SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says

From InfoWorld: SAP’s named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer.

The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store.

Verizon scrapes $350 million off deal to buy Yahoo

From CNET: The telecommunications giant and internet pioneer Yahoo have signed an agreement that drops the original $4.83 billion acquisition price for Yahoo by $350 million, the companies said Tuesday. This comes months after Yahoo's public image tumbled downhill with one hacking scandal after another.

Apple, Microsoft and Amazon offer fairer deal on cloud storage

From PC World: Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have agreed to give cloud storage subscribers fairer contracts after intervention by the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority.

Such cloud storage services are typically used to store photos, videos, music or digital copies of important documents.

If the services shut down or vary their capacity or prices without notice, customers can lose their data, or be held hostage.

YouTube is cutting those annoying 30-second ads next year

From CNET: Sick of having to sit through 30 seconds of boring ads before your YouTube video plays? We have good news for you.

Google will scrap the unskippable 30-second advertisements that sometimes play before YouTube videos, BBC reports. The bad news? It'll only happen next year.

Shorter ad formats, such as ones that can be skipped after five seconds, will remain. It remains to be seen how this will impact YouTube Red, the streamer's paid subscription service, a selling point of which is ad-free.

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Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

As time progresses, sometimes I wonder how far we have come. For me personally, I still remember when I was still in high school, wondering what I should study in university just like it was yesterday. As I entered university for my degree in Electrical Engineering, I remember joking with my former colleague Devin Chollak on going into graduate studies after -- knowing full well the impossibility of that idea. Now that I am sitting in my office here at the University of Calgary, working towards my PhD in Electrical Engineering, sometimes it baffles me how I even got here in the first place. I think it was a combination of people who had more faith in me than I had in myself, along with more opportunities that were given to me than I really should deserve. Beyond that, there is really nothing to boast about. With the medium sized brown corrugated cardboard box sitting next to me right now, I wonder in the same way how we got here. Inside this brown corrugated cardboard box contains Western Digital's Red WD80EFZX 8TB hard drive. But we are not talking about how we have just one of them for testing. Actually, we have four of them -- yes, you read that right -- four 8TB hard drives for our review today. Tally up this trivial math question, we have a whopping 32TB of storage. What the heck is 32TB of storage? Can you imagine being able to buy all these for $1320 a decade ago? And how well will they perform? Well, the answer is in the box as we shuffle through the details.

PC prices will continue to go up due to shortage of components

From PC World: PC prices are going up due to a shortage of a number of components, and the situation isn’t expected to change in the coming quarters.

A shortage of DRAM, SSDs, batteries, and LCDs have conspired to drive up PC prices, Gianfranco Lanci, corporate president and chief operating officer at Lenovo, said during an earnings call on Thursday. It’s difficult to pin a number on the price increase because of the number of PC configurations available.

Pondering post-PC life, Intel dabbles in drones with $1,099 quadcopter

From PC World: Intel has made a name for itself in PCs and servers but is now dabbling in a new product category with its first-ever quadcopter now on sale.

The chipmaker's US$1,099 Aero Ready to Fly Drone comes fully assembled, with an integrated flight controller. It also comes with a remote control receiver and transmitter.

The drone has cool features like auto-pilot, with the ability to self-navigate by coordinating GPS and recognizing surroundings to avoid collisions. It has a 3D RealSense depth camera that can recognize objects and take rough measurements.

Samsung Galaxy S8 could use Sony batteries

From CNET : Samsung had a lifetime's worth of battery woes in 2016. Seeking to ensure it doesn't endure a repeat crisis in 2017 the company is looking to a variety of battery manufacturers to provide parts for the much-anticipated Galaxy S8.

The company is adding a familiar name to the current lineup of manufacturers providing batteries for this year's flagship phone -- namely Japanese tech giant Sony -- the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

AT&T jumps on the unlimited data bandwagon with an expensive new plan

From PC World: AT&T capped off this week’s carrier showdown by releasing its own unlimited data plan following announcements from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Prior to this announcement AT&T, only offered unlimited data plans to its DirecTV and U-verse subscribers. Before you get too excited, however, this plan is the most expensive of the bunch for a single line, and has a few drawbacks compared to the other plans.

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