Pentagon says it plans to stick with Microsoft as JEDI cloud contract winner


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The Department of Defense is upholding its decision to award its $10 billion, 10-year cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, according to a statement the DoD released on Sept. 4. The statement comes just a couple of weeks after the Pentagon asked for more time to complete its review of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud deal.

According to a statement posted to the DoD press site: 

“The Department has completed its comprehensive re-evaluation of the JEDI Cloud proposals and determined that Microsoft’s proposal continues to represent the best value to the Government. The JEDI Cloud contract is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that will make a full range of cloud computing services available to the DoD. While contract performance will not begin immediately due to the Preliminary Injunction Order issued by the Court of Federal Claims on February 13, 2020, DoD is eager to begin delivering this capability

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Microsoft to developers: Say goodbye to cloud-based dev environment Visual Studio Codespaces

Microsoft has decided to end Visual Studio Codespaces, the rebranded version of Visual Studio Online, and instead will merge it with GitHub’s take on the same product.  

Visual Studio Codespaces (formerly Visual Studio Online) is a cloud-based development environment aimed at making developers more more productive by creating a fully configured development environment in minutes.

The announcement that Visual Studio Codespaces will be “consolidating” into GitHub Codespaces isn’t a surprise given the duplication between the two. 

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Microsoft announced the rebranded product in May at Build 2020 alongside the new GitHub Codespaces, which itself is a take on VS Codespaces. Both products are online companions to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code (VS Code). 

According to Microsoft, the decision to move Visual Studio Codespaces to GitHub was to reduce confusion between the two near-identical products.  

“After the GitHub-native experience was released, we

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Kudelski IoT Labs authorised as Alexa Voice Services test facility

As 5G networks with ultra-fast latency and capacity proliferate, increasing consumer privacy concerns for all connected internet of things (IoT) devices make it critical for device manufacturers to get best-in-class validation. Digital security provider Kudelski has received a boost this area after its IoT Labs has been judged to have met and exceeded all Amazon requirements to test Alexa Built-in Devices.

The authorisation means that Kudelski has become part of an elite group of labs qualified to perform such tests on devices including speakers, headphones, vehicles, lighting, cameras, switches, and other accessories and connected devices. While most use cases for such devices are currently in consumer markets, over the past year, smart speakers are seen as being able to support new engagement channels that operators can offer to brands and enterprises.

Survey data from Juniper Research identified smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo and Google Nest, as a hugely complementary

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Samsung Electronics says it has won a $6.6B order to provide 5G wireless solutions to Verizon in the US (Sohee Kim/Bloomberg)


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Samsung Electronics says it has won a $6.6B order to provide 5G wireless solutions to Verizon in the US  —  – It’s one of Samsung’s largest so far in 5G networking  — Samsung is pushing hard to compete with Nokia and Ericsson  —  Samsung Electronics Co. won a 7.9 trillion won … … Read More