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Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro Will Only Cost You a Few Hours and $39.99

posted Thursday Jul 5, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro Will Only Cost You a Few Hours and $39.99

With the release date of the popular Windows 8 operating system getting closer and closer and changes out of the way, I think it's about time to shift to what it might cost us to upgrade to the new software. The good thing is that Microsoft seems to agree and posted in their Windows Team Blog this week about just that thing. Specifically, blogger Brandon LeBlanc wanted to talk about upgrading to Windows 8 from a prior operating system.

LeBlanc said that the goal with Windows 8 was to make it so that practically anybody could essentially "upgrade" to the new Microsoft way of life. To start that, any Windows XP, Vista or Win7 user will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for just $39.99 in 131 different markets across the globe. For those of you wanting the "Windows Media Center Edition," an additional checkbox will be available for you to click on at no extra charge with the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

What other perks and options do you get when you upgrade to Windows 8? Well, we have all of the information after the break, including what happens to you Windows XP users out there.

Pikman 3 and Wii U For You

posted Wednesday Jul 4, 2012 by Jon Wurm

Pikman 3 and Wii U For You

Pikman was a fun, family-friendly title that provided countless hours of entertainment for children and families around the world. Finally, after 10 years Nintendo decided to blow the dust out of the cartridge and introduce Pikman 3 for the Wii U during their E3 2012 Press Conference. Not surprisingly, Miyamoto and his trusty translator made it a point to show off what Pikman 3 being a Wii U title actually meant for gamers. The most oblivious improvement comes from the enhanced graphics of the Wii U but Miyamoto also mentioned the extra resolution will make it much easier to deal with Pikman that are spread out across a large area. The gameplay mechanics have also changed a bit as your Pikman can manipulate the environment to build bridges and you have much greater control over targeting. Now you can discover and hone in on key items in the environment or weak spots on enemies to be much more effective in combat. There is also new type of Pikman, the "Rock Pikman," which is used for breaking hard surfaces and enemies that stand in your way.

To accurately control your horde of colorful Pikman you have the option of basic controls that utilize the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck or exclusively using the Wii U controller that provides some more advanced options. Depending on which you chose, the gameplay you experience will be different. For example, using the Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck combination gives you a the more specialized targeting that adds depth to the battle at hand. If you go the Wii U controller route, the game seems to act more like an RTS (real-time strategy) where your focus is more about managing 4 groups of "Leaders" and Pikman at a time. This is done by dedicating the Wii U controller's screen to acting as a map that improves your ability to navigate to the different groups.

If you didn't get to try it out on the show floor then you'll just have to sit tight until whenever the TBA 2012 release date ends up being. In the mean time, check out the Pikman 3 portion of the Nintendo E3 2012 Press Conference after the break.

Sony Spends $380 Million to Buy Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai

posted Wednesday Jul 4, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Spends $380 Million to Buy Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai

It was only last week when newly-appointed CEO Kaz Hirai stood in front of employees and investors alike to defend and explain the company's revival plan. After the meeting, it seemed that investors weren't sold on the idea that was first announced in April and it felt like not enough details were given to make anyone feel confident that Hirai can turn this boat back in the right direction.

Now this week it looks like Sony is moving quickly on proving to their investors that they're going to try and do whatever it takes to succeed, even if it means spending millions on acquiring a new company. Sony has purchased cloud-based game company Gaikai for $380 million. Gaikai is a direct competitor of OnLive, who is one of the few companies making streaming 3D games actually playable.

Will this move help or hurt Sony? We have the details after the break.

Unstructured Big Data with Valerie Logan

posted Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Unstructured Big Data with Valerie Logan

Valerie Logan is VP, Information Management and Analytics Solutions for Hewlett-Packard.

The transition from structured data, monitoring, and data warehousing to big data - tremendous volumes of unstructured data arriving continuously from multiple sources, such as the supply chain, environmental monitors, and transactions results in challenges in maintaining relevance to business objectives. Information is the new currency of business. The data itself is provided by consumers and end users, a goldmine of information in the aggregate.

The patterns and systemic view of how the information is matched up with externally available information is a primary task that companies face. HP brings answers to how to build a Big Data strategy, and then assist customers with the implementation details.

Valerie is responsible for the information and analytics theme of HP's global industry vertical solutions- focused on driving innovative, differentiated IP/product-based solutions. She is a Global practice leader of the information management practice within HP's Consulting & Integration services division, charged with facilitation of strategy setting, portfolio development, market position, delivery enablement and talent development across regions.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

Global Crowdsource Strategy - Lori Lewis Explains New HP Crowdsource Project

posted Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Global Crowdsource Strategy - Lori Lewis Explains New HP Crowdsource Project

In her current role, Lori has responsibilities to establish and execute the outbound and digital marketing objectives and activities, including thought leadership and social media channel promotion.

Enterprise2020 is a new initiative - seeking a perfect 20/20 view of the Enterprise in the Future. Combining insights of clients, academics, HP stockholders and experts from all sorts of industries, HP is providing an open and inclusive approach to capturing the best set of solutions that will reflect the needs of real people.

This crowdsourcing initiative will roll out a total of six chapters, with discussion and interaction at each stage, providing opportunity to capture and challenge thoughts from many different points of view.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

Placing Applities in Infrastructure - E.G Nadhan on Cloud Deployment

posted Tuesday Jul 3, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Placing Applities in Infrastructure - E.G Nadhan on Cloud Deployment

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

Did you know your applications have their own personalities? At HP, they call these "Applities." Like people, Applications need to have the right home. They must be housed in the right infrastructure for them to be most effective at the business purpose they serve. How do you ensure that your applications are running on the right infrastructure in your House of IT? Extend the psychology of Applities to the infrastructure.

Some questions asked were,

1. How does the nature and type of an application impact the infrastructure it runs on?

2. Shouldn't the enterprise already have the right infrastructure in place for all their applities?

3. Can you use the concept of Applities to determine if Applications are ready to be deployed on the Cloud?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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