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Square Readers now thinner, durable and more reliable

Square Readers now thinner, durable and more reliable

Square Inc. revolutionized how small businesses do their transactions with the introduction of Square Reader, a dongle that connects to a smartphone or tablet via its headphone jack, to allow merchants to accept credit card payments. Though the original device delivered, we later found out that it wasn't quite perfect yet. Some users had to return their Square Readers because the devices weren't working properly - it was later discovered that in many models, the wire connecting the devices to their battery was no longer intact. But this wasn't the only complaint, as some users also bemoaned the size of the... more »
Introducing CrowdChat : Home for your #hashtag

Introducing CrowdChat : Home for your #hashtag

Silicon Valley startup CrowdChat Platform cofounded by our own John Furrier and ex Cloudera & Riot Games big data developer Dani Rayan is getting lots of positive feedback from early adopters.  CrowdChat is a global, real-time social network platform with an integrated conversation application for public group discussions and information sharing. To simplify, think of CrowdChat as a platform to allow executives to hold "office hours" -- where socialized conversations, thought-leadership and ideation with both their industries and audience can be tracked. Executives can assign virtual space to create an "appointment based" event (chat) and use time as the main filter. CrowdChat... more »
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An agile leviathan : Craig Nunes on HP's refreshed StoreOnce | #HPDiscover

Craig Nunes, a frequent guest on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, is the VP of Converged Infrastructure Storage for HP. He joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante to discuss some recent storage related announcements and to give his take on the state of the company and the HP Discover conference. Most recently, HP has focused on mid-range storage options. Nunes noted they were happy to offering their high-end Tier 1 clustered architecture down to the mid-range. This, he claims, is easier to do in a world of growing flash adoption that requires clustered architecture. “HP is taking market share from EMC in the mid-range,” Nunes... more »
Righting the HP ship : Getting back to growth | #HPDiscover

Righting the HP ship : Getting back to growth | #HPDiscover

Kicking off the live coverage of the HP Discover conference from Barcelona, Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier discussed the strengths, opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for HP as a company in the immediate future. Meg Whitman has decisively taken the helm of this legacy company, guiding it through year two of a five year turnaround. Historic in its size, it is no secret they have encountered troubles over the past few years. While HP is currently a $112Bn company, it really is underperforming for where it should be. Addressing the Barcelona conference, Vellante noted that cosmetically the branding and... more »
ServiceNow on IT operations : New apps for the single system of record

ServiceNow on IT operations : New apps for the single system of record

One of the most fundamental problems facing IT is the great variety of individual IT tools available, each having its own set of data, management, and user interfaces. SiliconANGLE founder and CEO John Furrier recently sat down with Dave Wright, VP of Worldwide Solutions Consulting at ServiceNow, to discuss the complexity and lack of standardization that has resulted. Wright also shared how ServiceNow has added three new apps to its “single system of record” to help IT manage ERP better. Enterprise IT cloud company ServiceNow, one of the fastest-growing players in the IT Service Management (ITSM) space, has extended its flagship... more »
Snapchat seeks to silence alleged co-founder Reggie Brown

Snapchat seeks to silence alleged co-founder Reggie Brown

Earlier this year, Snapchat, the controversial self-destructing messaging app was hit by a Facebook-like controversy when ousted co-founder Reggie Brown filed a case against the company Brown's case states that he is entitled to one-third ownership of Snapchat, along with co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, claiming that the idea for the self-destructing messaging app came from him.  According to the unnamed sources who spoke to BusinessInsider, Brown was hanging out with his Kappa Sigma brothers when he first suggested the idea of a messaging app whose communications would be destroyed within seconds upon viewing. He first pitched the idea to... more »
Tech giants form the AllSeen Alliance to enable the Internet of Things

Tech giants form the AllSeen Alliance to enable the Internet of Things

In order to fulfill the promise of the “Internet of Things” and bring connectivity to devices of every shape, inside homes, hospitals, factories, schools and beyond, a group of technology and consumer electronics companies have formed a new alliance. The Internet of Things is a catch-all term used to describe all the different kinds of devices that can be connected to the internet these days – be it baby monitors with networked cameras, connected thermostats or various home security systems. These kinds of gadgets are gaining traction fast, and with that comes the need for manufacturers to play along nicely, and... more »
How does President John McAfee sound?

How does President John McAfee sound?

John McAfee, of all the ways to introduce him, all the background we could go into, the headlines – all that stuff sort of seems to fade into the same constant tone - eccentric, washed up, he's in trouble - those things are easy to find out there .  You know who he is and you've heard all the stories.  But just hold on, you can judge that better when the biography comes out and the eventual movie as well.  Besides all that when you get a chance to talk to him he suddenly starts making a whole bunch of... more »
State Healthcare sites open to Wi-Fi attacks

State Healthcare sites open to Wi-Fi attacks

For weeks the incredible level of flaws of the Affordable Care Act sites have been big news. There have been reports of attacks, data-handling issues, there was even a report of a specialized DDoS tool designed to attack the site specifically. Despite a number of assurances that all is running well, the security issues should be obvious even to the non-technical out there. Through it all, it should be clear that there would be many security flaws that would emerge, various reports of attempts and many more unreported. The latest report zeros in a number of state-run healthcare exchanges. A... more »
Not just the Lich King, it’s the NSA: Real world agents making avatars in World of Warcraft

Not just the Lich King, it’s the NSA: Real world agents making avatars in World of Warcraft

The NSA, and its UK sister the GCHQ, have both seen operatives spending long hours in front of computer screens and under headphones listening to the chatter of a million wiretaps, Skype calls, and cell phone conversations—but what hasn’t been revealed until now is how much time the spy agencies have spent in the virtual worlds of video games. Now, secret documents leaked by the infamous whistleblower Snowden have revealed the progressive push by the snooper elite into the “virtual” lives of gamers. These files were obtained by The Guardian and are being published on Monday in partnership with the New... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.