Samsung explains how the new metal-framed Galaxy Alpha is made

by Rich Edmonds on August 22, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung has today shared some photos of the new Galaxy Alpha being manufactured, just in case you were wondering just how it’s made. The smartphone itself will be a unique option for consumers thanks to its metal body, which is carved from metal using highly advanced machinery. We’re always eager to take a quick look at how hardware we use today is made in the factory and as technology continues to advance, the processes utilized to actually produce units is required to keep up.

Not only that, but this product is a substantial design change for Samsung. The Galaxy Alpha is a switch from focusing primarily on plastic for construction to metal, which will offer a more premium feel for consumers.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Compared to Samsung hardware we’ve come to know and love, the Galaxy Alpha requires more attention to detail with curved metal corners and color anodizing for the range of variants available – blue, gold, black, silver and white. Numerous tests are performed to ensure the Galaxy Alpha will live up to its name and be durable for day-to-day use. Overall, this simply gets us more excited to get our hands on one. Check out more images over on the Samsung blog (link below).

Are you impressed with where Samsung is going in terms of design? Let us know your thoughts on the Alpha in the comments!

Source: Samsung

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Alfresco raises $45 million to boost ECM market share

by Désiré Athow on August 22, 2014

Alfresco raises $45 million to boost ECM market share

Nearly 10 years after it was founded, Alfresco Software has received its biggest funding yet, $45 billion (about £28 million, AU$50 million), from a number of investors led by Sageview Capital.

That amount dwarfs the previous investments and bring the total money injected in the open source enterprise content management (ECM) provider to $65.2 million (about £40 million, AU$70 million).

The company, which is based in the UK, wants to "increase velocity of its Go-To-Market (GTM) strategy globally" by adding sales people, ingesting in marketing and "expanding development to drive the SaaS-ification of the content market".

SAP again?

The move comes as the company failed to move from "Visionary" in Gartner’s ECM Magic Quadrant to "Leader" for five year in a row. Still the company managed to grow by more than 30% year-on-year, three times faster than the overall ECM market according to its own figures.

It is worth noting that SAP Ventures is one of the VC investing in that latest round. Although it is independent from software giant SAP, it gets all its capital from the latter.

Why is it worth underlining? Doug Dennerline, the CEO of Alfresco, joined the company in January 2013 from SuccessFactors who was acquired in 2012 by none other than …. SAP. Could lightning strike twice?

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