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Google Cloud gets a new networking algorithm that boosts internet throughput

 Google today announced that TCP BBR, a new congestion-control algorithm is now available to its Cloud Platform users. The general idea here is to improve on the existing congestion-control algorithms for internet traffic, which have been around since the 1980s and which typically only take packet loss into account (when networking buffers fill up, routers will discard any new packets). Read More

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Windows XP, Vista buried by Blizzard

Enlarge / Appropriately enough, I don’t see the Blizzard Launcher on this familiar Windows XP desktop image…

If you’re using an operating system that’s over a decade old to play Blizzard games, we have some bad news for you. Starting in October, Blizzard says it will “begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.”

The fact that Blizzard was still supporting these long-in-the-tooth Microsoft OSes (XP launched in 2001, Vista launched in early 2007) says something about the long tail of low-end hardware that the company targets alongside top-of-the-line modern systems. Though Microsoft dropped mainstream support for Windows XP and Windows Vista years ago—and ceased issuing security fixes for the operating systems in 2014 (with another issued earlier this year)—Blizzard says that a “decent portion of our audience was still using” the platforms long after Microsoft left them for dead. Three major Windows releases later, though, the “vast majority of our audience has upgraded” to a more recent OS, Blizzard says.

Windows XP’s longevity was something of an outlier in the world of PC operating systems, still seeing significant adoption a decade after its launch. When Microsoft finally pulled the plug on mainstream support for the OS in 2014, it was still running on 29 percent of web users’ PCs. Even today, XP commands a surprising 6.4 percent of all desktop web users, according to NetMarketShare, far ahead of Vista’s 0.53 percent.

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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

All clouds don’t have to be public

 For a long time, traditional IT resisted the cloud, but that has changed in recent years as companies have come to realize that they can’t survive without the agility, scalability and economics that only a public cloud approach can provide. Yet in spite of the clear advantages the public cloud brings, there are still many companies out there that resist it for a variety of… Read More

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

 After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. I’ve asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms… Read More

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Claiming “mistranslation,” Microsoft says even UK will get Fall Creators Update

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We wrote on Monday that Microsoft was branding the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as the “Autumn Creators Update” in countries such as the UK and India, where the season between summer and winter isn’t called “fall.” Microsoft was using this British English branding on its English-language sites where British English prevails over American English.

The company has informed us today that this was a “mistranslation”—yes, between English and English—and that the update will, in fact, be called the “Fall Creators Update” everywhere. The use of British English branding for British English speakers was a mistake.

Similarly, the update will retain this branding for those living in the southern hemisphere, where it isn’t fall or autumn, because it’s spring.

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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

LiveStories nabs $10M to organise, analyse and visualise fragmented civic data

 Big data analytics continues to be a key driver in how organisations utilise their vast quantities of information to run their businesses, and now a startup that has built a big data platform specifically focusing on data from the public sector has raised a round of funding.
LiveStories, a Seattle-based company that works with governments, education institutions and other public entities to… Read More

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Jeremy Bloom’s Integrate raises $8 million for marketing software

 You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he’s busy running an enterprise software startup for marketers. With clients like Salesforce and Dell, Phoenix-based Integrate has raised $8 million in funding from Iron Gate Capital and existing investors, including Foundry Group, Comcast Ventures… Read More

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2017 in Uncategorized