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“IT services are becoming more about risk management than technical ability, particularly as organizations adopt cloud services,” writes Scott Lowe in his latest Professional Alert. In line with that thought, and as a follow on to his last Alert defining five important questions CIOs should ask internally before adopting cloud services, Lowe discusses five vital questions that CIOs should ask any prospective Cloud service providers before signing a contract: The first focuses on one of the main issues of using the Cloud -- SLAs: "What is your service level interruption and restoration history and how were root cause defects identified and... more »
If adverts could talk, would you be more likely to pay attention to them? Most people would probably say no, but Nuance Communications, known for making some of the best voice recognition around, begs to differ. It’s no secret that mobile advertising is a bit of a problem for ad agencies. Indeed, it’s fair to say that mobile ads are pretty damn terrible. Fact is, they don’t make that much money because most people don’t click on them that often, and even if they do, there’s a good chance that they did so by mistake. So what can be done to remedy... more »
This past week both Amazon and its rivals announced major product updates. The public cloud provider is tweaking its portfolio in order to increase its presence in the enterprise market, while competing vendors are doing everything they can to make sure that they won’t get stomped on in the process. Amazon launched a new security service for EC2 subscribers. Dubbed CloudHSM, the new offering gives organizations the option of storing their encryption keys in a temper-proof appliance that cannot be accessed by other customers who are tapping into the same data center. The appliance buries the cryptographic data so that it... more »
We all got pretty excited about Google's latest Beta product, Google Nose, until we found out that it was just a part of Google’s notorious and regularly-schedule April Fools’ Day series of pranks. But would you believe that the technology for Google Nose is already in the works, and a product like Google Nose could very well become part of our future? Cyrano Sciences, a California-based company, has developed a technology called the electronic nose, which makes machines capable of smelling. With the use of chemical sensors, the electronic nose is capable of sniffing out explosives, food contaminants, identify or verify... more »
Last week Facebook rolled out threaded comments, a work-in-progress feature that lets you respond to comments directly. This much-needed addition ensures that replies reach the intended recipient instead of getting lost in the comment chain, an obstacle that made it fairly difficult to participate in conversations prior to the launch. Here with his analysis on Facebook's latest development is Contributing Editor John Casaretto, who appeared on this morning's NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy: At first glance the sole purpose behind threaded comments is to make it easier for users to socialize with one another, but Facebook has grander plans for this... more »
If you are a lover of The Conduit HD, the good news is that NVIDIA is going to make your playing experience even better and wilder with its Project SHIELD. This fast-paces shooter game from Nintendo Wii is coming up with a TEGRA-4 enhanced version on Project SHIELD, and has been designed to give players ultimate fun and thrill. NVIDIA unveiled this version at Game Developers Conference 2013 at San Francisco. The USP of the game is that it comes with practically endless customization options, as you can customize and tailor the game play to fit your style. The game is... more »
Project Runway Stays with HP, Intel for Fifth Season The popular Lifetime show “Project Runway” showcased HP’s innovative technology as it started its new season at the end of March. This is the fifth consecutive season that it has used HP and Intel technology, demonstrating the role that technology can play in the creative arts. With a heavy focus on pattern making, “The Art of Fashion” episode began at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s exhibit, “Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960”. The Project Runway teams were instructed to use the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum, its exhibits,... more »
Fusion-io recently published a report that showed its flash cards can deliver a record-breaking 9.6 million I/O per second. Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer discussed the benchmark and the secret sauce behind the firm’s latest technical achievement on the SiliconAngle NewsDesk show (full video below). Floyer elaborates on the fact that Fusion-io recorded 9.6 million IOSP in a test that involved a single-threaded workload consisting of 64 byte-wide, non-sequential blocks. He points out that in order to match the performance of Fusion-io’s card, which is small enough to fit inside a laptop, you’d need enough disk arrays to fill an entire... more »
Though we at SiliconANGLE love pranks, we’re not about to pull one on you guys even if it's April Fools' Day. There are already tons of pranks going around the web and we don’t want to be the ones to drive you insane. Instead, we’ll be giving you a list of pranks going on today so you can avoid looking the fool -- after all, you can't believe everything you read on the Internet. . Google’s bag of gags . The search giant is known for its April Fools pranks and Easter Eggs hidden in many of its products and services. But it seems Google... more »
Not to be outdone by the likes of China and Iran, it looks like Russian censors are making the most of new internet laws that allow them to block websites containing content deemed “illegal or harmful to children”, according to a report in the New York Times. Since the law was introduced last November, Russian authorities have demanded that a number of high profile sites remove ‘objectionable’ material, threatening to block the sites entirely if their demands are not complied with. So far, Facebook and Twitter have both complied with takedown requests, censoring content in order to please the Russian authorities,... more »