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Valve Hints At New Steam Hardware, Names Linux the Future of Gaming

Valve Hints At New Steam Hardware, Names Linux the Future of Gaming

Speaking at LinuxCon in New Orleans, Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, dropped a hint of new upcoming Steam Hardware. Besides in a surprising statement, he called Linux the future of gaming despite its very small share of the market, mainly because its openness stood in stark contrast to the closed and proprietary worlds of consoles, mobiles, and tablets. Currently, Linux gaming accounts for less than 1% of the market share from all angles, including players, player minutes, and revenue. Newell even acknowledged this fact. “It feels a little bit funny coming here and telling you guys that Linux... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 September 18: Bigpoint Games to Accept Bitcoin, Network Exceeds 1 Petahash a Second, Armory Technologies Raises $600k

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 September 18: Bigpoint Games to Accept Bitcoin, Network Exceeds 1 Petahash a Second, Armory Technologies Raises $600k

Bitcoin news only got brighter today with a breaking development from Bigpoint--a well-known massively-multiplayer online (MMO) gaming developer who cater to an audience of millions--announcing the acceptance of bitcoins for virtual items. Virtual worlds, gaming, and spaces that exist primarily online and already trade in virtual currencies and virtual goods are a perfect market for BTC due to the already-virtual and already-global nature of gaming. On top of that, this weekend the Bitcoin network exceeded 1 petahash a second of processing power--a growth of almost 40x what it had been seeing in Janudary. And, Armory Technologies--the group behind the Armory Bitcoin Wallet--have... more »
Ex Googlers Launch Shadow Puppet, Among iOS 7's First New Photo Apps

Ex Googlers Launch Shadow Puppet, Among iOS 7's First New Photo Apps

How many times has this happened: you’re looking at a photo your friend sent and you’re wondering, what it’s supposed to mean?  Was there something funny you should be laughing at?  Was it an “aaawww, that’s so cute!” moment? Looking at photos can bring back memories, but if you’re not there when the photo was taken, how will you know the story behind it? Ready for the new iPhone 5s   Shadow Puppet is a new app for iOS launched today, setting out to help people share photos along with their back stories, in a easy way.  The new app is the latest startup from... more »
iPhone 5s M7 Chip Could Improve Apple Maps App : Beyond Fitness Tracking

iPhone 5s M7 Chip Could Improve Apple Maps App : Beyond Fitness Tracking

This week’s SmartCar roundup features Apple’s new M7 chip, Nissan’s Safety Shield system, and a smart car that does away with doors, windows, and a roof in favor of a skateboard. The M7 chip   The new iPhone 5s comes with a coprocessor dubbed the M7.  It manages the device's motion sensors, making the iPhone 5s probably the best device for fitness and health enthusiasts who do not want to purchase additional trackers.  But according to sources, the M7 may not only play a huge role as a fitness tracker, but also in improving Apple’s Maps app and helping people find their cars. “Sources... more »
3 Ways to Learn OpenStack : Training Marketplace Opens Doors to High-Paying Jobs

3 Ways to Learn OpenStack : Training Marketplace Opens Doors to High-Paying Jobs

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a hot commodity right now, as we move to an era of Big Data, cloud computing, scaling, and virtualization.  Helping legacy organizations and disruptive startups transition successfully into this new era are open source communities, contributing the software and brain power to expedite progress and products.  OpenStack, the joint initiative started by Rackspace and NASA, has emerged as a prominent open source community, garnering support and becoming indispensable across the industry. Knowing your way around OpenStack could even help you in the job market.  The average cloud engineer salary is at $97,000 but an OpenStack cloud engineer’s salary... more »
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Audience Audit’s Susan Baier on Attitudinal Segmentation | #tcc13

Susan Baier is the owner of Audience Audit, a research firm that specializes in attitudinal segmentation. Baier stopped by theCube at the recently concluded Tableau Customer Conference to explain what it is her company does and how Tableau’s software helped her boost the bottom line. Baier is a marketing veteran with over 25 years of experience in brand management and strategic planning. She founded Audience Audit with the goal of providing marketers with the information they need to make effective decisions. Historically, marketing professionals resorted to gut feeling and market segmentation for decision making. The latter technique involves dividing a target audience... more »
Symantec Uncovers "Hidden Lynx", Professional Hackers for Hire

Symantec Uncovers "Hidden Lynx", Professional Hackers for Hire

Symantec claims to have uncovered a group of professional hackers for hire that were been responsible for some of the most infamous cyber attacks directed at government agencies over the past few years. Dubbed "Hidden Lynx", taken from the string that was found in its command and control server communications, Symantec stated that key characteristics of this group includes its technical prowess, agility, organized, sheer resourcefulness, and patience. “They are the pioneers of the “watering hole” technique used to ambush targets, they have early access to zero-day vulnerabilities, and they have the tenacity and patience of an intelligent hunter to compromise the... more »
Still Waiting To Upgrade To iOS7? Here's What You're Missing...

Still Waiting To Upgrade To iOS7? Here's What You're Missing...

The latest version of Apple’s mobile platform is rolling out today.  Millions of people around the world will be upgrading their iOS devices, so don’t expect it to be very easy to install iOS 7.  Apple will be “pulsing” the release of iOS 7 in stages, so as not to overload their servers. If you can’t wait to find out what the new iOS has in store for you, these are just some (actually quite a lot) of the changes you’ll notice: The lock screen now lacks the familiar bars at the top and bottom where you see the time and the... more »
Can Nate Silver's Data Culture Lead Us Out of the NSA + Public Data Scare?

Can Nate Silver's Data Culture Lead Us Out of the NSA + Public Data Scare?

Oh hey, the National Security Agency (NSA) is snooping around all of your financial information too. Or are they? We already knew they could read your e-mail and listen to your phone calls, but according to the German magazine Spiegel, citing new details from the Edward Snowden files, reported yesterday that an NSA program called Follow the Money tracks records of international payments, banking, and credit-card transactions. But wait, not so fast, says SiliconANGLE's own Mike Wheatley. The NSA storyline is one that has a lot of scare tactics involved, but that's not equivalent to topic being covered being a confirmed... more »
NSA Keeps Its Hands Clean, Buys Zero-Day Vulnerabilities From French Firm Vupen

NSA Keeps Its Hands Clean, Buys Zero-Day Vulnerabilities From French Firm Vupen

So it seems the NSA doesn't do all of its own dirty work after all. On occasion, it's also prepared to stump up a fair bit of cash to get its hands on so-called 'zero-day vulnerabilities" (previously unknown bigs) that it can use to attack computer systems, according to a new freedom-of-information request. The request was made by the public records service MuckRock, and shows that the NSA took out a contract with a notorious French company called Vupen that specializes in finding zero-day flaws in software and computer systems. Once a vulnerability has been discovered, Vupen then develops exploits and... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.