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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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The Future of Technology Careers Requires Cloud, Mobility Skills

The global economy is still having a bit of a tough time recovering and the recent issues in the euro zone aren’t helping. Within the US, there has been some recovery, but job growth has been feeble and unemployment increased slightly in May. This and big layoffs this year by companies like Yahoo and HP has left many technical professionals and hopefuls are wondering about the future for careers in the technology industry. IT Market Analysis Suggests... . Of course, there are lots of opinions and projections about the matter. Forrester recently released a report, European Information and Communications Technology Market 2012 to... more »
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Cloud's Economic Scale, Results Too Big to Ignore: Intel Forecast 2012

One of the people who attended last week’s Intel Forecast is Ben Kepes, and the analyst hopped into theCube for twenty minutes to discuss his take on some of the trends that are maturing today (full video below). The first topic was the cloud. Kepes sees the cloud not necessarily as a big innovation from the technology stand point, but rather as a combination of existing components that makes sense from the business perspective. The economics of scale and the bottom line results that the cloud delivers are simply too great to ignore, and that’s the main driver behind this delivery... more »
HuffPost Pollster API Enables Public Access to Polling Data

HuffPost Pollster API Enables Public Access to Polling Data

HuffingtonPost has recently released the HuffPost Pollster API that enables open access to all the polling data on the website. Software developers use this API to access information about public polls and publish the same on the Huffington Post. This will be of more interest for the public as the presential race is heating up, and people are quite interested in political polls to understand the current opinions of the electorate. The initial release of the Pollster API includes data from more than 215,000 responses to questions on a broad range of subjects, 13,000 polls that HuffPost organized by subject... more »
News Analysis: Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

News Analysis: Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

Ray Wang at Consellation Research shares his analysis on the Oracle vs UsedSoft. The surprise July 3rd, 2012 judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union for UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp rules that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet”. The recent ruling on the rights of used software mirrors other rulings in cases such as SusenSoftware v SAP and UsedSoft v Microsoft. - link to ruling is here http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2012-07/cp120094en.pdf Analysis of the ruling shows that: Exhaustion Rule is now the rule of the land. While... more »
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Predictive Analytics World Conference Cuts the Jargon, Gets Practical

Bruno Aziza, former Business Intelligence leader at Microsoft, opened his Predictive Analytics World keynote speech with the classic Saturday Night Live "Bad Idea Jeans" sketch. This feature shows men who, believing they know what they’re talking about, actually share some bad ideas like Mike Meyers stating: “Now that I have kids, I feel a lot better having a gun in the house.” Aziza aimed to show that there were a lot of bad ideas circulating around predictive analytics that did not translate into added value for users and clients. The presentation was in line with the overall spirit of Predictive... more »
To Nobody’s Surprise, After Buying Gaikai Sony Drops OnLive Support

To Nobody’s Surprise, After Buying Gaikai Sony Drops OnLive Support

It’s the battle of the cloud-streaming gaming services with Gaikai and OnLive staring head-to-head in the marketplace and the exclusive manufacturer effects are coming in. Sony has gotten the jump on the market by buying Gaikai—this came after the cloud gaming outfit went trolling for a buyer—and that likely means that they’re going to snub the competition and as a result, it looks like Sony is dropping OnLive support from future products. VentureBeat yesterday noticed that there’d initially been a reference to OnLive for a Sony product, but now that’s no more: OnLive never announced a deal to get its cloud gaming... more »
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A Requiem for RIM? How Long Will RIM and Blackberry be Around?

As Johnny Ringo said in Tombstone – “Smell that Bill?  Smells like someone died.”  It sure is looking that way for RIM, the once dominant and undisputed smartphone market giant.  With an enormous business user base, RIM failed to convert that into the consumer market.  As the iPhone hit the market, the beginnings of RIM’s decline in the smartphone market was immediate.  That was been followed by a swarm of Google’s Android devices and the manufacturers behind them.   So much that their market share  has gone from one time dominance to where it is now forecast to 5 percent or... more »
Boys Taking Over Pinterest, Spending More Money than Girls

Boys Taking Over Pinterest, Spending More Money than Girls

A survey done by Compete revolves around how Pinterest is fueling the interest in online shopping.  The data they gathered showed that 25% of the total number of Pinterest users made a purchase because they saw something they like on Pinterest, may it be an item or a service.  And out of that 25%, more male users bought stuff compared to women.  Thirty-seven percent of men using Pinterest actually purchased stuff, while only 17% of women bought things they found on Pinterest. The Compete survey also showed that the most items bought because of Pinterest has something to do with Food... more »
Google Kills Off More Products, Nexus Pulled From Google Play

Google Kills Off More Products, Nexus Pulled From Google Play

Search giant Google Inc. is quite busy today.  After being denied of an injunction stay for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the device was pulled out from Google Play.  The move is in accordance to the court ruling handed down last week, in favor of Apple Inc., which stated that the Galaxy Nexus is banned from being sold or imported in the US because it infringed Apple’s patent.  The patent in question has something to do with Google’s unified search function.  Samsung is working closely with the search giant to resolve the issue in order to lift the ban on the... more »

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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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