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These Carriers have iPhone 5c Pre-Orders + 5 Places to Trade In Old iPhones

If you hadn't heard, Apple had a couple announcements this week, unveiling two new iPhones for the budget-conscious and the loyal. We've already compared the iPhone 5s to other top smartphones in the market, including the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z, BlackBerry Z10, Lumia 1020 and the Optimus G Pro. We then gave you a rundown of everything you need to know regarding the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, including a closer look at Apple's new biometrics security feature, exploring whether or not. the 5s's Touch ID is the next wave of authentication, along with the perks of Apple's new blazing fast A7... more »
Tableau Conference Like No Other

Tableau Conference Like No Other

In part this was because the vast majority of attendees -- probably 70 percent or more -- where end-users -- business, financial and other kinds of professional data analysts -- rather than CIOs or others attending primarily to gather information on product upgrades, add-ons, and the vendor's direction. For them this was an educational conference, and the breakout sessions included classes on advanced analytics, visualizations, and similar professional subjects. At the same time, they believe that they can change the world and that Tableau is the tool they need to do it. This is clearly the era of data, when political... more »
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Open Source Boosts Software-Defined Networking with OpenDaylight's Hydrogen + OpenStack

OpenDaylight Project, the collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) and create a solid foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) for a more transparent approach that fosters new innovation and reduces risk, shared a first glimpse at the OpenDaylight SDN architecture aimed for the first release called “Hydrogen.” OpenDaylight Hydrogen includes new and legacy protocols such as OVSDB, OpenFlow 1.3.0, BGP and PCEP, as well as multiple methods for network virtualization and two initial applications that leverage the features of OpenDaylight such as Affinity Metadata Service to aid in policy management and Defense4All for Distributed... more »
Twitter IPO Quick Guide: How to Buy + Analyst Expectations

Twitter IPO Quick Guide: How to Buy + Analyst Expectations

Twitter has confirmed that it has filed its S-1 with the Security and Exchange Commission with Goldman Sachs as the lead underwriter. Though this means Twitter’s IPO is inevitable, some have projected that the company going public may happen in late 2014 or early 2015, while others doubt things will solidify so early, as Twitter still needs to reach the 400 million user mark and a total $1 billion revenue before it can go public. SiliconANGLE’s Founder and CEO John Furrier was one of the early few who predicted that Twitter may soon file for an IPO, though he faced skepticism from... more »
Analytics Tools Should be like Bicycles for the Brain | #tcc13

Analytics Tools Should be like Bicycles for the Brain | #tcc13

Christian Chabot, CEO, Co-founder and Chairman of Tableau Software, discussed the company's take on data analytics and visualization with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live at the 2013 Tableau Customer Conference. 'Tableau really started with a series with breakthrough research innovations,' Chabot stated, mentioning his position within the company was powered by his understanding of the obstacles in making sense of data, and seeing the potential of those innovations. Tableau's mission is "making databases and spreadsheets easy for people to use." Chabot explained he could talk about Tableau with someone who knows nothing about data science, "but if you help them make... more »
SAP Broadens Big Data Strategy with Predictive Analytics Buy

SAP Broadens Big Data Strategy with Predictive Analytics Buy

SAP is hoping to move predictive analytics into the mainstream with the acquisition of KXEN, a San Francisco-based provider of user-friendly statistical forecasting software. No financial terms were disclosed. KXEN offers business users the ability to scan historical data for patterns and correlations that may shed light on future growth opportunities. SAP plans to bake the company’s technology into Fraud Management, Smart Meter Analytics and other cloud and on-premise applications that leverage HANA, its increasingly popular in-memory database. KXEN’s software will also be used to round out Predictive Analysis, a platform that SAP bills as a “workbench for defining, executing and... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Amazon's Home Automation Store, Cars that Wirelessly Charge Smartphones + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Amazon's Home Automation Store, Cars that Wirelessly Charge Smartphones + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features Amazon’s home automation shop, quantified self apps to help you sleep, cars that wirelessly charge smartphones, and smart jewelry for commuters. Amazon’s Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions SmartHome Monday featured a new cloud security platform from GEO Semiconductor Inc., Shaspa, and Tatung that launched at... more »
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True Cost of iPhone 5c : Real Security Concerns of iPhone 5s

This week ushered in the long-awaited next generation of iPhones, delivering not one, but two fresh devices for the masses.  While the iPhone 5c is the least expensive smartphone from Apple, CEO Tim Cook and his team purport the new iPhone 5s is the most "forward-thinking" smartphone the company's made to date, in large part because of the enhanced security features introduced with a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication for phone unlocking and iTunes purchases. But many questions loom over the true cost of the iPhone 5c, currently listed at an accessible $99 with contract.  And even more questions are being... more »
iPhone 5c Now Ready for Pre-order: Fanbois Already Camped Out

iPhone 5c Now Ready for Pre-order: Fanbois Already Camped Out

Apple fanbois can now head onto Apple’s page and pre-order the iPhone 5c. You can choose to purchase either a white, yellow, pink, blue or green device, and get the 16GB for only $99, or the 32GB for $199, with a two year contract on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.  For T-Mobile subscribers, you can get the unlocked and contract-free iPhone 5c for $549 for the 16GB and $649 for the 32GB.  The iPhone 5c pre-ordered on the four carriers will start shipping on September 20, 2013.  If you wish further customization, you can also order colorful silicon microfiber cases for $29... more »
Wondering Why The New iPhones Look So Freakishly Familiar?

Wondering Why The New iPhones Look So Freakishly Familiar?

If you attended the Apple event last Tuesday, or you were tuning in on a live blog, did you get a sense of familiarity when the two iPhones were finally unveiled?  You didn’t?  Are you sure?  Think far back into your childhood and you’ll probably understand what I’m saying. Remember these? Yes, the new iPhone 5c looks hauntingly familiar, especially with the silicon microfiber case, because it looks like (among other things) a food grater, Ikea’s plastic bag collector, Crocs footwear, and a game we used to play when we were kids (can’t remember what it’s called!). Is this a bad thing?  Not really,... more »

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