T-Mobile spent the better part of the last decade as an also-ran. Slinking in the shadows of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, the smallest of the “big four” American carriers was never quite able to muster the muscle of its competitors. Its inability to carry Apple’s iPhone never helped matters, and after AT&T failed to buy it up last year, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary seemed more cast out and dejected than ever. But an infusion of fresh executive blood – and the new ideas that go with that – could turn T-Mobile around. Freshly installed CEO John Legere and Chief Marketing office Mike Sievert plan to reimagine T-Mobile as the “Uncarrier;” the rebel little guy who defies the rules written by his entrenched, bureaucracy-locked competitors. We spoke with Sievert, the man responsible for curating T-Mobile’s new image, to find out how it intends to live up to its ambitious new self-coined title. The problem with carriers As a veteran of Microsoft and Qualcomm, Sievert might seem like … [Read more...] about What is an ‘Uncarrier’? We ask T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Sievert
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The F.E.A.R. franchise is now officially a trilogy, as the story of the creepy child turned super-creepy woman, Alma, continues. The game is due out on October 20, but we got a chance to play a bit of the game at E3.For those not familiar with the soon-to-be-trilogy, the name is a double entendre. First, it is an anagram for the special government soldiers assigned to investigate paranormal occurrences- the unfortunately named First Encounter Assault Recon. Second it is because the game is scary! See, the team name is F.E.A.R., and the game is all about fear! Get it?Anyway, the story of the series revolves around a girl named Alma that was discovered as a child to have extreme psychic powers. Scientists then began to experiment on her, and naturally, things do not go well. Alma’s powers soon take on a dark tone, and the just before she turns 18, she is put into an induced coma and impregnated twice.In the first game, you play as “Point Man”, a member of the … [Read more...] about F.E.A.R. 3 – Hands-On Impressions
From what we’ve seen, the best parts of Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. happen between its missions. Invoking the G.I. Joe cartoons of yesteryear, Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M. presents cutaway moments — short sketches similar to G.I. Joe’s “Knowing is half the battle” public service announcements — in which its characters offer a few words of wisdom.The difference is, in M.A.Y.H.E.M., these scenes are played for laughs. For instance, one encourages kids to observe gun safety rules because of the embarrassing self-inflicted injuries that can result if they don’t.Even more than in its gameplay, it feels like the real spirit of Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M., Volition’s third-person open-world shooter, is in these scenes. The game’s most recent trailer (shown above) uses theme songs from the 1980s TV shows The A-Team and Knight Rider, but as we mentioned above, much of M.A.Y.H.E.M. comes across an extended, raunchier version of G.I. Joe. Tapping into … [Read more...] about ‘Agents of M.A.Y.H.E.M.’ serves up ’80s nostalgia with a side of frantic action
Even most non-techies probably have an idea of what cloud computing is by now, but when you start getting into IaaS vs. SaaS vs. PaaS even those of us in the industry can struggle. Slideshow: 10 Most Powerful PaaS CompaniesIn a nutshell, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provides virtual machines or storage from a provider on demand with elastic scalability and software as a service (SaaS) simply involves hosting software in the cloud (like Salesforce.com) so it doesn't take up on-premises resources.But what about platform as a service (PaaS)? What exactly is it, who are the big players in this market and just what is the difference between it and IaaS? To flesh this all out, I sat down recently with Sacha Labourey, former CTO of JBoss -- which was acquired by Red Hat -- and now founder and CEO of CloudBees, a Java PaaS company.What is PaaS?Well, there does seem to be some confusion around PaaS. It's a bit like middleware, both in what it does and in that people had trouble … [Read more...] about What is Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Why Does it Matter?
