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Pockets are for wallets, not iPhones: Issues with Apple Pay, #bendgate emerge

Pockets are for wallets, not iPhones: Issues with Apple Pay, #bendgate emerge

iPhone users are reporting major software and hardware issues just a week after the release of iOS 8, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple Inc. pushed out its first iOS 8 software update on Wednesday, but some users who upgraded are regretting it. iOS 8.0.1 was supposed to fix several minor bugs, yet it did quite the opposite. Once updated, phones no longer had cell reception. The update broke the iPhone's security feature, Touch ID, as well. Apple has since removed the phone-disabling update, but for those who had already received it, the damage was done. Apple is... more »
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Teradata buying a future in Big Data

Data warehouse heavyweight Teradata Operations, Inc., is buying its way into the future of Big Data, writes Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly in his latest Professional Alert. Since 2011 Teradata has acquired Aster Data Systems, Hadapt (SQL-on-Hadoop) and Revalytics (Hadoop-focused data management). It also signed a partnership with Hortonworks, Inc. that includes deep technical integration between the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Teradata’s Aster and data warehouse platforms. Earlier this month it also announced plans to acquire professional services company Think Big Analytics, which specializes in Big Data technology including Hadoop and NoSQL databases and data science services. Its customers... more »
Do surveys still matter? Qualtrics' $150 million funding round proves they do

Do surveys still matter? Qualtrics' $150 million funding round proves they do

Sometimes, it's best just to ask. Even in the era of real-time social media tracking and automated sentiment analysis, the humble survey remains a powerful tool. So much so that Qualtrics Inc. has raised a massive $150 million from two of the biggest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley on Wednesday to help enterprises make the most out of their online polls. The Utah-based firm, which is already profitable, offers a suite of cloud-based services that acts as a self-contained environment for building and rolling out questionnaires at a massive scale. The platform enables users to assemble customized polls from hundreds of... more »
The perks of having no datacenter | #Inforum14

The perks of having no datacenter | #Inforum14

The datacenter-less approach to enterprise software makes Infor Inc. distinct among its competitors and a potential market disruptor. On the second day of the Inforum 2014 conference, Wikibon.org analysts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante kicked off their event coverage, live from theCUBE, ruminating on Infor's role in the market (see the entire video below). They also discussed various aspects of Infor software that make it a company worth watching. Describing Infor as a company with a "different philosophy," Vellante suggested its app-centric perspective is unique in the Big Data space. As a company, Infor has entirely sidestepped the database discussion and offers... more »
Amazon forced to reboot its EC2 instances to fix Xen bug

Amazon forced to reboot its EC2 instances to fix Xen bug

Amazon Web Services is set to begin a messy but necessary reboot of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances in order to fix a bug that was found within the Xen virtualization platform. The reboots, which will affect instances all over the world, should be completed by the end of this month. Amazon refused to say why it needed to upgrade the instances, but it's widely believed that a security issue affecting underlying hosts is responsible. Amazon emailed its EC2 customers today to warn them of the reboot, saying it was “required host maintenance”. According to an email the cloud giant fired off... more »
Responding to small business demand, UPS adds 3D print locations

Responding to small business demand, UPS adds 3D print locations

On the back of its successful experiment with 3D Print in six markets, The UPS Store will now offer the service at nearly 100 stores countrywide. According to The Wholers Report 2014, the 3D print service sector grew by 21 percent last year. In line with this trend the existing six locations saw a continuing increase in demand for 3D printing across a broad range of customers. Over the course of the 2013 pilot program small businesses, startups, inventors, artists and a range of other professionals used the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus, a professional grade 3D printer, to turn their ideas into... more »
Xamarin bundles over 1,000 test devices in the cloud

Xamarin bundles over 1,000 test devices in the cloud

Xamarin, the mobile app-dev specialists, has announced the launch of its new web-based “Xamarin Test Cloud”, which lets developers test out their apps and programs on over 1,000 devices. Developers will be able to create their own test scripts using Xamarin's powerful framework, run them locally on devices or emulators, and then run the same tests on literally thousands of devices at the push of a button. Xamarin Test Cloud runs alongside Calabash, an automation framework that was built by startup LessPainful, which Xamarin bought up in 2013. Test scripts must be written in either C# or Ruby language, but hybrid and... more »
Location, location, location: The age-old real-estate mantra applied to Flash in the datacenter

Location, location, location: The age-old real-estate mantra applied to Flash in the datacenter

Over the last decade, virtualization has revolutionized the data center by more effectively leveraging the CPU and memory resources on the server to increase hardware utilization and reduce operating expenses. Of course, as with all things performance-related, once a log jam is alleviated at one choke point, the bottleneck shifts to another part of the system. In the current environment, that limiting factor is storage performance. The historical method of adding disk spindles to increase performance has proven to be expensive and inefficient. Speedy flash technology has recently emerged as the leading candidate to answer the storage performance challenge. But how... more »
Bash! Take that Heartbleed, there's a new bug in town

Bash! Take that Heartbleed, there's a new bug in town

Linux users, which includes the vast majority of the world's enterprises, could be in for a nasty shock. A security team at Red Hat has just uncovered a deadly new bug in the Bash shell, which is one of the most versatile and widely used utilities in the Linux OS. The bug's been given the apt name “Bash Bug”, or “Shellshock”. The reason why people are so worried is that when properly exploited, the bug allows attackers to execute their malicious code immediately – and they can take over complete control of a targeted system, security experts warn. Even worse, it... more »
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Facebook's fleet of jumbo drones will take flight by 2015

Facebook Inc. is revealing more information about its unmanned aerial vehicle ambitions. The social networking giant plans to have a fleet of drones flying overhead at all times, in the future. They won't be delivering products, like the Amazon Prime Air express package drones that Amazon.com, Inc. is trying to get approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. They won't be spying Facebook users, either. Facebook wants its free-space optical communication drones to beam internet access to remote parts of the planet, in order to make off-the-grid locations a thing of the past. Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched the... more »

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