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The first video of Anita Sarkeesian’s “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” series is out--“Damsels in Distress - Part 1”. There’s quite a bit of history behind this video and a lot of reaction to wade through; but for those interested in the video, it’s imbedded in this article. Sarkeesian has become something of a Internet and gaming controversial figure with her feminist critique of the video game world. Her YouTube channel “Feminist Frequency” became the center of the storm due to her critical examination of common literary tropes used in video games that are less-than-flattering to women adding only a brand... more »
Android is a bestseller with 69.7 percent of the mobile market, according to the latest figures from Gartner. But despite recent efforts by marketers to attract business customers, a new report found that Android’s market share declined in the fourth quarter. In the most recent report from Good Technology, iOS landed on top of the enterprise market with 77 percent of all activations, from 71 percent in 2011 to 77 percent in Q4 2012, and capturing eight of the 10 points to the most popular devices. Android device activations fell by 6.3 percent year-over-year with a 22.7 percent share of the market,... more »
"HANA enables these developers to be incredibly efficient inside the organization by writing the right paradigm that they want, but only having one database to manage," says Chris Hallenbeck, Data Warehouse Architect, SAP. Stopping by theCube to talk with Furrier and Vellante at Strata 2013, Hallenbeck made no bones about the innovation SAP has in Big Data (full video below). The interesting takeaway about SAP's strategy when it comes to Big Data is its very assertive effort to lead by example, not hype. HANA, SAP's speedy, in-memory computing platform positions itself as the gold standard for real-time Big Data analytics. "Hana... more »
Allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices to work has a very positive effect on productivity, but it also introduces great complexity to corporate networks. This exposes organizations to many security threats that are often left unaddressed, according to the latest infographic from enterprise security software developer Ipswich. Ninety-five percent of organizations allow employee-owned device to be used in the workplace, and 76 percent expect the decision to have a positive impact on business. But at the same time, 58 percent admit they lack proper employee monitoring, 47 percent of CIOs don’t consider mobile security to be a priority, and... more »
Have you seen the movie Minority Report? Well you should. Big Data and predictions is exactly the world we're walking into. Kenneth Neil Cukier - Data Editor, The Economist and author of Big Data - A Revolution That Will Transform How We Will Work & Think, stopped by theCube at last month's Strata event to talk Big Data with show host John Furrier (full video below). What's happening with Big Data and why it matters is all about the ability to dig deeper. Cukier gave three specifics: Not only are we able to use more data, sometimes we're able to get ALL... more »
Samsung has revealed the Galaxy SIV at yesterday’s Unpacked event in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. And without further ado, we present you the Next Big Thing. Specifications . The Galaxy SIV features a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~441 ppi pixel density, topped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a 1.9GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor, depending on what region you’re from, 2GB RAM, a 2600 mAh Li-Ion removable battery, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Infrared port, microUSB, uses micro SIM and microSD to... more »
So you’re a blogger. You’ve setup your very own site and decided to spice things up by putting interesting photos you found on the web. You published your very first blog post, in which you also injected an image you found on the web. You’re very proud of yourself. You look at your work and and pat yourself on the back, because you did a great job. Next thing you know, someone’s suing you or asking you to pay license fees for the photos found on your blog. All you can mutter is, “WTF happened?” You probably used images that are copyrighted... more »
EMC Greenplum announced at Strata 2013 a new ditribution of Apache Hadoop: Pivotal HD. Greenplum's announcement has definitely ruffled some feathers in the Hadoop space (see our interview with Charles Zedlewski of Cloudera). However when Bill Schmarzo stopped by theCube to talk with show hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, the conversation stayed more on the high-level topic of optimizing Big Data. In the data-driven world of today, data warehouses exist because they allow organizations to make better decisions, to ask questions they couldn't ask before and to gain insights into the business said Schmarzo. To date, Business Intelligence (BI) vendors... more »
In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Samsung reveals Galaxy SIV and three CEOs; Facebook to incorporate hashtags; Mobeam on board Galaxy SIV; and an overzealous customer orders 1 million BlackBerries. Samsung reveals Galaxy SIV The Galaxy SIV was finally revealed. A lot of people were impressed, especially with the fact that most of the rumored specifications turned up in the highly anticipated device. The Samsung Galaxy SIV features a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, a 2,600mAh removable battery, a 1.9GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 13MP rear camera and more. It comes with plenty of accessories such as... more »
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals kicked off last week and is nearing its end. The Interactive portion is already over, with Film and Music concluding over the weekend. So what was in store for attendees at SXSW 2013? Tech goodies Google’s Talking Shoe was one of the most talked about appearances at the event. Many were expecting Google to brandish Google Glass, but a talking shoe is just as interesting. Though it’s weird to have a shoe motivate your game or trash talk your opponent, it’s a pretty cool concept. There's no word on whether or not the talking shoe... more »