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Still haven't updated to Android Lollipop? Here's 7 reasons to upgrade now

Still haven't updated to Android Lollipop? Here's 7 reasons to upgrade now

The newest version of Android, 5.0 or Lollipop, is now making its way to compatible devices. Some Android users may be hesitant in updating to Google's latest mobile operating system for fear of their device being rendered unusable because of early bugs. But there are some awesome new features on Lollipop that might change their minds about updating.  . 7 new & worthy upgrades on Lollipop   Revised Quick Settings The Quick Settings allow you to easily turn phone functions on or off, as well as see the most recent notifications. Previous native versions of Android did not have built-in controls for the Flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and screen control. With... more »
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AWS mastermind Hamilton tells how Amazon has stayed ahead of the pack | #reinvent

As the person responsible for running the world's largest public cloud, Amazon.com Inc.'s James Hamilton knows a thing or two about delivering technology services at scale. The industry-renowned engineer returned to theCUBE at the retail giant's recent re:Invent summit earlier this month to provide a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the global infrastructure juggernaut he helped build. Amazon is hardly the first to have implemented the model of selling hardware resources on-demand over the web, but the fact that it has succeeded where others failed is a feat Hamilton credited to a unique approach to networking. Early infrastructure as... more »
Analysts: Windows Phone will surpass Android in the enterprise

Analysts: Windows Phone will surpass Android in the enterprise

The fortune tellers over at CCS Insight are forecasting good things for Microsoft, claiming its Windows Phone OS is set to become the number two platform for enterprise users by 2016. Speaking to The Register, Nick McQuire, VP of Enterprise Research at CCS Insight said Windows Phone, which is soon to be revamped as “Windows 10”, will surpass Android and BlackBerry as the top alternative to Apple among business users. He cited a number of factors, including the fact Windows phones are about eight times cheaper than iPhones, improved packaging and integration from Microsoft, and the success the Office 365 software suite. “As corporates buy... more »
eSports athletes caught doping – Pro CS:GO players banned for hacking

eSports athletes caught doping – Pro CS:GO players banned for hacking

Three professional Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players have received permanent bans from the online game for the use of third party cheat software, just days before one of the largest game tournaments is set to occur. The three professional gamers in question are Gordon "Sf" Giry, Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian, and Simon "smn" Beck. The cheat used by the players very subtly enhanced their aiming ability, which can be difficult to detect amongst already fast-playing pro gamers. The players are not only disqualified from future tournaments: they are permanently banned from the game itself. CS:GO uses Valve Software's Steam client to connect with game... more »
How the cloud freed up Workiva to focus on what matters | #gcplive

How the cloud freed up Workiva to focus on what matters | #gcplive

With more than 2,100 customers around the world including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500, Workiva Inc. stands out as one of the most influential enterprise vendors to have emerged in the wake of the infrastructure-as-a-service revolution. Dave Tucker, the senior director of platform development at the firm, dropped by theCUBE against the backdrop of its ongoing IPO preparations to share the inside track on one of the biggest success stories in the cloud with SiliconANGLE John Furrier. Workiva didn't always count itself among the fastest growing software-as-a-service providers in the industry. When it hit the scene in 2008... more »
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Has your favorite app gone (RED)? Check this list and join Apple in the fight against AIDS

Announced over the weekend, Apple Inc. is running a two-week long campaign to raise money for (RED), a charity aimed at eradicating HIV/AIDS. Running from today through December 7, proceeds from 25 specially selected and updated apps will be donated to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The campaign sees 100 percent of all proceeds –first time app purchase as well as in-app upgrades/purchases –donated to the cause. The apps are available in the App Store under a special ‘Apps for (RED)’ section. The following is a detailed list of the 25 participating apps and their unique (RED) features. See if your... more »
Apple launches ‘Apps for (RED)’ –gigantic campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014

Apple launches ‘Apps for (RED)’ –gigantic campaign to support World AIDS Day 2014

On Sunday Apple Inc. announced a special campaign for World AIDS Day 2014. Starting today, Monday, November 24 through Sunday, December 7, it will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from 25 special apps to (RED) to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries. In addition to this, a percentage of its retail and online sales on Friday, November 28 (Black Friday) and Monday, December 1 (Cyber Monday), will also be donated to the charity. The 25 apps feature exclusive content and are available in a special ‘Apps for (RED)’ section in the App Store. Whether you are purchasing... more »
Symantec unearths sophisticated malware that's been in the wild for at least 6 years

Symantec unearths sophisticated malware that's been in the wild for at least 6 years

Researchers from the security firm Symantec Corp. have uncovered evidence of “highly advanced malware” in the wild. They believe the virus was developed by a nation-state state to spy on targets in various industries, including airlines, banking, energy, hospitality and research. The malware has been given the name “Regin” and, according to Symantec, it displays “a degree of technical competence rarely seen.” It's being compared to sophisticated malware like the Stuxnet worm that was used to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, and which was also discovered by Symantec. Given the level of sophistication, researchers conclude it could only have been developed by... more »
DerpTrolling's latest PlayStation Network, Windows Live hack claims don’t pass muster

DerpTrolling's latest PlayStation Network, Windows Live hack claims don’t pass muster

Internet mayhem crew DerpTrolling claims to have stolen username and password data from several different gaming outfits including the PlayStation Network, Windows Live, and 2K Games Studios. The group has posted its claimed ill-gotten booty on Pastebin and the dump holds about 2,131 account logins for PSN. Earlier this month DerpTrolling also claimed responsibility for the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that hit World of Warcraft during the release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. DDoS is much more in line with DerpTrolling’s capabilities as it is also how the group gained fame near New Year’s Day 2014 by attacking... more »
Bitcoin tipping sees giant growth: ChangeTip exceeds 10,000 tips in one day

Bitcoin tipping sees giant growth: ChangeTip exceeds 10,000 tips in one day

Yesterday, Bitcoin tipping service ChangeTip announced that it had exceed 10,000 user generated bitcoin tips in one day, marking a milestone in the phenomenon of microtransacted bitcoin tipping across the Internet. As a currency that can be broken down into extremely tiny fractions and still traded, Bitcoin has always had an ephemeral edge when it comes to the potential for microtransactions. There may be potential problems with transaction fees (which are tiny) but it still stands out as an excellent method for remitting very small amounts. This makes Bitcoin perfect for tipping. This led to the rise of tip bots—one of the... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.