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Salesforce doubles down on verticals, launches Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Clouds

As legacy industries make the migration to cloud-based digital solutions to run and grow their businesses, Salesforce is hoping that it will get a cut of the action when it comes to their IT investments. The CRM giant has been doubling down on building specialised solutions for individual industry verticals, and today, it is unveiling new business units dedicated to not one but two of them: manufacturing and consumer goods. The Manufacturing Cloud and Consumer Goods Cloud, as the two new products are called, are the latest in a list…

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Microsoft and Oracle link up their clouds

Microsoft and Oracle announced a new alliance today that will see the two companies directly connect their clouds over a direct network connection so that their users can then move workloads and data seamlessly between the two. This alliance goes a bit beyond just basic direct connectivity and also includes identity interoperability. This kind of alliance is relatively unusual between what are essentially competing clouds, but while Oracle wants to be seen as a major player in this space, it also realizes that it isn’t likely to get to the…

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Relativity, the 3D-printed-rocket manufacturer, inks multi-year contract with Telesat

, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer of 3D-printed rockets, has signed its first public commercial contract with Telesat, the longtime vendor of satellite services for telecommunications and business information.  The deal marks the first agreement between a major satellite operator and an entirely venture-backed company in the “New Space” industry and is a huge win for Relativity’s low-cost rocket manufacturing platform. Relativity’s first launch of its Terran 1 rocket, the first fully 3D-printed rocket built using Relativity’s proprietary printing technology, is slated for the end of 2020. The company already has…

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Breitlings Avenger Hurricane 45 watch uses dense composites to stay light

According to horological legend the first luxury watch made of steel the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak caused great consternation when it launched in 1972. Up until then there were timekeepers small, cheap watches like Timex and Seiko and expensive pieces that you handed out at retirements from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe. To build a luxury watch in steel was an outrage but eventually steel surpassed watches made of precious metals. Just wait until those steel naysayers hear about a luxury watch made of plastic. Why would you want…

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Gorilla Glass maker Corning gets $200 million from Apples US manufacturing investment fund

Apple made news and scored some positive PRearlier this month when the company be receiving $200 million from the tech giants coffers, money that will go toward its Harrodsburg, Kentucky R&D facility. Corning is a logical first choice for Apple. The two companies have worked closely for roughly a decade, when Apple first pushed Corning to create a chemically strengthened glass for the iPhone. The resulting product, Gorilla Glass, has since become the standard for nearly every smartphone maker out there. As Apple helpfully adds in a news release touting…

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Shareholders pressure Intel over PAC spending

Intel isnt the only tech company with a political action committee funneling money into Congress. But some of Intels recent donations includingto politicians known for opposing marriage equality like North CarolinaSenator Richard Burr andMinnesota Representative Tom Emmer have alarmed shareholders, who are now political accountability guidelines after the November election, the sentence about explaining significant incongruencies between a candidates record and our own policies had vanished. In a recent self-described #LGBTQAlly, has championed diversity in Silicon Valley and vocally opposed anti-LGBT legislation. The company announcement of a new Intel factory…

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The MWW Iconik 3 is an inexpensive automatic watch for military fans

Manchester Watch Works aka MWW makes small batch watches that are sometimes homages to historic timepieces and are sometimes entirely new design. This model, the Iconik 3 the third in the Iconik line is based on the Blancpain TR-900, a military spec divers watch used by navies worldwide in the 1960s. These waterproof workhorses are sought after collectables and the Iconik 3 gives you the opportunity to feel like a French combat diver without having to attach explosives to an enemy submarine in the Aegean The piece has a Seiko…

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