May 31

According to Bloomberg, Apple is manufacturing a Siri-controlled smart speaker that could debut as soon as its annual developer conference in June. “The device will differ from Amazon’s Echo and Alphabet’s Google Home speakers by offering virtual surround sound technology and deep integration with Apple’s product lineup,” reports Bloomberg. From the report: Introducing a speaker would serve two main purposes: providing a hub to automate appliances and lights via Apple’s HomeKit system, and establishing a bulwark inside the home to lock customers more tightly into Apple’s network of services. That would help combat the competitive threat from Google’s and Amazon’s connected speakers: the Home and Echo mostly don’t support services from Apple. Without compatible hardware, users may be more likely to opt for the Echo or Home, and therefore use streaming music offerings such as Spotify, Amazon Prime Music or Google Play rather than Apple Music. Apple hopes that more advanced acoustics technology will give the speaker an edge over competitors, according to people with knowledge of the product’s development. Along with generating virtual surround sound, the speakers being tested are louder and reproduce sound more crisply than rival offerings, the people said. Apple has also considered including sensors that measure a room’s acoustics and automatically adjust audio levels during use, one of the people said. Apple will also likely let third-party services build products for the speaker. The device will be a hub for Apple’s HomeKit home automation system, letting users control devices such as lights, door locks and window blinds.

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May 31

Interested in leveling up on your Cloud Foundry skills? Join IBM for Cloud Foundry Days on June 7 at Cloud Expo New York at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Foundry Days is a free half day educational conference and networking event. Come find out why Cloud Foundry is the industry’s fastest-growing and most adopted cloud application platform.

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May 31

Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.

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May 31

In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today’s customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling smart office capabilities for employees.

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May 31

Today, there are a multitude of ways to deliver Citrix-driven applications to end users - traditionally via on premise infrastructures, on mobile… Read more at VMblog.com.

May 31

Parasoft, a leader in software testing solutions, announced that Parasoft Virtualize Community Edition has reached 5k+ users since its official… Read more at VMblog.com.

May 31

Enea today announced Enea NFV Access - a lightweight virtualization platform tailored for customer premise deployment at the network edge. Enea NFV… Read more at VMblog.com.

May 31

Tegile Systems , the leading provider of persistent-memory storage solutions for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments,… Read more at VMblog.com.

May 31

Egenera , a provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel, today announced the availability of its Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9, the UK… Read more at VMblog.com.

May 31

NAKIVO Inc., a fast-growing software company for protecting virtualized and cloud environments announced today that it has released NAKIVO Backup… Read more at VMblog.com.

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