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Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Would You Be Interested In An iPhone That Transforms Into An iPad?

Apple already sent out press invites earlier this week for their upcoming event next Wednesday, September 12, to be held at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where everyone is expecting to see the new iPhone.  The press invite is quite simple: it has the words “It’s almost here.” with the big number 12 below it, an Apple logo on the top left.  But what’s intriguing is the shadow below the number 12 as it forms the number 5, all but confirming early rumors that the next iPhone would be called an iPhone 5. Earlier rumors also stated that... more »
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Amazon's New Kindles Priced Cheaper Than Competitors

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Amazon’s new range of Kindles; Nokia to start selling new phones by November; E-book pricing settlement; and Samsung parts snubbed for soon-to-be announced iPhones. Amazon introduced HD tablet $200 cheaper than iPad Amazon held an event yesterday in Santa Monica, California where they unveiled their new line of Kindles.  They’ve added two new e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite for $119 and Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $179.  Then there’s the new 7” Kindle Fire HD for $199, Kindle Fire HD 8.9” for $299, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G LTE Wireless for $499. Amazon’s new HD tablets are notably... more »
Cool Ideas for Cutting Down on Data Server Cooling Costs

Cool Ideas for Cutting Down on Data Server Cooling Costs

One of the biggest – yet least talked about – challenges facing data centers today is the amount of energy they consume in order to process and store the masses of big data generated by big businesses around the world. The problem was highlighted by Pike Research in a recent study;  according to them, data centers account for a staggering 1.5% of electricity consumption globally, with much of this energy being used to power fans, coolers and air conditioners that are needed to ensure their servers don’t overheat and ‘cook’ all of that big data. It’s not just an expensive issue either... more »
Mind Control: Tomorrow's Technology, Today

Mind Control: Tomorrow's Technology, Today

We’re still a few years away from possessing the psychic capabilities of Professor X, but nevertheless human mind-control techniques have come a long way since our favorite paraplegic superhero made his debut back in the 1960s. SiliconANGLE previously reported on how EEG (emotiv electroencephalography) headsets can be used to play video games using the power of thought alone, not to mention how hackers could potentially use the headsets to hack into your brain and steal your credit card number. But besides playing games and using the technology for criminal purposes, EEG mind control techniques can also be used to transform the... more »
Microsoft’s Windows Azure Making Inroads – The Quiet Storm Ahead

Microsoft’s Windows Azure Making Inroads – The Quiet Storm Ahead

The cloud market as we know it will certainly be changing as Windows Azure is on the uptick.  It is true that the cloud platform has not traditionally been in serious competition with the large with the IaaS providers such as Amazon EC2, but that could be changing.    Windows Azure is one of the components along with the newly available Windows Server 2012 that Microsoft has collectively dubbed “the Cloud OS”.  With a common base for cloud application development, virtualization features, and other features, there is little doubt that it works in the Windows world.  That has been the rub... more »
CipherCloud Claims to have Revolutionized Data Protection

CipherCloud Claims to have Revolutionized Data Protection

CipherCloud believes it has created the first configurable encryption gateway to secure data that's in transit, in use and dormant in public and private cloud environments with the new CipherCloud Connect AnyApp. The company believes that Connect AnyApp will revolutionize how data is protected in the cloud with its quick and easy-to-use encryption system that isn't too pricey. This new product encrypts data on SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and other applications, along with behind-the-firewall intranet applications used to manage data in enterprises. According to CipherCloud, the application does not require any changes, nor does it ask for any installation of client software. "The industry’s... more »
Surge 2012 Registration Opens: Birds of a Feather Flock for DevOps

Surge 2012 Registration Opens: Birds of a Feather Flock for DevOps

Surge 2012 conference that gathers the best minds in the Web on a common platform will be held on Sept 27-28, 2012 at Baltimore, MD. The event will showcase practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established practitioners in this field. With whom you can meet, make face-to-face connections, and learn from the experiences of the best in our industry. The organizers have announced call for ‘Bird of a Feather’(BoF) sessions, which can be given by almost anyone. So technically, you don’t have to be a subject matter expert to host a BoF session. Surge 2012 has an interesting list... more »
LinkedIn Goes After Brands with "Timeline" Design, Mobile Update

LinkedIn Goes After Brands with "Timeline" Design, Mobile Update

Social networking site, LinkedIn, unveiled a new look for Company Pages today, which probably won't make Facebook too happy.  The revamped LinkedIn company pages resembles Facebook’s Timeline. Anyway, what does the new LinkedIn offer? For LinkedIn members, the revised company pages make it easier to find what they are looking for, such as company news and information, career opportunities,  products and services, or even insights.  Company updates are front and center, which enable members to quickly share, like, or comment on company updates.  Plus, the Company Pages are now available on Android smartphones and tablets as well as iOS devices, so you... more »
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Nokia Caught Faking Lumia 920 Video, Issues An Apology

Nokia launched two new smartphones yesterday, the Lumia 920 PureView and the Lumia 820.  The star of the show was, of course, the 920 PureView.  What sets this smartphone from the rest of the Lumia phones is the PureView camera.  Though it doesn’t have a 41MP camera sensor, it still boasts great quality photos regardless of the lighting conditions and sharp, clear photos because of the Optical Image Stabilization technology used in the camera. During Nokia’s presentation, they showed a video showing the difference between shooting with OIS on and OIS off.  Of course, the videos and photos shot with OIS... more »
Developers Need to Wait for Windows Phone 8 SDK Until Later This Year

Developers Need to Wait for Windows Phone 8 SDK Until Later This Year

Unlike what Microsoft originally promised, Windows Phone 8 software development kit (SDK) will now be available later this year. The estimated time of delivery for Windows Phone 8 SDK was this summer season, but now, the full SDK will be available when Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8. Coming next week, Microsoft will "share detailed instructions on how current Windows Phone developers with published apps can apply to obtain the near-final Windows Phone 8 SDK”. A limited number of developers will get the SDK, until the Windows Phone 8 does not release in public. So far, the private builds of Windows Phone 8... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.