Report: Cloud and data centers join forces for a new IT platform for internet applications and businesses

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Cloud and data centers join forces for a new IT platform for internet applications and businesses by Rich Morrow:
An increasingly large swath of businesses are realizing that the cloud-plus-data-centers model provides the best of both worlds, and integrating the public virtual cloud with the physical data center is the best way to cost effectively scale, secure, and serve modern production workloads.
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Rumor Has It: Apple Says “No” to Mobile Intel Core i5 and i7 Chips

Apple (s aapl) uses the desktop version of Intel’s (s intc) Core i5 and Core i7 processors in its current iMac lineup, and despite some DOA machines and some odd display problems being reported, people seem generally pleased with the results. It makes sense then that Apple would be interested in using the mobile version of those processors, codenamed “Arrandale,” in upcoming versions of its notebooks.

But Apple apparently isn’t interested in using the mobile platform, at least not in its default configuration. The problem is that the yet to be released 32nm Core i5 and Core i7 processors include mandatory integrated graphics. Since switching to the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, we haven’t seen hide nor tail of an Intel integrated chip, and thank goodness for that. Read More about Rumor Has It: Apple Says “No” to Mobile Intel Core i5 and i7 Chips

Hot CPU? Three Ways to Keep Your Cool

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For a product as cool as the MacBook Pro, it sure does get hot. Too hot, sometimes. I’ve had many laptops in my time, and I’d never go back to plastic IBM compatibles as long as Apple (s aapl) keeps churning out these beautiful aluminum machines. But heat dissipation is a real problem for anyone who makes their MacBook work hard.

It’s important to keep temperatures as low as possible because a hot CPU is a stressed CPU, and if a processor runs too hot for too long, it runs a higher risk of becoming damaged. Until then, a machine that runs too hot is prone to freezing or crashing.
There are two things to keep in mind before we get started. The first is that — for the most part — MacBooks don’t normally “overheat.” Sure, they get hot, but they are designed to get hot. A casual few minutes spent on Google reveals far too many people casually talking about their machines “overheating,” when what they really mean is that their machines are getting “hot.” And by “hot,” we mean “very warm.” But not painfully hot. And certainly not egg-frying hot. If your MacBook truly reaches those temperatures, you should stop using it and take it to your nearest Apple dealer for repair, not complain about it on discussion boards!
The second thing to keep in mind is that a MacBook’s fans have been pre-programmed by Apple. There’s more on this below, but it’s worth remembering that Apple has invested a great deal of time and expense developing today’s MacBook range. If anyone can be considered an expert in MacBook cooling, it’s Apple. So if you are unsure about how to proceed, or don’t feel comfortable modifying your Mac’s settings, then simply skip to the Common Sense Fix below.
I have a three-pronged approach to keeping my MacBook cool. There’s the Hardware Fix, the Software Fix and, overarching both of those, the Common Sense Fix. Let’s start with that one. Read More about Hot CPU? Three Ways to Keep Your Cool