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Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the continuation of the Apple-Samsung trial; Samsung launching Music Hub in the US; Nokia’s sales surge; and an app to make Android photos picture-perfect. Apple-Samsung lawyers delivered opening statements The Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co. trial started Monday with jury selection.  On Tuesday, the two parties were finally able to deliver their opening statements wherein both of the companies claim to be the innovator and accused the other of patent infringement. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for infringing their patents with the release of their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets that run on the Android platform.... more »
Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

The connected device is beng pursued by, location-based and social sharing trends, and there's booming, effective Wi-Fi usage behind it all, according to latest Jiwire mobile audience insights report Q2 2012. The quarterly report from JiWire, the location-based mobile media provider, examines the connected devices usage trends, location-based and social tagging trends and connected device adoption. Wi-Fi Sees Mass Adoption Of the approximate 315,000 public Wi-Fi locations in North America and records data from every ad request surveyed, Wi-Fi usage has increased by 240 percent over the past year, mostly led by the growth of smartphones. The study shows that 35 percent of smartphone... more »
HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

Hewlett-Packard bought out the struggling Palm, and its webOS operating system, in 2010 with the goal of entering the highly-competitive mobile market. The hardware giant put a lot of weight behind webOS under the leadership of former CEO Leo Apotheker, but once the keynotes were over and the devices hit the market it turned out that customers weren’t nearly as excited about webOS as HP itself. The lack of demand from the market led to a few fairly predictable results. The engineers were laid off, followed by webOS head Sam Greenblatt, and as a last-ditch effort to realize some sort of... more »
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Hackers wanted for careers at NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has made an open recruiting pitch to the hackers of the world and attendees of the annual DEFCON conference. “We want to talk to you about a career at NSA”    They have set up a webpage at http://www.nsa.gov/careers/dc20/  to reach out into the community for recruitment, following an actual appearance at the annual hacker event that was once very underground .  Recruiting talent with skills for cybersecurity is not an easy task. Born of a world that is outside laws and conformity, the hacker culture is rooted in electronic freedom and anonymous activity.  It was not that... more »
Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Watching the London 2012 Olympics, I noticed something - there’s not a lot of World Records that have been broken.  Though the Games is still ongoing, you can’t help but wonder--are the world records just too tough to beat, or are participants just not so focused on setting a new world record? “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the way to the London Olympics: Athletes stopped breaking world records,” an intriguing line from an article on ESPN titled “The Great Stagnation.” The article went on to compare the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, stating that before the 2008 Olympics began, athletes preparing to compete... more »
Google+ Increases Big Brand Users, But Not Engagement

Google+ Increases Big Brand Users, But Not Engagement

While Google pursues better and fresher content with it’s recent Wildfire acquisition, its Google+ platform must also innovate to match user engagement levels comparable to Facebook and Twitter. A SocialShare Report from BrightEdge shows that Google+ is gaining momentum with big brands like Visa, H&M and Red Bull creating Google+ pages and bringing their followings with them. These brands, however, are not necessarily fostering consumer interaction. Gold label brands that recently created Google+ pages include Wells Fargo, H&M, BMW and Toyota, which exceeded 1 million followers, putting the page ahead of Google's own Google+ page. The automotive industry is well represented... more »
As Promised, NetFlix Open Sources Chaos Monkey

As Promised, NetFlix Open Sources Chaos Monkey

Content streaming and movie rental service Netflix  utilizes cloud computing to power its core operations. In fact, the bulk of Netflix's infrastructure is cloud-based, and it is one of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) largest customers. Netflix has developed an entire arsenal of tools that help it manage its massive cloud environment and more efficiently manage outages and technical issues. Netflix refers to these tools as the Simian Army. The software includes colorful named items like Latency Monkey, Chaos Gorilla and Chaos Monkey. If you couldn't by the name, Chaos Monkey is a scaled-down version of Chaos Gorilla. (Who says developers don't have a... more »
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Enterprise Migration to the Cloud Still Has a Long Way to Go

The public cloud is picking up momentum, but many large enterprises are still hesitant about jumping aboard the public "as-a-service" bandwagon. Dan Lamorena, a director for Symantec’s storage and availability management group, explained, “You may not see the mass adoption of the cloud [in large enterprises] for five, ten or even fifteen years. Many organizations won’t change until it’s time to refresh servers and other critical infrastructure. It just won’t make sense before then.” Public cloud adoption has increased, but many enterprise class businesses are already heavily invested in their existing infrastructure and have a long list of concerns about transitioning to a public... more »
Gartner Raises 2012 Cloud Spending Forecast

Gartner Raises 2012 Cloud Spending Forecast

Citing a “stabilized” outlook, research firm Gartner expects enterprises to spend 3 percent more on IT, a slight increase from the 2.5 percent growth it noted in a report published earlier this year. Gartner estimates that $3.6 trillion dollars will be spent on IT in 2012. Spending on IT is expected to grow 2.3 percent to $864 billion, and hardware spending is projected to increase 3.4% to 420 billion. Telecommunications services continue to be the largest area for IT spending. Gartner expects for it to account for almost half of the IT dollars organizations spend in 2012, $1,686 billion, to be dedicated to... more »
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Salesforce.com: When It Comes To The Enterprise Cloud, Context Is King

In a blog post yesterday, Quinton Wall, Director of Technical Platform Marketing and general developer evangelist for Salesforce.com, makes the case that the App Store economy is here to stay - and that the enterprise cloud developers who are going to succeed are those who leverage the all-important idea of context to make apps more useful and more powerful. I had the chance to talk to Wall briefly for a deeper dive into the importance of context. Between the Heroku and Force.com platform-as-a-service  offerings, Salesforce.com runs 2.4 million apps from 500,000 developers, Wall claims, giving the company a lot of insight into market trends. And the... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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