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Lenovo’s busy week: launches S90 ‘iPhone 6 copy’, Vibe X2 and earnings report

Lenovo’s busy week: launches S90 ‘iPhone 6 copy’, Vibe X2 and earnings report

It’s been a busy week for Lenovo Group Ltd. This week saw them launching two new phones, one of which looks very much like the new iPhone, and announce a significant increase in net profit for the quarter ending September 30. Here are the highlights: iPhone 6 copy?   Lenovo has released the Lenovo S90 “Sisley”, which seems to be a blatant copy of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6. Competitors have copied Apple in the past, but it is surprising to see such a big name like Lenovo, who is the fourth largest smartphone provider in the world, following suit. The S90 is a thickness... more »
Busted: Feds close down Silk Road 2.0 and "several other" online drug dens

Busted: Feds close down Silk Road 2.0 and "several other" online drug dens

The FBI and Europol have swooped to take a number of illegal “deep web” marketplaces offline in a major operation, according to reports. Among the sites taken down is the notorious Silk Road 2.0, which sprung up in the wake of the original Silk Road's closure last year. The FBI confirmed Silk Road 2.0 had been taken down on Twitter, adding that the site's alleged operator - 26-year old Blake Benthall, aka “Defcon” - has been arrested in San Francisco. He's now been charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy to commit computer hacking, and money laundering, and potentially faces a life sentence. Operator... more »
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Canonical launches LXD: Secure, open-source container hypervisors

Docker is making waves again. Just this week, Google Inc. launched its cloud-based Docker-as-a-service called "Container Engine", which is now available on its Google Compute Engine platform. And now, not to be outdone, Canonical Ltd. is trying to put an entirely new spin on the container concept with the release of its new Linux Container Demon (LXD) project. In a video presentation, Canonical's product manager Dustin Kirkland explains LXD is designed to run “full-system containers with the performance you'd expect from bare metal, but with the experience you expect from a virtual machine." LXD virtualizes the behavior of an entire VM inside... more »
Swarm crypto-crowdfunding platform incubates its first five startups

Swarm crypto-crowdfunding platform incubates its first five startups

SwarmCorp, the world’s first distributed incubator that uses an innovative funding-by-cryptocurrency design, just finished its first-ever Decentralized Demo Day and has announced Techstars as yet another first-ever institutional investor using the native Swarm Coin. Swarm represents an innovative way for projects and startups to gather funding with a democratized, decentralized crowdfunding platform. New ventures produce their own cryptocurrency on the Swarm platform and then use that to provide equity to backers. The investment by Techstars will likely give SwarmCorp a boost towards getting the ball rolling to kickstart more startups. “We believe that Swarm's innovative fundraising model has the possibility to completely... more »
With Docker-as-a-Service, Google wants developers to think beyond cloud

With Docker-as-a-Service, Google wants developers to think beyond cloud

Cloud today has not yet become what developers want. The promise of cloud computing today is realized only in part: there are still too many problems associated with the development and on-premises deployment. Google sees an opportunity here and wants to do even better. During the second Google Cloud Platform Live at Mission Bay Convention Center in San Francisco, the search giant launched several new cloud features for its public cloud with the goal to take the lead over rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. With features like network options that connect directly into the Google cloud with its latest VPN... more »
Labs and smart desktops for Smart Cities

Labs and smart desktops for Smart Cities

This week’s Smart City roundup features a new version of a smart water platform's infrastructure, a new trend for desktop computers, and a laboratory for smart city initiatives.    . Trimble Connect for Water v.1.9   Trimble Navigation Ltd. has released version 1.9 of its Trimble Connect for Water, the company’s smart water infrastructure mapping and work management cloud software. This new release includes a suite of applications that allow water, wastewater and stormwater utilities to accurately locate, inventory and visualize their infrastructure assets and increase operations and maintenance efficiency. This new release leverages Trimble’s Global Navigation Satellite System rugged mobile devices and Esri's Geographic Information... more »
Amazon Echo is Siri for the entire house

Amazon Echo is Siri for the entire house

Amazon Inc. just unveiled Amazon Echo, a voice controlled, tabletop, smart device. Think of it as Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, all rolled into one screenless, cylindrical speaker. Amazon Echo is a learning, digital assistant for the entire household. Amazon Echo looks very much like a Sonos speaker. It’s a small, unassuming cylinder that wouldn’t look out of the ordinary on a bookshelf or coffee table. It’s functionality, however, is more akin to a smartphone. Like the Moto X, Echo is always on, and always listening. It’s ready to interact as soon as it hears Alexa, its wake word, from any... more »
Smart home wars: Google vs. Apple, Amazon & Samsung

Smart home wars: Google vs. Apple, Amazon & Samsung

Smart home tech is set to add $1.9 trillion to the global economy by 2020, according to Gartner Research. With recent innovations for networking and devices, the battle for supremacy on the smart home landscape between Apple Inc., Google Inc., Samsung Group and Amazon.com Inc. is starting to heat up. Here, we take a look at the strategies that each company is following and what they’re offering to try and gain a home field advantage in the emerging smart homes market. We also discuss the topic of home automation customer service, a component that may help one of these companies gain... more »
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It’s all good, says Michael Dell: EXCLUSIVE video | #dellworld

  After going private in October 2013, Dell Inc. is setting the pace for the data set of the future. “We’ve invested in our business, and it’s working,” said Dell CEO Michael Dell. “We’re big believers in software-defined and software-based networking and storage … being in control of our own destiny, it’s all good.” The tech giant’s mission in privatizing was to expand its software and security, as well as to grow its share. And it has done just that during the past year. Michael Dell spoke to theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman at the 2014 Dell World Conference in Austin,... more »
New functionality and strong community with OpenStack Juno puts devs on top

New functionality and strong community with OpenStack Juno puts devs on top

In April, when OpenStack released open source OpenStack Icehouse, database as a service project Trove was one of its main features. Fast forward six months: OpenStack Foundation releases OpenStack Juno with several new projects, and lots of new features. The 1,400 contributors to this version, OpenStack Juno,  included multiple bug fixes (more than 3200 have been squashed) and added more than 340 new features to the cloud framework. The main contributors in terms of backers were Red Hat, HP, IBM, Mirantis, Rackspace, SUSE, the OpenStack Foundation itself, B1 Systems, VMware and NEC. With so many changes and functionality additions to work with, developers will find a highly configurable playground... more »

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- 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.