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Mobile devs pay almost double for Android downloads compared to iOS

Mobile devs pay almost double for Android downloads compared to iOS

Android users often complain about the many, many developers who focus on iOS versions of their apps first and Android a distant second. Just look at the hornet's nest stirred up by Bethesda Game Studios when it initially released Fallout Shelter for iOS only, saying that an Android version would be coming "soon." Those users' complaints are not totally without merit. After all, Android does control a far greater share of the worldwide mobile market, so why would the (seemingly) less important Apple platform get all the good stuff first? The answer becomes a little more obvious when you look at the costs associated with getting your game... more »
Where to sell your old iPhone and what it's worth

Where to sell your old iPhone and what it's worth

Need to sell your iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s or iPhone 4? Now is as good a time as any, as Apple is set to unveil its new iPhones, likely the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, on September 9, 2015. Leaks have emerged that pre-orders for the latest handsets will begin September 11, and will be available in Apple’s physical stores by September 18. If you’re ready to upgrade your old iPhone, you might be wondering what you’re going to do with your old device when the new one arrives, and how much you can get for it. There's a growing number of programs... more »
Containers: A reality check | #OSSV15

Containers: A reality check | #OSSV15

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015 continues to engage in meaningful dialogue about Cloud computing and its place in our world today. The keynote panel for Day 2 of the conference sparked debate about the hype around containers and what that means for our future. The panel included Derek Collison, CEO of Apcera, Inc.; Sheng Liang, CloudStack pioneer and Rancher Labs, Inc. founder; James Watters, VP & GM, Cloud Platforms of Pivotal Software, Inc.; and Adrian Otto, principal architect at Rackspace, Inc. and Magnum Project technical lead. Reality check around containers A raise of hands in the room during the keynote panel showed that hardly anyone attending the... more »
Printing in 3D with more materials than ever, even molten glass

Printing in 3D with more materials than ever, even molten glass

Recent innovations in 3D printing continue to reach the market as the concept of producing objects from different materials continues to innovate. In the news right now, MIT has built a 3D printer that can print with 10 different materials at once called the 3D multifab printer. If that wasn’t enough,  MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT's Glass Lab collaborated recently with the Mediated Matter Group to produce 3D prints with kiln melted, molten glass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poRFPjiB9vw Using up to 10 different materials to produce a 3D print in one go Even with modern 3D printers, it’s still only possible to produce a... more »
Apple event details here: Siri responds to Sep. 9 queries

Apple event details here: Siri responds to Sep. 9 queries

The rumors are true, Apple is indeed hosting an event on September 9, 2015. The invites, sent by Apple to media outlets today, state that the event will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco starting at 10 a.m. PDT. As per tradition, the invite is vague on what we can expect, but Apple has left us a bit of a clue with the simple "Hey Siri, give us a hint." tag line. Netizens were quick to turn to Siri, well those who own Apple devices for that matter, and asked Siri to give them a hint. Apple's AI has various... more »
Asking the big question: ‘Is there a hybrid Cloud?’ | #OSSV15

Asking the big question: ‘Is there a hybrid Cloud?’ | #OSSV15

Is there a hybrid Coud? Where does it fit in? Is hybrid Cloud just Cloud, or is it a new category? theCUBE's John Furrier and Jeff Frick will be looking for responses during day two of theCUBE's coverage of OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015. This is the big game, stakes are high, it is exciting “OpenStack is at the tipping point. It is either going to tip the scales for adoption or fall back behind the pack,” according to Furrier. Frick agreed, listing the five main players in the OpenStack race as AWS, Google, Azure, VMware and OpenStack. Asking, “Who is the sixth horse in the race?”... more »
The best desktop 3D printers of 2015 for the enthusiast and where to buy supplies

The best desktop 3D printers of 2015 for the enthusiast and where to buy supplies

Over the years 3D printing has continued to engage and interest people for industrial uses as well as consumers. The consumer models started somewhat expensive, and way out of the ballpark of most everyday desktop printer users, but now many 3D printer manufacturers are producing relatively low cost solutions for everyday use. If you’re in the market for a 3D printer in 2015, keep reading for a list of companies to buy them from and an idea of what you’ll be getting for what price. While most of the more complex printers are in the multi-thousand dollar range, many desktop 3D... more »
IBM assimilates Blue Box's managed OpenStack service into its public cloud

IBM assimilates Blue Box's managed OpenStack service into its public cloud

IBM Corp.’s emerging infrastructure-as-a-service platform now has another major feature over the competition: the ability for organizations to host the off-premise ends of their OpenStack hybrid cloud in its data centers. The launch of the service comes less than 90 days after it absorbed the underlying technology through the purchase of Blue Box Group Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The decade-old outfit started its life as a traditional web host and switched gears a few years ago in response to the shift towards more flexible consumption models, choosing to to head down the open-source route for lack of resources to compete... more »
New wearable tracker aims to keep skin healthy

New wearable tracker aims to keep skin healthy

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a wearable tracker soon to launch on a crowdfunding site, and a fertility thermometer that's raised $5.3 million. Raymio On September 1, 2015, a new UV monitoring band will be launching on Kickstarter. and it promises to do more than what others in the market currently offer. Called the Raymio, the device is designed in a way that the UV sensor is exposed and reflects the imagery of the sun so as to let the user easily see its various phases each day and offer a focal point for the wearer to monitor. The hardware module... more »
The Witcher 3 sold over 6 million units in less than two months

The Witcher 3 sold over 6 million units in less than two months

Polish studio CD Projekt RED has been enjoying bigger and bigger success with each new Witcher game, and now the Warsaw-based game developer has revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sold over 6 million units within the first six weeks of its release alone. "One could think we have six million reasons to be happy and that’s it," CD Projekt CEO Adam Badowski wrote in an open letter to fans. "We do, but that number is also a big responsibility and I want everyone to know that we, as a studio, realize that. For us, all your high praise, all the positive reviews,... more »
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Premium Research

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.

- Ralph Finos

Public cloud is a disruptive technology changing the face of enterprise IT. By providing infrastructure services (IaaS), applications service (SaaS) and overall platform services (PaaS), cloud service providers are changing IT procurement from capital investment to operational expenditure, and allowing traditional IT to be by-passed. As the Internet of Things grows and as Internet data streams become a larger proportion of enterprise data processing, the locus of IT will shift closer to the cloud, and reduce the friction for IT adoption. Wikibon expects public clouds to comprise about one third of total enterprise IT spend by 2026. Wikibon expects that this move will significantly impact on traditional IT hardware and software vendors.