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The line-of-business perspective on IBM’s cloud push | #IBMpulse

“It’s a very different IBM,” observed Pamela Webb, the chief administrative officer of SafeGuard World International, in an interview on theCUBE at her company's recently concluded Pulse summit. Over the last two years, Big Blue has transformed itself into a force to be reckoned with in the burgeoning cloud market through an aggressive growth strategy focused on organic innovation and acquisitions. The vendor’s latest buy, a Boston-based database hosting provider called Cloudant, was announced during the event alongside a slew of new services that Webb sees as part of a broader push to remove traditional barriers to adoption in the enterprise.... more »
Steve Jobs flatly denied Apple would ever build a TV

Steve Jobs flatly denied Apple would ever build a TV

Rumors of an Apple television have been swirling around for years, but the company has yet to come up with anything except its boring old set-top box, nor even admit if it's ever really considered building such a product. So is there any truth to these rumors? First to clarify, the Apple television we’re referring to is an actual television, not the Apple TV streaming box the company sells. Fanbois are hopeful that the company would revolutionize television the same way it did for mobile phones and personal computers when it introduced the iPhone and iPad. In the book Haunted Empire: Apple After... more »
Wise.io bags $2.5M to democratize predictive analytics

Wise.io bags $2.5M to democratize predictive analytics

As the very definition of IT broadened over the last few years, data has become too vast for humans to manage manually, let alone analyze and act upon in real time. Organizations are increasingly applying Machine Learning to address the expectation gaps that were born out of this mega trend. But, while most of the dirty work is now being done by computers, it still takes an army of data scientists—and a lot of physical infrastructure—to uncover actionable insights at the enterprise level. Wise.io wants to change that with a cloud-based, predictive analytics platform that allows customers to hit the ground running.... more »
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USA, UK are officially declared 'enemies of the internet'

The saying goes that any publicity is good publicity, in which case the NSA is absolutely lapping it up right now. So what's the latest headline grabber courtesy of everybody's favorite electronic surveillance agency? Oh well, you know, it's efforts have only just gone and landed the USA, alongside the UK, on Reporters Without Borders (RSF)' official “Enemies of the Internet” blacklist. The organization's latest report underlines the growing threat posed to journalists by censorship and surveillance, and following the disclosures by Edward Snowden last year, the US and the UK now rank as some of the net's biggest bogeymen, up... more »
Game over for Windows XP – Or is it?

Game over for Windows XP – Or is it?

With just over three weeks to go before Microsoft finally ends its technical support for Windows XP, everybody seems to be panicking. But is the situation really that urgent? Perhaps not, for Microsoft has been trying to push people to upgrade to a newer operating system for some years now... The evidence is there for all to see – consider, for example, that the most recent versions of Internet Explorer haven't worked on XP since 2011. And that's in spite of the fact that the newest versions of other browsers, such as Google Chrome and Firefox, continue to work just fine... more »
HP PwnOwn hack contest wraps up, >$850K bounty for Chrome, IE, Flash exploits

HP PwnOwn hack contest wraps up, >$850K bounty for Chrome, IE, Flash exploits

The Pwn2Own hacking contest wrapped up this week and the big news is that this was the biggest such event ever.  The event is run by HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), and it challenges security researchers to demonstrate flaws in popular consumer and enterprise software platforms. HP analyzes the information disclosed at Pwn2Own to improve the company’s products and research, and also provides the information to the affected vendors to improve the security of the products for end users.  In addition to a record event size, an unprecedented $850,000 was paid out to researchers plus additional prizes including the compromised... more »
Privacy-Plate protects your car from being tracked

Privacy-Plate protects your car from being tracked

72 hours left to go in a very interesting IndieGoGo campaign. The product in this campaign is called Privacy-Plate and it’s designed to protect the privacy of not only you, but your vehicle. You would think, who cares about your car, right? The fact of the matter is that invasive tracking is happening everywhere you drive with InfraRed (IR) cameras. What it looks like is your everyday normal plastic license frame, it’s not a cover that goes over your license plate which would be illegal in most places. Just a frame that mounts just like any other would. The frame... more »
Google Chrome Web Store is upgraded to offer monetization options for developers

Google Chrome Web Store is upgraded to offer monetization options for developers

As a developer, you should spend as much time as possible in the creation of good content and services, and not need to manage your overheads. To facilitate developers with monetizing their extensions and themes, Google has launched a new upgrade to the Chrome Web Store that allows developers to start making a variety of products offered to the users with new monetization options. Including in-app payment support, these new options are in addition to new publishing options rolling out that Google says will help developers focus more on making great content and less on overhead. Chrome Web Store is a great... more »
FABMOB integrated visualization converts earth atmospheric data into 3D printed objects

FABMOB integrated visualization converts earth atmospheric data into 3D printed objects

Imagine a 3D printer which becomes integrated platform visualization. That is what a company called FABMOB (stands for fabrication + mobility, site is in French) is developing a 3D system, where it collects atmospheric information and converts it into 3D printed objects. According to FABMOB, data can be very boring and confusing unless it is visualized in a good way. And that’s exactly what they are trying to achieve with this project. The device was produced for Défi Data+, an international contest for functional prototypes related to digital manufacturing and the Internet of Things, and the production of tangible representations of... more »
What VSAN means for the software-defined data center : Watch theCUBE Conversations

What VSAN means for the software-defined data center : Watch theCUBE Conversations

The explosive growth of information and the rapid adoption of converged infrastructure and flash memory are driving the emergence of a new paradigm Wikibon defined as “Server SAN” in a February paper. The architecture addresses the same operational challenges as the hyperscale model pioneered by the early web giants, and overlaps from a technological standpoint as well, enabling integrated compute and storage that can be seamlessly scaled as needed. Stu Miniman, the author of the report, appeared on the latest episode of SiliconANGLE’s Cube Conversations series to place Server SAN in the broader context of the software-defined data center -... more »

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