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Mobile Big in Travel, and Marketers Got It (Mostly) Right

Mobile ad network operator Millennial Media released its latest SMART report, outlining advertising trends in the travel industry – one of the fastest growing verticals in this space. The travel industry is currently the third biggest spender on Millennial’s network behind telecommunications and finance, and is also holding on to the third spot in the fastest growing verticals category.  Spending increased by 200 percent year over year. Millennial broke down these numbers a bit: 57 percent of marketers’ ad budget went to the ‘Booking Agents and Sites’ sub-category, while 18 went into “Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines” and 11 percent was spent... more »
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Apple-Samsung Trial: Jury Selection

The patent infringement trial between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. started yesterday.  Though it was scheduled that the two will deliver their opening statements yesterday, the jury selection process took longer than expected so by lunchtime, it was agreed upon that opening statements will be delivered today. The jury selection was an interesting process since a few potential jurors were dismissed for having connections with Apple.  One stated that he is an Apple employee and ultimately wants to see Apple win the case, another said his son worked in the legal department at Apple and one Google employee wanted to... more »
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iPhone 5 Launch Set for September 12: On Sale Sep. 21

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the iPhone 5 to be revealed on September 12; HTC removing a patent in the case against Apple; leaked court documents unveiling two new Samsung Windows phones; and an app for PTSD. Apple to unveil iPhone 5 on September 12 According to different but reliable media sources, Apple is getting ready to launch the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini within the second week of September with Wednesday, September 12th, as the most probable date of the launch.  iMore was the first to report the said Apple fall event, with AllThingsD and the Verge also reporting the... more »
Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Siri Meets Foursquare with Saga Roll Out: Priority Invite Code!

Saga is not another Siri clone, per se. It’s more similar to Google Now and the recently launched Friday app, offering a utility that intelligently pins down data based on any number of metrics, most prominently your location, and displays it to the user with actionized intent.  The service is launching its public beta for iOS today.  We have priority invite codes here if you'd like to check it out: just use the code SILICONANGLE. Saga combines a number of different elements. For one, there’s the hyper-local aspect: the app is location-based at its core and the recommendations systems is tailored... more »
OpenStack Foundation Investigating Election 'Violation' Controversy

OpenStack Foundation Investigating Election 'Violation' Controversy

Guidance and stewardship of OpenStack, the open source cloud platform project, is shifting from Rackspace Hosting, as the community works to get the guiding OpenStack Foundation off the ground. But over the weekend, a controversy emerged when Shanley Kane (Better known as @shanley on Twitter), an individual member of the OpenStack Foundation, withdrew her candidacy for the foundation's Board of Directors, allegedly under pressure from corporate members. The nominations for the OpenStack Board of Directors opened on July 25th, with Kane - who works as Basho's Director of Product Management in her day job - finding out that she was a candidate soon... more »
Dell's Delayed Journey Into the Cloud

Dell's Delayed Journey Into the Cloud

Dell is striving to shed its PC only roots by adding new enterprise focused products and services. However, the company’s strategy for software and cloud isn’t going as smoothly as it hoped. Dell announced its very optimistic roadmap for entering the cloud market last year in August. This year the PC giant showed its continuing commitment to the plan by acquiring companies like Wyse Technology. Dell may have its eye on the future, but actually getting there is taking longer than anticipated. Dell planned to release a cloud-based analytics service for small and medium businesses last August. Developing the software has... more »
BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks Leaked - Release in 2012?

BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks Leaked - Release in 2012?

Earlier this month, leaks surfaced about Research in Motion’s plan for their upcoming BlackBerry devices.  The leak includes a touchscreen phone codenamed “London”, a QWERTY BB10 device dubbed as  “Nevada”, and two more codenames, “Naples” and “Nashville”, which have no details yet.  It was also mentioned that a 10-inch PlayBook is in the works, referred to as “Blackforest”, expected to come out early 2013. RIM has been in the slumps as they try to struggle with the dominance of Apple and Android, but what made the situation worse is when they announced that BB10 will be delayed yet again.  Instead of... more »
Yet More Malware Caught Targeting OS X, MORCUT Bites Into Audio Captures

Yet More Malware Caught Targeting OS X, MORCUT Bites Into Audio Captures

As soon as the new version of MAC OS X version, Mountain Lion was released on the Mac App Store, a new malware also surfaced up. Named as OSX_MORCUT.A, the malware acts as a backdoor into the remote system and gives attackers remote access to the infected systems. The malware is also called ‘Crisis’ by some anti-virus software as the name appears inside the malware's code. It is created with the motive of spying as it captures audio and video files from the user’s machine. While most features of MORCUT are similar to backdoor malware, such as searching for files, checking... more »
Census Bureau Unveils Public API For Apps Developers

Census Bureau Unveils Public API For Apps Developers

The US Census Bureau has just made its wealth of demographic, socio-economic and housing data more accessible than ever before, with the launch of its first public API. Launched last Thursday, the API will surely lead to endless possibilities for developers of mobile and web applications. Developers will be able to access two Census Bureau statistical databases through the API; the 2010 Census, which provides up to date information on age, population, race, sex and home ownership statistics in the US, and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, which offers a more diverse range of socio-economic data, covering areas including employment, income... more »
Updated Public Beta Version of Xbox LIVE Available, Rush Before You Miss It!

Updated Public Beta Version of Xbox LIVE Available, Rush Before You Miss It!

Microsoft has just announced the new beta version of the Xbox LIVE, which comes with some cool features like Internet Explorer for Xbox, updated dashboard, and many more. As announced by Major Nelson, the company also started accepting beta testers. This attracted thousands of fans with overwhelming response, but only a few of them were able to make it and grab the offer. You might be wondering if the offer is already over, why I’m asking you to rush? So, the trivia is that while the Xbox LIVE public Beta is now closed, there is an open call for all... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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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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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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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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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.