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Moto G phone targets budget buyers

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Google's Motorola unit launches the Moto G, a "budget" handset that includes features normally associated with higher-priced models.
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HP wheels out the Beijing pizzazz - ICT News - NZ Herald News

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What's a tech company to do to create a bit of pizzazz in the midst of an otherwise numbing new product blitz? After all, even IT managers can have too much of a good thing. - New Zealand Herald
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Ubuntu system comes to smartphones

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The Linux-based Ubuntu operating system is to work on smartphones, allowing users to run full-scale programs on handsets designed for Android.
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Paypal launches chip-and-pin device

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Paypal launches a chip-and-pin device to offer new payment methods for small businesses that have traditionally relied on cash trade.
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Facebook unveils social search tools

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Social networking giant Facebook unveils tools that let users search through all the information their friends have shared.
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Samsung GamePad gets the bundle treatment, courtesy of Galaxy Tab 3

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The GamePad was initially only expected to be sold separately, but it appears that at least in Germany, it'll be bundled with other Samsung products. Read this article by Don Reisinger on CNET News.
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Google kicks toolbars out of Chrome Web Store

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Those who've written Chrome toolbars or other multipurpose add-ons will have to take a new approach by June or see their software booted from Google's app store. And no new multipurpose extensions are allowed starting now.
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Skype confirms 3D tech research

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A senior executive at Skype confirms the firm has developed 3D video calls, but has not added the feature because of limitations with camera technology.
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Formula E to use wireless charging

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The Formula E electric car races will use wireless charging and augmented reality tech developed by Qualcomm after signing a sponsorship deal.
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IBM follows Amazon's move into China's cloud computing market | NetworkWorld.com

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Pack your bags and bring your passport: The cloud is off to China.

The cloud is a piggy-back industry: This week two heavyweights in the IaaS cloud computing market - Amazon Web Services and IBM - both announced they would offer services for customers in China.

 

On Wednesday morning Amazon.com announced via press release plans to work with Chinese partners ChinaNetCenter and SINNET to open up AWS cloud computing services in the country. (Foreign companies are required by Chinese law to work with China-based companies in the country.)

 

Within 24 hours, IBM had its own dueling press release announcing the expansion of its SmartCloudEnterprise+ cloud platform into China as well. IBM will work with Chinese Internet data center provider 21Vianet Group to host its managed private cloud service.

 

The moves represent a new frontier for these U.S.-based cloud computing providers to expand into a major new market. These companies have seen modest success offering IaaS cloud services in the U.S., South America and Europe, so expanding geographically into Asia is a natural course of action. OpenStack recently held its bi-annual summit in China, too.

 

But the other interesting part of this news is the back and forth jockeying by the vendors, each announcing an expansion of services into China within 24 hours of one another. It’s not the first time this has happened. Just this week Cisco announced a partnership with VMware and Citrix to offer a new desktop as a service (DaaS), a market that Amazon recently announced it would be entering.

 

Earlier this year cloud companies were engaged in price wars. In April, Google announced a price cut for its Google Compute Engine platform - which at the time was still in beta, but has since been released into general availability. Within 12 hours, Amazon Web Services countered the move with a price cut of its own. It happened again in June when AWS and Google announced price cuts within hours of each other.

 

It happens with features too. AWS had a clear advantage being the first provider to roll out an extensive IaaS cloud service, and because of that got a head start on competitors in terms of the features it offers in the cloud. For example, Microsoft and Google launched auto-scaling and load balancing features earlier this year, both long-time feature of AWS’s cloud.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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