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The National Security Agency and the US government in general is being bombarded with criticism regarding NSAgate. When news of the NSA's data mining operations surfaced, not many news outlets or people were altogether surprised--having suspected something had been going on all along--however, the extent thereof and the type have been veiled in so much secrecy and had become so much more agressive since 9/11 it's difficult to know what's been done or how it's been done and especially how that affects the very security and privacy of common citizens. Wiretapping itself (especially the secret type) goes far back, way back,... more »
One of our guests at The Cube is James Ferguson, CEO of kWIQly. The very first thing we noticed about this startup is the rather interesting spelling of its company, which Ferguson explained right away; kW stands for kilowatts, "IQ" for intelligence, and "ly" for quickly. A little background about kWIQly: they’re a consultancy company that helps buildings save energy through finding energy saving opportunities and applying pattern recognition to energy consumption data. They developed an intelligent software in the cloud that enables them to do this. Among their notable customers are the Tower of London and HaniWells. Ferguson comes to us... more »
The Apache Hadoop open platform has aroused great interest in the largest producers of hardware and software vendors. Most of them have already implemented or plan to implement solutions using this technology. Simultaneously, a growing number of companies offering tools and applications that work with Hadoop. With sixth annual Hadoop Summit is just round the corner, enterprises and service providers are looking to big data to differentiate themselves from the competition and to open hybrid cloud as an innovation. Hadoop deployments and the adoption of OpenStack can benefit organizations to make big data workloads to move between public and private clouds.... more »
I’ve been studying and playing massively multiplayer online (MMO) games for years now and the most fun element of all of them is having and seeing in-universe human cohabitation in that virtual world. In fact, this is the particular definition that separates an MMO from something that’s just massive and multiplayer. This E3, Sony, Microsoft, and Ubisoft appear to be trying to change that definition by tweaking it just slightly. I’ve heard more than once the marketing buzz “blurring the line between singleplayer and multiplayer” and while this isn’t satisfying, it’s a fair definition of what’s been presented. I see it splitting... more »
The billions of connected devices and sensors that make up the Internet of Things have transformed the technology landscape and revolutionized our day-to-day lives in the process. The impact of this mega-trend on the American consumer was brought into the limelight at this week’s HP Discover event. According to an infographic that went out on the second day of the conference, one in two Americans would rather use communications technology to interact with peers than have a face-to-face conversation. 75 percent bring their phones to the bathroom, and 57 percent encounter at least one mobile ad every day. The same chart shows... more »
A lot has been said about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed its secret PRISM spying program to The Guardian newspaper last week. Some have praised the guy as a hero for exposing what really is an outrageous beach of web user's privacy rights, while others have taken a different stance and called for him to be imprisoned on charges of treason. But few will deny that as far as Snowden's concerned, everything has played out just brilliantly. For one thing, Snowden's actions have had an immediate global impact, far greater than anything that Julian Assange, Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks... more »
During the last day of HP Discover 2013, Stu Miniman invited Tim Crawford to theCUBE to talk about the IT world, the trends in the business and his insight, from his privileged position as a Strategic Advisor at HP. Tim Crawford's impression is there are no certain paths to success in this business. Making a Vegas analogy, Crawford joked that "leveraging IT today is like rolling the dice." The future is very hard to picture, despite a great effort from everybody to do so. What he noted though, at this event, was that HP was still relevant in the business. "HP has... more »
At the Red had Summit 2013 yesterday, Hortonworks and Red Hat announced an engineering collaboration to advance open source big data community projects. The engineering partnership will be a collaboration effort on enabling more storage file systems to work with Apache Hadoop. In order to accelerate the enablement of the broader file system ecosystem being used with Apache Hadoop, the engineering teams at Hortonworks and Red Hat will be working directly with the Apache Hadoop Community. “Red Hat, Hortonworks, and the entire Apache Hadoop Community have a tremendous opportunity to help customers bring Hadoop analytics to a larger portion of the... more »
Microsoft has finally landed on the iPhone. The company has released its Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers. Yup, that’s the whole title of the app, a bit mouthful, but it gets right to the point. First off, before you go celebrating that Microsoft Office is in iOS, there’s a catch, the app is useless if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, thus the lengthy title. But at least the app is free for download. Office 365 is Microsoft’s cloud-based subscription service that offers access to various services and software built around the Microsoft Office platform. The app lets users access view... more »
Updated with full video, see below. Welcome to NewsDesk Live on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday June 14, 2013 (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand). New York’s Attorney General and San Francisco’s District Attorney have teamed up to announce an initiative to push the technology industry to develop technologies aimed at reducing smartphone thefts. Joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on this new initiative is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto (see live broadcast below). According to the FCC, cellphone thefts account for roughly 40 percent of all robberies nationwide, with 113 smartphones lost or stolen each minute in the US.... more »