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Apple Taking a Page Out of Google’s Book to Grow in the Enterprise

Tim Cook’s Apple is playing it safe with an iterative approach to innovation, focusing on evolution as opposed to revolution. The company stuck to its guns yet again this year with a Retina-equipped follow-up to the iPad mini and a new variation of its full-sized tablet that boasts an array of significant improvements. More than a quarter lighter and 20 percent thinner, the fifth generation iPad Air offers twice the performance of its predecessor and 72 times the graphical horsepower of the original iPad. It’s joined by the latest 13- and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models, which come with Mavericks pre-installed. For... more »
Apple Condones Piracy Because Free Software Has More Value

Apple Condones Piracy Because Free Software Has More Value

Apple is deadly serious about its free software commitment. Following its announcement earlier this week that OS X Mavericks, along with iLife and iWorks would be made available to downloaded completely free of charge, something curious happened. The updates were made available to all – even those using trial or illegally downloaded versions of its software were able to receive the updates, including for the entire iLife and iWork suites, and Apple's Aperture program. But this is where it gets more interesting. Contrary to reports elsewhere, this is no mistake – Apple has purposely allowed everyone to get the free updates.... more »
This Is Gonna Hurt - ObamaCare Site Code Needs Major Overhaul

This Is Gonna Hurt - ObamaCare Site Code Needs Major Overhaul

Over the past few weeks SiliconANGLE has brought down the microscope on Obamacare’s laughable attempt to launch the healthcare.gov website. Reports continue to pile in of skewed traffic projections, inadequate contractors, and even self-inflicted DDoS type of wounds. While all of these excuses hold some truth; with a December 15th deadline rapidly approaching, instead of wasting more time to assign blame, let’s take a moment to explore a proposed solution that carries some weight. To Solve a Problem you must first consult the Source: Fact: The federal health care exchange was built using a 10-year-old technology. Think of your iPhone, would you... more »
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Springpad Declutters Bookmarks + Boards with New Update

Springpad recently revamped its look, improving already great aesthetics for Apple’s iOS 7.  With the new look came the ability to format Springs on any device, syncing, and save and share. But Springpad is far from being done with the transition, with a few new updates released today. Springpad promises a distraction-free experience by eliminating clutter and streamlining features. “All that noise and distraction in your life, we put a silencer on it when you’re in Springpad notebooks. Like our new Notes, we gave you a simpler workspace that hides all the distractions, so you can stay focused and get things done,” Springpad... more »
PHP.net Compromised, Caught Potentially Spreading Malware

PHP.net Compromised, Caught Potentially Spreading Malware

For a short time today, it appears that something managed to compromise the PHP.net web pages and alter some of the JavaScript present to spread malware. Earlier today, Barracuda Labs quickly published a blog post researching the hits and speculating about what happened. Earlier today Google’s stop-badware system caught this as well and flagged php.net as distributing malware, warning users who’s browsers support it not to visit the site, etc. Interestingly enough, the Google diagnostic page now seems to say otherwise and there seems to be some controversy and disbelief that a site like php.net could be doing this, and as... more »
6 Pinterest Apps + Alternatives for iPhones and More

6 Pinterest Apps + Alternatives for iPhones and More

Pinterest is going global, with a heavy concentration on the international mobile scene.  Having just raised $225 million in a Series E funding round, the massive cash infusion will be used for its global expansion and investment in infrastructure to improve the service. As Pinterest aims for global domination, having revealed plans earlier this year to expand in Europe and Asia, mobile is an important focus for the social network.  More and more people now consume web content from their mobile devices, and mobile has been a late focus for Pinterest.  While the photo-centric sharing platform does have apps on all... more »
JNBridge Lab Creates Real-Time Visual Monitoring for Hadoop Clusters with .NET-based Visio

JNBridge Lab Creates Real-Time Visual Monitoring for Hadoop Clusters with .NET-based Visio

JNBridge, the leading provider of interoperability tools connecting Java and .NET, recently announced its most recent Lab. JNBridge Labs is a series of interoperability kits designed to help developers connect Java and .NET technologies in new and innovative ways. These labs are free to download and include all code and documentation. This allows developers to customize the kit to better suit their needs. JNBridge has enabled developers leverage the superior graphical capabilities available in .NET-based programs like Microsoft Visio, to monitor an entire Apache Hadoop cluster in real time. This Lab transforms Hadoop beyond a simple HTML, into a dynamic framework... more »
Software-Led Infrastructure Will Need Dev/Ops

Software-Led Infrastructure Will Need Dev/Ops

Software-led architecture will increase the need for dev/ops to support more "aware" applications and react faster to the rapid changes and new possibilities of the new unified infrastructure, writes Wikibon analyst and consultant Scott Lowe. Tomorrow's infrastructure will be software-aware, disaster-resistant, and business-friendly. Dev/Ops will bring a programatic attitude to IT operations and streamline the process of developing, testing, and implementing new software and major updates to existing programs, helping IT to react faster and more efficiently to the changes that are happening in the computing and business environments. CIOS, he writes, should consider workload automation technologies and encourage collaboration among IT... more »
Splunk Poised to Become Big Data App King

Splunk Poised to Become Big Data App King

When Big Data started to really take flight a couple of years ago, many inside the industry anticipated that major application development would follow. After all, what use is it to have access to so much unstructured data if you have no means to analyze and utilize it? While some Big Data companies have started creating applications for Hadoop and other Big Data platforms, none have taken a dominant role in this market space. Splunk aims to change that, and so far the company is off to a very good start. According to Wikibon lead Big Data analyst Jeff Kelly, Big... more »
64-bit ARM Signals Mobile Dominance of Client Computing

64-bit ARM Signals Mobile Dominance of Client Computing

The successful start of volume production of the 64-bit ARM processor this month signals the start of the mobile/cloud era and end of the WinTel duopoly in end-user computing, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer. Apple is already introducing 64-bit with its A7 processor in the high volume iPhone S5, iPad Air, and iPad mini. Google, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Samsung are all promising 64-bit ARM-based products. The new processor eliminates the 4GB memory addressing limitations, allowing these new mobile devices to use real and virtual memory much more efficiently. It will allow faster application loading and execution, smoother rendering, and lower development... more »

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- Peter Burris

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- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

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- Brian Gracely

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Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.