Microsoft, Dell EMC and General Dynamics have landed a $1 billion US Air Force contract to complete a mega-transition of IT and communications to the cloud for roughly 776,000 users across the USAF, US Army Corps of Engineers and the Defense Logistics Agency. The Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services program contract is a five-year deal, but the companies plan a complete rollout in less than 12 months by migrating 5,000 to 7,000 users each week.
YouTube is producing shows with budgets comparable to those of basic-cable channels and soliciting advertisers for spots and product integration. One early example is a series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Ellen DeGeneres' daily talk show, with L.L. Bean and STX Entertainment as US sponsors.
Microsoft has picked a site on London's pricey Regent Street to launch its first brick-and-mortar store in Europe, located near Apple's redesigned flagship store in the city.
As measured by usage, Google Play is now the leading app platform globally, according to James Sanders, Asia Pacific director of Google Play. Sanders said plans are in the works to build on Play's popularity with greater support for virtual and augmented reality as well as improved distribution and analyzing capabilities.
A new Facebook chatbot from the Kodak Moments app helps users find the memorable photos from the haystack of thousands that most people save on Facebook and on their phones. The Kodak Moments app also allows users to easily order prints if they like.
McAfee has released a report naming the top celebrity web searches that come with a higher risk of being exposed to malicious websites. Singer Avril Lavigne is the celebrity with the highest chance of malicious results; the list also includes Bruno Mars, Celine Dion, Zayn Malik and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Walmart will partner with August, a smart lock creator, to offer consumers the option of using their smart security systems to allow deliveries to be left in their homes. The company will test the service in select Silicon Valley households using delivery company Deliv.
PC gaming is buzzing again thanks in part to PlayerUnknown's popular game "Battlegrounds," which has seen more than 10 million downloads since March. Sports gaming also is driving interest, with Nvidia gaming executive Kazunori Takahashi reporting, "The abundance of titles and the popularity of e-sports is bringing a lot of excitement to PC gaming."
Cisco Intersight, the company's cloud-based IT management platform for its Unified Computing System and HyperFlex Systems, offers data center customers one subscription service for access to a host of capabilities. Intersight is designed to be intuitive and evolve as it learns.
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