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Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

What with many of Asia's countries still not quite having reached first-world status yet, many companies in the region can be a bit slow to adopt new technologies. Yet there's one innovation that Asian firms can't seem to jump on fast enough – Big Data. The majority of Asian businesses have so far scoffed at the idea of migrating to the cloud, but a good number of them are already employing Big Data analytics to boost their bottom line, according to a new report from The Economist's intelligence unit, which recently surveyed several hundred Asian companies. It's worth taking the time to... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 1 July 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 1 July 2013

Jordanian Bank Chooses IBM to Transform Customer Experience The Jordan Ahli Bank has chosen IBM to modernize its core banking systems to meet new standards of customer service and support business expansion. IBM is providing hardware, software, & IT services to enable the bank to offer smarter products and services, enhance client satisfaction with improved time-to-market services, increase its banking application performance, and cut energy consumption costs. The project is part of a full-scale business transformation program called DNA that the bank, which has 50 branches across Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Cyprus, initiated last year. More   Dell OEM Solutions Partners with Prentke... more »
Waterproof Smartphone Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia ZR

Waterproof Smartphone Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia ZR

A recent report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech  states that in Europe, previous users of Samsung devices, specifically the Galaxy SII, upgraded to a Sony Xperia Z rather than another Samsung device such as the Galaxy SIII, S4 or Note. The reason for this may be in the Xperia Z’s water and dust resistant features, and with its recent iterations, the ZR and the Ultra are now waterproof.  This appeals to the more outgoing or adventurous demographic.  But will Europe’s interest in the Xperia be maintained now that Samsung’s ruggedized S4, the Galaxy S4 Active, is already available to consumers? Let’s compare how... more »
ICANN To Require Verification to Register New Web Domains

ICANN To Require Verification to Register New Web Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, has announced plans to make domain registrars more accountable for those who sign up and register internet domains. WHOIS, the public domain name database of all registrants, will soon require that all new domain owners verify their identities with either a phone number or an email address within 15 days of applying for a new domain. Anyone who fails to do so would see their newly registered domain suspended. The changes have come to light following the publication of a new, fifty-page Accreditation Agreement (RAA),... more »
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Geeky Grillmaster Gadgets + Fireworks Tips for July 4

Get your steaks, ribs, hotdogs, burger patties, corn, and hotdog buns ready, ‘coz it’s time to fire up the grill for this year's Fourth of July celebration. July 4th, considered the National Day for the US,  is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the country’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. People celebrate this day in various ways, with town fairs, carnivals, concerts, parades, baseball games, and political rallies. But there are two things seemingly present in every celebration: grilled food and fireworks, because any event is all the more special when... more »
Firefox Phone OS Opens Up & Transhumanist Headphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Firefox Phone OS Opens Up & Transhumanist Headphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Your ZTE is Open   The world’s first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open, will launch tomorrow, and be available for less than a hundred dollars. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Spanish wireless carrier Telefonica, who will be the carrying the phone. Firefox OS smartphones are said to be the first devices that are completely powered by web technologies. The web-based operating system means the ZTE Open will be able to deliver new features, unmatched by any other phone. While discussing the launch of the Open, Mozilla’s Chief Operating Officer Jay Sullivan commented on their new platform saying, “The... more »
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Bytes Sized: Putting Big Data into Perspective

To say that information technology has come a long way in the past few four decades would be an understatement. On Visual.ly, a San Francisco-based startup that connects data experts, designers and marketing professionals, we find an infographic entitled “Bytes Sized” to help us gain a better understanding of the journey from the early days of the PC revolution to the Internet of Things and beyond. In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs unleashed the Apple-1, a limited edition device with five kilobytes of RAM that became known as the first pre-assembled personal computer. Eight years after the historic launch, a... more »
The First Firefox OS Phone Has Just Arrived, Look Out Android!

The First Firefox OS Phone Has Just Arrived, Look Out Android!

Last February at the Mobile World Congress we saw a clutch of mobile phone carriers pledge support for Mozilla's Firefox OS, its new HTML-5- based open web mobile platform that it hopes will have an impact in the low-end smartphone market. Now, just four months later, Mozilla is announcing the launch of the first commercial Firefox OS phone to go on sale to the public – the ZTE Open, which is set to hit the shops in Spain tomorrow on the Telefonica network. The ZTE Open obviously isn't going to be much of a threat to Apple and Samsung's dominance just... more »
Sony Catches up with Samsung in Europe, Android Still Dominates Mobile Market

Sony Catches up with Samsung in Europe, Android Still Dominates Mobile Market

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech today released figures revealing that Samsung continues to dominate the smartphone market in Europe. For three months up to May 2013, the numbers showed that almost half of the smartphones sold in Europe were Samsung smartphones.  This huge increase has also helped Android’s overall market penetration, which now stands at 70.4 percent share across Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.  The Android percentage presented is higher than the 61.3 posted last year and is far greater than market shares of iOS and Windows, which command just 17.8 percent and 6.8 percent of these markets respectively. In Britain, Samsung... more »
Hadoop 2.0 + YARN Will Enable New Workloads : Hadoop Summit 2013 Review

Hadoop 2.0 + YARN Will Enable New Workloads : Hadoop Summit 2013 Review

For the last interview of our Hadoop Summit 2013 coverage, theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante talked to John Kreisa, VP Strategic Marketing at Hortonworks, asking him what transpired from this event, what surprised him the most, and "what came out of the woodwork". Kreisa was pretty excited by the "great energy at the conference, the great buzz and the tremendous attendance", noting a couple of different themes coming through. One overarching theme was that "Hadoop is crossing the chasm, becoming the key component of the Next Generation Data Architecture". That was an obvious theme across  all the presentations and the... more »

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