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BlizzCon 2013 Round-Up: World of Warcraft gets makeover, Heartstone updates, Starcraft 2 getting tweaks

BlizzCon 2013 Round-Up: World of Warcraft gets makeover, Heartstone updates, Starcraft 2 getting tweaks

After a year’s hiatus, BlizzCon 2013 kicked off on November 8 and 9 in California. Blizzard Entertainment returned to the Anaheim Convention Center this week to host the 7th BlizzCon fan event. BlizzCon is the event for the game lovers but it is also a place to get the latest Blizzard's games iteration. This year's keynote was no different, as Blizzard's finest took the stage to announce a new World of Warcraft expansion, new platforms and details about Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and more. Expansion for World of Warcraft Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime provided the opening keynote where he announced as... more »
Gadgets + services to beat the health hazards of tech

Gadgets + services to beat the health hazards of tech

As a kid I was often warned not to sit too close to the television - it'd mess up my eyes.  But teens and young children today have more than just a moderately sized TV screen to worry about.  Smartphones, tablets and game devices have introduced a plentitude of opportunities to weaken overall health at an increasingly younger age.  And over time, it's a hefty trade off for the convenience of technology. The Huffington Post created an infographic based on studies that shows just how badly technology is affecting our lives, and it starts with the younger generation. If the situation... more »
MarkLogic's lead in NoSQL market won't slow innovation

MarkLogic's lead in NoSQL market won't slow innovation

The NoSQL market is still relatively new, but the current trends suggest it is on pace to equal or even surpass traditional relational database management systems (RDMS). In this rapidly-emerging market, one company, MarkLogic, is clearly leading the race. With its latest improvements to its Big Data products, the company has given itself a significant edge over the competition. According to a Wikibon.org report, MarkLogic has managed to secure a leading market share in the NoSQL industry while also providing its customers with better functionality. Among the improvements the company has introduced with MarkLogic 7 are: robust storage management functionality a native Hadoop... more »
iPad Air might be thin, but storage fattens Apple's profit margins

iPad Air might be thin, but storage fattens Apple's profit margins

Apple is the king of profit margins, and storage has become a lucrative service.  Based on a recent report by research firm IHS Inc., The iPad Air that sells for $499 costs Apple $274 to make. That's a 13 percent decrease from the estimated $316 that it cost Apple to make the third-generation iPad, introduced last year. It turns out, the more storage you get, the heftier Apple's profit. If you decide to get the 32-gigabyte version instead of the 16-gigabyte model of the iPad Air, IHS estimates the additional 16GB only costs Apple an additional $8.40 to make, yet sells for $100... more »
U.S. spends $400B in R&D, but doesn't keep the talent

U.S. spends $400B in R&D, but doesn't keep the talent

In today's tech savvy world, nerds have risen to the top of the food chain.  The best and brightest are put to work in today's top organizations, contributing to innovative products and services that are characteristic of our times.  But where in the world is all that innovation coming from, and where are its talents being sent? Have you ever wondered which countries invest the most in research and development?  Or where the most productive researchers and scientists come from?  Or even where these experts choose to conduct their research? Super Scholar created a fact-packed infographic entitled “Brian Trust” that details information... more »
How the race to zero is changing Hadoop's landscape | #BigDataNYC

How the race to zero is changing Hadoop's landscape | #BigDataNYC

The analytics space has come a long way since SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE first went on air in 2010. Whereas four years ago CIOs were just beginning to grasp the potential of Big Data, enterprises today are adopting Hadoop at an organizational level to make information a bigger part of their decision-making processes. Data holds immense value for businesses with the means to unlock it, but finding the right tool for the job is easier said than done. A recent Wikibon study discovered that a significant percentage of enterprises are struggling to achieve expected returns on their Big Data investments, an alarming situation... more »
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Hortonworks + Microsoft : A team centered in open source innovation | #BigDataNYC

Big Data is shaking up traditional business intelligence, but that doesn’t mean the two technologies can’t thrive side by side. Herain Oberoi, the director of BI product management at Microsoft, stopped by theCUBE with Hortonworks vice president of products Bob Page to discuss how his company is reaching into the Hadoop ecosystem to bring analytics to a billion users. According to Oberoi, Microsoft’s Big Data strategy revolves around making Hadoop more accessible for organizations and “connecting the dots” between people and insights. The software giant is pursuing these goals with a dual approach that centers on augmenting the analytical capabilities of... more »
How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

How GCHQ faked LinkedIn and Slashdot to hack Belgacom, OPEC & others

Last September, Belgacom, one of the leading telecommunications providers in Belgium, reported that its systems had been infiltrated by a western intelligence agency. This was big news for a couple of reasons – one, because Belgacom provides internet access to dozens of key EU institutions based in its capital city Brussels; and two, because of its 'global roaming exchange' (known as a GRX), which acts as a hub for connections between various international mobile networks. Few were surprised to learn that Britain's GCHQ spy agency was the culprit behind this hack, given its extremely close relationship with the NSA. Now, in... more »
Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

Microsoft shouldn't ditch Bing or the Xbox: It's not just about the money

There's been lots of talk over the future direction of Microsoft over the last week, with shortlists of CEO candidates being drawn up and rumors that whoever takes over might decide to drop some of its less-profitable business, including the Xbox console and its search engine Bing. Last Friday, the big story was a report from Bloomberg which outlined what it called "considerations" by Stephen Elop, one of the shortlisted CEO candidates, to focus on Office as one of the main money spinners for Microsoft, in line with his plans to "sharpen the company's focus". From Bloomberg: "Besides emphasizing Office, Elop would be... more »
WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

WANdisco on moving the metadata : Hadoop coming of age | #BigDataNYC

For Hadoop to become commercially viable as a Big Data operating system, it will have to drive rapid insights from dynamic information streams and address enterprise reliability standards and compliance requirements. Hortonworks and WANdisco are bringing this vision closer to reality with an integrated solution that marries active-active replication and unified analytics to facilitate the deployment of multi-purpose clusters in globally distributed environments. Hortonworks’ Jim Walker and WANdisco Chief Marketing Officer James Campigli dropped by theCUBE during SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit to give us a rundown of the technology behind continuously-available Hadoop. According to Campigli, his company’s... more »

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