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Where to Find the Next Billion Smartphone Users?

Where to Find the Next Billion Smartphone Users?

There are currently around 1.4 billion smartphones in the use around the world. Several developed markets including the U.S. have already exceeded 50% penetration of smartphones among cellular devices. As the rate of new consumers entering the market slowing down, acquiring new users becomes increasingly difficult and expensive. Developers looking for rapid growth are not likely to hit a gold mine in market conditions where each user has a million applications to pick. On the other hand, developers are apprehensive about venturing into uncharted territories where risk is perceived to be greater than the reward. One such uncharted territory for app... more »
Centrify Brings Centralized MDM to Samsung Phones with Knox Integration

Centrify Brings Centralized MDM to Samsung Phones with Knox Integration

Delivering on a partnership that was first announced in February this year, identity services provider Centrify has integrated its cloud-based mobile device management platform with Samsung Knox. The manufacturer's end-point security solution utilizes containerization to separate corporate data from personal data, making it practically impossible for users (and nosy admins) to gain unauthorized access to information. With Centrify for Samsung KNOX, companies can plug their BYOD environments into an Active Directory and enforce policies using the phone maker’s SAFE line of enterprise security products. The feature also delivers single sign-on, or SSO, to make it easier for workers to access multiple... more »
Open Source is Disparate, Distributed, Non-Homogenous, Says Google’s Open Source Chief

Open Source is Disparate, Distributed, Non-Homogenous, Says Google’s Open Source Chief

Google defends and promotes open systems. They bring innovation and choice to the user, and make the ecosystem of companies more competitive and dynamic. Concretely, this results in the production of over 24 million lines of code for more than 800 projects, including Android and Chrome are probably the best known. Many engineers at Google are working full time on open source projects. While at the All Things Open conference later this year, Chris DiBona is the Director of Open Source for Google, will give an update on Google’s current open source software activities. He talked to Opensource.com on the brutal nature... more »
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Fresh Out of Stealth, Gray Matter Eyeing Big Data Services

Lost in the hype but not overlooked by CIOs, professional services account for 44 percent of the Big Data market, which is expected to more than quadruple from $11.59 billion in 2012 to over $47 billion in 2017. A newly launched startup called Gray Matter is looking to carve out a slice of this segment with specialized analytics services for companies in the data-rich healthcare and financial industries. The consultancy’s offerings include a fixed-price "Mind" assessment of a client’s business objectives and organizational structure. The eight-week evaluation aims to help enterprises develop a “roadmap for optimal data utilization” that “ensures alignment... more »
Slimmest Portable Speaker, Smallest GPS Tracker + More

Slimmest Portable Speaker, Smallest GPS Tracker + More

This week’s #SmartDevice roundup features the market's self-proclaimed slimmest Hi-Def Bluetooth speaker, an Indiegogo project that aims to keep all your valuables in check, and a water bottle that lets you know if you’re not drinking enough H2O. DASH7   It seems the best travel speakers are bulky, and the most portable deliver poor sound quality.  Is there nothing that reaches a happy medium?  If you’re still looking for a really good portable speaker that can still fit in your pocket, you may be interested in the DASH7. DASH7 is a flat,  ¾ inch-high, wireless pocket-portable Bluetooth soundbar and speakerphone with huge omnidirectional sound.  It... more »
ScareMail: The Ultimate Plan To Overwhlem The NSA

ScareMail: The Ultimate Plan To Overwhlem The NSA

More than a few people were unhappy to learn about the NSA's massive surveillance infrastructure, and within days of Ed Snowden's first leaks we learned all kinds of hints and tricks to avoid its digital dragnet. But even with software like the Tor web browser and search engines like DuckDuckGo that claims not to track its users, it's almost impossible to stay completely off the radar, so is there anything else that could be done? Well, there is if you listen to university graduate and artist Benjamin Grosser, who's developed a new browser extension for Gmail that aims to wage war... more »
Twitter for Non-Humans : TV is Just the Beginning

Twitter for Non-Humans : TV is Just the Beginning

Twitter may have found the perfect partner for TV domination with Comcast, launching a Twitter Command to watch or record a show just by tweeting.  Such non-verbal commands are the perfect way for Twitter to develop user services around its platform, connecting it with third party services to be controlled through the most widely used microblog on the planet. Expanding beyond the TV industry would establish Twitter as a key component of the very infrastructure supporting the Industrial Internet movement, where machines talk to each other and basic coding puts humans in a position of power.  Though code has become a... more »
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GE Augments Industrial Internet with New Solutions, Partners

For GE, the path to the Industrial Internet goes through the predictive analytics market, layering Services atop the complex machines powering the movement. At this week’s Minds+Machines summit in Chicago, the conglomerate bolstered its networked machinery management system with 14 new predictive solutions, bringing the total number of technologies available on the platform to 24. Dubbed Predix, the software is billed as an integrated framework for unlocking the value of connected devices, from mobile devices to jet engines. This week's additions augment Predix with industry-specific asset and operations optimization functions, including the HoF SimSuite cloud service for healthcare providers and the Field360... more »
Protect Against "Silicon Valley Syndrome" With Cool Gadgets & Health Tips

Protect Against "Silicon Valley Syndrome" With Cool Gadgets & Health Tips

Experiencing back pains?  A knot in your neck that never seems to go away?  Eye strain?  Is there something wrong with your spine or is it just because you’re spending hours on end with your back stooped while using your tablet or smartphone? According to a survey by posture app company LUMO BodyTechm, dozens of people are experiencing what's called “Silicon Valley Syndrome,” which is manifested by eye strain, back pain and neck pain.  The survey revealed that 60 percent of Americans report having had health problems as a result of their use of technology or sitting at a desk. Thirty-six percent... more »
What's in Store for the Future of SDN? |#ONUGFall2013

What's in Store for the Future of SDN? |#ONUGFall2013

The ONUG event (Open Networking Users Group) for Fall 2013 is all set for October 29 and 30, bringing together a range of organizations and individuals interested in the world of networking.  The sector has undergone quite a transformation in recent years, largely due to software.  Virtualization is impacting every layer of the stack, and software-defined networking is making this space smarter and more efficient. Event details   Hosted by JPMorgan Chase at their New York headquarters, day one of the two-day event will focus on the new ONUG Academy, which is all about tutorials and workshops open to the industry.  Day two is all... more »

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

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Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.