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Is your Droid on this list for Lollipop's official roll out?

Is your Droid on this list for Lollipop's official roll out?

Google has started to roll out Lollipop (Android 5.0) to some Android devices this week. The newest version of Android features a material design that focuses on tactile surfaces, bold graphics, and fluid motion to ensure a smoother user experience. The new look and feel of Android Lollipop also extends to apps in hopes of delivering a more unified mobile experience. Lollipop also offers new and enhanced security features such as Smart Lock, which allows users to unlock phones using Bluetooth, NFC, or just their beautiful smile; encryption by default; and Security Enhanced Linux is now mandatory for all applications on all devices running... more »
6 types of killers who use Facebook

6 types of killers who use Facebook

A British university has published the first ever academic study evaluating the interaction between social media and criminal behavior. The study was conducted by a team of criminologists headed by Dr Elizabeth Yardley and Professor David Wilson from the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom. In a survey of 48 separate cases involving "Facebook killers," the researchers believe they have identified six distinct ways that killers use the social network in their crime. They referred to these types as Reactor, Informer, Antagonist, Fantasist, Predator, and Imposter. Reactor: Killers who attack their victims in reaction to posts they made online. For... more »
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London cops use Big Data to fight gang violence

Police in the U.K. are testing a new investigative tool that tries to predict the likelihood of known gang members committing violent crimes in the not-too-distant future. London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has just completed a twenty-week study looking into the effectiveness of new software that could've been pulled straight out of the Minority Report – a 2002 Steven Spielberg movie which depicts a somewhat bleak future where police are able to arrest criminals before they commit their crimes. British cops don't have quite the same powers yet, but the system they've been testing should at least give them a better idea... more »
IDC: Public cloud spending will grow to $127bn by 2018

IDC: Public cloud spending will grow to $127bn by 2018

Researchers from the International Data Corporation (IDC) have dusted off their crystal ball and come up with the forecast that public IT cloud services will account for over half of all server, software and storage spending growth by 2018. The research firm prophesizes that by the end of this year, cloud spending will reach some $56 billion, and will grow by some 22.8 percent by the end of 2018. At that time, it says public cloud spending will be worth some $127 billion. "The cloud services market is now entering the "innovation stage" with an explosion of innovation and value creation on... more »
Mozilla to launch developer-focused Firefox browser next week

Mozilla to launch developer-focused Firefox browser next week

The Mozilla Foundation is about to release a new version of its popular web browser, but unlike the regular Firefox, this one won't be for consumers. Instead, Mozilla is planning to launch “the first browser dedicated to developers.” Web developers typically use tools from companies like Adobe Systems Inc., and Microsoft Corp., to do their basic layout work, but when it comes to testing scripts they have to use standard web browsers. Mozilla, along with Google Inc. and Microsoft, offer a variety of developer tools within their web browsers, but these are still software that's primarily developed for consumers. “When building for... more »
How to use Tor for Facebook (Windows, Mac & Linux)

How to use Tor for Facebook (Windows, Mac & Linux)

Facebook, Inc. is not celebrated for its privacy policies or keeping user information safe from third parties. But even if people are practically giving away their life to advertisers, they still continue to use Facebook, probably because they think there’s no true way to socialize while keeping their privacy. Good news is, there is now a way for you to use Facebook without all your actions being tracked. Facebook welcomed the dark net by providing official support for Tor via https://facebookcorewwwi.onion/. Prior to Facebook's official support, using Tor on the popular social network would flag the user as a hacked account, and communication between Tor and Facebook... more »
What you missed in Cloud: Injecting more public cloud into hybrid computing

What you missed in Cloud: Injecting more public cloud into hybrid computing

OpenStack is supposed to connect the dots between private and public clouds, but that vision is still a long way from reality in the development community, where even trying out the framework requires users to buy their own hardware. That's a far cry from the low barrier to entry and seamless scalability associated with infrastructure-as-a-service, a major gap that DreamHost rushed to fill last week with a new hosting option aimed specifically at making it easier to build applications against the open-source framework. DreamCompute is the culmination of a two-year development effort that saw the provider develop a homegrown network virtualization... more »
After 15 years and 4,000 bug fixes, HTML5 is ready for developers

After 15 years and 4,000 bug fixes, HTML5 is ready for developers

After years of work, HTML5 is now officially a standard. The W3C group, the committee on the global standards of Web sites, announced that the technology has gained “Recommendation” status, which corresponds to a final version of HTML5. But as the consortium says in its press release, it is an evolving standard, and many issues remain to be studied. Fifteen years after the release of HTML4 and 20 years after the creation of the W3C, HTML5 is a long-term investment. HTML5 is not the idea of the W3C, but of another group, the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Applications Technology Working Group), which brought together browser... more »
Big data could unleash $12 trillion in market value | #HadoopHudson

Big data could unleash $12 trillion in market value | #HadoopHudson

It's not about the speeds and feeds anymore, said Chris Selland, VP of Business Development for HP Vertica, talking about adding business value up the stack. In a live interview with theCUBE at the recently concluded Hadoop on the Hudson Party, Selland explained that businesses should “Get past the technology" as his team looks to show users how to use new technology to move business forward. There are plenty of great developments happening with Big Data, but it is all about the value. Selland's company is working on unlocking Big Data and using it intelligently, to take part in the market's potential value... more »
The software-defined data center gets more connected with IP-equipped disk drives and OpenStack routing

The software-defined data center gets more connected with IP-equipped disk drives and OpenStack routing

The networking piece of the software-defined data center puzzle is falling into place as the vendor ecosystem re-imagines the way transport capacity is managed and distributed throughout the enterprise stack. Seagate Technology PLC is bringing the revolution to the storage layer with a new series of disk drives that can communicate with applications without going through an intermediary. Narrowing the gap between storage and compute The Western Digital Corp. rival promises to eliminate the need for storage servers with its newly operationalized Kinetic technology, which attaches an IP address to each disk that makes it possible for applications to access capacity directly... 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.