September 1, 2014

iPhone 6, an NFC chip and agreements with Visa, MasterCard and AmEx

Apple decided to graft a NFC chip on its iPhone and reached agreements with the three major systems of bank payments.

According to the Financial Times, Apple has partnered with Dutch chipmaker NXP. This should provide the company from Cupertino technology Near Field Communication (NFC) used for mobile payments. The next iPhone could be equipped with NFC technology. It should enable iPhone users to make payments through casual contact between their phone and merchant terminals. According to these sources, the system should also pave the way for other apps of the 'Internet of Things'.

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A number of smartphone manufacturers already have NFC chips in their devices. This is particularly the case of Samsung, Apple's main rival. But the mobile payment market has not gained significant momentum. According to observers, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 on September 9, is well positioned to facilitate the adoption of mobile payments.

Apple already hosts banking information of 800 million customers who subscribe to iTunes and the App Store, and it is currently developing its capacity to process payment for physical goods. Earlier this year, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said that mobile payments could become "one of its priorities." According to reports, Apple would also prepare a competing service Google Wallet and PayPal. The firm has also signed agreements with American Express, MasterCard and Visa to allow regulations NFC at merchants on devices compatible payments.

HP begins cooling its servers

The upgrading of the range of HP servers will hold the show. First episode on September 8 with the announcement of several Gen9 machines the day before the opening of the Intel Developers Forum US.

While other manufacturers are going to spread their ads throughout the month of September, HP has chosen to strip the first and announce a series that wants to keep in suspense aficionados of IT in the 18 months ahead. The upcoming season knows an interesting cast with goal to regain control of key markets as the small business.

Rhys Austin, responsible for blade servers and infrastructure software for HP in Europe explains: "In our previous generation we offer all the features and customers do not use them. This has given way to servers less functionally than our competitors. With this generation we approach more of what our customers really want, especially on this low end of the market. "However, customers will find this wealth but by enabling options. Besides servers specifically target customers who are experiencing the need to renew Microsoft environments in later life such as Windows 2003 Server. Rhys Austin sees this as a strong opportunity for the new HP. Current customers on Gen6 / 7 servers are also preferred targets for these new models.

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The truly innovative aspect, which told HP that the server is completely redesigned, just adding to the pile of administrative support converged environments. The tools present, ILO (Integrated Light Out), UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and Oneview, are also in charge storage or network to help manage not only the server but the context of its use with other components needed its operation and performance. Compared to previous generation, servers allow for a tripling capacity for hosting virtual machines, performance increased from 2 to 4 depending on workloads.

Servers are available with support for new generations of Intel Xeon processors, PCIe acceleration and DDR4 memory. Racks and frames do not change and remain compatible with the new models. The servers will be available in various formats, blades, racks and towers. The first will be available on September 8, they will be rack models (DL 160/180 and DL 360/380), a tower model (ML350) and a blade (DL 460C). The first of a long series that will continue for 18 months.

August 31, 2014

To support Docker, Microsoft Azure placing on Google Kubernetes

Microsoft Azure supports the management of containers Docker through Open Source Kubernetes tool developed by Google.

Docker surging ahead unabated. After VMware who just proclaim its surprise to the cause and a few months after the announcement of the management solution containers Kubernetes rallying Google, Microsoft has just explained that it would use this tool to support Open Source Technology Docker in Azure. When Microsoft liabilities are known in the Open Source is an ad for the least surprising.

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If Kubernetes allows to start and manage containers Docker, Microsoft also released a tool called Kubernetes Visualizer graphically shows the architecture and topology Kubernetes. Crucially, the editor of Redmond released the code for its tool on GitHub.

Before Microsoft, Google, AWS, Red Hat, IBM and even VMware had expressed interest in Docker which is fast becoming the de facto standard for container technology. This solution can package an application in a minimum of space, mobilizing the minimum resources, and run without the use of virtual machines without the need for software licenses to perform and manage. And even if it has similarities with the virtualization hypervisor, the container Docker is lighter. Indeed, unlike a conventional virtual machine, the Docker container does not need to include a complete operating system to work as it can use the resources of its host. This means that, compared to a hypervisor, the containers are faster to create and start.

