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$45 BeagleBone Black to Compete With Raspberry Pi

$45 BeagleBone Black to Compete With Raspberry Pi

In the wake of the popularity of Raspberry Pi, here comes the yet-another-incarnation of the cheap single-board machine. The BeagleBone Black. Priced at $45, the BeagleBone Black competes directly with the Raspberry Pi. Though several new features and enhancements have been introduced in the new BeagleBone Black, the favorable element remains its price. The company has reduced the price to almost half as compared to previously $89 single board computer (SBC) makes the BeagleBone cheaper than most Arduino boards and marginally above the $25-$35 Raspberry Pi. Coming on the technical specifications, The BeagleBone Black's single-core processor grows up from the predecessor’s 720MHz... more »
How Big Data Trumps The New Terrorist Model

How Big Data Trumps The New Terrorist Model

The Cold War was all about an arms race that saw the world's two biggest superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union, amass thousands of nuclear weapons. These days, conflicts are vastly different. Instead of an arms race, what we're now seeing is an “organizational race”, in which terrorist groups, insurgents, police forces and intelligence operatives alike all strive to create networks. For the bad guys, the aim is to build up dozens of small cells comprised of no more than three or four operatives, each with the same agenda but only loosely affiliated with other groups. Meanwhile, for intelligence... more »
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The GE Pivotal Announcement: Rewriting the Rules of Big Data and Internet of Things

GE, the world's leader in industrial technology and solutions, today plowed $105M into Pivotal, the EMC/VMware spinout. You can read John Furrier's post for the details of the deal but this in my view represents the next wave in Big Data applications and a huge boon (and possible disruption) to Big Data valuations. This deal has the Tucci, Maritz, Gelsinger, Goulden playbook all over it and is one of the reasons I love EMC - they make big, bold moves and tend to execute on them, creating massive shareholder value in the process. Last month I attended the EMC/VMware financial analysts... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 24, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 24, 2013

EMC Reports Record 1Q Revenues, Reaffirms 2013 Business Outlook EMC has reported 1Q13 revenue of $5.39 billion, a 6% increased year-to-year and a record for the company. GAAP net revenues attributable to EMC were $580 million, and earnings per diluted share were $0.26. Non-GAAP net income attributable to EMC was %850 million, a 4% year-to-year increase, and non-GAAP diluted share earnings were $0.39, a 5% year-to-year increase. More HP WebInspect 10.0 Helps Clients Identify Vulnerabilities in Web Apps HP has announced WebInspect 10.0, an application-security system that replicates real-world attacks through a guided testing process, enabling organizations to develop and deliver secure Web... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 April 24: Bitfloor Bites the Dust, MoneyGram and Western Union Ponder BTC, MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles On Reuters TV

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 April 24: Bitfloor Bites the Dust, MoneyGram and Western Union Ponder BTC, MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles On Reuters TV

This week the bitcoin markets continue to recover from the crash from $266 unto $50 (although it didn’t linger there for long before gaining to near $100) recent trades have put the value around $130. Over the weekend, MtGox had a little bit of paranoia about DDoS attacks--as are becoming evermore common--but nothing came of that. Bitfloor ate the big one and bit the dust, vanishing in a puff of smoke and shuttering their doors. The VPs of MoneyGram and Western Union spoke up about eyeing Bitcoin (but said little beyond that.) Finally, MtGox made their way onto Reuters TV. Bitfloor closes... more »
US Judge Rules Data Encryption Makes Perverts Untouchable

US Judge Rules Data Encryption Makes Perverts Untouchable

We all know that protecting our digital data is important, but that doesn't stop most of us from using lame passwords or just not bothering to do so at all. However, a recent ruling in the legal case of a suspected child porn distributor might just prompt some people to have a rethink. As it turns out, there really is every reason to use the highest level of encryption possible, and not just in case someone should steal your laptop. In fact, it's the criminals themselves who should be doing the encrypting, most especially if they have something they need... more »
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Apple's WWDC All Set for June, Loses Natural Language Acquisition to Google

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Apple announces WWDC in June; Swype now available on Google Play; Nokia unveils phone with dedicated WhatsApp button; Microsoft and ZTE enter a licensing deal; and Google trumps Apple in Wavii acquisition. Apple announces WWDC in June Apple announced that it will be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 10-14, 2013 in San Francisco.  Tickets are priced at $1,599 each and will go on sale on April 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. Pacific. The WWDC is open to those who are a part of Apple’s iOS Developer, iOS Developer Enterprise, or Mac Developer programs,... more »
Google Snaps Up Wavii to Boost its Knowledge Graph Database

Google Snaps Up Wavii to Boost its Knowledge Graph Database

Various reports suggest that Google is on the verge of announcing a $30 million-plus acquisition of Seattle-based startup Wavii, a real-time news service that creates “Facebook-style” news feeds for whatever users happen to be interested in. Techcrunch first reported the news, citing “legitimate sources” with knowledge of the matter. As part of the deal, Wavii's small band of employees will apparently be put to work inside Google's Knowledge Graph team, which is slowly revolutionizing its search algorithms. Wavii's, which has slowly evolved over the last four years, three of them while in stealth mode, was apparently highly sought-after, with Apple also competing... more »
VMware Spin-out Startup Pivotal Gets $105M for the Industrial Internet Arms Race : Now an Instant Superpower

VMware Spin-out Startup Pivotal Gets $105M for the Industrial Internet Arms Race : Now an Instant Superpower

General Electric just announced that they are pouring in $105 million in investment into Pivotal, the VMware (EMC) spinout that is focusing on the new modern era of developers and cloud. This new investment is on top of the big investment that VMware and EMC are making.  This puts Pivotal in a class by itself in terms of startups in that they are "super funded".  With the GE investment this makes Pivotal an instant Startup  Superpower - giving them an unfair advantage over their competitors across the board. The strategic investment in the VMware and EMC spin-off will allow GE to speed... more »
LIVE: Dell's Dependence on Go-Shop Bidding Process Leaves Egg on It's Face

LIVE: Dell's Dependence on Go-Shop Bidding Process Leaves Egg on It's Face

The private equity firm Blackstone Group has exited stage left, leaving Dell on stage with egg on its face. The flatlined bidding for Dell is a result of the board relying exclusively on a process known as a go-shop for how it ran its sale. Here is the gist: after a deal is announced, the go-shop allows the target company (in this case Dell) to shop around to see if there are any other bidders. Why on earth would the first bidder allow this you ask? What I deem an 'outdated sales model' is the short-answer. Go-shops were first used... more »

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