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The all-business BlackBerry Passport just got a makeover

The all-business BlackBerry Passport just got a makeover

BlackBerry Ltd. has unveiled an upgraded version of its all-business phone, the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition. The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition keeps the 4.5-inch square screen and 13-megapixel camera that launched with the original Passport in September last year, but gets a new finish and upgraded keyboard. According to BlackBerry’s Global Head of Design, Scott Wenger, the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition combines “cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design.” Described as the “essential business tool,” the new Silver Edition comes with a 3450 mAh battery providing a reported 30 hours of mixed use, the best of any BlackBerry so far. The latest 10.3.2... more »
Rumor: iPhone 6c coming in Q2 2016, may sport 14/16nm FinFET chips

Rumor: iPhone 6c coming in Q2 2016, may sport 14/16nm FinFET chips

If you are a fan of the iPhone 5c and have been holding out hope that Apple will release a replacement, there may be some good news for you. The latest rumor regarding a baby iPhone suggests Apple may release a 4-inch iPhone 6c in 2016. Citing sources from the semiconductor industry, Digitimes (via AppleInsider) reported on Tuesday that Apple will unveil a new budget iPhone equipped with 14/16nm FinFET chips during the second quarter of 2016. The iPhone 6c may receive an upgrade in specifications over its predecessor thanks to the new FinFET chips. Here’s what the sources had to say: The 14/16nm... more »
GE's Industrial Internet heads to the cloud

GE's Industrial Internet heads to the cloud

General Electric Co. (GE) has made no secret of its desire to become the ruler of what it calls the “Industrial Internet”, a concept that's often described as the Internet of Things for big industry. But to do that, GE needs to refashion itself as one of the biggest players in IT, and no IT player is complete without a cloud to handle all of those applications and data. Which is why GE formally announced Predix Cloud yesterday, a version of its Predix machine data analytics software that's now available as a cloud-based service. According to GE, Predix Cloud is the only... more »
Coverity claims open-source is "significantly" more vulnerable

Coverity claims open-source is "significantly" more vulnerable

Coverity, a subsidiary of Synopsys Inc., is controversially claiming that proprietary software is significantly more secure than open-source code. The latest Coverity scan open-source report (PDF) claims that static analysis defect density scans reveal how open-source software has outpaced proprietary software in terms of quality through 2013 and 2014. In addition, the 2014 report also did a comparison of security compliance standards like the Open Web Application Security Project (Owasp) top 10 and the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) 25 most dangerous errors, finding that proprietary code is more compliant with such standards than open-source. There is a caveat readers need to be... more »
Apple denies planning an MVNO as stock takes a battering on report

Apple denies planning an MVNO as stock takes a battering on report

Apple, Inc. broke its usual policy of remaining silent on rumors and speculation Tuesday by coming out publicly and flat out denying that it was planning a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service. "We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch an MVNO," said an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement sent to Reuters. Reports that Apple was planning an MVNO service came from Business Insider Monday, who claimed to have learned from sources that Apple had even gone as far as testing an MVNO service in the United States, but so far had only held talks with... more »
Hackers utilize Yahoo ads to deliver malware to millions of users

Hackers utilize Yahoo ads to deliver malware to millions of users

Yahoo, Inc.'s advertising network has been found to be unknowingly serving malicious code that may have seen millions of visitors to Yahoo properties hacked. The attack, which is reported to have started on July 28, saw malware that exploited Flash vulnerabilities delivered via advertising to a staggering over 7.5 billion visits, a number believed to make it the one of the largest attacks of its sort ever seen. Malwarebytes, the company that exposed that Yahoo was being targeted, said the company is the latest victim of a singular group that has been involved in a number of large-scale "malvertising" campaigns of this... more »
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 pics show no more removable battery or microSD card slot

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 pics show no more removable battery or microSD card slot

An alleged photo leak of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 not only confirms previous leaks about the device, it confirms many a Samsung fans' worst nightmare: no removable battery and no microSD card slot. The pictures, provided to Android blog Droid Life, show that the Galaxy Note 5 is primarily a larger version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6, complete with AMOLED display (size isn't clear, but it appears to be around 5.7 inches,) a metal-and-glass body and a spring-loaded S Pen. One notable difference in the pictures is that the back of the smartphone appears to have a slight... more »
World of Warcraft subscriptions plummet to the lowest in 10 years

World of Warcraft subscriptions plummet to the lowest in 10 years

For a very short period, it seemed like Blizzard Entertainment Inc's World of Warcraft was on the rebound after its latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, saw a huge spike in subscribers last November. Subscription numbers rose to over 10 million accounts after the release of Warlords, the highest the game had seen in more than two years, but now those number have dropped by nearly half to only 5.6 million, the lowest since 2005. According to Blizzard head Mike Morhaime, the studio's account management system Battle.net saw its highest ever active user base by the end of the quarter, and taken as a... more »
Doom: An artist's rendition

Doom: An artist's rendition

The Doom franchise, heralded as the pioneer of First-Person Shooter (FPS) games, is returning to its roots in many ways with an upcoming release. SiliconANGLE takes a hands-on approach to experiencing the latest from Doom, including what can be loosely interpreted as an artist's rendition of the game, as photography of the unreleased game is currently banned. The last Doom release was in 2012; it was for the Doom 3 BFG Edition, which is an enhanced version of Doom 3 released in 2004. Doom 3 BFG Edition featured enhanced graphics, better sound with more horror effects, a checkpoint save system, and support for... more »
City of Paradigm: A game of drones and autonomous machines

City of Paradigm: A game of drones and autonomous machines

Steven Wolfe glared at the man across his desk through his data glasses. Adding a giant red ‘X’ across the man’s face had done well for his mood, but it didn’t help his professional duty to his office—so Wolfe idly waved the holographic “NO” (that only he could see) away with a gesture he hoped looked as dismissive as it felt. “The mayor has been adamant that I need your go-ahead before we test any sort of project with military applications in the city, Mr. Wolfe,” the man said—his name was North Campbell, which sounded to Wolfe more like the name... more »
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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- 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.