Top Stories

Fashion-Forward Fitness Trackers : From Fitbug to RISR

Fashion-Forward Fitness Trackers : From Fitbug to RISR

This week’s Quantified Self round up features a "fitbug" that records all your activities to help you get in shape, a fitness tracker fancy enough to be a fashion accessory, and a project to help you improve your body language. Fitbug Orb   A new fitness tracker is out to undercut other popular fitness trackers in the market with its very low $50 price tag.  The Fitbug Orb can be worn on your wrist like a watch, or placed just about anywhere else on your body.  Unlike other fitness trackers with batteries lasting only a week or so, the Fitness Orb doesn’t need recharging... more »
No thumbnail available

4 BI Disruptors Pushing Data Democracy in the Workplace | #BigDataNYC

One expected byproduct of the Big Data movement is data democracy, delivering useful and consumable analytics to everyone within an enterprise organization.  Though true data democracy is seemingly light years away, given the software integration and usability challenges that remain between IT and end users, there are a handful of companies addressing these obstacles, disrupting the Big Data industry. According to Wikibon Principal Analyst Jeff Kelly, one of the biggest hurdles in achieving data democracy is IT as an unnecessary middleman, a step that must be eliminated if end users are to truly benefit from direct access to Business Intelligence programs. In... more »
4 Ways to Download Instagram Videos

4 Ways to Download Instagram Videos

Instagram remains a hot commodity for mobile users the world over, and access to the popular photo-sharing app is only broadening with news of IG prepping a Windows Phone app.  News broke this morning at Nokia World with few other details - we just know to expect an Instagram app for Windows Phone in the "coming weeks." Instagram for WP is the latest major development in the app's ongoing appeal to the masses. In June, Instagram unveiled its video feature that allows users to take 15-second video clips.  Many were quick to dub it the Vine killer, as the service now... more »
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2: Bigger, Better, But Its Battery Still Sucks

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2: Bigger, Better, But Its Battery Still Sucks

While Nokia's release of six new devices stole all of the headlines this morning ahead of Apple's expected iPad 5 unveil later today, Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablets are quitely hitting the stores this same day, promising a host of improvements over the original, somewhat disappointing models. Extra computing power, less weight and more functionality is the order of the day, but there's still one are where Microsoft falls flat on its face – and that's its pathetically poor battery life in comparison to other devices that run anything but the Windows OS. AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi and CodingHorror's Jeff Atwood... more »
Instagram for Windows Phone + Other New Apps Unveiled @ Nokia World

Instagram for Windows Phone + Other New Apps Unveiled @ Nokia World

At Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish smartphone maker unveiled a number of new devices that should have Nokia fans salivating.  The Nokia 2520 Windows RT tablet looks great and is an affordable solution for those who want the goodness of a Windows RT tablet without having to pay more. The company is also offering two phablets, the Lumia 1520 which is aimed at the high-end market, and Lumia 1320, which is aimed at the low to mid range market.  Aside from that, Nokia has also updated its Asha line with the Asha 500, 502 and 503.  The new Asha... more »
Nokia 2520 vs Kindle Fire HDX vs Surface Pro 2 vs iPad 4 vs Galaxy Note 10.1

Nokia 2520 vs Kindle Fire HDX vs Surface Pro 2 vs iPad 4 vs Galaxy Note 10.1

After years of waiting, Nokia has finally unveiled its first ever tablet, and of course, it's powered by the Windows operating system.  But does it have what it takes to blow the other best-in-class tablets away?  Or will it just find itself overwhelmed by the iPads and Samsung tablets out there? How Do The Best Tablets Stack Up? Design: Nokia 2520: Colorful glossy shell casings, available in black, white, red and cyan. With dedicated keys for volume and power/lock. Kindle Fire HDX: To achieve the lightweight design, the device capacitive touch layer is directly integrated into the glass display, with a unique magnesium unibody... more »
Nokia Lumia 1520 & 1320 vs. The Other Fat Phablets

Nokia Lumia 1520 & 1320 vs. The Other Fat Phablets

Nokia is really going out with a bang.  Just months before it gets gobbled up by Microsoft, the Finnish company unveiled a number of products at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi today.  For the first time, Nokia now has phablets and a tablet to offer for consumers.  Good way to end its run, wouldn’t you say? Let’s check out what Nokia has to offer in the tablet realm, will it be able to amaze consumers with its features?  Or would it be like other phablets, overshadowed by Samsung’s offerings? Kudos to Nokia for offering two phablets, one directed at the high-end market,... more »
#BigDataNYC Preview : Best of Big Data on theCUBE [Playlist]

#BigDataNYC Preview : Best of Big Data on theCUBE [Playlist]

Hosted by SiliconANGLE and Wikibon, in partnership with Hortonworks and WANdisco, the first-ever #BigDataNYC 2013 gathering will bring together 200 industry heavy-hitters to rub shoulders and talk shop on theCUBE. With the summit rapidly approaching during Big Data Week in the Big Apple next week, we thought we’d give you a little taste of what to expect from the hottest data party of the year. Best of Big Data on theCUBE   Below is a playlist we've put together, contextualizing the best of theCUBE's exclusive interviews with CEOs, CIOs and CFOs in the Big Data sector.  Over the past three years we've followed... more »
Sqrrl CEO Exclusive : Plans Talent + Ecosystem : Bags $5.2M for Big Data Security

Sqrrl CEO Exclusive : Plans Talent + Ecosystem : Bags $5.2M for Big Data Security

Pushing its vision to make Hadoop more viable for the enterprise, Sqrrl has raised $5.2 million in Series A financing to promote Big Data security, a booming market opportunity as CIOs and cybercriminals alike recognize its value. Much like CIOs, hackers are increasingly recognizing the value of Big Data. While organizations are tapping into new information sources to drive efficiencies and gain competitive advantage, cybercriminals are developing more sophisticated tools and techniques for compromising systems that store large volumes of sensitive information. Hadoop, the de facto framework for Big Data processing, is becoming their number one target. Bringing security to the data   A startup called... more »
Nokia Announces Six New Devices: Phablets, Tablets & More At Nokia World, Abu Dhabi

Nokia Announces Six New Devices: Phablets, Tablets & More At Nokia World, Abu Dhabi

Nokia has finally unveiled its long-awaited entry into the phablet market with its new Lumia 1520, a 6-inch Full HD device running Windows Phone 8.1, with a monster 20-megepixel PureView camera that borrows the digital zoom feature of the company's Lumia 1020. The biggest Windows Phone ever made, the Lumia 1520 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quadcore chip, boasts LTE and a 3,400 mAh battery that'll keep it running all day long. The Lumia 1520 wasn't the only device unveiled at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi today though – aside from that beast, the company showed off no less... more »

Premium Research

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at how businesses are shifting their application focus towards customer-facing applications, and how this shift will impact data management and storage for CIOs.

- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the evolution of PaaS and Container platforms, and evaluates the critical architectural criteria that should be considered by CIOs, Enterprise Architects, Developers and Operational teams.

- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.