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Leaked images show iPhone 6s body, no design changes from iPhone 6

Leaked images show iPhone 6s body, no design changes from iPhone 6

As rumor has it, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will retain the same exterior design as its predecessors, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Now a set of leaked images of what is supposedly the iPhone 6s’s metal rear casing appears to confirm that there will be no visible difference between the two generations of iPhones. Veteran Apple reporter Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac obtained the images from a trusted source within Apple’s supply chain. Assuming the images are genuine – and given Gurman’s reputation for accuracy they likely are – the iPhone 6s will be identical to the iPhone 6,... more »
Cybersecurity firm Venafi raises $39m Series C in round that included Intel

Cybersecurity firm Venafi raises $39m Series C in round that included Intel

Cybersecurity firm Venafi, Inc. has raised $39 million Series C in a round led by QuestMark Partners that include new investors Intel Capital and Silver Lake Waterman, along with a number of unspecified existing investors. Founded in 2000, Venafi describes itself as the "Immune System for the Internet," as it develops software to secure and protect cryptographic keys and digital certificates. The company's software patrols across the network, on devices, behind the firewall, and throughout the internet to determine which SSL/TLS, SSH, WiFi, VPN and mobile keys and certificates are trusted, and upon discovery of those that cannot be trusted, fixes or... more »
Vivendi acquires YouTube competitor Dailymotion for $242m

Vivendi acquires YouTube competitor Dailymotion for $242m

French multinational mass media company Vivendi SA has acquired French video site Dailymotion for $242 million. The price was less than the $273 million mentioned when details of an offer of acquisition first surfaced in April, but the lower figure is due to the transaction occurring in Euro's, the exchange value of which as dropped since that time. Founded in 2005, Dailymotion is the world’s second most visited video site with 128 million monthly unique visitors a month. Ranked as the 85th most popular website online according to Alexa, Dailymotion has had an interesting ownership history, having been acquired by Orange SA in... more »
Apple loses appeal in e-book price fixing case, $450m fine stands

Apple loses appeal in e-book price fixing case, $450m fine stands

Apple, Inc.'s attempt to overturn an anti-trust finding that it colluded to fix the price of e-books failed Tuesday with the Federal Appeals Court upholding the original 2013 decision. The appeals court, in what was reported to be a 2-1 decision, found "that the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices,” and that the conspiracy “unreasonably restrained trade” in violation of the Sherman Act, the Federal antitrust law. The original case, back in 2013, exposed Apple's evil marketing tactics in trying to break into the e-book marketplace which has long be dominated by... more »
Cisco snaps up SaaS cloud-based security firm OpenDNS for a cool $635m

Cisco snaps up SaaS cloud-based security firm OpenDNS for a cool $635m

Cisco Systems, Inc. has acquired software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-based security firm OpenDNS, Inc. for $635 million in a cash and assumed equity deal. Found in 2005, OpenDNS offers cloud security by extending the Domain Name System (DNS) by adding features that protect customers from malware, botnets, phishing, and targeted online attacks. The company's SaaS cloud platform is aimed to be quick and easy for customers to deploy and integrate as part of their defense architecture or incident response strategies. The company services some 65 million people globally, including Fortune 50 companies, small businesses, schools, and hundreds of thousands of homes. According to reports, the acquisition... more »
PlayStation 4 is Europe's most popular game console by far

PlayStation 4 is Europe's most popular game console by far

While the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One seem to be more or less neck and neck in the U.S., the console race has already been decided in Europe, and PlayStation is the clear winner. According to Jim Ryan, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, PlayStation controls an overwhelming majority of the European game console market. "We have a very significant market leadership," Ryan told VG247. "Well, we have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant. I don’t think market-share’s any less than 70%, and frequently greater than 90% in continental Europe." One possible... more »
AWS (Amazon Web Services) breakout moments with more on the horizon

AWS (Amazon Web Services) breakout moments with more on the horizon

Today, Fortune did a story on Andy Jassy the leader or Amazon Web Services or AWS.   I wrote on Forbes in January the first profile on Jassy . In that post we discussed that the TAM (total addressable market) is in the "trillions". The business world learned just how big AWS was in April, when Amazon for the first time broke out its numbers in a quarterly earnings report. AWS was not only profitable, Amazon said, but on track to earn $6.3 billion in revenue in 2015.  Wikibon's Dave Vellante thinks it's more like $10 billion this year.  The breakout of the financials... more »
Smart drugs: Where IoT meets healthcare, a market snapshot

Smart drugs: Where IoT meets healthcare, a market snapshot

There are enormous opportunities for the expansion of the industrial internet in the healthcare industry. Executives and various companies are realizing this and are embracing it fully. They realize that the industrial internet will allow medical professionals to make more informed decisions, thus having a positive impact on patients. The potential of the industrial internet to also cut costs for the healthcare industry is an obvious driving force. The expected growth potential was depicted in a recent report by MarketResearch.com, which stated that big data and the healthcare Internet of Things will expand at a 15.1 percent compound annual growth... more »
CrowdChat Conversations - Join the Conversation

CrowdChat Conversations - Join the Conversation

There is a big opportunity around social business as brands shift their digital spend in order to target and engage consumers in the fastest growing consumer segment - “The Crowd”. Users want to Join the Conversation yet it's very difficult to find the conversations.   One trend that is growing organically is what is called  "twitter chats".  Twitter chats or CrowdChats are gaining big time traction with communities.  The CrowdChat app is the best in class software to have, record, and preserve the conversation.  The top marketers and communities have adopted CrowdChat. Here is an example of embedding CrowdChat App into a... more »
Best smart light switches for renters, luxury homes and more

Best smart light switches for renters, luxury homes and more

There are a number of reasons why people forget to turn off the lights at night. You may be too comfy in bed to get up; the switch is outside on the porch, and it's just too cold outside. But failing to turn the lights off can quickly add up on your monthly electricity bill.   If you want to take a more proactive approach to lowering your electric bill, installing a smart light switch panel can help. Here are just some of the affordable solutions available in the market today. Belkin’s WeMo Light Switch This Wi-Fi-enabled smart light switch allows users to control their... 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.