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Analysis: IBM-Twitter deal marks Big Data ascendancy

Analysis: IBM-Twitter deal marks Big Data ascendancy

IBM's landmark alliance with Twitter, Inc. is a symbol of the changes that are sweeping through the IT industry, transforming both the role of technology and who uses it inside corporations. The deal also shows how important IBM's Watson question answering technology is to the company's future. Under the terms of the partnership, which was announced today, IBM will build analytics products and services around Twitter data and offer them to customers in both functional and industry vertical roles. The first fruits of the alliance are likely to come in the form of IBM Watson Analytics, a freemium service that IBM announced... more »
Inhaled meds get wearable trackers

Inhaled meds get wearable trackers

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a medication activity tracker, a new platform for hardware and software designed for mobile retinal imaging and predictive analytics, and a budget-friendly health tracker for only $12. Amiko activity tracker for inhaled medication   Amiko wants to revolutionize how people adhere to their inhaled medication with its inhaler wearable tracker. Amiko attaches to most dry powder inhalers and automatically collects data about medication usage after it syncs with the app. The tracker provides real-time feedback for medication adherence, ultimately looking to circumvent human errors in medication monitoring. Amiko also features SENSENERGY, a proprietary algorithm used to track whether the inhaler is loading... more »
Ebola scares lead surge in downloads of mobile game Plague, Inc.

Ebola scares lead surge in downloads of mobile game Plague, Inc.

As news of Ebola outbreaks begins to percolate through the news media and popular TV shows run episodes themed by infectious diseases the gaming public has increasingly shown interest in Plague, Inc. a game about outbreaks. Plague, Inc. is a mobile game where players simulate the outbreak of a deadly worldwide disease and attempt to kill all of humanity (although that’s not always possible, I’m looking at you Madagascar.) According to Ndemic Creations, the one-man studio run by developer James Vaughan, the game has seen a 50 percent boost to downloads during the past two weeks. This has happened during a news... more »
How to kill YouTube ads

How to kill YouTube ads

Supposedly out to eliminate annoying ads on YouTube videos, Google’s video-sharing service is said to be working on a paid-subscription model. The effort is reportedly led by Google veteran executive Susan Wojcicki, who took over YouTube earlier this year. Since Google acquired YouTube in 2006, the search giant has been looking for ways to increase its revenue and profit from the service. At the moment, Google makes money off of YouTube thru ads, which can be quite distracting to viewers. In a press conference for Code Mobile, Wojcicki confirmed that the plan is in the works and it is in “near term." She... more »
Watson Analytics is the step between data and visualization | #ibminsight

Watson Analytics is the step between data and visualization | #ibminsight

Watson Analytics is designed to discover "what's actually interesting" in a customer's data, according to Marc Altshuller, vice president of Product Management and Business Analytics at IBM. Using predictive technology and cognitive discovery, Watson Analytics makes data-driven insights even more meaningful to clients. It's an amalgamation of older IBM technologies that occupies a space Altshuller calls "analytical discovery." While Watson Analytics is made up of previously created IBM discoveries, it represents two new business approaches for IBM: The target audience for Watson, for example, ranges from what Altshuller identifies as  level 1 users, such as line-of-business users with just the most basic... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 October 29: Bitcoin sidechains, the Bits debate, identify scams and frauds, G+ Bitcoin community

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 October 29: Bitcoin sidechains, the Bits debate, identify scams and frauds, G+ Bitcoin community

This week in Bitcoin is still overshadowed by last week's Bitcoin sidechains AMA by the authors of a vastly popular whitepaper on this technology that might fundamentally change how the Bitcoin protocol can be used. Scams can be fairly prevalent in the wild, wild west of BTC--even as it slowly gains mainstream adoption (or perhaps because of that approach to the mainstream) so its important to know how to tell who is good and who is bad so we take a look at BadBitcoin.org. The G+ Bitcoin Community surpassed 100,000 members and SiliconAngle briefly interviewed Avatar X, the community host, as to its... more »
3 Suicide-preventing apps to topple a leading cause of death in the U.S.

3 Suicide-preventing apps to topple a leading cause of death in the U.S.

 Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report for 2012. The report, the most recent year for which full data are available, recorded 40,600 suicides. That's death by suicide every 12.9 minutes. The sad news is, that number continues to rise. The good news is, there’s an app for that -- technology delivers a way for family and friends to help prevent suicides of loved ones. 3 apps for suicide prevention   Samaritans Radar An app created by Samaritans, the U.K.-based suicide prevention organization, Samaritans Radar... more »
Taco Bell blacks out its internet presence during launch of new app

Taco Bell blacks out its internet presence during launch of new app

Taco Bell Corp. is launching a new mobile app that can be used to place an order and skip the line, but their announcement came in an unusual way: The company completely blacked out their online presence, including their website, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram. Taco Bell's main website is currently completely dark with little more than a link to the new app on iTunes and Google Play. The company's entire Facebook and Twitter feed histories have also been cleared, with only a link to the app remaining. The company didn't go completely crazy though. They still retained their roughly 40,000 tweets... more »
IBM takes its hybrid cloud to a new level with more interoperability, data services

IBM takes its hybrid cloud to a new level with more interoperability, data services

IBM rolled out a string of new products at its Insight 2014 conference in Las Vegas intended to help organizations make more out of their data wherever it resides, be it on its infrastructure-as-a-service platform or behind the corporate firewall. Laying the foundation for the push is the addition of more configuration options that allow cloud customers to pick and choose the hardware upon which their hosted OpenStack deployments run. That extra flexibility is aimed at addressing the logistics of enabling interoperability among on- and off-premise implementations, which extends far beyond merely making it possible to move workloads back and forth. Providing... more »
Suicide watch for your Twitter friends with Samaritan Radar

Suicide watch for your Twitter friends with Samaritan Radar

U.K.-based charity Samaritans launched a new web app called Samaritans Radar that notifies users if their friends have made any worrying tweets that could indicate depression or a risk of suicide. The app is free to use, and once activated will scan users' Twitter feeds, notifying them of any tweets that contain words or phrases that raise a flag. Joe Ferns, Executive Director of Policy, Research & Development at Samaritans, said about the app: We know that people struggling to cope often go online looking for support, however, there is still so much we need to learn about why this happens and how we can make... 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.