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E3: Sony’s SOEmote Will Add Emotions to Social Gaming

E3: Sony’s SOEmote Will Add Emotions to Social Gaming

Sony’s upcoming SOEmote will use webcams to track the facial expressions and voice of players and translate them onto gaming avatars in order to convey a further sense of emotion into online gaming. Currently, massively multiplayer online gamming is crammed into its own box of animations and body language from in game characters that are triggered only when the player picks from a list of emotes (short for emotion.) Looking at another player as they speak in a game lacks a sense of “thereness” due to a lack of emotion from the avatar—but a multitude of role players who use MMORPGs... more »
Microsoft's Default DNT Pisses Off Advertisers, and For Good Reason

Microsoft's Default DNT Pisses Off Advertisers, and For Good Reason

As the digital era looms on, every user's concern is over privacy.  It seems every gadget we use gives away our data, like web activities or location, and worse, even our e-mail addresses and other personal information. Some may argue that you can prevent your data from being acquired just by simply turning off a few of your browser’s functions.  But the question is, is everyone aware of this? Mozilla’s Firefox browser was the first to offer a “Do not track” option wherein the browser sends a signal to advertisers that the user chooses not to be tracked.  This limits advertisers' ability... more »
Juniper Adds Long List of Enhancements to Web Security Software Mykonos

Juniper Adds Long List of Enhancements to Web Security Software Mykonos

Juniper Networks has unveiled a long list of enhancements to its web security software, Mykonos. Juniper acquired the company back in February for $80 million. The new release includes over 30 new features and enhancements, protects against a wider range of attack techniques, has simpler configuration and can handle heavier traffic volumes. Networking providers like Juniper are continuing to acquire companies and add new services to differentiate themselves in the increasingly competitive networking market. It seems like almost weekly vendors in the space are releasing a new product. Earlier this month, Juniper announced enhancements to its Simply Connected platform, a suite... more »
ClickFox Update Lets Consumer Stats Skip the Data Scientist

ClickFox Update Lets Consumer Stats Skip the Data Scientist

ClickFox is a maker of consumer behavior analytics software that has become quite popular over time, and now it's rolled out the latest version of its flagship Customer Experience Analytics, or CEA platform. The 6.4 release aims to streamline the flow of data throughout an organization with new features that handle who gets access to what, and when: after the update a manager in a call center or an executive in a remote office can view statistics directly, rather than having to wait for it to trickle down from corporate. The package also covers a tool called ClickFox Plus that visualizes... more »
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Chrome OS Faces Obstacles in Merging with Android

Over the course of the last several months there have been whispers, some subtle, some not so much, regarding a merger of Android and Chrome, both of the powerhouse Google franchise.  Sundar Pichai, the Senior Vice President at Chrome, has admitted as much, telling CNET  “that his product and that other Google operating system, Android, may some day merge.” Yet, there are many things that would need to happen before a merger could successfully occur. But, it does look to slowly be occurring with the addition of the Chrome browser as a member of the WebKit browser engine product last summer,... more »
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Galaxy SIII On Sale Soon from 5 US Carriers

Today’s mobile news roundup features plans for the Samsung Galaxy SIII to hit the US this month, Microsoft's latest domain buys, Asus' unveiling of a new Windows 8 tablet, and Apple’s iOS Security revealed. Samsung Galaxy SIII's US launch Samsung Electronics Co., before they revealed their US plans, clarified that the Samsung Galaxy SIII will be known only as the Samsung Galaxy SIII even if various network carriers sell them unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy SII, which was called by various names depending on the network. As for the US launch, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular, will start selling variants of... more »
Cascading 2.0: An Application Framework for Hadoop Winning the Attention of Twitter, Etsy and EMC

Cascading 2.0: An Application Framework for Hadoop Winning the Attention of Twitter, Etsy and EMC

Cascading is an open-source application framework getting the attention of Twitter, Etsy, AirBnB and big data analytics companies such as EMC Greemplum and Map R. The popularity stems from its ability to abstract the complexities of MapReduce and making Hadoop clusters easier to manage. Today Concurrent announced Cascading 2.0, an ennterprise-grade development platform designed for Java developers to build big data applications on top of Hadoop. The complexity of MapReduce makes the process of deploying big data apps a time consuming endeavor with multiple opportunities for error. With Cascading 2.0, data scientists and developers use high-level scripting languages and open APIs to... more »
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The New Larry Ellison Loves the Cloud

Larry Ellison has been the CEO of Oracle since 1977. That’s longer than most technology leaders in Silicon Valley (and I) have been alive. He’s kind of like that crazy uncle everyone is afraid will show up at family events - except, he’s rich and runs an enormous technology company and everything he says creates a headline. One his most famous rants about cloud computing spawned what seemed like thousands of articles agreeing and disagreeing with Ellison’s statement, “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of... more »
Google Attacks Microsoft and Nokia for Collusion

Google Attacks Microsoft and Nokia for Collusion

Anti-lawsuits patent battles have always found their way into news headlines these recent months, with biggies in tech - from Microsoft to Google, Apple to Oracle, all accusing one another for patent infringement.  This time it's Google that's filed complaints with the European Commission against the two main contributors to Windows Phone, Microsoft and Nokia, of mobile patent abuse. The Mountain View company has filed a complaint against Microsoft and Nokia with the European Commission (EC) and the U.S. competition regulator, declaring that the concentration of their patents affect free competition in the mobile industry.  Google said the two companies are distorting competition by... more »
Stuxnet Origins Revealed: US, Israel Involved in the Viral Development and Rampage

Stuxnet Origins Revealed: US, Israel Involved in the Viral Development and Rampage

We have finally confirmed that the world has moved into the era of state-sponsored cyberwarfare. It’s been confirmed, the Internet-worm Stuxnet caught infected Iranian nuclear material processing centrifuges was produced jointly by the United States and Israel in an attempt to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. An article published in The New York Times lays out the evidence, the interviews, and the politics behind the production of this rampaging software. It’s been more than a year since the Internet-worm Stuxnet was first detected and dismantled, and it’s still considered to be a singularly jagged-edged piece of technology developed specifically with the intent... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.