Top Stories

Microsoft matches Amazon’s price cuts across all regions

Microsoft matches Amazon’s price cuts across all regions

Amazon may be dictating the pace in the IaaS race to zero, but the competition is never too far behind. On Friday, less than a week after the retailer-turned-cloud-giant dropped its rates for the 40th time since launching AWS in 2006, Microsoft upped the ante with a discount of its own. This is not the first time the software titan has thrown the ball back to Jeff Bezos’ court. Redmond pulled off the same gambit in March 2012 when, also within days of Amazon’s then latest price cut, it made Windows Azure Extra Small Compute instances 50 percent cheaper and shaved... more »
More developers favor Google’s Android mobile apps development to Apple’s iOS

More developers favor Google’s Android mobile apps development to Apple’s iOS

By market share, Android is the dominant mobile devices on the market, but the performance of its market share in terms of revenue generation is still lagging behind Apple's iOS. However, the situation is likely to change in near future. Developers’ community attitudes have started turning to Android applications due to better tools, a very large market share of Android devices, and better income opportunities. New survey data from Vision Mobile and Evans Data shows that developer interest may indeed be starting to incline to Android. A year ago, Apple iOS was still more favored by the developers--but currently, developers can... more »
No thumbnail available

SmartWorld Weekly: Cheaper smart lights + wireless health gadgets

This week’s SmartWorld Series features a cheaper alternative to connected lights, wireless monitors for health tracking, and privacy concerns for connected cars. If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world. Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. New SmartHome solutions : Color-changing lights + smart cutting board The Philips Hue has a challenger and it’s much cheaper.  The BeeWi Smart Color Light will soon be available for only $40... more »
30 years of the Apple Mac

30 years of the Apple Mac

If by any chance you visited Apple’s page today, you’d have probably noticed it's looking quite different . That's because Apple is celebrating the 30th birthday of the Mac. It all started in 1984 when Apple introduced the Macintosh, it’s first personal computer. Looking at it now, kids would probably have a confused look on their faces if you showed one to them, because it looks nothing like the Macs of today. And that’s good, because it shows how Apple much has progressed in the last 30 years. “It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use... more »
MyHabit on Pinterest vs Facebook : Analytics + ecosystems

MyHabit on Pinterest vs Facebook : Analytics + ecosystems

SiliconANGLE’s Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole Martin had a chance to sit down with Matt Repicky, Head of Marketing for Amazon’s MyHabit. MyHabit is a membership-only discount service that offers up to 60 percent off designer brands. Membership however, is free. Repicky joined MyHabit in October of 2012. Since joining, Repicky has been tasked with defining the MyHabit brand identity, and Martin asked him to give a lay of the landscape of fashion on the Internet today, specifically leveraging popular outlets like Pinterest. Here is an excerpt from her interview. Pinterest vs. Facebook It’s interesting to see how our customers interact on... more »
Big Data gone wrong: Facebook is doomed! And so is Princeton! And air!

Big Data gone wrong: Facebook is doomed! And so is Princeton! And air!

Here's a stark warning to anyone who thinks they can outwit one of Facebook's very own data scientists... Earlier this week, a pair of researchers at Princeton University made the news with the rather stunning claim that Facebook was on its last legs, and would lose almost 80 percent of its users within just three years. The basis of their surprising claims? The researchers likened the social network's rise to the spread of disease, and henceforth concluded that Facebook, like all good epidemics, would eventually die off as people lost interest. Not surprisingly, the research caught the attention of numerous media organizations... more »
Samsung's profits slide on slower smartphone sales

Samsung's profits slide on slower smartphone sales

Things are no longer looking quite so rosy and beautiful over at Samsung, although it remains the world's number one smartphone maker by some distance. Even so, its business has taken a knock in recent months, with Bloomberg reporting that the Korean company has posted its slowest growth since 2011. Samsung's operating profits for Q4 2013 slipped to 'just' 8.3 trillion won ($7.73bn), despite tablet demand increasing "substantially". The South Korean company blamed a quarter-on-quarter dip in mobile earnings on an increase in marketing costs and other one-off expenses, while smartphone sales rose quarter-on-quarter but failed to quite match the highs... more »
10 noteworthy Smart Home solutions

10 noteworthy Smart Home solutions

The past year saw the Internet of Things making huge strides, and one of the biggest areas of progress has been in Smart Home automation solutions. Keeping homes safe and secure can now be as easy as tapping a few virtual buttons on a smartphone or tablet, allowing homeowners to see who’s in their home in real-time, remotely control the lights and temperature, and even grant door access to visitors, from anywhere in the world. There are many different Smart Home gadgets and gizmos available, and consumers are often left bewildered by the sheer choice. Nevertheless, many people want to get... more »
Securing the Internet of Things: Top 10 things to consider

Securing the Internet of Things: Top 10 things to consider

The following is a guest post by Mark O'Neill, VP Innovation at Axway, a leading provider for data governance and API management. Welcome to the future, where smart meters monitor your home appliance usage, where fitness devices on your wrist track your heart-rate, and where electric vehicles can take commands from your wristwatch. What does all of this have in common? These innovations are all part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While the Internet of Things is going through a rosy honeymoon period at the moment, security issues are slowly creeping to the surface. There's a growing awareness that IoT devices... more »
Microsoft earnings blow everyone away; press angry because Ballmer was right

Microsoft earnings blow everyone away; press angry because Ballmer was right

Microsoft has no CEO and they are killing it in business performance.  Looks like Steve Ballmer was right: the company isn’t in bad shape.  Maybe it was the dumb press that called for his head. Steve had a smile on his face today as Microsoft Corp. announced revenue of $24.52 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2013. Gross margin, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $16.24 billion, $7.97 billion, $6.56 billion, and $0.78 per share, respectively. Maybe Microsoft should go without a CEO for a few more quarters. @fxshaw is smiling. Blow out earnings... 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.