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Gadgets + Apps for Fitness and Relaxation : Healthy Appetite for Growth

Gadgets + Apps for Fitness and Relaxation : Healthy Appetite for Growth

In this week’s SmartBody and Quantified Self roundup, we’ll be featuring a Quantified Self app that closed a Series A funding, an ex-Apple CEO’s tracker launching in the Apple store, and a sensor that measures stress while gamifying the art of conscious relaxation. MyFitnessPal's healthy appetite for growth   The popular health and fitness service for web and mobile has raised $18 million in Series A funding by by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation by Accel Partners.  John Doerr, a venture capitalist at KPCB, and Andrew Braccia, a partner at Accel, will both be joining the company’s board. This round of funding... more »
Cyvera Raises $11M, Combats Zero-Day Cyber Attacks

Cyvera Raises $11M, Combats Zero-Day Cyber Attacks

The threat of zero-day attacks is one of the most significant elements in the threat landscape to organizations today.  The potential for damage is vast, it incorporates some of the most difficult challenges in cyber security today. Social engineering, weak passwords, malicious Trojans, and other elements play into this category.  The Ponemon Institute reports that cyber-attacks increased by 42% in 2012.  In that survey, companies reported about two successful attacks per week; and, on average, cybercrime cost them $8.9 million a year, with information theft representing the highest external cost.  An exploit or weakness on some element of an organization’s... more »
Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad, the personal assistant app for organizing your digital life, has taken a major step towards appealing to a mainstream crowd.  The company has brought on former TIME Vice President of corporate development Jacqueline Hampton as CEO.  She also joins Springpad's Board of Directors. Prior to Time Inc., Hampton spent seven years in investment banking working for CitiGroup, Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch in the Media and Entertainment Group. The change comes at a pivotal time for Springpad, currently on the upswing as a welcome beacon for Google Reader users.  The productivity tool has proven its worth time and again... more »
Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

The Musk Express   Yesterday, Elon Musk, the billionaire behind Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors revealed a new idea that could use the power of the sun to transport people at supersonic speeds up to nine-hundred miles. Called the Hyperloop, the elevated or subterranean train-in-a-tube is designed to be more cost-effective than modern mag-lev trains, costing only six-billion dollars to build the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, which when complete would reduce the commute down to thirty-minutes. According to a study by the US Railroad Administration, a similar route could cost nearly ten times as much using a magnetic-levitation train. What makes the... more »
Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

In June, Microsoft finally unveiled the much anticipated Windows Blue update, which turned out to be Windows 8.1.  The software giant showcased a number of new or returning features on Windows 8.1, such as the return of the Start button, the Start Screen and Lock screen customization, Bing search integration, and other little trinkets for both the tablet and desktop versions. As with everything, before it gets finally released, some areas are improved, some things removed, and other features added. Windows 8.1 X 64 Pro Build 9471,  a test version of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build, showed off some improvements and... more »
Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

On Friday, President Barack Obama held a press conference to discuss the sweeping reforms about to take place in line with the National Security Agency’s PRISM program. The president stated that as commander-in-chief, his duty is to protect the security of the country.  But it isn’t enough that he has confidence in the government’s measure, the public must as well.  With the aid of his national security team as well as others, they have come up with solutions to reform the system. Four new security measures . The security measures currently in place are far from flawless, and the president is aware of this.... more »
LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday August 13, 2013. Yesterday Violin unveiled their next generation of memory array, joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on this new offering is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. Symphony provides the convenience of monitoring and administering all the Violin flash Memory Arrays, even if they are geographically distributed across data centers, through a unified web-based user interface. By monitoring key metrics of all available arrays, database administrators gain valuable insights into the health and performance of their systems before they impact the application. See live feed below... more »
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Appcelerator Succeeds with Vision for Developers in Today's Mobile Era

Appcelerator, a leading provider of cloud-based mobile development solutions, has been named as a “visionary” by Gartner for the second year in a row. The company secured the highest placement for vision and execution in the recently published Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. "We believe Appcelerator's position as the most visionary company by Gartner in the MADP Magic Quadrant recognizes our ability to establish an industry-leading vision for enterprise mobility," stated Jeff Haynie, the chief executive officer of Appcelerator. "We're proud to offer solutions trusted by thousands of enterprises and more than 480,000 mobile developers." Gartner credits Appcelerator for creating... more »
Customer Experience circa 2013 : How Big Data Aids Marketing Operations

Customer Experience circa 2013 : How Big Data Aids Marketing Operations

Earlier this year Forrester Research, Inc., published its “2013 Customer Experience Predictions” report (January 2013) based on interviews with leading chief customer officers about their biggest challenges and priorities for 2013. Forrester found that over the past two years, consumer technology adoption and market forces have catapulted the field of customer experience into strategic stature.   Forrester’s Customer Experience (CX) Predictions for 2013 include the following: In 2013 tenure in the CX field will drive radically different behaviors – what stage of the game are the early adopters, mainstreamers and late adopters in CX Early adopters will evolve their organizations into well-oiled CX machines – what the leaders... more »
IDC Says Consumers Don't Want To Touch Windows 8 Laptops

IDC Says Consumers Don't Want To Touch Windows 8 Laptops

Late last year, when Windows 8 made its debut amidst a worrying decline over PC sales, Microsoft bet heavily on being able to lure consumers with a fancy new range of touch-enabled laptops that it hoped would sweep over the market and rejuvenate the industry. Alongside Microsoft's much-vaunted Surface Pro and RT ultrabooks, most major PC makers threw their own touchscreeen Windows 8 PCs into the mix, but sadly for them consumers just aren't that interested. According to a report in Computerworld out today, the research firm IDC has just lowered its forecast sales for touchscreen notebooks, and even its... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.