SiliconANGLE http://siliconangle.com Extracting the signal from the noise. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:04:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Get liquor quicker with Amazon’s alcohol delivery service http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/29/get-liquor-quicker-with-amazons-alcohol-delivery-service/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/29/get-liquor-quicker-with-amazons-alcohol-delivery-service/#comments Sun, 30 Aug 2015 00:59:56 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245186 Life is hard. Some people turn to alcohol to take the e […]]]>

Life is hard. Some people turn to alcohol to take the edge off, or to make their existence a little more tolerable. For folks who live in Seattle, Washington, Amazon.com Inc. is now available to help get alcohol down your throat. Amazon Prime members in the Seattle area will find three new delicious categories of products in the Prime Now app: Cold Beer, Wine, and Spirits. Pick your poison. Prime Now is the app that makes a limited selection of Amazon products available with free 2 hour delivery, or you can have it on your doorstep in an hour, if you’re willing to pay the $7.99 expedite fee. That means if you live in the Emerald City, and your mouth feels parched, you can pick up your smartphone, tap it a few times, and within an hour, you’ll be getting your buzz on. We truly are living in the future. Amazon Alcohol delivery is only available in Seattle and London at the moment, but if it’s deemed successful, Amazon could roll it out to other Prime Now cities, which include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York and Miami.
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In the meantime, those of us here in Dallas need not fear being left high and dry. We have our own beer, wine, and spirits delivery startup. Plano based Lash Deliveries can take care of your alcoholic refreshment needs if you live in Dallas, Plano, Allen, Fairview, Frisco, or McKinney. In addition to alcoholic beverages, Lash has snacks! They can send one of their branded delivery vans loaded up with food from Chick-Fil-A, IN-N-Out Burger, Taco Bell, or Wingstop. You can download their app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

If you don’t live within their coverage area, there are several other options to choose from. Drizly is a delivery service that partnered with Goody Goody, Dallas’ largest liquor chain. Users can place orders using the Drizly smartphone app, and they can see how far away their delivery driver is, in real time, once the driver is en route.

If your DOC isn’t alcohol, you can still satisfy your cravings, once you get the munchies, with DoorDash’s food delivery service. They deliver food from a number of restaurants, including Taco Bell. DoorDash’s coverage spans sixteen major metropolitan areas, but right now, there’s a Dallas area exclusive. They’re currently testing out deliveries from Whataburger, but only if you live in Big D. Download their smartphone app to see if you’re in their coverage area.

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Blue Box is optimistic about move to IBM | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/blue-box-is-optimistic-about-move-to-ibm-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/blue-box-is-optimistic-about-move-to-ibm-ossv15/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:00:32 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245122 It was a hectic 90 days from acquisition to the announc […]]]>

It was a hectic 90 days from acquisition to the announcement that Blue Box would integrate with IBM’s OpenStack private Cloud options, where it would sit with subsidiary SoftLayer.

In addition to personnel integration, the companies worked together on the technical integration. “It’s a real testament to the technical and engineering staff at Blue Box to be able to take a standard, well-built platform for data centers and deliver it in SoftLayer,” said Tyler Britten, technical marketing manager for Blue Box. “It was exciting to see how quicky everything could come together.”

Britten joined John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SilconANGLE Media team. Britten said that Blue Box will not replace any other IBM OpenStack configuration; it will merely provide an additional option. “We will focus on three areas when it comes to OpenStack,” said Britten. “Traditional private Cloud as a Service, which Blue Box delivers in SoftLayer, Blue Box local, where customers can use OpenStack as a service on premises, and public Cloud. IBM has made clear it is not moving out of the public Cloud space.”

As for OpenStack’s development, Britten remains optimistic about its future. “We’re starting to see real traction,” he said. “Even negative energy is a positive result because that means people are trying it, deploying it, rather than just talking about it. It’s on the cusp of large-scale enterprise adoption.”

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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OpenStack is ready for prime time — with caveats | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/openstack-is-ready-for-prime-time-with-caveats-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/openstack-is-ready-for-prime-time-with-caveats-ossv15/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:30 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245120 OpenStack is ready for prime time, but that comes with […]]]>

OpenStack is ready for prime time, but that comes with cost — and challenges — said Nati Shalom, CTO and founder of GigaSpaces Technologies, which provides software middleware for deployment, management and scaling of mission-critical applications on Cloud environments. “The barrier to adoption for OpenStack is a lot of moving parts. A good approach is to use appliances or prepackaged solutions,” Shalom told John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

Established companies often have a mix of legacy systems and new products. When considering how to balance this infrastructure, Shalom recalled the common saying: “The only constant is change.”

“You’re going to have new tooling and new products coming in faster than they used to,” he said. “The main challenge is to create an integration tool, a holistic solution.”

Furrier asked Shalom where opportunities lie for new entrepreneurs. Shalom said the films Her and Ex Machina provide clues for the next steps in innovation. “Combine intelligence with infrastructure and orchestration,” said Shalom. “Similar to self-driving cars, the main area of innovation lies in rethinking manual work.”

