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Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Apple, Samsung lose tablet market share in Q2 as LG, Huawei capitalize despite shrinking market

Despite iPad sales falling to a four-year low in the quarter ended June 30 with just 10.9 million units shipped, Apple managed to hold on to the top spot as the worldwide tablet market leader. According the latest data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), Apple claimed a 24.5 percent share of worldwide tablet shipments during the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, down from 27.7 percent a year ago. (via 9to5Mac) Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claimed the number two spot with 7.7 million units shipped – 1 million fewer than the same period last year – for a 17 percent share... more »
Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

Samsung Q2 mobile profits tumble 37.6% amid weak demand for Galaxy S6

In its second quarter (Q2) earnings announcement Thursday, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said net profit for the quarter declined 8 percent over the same period last year. The decline in net profit is largely due to lower than expected demand for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone combined with continuing competition in China. The latest profit decline marks the fifth consecutive year-over-year slide as Samsung continues to cede market share and profit margins from mid-range smartphones to manufacturers from China and India. Samsung reported net income for the quarter ended June 30 of 5.75 trillion Korean won ($4.9 billion), down from 6.25 trillion... more »
Git repository hosting service GitHub raises $250m Series B on $2b Unicorn valaution

Git repository hosting service GitHub raises $250m Series B on $2b Unicorn valaution

Git repository hosting service GitHub, Inc. has raised $250 million Series B in a round led by Sequoia Capital that included Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital and Institutional Venture Partners. New of the round first emerged in June when it was rumored GitHub was looking to raise $200 million, but as is becoming par for the course in venture capital funding of late, it ended up significantly higher. The valuation on round is said to be $2 billion, confirming GitHub's place in the Unicorn club. Founded in 2008 and said to have more than 33 million unique monthly visitors, GitHub has become the most... more »
Cloud comms company Twilio confirms Series E round of $130m

Cloud comms company Twilio confirms Series E round of $130m

Cloud communications company Twilio Inc. has raised $130 million Series E in a round led by Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, that included Altimeter Capital Management, Arrowpoint Partners, Amazon.com, and Salesforce Ventures. News of the round first surfaced based on filings back in May at a figure of $100 million, but as it turns out apparently reports of the round saw both Amazon and Salesforce wanting a slice of the action, hence the appearance of the additional $30 million in the official confirmation. Founded in 2007 Twilio offers a cloud-based API that that allows third-party developers to deploy voice, VoIP and SMS... more »
Facebook beats the market with record high revenue of $4.04b in Q2

Facebook beats the market with record high revenue of $4.04b in Q2

Mark Zuckerberg would have been grinning like the Cheshire Cat Wednesday with Facebook, Inc. beating market expectations in the second quarter off continued strong growth in mobile. The social networking giant booked record high revenue of $4.04 billion for the quarter, compared to $2.9 billion for the same quarter of 2014, and ahead of market expectations of $3.99 billion. Expenses though also increased with Facebook's net income down 9.1 percent versus Q2 2014  to $719 million (25 cents per share) compared with $791 million (30 cents a share.) Rumors of Facebook going out of fashion with millenials may have been somewhat exaggerated, with... more »
Online auction house Catawiki raises $82m Series C

Online auction house Catawiki raises $82m Series C

Online auction house Catawiki (Benaulim B.V) has raised $82 million Series C in a round led by Lead Edge Capital that included previous investors Accel Partners and Project A Ventures, along with a number of former Booking.com executives, including former Chief Marketing Officer Arthur Kosten. Founded in 2008, Catawiki is an online catalogue and auction house for collectibles, and hosts over 40 weekly auctions in categories including comic books, coins, stamps, art, model trains, wine, vinyl records, jewellery, ceramics, books, and others. Its biggest categories currently are jewellery, art, classic cars and watches, and recent sales have included a strand of... more »
Your Kubernetes questions answered: Google Cloud comes to CrowdChat  | #CloudNative

Your Kubernetes questions answered: Google Cloud comes to CrowdChat | #CloudNative

With the recent success of DockerCon and the rapid adoption of containers by enterprise, there’s no doubt that the container revolution is here to stay. Now, Google has stepped into the fray to bring containers to scale with Kubernetes, an open-source solution that abstracts container management, allowing developers to focus on services as a whole, rather than focusing on deploying particular containers on particular machines. In a CrowdChat on July 23rd, 2015, several members of the Google Cloud team answered questions about the development, implementation and future of Kubernetes. CrowdChat participants included Brendan Burns, lead engineer on Kubernetes; Miles Ward, global... more »
Blizzard to announce the next WoW expansion at Gamescom—is it too soon?

Blizzard to announce the next WoW expansion at Gamescom—is it too soon?

Blizzard Entertainment Inc has announced that it plans on revealing the next expansion to World of Warcraft at next month's Gamescom convention in Germany, but with the previous expansion, Warlords of Draenor, less than nine months old and only on its second content patch, is it too soon for the MMO behemoth to be moving on? According to the game's fans, the answer is both yes and no. Those in the "too soon" camp point to the sparse content in Warlords, saying that Blizzard should focus on making the current expansion better before moving on to the next one. Usually when WoW players complain about lack of... more »
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 »
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- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

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

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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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- 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.