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Valve gets clever with content discovery for the Lunar New Year Steam Sale

Valve gets clever with content discovery for the Lunar New Year Steam Sale

A new Steam Sale is unexpectedly upon us, and PC gamers everywhere are already scouring the Steam Store for the best deals on thousands of games. With such a ridiculously large library of games, it has become increasingly difficult for users to discover new games on Steam, which is bad for both developers and fans, but for the new Lunar New Year Sale, Valve Corp has done something clever by hiding a form of content discovery in a fun "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. On the main store page, there is a brief introduction to a story about a monkey trying to... more »
Machine vs. brain: When are algorithms smarter, and can they be trusted?  | #FastForwardInnovation

Machine vs. brain: When are algorithms smarter, and can they be trusted? | #FastForwardInnovation

The idea that intelligent machines will make humans obsolete in many industries employing today's population is a common concern for everyone except the people building those machines. Case in point, Micha Gorelick, a data scientist and engineer with Fast Forward Labs, doesn't talk glowingly about the superiority of algorithms compared to brains, but rather stresses their limitations. The crucial question people have to ask, he told Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, is what problem is this algorithm solving? "It's important to understand how is that algorithm smarter than me and when should I not trust it?" he explained. "When should I trust... more »
Hackers broke into DayZ's forum and gained access to hundred of usernames and passwords

Hackers broke into DayZ's forum and gained access to hundred of usernames and passwords

While most of the gaming world seems to have moved on from DayZ, that does not mean that the game has dropped off of hackers' radars, and developer Bohemia Interactive AS has alerted players that hundreds of emails, usernames, and passwords have been compromised. "A security incident occurred on forums.dayzgame.com recently," Bohemia said in an email to users (via Reddit). "According to our investigation all usernames, emails and passwords from forums.dayzgame.com were accessed and downloaded by hackers." "While the passwords were not stored in plain text, but in a more secure form, it is highly recommended that if you have used the same password... more »
Super Bowl wearables and other hot sports tech: Holo table, Reebok and more

Super Bowl wearables and other hot sports tech: Holo table, Reebok and more

The Super Bowl is known for groundbreaking commercials, but the tech involved with such a large scale event is also impressive and is certain to influence the entire sports industry. Here we take a look at the latest tech developments in sports, from interactive fan apps to wearables that track an athlete's every movement in real time. Super Bowl 50 will kickoff at 6:30 PM ET on February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. To football fans, the ability to stream the game on mobile devices or check live updates using an app is already a huge step from... more »
Flash startup Tegile slashes global headcount in pre-IPO cost cutting

Flash startup Tegile slashes global headcount in pre-IPO cost cutting

Layoffs are a regular occurrence in the cutthroat world of enterprise technology, though the bearer of bad news is usually not a startup boasting triple-digit annual sales growth. Tegile Systems Inc. this week revealed that a sizable portion of its overseas staff has been terminated in what appears to be an attempt at deflecting the global economic troubles blamed for dragging down the competition. EMC Corp., the industry’s largest storage vendor, saw the three percent increase in worldwide demand for its systems last quarter completely nullified by the depreciation of foreign currencies against the dollar. Much the decline happened in Europe,... more »
Crazy enough to work? One company's unconventional approach to innovation | #FastForwardInnovation

Crazy enough to work? One company's unconventional approach to innovation | #FastForwardInnovation

Developers and tech professionals are bustling to find the best applications for data and machine learning these days. Fast Forward Labs is taking a zany and surprisingly fruitful approach to winning the race, according to Kathryn Hume, director of sales and marketing: Throw it in the water, and see if it can swim. The development phase at the company is a space for no-holds-barred experimentation, she told Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. Collaborating with strange bedfellows One method of sussing out unsuspected new uses for technology is collaborating with strange bedfellows for a tech company -- namely artists, who... more »
Less talking, more action: Applying data and machine learning | #FastForwardInnovation

Less talking, more action: Applying data and machine learning | #FastForwardInnovation

The hype about data is matched only by the complexity of navigating and mining it for applicable uses. Above the chatter, companies are now saying simply, "Show me the application." In response, New York City-based Fast Forward Labs has sprung up to provide practical solutions that utilize data and machine learning. CEO and Founder Hilary Mason talked with Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, about how the company approaches its customers. "Our mission is to help people understand what the capabilities are with data, data science and machine learning," Mason said. Fast Forward Labs uses a holistic and creative approach to... more »
Big data has turned the corner; here's what happens next | #CUBEconversations

Big data has turned the corner; here's what happens next | #CUBEconversations

For the past four years, big data consultancy NewVantage Partners LLC has surveyed a group of executives at large enterprises to determine their strategies surrounding big data. This year’s survey confirms that big data has turned the corner. In fact, 62.5 percent of firms reported that they now have at least one instance of big data in production and 70 percent said big data is now important or critical to their success. NewVantage CEO Randy Bean joined us for a CUBEconversation to discuss the findings and what they mean for users and big data technology providers. Bean founded the boutique... more »
Why is the private cloud market so much smaller than public cloud? Wikibon explains

Why is the private cloud market so much smaller than public cloud? Wikibon explains

Public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is 3.5 times the size of the true private cloud market, based on Wikibon’s recently released “Private Cloud Market Sizing and Forecast for 2015-2026” (premium subscription required for full report). Given that internal IT organizations increasingly compete with public sites such as Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, why is the uptake of true private cloud happening so slowly? asks Wikibon Cloud Analyst Brian Gracely in his latest Professional Alert. Gracely finds several reasons for the lag. First, some CIOs still confuse cloud with virtualization. Virtualization is important, but it's focused on automating management of... more »
iOS 9 tips and tricks: How to create checklists in the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, Mac

iOS 9 tips and tricks: How to create checklists in the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, Mac

The Notes app is a great way to keep track of the important information in your life. The latest version available for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, or newer, allows you to create interactive checklists so you can easily keep track of your list and check items off when they are complete. This article details how to create a checklist on your iPhone, iPad or Mac using the revamped Notes app. Create a checklist on your iPhone or iPad Open the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad > compose a new Note or open an existing Note > tap anywhere... more »
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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.