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During the Oracle OpenWorld keynote address, Oracle's Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled the latest version of the company's flagship database. Ellison says the new Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud is the world’s first 100% self-driving autonomous database. It can defend itself against cyber-attacks and automatically upgrade, patch and tune itself while running.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Oracle has laid off much of its Solaris team, signalling the end of life for the once revered operating system. After coming to life in the early 1990s and then being acquired by Oracle in 2010, the operating system hasn't been updated for a couple of years, signalling its decline.

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Enterprise hardware and software giant Oracle is hiring 200 additional staff for a digital sales hub in Sydney, Australia. The company is looking for digital sales professionals to help woo mid-sized organisations that are looking to transition to the cloud. Here's are the details.

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Oracle's latest quarterly security update contains 253 patches for 76 of its enterprise products including databases, operating systems, Java and networking components. Among the security bugs that the update addresses, 15 of them are rated critical, some of which allow for remote exploitation by attackers without authentication in Java Standard Edition (SE) and Oracle's database offerings. Here's what you need to know.

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The software development community can breathe a small sigh of relief; the legal stoush between Oracle and Google over the Android operating system's use of Java application programming interfaces (APIs) is pretty much over after the US courts sided with Google, yet again. The ruling is a huge step in confirming that APIs are protected by "fair use" under the copyright law. Here's some more background and details on the latest court decision.

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Here's an interesting piece of IT industry news: it has been reported that the person who brought Linux to Oracle, a man known as "Mr Linux", has moved over to Microsoft. Here are the details.

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Remember those Java plugin pop ups that always appeared at the most inopportune moments? Well you never have to think about them ever again because Oracle has decided to kill off the Java browser plugin technology entirely. Popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox have already switched old plugins including Flash, Java and Silverlight, by default but this move is a solid recognition by Oracle that plugins are indeed archaic.

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Equinix and Oracle have agreed to provide dedicated, direct access to Oracle Public Platform and Infrastructure Services, via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in Sydney, Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.

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The Java programming language, which has just turned 20 years old, provides developers with a means to write code that is independent of the hardware it runs on: "write once, run anywhere". But, ironically, while Java was intended to make programmers' lives easier, the court case between Oracle, Java's owner, and Google over Google's use of Java as the basis of its Android mobile operating system may make things considerably more difficult.

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I've jumped between various virtual machines over the years -- Virtual PC was my go-to choice until Microsoft stopped supporting it and my needs grew beyond Windows emulation. These days VirtualBox and VMWare Player do the job, but a lack of major updates to the former could see the Oracle-owned VM left on the sidelines.

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Most server rollouts are built on commodity hardware: using standard Intel-based systems running general-purpose stacks, which offer the promise of being able to easily switch between providers. That model isn't disappearing, but in some contexts engineered systems -- platforms which have a much tighter integration between hardware, server and application layers -- can be more helpful.

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Google Glass -- glasses with a built-in screen, Internet connectivity and the ability to run apps -- has attracted lots of attention from developers since its launch last year. But how can you build apps for the platform that are actually useful, not just oddities that will disturb passers-by?

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If there's one word you could easily use to describe Oracle, it would be acquisitive. Here's a very partial list of its most notable tech acquisitions: Sun, Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, BEA, RightNow, Hyperion, Eloqua. Is that ongoing pattern of buyouts a problem for customers of the acquired businesses?

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Automated backup and low installation costs should mean that finance departments embrace the opportunity of cloud computing, yet many remain lukewarm at best about the idea. The main reason? They simply don't like change.