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Cloud security platform provider Alarm.com files for $75m IPO

Cloud security platform provider Alarm.com files for $75m IPO

Cloud-based security platform provider Alarm.com, Inc. has filed for an initial public offering (IPO.) According to reports, the company is looking to raise $75 million which it plans to use on working capital and other general corporate purposes. Goldman Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse and BofA Merrill Lynch are joint book-running managers for the offer. Founded in 2000, Alarm.com offers what they describe as an "intelligent cloud service" that makes it possible to users interact with their homes in a way that "adapts to your lifestyle to deliver a highly personalized and unmatched experience." Solutions offer control and awareness across a connected home, and offers... more »
Unredacted Adult FriendFinder hacked data offered for 70 Bitcoin, may include CC records

Unredacted Adult FriendFinder hacked data offered for 70 Bitcoin, may include CC records

Users of Friendfinder Network, Inc.'s Adult FriendFinder may have more to fear than their sexual preferences leaking with the hacker offering for sale an "unredacted" version of the stolen data from the service that may include credit card information. The hacker, who goes by the username of ROR[RG] wrote on a Darknet Forum on Saturday that "I have had so many people ask me to buy the db today" that he was willing to sell the unredacted version. The cost for the database that includes full details of 3.9 million users? 70 Bitcoins, or at today's XBT/USD exchange rate $16,666. If buying the... more »
Report: Twitter attempting to buy Flipboard for $1 billion

Report: Twitter attempting to buy Flipboard for $1 billion

Mega microblogging and messaging service Twitter, Inc. apparently wants to spread its wings into the "personalized magazine" mobile app space with a report Monday claiming the company has been attempting to acquire Flipboard, Inc. The report from Kara Swisher at Re/Code claims multiple sources have confirmed that talks between the two companies have been taking place since the beginning of the year and are being lead by Twitter Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. The offer on the table is said to value Flipboard at a Unicorn level of $1 billion, although is believed to be an all-stock deal; given Twitter's share price volatility of late,... more »
Bitcoin paying Streamium plans to cut out the middleman for livestreaming

Bitcoin paying Streamium plans to cut out the middleman for livestreaming

Livestreaming service Streamium will bring peer-to-peer streaming video to viewers combined with bitcoin micropayment channels. Streamers on Streamium can opt to be paid bitcoin per minute from viewers. Streamium is the product of a loose collective of Argentinian hackers including Manuel Aráoz, developer of ProofOfExistence.com, and Demian Brener, who wrote in a blog post that Streamium’s idea arose from a desire to “empower the long tail of small content creators to open up to the world and get paid accordingly in real time.” Other developers include Esteban Ordano, @franbook, Yemel Jardi, Dario Sneidermanis, and Alex Batallés. Live video streaming platforms Meerkat (Android... more »
Linux usage on Steam is going down, not up

Linux usage on Steam is going down, not up

Linux fans have been predicting the downfall of Windows and the rise of Linux for a while now, but it looks like Windows is still the king of PC gaming. Even worse for Linux users, it looks like usage rates of the operating system have actually dropped slightly on Steam, dipping below 1 percent of all users. According to the recent Steam Hardware & Software Survey for the month of April, Windows accounts for 95.81 percent of all users on Steam, with OSX making up a measly 3.15 percent. Meanwhile, Linux users represent only 0.94 percent of Steam, down from 1.05 percent the... more »
In honor of Geek Pride Day, what is a geek?

In honor of Geek Pride Day, what is a geek?

Long before geek became a fashion statement, it was a subcultural movement that could include everyone from band kids to mathletes and everything in between. The geek label has been applied so liberally lately that it is hard to define just what exactly a geek is anymore, and with today being Geek Pride Day, now is a good time to talk about what makes up a geek. The word geek originally referred to sideshow freaks, the sort who would bite the heads off snakes. Today, if you go by Wikipedia (which is itself a geek haven), the word geek "typically connotes an expert or enthusiast... more »
Educational games are more effective when they're hands-on, study finds

Educational games are more effective when they're hands-on, study finds

Using video games as an educational tool is not a new concept, and edutainment titles have been around since at least the days of Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Lately, educational games have been moving into the mobile space much like everything else, but a recent study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University shows that mixing games with real world interaction is substantially more effective than touchscreen games alone. "As screen-based technologies such as tablets or computer games become increasingly more appealing for children, it is worth asking whether real-world interaction is really needed to enhance learning and enjoyment," researcher Nesra... more »
Interested in getting banned from World of Warcraft? HonorBuddy bots are back

Interested in getting banned from World of Warcraft? HonorBuddy bots are back

Despite Blizzard Entertainment's massive ban of thousands of players earlier this month for using bots to play World of Warcraft for them, the makers of the HonorBuddy have said that they are staying in the automated cheating business and will soon re-launch their service. If the online game community were high school, then the bot making groups behind tools like HonorBuddy are the smug dweebs who sell their homework to other students. Of course, the difference here is that those smug dweebs are slowly eating away at the system that sustains them by breaking game balance and ruining the play experience for non-cheaters. The primary purpose behind HonorBuddy is to... more »
3 reasons why Microsoft’s Edge browser is way superior to Internet Explorer...and might give Google something to worry about

3 reasons why Microsoft’s Edge browser is way superior to Internet Explorer...and might give Google something to worry about

Formally known as Project Spartan, Microsoft’s Edge (default browser for Windows 10) is currently available in the Windows 10 Technical Preview as part of the Windows Insider Program. According to Microsoft the browser is still a bit rough around the edges (excuse the pun), although its performance has already started people talking about a new heavyweight in browser wars. What we can expect we are told is a much more superior, safer browsing experience to that of the oft-maligned Internet Explorer (IE will remain available as a legacy engine). Here are some things set to impress: It’s faster Part of the reason... more »
5 smart home accessories on Kickstarter to secure and manage your home

5 smart home accessories on Kickstarter to secure and manage your home

To join in the smart home revolution, you don't necessarily have to rush out and replace all of your 'dumb' appliances and home accessories with fancy, expensive Internet-connected smart devices. A number of inventors and tech entrepreneurs are launching smart accessories to help you retrofit your existing appliances, door locks, light bulbs, and more. Below we've rounded up five of the most interesting and useful smart home accessories on crowdfunding site Kickstarter right now: Peeple: caller ID for your front door   Who is behind it: Building 10 Technology, Inc. Location: Austin, TX Kickstarter goal $50,000 Funds raised: $56,422 from 409 backers with 32 days to go Peeple is a camera... more »
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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.