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PayPal Changes the Game, but Isn't the Only Player

When PayPal debuted in cyberspace in 1998 it was a novel move towards a globally connected e-commerce society by allowing business and users to make and send payments directly through the internet.  PayPal radically changed the way business was done, no longer did you have to purchase money orders or write checks and worry about their deliverance, instead you could log into the secure website, type in the amount you wanted to pay and to whom, click send, and the record is immediately in your account and sent to you via email. It wouldn’t take a genius to deduce that following... more »
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EMC Far Ahead in Understanding Public, Private Cloud Services

When Colt Technology Services, a UK-based worldwide cloud service provider and on-premise systems supplier, talked to its EMC rep about what it really needed from its hardware provider, Colt was “fully expecting them [EMC] to look at us and think, 'You're really off on that one,'” says Colt CTO Matthew Yaeger. Instead within a week they were working with an internal EMC team that had been thinking along the same lines. The result, after months of work and “a few 180s,” was the mid-May's VMAX SP announcement. “I think the announcement was absolutely about a partner for the first time listening... more »
Sony Patent Reveals Weird Gameplay Rewind Advertisement Scheme

Sony Patent Reveals Weird Gameplay Rewind Advertisement Scheme

The folks over at ComputerAndVideoGames.com discovered an odd Sony patent filed last July that would enable an advertiser to display an advertisement while a video game is playing (allowing it to continue running in the background) and then rewind the game afterwards so the player could get back to business. It’s thought that this sort of technology might enable the production of further free-to-play gaming on the PlayStation and other Sony products, but looking at what the advertising mechanic will do to players, it’s hard to say it might turn off more gamers than it brings in revenue. To quote the article, The patent,... more »
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SMS Ads: Still Got It! Mobile Retail Trend Report

Mobile retail is an undeniable byproduct of our love for tablets and smartphones, and it's up to marketers and business owners to take advantage of this consumer trend.  Cellit, the mobile marketing division of ePrize, announced the release of a mobile study that highlights how mobile SMS are impacting some retailers’ loyal mobile subscribers, and driving in-store and online sales. The report is a result of 1,180 campaigns conducted by national retailers, including restaurants and other companies looking to create a deeper level of customer engagement.  The surveys were done over 450 days throughout 2011 and Q1 of 2012. According to their... more »
Microsoft, Google Cozy Up to iOS

Microsoft, Google Cozy Up to iOS

Apple’s dominion over the mobile market been undermined as Android, and later Windows Phone 7, started to gain popularity and set out on the growth path they’re following today. All this competition resulted in a great deal of innovation, and piggybacking on a competing OS’s popularity is one novelty that never gets old. Throughout 2011 and to a lesser extent this year as well, Microsoft’s mobile strategy relied in part on systematically suing Android OEMs for patent royalties.  This week an anonymous leak suggests that an upcoming battle with Apple may just prove to be not nearly as bloody, and iOS... more »
AI on the Rise Weekly: Invades Atmosphere and Ocean, Mimics Children’s Mind and More On Mobility

AI on the Rise Weekly: Invades Atmosphere and Ocean, Mimics Children’s Mind and More On Mobility

From a blurry mirage half a century ago, artificial intelligence has transcended several technological feats. Following a series of breakthroughs in mobility, big data, crowd computing and automotive, AI now moves outside the box to engage in environmental protection campaigns and large-scale aerial surveying to create maps. Researchers are also intrigued on how they can mimic AI technologies to how preschoolers think. Other updates relate to mobility and citations for AI-related ventures. Mimicking a Child’s Brain If you suppose that artificial intelligence is only concentrating on how to be superior of an adult human’s brain, then you will be surprised that studies... more »
EMC World: Day 2 Recap

EMC World: Day 2 Recap

The EMC World Conference in Las Vegas saw another exciting week with its continued support for the cloud, as this is the year of the cloud,  and its call for businesses to embrace the new technology as being a vital resource.  The cloud was not the only exciting news though, with Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante of theCube wrapping up the day’s highlights, seen here. The theme that EMC has utilized throughout this conference is "transformation," which is evident everywhere, from the t-shirts to the security guards and everything in between.  Transformation in the business realm is vital to a company's relevance and... more »
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Apple Still Rules Devices, Android Dominates the OS Scene

Millennium Media's published its latest Mobile Mix Index report for the first quarter of 2012, showing key advertising developments in device and manufacturer data, mobile operating system data, mobile developer trends and global tablet trends, along with other data that emerges from its vast network of mobile advertising. The Q1 Mobile Mix report highlights various mobile device advertising trends including top 10 mobile device manufacturers, leading mobile device operating systems, top 20 mobile phones and top mobile app categories ranked by impressions. Apple - the King According to the report, Apple iPhone topped the chart as the most dominant device and the leading individual... more »
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EMC Shifts Around Internal Open-Source Approach

“EMCworld is all about transformation – of our customers, the technologies, and ourselves,” says Brian Gallagher, president of EMC's recently re-named Unified Enterprise Storage Division. One of the major transformations going on inside EMC is that the walls between divisions are being broken down and technologies are being shared. “We derive the greatest value from complete solutions for individual customers,” he said in an interview on the SiliconAngle Cube from EMC World 2012 (see full video below). “So where we're going is the integration of our technologies into complete, comprehensive solutions to take a lot of the challenge out of IT. RecoverPoint,... more »
The Dream of the 90s is Alive in the Flash Market

The Dream of the 90s is Alive in the Flash Market

"Hey Dave, so you're back from Vegas." "Yeah, Alex, it was unreal." "Really?" "I have a lot to tell you." "You know, Violin Memory, right?" "Yeah." "Well, the founder, Don Basile, he came onto theCube this week at EMC World and basically said the dream of the 90s is alive in the flash market." "No way." "I'm serious. I mean, he talked about when IBM's SNA technology dominated the networking market. They controlled like 70 to 80% of the data running through any corporate network." "Yeah, I remember that. There were like all these promises of e-business." Defining interfaces - devops explosion "Exactly. Cisco eventually bought SNA in a $2 billion deal." All... more »

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