On Tuesday, VMware spinoff Pivotal announced the availability of Pivotal CF, an enterprise distribution of Cloud Foundry, and Pivotal One, a set of services to run on top of that platform. Microsoft and Facebook are so serious about exterminating bugs that they're sponsoring a bug bounty campaign to find vulnerabilities in critical software supporting the Internet stack. Big data firm Cloudera and IBM’s SoftLayer are getting in on the turnkey data center software action. They just unveiled multi-layer SoftLayer infrastructure solutions running the Cloudera platform. IT pros are taking note of the latest edition of the OpenStack open-source cloud platform, dubbed Havana. Nearly 400 new features have been added to enhance computing, storage, and networking. The good news for Canonical is that it raised nearly $13 million on crowdfunding site Indiegogo to build its new Ubuntu Edge smartphone, which doubles as a desktop computer. The bad news is that it needed $32 million.
Anonymous Hackers Cop Plea to PayPal DDoS Attack They aren’t so anonymous anymore. Thirteen defendants pled guilty in federal court in San Jose to charges related to their involvement in the cyber-attack of PayPal’s Web site as part of the group Anonymous.
Cisco, HP Among Winners in Slowing Server Market Although the PC market is declining, the server industry is still posting gains, albeit slight ones. In the third quarter of 2013 worldwide server shipments grew 1.9 percent year-over-year, according to Gartner.
Here Comes the New USB Plug Time to get ready for a new USB plug. The new connector for USB 3.1 will be reversible, so a user can insert it with either side on the top, and it may be the only connector needed for many devices.
Mobile Technology Spotlight
Square Updates Its Credit Card Reader The mobile payment company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is out with a new credit card reader. Square's updated device, designed for smartphones, is slimmer and has more capabilities than earlier models.
T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS Spectrum To Speed Up LTE LTE data service has spread across the U.S., and T-Mobile is no exception, although with a reputation for slowness. Using spectrum gained through its acquisition of MetroPCS, T-Mobile aims to fix that.
Choices Abound in High-End Laptops Whether you're looking for something thin and light, or want a tablet that performs like a laptop, there's plenty to choose from if you're willing to spend a bit more for a high-end laptop computer.