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Ubuntu Gives Up on Convergence

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A blog post by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth dashes the dream of PCs and smartphones running on the same version of Linux-- the company is going to stop working on Ubuntu for phones and tablets.

Ubuntu phoneInstead, the next version of Ubuntu (18.04 LTS) will shift back to the GNOME desktop environment.

“We will continue to produce the most usable open source desktop in the world, to maintain the existing LTS releases, to work with our commercial partners to distribute that desktop, to support our corporate customers who rely on it, and to delight the millions of IoT and cloud developers who innovate on top of it,” Shuttleworth writes. "The choice, ultimately, is to invest in the areas which are contributing to the growth of the company."

Apple and SAP Launch Cloud Platform SDK for iOS

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Apple and SAP release the fruit of the team up announced back in 2016-- the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, a toolset for developers wanting to build "enterprise-grade" iDevice apps

SAP DevelopmentThe SDK uses the Apple Swift programming language, and offers a selection of pre-built UI components and easy access to iPhone features (such as built-in sensors), all governed by business and security rules. As the name might suggest it also handles the data stored on the SAP Cloud Platform.

Also included in the bundle is Assistant, a Mac app that helps set up projects, and UI elements for the SAP Fiori design language conforming with the Apple Human Interface Guidelines.

Yamaha Debuts CS-700 Collaboration System

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Yamaha announces the CS-700-- an all-in-one collaboration solution aimed at huddle room use, with a big focus on audio through the addition of Revolabs microphone technology.

Yamaha CS-700The CS-700 features a beamforming microphone array, four speakers and an integrated USB port for connection to any software-based codec, including Microsoft Skype for Business, Cisco Spark, GoToConference, Google Chromebox for Meetings, Vidyo, WebEx, Zoom, BlueJeans and many others. A wide-angle video camera captures all meeting participants in the room, and Yamaha says a special optical solution ensires a high "pixel-per-face" resolution necessary for participants to recognise nuanced facial expressions.

The Largest Xerox Product Launch Yet

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Xerox launches the ConnectKey portfolio-- 29 printers and multifunction devices (MFPs) featuring mobile and cloud connectivity promising to allow employees to "move easily between the physical and digital worlds."

Xerox printersThe product range has 2 lines, VersaLink and AltaLink. VersaLink offers 19 printers and MFPs aimed at small workgroups and distributed teams, while AltaLink has 10 MFPs ideal for large workgroups or print volume requirements. All printers are equipped with ConnectKey, a combination of technology and software for SMBs and workgroups in larger enterprises. As a result the entire portfolio shares a similar interface, features and functionality, providing partners with a more consistent user experience.

Oracle Bridges On-Premises, Cloud Storage

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Oracle announces Cloud Converged Storage-- an integration of cloud services with on-premises NAS storage, enabled via the ZFS Cloud software included in the latest ZFS Storage Appliance release.

Oracle The result, the company says, allows organisations to easily move data and applications to the cloud (or rather the Oracle cloud) without need for external cloud gateways, avoiding software and cloud access license fees. ZFS Cloud can manage environments with different security requirements, support teams, industry standards and skill sets, while reducing cost of ownership by 87%. Or so Oracle claims, at any rate.

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