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Data Visualization for a Better Society

In his “Data Visualization for Social Change” South X Southwest talk, Mapping Worlds director, Desmond Spruijt, founder and director of Mapping Worlds states: “The power of data visualization as a tool for social change can no longer be ignored. Successfully illustrating vital data can help advocates maximize the impact of sound science in public debate and policy.” Over the last eight years Spruijt has directed  project teams to design and develop data interfaces for several international organizations and knowledge institutes including the IMF, United Nations and the Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI) initiative. In this interview, we discuss social change... more »
Paypal’s Abandonment of Major Cyberlockers May Become Bitcoin’s Big Win

Paypal’s Abandonment of Major Cyberlockers May Become Bitcoin’s Big Win

Paypal is now well known for a sort of sanctimonious attitude towards sites that they feel will damage their ability to make money and now that cyberlockers are under fire from copyright conglomerates such as the RIAA, MPAA, and BRIEN. This comes during the long-burn of Megaupload by the U.S. government at the behest of these copyright cartels and now Paypal pulling out means that many of them will lose a primary source of funding and accessibility to the general public. According to TorrentFreak, Paypal has stopped working with cyberlockers such as MediaFire, Putlocker, DepositFiles, and many others citing concerns of... more »
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Miss The Tap-Tap of a Keyboard on Your iPad? Kickstarter Success Story Touchfire Launches

The iPad has had an economical impact all its own, changing the way we purchase consumer electronics and software, and even accessories.  Tablet accessories can be found anywhere, from the Apple store to Etsy, so getting your name out there is a difficult task for startups.  And that's where Kickstarter comes in, helping the unknown become known, raise funds and support all the same.  The latest to launch an iPad accessory on Kickstarter is Touchfire, who's Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard for iPad is now available for purchase. The Touchfire Screen-Top Keyboard is a clear silicone keyboard that snaps into place magnetically over the... more »
Ouya Gets $2.3m Funding For $99 Gaming Console

Ouya Gets $2.3m Funding For $99 Gaming Console

As the conversation about Ouya--the $99 console is heating up on the web, so does its financial backing. The much talked about gaming console has managed to raise as much as $2.3 million from the backers, and working in full swing to bring the console on the shelves as soon as possible. The San Francisco-based company--Ouya, launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding project to raise money for its upcoming console, for which nearly 19,000 people backed at the time of writing, and with 28 days still to go. Wow! Ouya is targeting to launch the console in the first quarter of 2013, along... more »
Telerik Deep Dives into the Tablet Space with Kendo UI Update

Telerik Deep Dives into the Tablet Space with Kendo UI Update

Telerik announced a big update to its Kendo UI mobile development framework today with the release of several new features, including ASP.Net wrappers and functionality that extends the platform from just mobile devices to tablets as well. The company added what it calls ‘server-side helpers’ for ASP.NET MVC. Now a developer can write code in his  or her familiar server-side language, and these wrappers will produce the client-side equivalent in JavaScript and CSS. This can be translated into a big productivity boost, not to mention a world of convenience for the app creators. The second major improvement is what the company calls ‘unique adaptive... more »
Formspring Resolves 420K Password Breach

Formspring Resolves 420K Password Breach

Formspring, the social question and answer website, disabled all their users’ passwords yesterday because of a security breach.  They advised their users to change their passwords immediately and to use stronger passwords in place of their old ones. Today, Formspring is relieved to announce that the breach was resolved.  In their blog post, they gave details as to what occurred yesterday. According to Formspring, they were notified that, “approximately 420k password hashes were posted to a security forum, with suspicion from a user that they could be Formspring passwords.” Thought the said post did not contain usernames or any other identifying information, after... more »
Social Media is for Girls

Social Media is for Girls

You’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite might be true, given that most guys love nothing more than to show off their latest gadgets and demonstrate their expertise with all things technical. But, from a social viewpoint at least, you might be shocked to learn that girls are streets ahead. A new infographic from the web marketing firm Digital Flash NY reveals that in the battle of the social sexes, women are in the ascendency – dominating the big three social media networks by some distance from their male counterparts. Girls account for 58% of all Twitter users, 64% of all... more »
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Kognitio Extends Platform to Amazon Web Services

Kognitio, a company that offers an in-memory big data analytics platform, made its software available on AWS this week. This opens up its product to smaller customers that may not be interested in a particularly large deployment, as well as ones that do but find the AWS model more appealing. The cloud-optimized service named Kognitio Cloud is available on AWS Cluster Compute as well as via the AWS Marketplace as an Amazon Machine Image. An AMI is a pre-configured nod that can be fired up right off the bat, and makes a lot of sense from an economic standpoint. "AWS' flexibility, coupled... more »
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Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Gets Jelly Bean Update Today

Today’s mobile news roundup features Google’s Jelly Bean rollout, T-Mobile’s new smartphones from Huawei, a redesigned Starbucks app for Android, and Wilson Electronics’ new mobile signal booster. Jelly Bean rolls out to Galaxy Nexus In a post on their Google+ account, Nexus announced that the Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean will start rolling out to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices today. Google's pretty proud of Jelly Bean, touting it as the fastest and smoothest version of Android, so far, which introduces a redesigned search experience with a new user interface and faster Voice Search.  The update is also rolling out the new feature, Google... more »
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Building Big Data: The Coming Data Spectrum Crisis Explained

Most consumers take it for granted that they can switch on their smartphones and gain instant access to a world of Tweets, Facebook friends and Google apps, but in the next couple of years, staying connected might not be as easy as all that. Apparently, the United States is bracing itself for a data crunch, and if nothing is done about it, we could soon see massive slowdowns, lost connections and sky high prices. To understand the coming crisis, we need to know a little bit about how all of that data is transferred to our smartphones in the first place. Every... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.