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BYOD Creates Security Challenges for Federal Government

BYOD Creates Security Challenges for Federal Government

A recent report from Telework Exchange has revealed that the BYOD advantage taken by the Federal employees is creating mobile security challenges for the Federal Government itself. The report, named as 2013 Digital Dilemma Report, is sponsored by EMC, VMware, Cisco, and Carahsoft, reveals that 55 percent of Federal smartphone users use their personal smartphone for work purposes. The negative side is that one out of three users does not protect that same device with password. The study also shows that 85 percent of the Federal employees have downloaded an app to their personal smartphone or tablet, which exposes the device,... more »
The Modern Prometheus Returns: Mega Gives the Finger to Content Cartels and the US Government

The Modern Prometheus Returns: Mega Gives the Finger to Content Cartels and the US Government

If you read the news about him, Kim Dotcom sounds larger than life. He has a reputation of a sleazebag with too much money to his name who became the center of a year-long-firestorm involving his website Megaupload. It’s now been over a year since the US violently dismantled his cloud cyberlocker file sharing business in an action that also led to his arrest by heavily armed authorities. Mega, dubbed “The Privacy Company,” launched with so much fanfare that the influx of over one million new users in its first day caused vast instability in the system. The simple fact that... more »
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RIM’s Faith Hangs on BB10 as Software + Services Direct Mobile's Future

RIM will release the first line of devices that run on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system on the 30th this month.  This time around, it's all or nothing for the company. The Canadian manufacturer has seen demand for its phones steadily decline in the last few years on the back of the Apple and Google’s abrupt, yet not surprising takeover of the mobile market.  One area they've been hit hard is the workplace, where the iPad has catalyzed the BYOD trend.  Existing users are switching brands and new customers are more attracted to Android and iOS devices, passing over the... more »
Three Fresh Designs for Your 3D Printer

Three Fresh Designs for Your 3D Printer

3D printers are getting a lot of attention as their prices go down, and more of us get involved in do-it-yourself projects.  All you need is a computer, a 3D printer, material used for 3D printing, and of course a file that acts as the backbone of your project. Interested in 3D printing?  Here's 3 fresh designs to check out. Nokia Lumia 820 Case The Finnish company just released their 3D printing files for the Lumia 820, which lets you design and build their own interchangeable casings.  The 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK, is available for free to anyone interested in making their very... more »
Next Gen PS4 May be More Powerful than Xbox with 50% More Raw Power

Next Gen PS4 May be More Powerful than Xbox with 50% More Raw Power

If rumors are to be believed, the next PlayStation may be considerably more powerful that the next Xbox. The buzz came out from the CES 2013 where developer sources told that the next PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, will have a run-capability of 1.84 teraflops, and the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, will be able to achieve 1.23 teraflops. Though most of the buzz comes from the off-the-record discussions that few unnamed developers had at the event, even if this is true, these numbers mean PlayStation 4 will have a 50% raw, computational power advantage over Xbox 720. And, both machines are supposed to... more »
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Akira What? Women & Technology in Kenya

For the last few years I have been hanging out the iHub, Kenya's first "tech" incubation hub.  Its a great place. You'll find all sorts of folks milling about from 1st year students studying IT to CEOs of multi-national corporations. All in one place coming together, sharing ideas and often developing new and exciting ventures together. This is where the Akirachix came together.  The first time I came across them, I remember seeing a table full of young women huddled over a collection of laptops looking extremely absorbed in whatever they were up to.  I asked a someone who they were and was... more »
Can Dotcom and Mega Avoid a Second Takedown?

Can Dotcom and Mega Avoid a Second Takedown?

Kim Dotcom’s newest file-sharing site MEGA got off to flying start yesterday, with more than one million new users registered in the first 24 hours, according to some reports. But despite this early success, many will be privately wondering to themselves whether or not MEGA can successfully avoid another government takedown. To answer this question, we need to understand how MEGA differs from its predecessor. In actual fact, there’s only one crucial difference between the old site and its newest incarnation, but it’s an important one – MEGA encrypts its user’s files. Unlike with MegaUpload, which contained a search facility that allowed... more »
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Top Tools and Frameworks for BlackBerry, BB10 Developers

As January comes to a close, the world has its eyes on Research in Motion.  Will the Canadian company be able to dazzle consumers with its new line up of BlackBerries?  And will their aggressive campaign to lure developers to their marketplace pay off? RIM will need to attract both buyers and app makers to sell their new hardware and revamped operating system if it hopes to complete with Apple, Google and even Microsoft in an increasingly service-driven mobile market. RIM's been working hard to lure mobile developers into its hurting ecosystem, but according to reports, RIM developers are still waiting for... more »
The Cloud Review: Password Sync, SaaS and 0Web-Scale Servers

The Cloud Review: Password Sync, SaaS and 0Web-Scale Servers

Several noteworthy updates crossed the wire in the past week, including some good news for mobile workers. Authentication software maker SecureEnvoy and PasswordBanks teamed up to create a password manager for users who access popular services such as Office365 and Salesforce.com from their phones. PasswordBanks' cloud-based password management solution, or ‘Identity as a Service,’ is the heart of the project. EMC also had a cloud service announcement last week: the storage giant unveiled an on-premise version of the Syncplicity file sharing solution. The offering, which runs on Isilon storage, is targeted at corporate clients who are interested in the cloud but are not... more »
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The App Store Formerly Known as BlackBerry App World

In today’s mobile news roundup: RIM may license BB10 software; Google blamed for low Nexus 4 supply; Sony announces Xperia Tablet Z; and Apple to hold first 2013 earnings call on Wednesday. RIM may license BB10 software Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins, has high hopes for the revamped BlackBerry OS, recently hinting at the growing possibilities for the soon-to-be released software.  In an interview with Die Welt, Heins stated that the group's strategic review could lead to the sale of RIM's hardware production or the sale of licenses to its BlackBerry 10 software, but the focus is on launching the platform... 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.