Oracle today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire RightNow, a leading provider of cloud-based customer service, for $43 per share. That puts the acquisition at about $1.5 billion net of RightNow's cash and debt, Oracle said in a statement. RightNow's Board of Directors unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year or early 2012.
We’ve recommended Dropbox to our readers more times than we can count, but with good reason. Recent security issues aside, its still the best file storage / sharing service in town, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Dropbox has always had a very robust and flexible set of third party API’s, but on Friday the company announced these would be expanding to offer not just more flexibility, but improved security as well.
What does this mean for your average Dropbox user? Join us after the jump to find out.
Even as all other Android tablets seem hopelessly incapable of holding a candle to the Apple iPad, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire can already be seen glaring rather invitingly (or ominously if you’re Apple) in the distance. Its initial dazzle is perhaps largely due to its highly affordable price and cloud-accelerated Silk browser. While its hard to look beyond its unbelievably low price, certain folks are much more interested in the latter.
Like it or not, everything's trending toward the cloud, from music and movies to simple file backups, and now you can even store all your gaming peripheral settings on a far away server. Now accepting beta signups, Razer Synapse 2.0 is "the world's first application for storing your personalized peripheral settings in the cloud, making your settings for gaming available anytime, anywhere," Razer says.
We turn to Google for our search. We turn to Google for our smartphones and tablets. Heck, thanks to YouTube, we even turn to Google for hilarious videos like “Cookie Monster Sings Chocolate Rain.” But Google won’t stop there. Google wants to be the go-to brand for everything. Case in point: a company honcho confirmed earlier today that Google plans on stepping on Apple and Amazon’s toes and offering a major music service sometime in the not-to-distant future.
Dropbox and SugarSync snatch up all the headlines, but they aren’t the only cloud storage solution in town; for the past few years, Linux lovers looking to access their files on the run could turn to Ubuntu One, a service offered by Canonical, the private company that provides commercial backbone for Ubuntu Linux. There was one small problem, though; Ubuntu One only worked on Linux computers, which kind of sucks when you remember that, you know, most computers run Microsoft operating systems. All that changed last night with the launch of an Ubuntu One Windows client.
In a typically detailed post on the Building Windows 8 blog Monday, the Windows 8 team underlined the advantage of using a Windows Live ID to sign into different Windows devices. According to Katie Frigon, the group program manager of the You-Centered Experience team at MS, doing so will let users have “a truly personal experience that seamlessly bridges their online and offline tasks, is simpler to set up and use, and persists across their set of Windows 8 PCs.” Hit the jump for more.
Toshiba is trying to cover all the bases with its new Canvio 3.0 portable hard drive line. These drives ship in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities for local backups, support fast transfers via SuperSpeed USB 3.0, support plug-and-play operation, and come pre-loaded with cloud-based backup software.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could snap a picture or save a file on your Android phone and have it immediately available on your home PC, no tedious wires or emails necessary? Other phones already have the ability: Windows 7 Phones have Skydrive baked in and iPhone users have the iCloud, so where’s the Android love? Turns out, it’s at HTC, who recently entered into a partnership with Dropbox to offer 5GB of cloud storage to new Sense 3.5 phone owners for the low, low price of $0.
For those of you who always dreamed about having your own cloud, Western Digital wants to make your dreams come true with its new WD 2go and WD 2go Pro mobile apps for its My Book Live personal cloud storage solution. The part about dreams is admittedly cheesy (and we're to blame for that one), but as far as the personal cloud goes, that's what Western Digital envisions as you remotely connect to your My Book Live drive from any computer or through your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or compatible Android device.