What you need to know

  • Microsoft acquired BlueTalon, a company that works with big data and security.
  • Microsoft acquiring BlueTalon will help it work better with enterprises.
  • BlueTalon focuses on using data in a secure manner.

Microsoft acquired BlueTalon, a company focused on using big data in secure ways (via OnMSFT). The focus of BlueTalon is to "eliminate data security blind spots and gain visibility and control of data" according to the post announcing the acquisition. BlueTalon has worked with Fortune 100 companies regarding data security.

Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data, shared his thoughts on BlueTalon and Microsoft in the announcement post:

The IP and talent acquired through BlueTalon brings a unique expertise at the apex of big data, security and governance. This acquisition will enhance our ability to empower enterprises across industries to digitally transform while ensuring right use of data with centralized data governance at scale through Azure."

Microsoft aims to help companies use data in a secure manner that is compliant with data guidelines.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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