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Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Twitter's New Tailored Ads: How They Work and How to Block 'Em

Over the weekend, Twitter, the microblogging service that has transformed how we interact with people on the internet, announced plans to experiment with how ads are displayed on individual user’s Twitter feed. Twitter claims that the experiment aims to deliver more useful ads to its US users from brands and businesses, but insists that we won't suddenly find our feeds flooded with ads. What Twitter aims to accomplish is to bring brands and people interested in their products or services closer without encroaching on anyone’s feeds. But how would this be possible?  In order for Twitter ad targeting to work, your browser... more »
The Moto X Will Be "Always On"... Always Spying On You Too?

The Moto X Will Be "Always On"... Always Spying On You Too?

If you're planning on buying a new Moto X phone, you might want to watch what you're saying. A newly leaked video showing several features of Google/Motorola's new flagship handset was posted online by Canadian carrier Rogers over the weekend, with one of the standout revelations being a new voice command system that's “always on” by default. At first glance it seems like a nifty feature. It works a lot like Apple's Siri, only its integrated with Google Now. The good thing is that you no longer need to 'do' anything to activate it, simply say “okay Google Now”, and once... more »
Abhishek Mehta Addresses Omni-channel

Abhishek Mehta Addresses Omni-channel

Abhishek Mehta, the founder of Tresata, explained how his startup’s Big Data suite will help enterprises make omni-channel commerce a reality in a recent Q&A with SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmondson. Mehta starts the interview by explaining the buzzword. He tells Winston that omni-channel describes the notion of “looking at all possible avenues to reach your customers, whether it’s a brick and mortar store, whether it’s an e-commerce site, a mobile channel, [or] social platforms.” He adds that “omni-channel transcends all those avenues that you can reach your customers with and represents … the optimal strategy to leverage and maximize... more »
Icahn Suffers Another Blow Ahead of Dell Buyout Vote

Icahn Suffers Another Blow Ahead of Dell Buyout Vote

The group of directors charged with supervising Dell’s sale slammed Carl Icahn’s after he invited fellow stockholders to appraise their shares in the company. The hedge fund giant wrote in a letter that his proposal is a “no-brainer” and involves “no risk” because the law allows investors to withdraw their appraisal proposals within 60 days after the completion of a buyout. Icahn’s push aims to undermine shareholder confidence in Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners’ $13.65-per-share offer for the company. Because a shareholder has to vote against a deal in order to gain appraisal, sufficient support for Icahn’s plan could potentially... more »
Rackspace Upgrades Android App with OpenStack Support

Rackspace Upgrades Android App with OpenStack Support

Yesterday Rackspace customers were pleasantly surprised to find a new release of the company’s free Android app. The latest version sports a new look and features an array of options for managing cloud deployments on the go. The reworked interface makes it easier to navigate the app and “find exactly what you’re looking for.” It’s complemented by an array of new admin functions, including the ability to manage multiple Rackspace accounts, check system status, and reboot, rename, resize and rebuild servers. Additionally, users can now change root passwords, ping specific servers from multiple data centers, and call Rackspace support directly from... more »
Dropbox: Playing By Their Own Rules

Dropbox: Playing By Their Own Rules

The Internet landscape has undergone drastic change over the past several years. One of the surprising drivers of this change came about with the founding of the file sharing service known as Dropbox. The company seized on an opportunity to be able to provide a framework for the sharing of large data files between devices. And with Dropbox’s dominance in the market, they have set their sights on what they believe their future holds. As reported on SiliconANGLE’s News Desk this week, Dropbox hosted their first ever developer conference recently. The purpose behind the conference is so Dropbox can morph from... more »
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2013 MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium

Next week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts industry insiders, corporate executives and IT vendors are going to descend on the school for the MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium to learn the newest and most effective ways to employ the analysis of big data to operate their organizations in the most efficient manner. All week, SiliconANGLE has been highlighting some of the key sessions to be presented. Here we provide a recap of just some of the week’s offerings: Making Medical Data Better Data One of the first sessions, to be presented by Dr. David Levine, Vice President... more »
Google Chrome 28 Arrives with More APIs and Extensions for Developers

Google Chrome 28 Arrives with More APIs and Extensions for Developers

Google has now officially released version 28 of its popular Chrome browser. The main novelties of this version of Chrome are the rendering engine change, the new notification system, and more improved Chrome developer tools. The release also includes a number of bug fixes, and a new version of the V8 JavaScript engine. Chrome 28 is the first version of Google’s browser based on Google’s new HTML rendering flashing engine Blink, which Google have been working in collaboration with Opera Software. Gmail Style Notification for Developers With native client and other modern technologies like Web RTC, Web applications have very little to envy... more »
Quipper: The First High-Level Scalable Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Quipper: The First High-Level Scalable Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Although quantum computers exist only in theory it does not stop researchers from making educated guesses about their future architecture--and more importantly the interface to interact with them. As a result of this speculation, it is now possible to design a software simulator of quantum computers and writing software. To this end, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, have come up with Quipper, a programming language for quantum computing. An important feature of quantum computers are qubits or quantum bits, which can take the values 0 and 1 simultaneously. This principle is described as a quantum superposition. However, the creation of computer algorithms... more »
How Businesses Will Operate On the Post-PRISM Internet - Breaking Analysis

How Businesses Will Operate On the Post-PRISM Internet - Breaking Analysis

New evidence has surfaced on how Microsoft has aided the NSA in spying on people. The latest leaks comes from the NSA's Special Source Operations or SSO division, which has been described by Edward Snowden as the "crown jewel" of the agency. According to reports, Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new Outlook.com portal; allowed the NSA to have pre-encryption stage access to email on Outlook.com, including Hotmail; worked with the FBI to allow NSA easier access to SkyDrive; worked with the FBI's Data Intercept... 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.