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Wednesday - April 1, 2015
Tidal has launched the premium tier of its subscription-based music streaming service, which costs twice the amount of a standard $10 account with the company. While the $20-per-month price tag for Tidal premium may seem steep, that subscription serves users lossless audio. The MP3 format reached Web stardom and widespread adoption because it used small files sizes to capture most of the sound mixed by artists in studios -- most. However, to achieve files sizes that average about 1 MB per minute of audio, MP3s drop a good deal of quality. [More...]

Wednesday - April 1, 2015
Microsoft has raised the curtain on its new Surface 3 tablet, targeting users who want a robust Windows tablet at an iPad price. Up to now, those looking for a full-featured Windows tablet had to spend $799 for a Surface Pro 3, but some customers will find their needs can be met with the new $499 Surface 3. "It allows Microsoft to continue to market and promote all of the innovations of the Surface Pro 3 and have a go-to product for those who aspire to get a Pro model, but it's not in their budget," noted Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller. [More...]

Wednesday - April 1, 2015
Google has announced two new budget-busting Chromebook computers, a tablet/notebook convertible with a full swivel screen, and a Chrome computer-on-a-stick. The Haier Chromebook 11 and the Hisense Chromebook both are available for preorder for $149. The Asus Chromebook Flip will hit the market this spring with a $249 price tag. The Asus Chromebit will be available this summer for less than $100. "Chromebooks ... could and should put increasing pressure on lower-end PCs and laptops," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. [More...]

Tuesday - March 31, 2015
The surround strategy for legacy ERP is real. It's been going on for several years, and if I was a legacy ERP vendor I would be concerned. The strategy refers to the idea of leaving legacy ERP in place while implementing cloud ERP to handle specialized parts of a business, like a region with currency conversion issues, subscriptions, or something like that. The advantage is that cloud systems can do some pre-processing and data consolidation that the legacy system then can integrate. [More...]

 

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