August 22, 2014

New version of XenApp and XenDesktop

Unveiled at its annual conference held in Anaheim, California, Citrix strategy focuses on providing a space for ubiquitous work that can be used in all contexts of use. The two new versions are announced in this direction with significant improvements to overcome the common problems virtualized work environments.

If new versions of existing resume as pre-launch applications functions, and anonymous log for example, new versions improve application access speed and increase the level of availability with the ability to retain information even when loss of connection to the database. This is very important in areas such as health or finance.

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Graphics rendering and audio has been reworked as well as integration with peripherals such as headsets, webcams ... providing convenient similar use a thick client for their use. HDX development kit has been updated to help make mobile apps in Windows environments with the ability to use the GPS function or photo or video capture. These functions are compatible with the previous version of the software to allow Upgrades to the rhythm of clients.

Integration with Windows is also one of the highlights of the new versions. Developed jointly with Microsoft, the new connector (7.5) for SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) allows administrators to use SCCM to manage user access. A new reference architecture for deployment in Azure is available as well as tools to facilitate migration from ancient environments such as Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. For other IaaS providers (Infrastructure as a Service), the list of certified vendors has been expanded.

For Linux, a time-limited preview proposes an extension of the architecture FlexCast Management to new use cases for the energy, manufacturing, finance and automation. Companies interested in participating may submit a request on this link:  .

Security is often seen as a major obstacle in the deployment of virtual desktops. A special effort has been made to conform with the Federal Rules and Common Criteria. 

Instagram provides new tools for brands

Instagram turning more and more to the professionals: new tools for brands will emerge on the social network.

Instagram improves the user experience for professionals with the arrival of new tools. "We are aware of the importance for brands to get more information about the commitment of the community with their photos and videos. "In the coming weeks, the brands that use Instagram will have better insight into the performance of their content (paid and organic).

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Three new features are coming. Account statistics, which will offer data on the number of impressions, reach and engagement of publications. Statistics advertisements to analyze the performance of paid campaigns. Finally, a campaign manager will allow brands to preview and save their advertisements.

To ensure that the new tools correspond to the needs of brands, Instagram has developed in collaboration with several advertising partners.

August 21, 2014

LG smartphones L Bello and L Fino

LG introduced two smartphones, L Bello and L Fino mid-range. From 5th to 10th September, Berlin will host the exhibition of IFA involving all major electronics companies. In recent weeks, specialized sites and future exhibitors begin to discuss the new developments that will be presented.

LG L Fino will have a 4.5 inch IPS screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Also, it will be equipped with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, RAM 1 GB storage space of 4 GB expandable via microSD, a rear 8-megapixel camera sensor and front 0.3 megapixel. Running Android 4.4.2, it will measure 127.5 x 67.9 x 11.9 mm and possess a battery of 1900 mAh.

As for the LG L Bello, it has superior characteristics. With a 5-inch IPS screen resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, it will consist of a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Running Android 4.4.2, it will have a RAM of 1GB, storage space of 8GB, a rear 8-megapixel camera sensor with autofocus, and prior 1 megapixel. 138.2 x 70.6 x 10.7 mm dimensions , it will possess a battery of 2540 mAh. 

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Both models focus on the photo. LG announced that the camera sensor is better and different features have been included, including "Front Camera Light", turning a portion of the screen flash, and "Touch & Shoot", allowing to focus and take a picture by touching the screen.

LG L Fino will be offered in black, white, gold, green and red, while the LG L Bello will launch in black, white and gold.

LG did not specify the price or release dates. It will wait until the IFA for more info, but the group said that these models will be marketed this month in Latin America and then arrive in Europe and Asia. 

VMware acquires CloudVolumes

With the approach of its annual global conference in the USA, VMware strengthens its portfolio in virtualization workstation with the acquisition of CloudVolumes, a company that develops technology close to Docker.

In a few days at VMworld, we should have more details on the new acquisition of VMware. The US company just put its hands on a young shoot of 3 years having raised a small amount, $ 2.1 million, with an investment fund although it has been honored by CIO Magazine as one of 20 US the most promising cloud environments startups.
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On the field, the classic virtualization provided by VMware, Microsoft, Citrix or Red Hat, poses some problems of performance or storage. Hence the idea to bypass these uncomfortable questions by new technologies containers, which amounts to package apps in a container, Avoiding unnecessary server calls and enabling easier and more efficient deployment.

Docker currently holds the upper hand in the field but CloudVolumes developing similar technology and especially much cheaper than Docker whose price soared.

Seen funds raised by CloudVolumes, the price of the acquisition had to be reasonable, even if we do not have more details now about the operation. VMware is growing on a market of the future, and move to a technology that is already seen as an alternative to its current virtualization.

Photo Sphere available for iOS, 360 ° views to enhance Street View

 Photo Sphere app was already available on Android. Now It is available for iPhone owners. They will make 360 ° photos geotag precisely and publishable on Google Maps Street View, in addition to pictures taken by the Google Cars playing our streets.

Photo Sphere arrives on iOS. The Google app to easily make photos 360 degrees (horizontal and vertical) was an Android exclusive since its release in 2012 The free app, which was released Tuesday on iOS (v 7.0 + required) is advertised as optimized for iPhone 5.

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Shooting's easy if somewhat tedious: thirty shots guided by the wizard, then treating the collection only takes a minute or two. Can be reduced by limiting the time the area covered in the vertical direction.

Outside the result is pretty convincing. For interior photos it will take a little more patience and practice if you do not want the piece photographed looks like a slum.

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August 20, 2014

New version of Box Notes and MS OneNote for Android

The tool for collaboration and information sharing Box has revamped and arrived on our smartphones with some new features. For its part Microsoft's OneNote opts handwriting.

Android dominates sales of mobile phones. 85% of devices sold in the last quarter were running this OS. With 240,000 corporate clients, Box is in its way a new phenomenon. Used by many in their daily life for storage and file sharing, Box was able raise doubts about the terms of use and privacy to get into business. By extension, users who want to share their data in all contexts of use have also installed on their phones and tablets. Some manufacturers such as Blackberry settle the same by default.

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The main changes are to provide support for Android v3.2 and new languages, and the introduction of checklists. Notes Box on Android offers seamless integration with native menus and offers all a standard text editor features: cut, copy, paste, bold, italic, underline, bullet list, numbered list removal and hanging indent. For example, the version now provides lists with checkboxes with the ability to create them from your handheld. It will appear again in the default language for the user to be able to collaborate with people abroad.

The tool also offers easy to find the recently opened files, administrative commands several levels and advanced parameters for URLs shared. Other new features should come next month.
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The notetaking  tool from Microsoft available now for Android tablets and presents handwriting features for Windows 8 tablets, especially for the next Surface Pro 3. The release adds the print media and the inclusion of PDF documents in the notes. Using the magic pen, Live Scribe, it is possible to automatically send notes in a specific folder on the notebook. OneNote has more integration with Mod, a paper notebook that syncs to the cloud.