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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Facebook was used by 1 out of every 7 humans on Monday http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/facebook-was-used-by-1-out-of-every-7-humans-on-monday/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/facebook-was-used-by-1-out-of-every-7-humans-on-monday/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:40:48 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245132 Facebook has been spreading across the planet over the […]]]>

Facebook has been spreading across the planet over the last decade like a particularly infectious disease, infecting both young and old alike.

As of the end of June, the social network boasted a monthly active user base of over 1.49 billion people, and Facebook topped yet another milestone on Monday when it was used by over 1 billion people in a single day. For reference, the total world population is estimated to be a around 7.3 billion people, meaning that on Monday, roughly 1 in 7 people alive today were using Facebook at some point.

“When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Facebook. “This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world.”

He added, “I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for giving every person a voice, for promoting understanding and for including everyone in the opportunities of our modern world.”

“A more open and connected world is a better world”

When you have a company with such a staggeringly high number of users, growth starts to become something of a challenge. The social network’s user base is rapidly eating up the actual internet-using market, which according to Facebook’s own report earlier this year is about 37.9 percent of the world’s population. If you do the math, that means that of the more than 2.6 billion people who have access to the internet, over a third used Facebook on Monday.

To continue growing that ridiculously large user base, Facebook will need more people using the internet in general, which could be one explanation behind the social network’s push for more widespread internet connectivity through its Internet.org program, as well as its research into high-altitude drones that beam internet access to the ground.

“A more open and connected world is a better world,” Zuckerberg said in his post. “It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values.”

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Build less, assemble more, says Apcera CEO | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/build-less-assemble-more-says-apcera-ceo-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/build-less-assemble-more-says-apcera-ceo-ossv15/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:00:32 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245118 The big disruptor now is the lightweight nature of cont […]]]>

The big disruptor now is the lightweight nature of container technology, according to Apcera, Inc. CEO Derek Collison. The bleeding-edge companies, such as Netflix, which use AMIs and containers, fuel this disruption. Collison talked with John Furrier, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley.

“If it’s a container, it’s extra lightweight, and there’s a repository of them supported by the vendor,” he said. “I can build faster by building less and assembling more. To me, that’s the disrupting thing that’s happening.”

But as developers consider lightweight, is OpenStack too heavy? “It’s fun to geek out about container technology,” said Collison. “Everyone wants faster, lighter, cheaper, but to a point where it fundamentally changes how you do things. OpenStack needs to figure out how to be relevant in that world.”

The disruption in Apcera’s Hybrid Cloud Operating System comes in applying diverse workloads. “We apply those diverse workloads in a multicloud platform with a policy-driven framework that actually enforces everything the same way on every public Cloud provider,” said Collison. “We embrace Docker natively, but also embrace other workloads. It’s a diverse world.”

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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‘Hybrid Cloud is everything’ | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/what-is-the-deal-with-hybrid-cloud/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/what-is-the-deal-with-hybrid-cloud/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:00:46 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=244950 OpenStack Silicon Valley was all about the Cloud and ma […]]]>

OpenStack Silicon Valley was all about the Cloud and major shifts that are taking place in the industry. Cutting straight to the point, John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Monty Taylor, director of OpenStack innovation with IBM, to talk about his move to IBM and the Cloud opportunities that are becoming more available with the evolution of the technology.

The Cloud is a ‘mindset, an opportunity’

The question of the day from John Furrier was, “What is the deal with hybrid Cloud?”

“I think it is a mindset and an opportunity,” explained Taylor, who runs a team of developer infrastructure on top of OpenStack – two public and one private OpenStack Cloud – as if it is all one infrastructure. One of the key capabilities of this setup is moving workloads – creating computer sources across all.

“Hybrid Cloud is everything!” he said. “You want the freedom as a person that is running an application, as a person that is running an IT organization, to understand your workload, to understand your application needs and to be able to utilize the resources that you’ve got in a way that makes the most sense for those things.”

You can hear more about OpenStack, the hybrid Cloud, and how the changing infrastructure actually provides more freedom for developers and business owners by watching the full interview below. And be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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People aren’t playing mobile games as much as they used to, says Flurry Analytics http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/people-arent-playing-mobile-games-as-much-as-they-used-to-says-flurry-analytics/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/people-arent-playing-mobile-games-as-much-as-they-used-to-says-flurry-analytics/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:43:29 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=245117 While the mobile device market may be reaching the satu […]]]>

While the mobile device market may be reaching the saturation point where even two-year-olds know how to swipe right, the way people use their smartphones and tablets is still constantly evolving. Mobile gaming may have led the charge in the early days of smartphones, but not it seems that people are spending quite as much time slicing fruit or hurling birds to their death as they used to.

According to a recent study by Flurry Analytics, Americans now spend only 15 percent of their smartphone or tablet usage playing mobile games. This is a dramatic drop from the 32 percent found in last year’s study. Flurry attributes this drop to both a lack of strong new hits over the last year, as well as the tendency for many millennials to spend their time watching other people play games through service like Twitch rather than playing the games themselves.

Flurry also pointed to an increase in users willing to pay for in-app purchases in games rather than spending time earning those rewards over time.

