A tablet device developed by Research in Motion, the same company that manufactures BlackBerry personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. Nicknamed the “BlackPad” for its similarity to Apple’s iPad, the BlackBerry PlayBook debuted in April, 2011. BlackBerry’s tablet operates on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, with apps developed using Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime).
RIM released version 2.0 of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS in February 2012, adding (among other features) the ability to run Android apps right out of the box and enhanced communication capabilities via built-in calendar, contacts and messages apps.
- Windows RT
One of the three editions of the forthcoming Windows 8 (along with Windows 8 standard and Windows 8 Pro), Windows RT is a tablet-focused operating system designed to run on mobile devices powered by ARM-based chips. While Windows RT has been developed for use on tablets and similar mobile devices, it isn’t designed for smartphones, […]
- Nvidia Kepler
A graphical processing unit that holds the distinction of being the first GPU designed for the cloud. Graphics cards powered by Nvidia Kepler processors are tuned to efficiently serve virtualized desktops, providing auto-scaling to the necessary performance level. Nvidia Kepler processors are the latest in an enterprise move towards virtualization, joining servers, network components and […]
- Firefox OS
A complete, standalone operating system developed for the open Web with a primary focus as an open source mobile OS for mobile and tablet devices. Mozilla’s Firefox OS project started out under the name of Boot to Gecko and, like Google’s Chrome OS platform, is based on the Linux operating system at its core. The […]
- Apache CouchDB
- database shard (sharding)
A database shard (“sharding”) is the phrase used to describe a horizontal partition in a database or search engine. The idea behind sharding is to split data among multiple machines while ensuring that the data is always accessed from the correct place. Since sharding spreads the database across multiple machines, the database programmer specifies explicit […]