For Microsoft and Google, in particular, a massive support Kubernetes would be very good news. Both companies are now trying to nibble market share to Amazon Web Services, which dominates unchallenged the cloud market since the launch of its S3 storage service in 2006 If Microsoft and Google are able to bring the next generation of developers on their respective platforms like AWS has succeeded so well in 2006, the cards could be redistributed on the strategic market of cloud computing.

August 30, 2014

Nintendo launches new 3DS and 3DS XL

On the occasion of a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has announced a new version of the handheld consoles 3DS and 3DS XL.

Nintendo has shown quiet since the launch of the consoles last generation of Sony and Microsoft. The manufacturer seems struggling to defend the assets of its Wii U. This Aug. 29, Satoru Iwata held another Nintendo Direct. Announced just yesterday, this video was exclusively devoted to the 3DS. Some games were presented as "Bravely Second".

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Nintendo especially surprised by announcing a new version of the console 3DS and 3DS XL. Rather than improved version.
In terms of screens, the 3D mode is improved. There is no change to the 3DS XL, but on the 3DS, the new version features larger screens. The lower screen is 3.53 inches, against 3.02 previously, and the top 3.33 inches (against 3.88 inches).

The new 3DS and New 3DS XL equipped with new battery. The large-format portable console has a range up to 7 hours and up to 6 hours for the New 3DS.
Moreover, these versions are equipped with NFC technology for contactless communication with Amiibo including figures and a microSD card reader.

At the aspect, the A, B, X and Y are colored. Question novelty, a C button, using analog stick, and rear, two new buttons, ZL and ZR appointed were added next to the L and R buttons

3DS and 3DS XL will be available in Japan from 11 October. They will be marketed with the equivalent prices respectively about 120 and 140 dollars.  

August 29, 2014

Wing Project: drones deliverers of Google

Last spring, Amazon said - supporting video - work on future deliveries via drones. Most comments were derisive if not bitter about this delusional vision of the future. In unveiling Project Wing, Google shows it also participates in the "delirium".
It is now two years since Wing Project was initiated within Google X, the famous laboratories out of which the most original creations like Google Glass or Google Cars. The history of these drones deliverymen is told in great detail by Alexis Madrigal (what a pretty name for a new storyteller) of The Atlantic.

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Google has other projects in robotics meets our colleague, adding: "Google not only wants to organize the world's information, Google wants to organize the world."

Wing Project is original in design to the extent that it remains in the air for deliveries and deposits its package through a wire to which is attached the object. For now, Google would have led thirty tests on Australian territory and, after careful investigation conducted by our colleague Madrigal, last night would have recognized the existence of this project.

This one would be led by Nick Roy, an expert on robots working for MIT and that would have taken two sabbaticals to work on the project at Google. Nick Roy will now step down and be replaced by Dave Vos, another specialist drones with over 20 years experience. According to members of the Google X in charge of the project, it would be viable if there is a lot of obstacles, all surmountable by them. "It sounds crazy, it's crazy but maybe Google is very serious about the delivery of objects through the air." Now, the search giant will mingle with others involved in the drones to regulatory changes.  


Spring Cleaning in the Microsoft Windows Store

Like its competitors, Microsoft faces the problem of validation of apps and their compliance with the rules of its Windows Store, which contains over 150,000 references. If Android has been repeatedly singled out for having missed the corrupted apps, Microsoft is facing another problem: that of the scam.

It already had experienced the problem last year and had changed its certification process apps at the beginning of the year. Alerted by further bending the rules of the game, with a lot of misleading apps, Microsoft has again recently and quite suddenly reacted: it has just removed more than 1,500 non-compliant apps. Meanwhile, it paid users who had purchased some of these apps.

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The editor is also contacted publishers and developers of deceptive apps. According to him, most of them show "conciliatory" and agree to comply with the new certification rules. Three elements are required to submit an app (which is valid for the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store):

  • Name: must reflect the nature of the app.
  • Categories: apps must be properly classified according to what they offer.  
  • Icons: they should not lead to confusion with other apps.