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Bandzoogle's Onesheet Acquisition May Set New Digital Standard for Independent Artists

With its recent acquisition of Onesheet, Bandzoogle aims to offer the definitive website for musicians, actors, comedians and models. Brendon Mulligan developed Onesheet in 2011 to provide musicians the equivalent of an “About.me” page that aggregated and automatically updated their profiles and music content from sites like Facebook, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and iTunes with automatic updates for easy maintenance. Bandzoogle CEO, David Dufresne, says the new acquisition represents the “missing piece” in the company’s aim to offer a comprehensive platform for artists and entertainers to share, sell and promote their work and merchandise. Onesheet addressed a void in the market as a... more »
Lumia 1020 : Breath of Fresh Air Needed in Homogenous Smartphone Market

Lumia 1020 : Breath of Fresh Air Needed in Homogenous Smartphone Market

Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 1020, its flagship smartphone, which will be exclusively sold by AT&T for $299.  Pre-orders start on July 16 and the device will be available in stores on July 26. So what does this newcomer have that others don’t?  41MP camera baby! Aside from that, it features a 4.5 ” ClearBlack AMOLED with super-sensitive touch technology, Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 2GB RAM, 32BG mass memory, 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage, runs Windows Phone 8, 3.5 mm audio jack, micro USB, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi channel bonding, NFC for payment, Sharing,... more »
Briskly Buying Bitcoin & Cooking Raspberry Pie with Raspberry Pi - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Briskly Buying Bitcoin & Cooking Raspberry Pie with Raspberry Pi - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Bitcoin, Better   San Francisco’s Coinbase has always made it convenient to buy bitcoins by connecting any U.S. bank account, but now it’s making the buying, selling and storage of Bitcoins even easier. By supplying your private information, and answering some public data questions, the exchange can identify individual visitors as verified users, allowing them to instantly trade Bitcoins on the market. According to Coinbase, the user data required is standard financial information, no different to the same data used by banks and credit card companies. Using the information, the company can instantly process up to fifty Bitcoins at a time while, unverified users... more »
Making Smart IT Decisions: Demand Visibility and Control of All Your AWS Assets

Making Smart IT Decisions: Demand Visibility and Control of All Your AWS Assets

Editor's Note: This is a guest contribution from ScienceLogic's CTO Antonio Piraino. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is all grown up. While Enterprise IT is often thought of in terms of a rogue deployment of your applications, or even as a competitor, enterprises are now using it for more and more critical business applications. All the benefits you think you’re going to get are fantastic, but you need to set yourself up for success with Smart IT, which empowers organizations to visualize, automate, and modernize their IT operations. Smart IT means being able to have the information that is relevant and actionable in... more »
Netflix’s Jeff Magnusson on Big Data Visualization

Netflix’s Jeff Magnusson on Big Data Visualization

Netflix is not only the world’s largest provider of streaming media, but also one of the most prominent contributors to the Hadoop ecosystem. Jeff Magnusson, Netflix’s head of Data Platform Architecture, discussed the open-source technologies his company uses to keep track of consumer trends in an interview with SiliconANGLE NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmondson. Winston starts the session by asking about Netflix’s famed corporate culture. Magnusson says that the firm is constantly on the prowl for intelligent people, including analysts and other professionals who don’t necessarily possess advanced technical skills. Netflix’s engineers are tasked with developing tools that can help their... more »
What Steve Ballmer's "Last Stand" Means for a Fragmented + Troubled Microsoft

What Steve Ballmer's "Last Stand" Means for a Fragmented + Troubled Microsoft

Microsoft has unveiled a new strategy, “One Microsoft,” which aims to streamline its Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface, Office 365 as well as other products and services. "We will strive for a single experience for everything in a person's life that matters. One experience, one company, one set of learnings, one set of apps, and one personal library of entertainment, photos and information everywhere. One store for everything," Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO said. Aside from delivering a unified experience for consumers, Ballmer also announced the reorganization happening for “One Microsoft” to actually happen. Executive Shake-Up Veteran executive Julie Larson-Green was named head of its... more »
LIVE: Looking Through The PRISM, Who's Really Behind It?

LIVE: Looking Through The PRISM, Who's Really Behind It?

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday July 12, 2013. Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryption, according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, you'll see our very own security expert John Casaretto discussing the top-secret PRISM program, and how those who use it avoid detection from their own spying tools. He'll give his opinions about the security of Skype in the face of Microsoft's cooperation... more »
Zoom Reinvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Full Specs

Zoom Reinvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Full Specs

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 1020 a device that had been leaked so much that even minutes before the reveal event started yesterday, leaks still keep flying. So what does this new Lumia phone have over other smartphones?  41. MEGAPIXEL. CAMERA. Okay, I know you’ll say, “Wait, they’ve already done that last year with the PureView 808, that’s not something new.”  You may be right, but of course, the PureView 808 did not belong in the Lumia line and Nokia added some really interesting features to make photo enthusiasts drool over the Lumia 1020. So let’s check out what’s under the hood... more »
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Big Data Regulation In The Financial Services Industry

All week long, we’ve been previewing the information sessions to be presented at next week’s MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium to be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Later today, SiliconANGLE will post a wrap-up of the handful of sessions we have highlighted thus far. The challenges and applications of big data apply across several industries. Today, we will look at a proposed panel discussion meant to deal with the utilization of big data in the financial services industry, entitled ‘New Directions in Financial Services Standards: Feeding the CDO’s Soul’. The session, chaired by Said Tabet, Senior Technologist and Industry Standards... more »
Did You Hear About YouSendIt?

Did You Hear About YouSendIt?

The re-branding of a company is not a decision that should be undertaken lightly. Changing a corporate image is a reintroduction of your company’s values and products to your established customers while also seeking to broaden your outreach to a new population of potential clients. The world of cloud computing was introduced, in no small part, thanks to the foundation of file sharing service YouSendIt in the middle of the last decade. Their iconic paper-airplane logo effectively conveyed their purpose of allowing users to post large data attachments to their cloud storage platform so that intended recipients could access the files,... 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

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- David Vellante

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- 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

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- 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.