Welcome to Thursday! Let's catch you up on what you missed overnight.
VMware sees datacentres as museums, and believes that the way forward is to virtualise everything, targeting all of the physical networking, management of firewalls, disks and other components. It sounds like a repeat of when robots entered assembly lines, threatening to. But for those who would be affected, there are still a few years yet until the technology reaches maturity.
And speaking of things catching up to people, an alleged. The 23-year-old hacker, Raynaldo Rivera, who went by the online aliases of royal and wildicv, was picked up by the FBI on Tuesday. He has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer for the attack on Sony Pictures and the PlayStation Network (PSN). Rivera could face up to 15 years in prison.
On a brighter note, Google is now bringing Google+ to enterprise users. Some have been able to play around with it for a while, but there are now, including ensuring that posts can't be shared outside of an organisation, integration of Hangouts across other Google Apps like Gmail and Docs and better controls for Google Apps administrators.
Over in Berlin at the IFA 2012 show, Samsung has, which has an emphasis on bringing Windows 8 to its devices. These include two Windows 8 Smart PCs, a Windows RT tablet and a Windows-powered smartphone. The smartphone, dubbed the Ativ S, , and is the . Samsung hasn't released all of the specs and pricing for all the devices, but we've covered all the known facts .
The South Korean company also popped out the anticipated, which includes a redesigned S Pen stylus. Pricing hasn't been announced, as the device won't be available for sale until October.
Sony also had, unveiling three Android handsets and an Android tablet, and walking down the Microsoft path with two Windows 8 tablets. An interesting fact is that Sony has included near-field communication (NFC) hardware on all of the new devices as part of its strategy to help customers use their devices together.