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Dropbox Acknowledges Employee Hacked; Threats Don’t Always Hit the Clients Directly

Dropbox Acknowledges Employee Hacked; Threats Don’t Always Hit the Clients Directly

Over the recent weeks, fears of a breach at Dropbox fueled a great deal of speculation when clients of the cloud-storage service discovered an increase in spam coming to e-mail addresses they registered there. To their credit, Dropbox quickly got the ball rolling on an investigation into what happened and how they could have leaked otherwise confidential client information and yesterday they acknowledged that what happened is one of their employees had their account breached. “Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts,” the cloud-storage... more »
IBM Launches Intelligent Appliance to Stop Threats Before They Happen

IBM Launches Intelligent Appliance to Stop Threats Before They Happen

One click and an entire organization’s data may find itself at risk. Employees’ social media and online access is already an apparent security loophole within most companies nowadays. This is why preventive measures, full control and visibility on where they go on web and eliminate risky browsing behavior are becoming essential for IT departments. These are what global tech leader IBM wanted to tackle with IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5000, a newly released advanced threat detection appliance. Proactively protecting corporate proprietary from hazards such as malwares and Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), the new class of network security application will deliver... more »
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From Yawn to Dawn of New Scientific Frontiers in Tech: Q&A with TED Lecturer Ainissa Ramirez

As a tech writer, I investigate iPhone 5 rumors, but I couldn’t name any of the 64 elements from the periodic table of elements that the phone contains. So, what does it matter? Well, 2012 TED lecturer and self-proclaimed Science Evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez explains how the science all around us, and in the technological gadgets we cover on SiliconANGLE, are implicated in larger discussions of economics, sustainability, politics and humanity. A former Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale, Ramirez explains these phenomena without confusing jargon because she believes science should be relevant, entertaining and accessible. In our... more »
What Features Could Google's Nexus Q be Delayed For?

What Features Could Google's Nexus Q be Delayed For?

Google announced that their little black media ball, Nexus Q, will be delayed in getting to consumers’ hands.  The reason?  They want to add more features to it. “The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today,” Google wrote in an e-mail to pre-order customers. “In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.” As we’ve discussed here at SiliconANGLE, the Nexus Q is missing some features that would... more »
How To Keep Your Dropbox, Box and SugarSync Clouds Secure

How To Keep Your Dropbox, Box and SugarSync Clouds Secure

As more people and businesses are moving into the cloud, the issue of cloud security is raised in tandem.  Dropbox has recently admitted to a breach in their security, which led to their users receiving spam e-mails.  So they’ve beefed up their security efforts and will continue adding more security features to deflect future attacks. But as a cloud user, how can I keep my files, username, and passwords safe from hackers?  Not that I’m harboring top secret government files, but still, I don’t think it would be good if people saw racy images of me - just kidding! Just wanted... more »
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NYC Media Mash 2012 Awards Developers for Innovating with Leading APIs

NYC Media Lab has awarded winners in it's first Media Mash 2012 challenge, which encourages developers to create innovative apps using data from the New York’s leading digital media companies. Providing developers with open feeds and APIs, Media Mash 2012 highlighted more than 50 APIs including those from The New York Times, CBS Sports Fantasy, tumblr and NewsCred. A panel of judges from New York City's tech, startup and academic communities determined winners of the $10,000 prize pool based on the distinctiveness of the idea and the apps contribution to the media space. Roger Neal, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab stated:... more »
Android Users Can Now Use Tethering Apps On Verizon

Android Users Can Now Use Tethering Apps On Verizon

Android users may now rejoice, tethering is now legal and free for Verizon Wireless subscribers! The Federal Communications Commission started its investigation on Verizon after receiving reports that the network pressured Google into pulling and banning apps on Google Play that allows tethering, or a feature that allows one device to share their connection without getting billed.  Verizon offers tethering of course, but it would cost you $20 a month in addition to your monthly plan.  But people are more interested tethering for free. In a statement made by the FCC, the commission said that Verizon have no right to block third-party... more »
Dropbox Addresses Security Breach, Adds New ID Requirements

Dropbox Addresses Security Breach, Adds New ID Requirements

A few weeks back, Dropbox, the file storage site, started receiving complaints from their users that they’ve been receiving spam on e-mail addresses only used for Dropbox.  The company looked into the matter and found out that usernames and passwords hacked from other sites were used to gain access to Dropbox accounts but they’ve already informed the affected users and helped them in securing their accounts. The Dropbox team also stated that a stolen password was used to access an employee Dropbox account which contains a project document with user email addresses.  The team stated that they’re doing everything they can... more »
Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the continuation of the Apple-Samsung trial; Samsung launching Music Hub in the US; Nokia’s sales surge; and an app to make Android photos picture-perfect. Apple-Samsung lawyers delivered opening statements The Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co. trial started Monday with jury selection.  On Tuesday, the two parties were finally able to deliver their opening statements wherein both of the companies claim to be the innovator and accused the other of patent infringement. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for infringing their patents with the release of their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets that run on the Android platform.... more »
Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

The connected device is beng pursued by, location-based and social sharing trends, and there's booming, effective Wi-Fi usage behind it all, according to latest Jiwire mobile audience insights report Q2 2012. The quarterly report from JiWire, the location-based mobile media provider, examines the connected devices usage trends, location-based and social tagging trends and connected device adoption. Wi-Fi Sees Mass Adoption Of the approximate 315,000 public Wi-Fi locations in North America and records data from every ad request surveyed, Wi-Fi usage has increased by 240 percent over the past year, mostly led by the growth of smartphones. The study shows that 35 percent of smartphone... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.