CrystalDiskInfo (free) is a utility program which tells you just about everything about the hardware performance of your hard disk--including how likely it is to stop performing in the near future. It uses the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) protocol, which is included in most hard disks likely to be found in recent systems, to tell you what's going on with your discs. This includes such details as current drive temperature, number of failed read or write attempts, how long the drive has been running and how often it's been started and stopped, and so on. As various factors approach thresholds of danger, CrystalDiskInfo will alert you, letting you know it's time to make backups while you still can. Generally, once a drive starts to die, it will tumble downhill fast, so if you begin seeing an uptick in failure rates, it's often best to assume the worst.CrystalDiskInfo uses a straightforward interface, showing all of the data it can retrieve from each … [Read more...] about CrystalDiskInfo is SMART About Hard Drives
Your hard disk is a time bomb, waiting to go off. If you're lucky, like most people, it will never detonate. But if you're unlucky, like some people, you could lose all of your files, works, and applications, with no warning when your hard disk crashes. Acronis Drive Monitor (free) promises to give you warning before that crash, so that you can take action before you're hit with disaster.Acronis Drive Monitor checks your hard disk health in multiple ways, and issues warnings when it appears there may be problems. With the program's advice, you can try to fix the problem, and back up all your data before a potential crash.The software is exceedingly simple to use. Simply install it and it uses the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) standard to check your hard disk health in many different ways, and show you what it finds. The easiest way to find out if your hard disk adheres to this standard is to run the Acronis Drive Monitor--it will tell you. S.M.A.R.T. … [Read more...] about Acronis Drive Monitor Is S.M.A.R.T. About Hard Drives
Even most nontechies probably have an idea of what cloud computing is by now, but when you start getting into IaaS vs. SaaS vs. PaaS even those of us in the industry can struggle.In a nutshell, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provides virtual machines or storage from a provider on demand with elastic scalability and software as a service (SaaS) simply involves hosting software in the cloud (like Salesforce.com) so it doesn't take up on-premises resources. [ InfoWorld's Andrew Oliver answers the question we've all been asking: Which freaking PaaS should I use? | Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]But what about platform as a service (PaaS)? What exactly is it, who are the big players in this market and just what is the difference between it and IaaS? To flesh this all out, I … [Read more...] about PaaS primer: What is platform as a service and why does it matter?
Given enough time, all hard disks will fail. Thankfully, most drives support a feature that could give users an early warning before the bitter end. Here's how support pros can introduce S.M.A.R.T. reporting to their clients.———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-"What do you mean, my hard drive failed? Hard drives can do that?"Sadly, I encounter this kind of ignorance a lot as a support pro. Lots of people simply don't understand that their computer's storage medium has a limited life span. Maybe extremely durable older machines have influenced their expectations, or maybe no one has ever taken the time to explain to them how the disk mechanism … [Read more...] about Be S.M.A.R.T. about your hard drive’s health
Facebook is taking on Siri and Cortana, but it's new digital assistant isn't just another machine with a female voice. In fact, it doesn't have a voice at all. Facebook M is a service within the Facebook Messenger app that combines artificial intelligence and real-human assistance to help you do things like book travel plans, make online purchases and suggest nearby restaurants.M will even wait on hold for the cable company so you don't have to.We first heard about M when it was referred to as Facebook Moneypenny back in July 2014. Currently, Facebook M has launched in the Bay Area to a few hundred people, but as Facebook's vice president of messaging products David Marcus explained in a post about the service, it's the first step into making M an at-scale service.It works like this: when you open the Facebook Messenger app, you can tap the M logo at the bottom of the screen to open up a chat window with M. In the same way you would type a message to a friend on Messenger, you can type … [Read more...] about What is Facebook M?
Sandisk's newly launched Extreme II SSD offers a nice blend of price and performance. In its larger capacities, the drive retails for considerably less than a buck a gigabyte, and it's one of the fastest drives with large files that we've tested. Its performance with small files, on the other hand, is merely average, and the drop-off in write performance from the 240- and 480GB models to the 120GB version is steep.Sandisk has ditched the SandForce SF-2281 controller found in the original Extreme series, and equipped the 7mm profile, 6Gbps Extreme II with a Marvell 88SS9187. The combination of the new controller and fast, 19nm toggle-mode NAND allowed the Extreme II to outpace the sustained write performance of such capable drives as OCZ's Vector and Corsair's Neutron. The 240GB version wrote our 10GB large file at 644.3MBps and read it at 479.8MBps. With small files, however, the Extreme II was strictly mundane, writing our 10GB mix of files and folders at 352MBps, and reading them at … [Read more...] about Review: Sandisk’s Extreme II SSD is fast and affordable