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Google Glass vs. Recon Jet : Rival Gets Funding from Intel

Recon Instruments, the Canadian company that delivered the world’s first consumer Heads-up Displays (HUD) for sports, must be doing something right to gain the attention, and investment dollars, of Intel.  The HUD company recently announced that Intel Capital will be making a significant investment to fund its product development, marketing and global sales expansion.  Aside from the cash infusion of an undisclosed amount, Recon will benefit from Intel’s expertise in manufacturing, operations and technology to further the Internet of Things revolution. “Wearable computing is a major, accelerating phenomenon that re-defines how we use and interact with information,” said Mike Bell, Vice... more »
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VCE’s Jay Cuthrell on Oracle, Vblock + Everything In Between | #oow13

Jay Cuthrell of the VCE Office of the CTO dropped by theCUBE at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld 2013 conference to share his take on databases, DBAs and the developer-driven data center. Cuthrell begins the interview by highlighting that Oracle is a “workload of interest” for VCE, which made it a priority to help customers achieve greater returns on their database investments. The joint venture recently introduced a Vblock Specialized System for High Performance Databases that is geared specifically for Oracle deployments. The purpose-built cloud appliance utilizes Cisco C-Series rack servers and XtremIO flash cache to address the performance, price-performance and latency... more »
Oracle’s In-Memory Fast but Expensive, Say Partners

Oracle’s In-Memory Fast but Expensive, Say Partners

Oracle’s announcement of its In-Memory offering was welcomed by many who were impressed by its amazing speed. CEO Larry Ellison described the In-Memory Database processing as having “ungodly speed”, but it is also in a market that is “ripe for the picking” by open source competitors. Actually, the general reaction to Oracle’s announcement seems to be that many customers would prefer less-expensive and more customer-driven (rather than technology driven) solutions. The benefit of an in-memory database is that admins can move application sets or “hot data’ to the system memory, accelerating applications. They can use tiered data as a platform for... more »
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Top 5 Best Home Automation + Security Systems

"About half of all break-ins aren't break-ins but walk-ins," said Bob Portenier, consultant, lecturer, and former burglar. "Families get in a hurry in the morning—kids going to school, running late for work, doctors' appointments, what have you—and forget to take that one or two minutes to check the doors and locks, usually on the back side. You have a pet, you let it out to do its business—and then forget the security French door or sliding glass door." You might think that taking advice from a former burglar is something you shouldn't do in a million years. Then again, it might... more »
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Start Button Returns to Windows 8.1 + Other Misses Microsoft Should Fix

Remember when Microsoft removed the Start button on Windows 8 last year? Customers and analysts alike were less than thrilled with such a departure from the familiar Windows experience, and Microsoft is listening.  When the software maker releases Windows 8.1 on October 18th there will be the Windows-standard Start button, The Verge reports this morning. With this, Microsoft is addressing some of the usability issues they faced with the initial release of Windows 8, on a steady path to correct the curve. In Windows 8.1, the latest OS update also includes a boot-to-desktop option, as well as the ability to disable hot corners.... more »
Oracle Not Yet "Telling a good business story," Says Analyst | #oow13

Oracle Not Yet "Telling a good business story," Says Analyst | #oow13

During the last day of Oracle OpenWorld 2013, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed Elizabeth Hedstrom Henlin, Enterprise Software Analyst with TBR. For the first time on theCUBE, Henlin attempted to answer a couple of questions regarding the Oracle customer's experience. Vellante kicked off the interview noting that "Customer experience is something that Oracle has always been criticized about," and pointed out that TBR is somewhere at "the intersection of technology and finance."  (Full video below.) Henlin agreed: "We are really looking at the intersection of business and technology; it's about understanding how vendors are making money in technology and... more »
"Sick" of iOS 7 Already? You're Not The Only One

"Sick" of iOS 7 Already? You're Not The Only One

When it comes to updates for your mobile phone's operating system, most of us look forward to them. Unlike those annoying updates that are rolled out with apps seemingly every single day, a revamped Android or iOS version usually means some noticeable improvements – cool new features, new colors, revamped menus, better camera options etc etc... But is it also possible that they can make you sick? As in, physically ill? Apparently so, for that's what a number of iPhone users have been complaining about, ever since they updated their devices to iOS 7 over the weekend. A number of reports... more »
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Internet of Things Review: From Routers to eReaders

As the largest enterprise networking vendor, Cisco is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive growth of the Internet of Things. The company is pursuing this market with a software-defined data center router that can stream the entire Netflix library in less than one second. Cisco’s newly unveiled Network Convergence System, or NCS, virtualizes optical fiber and Carrier Ethernet to decouple management functions from the physical infrastructure and simplify provisioning. The platform is available in three configurations: the NCS 6000, which delivers up to to 1.2 Pbps per system, the 6.4Tbps NCS 4000, and the NCS 2000, a scaled-down model that... more »
IBM Scores Major Customer Win as It Doubles Down on the Midmarket

IBM Scores Major Customer Win as It Doubles Down on the Midmarket

From improving patient care at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to helping physicians make more informed treatment decisions based on historical data, IBM’s Watson has proven to be a boon for the healthcare industry. Albeit not nearly as well known beyond the traditional enterprise, the company’s SAN Volume Controller is also making a difference for healthcare providers nationwide. Inland Northwest Health Services has implemented SVC with IBM System x servers and Storwize and DS8000 storage systems to increase the reliability of its electronic health record services. The non-profit IT provider serves 40 hospitals and 750 physicians in the northwest United States,... more »
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Oracle OpenWorld Recap: In-Memory Processing On Everyones’ Minds | #oow13

Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison kicked off his company’s annual OpenWorld conference with an unusually compelling keynote speech about In-Memory Option, a new feature of Database 12c that aims to deliver “ungodly” performance at the flip of a switch. The CEO claimed that the function makes queries up to 100 times faster while providing doubled throughput speeds for transaction processing. Commenting on the announcement, theCUBE host Dave Vellante said that “the fact that Oracle is focused on R&D allows them - throughout their stack [and] end-to-end strategy - to invest in trying to get to best-of-breed.” For Dave, the big question... more »

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

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- Brian Gracely

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- Ralph Finos

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