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CD Projekt announces Witcher tabletop RPG game

CD Projekt announces Witcher tabletop RPG game

For many years it has been common for tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Call of Cthulhu, Vampire: The Masquerade and others to be adapted into video games, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. A growing trend over the last few years has seen the process happen in reverse, with tabletop adaptations being made of successful video game series like Dragon Age and Warcraft. Now it looks like CD Projekt RED's popular Witcher series will be the latest games to make their way from the couch to the table. "The Witcher Role-Playing Game will allow tabletop RPG fans to re-create an array of characters known from the Witcher universe and live out entirely new... more »
Nintendo shares spike thanks to stellar Q1 performance

Nintendo shares spike thanks to stellar Q1 performance

This has been a turbulent month for Nintendo Co Ltd, which lost its longtime president Satoru Iwata when he suddenly passed away at the age of 55 due to complications related to a bile duct tumor. The Japanese game company has struggled to cope with the loss of Iwata, who had led the company for over a decade, but thanks in part to Iwata's strategies over the last year, the company has posted its strongest Q1 results in three years. Nintendo's share prices rose 5.3 percent as a result of its better than expected performance, which included a $150 million profit and... more »
HP buys Stackato, the PaaS powering its hybrid cloud, from long-time partner

HP buys Stackato, the PaaS powering its hybrid cloud, from long-time partner

The latest acquisition in Hewlett-Packard Co.’s renewed shopping spree should come as little surprise to customers. The technology giant has bought Stackato, a platform-as-a-service toolkit developed by a Canadian partner called ActiveState Software Inc. that has been shipping with its public cloud for the last three years. There reason why HP chose the technology over the numerous better-known alternatives out there is severalfold, but the main consideration was that it’s based on Cloud Foundry. The free middleware stack is not only arguably the most single advanced of its kind in the open-source ecosystem but, by virtue of its flexible licensing, a... more »
Razer changes its mind on Ouya "Free the Games" fund, will pay indie devs $600k

Razer changes its mind on Ouya "Free the Games" fund, will pay indie devs $600k

It seems like only yesterday Razer Inc was adamantly claiming that its acquisition of Ouya Inc's software assets did not include the responsibility to pay indie devs who took part in Ouya's "Free the Games" program, which promised to match contributions to games developed for Ouya that were successfully funded through Kickstarter. Come to think if it, that was only yesterday, but now Razer is backtracking on its previous statements and is saying that it will pay out over $600,000 to indie developers, presumably out of the kindness of its heart and not for any legal reasons. "We only acquired the team,... more »
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 »
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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- 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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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.