Oct
30
2014
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Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 4.59.03 PM Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products.
Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More

Oct
30
2014
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New Cloudyn Tool Wants To Bring Clarity To Cloud Billing

Business people standing in front of graph superimposed over clouds. The promise of the cloud, whether private or public, has always been the potential to bill users or lines of business for specific usage, but it’s proven difficult to do in practice. Today, Cloudyn introduced a new tool called Cost Allocation 360° that attempts bring some clarity to cloud billing, whether it’s in the data center or the public cloud. Cloudyn CEO Sharon… Read More

Oct
30
2014
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LED Startup Digital Lumens Gets $23M In Funding Led By Nokia Growth Partners

277719260_c6f3d9a3c5_b Nokia made its name in mobile phones, breaking new ground and holding the title of world’s biggest handset maker for a number of years before the onslaught of competition from OEMs like Samsung and Apple reversed its fortunes. Now that Nokia has sold that business on to Microsoft, the pared-down, enterprise-heavy remaining Nokia is looking for the next big thing in communications.… Read More

Oct
29
2014
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Microsoft Fires Another Set Of Employees, Continuing Its Announced Layoff Strategy

msft-black1 Microsoft took an axe to another slice of its employees today, cutting around 3,000 jobs according to Mary Jo Foley. TechCrunch heard through a separate source that the layoffs were imminent, but was not able to confirm their size. The company released a short statement indicating that it has nearly wrapped “all [of] the 18,000 reductions announced [it] in July.” Today’s… Read More

Oct
29
2014
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Halloween: Secret Keepers by Gwen Gardner

Gwen Gardner is author of the popular young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series that began with Givin’ Up the Ghost. With Halloween approaching, I wanted to mention her latest ghostly book: Secret Keepers.

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About Secret Keepers:

 In Second Death, Indigo and her team of sleuths escape the clutches of underground evil.

In Ghostly Gallows, Indigo and the gang managed to dodge the falling ruins and free those spirits trapped by the evil spell that bound them to Gallowsgate Prison.

Now in Secret Keepers, even though Indigo speaks to ghosties, there is so much about the afterlife she doesn’t understand. Such as…how can spirits be sick? They’re dead, for goodness sake! But once again Indigo is forced to go where she made it a point to never go: the hospital. There, the mystery of the sick and missing spirits explodes into a frenzied battle for souls where dawn may bring life or final death.

Indigo Eady:

Much to her chagrin, Indigo Eady is a celebrity among spirits. She’s the girl who can see and speak with them. She has a proven track record in helping spirits find their murderers, so it’s no surprise when she’s drafted onto the Missing Paranormal Committee. Who better to help them than the experienced teenage ghost whisperer- investigator and her friends?


Gwen explains her Excerpt

In honor of Halloween, I’m giving you a short excerpt from a chapter called Asylum. It’s a haunted hospital after all, and a lot of the book ending takes place there with the final showdown against the demons and dark spirits.

This scene is where Indigo, Badger and Simon are approaching the hospital for the first time. Councilman Diggles has become ill enough to be admitted (yes, he’s a ghost, and yes, apparently ghosts can get sick!), so they are going to brief him on the updates of their investigation into the missing paranormals.

Simon, as usual, is worried about the crazy…

 

We stared up at the gray and dilapidated building. It was almost like the village had shrunken in on itself, with all the abandoned buildings that sprang up around the edges of Sabrina Shores. Or maybe I had just never noticed them before. Stucco and plaster peeled and fell off in chunks. Four stories high, what was still standing, and every window broken, the jagged edges like monsters ready to take a bite.

I shivered.

Why did I always seem to be hanging out in broken down buildings lately? Look at the bright side, Eady. It’s better than being underground.

We approached the door. Oval shaped and shored up with metal strips riveted to the heavy wood, probably oak. The strips were once painted black according to the specks remaining. Now it was rusted and the door splintered.

Next to the door a sign hung sideways by one nail, squeaking slightly in the breeze. Simon lifted the loose side and read. “Belgrave Asylum.” He turned to me. “Oh great. The crazy potential just kicked up a notch. As if we didn’t have enough already, now we’re expected to enter the insane asylum?”

“Short answer?” I asked. “Yes.” I pushed on the door and it creaked open relatively easy. The boys and I stood just inside, our shadows standing before us while we waited for our eyes to adjust to the dark.


Gwen Gardner author photo (2)GWEN GARDNER

Gwen Gardner is a native Californian living in sunny San Diego, where her love of reading and writing led to a BA in English literature. Life is now complete with her husband, two dogs and a daily call from her daughter.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her young adult Indigo Eady Paranormal “Cozy” Mystery series, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face – but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does. Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

Connect with Gwen here: Blog / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Amazon / B&N

 Secret Keepers available here: Amazon / B&N / Google Play / iTunes

Oct
29
2014
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Twitter Partners With IBM To Bring Social Data To The Enterprise

twitter-analytics Twitter and IBM announced a significant partnership today that will involve Twitter sharing its data with IBM for integration into IBM’s enterprise solutions, including the Watson cloud platform. The deal means IBM will gain access to the Twitter “firehose,” allowing businesses to incorporate insights gained from the social network into their decision-making… Read More

Oct
28
2014
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EMC Frantically Pivots To The Cloud

EMC EMC announced some big changes today including the purchase of three cloud companies, a new hybrid cloud product and a reorganization designed to emphasize the cloud. For those of you who don’t speak technology-buzzword English, the Hybrid Cloud is an approach where some of your computing is done in an on-premises data center and some is delivered by a public cloud provider such as… Read More

Oct
28
2014
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Wranx Applies Spaced Repetition To B2B Learning

Wranx U.K. startup Wranx is applying a learning technique called spaced repetition to the b2b space to help businesses train their staff more effectively. Read More

Oct
27
2014
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BigPanda Wants To Bring Order To IT Alerts Madness

Picture of a large Panda. Today we have monitoring tools generating logs and logs of data flowing into our data centers, letting us know everything that’s happening down to a detailed level. That’s a good thing, right? Not necessarily, because the more information we need to sift through, the more overwhelming it becomes and the more impossible it becomes for humans to track. BigPanda asserts that it can… Read More

Oct
27
2014
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SwiftStack Raises $16M For Its Enterprise Object Storage Service

6498610179_f73f9a8dd3_o The open source OpenStack platform is seeing increased adoption in the enterprise and with that, the ecosystem of vendors around the platform is also growing. On the storage side, SwiftStack offers enterprises an OpenStack-based object storage service based on the Swift object storage platform. Today, SwiftStack announced that it has raised a $16 million Series B round led by OpenView… Read More

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