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Microsoft Has To Rename SkyDrive: Here's a Few Suggestions for Them

Microsoft Has To Rename SkyDrive: Here's a Few Suggestions for Them

Does SpyDrive have a nice ring to it? We think it does, though Microsoft is unlikely to agree, even though we could argue that there's an element of truth to the name :) But anyway, first things first, what’s all the fuzz about SkyDrive this morning? The problem is that Microsoft has just lost a trademark dispute with the UK's Sky Broadcasting Group, one of the largest pay-TV broadcasters in Europe.  A London judge ruled that Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service infringed upon BSkyB’s “Sky” trademark.  The judge’s ruling is valid across the entire European Union, and what this means is that either... more »
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From Jeopardy to Cancer Institute: How IBM Watson is Transforming the World

IBM Watson is more than a supercomputer.  It is a cognitive system capable of natural language processing, and is able to perform deep natural language processing to make it seem like you are talking to a human, and not just a computer. Watson achieved fame when it beat contestants on the popular game show Jeopardy!, and again when it beat Harvard Business School students in the same game show, taking home $56,33. But Watson is not just about beating people in mind games, as it has evolved into something that is useful for people. Meet Dr. Watson   In 2011, WellPoint’s Chief Medical Officer Sam Nussbaum,... more »
4K Video Demands Better than Blu-Ray : Sony + Panasonic Create Next-Gen Optical Disc

4K Video Demands Better than Blu-Ray : Sony + Panasonic Create Next-Gen Optical Disc

Sony and Panasonic have signed an agreement principally to unite their efforts in developing the next generation of optical media. The goal is to expand the capacity of optical archiving digital media by 2015, while providing a compatible system with older generation devices. According to the two Japanese firms, optical disks still retain some advantages in terms of preservation of data that do not have flash systems (USB, etc.) and tapes. This new type of optical storage will be resistant to water, dust and extreme variations in temperature. The two companies have thus met the growing demand of the storage market, especially for... more »
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IBM CTO Talks Flash

John Borkenhagen, the chief technology officer for IBM’s System X and Bladecenter group, stopped by theCube at Edge 2013 to discuss the hottest trends in storage. He shared his insights into flash memory and explained why the density of HP’s Moonshot server causes diminishing returns. TheCube host Dave Vellante kicks off the interview by highlighting that traditional storage is on the decline. Borkenhagen agrees, and mentions that spinning disk has only gotten 20 percent faster over the past decade - not nearly enough to keep up with the 800x increase in CPU performance. The executive notes that disk has historically constituted the... more »
LIVE: NSA Officials Struggle with Spyraling Public Image

LIVE: NSA Officials Struggle with Spyraling Public Image

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Thursday August 1, 2013. Just as the NSA attempted to make amends with the security community, they have been dealt another blow as a result of the Edward Snowden document leaks. Joining us now to update us on the latest details is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Yesterday morning NSA Director Keith Alexander appeared at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas where he hoped to mend the NSA’s reputation in the eyes of thousands of the conference’s hackers and security professionals but instead found himself face-to-face with... more »
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Social Headphones + Smart Socks : Connected + Motivated Fitness

Staying fit is no easy task.  People need motivation in all forms, from a gadget that monitors your progress to an app that allows social integration so your pals can cheer you on.  And this is the reason why fitness apps and devices are booming.  So let’s look at the latest developments in the SmartBody world, maybe something will finally pique your interest enough to get you off the couch. Muzik   Disruptive innovator Jason Hardi founded Muzik, an innovative company that aims to transform the way people listen to music.  Hardi is pioneering a new space called Social Smartware which aims to... more »
QLogic Quits ASIC Switch Market in Latest Push to Cut Costs

QLogic Quits ASIC Switch Market in Latest Push to Cut Costs

QLogic has discontinued the development of its ASIC switch solutions in an effort to boost long term profitability. Interim CEO and chief financial officer Jean Hu announced the move during the company’s first quarter earnings call. She assured shareholders that QLogic’s existing ASIC solutions will remain on the market for foreseeable future, and stated that near-term OEM switch development and qualification programs will not be affected by the cutbacks. Wikibon Senior analyst Stu Miniman told us that QLogic’s exit from the ASIC space was to be expected in light of its decline in recent years. He believes that the channel will play... more »
Facebook Targets Twitter Success with Embedded Posts

Facebook Targets Twitter Success with Embedded Posts

You don't have to be on Twitter to read what somebody tweets, and you don't have to go to YouTube to view a YouTube video, thanks to the way this content can easily be embedded on other website. And now, you won't need to go to Facebook to comment, click like, or otherwise interact with any Facebook posts. In a move that's designed to boost its relevance with breaking news and current events, Facebook has finally made public content more accessible, allowing news outlets to begin embedding posts for the first time. Facebook says that the feature will eventually be rolled out... more »
Viewing The World Through A PRISM - Part II

Viewing The World Through A PRISM - Part II

In the first part of this series, we offered a recap of what we knew of the NSA surveillance program, PRISM. The intent of this second in the series was to explore how and if large-scale intelligence gathering schemes could or should be dismantled. Rounding out the article will be an exploration of some of the ways one might try to maintain even a modicum of privacy in their waking lives. There are those who have argued the Pandora’s Box-esque nature of PRISM might trouble some, but the program and, more notably the technology behind it, is going nowhere. Micah Greene,... more »
Big Data Putting the Heat on Ad Agencies to Scale

Big Data Putting the Heat on Ad Agencies to Scale

The Paris-based Publicis Groupe and New York’s Omnicom Group recently announced a multi-billion dollar merger of equals that will create the world’s largest advertising agency. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly appeared on NewsDesk this morning to share his insights into the deal. Jeff believes that the need for scale is the primary reason behind the move. He explains that joining forces is the only way Publicis and Omnicom can compete on  equal ground more or less with digital advertising titans such as Google. More traditional agencies will likely follow suit as online ads continue to chip away at their market... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.