A Close Look At Microsoft’s Azure Cloud, Part 2: The Offering

In our previous article (the first in a two part series), we looked at some of the trends in cloud computing. To recap, cloud computing is expected to grow at a robust pace in 2016. The primary driver for this growth are the cost benefits of outsourcing the hard- and software required for technology based services, which in turn depends on the state of global economy. Cloud-based services comprise Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service and all three are projected to experience healthy demand. Microsoft currently provides services for two of the three segments (IaaS and PaaS) through its Azure offering. And it offers the third (SaaS) separately on Azure via applications such as Office 365, X-box Live, Bing, etc. In this article, we will look at Azure platform from Microsoft.


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The Booming Business of Making Fake Apple Stores Look Real 

The iPhone 6S arrives tomorrow morning, and Reuters says the fever-pitch demand for the latest iPhone in China is spurring a boom in phony stores that look a lot like official Apple stores–right down to the bags.

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Here’s what Pokemon Go will look like as a location-based mobile game

Pokemon Go Plus

Just after announcing that it will partner with Google’s Niantic Labs location-based gaming division, Nintendo showed off what its location-based Pokémon game will look like.

Nintendo released this video to show off what Pokémon Go will look like.

The title is expected to debut in the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play in 2016.

Nintendo said the game will have Trainers exploring real-world locations to catch, trade, and battle with each other in their search for Pokémon. Players may use a separate Bluetooth device for their smartphone called Pokémon Go Plus, developed and manufactured by Nintendo, alerting them to nearby events (such as Pokémon in the vicinity) with flashes and vibrations, and the ability to catch them with the press of a button.

Additionally, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have partnered on a joint capital investment in the newly independent Niantic (formerly Niantic Labs, an internal group at Google), which is leading the development of Pokémon Go. Junichi Masuda, game director of the Pokémon video game series at Game Freak, is also contributing to the project.

VB’s research team is studying web-personalization… Chime in here, and we’ll share the results.


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