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No unified stack soon for big data

Despite the growing interest in big data platforms, it may be some time before organizations will be able to deploy a standardized big data software stack, concluded a panel of speakers Wednesday during a virtual panel hosted by GigaOm.

The big promise of big data

For Twitter, making sense of its mountains of user data was big enough of a problem that it purchased another company just to help get the job done.

Microsoft previews Windows 8 Embedded

Rounding out its line of recent Windows 8 releases, Microsoft has posted a community technology preview of the next Windows OS for embedded systems, Windows Embedded Standard 8.

Informatica, MapR team for Hadoop streaming

Apache Hadoop users will soon be able to analyze data as it is streamed from its source, thanks to a partnership between data-warehouse software provider Informatica and Hadoop distributor MapR.

PHP 5.4 aspires to elegance

PHP, one of the most widely used languages for building websites, has been updated with a number of improvements to ease development and speed performance.

Microsoft releases Windows Server 8 beta

Closely following the company's <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/19805/windows_8_consumer_preview_first_impressions_still_more_for_tablets_than_traditional_pcs">public preview</a> of Windows 8, Microsoft has released a beta version of its Wind...

Minix gets a NetBSD code infusion

Minix, the Unix operating system that inspired Linus Torvalds to create Linux, has been expanded to give users a wider range of commands and features, thanks in large part to a Google Summer of Code project from last year.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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