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Apple to transform failed GT factory into cloud datacentre

Apple is to invest $2bn in transforming GT's Arizona sapphire production facility into a massive cloud datacentre

Apple is to transform GT Advanced Technologies’1.3 million square-foot Arizona facility, previously used for the firm’s failed sapphire glass production initiative, into a massive datacentre to power its global network and cloud services. The move comes as Apple ramps up its investments in the enterprise.

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

Juniper: In-vehicle app growth will see telcos, cloud service providers win out

Cox: 'telcos and cloud service providers stand to gain a lot from the connected car'

The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018 according to a report published this week by Juniper Research, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year’s figure. Anthony Cox, associate analyst at Juniper Research and author of the report told Business Cloud News that while the business model leaves much to be developed, those that stand to gain most are telcos and cloud service providers.

Google buys Ventures-backed MDM firm Divide

Google acquired a an Android-focused MDM provider Divide for an undisclosed sum

Divide, a company specialising in mobile device management and application sandboxing on the Android platform has been acquired by Google, the company said Tuesday. The move may bolster Google’s pitch to enterprises and help push Android past iOS in the corporate world.

Cloud firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Google’s mobile Chrome apps could challenge mobile enterprise incumbents

Google is preparing a toolkit for delivering Chrome-packaged apps on Android and iOS

Google is in the process of coordinating mobile development for native Chrome apps according to multiple reports. Given the richness of HTML5 the move, if successful, could be much more disruptive than anticipated, potentially challenging established mobile virtualisation incumbents like Citrix and enterprise mobile app providers more broadly.

Apple acquires Twitter analytics firm Topsy

Apple recently acquired social media analytics provider Topsy for $200 million

Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise by the consumer tech giant.

Intel acquires textbook and cloud software startup Kno

Intel recently released an Android-based tablet for the classroom. Combined with Kno's textbook software and cloud platform, Intel will go up against Apple

In a bid to bolster its education technology platform Intel announced this week that it has acquired Kno, a startup delivering educational materials and textbooks via the cloud to mobile devices. The acquisition may help speed up Intel’s penetration in classrooms as schools move to adopt tablets as primary learning platforms.

Brocade appoints Ari Bose as CIO

Ari Bose, chief information officer, Brocade

Networking and storage solutions provider Brocade announced today that the company has appointed networking and tech veteran Ari Bose to the position of chief information officer.

FreeBSD founder quits Apple to focus on Big Data


Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of the popular FreeBSD operating system and Director of Unix Technology at Apple, has stepped down from his role at the Cupertino-based firm to become CTO of iXsystems. The Silicon Valley firm specialises in high availability servers and storage systems and has close ties with the FreeBSD community.