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Ouya Building A $99 Hackable Android Game Console

Ouya Building A $99 Hackable Android Game Console

No one really knows what the future holds for Google’s Nexus Q, the black spherical device unveiled during this year’s Google I/O.  When it was unveiled, some were left in awe while others had their eyebrows raised, questioning what that black spherical device is and what the hell does it do. Soon, it won't be the only Android-based console on the market: meet the Ouya. Yves Behar,  Jawbone Jambox and One Laptop Per Child designer, along with other investors and backers, are funding Ouya--a startup game platform for connected TVs.  The team would be developing a $99 hackable Android game console that connects to a TV.... more »
Yet Another Loophole in Android as Researchers Test a Devilish Rootkit

Yet Another Loophole in Android as Researchers Test a Devilish Rootkit

Malware, Trojans, and spyware are quite common in the mobile world, especially when we speak about the Android mobile operating system. While we have been listening to stories related to Android malware throughout this as well as last year, the latest news is the discovery of a devilish rootkit that uses the technique of clickjacking, and hijacks the Android user’s data in a sophisticated way. Yes, the “sophisticated” way. The loophole was detected by a research team led by Xuxian Jiang at North Carolina State University. According to the team, they could redirect a fandroid's touchscreen taps --a technique known as clickjacking--to... more »
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3 Ways Businesses can Use Maps Coordinate to Power Up

Last week Google unveiled a new service for businesses, Google Maps Coordinate, which is a workforce management application that can help companies share location data, collect work-related data on the go, and help companies organize mobile workers. Relying on Google’s map data, which has proven to be highly sophisticated and accurate, employers and employees are able to use the application as a productivity tool on a daily basis.  Dan Chu, the project manager for Google Maps Coordinate said, “in a demo conducted via a Google+ Hangout that IDC’s prediction of 1.3 billion mobile workers by 2015 helped motivate Google find a... more »
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James Bond of Data Sees Social Change, Careers in Data Science

DataKind pairs great data scientists with governments, non-profits and NGO's that address social problems. Harnessing Big Data to make sense of complex problems like racial discrimination in New York and the utility of financial services in South Africa, DataKind illuminates processes that would have otherwise been difficult and costly to understand for organizations with often limited budgets. We spoke with DataKind co-founder, Drew Conway (whom Allistair Croll of O'Reilly Media has deemed the "James Bond of data") to discuss the goals of a data driven social change movement, new career opportunities social initiatives are opening up for data scientists and... more »
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Android Devices Spreading Spam Emails, Malware: Pandemic By Year's End

Android devices are once again under fire from malware but this time it’s even worse - they’re being hijacked by an illegal botnet to send spam emails. Microsoft researcher Terry Zink came across spam samples that sends stock spams - a typical pump and dump variety but what he found interesting was that it contained this: Message-ID: <1341147286.19774.androidMobile@web140302.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Accompanied by, Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android, at the bottom of the message. According to Zink, it was the first time he encountered such an attack wherein a spammer has control of a botnet that lives on Android devices.  A botnet is an illegal network found... more »
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Microsoft Surface Raises a Few Eyebrows After All: HP Dumps RT

Last month Microsoft unveiled Surface, a new tablet that was rumored to launch at E3 earlier in June. Nonetheless the company didn’t lose the element of surprise – Surface is the software vendor’s first entry into the hardware market. One of the main concerns brought up is that the device may not justify the investment – not just because it might not be able to rival Apple’s iPad, but also because it can have a negative impact on Microsoft’s relations with its partners. But Hewlett-Packard and Dell were both quick to dismiss these speculations, stating that they won’t be abandoning Windows... more »
Strange Big Data: Some Food for Thought

Strange Big Data: Some Food for Thought

The phenomenon of big data has thrown up all kinds of weird and wonderful ideas as to how this mass of information might be used to improve our lives. From obvious uses such as saving money, and identifying renewable resources, to more far-out visions of one day running our cities, it’s become pretty clear that big data has the potential to shape every aspect of our lives. When leveraging big data, the trend is to focus on how it can be used to better fulfill our immediate desires, which is why it’s quite surprising that up until recently, no one has... more »
Apple Wins Patent to Take On Google Glass

Apple Wins Patent to Take On Google Glass

When Google unveiled Project Glass, now dubbed Google Glass, they stole the spotlight garnering curiosity as to how the heads-up display gadget would work.  Many question if the small panes will be enough for users to enjoy augmented reality capabilities, but the picture soon became clearer.  On the first day of this year’s Google I/O developer conference, we got a live demonstration of how Google Glass could fit into a person’s life, its design so sleek and lightweight that it won’t get in the way of your activities but will be there when you need it. Not one to share the spotlight,  Apple was granted a patent... more »
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Broadcom Pays MIPS $26.5 to Continue Licensing its IP

MIPS, a provider of processor architectures that names Broadcom as its biggest client, had some big news this week when the networking firm announced that it’s extending their multi-year licensing agreement. The relationship between the companies started in 1998, and the deal was made even more lucrative yesterday when word was sent out that Broadcom is paying no less than $26.5 million to lengthen the contract. What’s also interesting is that MIPS hired Goldman Sachs back in April to find a buyer willing to acquire the company. At least one analyst listed Broadcom as a potential candidate, but in light of this... more »
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Smaller iPads Already In Production

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple’s plan for smaller iPads, DARPA enlisting Invincea to toughen Android security, and a UK judge ruling HTC did not infringe Apple’s patent. Smaller iPads already in production There have been rumors floating around that Apple will be releasing smaller iPads but Apple did not confirm it, stating that they’re always experimenting with their products but not all of them come out on the market.  But it looks like Google’s Nexus 7 may have affected Apple, as the iPad maker allegedly gave their production unit the go signal to mass produce the eight-inch iPad.  Apple partnered with... more »

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.