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BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks Leaked - Release in 2012?

BlackBerry 4G PlayBooks Leaked - Release in 2012?

Earlier this month, leaks surfaced about Research in Motion’s plan for their upcoming BlackBerry devices.  The leak includes a touchscreen phone codenamed “London”, a QWERTY BB10 device dubbed as  “Nevada”, and two more codenames, “Naples” and “Nashville”, which have no details yet.  It was also mentioned that a 10-inch PlayBook is in the works, referred to as “Blackforest”, expected to come out early 2013. RIM has been in the slumps as they try to struggle with the dominance of Apple and Android, but what made the situation worse is when they announced that BB10 will be delayed yet again.  Instead of... more »
Yet More Malware Caught Targeting OS X, MORCUT Bites Into Audio Captures

Yet More Malware Caught Targeting OS X, MORCUT Bites Into Audio Captures

As soon as the new version of MAC OS X version, Mountain Lion was released on the Mac App Store, a new malware also surfaced up. Named as OSX_MORCUT.A, the malware acts as a backdoor into the remote system and gives attackers remote access to the infected systems. The malware is also called ‘Crisis’ by some anti-virus software as the name appears inside the malware's code. It is created with the motive of spying as it captures audio and video files from the user’s machine. While most features of MORCUT are similar to backdoor malware, such as searching for files, checking... more »
Census Bureau Unveils Public API For Apps Developers

Census Bureau Unveils Public API For Apps Developers

The US Census Bureau has just made its wealth of demographic, socio-economic and housing data more accessible than ever before, with the launch of its first public API. Launched last Thursday, the API will surely lead to endless possibilities for developers of mobile and web applications. Developers will be able to access two Census Bureau statistical databases through the API; the 2010 Census, which provides up to date information on age, population, race, sex and home ownership statistics in the US, and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, which offers a more diverse range of socio-economic data, covering areas including employment, income... more »
Updated Public Beta Version of Xbox LIVE Available, Rush Before You Miss It!

Updated Public Beta Version of Xbox LIVE Available, Rush Before You Miss It!

Microsoft has just announced the new beta version of the Xbox LIVE, which comes with some cool features like Internet Explorer for Xbox, updated dashboard, and many more. As announced by Major Nelson, the company also started accepting beta testers. This attracted thousands of fans with overwhelming response, but only a few of them were able to make it and grab the offer. You might be wondering if the offer is already over, why I’m asking you to rush? So, the trivia is that while the Xbox LIVE public Beta is now closed, there is an open call for all... more »
Where We Can Go With Augmented Reality: The Spartan Gamified World Revisited in SIGHT

Where We Can Go With Augmented Reality: The Spartan Gamified World Revisited in SIGHT

With Google Glasses and other potential competing products coming into the limelight, the technological consciousness is going to slowly merge with the expectations set for us by science fiction books and futurist designs. To understand how one element of augmented reality—the ability to overlay UIs and instructions on vision—can affect our social interaction and our skills we need look no further than current video games and the concept of gamification. Gamification is the process of giving “game-like” attributes to everyday goals, it’s used by websites to attract and retain visitors with numbers and fill-up-bars, it’s used by school teachers to gain... more »
Apple Preparing Rival for Google Glasses, Filing Patents On Wearable Computers

Apple Preparing Rival for Google Glasses, Filing Patents On Wearable Computers

Google Glasses will soon be no longer the only sci-fi project with augmented reality features, as Apple is preparing a rival for the search giant’s invention. Apparently, Apple has been working on the idea of wearable computers since 2006, but Google took the leading edge when it revealed its Glass project in June 2012. Perhaps Apple is taking its iGlasses concept seriously now, and that’s why it has started filing and gathering patents for the technology. Last year, Apple applied for a patent for Video Telephonic Headset that was granted this month. As soon as the iPhone maker received that patent, it... more »
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Everything You Need to Know About the Apple-Samsung Trial

As mentioned earlier in SiliconANGLE’s mobile news roundup, the Apple-Samsung thermonuclear US trial is set to begin today.  For those of you wondering why Apple is suing Samsung and why Samsung has filed countersuits, here’s a little something from us to you, our readers, to keep you updated on what’s happening between the two partners-turned-rivals. Once upon a time... Apple and Samsung used to have a good business partnership: Samsung supplies Apple with the things they need for their iDevices and they got along fine.  Things turned sour when Samsung released their Galaxy devices, which look particularly similar to iDevices. Apple filed a... more »
The Olympics: Spam and Malware All Bigger Threats Than Before

The Olympics: Spam and Malware All Bigger Threats Than Before

Cybersecurity is one additional topic that the architects of the 2012 London Olympics had to take into consideration, now that hackers are getting more and more creativity--and increasingly aggressive--with their attacks. The Olympic Games will attract a lot of eyeballs, but hackers have already started exploiting this international interest last month.  Spammers jumped on the opportunity and as of late June a huge upsurge in Olympics related spam messages swept through mailboxes everywhere. A note was even released on the official site warning users of some of the more popular hoaxes they might encounter: over two dozen variations including so-called lotteries,... more »
Breaking Analysis: NetApp Teams with Fusion-io to Compress Time to Market but the Bigger Story is Fusion-io’s Grand Vision To Rule the Storage Stack

Breaking Analysis: NetApp Teams with Fusion-io to Compress Time to Market but the Bigger Story is Fusion-io’s Grand Vision To Rule the Storage Stack

NetApp today announced a deal with Fusion-io. Industry news coverage has called this announcement a “mystery,” citing excerpts from the press release as follows: "… working closely with storage industry leader NetApp to provide solutions using server-side flash and caching software products when used in conjunction with the NetApp Virtual Storage Tier. The two companies are collaborating on low-latency, high-performance solutions for compatibility between the Fusion ioMemory platform and NetApp’s Data ONTAP operating system, as well as key caching solutions, including NetApp Flash Cache, NetApp Flash Pool and Fusion-io caching software."  According to All Things D: "It’s kind of a weird announcement, where... more »
HP Commercial Reveals Possible Glimpse of New Windows 8 Tablet

HP Commercial Reveals Possible Glimpse of New Windows 8 Tablet

It’s no secret that HP, along with several other companies, are working behind the scenes to come up with a Windows 8 tablet in time for the OS's launch this fall, so could it be that they’ve just leaked a sneak peak of their device on a new YouTube commercial? The new “Make it Matter” ad (see below) from HP clearly shows someone using a HP-branded tablet right at the end of the commercial, around the 56-second mark. The device has a somewhat basic design – a metallic back with a black strip running across the top. Back in April, it was... 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.