“Gamers are buying their way into games versus grinding their way through them,” Flurry said in its report. “Gamers are spending more money than time to effectively beat games or secure better standings rather than working their way to the top. This explains the decline in time spent and the major rise in in-app purchases, as Apple saw a record $1.7 billion in AppStore sales in July.”

So if mobile users are playing games 37 percent less than they did last year, what are they doing instead? According to Flurry, a lot of that time has gone into other forms of media entertainment such as YouTube, which saw an 8 percent increase in usage time. Social media apps also seem to be a big winner this year, and Flurry notes that a large portion of the time users spend using apps like Facebook may also be to view media.

“A study by Millward Brown Digital showed that 70 percent of social app users are actually consuming media,” Flurry said. “While we can’t correlate the 70 percent directly to time spent, we firmly believe that media consumption, either articles read in the web view in app, or video consumed in the feeds, constitute the majority of time spent in social apps.”

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Google’s self-driving car and the future, with Lew Tucker | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/googles-self-driving-car-and-the-future-with-lew-tucker-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/googles-self-driving-car-and-the-future-with-lew-tucker-ossv15/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:00:24 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=244944 Google’s self-driving car is a prime example of the mul […]]]>

Google’s self-driving car is a prime example of the multiple capabilities that are emerging in today’s move toward Cloud computing. Like the body, new technology will be taking input from receptors, as well as be controlled by a centralized system – that means tomorrow’s systems have to be even more advanced, operate in real time and process more data.

Lew Tucker, VP and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco Systems, Inc., joined John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015 to talk about the direction of Cloud technology and how advances will better serve business.

Where OpenStack is headed

Where is the OpenStack capability heading? Tucker shines light on what is possible. “I think in terms of OpenStack we are going to see an evolution whereby OpenStack will start to reach out beyond the data side, and it will reach out so that you are having management capabilities, orchestration services … the full end to end,” he said.

Is the self-driving car the future?

While the technology is being developed there are also challenges to it hitting mainstream. According to Tucker, “I think the biggest challenge will be us as humans accepting the automation because there is a lot of information and it could be much, much safer than having humans drive cars. But then we’d feel very nervous about handing that over to a computer system, fully automated,” he said.

Find out more and hear from inventor and computer scientist Lew Tucker – including his take on how far we have come and where we are headed – by watching the full interview below. And be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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OpenStack from the trenches | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/openstack-from-the-trenches-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/openstack-from-the-trenches-ossv15/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:00:16 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=244937 The digital marketing space is always changing, and it […]]]>

The digital marketing space is always changing, and it takes someone in the trenches to make the strategic decisions that will influence a company’s trajectory. From OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015, John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, sat down with Lisa-Marie Namphy, HP Helion & OpenStack Solutions Marketing Manager at HP Enterprise, to ask what she is hearing from the inside.

What are people ready for?

One of the top trends is that people are ready to get into production and move their ideas into final form. As Namphy put it, “People are ready to move on; they are ready to do cool things with their infrastructure;, they are ready to go up the stack and that path layer is coming up more and more.”  HP is presenting its customers with the solutions they need to move their ideas into the next phases of development.

How does this affect development?

This shift applies to people at every level of development, and the shift changes the conversation from trying to figure out what the Cloud can do to how the Cloud will be used.  “I think that people are ready to talk to the application developers, to do the fun things with the Cloud: What are you going to do? What are you going to build? How is it going to help you? What fun apps are you going to build? I think that is definitely where the conversation is going,” said Namphy.

Hear more about what HP is doing to support the modern needs of its customers and launch them into the future, as well as what Namphy thinks about the HP Enterprise split by watching the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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Blue Box Cloud integrates with IBM OpenStack | #OSSV15 http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/blue-box-cloud-integrates-with-ibm-openstack-ossv15/ http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/08/28/blue-box-cloud-integrates-with-ibm-openstack-ossv15/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:00:26 +0000 http://siliconangle.com/?p=244896 Only 90 days ago, Blue Box Group became part of the IBM […]]]>

Only 90 days ago, Blue Box Group became part of the IBM family. Now, Blue Box integrates with IBM’s OpenStack private Cloud options where it will sit with subsidiary SoftLayer.

“This gives Blue Box access to the whole network of SoftLayer locations,” said Todd Moore, vice president of open technology for IBM. “Enterprises have access to private Cloud as a Service through Blue Box and have its ease of getting onboarded and set up.” Moore spoke to John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during OpenStack Valley 2015.

OpenStack provides much-needed functionality

OpenStack serves as the latest example of IBM’s long relationship with open source. “We all realize the benefits of working on the plumbing together, and OpenStack is a good example of that,” said Moore. “That togetherness gives you a much better result. It gives you the functionality that you need, it’s leading edge, and the long-term stable world and the innovative projects can live side by side.”

From the outside, it seems risky for IBM to work in open source, but Moore explained that it would be risky not to. “The world’s turned upside down. Now, the user, the developer, has a tremendous amount of power,” he said. “We show them examples of things working, and we have our foot in the door with them. We can be part of their proof of concepts and sales and other things as a result.”

Watch the full interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE and theCUBE’s coverage of the OpenStack Silicon Valley 2015.

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