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Is Iran Really Planning To Shut Off Access To The Web?

Is Iran Really Planning To Shut Off Access To The Web?

Iran's plans to create a domestic email service and assign each citizen a government email address have led to renewed speculation that the Islamic Republic wants to shut down the World Wide Web and replace it with its own domestic intranet. Recently, Iran's president-elect Hassan Rowhani has spoken publicly in support of greater internet freedoms, but the idea of an imposed, state-run email system is seen by many as a backwards step. Reuters reports that the new, state-run email system will be managed by Iran's postal service, and would result in an increase in the number of data centers in the... more »
LIVE: How Technology Will Quantify Everything, Including Users

LIVE: How Technology Will Quantify Everything, Including Users

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The term “quantified self” is still a new term, but may soon become second nature to the mainstream. Here to discuss the topic is Silicon Angle Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole. It’s certainly easy to see how factors like movement can be tracked in increasingly useful ways as products like Moves and the Nike FuelBand develop further, but how about further down the line? What else about your ‘self’ can be ‘quantified’, and how? See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's NewsDesk, Winston Edmondson will be filling in for Kristin Feledy,... more »
Dropbox Caters to Developers with Datastore API

Dropbox Caters to Developers with Datastore API

At the first annual DBX Developer Conference, Dropbox announced some new additions to its cloud storage service. First up is something for developers. The Datastore application programming interface (API) would allow developers to save information, not just files, regarding what a user is doing inside an application.  It can be used to keep track of high scores, allow players of multi-player games to set new goals or targets based on how well their competitors are doing. Since everything is in the cloud, when a device goes offline, data will not be lost, but will instead be synced as soon as the device... more »
Dell Privatization Endorsed by Advisory Firms

Dell Privatization Endorsed by Advisory Firms

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) told shareholders to support Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management’s $13.65-per-share buyout proposal in a note sent out this morning. Glass Lewis and Egan-Jones Proxy Services, two other prominent advisory firms, also endorsed the bid in separate statements issued a few hours later. “After evaluating the risk of accepting the offer…ISS recommends clients vote FOR this transaction, which offers a 25.5% premium to the unaffected share price, provides certainty of value, and transfers the risk of the deteriorating PC business and the company’s on-going business transformation to the buyout group.” ISS’s decision came as a surprise for the... more »
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4 Ways Local Shops Can put Mobile Trends to Good Use Now

Are men more inclined to shop using their mobile device?  Or just like in the real world, do women dominate the virtual shopping sphere? According to Nielsen’s “Who is the Mobile Shopper?” report, as of Q1 2013, 84 percent of mobile consumers have used their devices to shop within the past month, which is up by 5 percent compared to the same quarter from last year.  Some of these mobile shoppers even stated that they do their online shopping mostly on their mobile devices than on their PCs. The report also stated that consumers below the age of 45 are more active... more »
Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other New Beginning's End

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other New Beginning's End

EMC Buys ID Manager Aveksa Big news in the world of cloud security came out of Massachusetts yesterday when EMC and Aveksa issued a joint press release lauding the acquisition of Aveksa, a company founded with an aim at providing identity verification, by EMC. Aveksa will be brought in under the EMC umbrella, working in their RSA security division. According to The Times of India, credited with first reporting the story, the acquisition has cost EMC in the neighborhood of $225 million in cash. And Aveksa was purportedly anxious to ink the deal as the writing was on the wall that EMC... more »
All Data Is Relevant Now

All Data Is Relevant Now

The Wall Street Journal posted a story this week about the NSA data mining program and the legal framework that supports it. The story zeroed in on what it characterized as the evolving interpretation of one word – ‘relevant’ - in the Patriot Act and how it enables the NSA and other government agencies to legally collect and mine vast troves of data. Since 9/11, the Patriot Act has required the NSA to petition the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court whenever it wants to collect and analyze otherwise private data, such as mobile phone or email records, as part of an investigation.... more »
Get Groceries and Sink Some Ships (Virtually) with Google Glass and GlassBattle

Get Groceries and Sink Some Ships (Virtually) with Google Glass and GlassBattle

Google’s much anticipated Google Glass is slowly entering our lives and the augmented reality applications this wearable device can bring to life are expanding. Although Google Glass is not yet open to the public, we are already seeing many developers creating applications that allow web browsing, check the updates of Reddit and post Facebook updates. Mobile app developer Brick Simple is now building a multi-player “Battleship-like” game that you can play on Google Glass. The game, called GlassBattle, is a Battleship-like multiplayer game where two players wearing Glass compete head-to-head in turn-based battles. Founder of the game Det Ansinn revealed over the... more »
Big Data's Still On Track To Save The World

Big Data's Still On Track To Save The World

Big Data's reputation has taken a bit of a battering lately thanks to allegations that the NSA is collecting and storing people's web and phone records, leading to a wider debate about the appropriateness of such extensive data-gathering operations. But this negative publicity detracts from the reality of Big Data today, which for the most part will only benefit society as a whole. There's more to these massive data sets than simply catching terrorists (or spying on law abiding citizens), as you'll see with the following recent developments. One story that caught my eye recently relates how 'spying' on people's public... more »
Kickstarting Data Dealer--A Smart Game on Online Privacy

Kickstarting Data Dealer--A Smart Game on Online Privacy

With online privacy becoming an ever-increasing concern, thanks to NSA–Snowden debacle, here comes a super clever game on online privacy: The Data Dealer. Data Dealer is a browser game about surveillance, privacy, the social impact of technology, and fun--and is aimed at spreading awareness about online privacy and concerns related to today's digital age in a new and fun way. You can run your own Smoogle & Tracebook, track people, collect personal profiles and sell them to whoever you want. This game is actually a satire on PRISM, where players can Play 'God' with other people's data. Talking about if Data Dealer... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.