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Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

Gaming Site Gamigo Hacked, 8 Million User E-mail Addresses and Passwords Leaked

About four months ago free-to-play publisher and gaming site Gamigo warned users about a potential hacker breach of their databases, and last week that warning came to fruition: over 8 million usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords have been published to the web from that hack. Forbes contacted the data breach alert service PwndList about the leak and learned that the totality of the data weighs in about half a gigabyte and was posted to the password-cracking forum Inside Pro earlier this month. According to PwndList founder Steve Thomas, the file was uploaded to the forums earlier this month and was... more »
President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

President Obama Endorses the Cybersecurity Bill, Advises Taking Cyber Threats Seriously

Noting rising concern about the ongoing cyber attacks and threats, especially to the critical infrastructure, President Barack Obama and The White House have endorsed a cybersecurity bill that will strengthen the nation's digital defenses. Since last year, a series of attacks was conducted on the critical infrastructure of the country, such as a water plant in Texas disconnected its control system from the Internet after a hacker posted pictures of the facility's internal controls, hackers penetrated the networks of companies that operated country’s natural-gas pipelines, and increased attacks on the nuclear and chemical industries. “Today we can see the cyber threat... more »
BYOD Drives Developer Interest in Apple, Windows 8 [REPORT]

BYOD Drives Developer Interest in Apple, Windows 8 [REPORT]

Appcelerator and IDC released the results of a new joint survey today that polled over 3,500 mobile developers, and provides a few very notable insights into the current state of the mobile industry. One of the several conclusions that the two firms drew is that the enterprise is very high on developers’ priority list. An impressive 70 percent of the participants said they are working on applications that cater to this audience, an indication that companies are starting to open up to mobile at an accelerating pace. At the same time, developers are divided over which OS will win the battle for... more »
SAP’s Services Revenue Up, HANA Sales Top $100 Million in Q2

SAP’s Services Revenue Up, HANA Sales Top $100 Million in Q2

SAP reported its strongest ever 2nd quarter performance this morning with net profits of €661 million, or nearly $800 million. That’s a 12% increase over 2011 Q2 results. Among the highlights, SAP’s services revenue was up 16% compared to last year, topping €2 billion. That’s an impressive feat considering the majority of SAP’s business is in the struggling Euro Zone and industry-wide services revenue is expected to grow by a measly 2.3% this year.  SAP’s in-memory analytic database appliance HANA also had a good quarter. HANA sales hit €85 million in Q2 and the company said it is on track to deliver... more »
Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition Crosses Three Million Sold Units

The Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition that released on May 9, 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade has sold over three million units. This equals to raising approximately $60 million in just two and a half months, which sounds pretty cool. The news came from Mojang co-founder Markus "Notch" Persson who posted it on his Twitter account, “I got told Minecraft for XBLA passed three million sales today!” Besides Mojang, the official Microsoft blog for Xbox LIVE Arcade, Play XBLA also confirmed the news. “We’re so excited to announce that Minecraft on the Xbox LIVE Arcade has reached 3 million units sold! Congratulations to... more »
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From Windows 8 to Servers: Brace Yourself for a Refresh of Key Microsoft Technologies

Over the next 18 months, Microsoft will refresh nearly all its core technologies, warns consultant and Wikibon Analyst Scott Lowe in “A CIO view on Microsoft 2012-2013”. This former CIO warns that enterprise IT organizations need to plan a strategy to deal with the list of updates, and to help he provides a summary of the major new and upgraded features of each. He also rates each from the business (as opposed to consumer) standpoint on a 1 (don't bother) to 5 (jump on this now) scale. From the business standpoint, he rates Windows 8 as a 1. While the “touch... more »
How To: Make Your Enterprise Truly Social

How To: Make Your Enterprise Truly Social

In our increasingly mobile world, all enterprise, regardless of size, needs to have an online presence.  This takes many forms including mobile websites and a social presence.  While Facebook is the largest of the social media websites, there are a multitude of options including Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and the quickly growing Pinterest.  Social coupons such as Groupon and LivingSocial are areas that also should be considered by enterprises looking to increase their social profile. For many small business owners the idea of having to expand into the mobile and social realm is one that can be overwhelming but a necessary aspect... more »
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What's the Difference between the iPad Mini and a Grown iPod Touch?

We’ve been hearing about Apple's plans to launch the new iPhone by September or October.  In fact, we’ve heard so many rumors that it seems like we’re overlooking other Apple devices which are said to be launching alongside the iPhone 5.  Apple hasn't released a new device since the iPad, and while it's still far in the lead, it may be time for Apple to diversify its product line now that 7-inch tablets are becoming so popular and competitors with more product variety have the potential to win in the end.  The world is hopeful for a 7-inch iPad, and there's also... more »
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Beats Audio Couldn't Save HTC: A Troubled Relationship Amongst Mobile Rivalries

One year after its stake in Beats Electronics, a company specializing in audio processing,  HTC announced to recede half of the company shares. HTC had bought 50.1% stake in Beats Electronics, founded by hip-hop impresario Jimmy Iovine and rap legend Dr. Dre. for $309 million in August 2011, in an effort to differentiate their handsets and enhance their brand image in an increasingly competitive mobile landscap. Beats Electronics is an electronics company that develops and produces headphones and speakers. But HTC said in a statement over the weekend that they sold 25 percent of their shares back to Beats founders for $150 million.... more »
Standing up for HDFS, Hadoop’s Latest Whipping Boy

Standing up for HDFS, Hadoop’s Latest Whipping Boy

The Hadoop Distributed File System, or HDFS, which is really the core of any Hadoop cluster, has been taking a lot of flak lately. Many of the criticisms focus on some of HDFS’s well-known drawbacks, including its (until recently) lack of High Availability, and questions concerning HDFS security and management capabilities. Put another way, critics are coming out of the woodwork, declaring that HDFS, and by extension Hadoop, is not enterprise-ready and that an alternative file system is needed. Well, Steve Loughran, for one, isn’t going to take it anymore. Loughran, who is an active committer to the Apache Hadoop project and... 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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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.