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5 technologies needed for space exploration

5 technologies needed for space exploration

Space exploration has come along way. First people were sent into space (and a few animals, too). Then came the first man to walk on the moon, followed by a rover sent to scout Mars hoping to determine if the planet is able to sustain life. But the mission is far from over, as NASA plans on exploring other planets and moons. In December 2011, NASA revealed that it was eyeing Europa, the sixth-closest moon on Jupiter and the smallest of its four Galilean satellites. The reason behind this is - Europa is covered in ice. NASA believes there is a large body of... more »
Boutique jewelers  + press on nails : Wearable tech gets fashionable

Boutique jewelers + press on nails : Wearable tech gets fashionable

This week’s WearableTech roundup features a necklace that delivers notifications, fake nails navigating your touchscreen, and a device that monitors your safety. CSR Bluetooth Smart jewelries   Cambridge-based semiconductor company CSR conducted a survey regarding wearable technology and it was revealed that 72 percent of respondents believe that wearable technology should look good, and 67 percent believe that it is important that these devices should fit their personal lifestyle.  In response to that survey, CSR unveiled a line of jewelry that is both smart and fashionable. In collaboration with boutique jeweller Cellini, CSR used its Bluetooth Smart solution CSR1012 to make fashionable jewelries serve... more »
Bitcoin to hit $100,000? Maybe one day...

Bitcoin to hit $100,000? Maybe one day...

Just how high can the value of Bitcoin go? That's a matter of debate, but if your name happens to be Chris Dixon, then your most optimistic answer would be “really, really high”. As far as the Andreessen Horowitz venture capitalist is concerned, the cryptocurrency is only in its infancy, and it's value should sky-rocket as it steadily goes mainstream. For the last few weeks its been hovering just around the $1,000 mark, but Dixon is one of many who're optimistic that Bitcoin's fate is on an upward trajectory that could see it's value shoot far north of where it's currently... more »
3 Smart Car solutions for 2014 : Resolution keepers

3 Smart Car solutions for 2014 : Resolution keepers

This is the final part of SiliconANGLE’s 2014 Internet of Things Resolution Keepers series, and this time we’ll be discussing Smart Car solutions. Driving and owning a car can get pretty complicated.  There’s so much to consider especially when you have a family with teenagers and toddlers that needs constant supervision.  Do you know where your teenage son or daughter takes your car when they go out?  Do you know if your toddler is safely tucked in their car seat?  When was the last time you had your oil changed?  What’s that sound coming from your car? Here are some Smart Car... more »
Virtualization beyond VMware : Live from VTUG Winter Warmer

Virtualization beyond VMware : Live from VTUG Winter Warmer

IT guys feeling a little cold this winter?  Why not drop by at the Gillette Stadium for the 7th Annual VTUG Winter Warmer 2014, an event focused on virtualization that kicks off today. theCUBE will be there broadcasting live, interviewing thought leaders in the virtualization space. Watch the live show here or at SiliconANGLE.tv, and be sure to check out our archives on YouTube. VTUG prides itself as being the only platform independent virtualization users group that lets its members learn about all technologies such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Red Hat, and others.  VTUG offer both education and information as IT... more »
Internet freedom = innovation : Don't let anyone tell you differently

Internet freedom = innovation : Don't let anyone tell you differently

Having some "snail paced" bullshit speed for internet connectivity is not viable internet access for innovation. The recent debate on Net Neutrality continues to rage on with the politics of big money and government leaders taking center stage around jargon that the average citizen (Joe Sixpack) doesn't understand. Let me break it down for you simply:  Open Internet is GOOD; Controlled, regulated by government, with price control by large corporations is BAD. Bottom line:  Freedom equals Open Internet. A clash over who should decide which information flows through Internet networks — and at what price — is now before a Washington, D.C., federal appeals... more »
Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for unauthorized 'in-app' purchases

Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for unauthorized 'in-app' purchases

Parents who were shocked to be billed for in-app purchases made by their kids have been given a welcome reprieve by Apple, which has agreed to refund those purchases. According to reports, Apple has agreed to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to parents who did not authorize their kids to make in-app purchases. “This settlement is a victory for consumers harmed by Apple’s unfair billing and a signal to the business community,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. “You cannot charge consumers for charges they did not authorize.” About three years ago, the Federal Trade Commission investigated Apple after it received complaints... more »
Get outta here! Internal Yahoo memo confirms Henrique De Castro's gets the boot

Get outta here! Internal Yahoo memo confirms Henrique De Castro's gets the boot

When Marissa Mayer was appointed as Yahoo!’s new Chief Executive Officer, she was dead set on doing everything her way in order to revive the company's flagging fortunes. Naturally, that included hiring new people - her own people - to help her turn things around. One of the most notable hires was Henrique De Castro, a former executive of Google like Mayer. De Castro was appointed to serve as Yahoo’s new Chief Operating Officer, tasked with reviving the company's failing ad business - one of its key revenue earners. Though it cost the company a small fortune to bring De Castro... more »
Microsoft hands Windows XP a lifeline, but the clock's still ticking

Microsoft hands Windows XP a lifeline, but the clock's still ticking

Microsoft has thrown a lifeline to the millions of users who're still running the decrepit Windows XP operating system on their computers, by announcing it'll be extending anti-malware support for an extra year. This means that Windows XP computers will continue to receive updates until April 2015. Previously, Microsoft had insisted that support for Security Essentials, Forefront Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, System Center Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune would end in April, the same day that support for the actual OS ends too – April 8, 2014. Had that been the case, those using Windows XP – and there are... more »
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It’s official: HP dives back into mobile market with voice-activated hybrids

After much speculation and assurances that the mistakes of the Palm acquisition won’t be repeated, Hewlett-Packard is once again trying its luck in the mobile space with two new phablets for Indian consumers. The company is looking to establish solid footing before venturing back into the more mature markets of North America and Europe, where intense competition from the likes of HTC leaves little room for newcomers. Explaining the rationale behind the hybrids, Ron Coughlin, the senior vice president of HP’s Consumer Personal Systems, said that “consumers are looking to consolidate their phones and tablets, which is propelling the voice tablet... more »

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- 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.