big Samsung Ad

Hey, remember when Oprah Winfrey, or whoever social-messages on her behalf, tweeted about her love for Microsoft’s Surface tablet while using an iPad? Well, Jay-Z is way too smart for that! The brand-endorser/value-adder/Beyonce’s husband/musician has a big deal with Samsung to give away free copies of his new album to people who ...

Sponsored post: Leverage the cloud to “meet” in the document

Summary: How effective are the back-to-back meetings that fill your days? Could you be more successful if you changed your definition of a “successful meeting”? If your job involves technical reviews, the cloud can help you transform “meetings” into document-based conversations that can occur anywhere, anytime. If your company is like many, ...

Intel hopes to speed up mobile Atom chip development

Intel has a real presence in the smartphone world, but its tendency toward just one or two mobile chip releases per year makes it a slowpoke next to its ARM-based rivals. New CEO Brian Krzanich clearly isn't happy with this gap -- he tells Reuters that mobile Atom development ...

Skype for iOS update brings unlimited free video messaging, unending joy

Earlier this month, Skype brought its video messaging to nearly every major platform. Now, the outfit updated the iOS version of its app to lend a hand with the video snippets. The latest version of the software for Apple's mobile gadgets carries free unlimited messaging of the moving picture type. ...

Social Data Startup Gnip Shuffles Top Ranks, Names New CEO

Gnip Jud Valeski, left, will now be Gnip’s CTO. Moody steps into the CEO role.Gnip, a startup that resells social data from companies like Twitter and Facebook, announced a change in its executive ranks on Wednesday. Jud Valeski will now become CTO, while Chris Moody moves into the CEO role. Previously, ...

Steve Jobs biopic ‘jOBS’ starring Ashton Kutcher will finally hit US theaters on August 16

Following its premiere at the Sundance film festival and a subsequent delay in its theater release, Open Road Films reportedly announced today that jOBS, the biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, will finally be released in the United States on August 16. The film has attracted a significant ...

Twitter #Music for iOS adds genres for more targeted filtering, thankfully omits rap-rock

Twitter's still tweaking its #Music app for iOS, currently the only mobile platform that's privy to the discovery service. Previously, users could only toggle through four categories (i.e., Popular, Emerging, Suggested and #NowPlaying) to stumble upon artists and tracks of interest. But as of today, Twitter's updating the app's filter, ...

You can bet your aaS that data is the key to new business models for physical goods

Summary: The sharing economy is here, and as more physical goods companies join the as a service economy better data will help enabled new products and keep margins from collapsing. photo: Flickr/Dave Reid Companies are already building big businesses selling digital assets such as computing (Amazon) and music (Spotify) as a service ...

Longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle make nice in cloud-database (and apps) pact

Summary: Starting now Oracle customers can run their databases and applications on Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Azure, not only with Oracle’s blessing but its certification. Get ready for the skies to rain frogs: As of now, Oracle will certify and support Oracle databases, along with its applications, Oracle Linux, and Java to ...