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Uber crumbles under French protests, suspends services

Uber crumbles under French protests, suspends services

Uber Technologies Inc. has temporarily suspended its UberPop service in France, following mass protests from taxi drivers there who insist the service is against the law. After a week of sometimes violent protests by regular taxi drivers, Uber announced the suspension of its UberPop service last Friday, adding that it had done so to protect passengers and drivers, and that the app will be removed from user's phones. “In recent weeks intimidation and violent aggression by an out-of-control minority, where drivers and users of UberPop were ambushed, has increased in France. Uber does not want to put drivers or passengers at risk,... more »
New version of Minecraft to be released same day as Windows 10

New version of Minecraft to be released same day as Windows 10

Microsoft Corp. won't be leaving Minecraft fans out in the cold come Windows 10 later this month with an announcement over the weekend that a new version of the wildly popular building game will be released at the same time as the new operating system. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is said to be effectively the Pocket Edition of Minecraft for all Windows 10 devices, and will also allow users to create and explore online with up to seven other friends using Xbox Live. Mojang (the Microsoft-owned company behind Minecraft) said in a blog post that the new version will develop and... more »
FullDive VR headset for the masses turns your smartphone into a virtual viewport

FullDive VR headset for the masses turns your smartphone into a virtual viewport

The world of Virtual Reality (VR) development is currently dominated by headsets that run their own hardware such as Oculus Rift and Sony Corporation’s Project Morpheus. This makes headsets powerful, but expensive. The alternative is to use already-existing hardware such as smartphones. California-based startup FullDive Inc. hopes add a cheaper everyday alternative to the VR landscape with a case and controller that turns consumer smartphones into fully-fledged VR devices. FullDive supplies a smartphone application—available for Android devices, an iOS version is planned. The app acts to turn the smartphone into the VR screen and FullDive then supplies a plastic headset, FullDive... more »
SnapShot bids to bring hospitality into the Big Data era

SnapShot bids to bring hospitality into the Big Data era

SnapShot GmbH, a Berlin-based Big Data startup focused on the hospitality industry, received a big boost this week with €25 million in series B funding from Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co., (Shiji Networks) to help scale out its suite of data analytics tools aimed at hoteliers. There aren't many bigger buzzwords in tech than “Big Data” at the moment, and with good reason too. Wikibon predicts that the Big Data market will be worth in excess of $61 billion by 2020, and we've all heard about the success stories from companies like Netflix Inc., Amazon.com, Inc and IBM, just to name... more »
Forget smart cars, just geek up the steering wheel

Forget smart cars, just geek up the steering wheel

This week’s Smart City roundup features new technology for turning steering wheels "smart," a partnership to turn a U.S. city into a smart one, and a tech company provides the foundation for smarter cities. Smart steering wheels for safer roads Hoffmann + Krippner, Inc., in cooperation with Guttersberg Consulting GmbH, announced SensoFoil, a thin strip of technology that detects both pressure and position. The technology is intended to be embedded in steering wheels to detect whether the driver is dozing off or is in an emergency based on the pressure applied by their hands, as well as how they are handling the... more »
Latest leaked iPhone 6s images reveal upgraded NFC, same 16GB storage

Latest leaked iPhone 6s images reveal upgraded NFC, same 16GB storage

The iPhone 6s leaks continued Friday as new images supposedly showing the internal components of Apple’s next iPhone were published. The images reportedly show updated NFC hardware, fewer and less power-hungry chips, and new flash memory. The new components were identified by 9to5Mac – who published the images of what is claimed to be the iPhone 6s’ logic board – in conjunction with patent and technology intelligence consultancy, Chipworks Inc. Upgraded NFC chip, fewer components The NFC chip in the current iPhone models has been in use since 2012, although Apple only started including NFC as of the iPhone 6 models in 2014.... more »
Reddit's disintegration continues as dozens of subreddits go private

Reddit's disintegration continues as dozens of subreddits go private

Some of Reddit Inc's most popular forums are dropping like flies as more and more moderators set their subreddits to private, locking users out from reading or posting to them. The movement; which redditors have dubbed as Blackout 2015, AMAgeddon, and Victoria's Secret; began with r/IAmA yesterday after Reddit's official  "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) organizer Victoria Taylor was "unexpectedly let go" from the company. Taylor served as an official contact for Reddit's AMAs, and with her abrupt removal from the company, the moderators of several subreddits found themselves unable to reach out to some of the high-profile celebrities that were scheduled to conduct an AMA this week. Reddit user Karmanaut, one of the... more »
Self-driving cars: When can you get one?

Self-driving cars: When can you get one?

Growing up, I remember watching the show Knight Rider, and the technology used in the show amazed me, especially KITT, the self-driving and talking car used by the main character, Michael Knight (played by David Hasselhoff). I often wondered whether what they portrayed on the show would ever become a reality. Could a self-driving car ever come to its owner's rescue? It's been more than 30 years since Knight Rider first aired, and now many manufacturers have their own self-driving initiatives in place. So, where are we now in the self-driving car market and how long will it be before we... more »
IT: The new utility | #RHSummit

IT: The new utility | #RHSummit

Red Hat Summit partner 6fusion wants to “create a way to meter consumption for IT.” As Delano Seymour, chief technical officer at 6fusion, explained the concept to theCUBE's Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman, his company “meters IT like you would electricity.” Toward that goal, 6fusion “created a standard unit of measure for consumption,” which can be used to “bill customers based on usage.” 6fusion created a patented algorithm that combines six metrics to generate the workload allocation cube (kiloWAC for short). While the name may “create a little grin when people hear” it, Seymour explained, the unit of measurement could change... more »
HP Enterprise split edges closer with SEC filing

HP Enterprise split edges closer with SEC filing

Hewlett-Packard Company has filed Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as part of the process of registering HP Enterprise Inc. as a seperate, independent firm. It's an important step as the company prepares to split itself into two entities. The 311 page document gives us a good look at the finances of the various businesses that will eventually form HP Enterprise. The new business made profits of $1.6 billion in the last year on revenues of $55.1 billion, down from a $2.1 billion profit on $57.4 billion revenues in 2013. HP Enterprise is required to make the filing... more »
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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.