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Unpacked: Specs for Galaxy Note 5, S6 mini and more

Unpacked: Specs for Galaxy Note 5, S6 mini and more

Anticipation runs high for the upcoming Unpacked event, where smartphone makerSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is expected to unveil a range of new devices. Samsung’s web page reveals that the company has an Unpacked event scheduled for August 13, 2015, and you can watch the livestream at 11 a.m. EDT here. The landing page for the Unpacked event is quite dizzying, as it only features the time and date of the event and a bunch of horizontal lines that have a slight hump in the middle. Not really sure what those lines represent, but I’m assuming it has something to do with... more »
Alibaba invests a billion dollars to dethrone Amazon in the public cloud

Alibaba invests a billion dollars to dethrone Amazon in the public cloud

Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is opening a new competitive front against arch-nemesis Amazon Inc. with a billion dollar investment in its cloud business that will help fuel expansion to three additional continents. It’s an ambitious move taken straight out of the IBM Corp. playbook, or perhaps more appropriately, checkbook. The enterprise technology stalwart has found a great deal of success with its ten-figure strategy, most notably in helping to catapult Linux to top of the server food chain, and more recently made a similar capital infusion into its own fight against Amazon’s dominant public cloud. As a result,... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2015 July 29: Mike Tyson, OneBit goes alpha, HP and Bitcoin, investments and blockchain to soar in 2015

Bitcoin Weekly 2015 July 29: Mike Tyson, OneBit goes alpha, HP and Bitcoin, investments and blockchain to soar in 2015

This week, an interesting NFC Bitcoin payment system that uses NFC and works at any place that accepts credit cards has gone into alpha testing. Read up on OneBit below. HP posted an interesting article that outlines the power of the Bitcoin blockchain as a basis for contracts (and replacing lawyers?) It also looks like Mike Tyson might be getting his own branded ATMs—but the company that is launching the product has raised some initial suspicions. International Business Times UK published thoughts on examining venture capital into Bitcoin projects that investments will double year-over-year from 2014, meaning that $800 million will flow... more »
Virtual reality social platform provider AltspaceVR raises $10.3m in additional funding

Virtual reality social platform provider AltspaceVR raises $10.3m in additional funding

Virtual reality social platform startup AltspaceVR, Inc. has raised $10.3 million in additional funding in a round that included Tencent, Dolby Family Ventures, Raine Ventures Lux Capital, Western Technology Investments, Maven Ventures, Promus Ventures, Streamlined Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, and Comcast Ventures. Founded in 2013, AltspaceVR brings two-dimensional web content into shared virtual spaces, an extension of the web that aims to create a fully holographic experience. Sort of similar to a collaborative workspace but in virtual reality, the company provides, through software, the ability for users to watch streaming video, play games, and work together entirely within a virtual reality environment. "We provide... more »
Intel & Micron unleash 3D XPoint, a new class of memory tech

Intel & Micron unleash 3D XPoint, a new class of memory tech

Silicon chip giants Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have unveiled a totally new kind of memory technology called 3D Xpoint that they say offers up to 1,000 times the performance and endurance of regular NAND flash. The two partners are so excited that Rob Cooke, a Senior VP at Intel charge of non-volatile memory, called it a “breakthrough in technology”, adding that he views it as a “new class of memory because it’s not a little faster, it’s a lot faster, it has a lot higher endurance.” Announced on Tuesday, Intel and Micron said the 3D XPoint non-volatile memory tech is... more »
Battle of the flagships: OnePlus 2 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Battle of the flagships: OnePlus 2 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

On Monday, OnePlus, the company behind last year’s OnePlus One, unveiled the new OnePlus 2, touting it as a “flagship killer.” Although the company is of the opinion that “a great product should make its users forget about specs,” many will still want to know how the OnePlus 2 stacks up against other flagships. With a 5.5-inch screen size, the OnePlus 2 is comfortably in phablet territory, therefore we compare it to that other flagship phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, below. Design OnePlus 2: At the outset, the OnePlus 2’s looks really do impress with an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and a soft Sandstone Black... more »
Amazon proposes dedicated airspace for commercial drones

Amazon proposes dedicated airspace for commercial drones

Far from being a joke, or some astute marketing ploy, Amazon.com Inc. is deadly serious about its audacious plan to create “delivery drones”, and has drafted new proposals to regulate commercial UAVs in the U.S. According to The Guardian, the company has suggested that U.S. officials designate a 200-foot high stretch of airspace especially for drones. Amazon presented its plan at a NASA-hosted conference in San Francisco yesterday, saying the meausre would see all airspace at an altitude of between 200 and 400 feet dedicated for use by drones alone. The plan also calls for a no-fly buffer between 400 and... more »
A rumored 10M signed up for Apple Music free trial, but will they stick around and pay?

A rumored 10M signed up for Apple Music free trial, but will they stick around and pay?

Apple Music is slightly less than a month old and seemingly off to a great start – at least according to the folks from Hits Daily Double (via 9to5Mac) and their “inside sources at some of the major labels.” Apple has not made the numbers public but has purportedly shared subscriber numbers with music labels under non-disclosure agreements. And how many have signed up for Apple Music? As many as 10 million says the sources. This puts a finer point on what little information Apple CEO Tim Cook was willing to divulge during the company’s latest earnings call. According to Cook, “Millions... more »
Strong finish for #UncarrierAmped as T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, offers free upgrades to next iPhone

Strong finish for #UncarrierAmped as T-Mobile adds Apple Music to Music Freedom, offers free upgrades to next iPhone

T-Mobile has been riding the wave of summer with its Un-carrier Amped promotion and on Tuesday announced a strong finish to the campaign. In what the company says is its “last move” for Un-carrier Amped, T-Mobile CEO John Legere revealed that, starting immediately, Apple Music will be available to subscribers of the company’s Music Freedom music streaming plan and anyone buying an iPhone 6 before the end of summer will automatically qualify to get the new iPhone 6 due out later this year. (via 9to5Mac) Free Apple Music streaming According to T-Mobile, Music Freedom sees the company’s customers streaming 131 million songs... more »
Slashdot, SourceForge for sale as owner DHI's plans for both don't pan out

Slashdot, SourceForge for sale as owner DHI's plans for both don't pan out

DHI Group, Inc. announced as part of its quarterly earnings report Tuesday that it intends to sell off old-school tech forum Slashdot, and open source applications and software directory SourceForge. The company acquired both properties from Geeknet, Inc. (the company previously known as both VALinux, Inc. and SourceForge, Inc.) for $20 million in 2012, in an effort by DHI (then known as Dice.com) to give their digital recruitment business a broader reach by tapping into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the business outside North America "by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community." Given both are now on the... more »
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The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

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The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

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CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

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In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

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In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

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If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

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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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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.

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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.