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Amazon Fire TV is overriding screensavers with full-screen ads

Amazon is finding fresh, increasingly annoying ways for your Fire TV to serve you ads at every available opportunity. This week, Cord Cutter News reported that Amazon has started replacing the screensaver on Fire TVs with full-screen ads that take over the entire display.As Cord Cutter News explains, if you leave your Fire TV idle…

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Trends in the cloud database market

The cloud holds a large – and growing – percentage of enterprise data. While much of this growth comes from unstructured information, such as documents and media files, enterprises also still depend on structured data, stored in databases.   The global market for databases grew by 12.8% last year, according to analysts at Gartner, and…

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Why you should probably get an Apple Watch SE instead of a Series 9

It’s pretty clear from the name: the Apple Watch SE is the iPhone SE of smartwatches. It’s missing some premium features, but it offers the best overall user experience of any device in its price range. As it turns out, however, the value proposition of the 2nd-generation Apple Watch SE has only gotten better with…

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Why you should get a Ring Video Doorbell even if you hate smart home tech

No one could blame you for hating smart home tech, and it doesn’t make you a Luddite. Despite how mature that market is, it’s still a jumbled mess of often confusing devices and incompatible platforms. But even if you’re not tech-savvy and you avoid smart home gadgets like the plague, you should still get yourself…

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SAP public cloud migration requires architectural rethink

While almost three-quarters (74%) of in-progress SAP S/4HANA implementation projects are being deployed on public clouds, analyst Gartner has urged IT leaders to avoid simply mirroring their on-premise setups in the cloud. Gartner’s Top practices for deploying SAP S/4HANA in the public cloud report identifies several benefits of public cloud deployments, including the ability to…

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UK government’s M365 use under scrutiny after Microsoft’s ‘no guarantee of sovereignty’ disclosure

The dominant hold that Microsoft has on government IT is coming under close scrutiny, following the software giant’s disclosure it cannot guarantee the sovereignty of UK policing data hosted within its hyperscale cloud infrastructure. As exclusively revealed by Computer Weekly on 19 June, Microsoft has advised Scottish policing bodies it cannot guarantee that data hosted…

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NVIDIA Closes Above $135, Becomes World’s Most Valuable Company

Thanks to the success of the burgeoning market for AI accelerators, NVIDIA has been on a tear this year. And the only place that’s even more apparent than the company’s rapidly growing revenues is in the company’s stock price and market capitalization. After breaking into the top 5 most valuable companies only earlier this year,…

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Last chance to get Apple’s iPad 9th-Gen before it’s gone for good

After what seemed like a wait that was going to last an eternity, Apple finally unveiled its new OLED iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air tablets last month. They’re both fantastic new iPadOS devices, but there is a pretty obvious problem with them: they’re insanely expensive. The M4 iPad Pro tops out at $2,599, and…

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CMA working paper outlines concerns about Microsoft’s competitive hold on UK cloud market

The interim findings of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) investigation into Microsoft’s cloud software licensing strategy should be a significant cause for concern for the software giant, experts have warned. However, Microsoft maintains its behaviour is having no impact on its nearest competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. The UK competition watchdog…

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VMware/Broadcom: Prepare for legacy support

Broadcom’s $69bn acquisition of VMware last year follows on from a number of smaller but significant software acquisitions the company has made over the past few years. These all appear to point to the company’s appetite to develop a software business built on acquiring the customers of these businesses. In 2018, Broadcom acquired CA Technologies.…

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