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3 Things to Expect From the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013

I'd say we have ourselves a tradition - for the third consecutive year, Samsung will be unveiling the newest iteration of its Galaxy Note line at the IFA technology conference in Berlin. Just two days before IFA kicks off on September 4, Samsung will hold its own press event to unbox the Galaxy Note 3. The phone maker sent out invites this morning for the event, called "Samsung Unpacked 2013," and will be live-streamed via the web. Fear not state-side folks, Samsung will host a press event at the same time in New York City's Times Square, where watchers and... more »
Crossbar's Resistive RAM Chips: The Successor to Flash?

Crossbar's Resistive RAM Chips: The Successor to Flash?

Santa Clara-based startup Crossbar has just announced a potentially game-changing new memory chip that it claims has the potential to replace standard flash memory in a number of applications. Crossbar calls its new technology Resistive RAM, and says that it has the ability to store up to a terabyte of data onto a single chip that comes smaller than the size of a postage stamp. Not only this, but it can access that data twenty times faster than the current best of breed flash memory available, a feature that could easily disrupt a market said to be worth some $60 billion... more »
FBI Data Miners Strike Gold : Hacking in Legal Grey Areas

FBI Data Miners Strike Gold : Hacking in Legal Grey Areas

Hackers and the tools used to wrangle their way into people’s online accounts are often viewed as a nuisance, but law enforcement officials in the US are seeing these tools in a new light. According to reports, the FBI develops hacking tools internally as well as purchases tools from private sectors, all in an effort to remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Android to record conversations.  The revelation came from a former US official who added that the officials can do the same with the microphones on laptops, and the users wouldn't even know. The Wall Street Journal reports that... more »
Microsoft Slashes Cost of Surface Pro: A Sign of Failure?

Microsoft Slashes Cost of Surface Pro: A Sign of Failure?

Just a week after it slashed the price of its failed Surface RT tablets by $150, Microsoft has taken a similar drastic measure with the price of its premium Surface Pro, cutting the cost of the device by $100. As of today, the 64GB and 128GB versions of the Pro will be priced at $799 and $899 each. However, Microsoft stated that the measure is merely a special "offer", that will only be valid until August 29, after which the devices will revert to their previous price. Also, the company pointed out that the offer is "subject to change" at any... more »
6 Security Apps While You Wait for Android Device Manager to Go Live

6 Security Apps While You Wait for Android Device Manager to Go Live

Google has finally unveiled its solution to help Android phone owners find their misplaced, lost or stolen devices with its Android Device Manager. iOS users are already familiar with this solution - Find My iPhone has been in place for several years now, happily reuniting iPhones with their owners.  So what does Android Device Manager have to offer? Locate and ring misplaced device   If you’re one of those people who keeps losing their smartphone down the couch, or can never remember where in the world you put your device, you can use Android Device Manager to ring your phone, at full volume, even... more »
LIVE: Nosey Neighbors & NSA Notions

LIVE: Nosey Neighbors & NSA Notions

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday August 5, 2013. Security Researcher Brendan O’Connor recently conducted an experiment to determine how easy it would be for the average citizen to create an adequate spying tool. Joining us now to share in the experiment’s findings is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. From the beginning of the NSA controversy, the agency's defenders insisted Congress is aware of the disclosed programs and exercises robust supervision over them. But members of Congress, including those in Obama's party, have flatly denied knowing about them. On MSNBC on Wednesday night, Sen. Richard... more »
Apple Product Ban Gets Vetoed by Obama

Apple Product Ban Gets Vetoed by Obama

Early last June, the International Trade Commission issued an import ban on older iPhones and iPads, following a ruling that these devices had infringed upon Samsung’s standards-essential patents. But Apple being Apple, the company was not about to back out from a challenge and immediately filed for an appeal.  And just as well, for it seems that the company has some very good friends in some very high places, with no less than the president ready to get its back. Over the weekend, the Obama Administration issued a veto on the proposed ban by the ITC. In a letter from the U.S.... more »
Weekly Security Review: Apple Partially Restores Dev Center, User Trust Plummets

Weekly Security Review: Apple Partially Restores Dev Center, User Trust Plummets

The cybersecurity space saw a lot of action this past week. Apple has (mostly) bounced back from the recent attack on its developer portal, CSA found that PRISM eroded relations between vendors and enterprise users, and word came out that Lenovo has been blacklisted by the intelligence community. In related news, NQmobile released a security study that names China the biggest market for mobile malware. SiliconANGLE reported on Monday that a number of Developer Center services - including Safari Dev Center, Certificates, Software Downloads, Mac Dev Center and iOS Dev Center - were brought back online after having been shut down... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: Video Streaming & Xbox Trolls

Weekly Cloud Review: Video Streaming & Xbox Trolls

This past week featured a number of newsworthy cloud updates. Intel revealed that it’s entering the on demand media market, Qwilt raised funding for its online video streaming solution, and Microsoft made a splash with a new reputation algorithm for its next generation console. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel has assembled a 350-strong team of programmers, industrial designers, and video experts to develop a cloud-based DVR. The firm is laying down the foundations for a massive server farm that will store every piece of programming aired locally, nationally and internationally for at least three days. Users will... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Weekly Big Data Review: Converged Analytics, Mobile Metrics Dominate Headlines

Several notable Big Data developments cropped up this week. GridGain raised funding for its in-memory analytics solution, Cisco and NetApp expanded their FlexPod portfolio with two Hadoop systems, and App Annie released the latest version of its application performance tracking tool. IBM also put itself into the limelight with a new PowerLinux server that combines the best of Watson and open-source database software. GridGain kicked off the week with a $10 Million Series B funding round led by Almazl. The firm said that it will use the capital to accelerate the development of its flagship in-memory analytics offering, which consists of... 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

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- 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

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- 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.