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Minecraft creator Mojang abandons development on Scrolls

Minecraft creator Mojang abandons development on Scrolls

Nearly every developer would have trouble trying to match the incredible success of a game like Minecraft, including Minecraft's own creators, Stockholm-based Mojang AB. In 2012, the then-independent studio began working on a card battling mobile game called Scrolls, and after lengthy alpha and beta phases, the game was released in December 2014. Today, less than a year after its release, Mojang has decided to cease all further work on the game. "After much deliberation, we’ve come to an important decision that we’d like to share: Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls," Mojang wrote on the official Scrolls blog. "We won’t be adding features or sets... more »
Major software shifts coming: How to deal | #DockerCon

Major software shifts coming: How to deal | #DockerCon

In the next few years, we can expect to see some major software shifts, according to IBM Fellow Jason McGee. During a visit with theCUBE at DockerCon 2015, McGee explained these changes, as well as ways to deal with new developments that are approaching. Although it doesn't happen frequently, there are occasional architectural shifts in software that bring big changes. According to McGee, people are beginning to focus on microservices and answering the question, "How do I deliver at a much higher velocity?" Although the Cloud will always be around, the architectural changes will alter the way programmers work. Adapting to software shifts There... more »
Watch pro-gamers speedrun some of your favorite games for charity

Watch pro-gamers speedrun some of your favorite games for charity

It is always nice to see people turning their passions into opportunities to help others, and this week gamers from around the world are coming together to speedrun some of their favorite games for charity. The European Speedsters Assembly (ESA) is a loose coalition of gamers who throw a weeklong event once a year to benefit Doctors Without Borders. "European Speedster Assembly is not an organization on its own, it's just a plain, simple name for something not entirely different, friendship between gamers," the ESA's website says. What began as a series of small, local get-togethers grew into an event with dozens of... more »
YouTuber DarkSydePhil swatted during Arkham Knight livestream

YouTuber DarkSydePhil swatted during Arkham Knight livestream

YouTuber DarkSydePhil faced a police SWAT team during a Twitch livestream in what is a continuing trend of would-be pranksters making false police reports of violent crimes occurring at livestreamers’ residences. Phil Burnell, better known as DarkSydePhil on YouTube, could be heard telling his girlfriend to hold her hands up while he responded to a SWAT team assembled outside his home. As a previous victim of doxing—when a person’s personal information is released on the Internet maliciously—Burnell had already warned authorities that he might become the victim of swatting. So, when police arrived at his house due to a report of... more »
What you missed in the Smart World: Google's new tracker, drought-fighting sensors and more

What you missed in the Smart World: Google's new tracker, drought-fighting sensors and more

This week’s Smart World Series features Google’s new health tracker, a device that helps farmers deal with droughts, fresh funding for Internet of Things (IoT) startups, and more. For those who missed last week’s Smart World Series, here’s a chance to catch up on the exciting developments in the connected world. Each week, SiliconANGLE rounds up the top new trends regarding smart homes and cars, smart data centers and IT, smart infrastructure and all things related to IoT. Transparent truck makes roadies smarter, safer If you’re looking to cut down on your energy use, you don’t have to purchase a bunch of new connected appliances... more »
Twitch viewers consumed over 12 million hours of E3 content | #E32015

Twitch viewers consumed over 12 million hours of E3 content | #E32015

The livestreaming industry continues to mesmerize millions of viewers and this year Twitch, the preeminent gaming livestreaming service launched by Justin.tv in 2011 and bought by Amazon in 2014. Over the years, Twitch has become one of the most-watched platforms for livestreaming but has started to see increased competition from Google’s YouTube livestreaming service and the recently launched Hitbox. Today, Twitch distributed an infographic displaying some numbers generated from the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show this year in Los Angeles. The graphic brags Twitch’s ever increasing viewership dominance with a 175 percent year-over-year increase in unique viewers—to 21 million viewers--and a 442... more »
After 3 years, iPod touch gets upgraded: Rumored specs, launch date

After 3 years, iPod touch gets upgraded: Rumored specs, launch date

When was the last time Apple released a new iPod touch? Can’t remember? That’s because it’s been almost three years since Apple released a new version of its iconic music player. The fifth-generation iPod touch was released in September 2012 and shares similar features with the iPhone 5 and 5c, except for the processor. The following year, just a few months after the release, Apple quietly released a 16GB version of the device, which was more affordable but lacked many of the original’s features, such as the iSight camera. iPod touch sales have significantly declined over the years, and in Q1 2014... more »
Protecting data in production environments | #DockerCon

Protecting data in production environments | #DockerCon

While Docker, Inc. has been useful in creating containers for data management, putting that into production has been a challenge for those companies utilizing Docker tools. Mark Davis, CEO of ClusterHQ (the main driver behind Flocker), and Ken Durazzo, VP of Adv R&D - Office of the Global CTO at EMC, appeared on theCUBE at DockerCon 2015 to talk about the ways their companies are innovating together on the issue of optimizing Docker According to Davis, his company realized a few years ago that “there’s going to be lots of people trying to put containers into production environments. And when you... more »
What Amazon Dash really means for smart homes: Click. Done.

What Amazon Dash really means for smart homes: Click. Done.

Amazon’s announcement from a few months ago takes consumption of goods to a new level with Dash. Dash is a simple button device that you can press to automatically order refill products like detergent from Amazon. For some this is a ridiculous product launch deemed frivolous and doomed to failure. For me, Dash is a major milestone in connected living, the introduction of connected products into our lives. We've seen connected thermostats, light bulbs and locks entering our home, but Dash is a bit different. Dash is different. Dash is interesting because it connects any product from dog food to detergent, and... more »
Miyamoto opens up on the Wii U failure, says he is not involved with NX development

Miyamoto opens up on the Wii U failure, says he is not involved with NX development

The days of Nintendo Co Ltd's reign as the king of console gaming are long past, and the continued mediocre sales figures of the Wii U are made all the more disappointing when compared to the runaway success of the Wii. Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of powerhouse Nintendo franchises like Mario and Zelda, discussed the Wii U's failure and what is next for the company in a recent interview with Fortune. "I feel like people never really understood the concept behind Wii U and what we were trying to do," Miyamoto said. "I think the assumption is we were trying to create a game machine... more »
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- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.