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VMware update strives to place virtual desktops in modern context

VMware announced a series of updates to its virtual desktop (VDI) line today at VMworld in Las Vegas. The announcement attempts to set the virtual desktop in a more modern context, by offering customers a range of options in the cloud, on-prem or hybrid. What’s more, it’s trying to reduce the cost by partnering with a variety of hardware vendors from HP to Dell and even the… Read More

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5 ways beacons are transforming the enterprise

Bluetooth beacons are proven technology. So why isn’t anyone using them effectively? Sure, companies are using them to track users and boost sales — but are we seeing a return on that investment? Read More

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Growing up in the intelligence era

IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is shifting from code to unique data + self-learning code. This brings a change in the expectations of investors. Here we review the requirements of enterprise software investors in the intelligence era. Read More

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Hands on with Reddit’s new smartphone app

“Finally” is one of those words that gets overused in tech news stories, but I think it’s fair to say that it’s taken a pretty long time for Reddit to release its first official, native apps for iOS and Android.

Until now, the company has made do with Alien Blue, which started out as a third-party app before being acquired by Reddit in 2014. But as Sarah Perez reported this morning, the company’s engineering team decided rebuild the app from scratch to make it “faster, more modern and more usable.”

In the video above, I do a quick runthrough of the app. As with most other news apps, the content probably matters more than any individual features, but there are some things worth showing off, like the way the navigation has been redesigned for mobile, the new image view and the app’s overall speed — which is great until you’re trying to follow a link to another site and everything suddenly slows down.

You can download the iOS and Android apps here.

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