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Ignition Partners Scales Down To Focus On Enterprise IT & Big Data

Ignition Partners Scales Down To Focus On Enterprise IT & Big Data

If you’re looking for more evidence that “small really is beautiful”, look no further than Frank Artale’s Ignition Partners venture capital firm, which has just announced the closure of its fifth investment fund at a nicely rounded $150 million. That amount is of course less than half the size of Ignition’s previous fund, which totaled some $400 million. In line with this scaling down, Ignition also said its opening up a smaller office in Palo Alto, Calif., which fits in with its plans to focus on investing in smaller, early-stage companies. Yesterday, the Ignition Partners’ John Connors confirmed to the Seattle Times... more »
Raspberry Pi Up For Sale, and Sold Out Too

Raspberry Pi Up For Sale, and Sold Out Too

The much-awaited Raspberry Pi Model A became available for sale on Easter in the United States. With a price tag of $25, this credit card sized computer is selling through Texas based Allied Electronics, the first local retailer selling the Raspberry Pi in the US. But as soon as the device went on sale, it got completely sold out in a short time, leading to zero availability of Raspberry Pi Model A. Here’s what Allied Electronics has on its website: “Due to limited supply of the Raspberry Pi Model A, we are not offering preorders or backorders on the product at this... more »
What Is Bitcoin? Here's a Little "Bit" of Bitcoin History For You

What Is Bitcoin? Here's a Little "Bit" of Bitcoin History For You

There’s so much talk about Bitcoin these days but some may not be that well versed in the topic. Seriously, what is Bitcoin and what is its purpose?  Will it eventually be replacing the standard form of currencies in play, or will it be something that would soon fizzle and be forgotten?  Let’s look at the history of Bitcoin and the latest happenings in digital currency. A Bitcoin For Your Thoughts: Bitcoin is a complex and anonymous type of electronic or digital currency which can be traded for real money or local currencies such as dollars, yen and euros.  But the beauty of... more »
Anonymous Hacks North Korea's Social Media, Kim Jong-Un Morphs Into a Fat Pig

Anonymous Hacks North Korea's Social Media, Kim Jong-Un Morphs Into a Fat Pig

Just days after launching a DDoS attack and data leak on the North Korean news website Uriminzokkiri.com, Anonymous are at it again, hacking the communist state’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts, whilst defacing two of its websites in a bid to disrupt its online presence. Previously, we saw hackers purporting to belong to Anonymous swipe some 15,000 passwords from Uriminzokkiri, apparently in response to DPRK’s recent rhetoric about launching a nuclear attack on South Korea and the US. We can’t be sure how true these claims are since the hackers only ever posted the details of six hacked accounts online, but... more »
Samsung Beefs Up Mobile Security with Absolute Security

Samsung Beefs Up Mobile Security with Absolute Security

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Samsung taps Absolute Security to fortify mobile security measures; Anonymous hacks North Korea’s Twitter and Flickr accounts; More Android users are active on Instagram; Samsung builds stores inside Best Buy; and Microsoft’s relevance dwarfed by smartphones and tablets. Samsung taps Absolute Security to fortify mobile security measures Later this year Absolute Security’s patented persistence technology will become a part of Samsung Knox, Samsung’s mobile security platform for professional and personal accounts on enhanced versions of Android. Future Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy SIV, will be enhanced with "constant, tamper-proof security connection for tracking, wiping, recovery... more »
Amplidata to Showcase Cloud Storage Tech at NAB 2013

Amplidata to Showcase Cloud Storage Tech at NAB 2013

Amplidata, a Belgian startup that develops scale-out storage solutions and data protection software, reserved a booth at the upcoming NAB 2012 gathering in Las Vegas. The event is one of the largest digital media conventions in the world. Studios such as Pixar are among the largest consumers of cloud-based storage and compute because of the type of data they work with: 3D high frame rate and 4K “ultra HD” video. Amplidata is attending the event to showcase an upcoming media gateway that will allow studios to quickly ingest such workloads and beam them off to geo-dispersed post-production teams with minimum delay. The... more »
Nebula One Launch Takes Off From OpenStack Initiative

Nebula One Launch Takes Off From OpenStack Initiative

Nebula, the self-proclaimed cloud systems startup, introduced its flagship offering this week. Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman discussed the news and provided more details about the “world’s first enterprise cloud computer” in a recent NewsDesk segment. The solution, appropriately named Nebula One, ships with the startup’s OpenStack-based cloud OS and a homegrown controller. It is compatible with industry-standard servers from Dell and HP, and support for select IBM models is expected to be added in the near future. According to Miniman, the system was built to address one of OpenStack’s major drawbacks: the difficult and time-consuming manual configuration process.  He notes that... more »
Google Forks WebKit: Say Hello To "Blink"

Google Forks WebKit: Say Hello To "Blink"

After a marriage lasting almost 12 years, Google has decided to bid farewell to the WebKit rendering engine, upon which its open-source Chromium browser project is based. In its place, Google welcomes Blink, a new open-source rendering engine that’s based on WebKit, which from now on will become the driving force behind its popular Chrome browser. Explaining what prompted the move, Google software engineer Adam Barth writes in a blog post that although WebKit is lightweight and powerful, Chromium employs a “different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for... more »
Codero Goes Dell, Solidifying its Enterprise Lineup

Codero Goes Dell, Solidifying its Enterprise Lineup

In the hosting game, the target is always world-class, and Codero Hosting has just announced a partnership with Dell to solidify their world-class promise. The announcement means Dell’s enterprise-grade servers and equipment are now part of the hosting solution provider’s extensive services and infrastructure lineup. The introduction of the enterprise-ready hardware inevitably means a number of advantages to Codero’s operations. Dell’s portfolio of systems features advanced data center management capabilities, high performance, and a long-earned reputation for reliability. Codero will immediately be utilizing the features to support their expanding customer base in cloud, hybrid hosting solutions, managed services, and dedicated offerings.... more »
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Clouds on Intel’s Horizon Darken as 64 Bit ARM Open Door for HP Moonshot to Land in Hyperscale Data Centers

The appearance of Google glasses and other wearable smart devices, and the April 2, 2013 announcement from ARM Holdings and TSMC of the tape-out of the 64-bit A57 Cortex processor chip, has caused Wikibon CFO David Floyer to further decrease his already dismal projections for Intel’s future. In his latest Alert, “Intel Nightmare Worsens with Wearable Devices and and 64-Bit ARM Processors” he drops his previous estimate of Intel’s portion of the 2022 Smart Device market from 5% in his original research to 3%, from 30%+ today. This presumes that by then both Apple and Microsoft will have migrated to... more »

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