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Nokia Kills Symbian, PureView Technology will be a Part of Lumia Line

Nokia Kills Symbian, PureView Technology will be a Part of Lumia Line

Earlier today, Nokia posted the company’s Q4 2012 results and full year Interim Report. Nokia made a profit of €202 million, or $269 million: though not as impressive, it’s a huge bump from the $1 billion loss in 2011. As for the full-year standing, Nokia is down.  Sales were only at €30.2 billion compared to €38.7 billion in 2011.  Nokia’s Devices & Services operation is also down with fourth-quarter revenue dropping from €6 billion in 2011 to €3.9 billion last quarter. Pinned but fluttering The small high encountered during the last quarter may be all Nokia needs to go on, as CEO Stephen Elop... more »
Tired of Waiting for Vine? Post Videos on Twitter with These Alternatives

Tired of Waiting for Vine? Post Videos on Twitter with These Alternatives

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo posted a six-second video on Twitter this morning, showing a guy making a steak tartare using Vine, the video sharing service that never launched but landed an acquisition deal with Twitter last year. Vine will be launched as a stand-alone iOS app, so you won’t really see it on Twitter as a fully integrated app.  There’s a possibility that you can use Vine to post videos on other social networking sites.  Vine is like Instagram, but for videos.  It lets users share video clips that’s only six seconds long, and Vine users can also follow other users and... more »
Big Data "Hype" Coming To An End

Big Data "Hype" Coming To An End

Gartner says that the so-called ‘hype’ over Big Data is reaching its peak, and that the idea will soon descend into a ‘trough of disillusionment’. Thousands of businesses have already begun exploring ways in which Big Data can be used to provide them with strategic insights, but right about now many are starting to feel disillusioned with it. According to Gartner’s Svetlana Sicular, technologies typically follow a similar pattern, in which they are first discovered and then completely overhyped, causing users to slowly become disillusioned with it, before finally finding realistic applications for the technology. Sicular says that Big Data hype reached... more »
SavvisDirect Opens Up Frictionless Services for Small and Medium Businesses

SavvisDirect Opens Up Frictionless Services for Small and Medium Businesses

The enterprise sector has seen strong attention towards using cloud services to deliver platforms and software but how will the small and medium business sector take advantage of what could give them a huge advantage. SavvisDirect seeks to deliver infrastructure-as-a-service, cloud storage, as well as SAAS-marketplace, e-mail, collaboration, and security for SMB. Later this month, they’ll be adding ten more SAAS services such as social media, and search tools. I spoke with Martin Capurro, Director of Product Management about SavvisDirect’s customer-centric approach. Customers can easily chat with SavvisDirect and contact them to tell them what they’d like and they’re building on a... more »
MapR Analyzes 90% of the Internet Population Every Day

MapR Analyzes 90% of the Internet Population Every Day

MapR released a list of customer wins from the past 12 months, and things are looking  up.  The Hadoop distributor experienced a spike in demand for its analytics software last year, especially from large consumer-facing organizations. MapR says that currently 10 of the Fortune 100 are leveraging its Hadoop distribution to gain a better understanding of their business. Clients include a “well-established U.S. retailer“ that acquired an initial 2,500 node license to optimize the price of merchandise, and a major financial services firm that deployed the MapR Distribution on 1000 nodes to combat fraud and develop new ways to cash in... more »
Graph Search is Death Sentence for Gay Iranian Men

Graph Search is Death Sentence for Gay Iranian Men

Facebook’s new Graph Search feature had the internet buzzing with excitement last week as netizens gasped in awe at the potential of such a service. But while it undoubtedly has the means to improve our lives in many wonderful ways, it could also impact them in a negative way, as I explored in an earlier post. The fact is that people are right to be concerned about how Graph Search might impact their online privacy, and now new research shows that the tool could be positively deadly for those people whose profiles show up in the wrong demographic. A new Tumblr blog... more »
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Apple Posts Record Revenue, Twitter to Release Video App for iOS

In today’s mobile news roundup: Apple posted record revenue, investors still wary; Twitter to release video app for iOS soon;  One percent U-Verse subscribers affected by outage; and Google drops hints for Motorola X phone. Apple posted record revenue, investors still wary . On Wednesday, Apple posted results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter ended December 29, 2012.  The company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share.  Sales for the iPhone and the iPad were up at 47.8 million and 22.9 million compared to the numbers the same quarter... more »
Losing that Apple Magic - Wall St. Sours on Apple

Losing that Apple Magic - Wall St. Sours on Apple

Apple took an after-hours beating after earnings reports for the first quarter emerged yesterday.   A ten percent drop in late trading can only be described as a beating.  When trading opens on Thursday it could actually get worse.  Now, $13.1 Billion in profit and revenues of $54.1 Billion are not bad numbers, nor is the fact that they sold 47 million iPhones and close to 23 million iPads.  Still, the numbers fell short of the revenue forecasts that some expected and there are signs of Apple’s decay everywhere.  The CEO of an investment management firm publicly went so far as... more »
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Microsoft Surface Pro vs. Surface RT

Guess you’ve already heard that Microsoft’s Surface Pro is coming to stores February 9, 2013 so some of you might be wondering what’s the difference between the upcoming tablet to the previous Surface RT, right?  So here’s a treat for you, we’re comparing the two Microsoft tablets so you’ll know which of the two best fits your needs. . Operating System RT:  Windows RT, special version of Window 8 made to run on ARM-based tablets that comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote) and works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store. Pro:  Comparable to... more »
Google Transparency Data Shows ECPA Laws Need Urgent Overhaul

Google Transparency Data Shows ECPA Laws Need Urgent Overhaul

Google has just released the latest edition of its annual Transparency Report, which for the first time gives a breakdown of how often US law enforcement agencies request data from the company’s users and how often it complies with those. Google’s data covers the period from July to December 2012, and shows that requests from the government have increased substantially since the last time it released such figures. However, while that doesn’t come as so much of a surprise, what is alarming is how agencies are requesting such data. According to Google, agencies made a total of 8,438 requests over the six... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.