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WARNING: Dump Internet Explorer or Risk Getting Hacked!

WARNING: Dump Internet Explorer or Risk Getting Hacked!

PC users running Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, 8 or 9 as their default browser are being advised to stop using it immediately following the discovery of a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to take over their computers. The vulnerability, which was only revealed two days ago by researcher Eric Roman on the Rapid7 Metasploit project, has already been exploited by a “small number of attackers”, according to Microsoft. The company is said to be franticly working on a security patch to fix the issue, but so far it has not said when this is likely to be released. Metasploit, as... more »
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Social Media Engagement, Search are Top Priorities for Digital Marketers

Most companies are already clear on their strategy- they urgently need to be present and active in the world of Social Media. Companies now look at social media as a key aspect of marketing for their overall business strategies.  About 9 in 10 companies in the U.S. plan to market on social networks this year, according to eMarketer, indicating that the channel has become almost a necessity for most brands. New research published about digital marketing trends shows that social media engagement and social search are rated as the top priorities for brands, and both will offer most exciting opportunity for... more »
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HTC 8x for Windows Phone 8: A Better Bet than Android

Taiwanese company HTC just unveiled two new Windows Phone 8 smartphones:  the Windows Phone 8X and the Windows Phone 8S.  The smartphones both feature Super LCD 2 displays coated with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer was present at the event and was pleased to talk about the two new devices which he calls Microsoft’s and HTC’s “biggest endeavor yet.” The 8x features a 4.3-inch screen while the 8S’s screen is slightly smaller at 4 inches.  Both devices also feature Beats audio for better sound quality, an 8MP sensor rear camera with ultra-wide lens and a 2.1MP front-facing camera and both... more »
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JOBS Act and Crowdfunding: Are there Better Options for Your Business?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president earlier this year with the hope of leveraging the economy and finally moving the recovery out of recession.  One of the star provisions of the JOBS Act is the usage of crowdfunding techniques to help small businesses find the funding they need at a time when banks have pretty much stopped lending money to those who need it most, and as Bill Clark of Mircoventures wrote,  “Participants can raise as much as $1 million a year without having to do a... more »
Here's the Situation: Another $14M for Space-Time Insight's ‘Situational Analytics’

Here's the Situation: Another $14M for Space-Time Insight's ‘Situational Analytics’

Geospatial visualization software startup Space-Time Insight raked in another $14 million in a second round of funding - the announcement was made at the Utility Analytics Week convention today. New investors include Nuvus Energy Partners, and ClearSky Power & Technology Fund, while existing backers Opus Capital Ventures and Start Up Farms International (SUFI) also participated in the Series B funding. Martin Aares of Nuvus and ClearSky’s James Huff and Tucker Twitmyer are joining the company’s board. “As increasing volumes of data challenge businesses across a range of industries, Space-Time Insight’s innovative visual approach to analysis is a differentiator, especially in situations where users... more »
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The Linux Foundation $10bn Working Group to Make Cars Wireless Devices on Wheels

"From dashboard computing to In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI), automobiles are becoming the latest wireless devices -- on wheels." – Linux Foundation The tech world seems to think Google’s driverless cars are the “next big thing,” with several companies developing apps for the futuristic vehicles. Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch covered today’s announcement by the Linux Foundation today that shared its Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup. The new project, made possible by a $10 billion collective investment, will provide technology to give customers the app experiences they have grown used to with their connected devices in their car. According to the Linux Foundation press release, Jaguar... more »
How Social Networks Will Sway Election Results in 2012

How Social Networks Will Sway Election Results in 2012

There is no doubt that this election season has been a long one, started nearly two years ago when the president filed his official election papers, and the campaigning swiftly started.  There is also no doubt that this year, even more so than in the 2008 and 2010 elections, social networks are going to play at least a minimal part of the election, its turnout, and the winner. A study, published last week by the journal Nature, finally gives a glimpse into just how much sway social networks actually have over an election, and while the data used is from the... more »
Is November Too Late for iPhone 5 Rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note II?

Is November Too Late for iPhone 5 Rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note II?

Samsung Electronics Co. announced that the Galaxy Note II will be arriving in US shores in mid-November and the following carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular, will be selling the device.  Unfortunately, no exact date was given and the price of the phablet is still a bit of a mystery. The Galaxy Note II features a 5.55″ HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720) display with Corning Gorilla Glass that provides exceptional damage resistance to the drops, bumps, and scrapes of everyday use, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean,  8 Megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED... more »
Why Mobile Wallets Are Asking For Trouble

Why Mobile Wallets Are Asking For Trouble

Smartphones are becoming an all-in-one gadget that initially started off making calls and sending texts, and now have evolved into our livelihoods. Phones are now tackling another frontier and becoming our wallets, says the LA Times. The smartphone is replacing the credit card and cash as a preferred method of payment, and by 2016 there will be a projected $617 billion in cell phone transactions worldwide. The Good and The Bad While it's undeniable that there are advantages to paying will a smartphone including efficiency and convenience, and that the method of payment is almost certainly growing in popularity, it is not... more »
Virgin Mobile Uses "Draconian" Password System Primed for Hackers

Virgin Mobile Uses "Draconian" Password System Primed for Hackers

According to a developer, Virgin Mobile subscribers are at risk of having their accounts hacked because of the “draconian password policy” the company is using. Virgin subscriber and developer for cloud communications company Twilio, Kevin Burke, stated that Virgin Mobile only requires a six-digit numerical password for users to be able to access their online accounts.  According to Burke, what this means is that there’s no more than 1 million possible valid combinations compared to eight-character passwords which includes numbers, capital and lower-case letters and would require 218.3 trillion—or 628—valid combinations.  A hacker would only need a Virgin Mobile phone number,... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.