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Twitter sets eyes on reinvention to make up for slowed growth

Twitter sets eyes on reinvention to make up for slowed growth

Twitter's just published its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended December 31, 2013.  The results showed that while its revenues continue to increase, growth in users is now on the decline. The report stated that revenues for the fourth quarter were up by 116 percent, totalling $243 million, with most of that money coming from advertising. It also said that almost one third of its advertising revenue came by way of mobile advertising. The last quarter caps a very profitable year for Twitter, which saw total revenues rise by 110 percent year-over-year to $665 million. "Twitter finished a... more »
Nadella says focus is on mobile and cloud

Nadella says focus is on mobile and cloud

Now that Satya Nadella is getting comfortable behind his new desk at Microsoft, the world is eager to see what the new CEO plans to do with the company, and most especially in the crucial mobile market. As well as dealing with this headache, Nadella will also need to figure out what to do with a number of internal CEO candidates who were passed over for the top job. Yesterday, Nadella gave his first speech to Microsoft's biggest partners and customers in a meeting at the Redmond firm's headquarters that was broadcast over the web, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nadella... more »
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Apple declares war on Bitcoin, but it's a war that it's destined to lose

Apple is now officially an enemy of Bitcoin. The world's most valuable company has just launched another salvo in its war against the cryptocurrency, banning the popular Bitcoin wallet Blockchain from its app store without giving any clear reason why, according to a report in Wired.com. With blockchain no longer available on the app store, it means that iPhone and iPad users are left with no native Bitcoin wallet option to send and receive the cryptocurrency quickly and easily, following Apple's earlier decisions to ban Coinbase and CoinJar, reports Coindesk. Apple's justification for removing Blockchain? In an email to Blockchain CEO Nicholas Cary,... more »
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Amazon acquires Double Helix Games: Android-based console coming soon?

Amazon has confirmed the acquisition of Double Helix Games for both its talent and intellectual property. “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” Amazon said in a statement to TechCrunch. Double Helix Games is a game studio that arose from the fusion of The Collective, Inc. and Shiny Entertainment in 2007, which in the past have delivered popular game titles such as “Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb,” “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Earthworm Jim,” “Sacrifice, MDK” and “Enter the Matrix,” respectively. The company... more »
Cisco takes on the Internet of Things with “fog computing”

Cisco takes on the Internet of Things with “fog computing”

At last week’s DistribuTECH summit in San Antonio, Cisco revealed what its Internet of Things division has been up to since forming in October. The routing kingpin introduced a distributed computing architecture called IOx that combines its Internetworking Operating System (IOS) with Linux to simplify how data from connected devices is stored and managed. By hosting services at the network edge or directly in the end point rather than at a remote server, the platform reduces latency and enables applications to make better use of real time information such as geolocation data in order to improve user experience. Cisco also claims... more »
 Consumable Big Data : Cloudera repackages + adds Spark support

Consumable Big Data : Cloudera repackages + adds Spark support

Cloudera this week delivered on its October promise to provide a centralized enterprise analytics platform with a major portfolio overhaul that introduces three new offerings and support for the fast-growing Apache Spark project. Hailed as the next big thing in Big Data by SiliconANGLE founding CEO John Furrier, the framework executes queries up to 100 times faster than MapReduce and enables in-memory stream processing. The first and most important addition to the company’s lineup is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition, which packages its open source Hadoop distribution with a set of “advanced components” that consists of HBase, Spark, the Impala structured... more »
Smart car intercommunication key to preventing collisions

Smart car intercommunication key to preventing collisions

This week’s SmartCar roundup features an app that connects your car to your home, a milestone for the youngest car manufacturer in the US, and a long term plan by Ford that demonstrates what happens when cars talk to each other. Livio Connect   Livio Connect, formerly known as Livio Radio, makes it easier for people to enable  existing devices and apps communicate with one another.  Livio Connect turns your car radio into a control center for all you connected home devices, as well as apps on mobile devices.  It’s a protocol that enables users to control apps with their voice or fingers... more »
Look Back: 10 ways Facebook has changed our lives

Look Back: 10 ways Facebook has changed our lives

Yesterday, Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday with a nice-somewhat-cheesy Look Back video. But rather than have one video showing you Facebook’s history, the video recalls your own.  It lets you see your first ever Facebook photos, your most liked and shared photos and posts, and a collage of some of your best photos. Of course, not all your photos look that great, but hey, it’s fun looking at past photos of yourself accompanied by a cheesy video. Not everyone will get a video, it all depends on how long you’ve been using the service and how active you are. Active, long-time... more »
20th Century Fox: From traditional to converged infrastructure in 6 months

20th Century Fox: From traditional to converged infrastructure in 6 months

John Herbert, EVP and CIO at 20th Century Fox, and HP President and CEO Meg Whitman, discussed the partnership of the two companies as part of the HP Discover keynote presentation, a Hewlett-Packard event that concluded late last year. "Digital is really changing everything," Herbert said. Television distribution has been through a complete change, which yields tremendous opportunity, as it allowed 20th Century Fox "an opportunity to rethink our digital ecosystem. The converged cloud strategy is so important for us." For Fox, the first step was moving from a traditional to a converged infrastructure with the help of HP, increasing their... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 February 5th: BitTag for retail, BTC China back in the game, USPS looks into cryptocurrency exchange

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 February 5th: BitTag for retail, BTC China back in the game, USPS looks into cryptocurrency exchange

The Bitcoin community is still processing the New York Department of Financial Services hearings from last week but there’s a still a lot of other news running around the media that’s worth mentioning. Right now, an interesting use of wireless technology for retail to allow mobile payments in bitcoins is on display in London that updates BTC price tags with exchange rate. BTC China has returned to the market by once again accepting yuan deposits. And, in a real coup for cryptocurrency technology, the US Postal Service ran a webinar looking into how it could leverage virtual currency in the... 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.