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AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

As machines get sophisticated, the less they require human supervision or intervention. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), various functions are now being performed by computers, functions that used to be accomplished by a live person. This could pose positive and negative outcomes alike. Advantages lean on the financial aspect, efficiency and accuracy. Those who will be displaced and lose their jobs as a consequence of AI technologies are the primary casualties of having creative machines around. But, whatever the odds are, AI moves forward with more outrageous, adventurous and ambitious projects. Now, if you think that Watson (from IBM) is genius and... more »
Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Physical threats to the nation's infrastructure and other sensitive assets aren't the only ones to keep an eye on. “Critical threats facing our nation today emanate from the cyber realm,” said Shawn Henry, then Executive Assistant Director of the FBI for cyber security in a speech at the Information Systems Security Association International Conference in Baltimore. The October 2011 speech is transcribed in full on the FBI Web site. “We've got hackers out to take our personal information and money, spies who want to steal our nation's secrets, and terrorists who are looking for novel ways to attack our critical infrastructure.” Henry, who... more »
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#theCUBE 2012 Summer Tour Part One

SiliconANGLE is proud to present live HD video coverage from some of the biggest technology events. As we enter the busy season for conferences, SiliconANGLE.tv is your exclusive source for in-depth interviews and real-time analysis of these upcoming shows. The SiliconANGLE team, along with hosting and analysis support from Wikibon, will dig deep with CEO's, CIO's, thought leaders, VC's, data scientists and startups to help illuminate the latest technologies and business trends. Watch live - all shows on SiliconAngle.tv - and join the social conversation; hashtag #theCUBE on Twitter for questions and see photos on SiliconAngle's Google+. Be sure to... more »
Bitcoinica Suffers Staggering $87,000 Bitcoin Loss in Server Breach

Bitcoinica Suffers Staggering $87,000 Bitcoin Loss in Server Breach

At approximately 1:00pm GMT last Friday, the Bitcoin exchange Bitcoinica suffered a server compromise that led to the theft of their bitcoin wallet and ended in the loss of ฿18,547 BTC—a value calculated at the current market rate of exceeding $87,000. After this happened, Bitcoinica was quick to reveal the information but few details on their blog. According to Bitcoinica, this represents only a fraction of the total of their bitcoins and withdrawal requests will be honored; but they have suspended operations while the investigation proceeds. The exchange also believes that the database itself was compromised. This particular breach comes after a... more »
Thompson Resigns as Yahoo CEO Due to Cancer

Thompson Resigns as Yahoo CEO Due to Cancer

Yahoo! Inc. offered another big surprise over the weekend: they lost another CEO. Scott Thompson officially became Yahoo’s CEO in January after Carol Bartz was fired from the company in 2011.  But over the weekend, Thompson informed the company that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will be stepping down from his position as head of the company.  The cancer revelation came just as Yahoo’s board began investigating his academic record, which included a computer science degree that he never actually achieved. Third Point has been battling to get a seat on Yahoo’s board for years, since they are one... more »
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An Update for Flipboard on Android

News comes to people in various forms.  We get it from watching news on TV or reading newspapers or magazines or even on the web, but for some, their most reliable source of news is their closest friends or the resources they know and trust across the social web. Flipboard saw the potential of digital social circles, focusing heavily on the iPad market at first.  The recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III brought a new opportunity for Flipboard, which revealed its plans to launch an Android version exclusively on the new smartphone. But Flipboard for Android managed to beat the... more »
Your SAP HANA Cheat Sheet: Milestones, Terms and More

Your SAP HANA Cheat Sheet: Milestones, Terms and More

SAP Sapphire Now 2012 officially kicks off today, and we expect a few product reveals and HANA-related updates to be unveiled during the conference.  We'll have live event coverage, analysis and executive interviews throughout SAPphire Now, which you can see here.  But before the conference gets into full swing, here's a HANA cheat sheet to reference as SAP further defines its strategy around the social, mobile in-memory analytics platform. SAP HANA First of all, HANA is not an acronym, it is a name.  It doesn't refer to Hasso's New Architecture, pertaining to Hasso Plattner, SAP’s founder, nor does it stand for High... more »
How a Baseball Hall of Famer Hits a Home Run in the Cloud [Q&A Series]

How a Baseball Hall of Famer Hits a Home Run in the Cloud [Q&A Series]

Being inducted into an athletic hall of fame is no easy feat, but SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos managed to do it.  An avid baseball infielder at the University of San Francisco, Lounibos is now honored with a name plate in the school's Hall of Fame.  Lounibos learned a few important lessons in baseball that carried over into his work with SOASTA, which he shares with us in today's Profile series. SOASTA, a cloud and mobile testing platform, has had some news of its own.  The company was one of the early supporters of HP's new Cloud Services, which is the latest public cloud offering in... more »
Apple Drops 4G iPad Label in Australian, UK Markets

Apple Drops 4G iPad Label in Australian, UK Markets

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple dropping 4G ad in Australia, Nokia stepping up on patent claims, and an early look at the HTC Desire C. Apple gives in to Australian demands The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed a case against Apple for their misleading ads regarding the 4G capabilities of the new iPad, to which Apple replied that they were not at fault, failing to reach an agreement with the commission. But no matter how tough Apple is, they gave in to the ACCC’s demands nonetheless, stating that since not all networks use the term 4G to refer to their high speed... more »
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Three Years of Kickstarter: A Rewarding History

Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform celebrated, their third birthday last April and to commemorate the event, the company traced their roots to show everyone how it all got started. When they launched, Kickstarter was spelled without an “e” as in KickStartr, and it even featured a MySpace widget aside from the present all-or-nothing goal, the deadline, the project video, the tiered rewards, "back this project," "backers," and page architecture. But before they officially kicked off in 2009, they decided to go with Kickstarter and their very first project was Grace Jones Does Not Give a F$#% T-Shirt (Limited Edition).  On May 3, 2009,... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.