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Hands-Free Autographs & Breakup Apps for the Shallow - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Hands-Free Autographs & Breakup Apps for the Shallow - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Takin' Selfies   For individuals who want to record everything, a new life-logging camera will be hitting markets tomorrow all throughout Europe. Priced at 400 pounds, OMG Life’s Autographer is described as the world’s first intelligent wearable camera. Instead of working like a traditional point and shoot camera, the Autographer is worn, and it operates on autopilot. Five sensors monitor changes in color, temperature, magnetometer, motion and acceleration, and they choose when to take shots. Using a special app, the Autographer can take advantage of your iPhone’s GPS, and photos can be split up into chapters based upon the photo’s time and location. The... more »
The 21st Century Gold Rush: Mining Big Data

The 21st Century Gold Rush: Mining Big Data

Among the hottest trends today is a relentless drive by business for more and better information to inform and steer competitive growth strategies. The growing consensus is that information is like gold, and if information is gold, data is like the raw ore from which that information is distilled. On an individual level, information helps us every day with making better decisions, working more productively and with living fuller lives. Businesses similarly leverage information to thrive and establish advantages against competitors as a means to stay ahead of the curve. As company leaders have become more proficient at using information as... more »
How William Lynch Drove the Nook into the Sewers

How William Lynch Drove the Nook into the Sewers

Early in July, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigned from the company.  His resignation was attributed to the fact that the Nook business had racked up an operating loss of $475 million for the fiscal year which ended in April, more than it lost in the previous 12 months. According to some analysts, Lynch had the vision of a tech entrepreneur, the only problem was, B&N isn’t actually a tech company.  Yes, they sold mobile devices such as e-readers and tablets, but first and foremost, B&N is a bookstore.  Some argued that the company should have focused on pushing content... more »
PRISM Fallout Leaves Black Clouds Looming Over US Tech Firms

PRISM Fallout Leaves Black Clouds Looming Over US Tech Firms

Whether or not Ed Snowden's revelations that the NSA has been secretly monitoring web traffic have harmed national security remains a matter of debate, but there's one thing that doesn't appear to be in doubt any more – the existence of PRISM has had a negative impact on US cloud service providers, which have reportedly lost hundreds of overseas customers since knowledge of the leaks first became public. Evidence of this damage comes from a survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) last week, which revealed that around 500 of its 48,000 or so members now mistrust US companies enough... more »
LIVE: Bad Weather Leaves NSA Scandal Snowd'en

LIVE: Bad Weather Leaves NSA Scandal Snowd'en

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 29, 2013. What started from the actions of whistleblower Edward Snowden leaking government documents that revealed information about the NSA’s top secret PRISM spying program, has evolved over the past two months into a conversation pitting civil liberties against national security which culminated into a decision last week by the US House to reject a proposal that would have restricted the NSA from the further collection of hundreds of millions of Americans phone records. Today, we take a look back at how one man’s actions have pulled... more »
Making Sense of the Promise + Challenge of the Data Era in Business

Making Sense of the Promise + Challenge of the Data Era in Business

Just as businesses have started to get the hang of software and its benefits and challenges, a new age is upon them. The tech world started to revolve around data and the enterprise is following closely, trying to determine how to drive value from what started as buzz words and to then move closer to palpable results. Use cases, companies boasting about impressive results, research, surveys, and expert opinions show up left and right but, as it happens in the Age of Data, there’s an information overload that is hard to sort, analyze, and put to good use. “In the technology... more »
Bob Mansfield Mysteriously Disappears From Apple's Exec Team

Bob Mansfield Mysteriously Disappears From Apple's Exec Team

The disappearance of Bob Mansfield’s biography in Apple’s executive page has gotten some serious press time.  It’s not unusual for an executive to suddenly disappear from a company - high level execs choose to retire or explore other options outside of their companies all the time.  So why the huge interest in Mansfield's case? “Bob is no longer going to be on Apple’s executive team, but will remain at Apple working on special projects reporting to [CEO] Tim [Cook],” company spokesman Steve Dowling told AllThingsD. Dowling declined to expound on the situation or divulge information about the sudden change or where exactly... more »
This Week in Storage: SDS, IBM, Black Hat USA 2013 + Google

This Week in Storage: SDS, IBM, Black Hat USA 2013 + Google

It was a massive week in storage news, good luck storing it all in your brain!  This week included IBM's attack on Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Black Hat USA 2013 conference, long-tail news from IBM's EDGE conference last month, O’Reilly OSCON 2013 and Google sharpening its storage teeth. Enjoy! IBM’s Ambuj Goyal Declares War in Storage #Edge . Six months after taking leadership of IBM Storage, Ambuj Goyal has declared war on his competitors. The inflection points are flash and software-defined storage (SDS) based on open systems, and IBM is going to make a major push in the storage marked based on them. Black Clouds... more »
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VMware Comfortably Beats Analysts’ Q2 Expectations

Virtualization may be becoming increasingly commoditized as vendors look to differentiate with services and management functionality, but this trend didn’t stop VMware from raking in a handsome profit this past quarter. On Tuesday, the majority-owned EMC subsidiary reported second quarter earnings of $244.1 million or $0.57 per share, up from $191.7 million in the same period 12 months ago. Excluding items, VMware generated $343.1 million for 79 cents per share, above the consensus analyst estimate of 77 cents. The company’s second quarter non-GAAP operating margin hit a record high of 33.5 percent. Q2 sales surged too, rising 11 percent to $1.24 billion... more »
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IBM Chief Technical Strategist on Object Stores: Watch This Space

Clod Barrera, the chief technical strategist for IBM’s storage group, stopped by theCube at the recently concluded Edge 2013 conference to share his take on the bleeding edge technologies that are disrupting IT. TheCube host Dave Vellante mentions that the convergence of flash, metadata, and other trends is driving an unprecedented rate of innovation. Berrera agrees. The way he sees it, flash is transforming the data center from the bottom up, starting with the way data is stored and accessed. Metadata is another big game changer. The executive perceives it as the key to extracting value from information that can’t be sorted... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.