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Microsoft Xbox One Gaming Cuddles Up to the Cloud: FORZA Motorsport 5 and Titanfall

Microsoft Xbox One Gaming Cuddles Up to the Cloud: FORZA Motorsport 5 and Titanfall

As I say, it’s obvious that with the exclusive launches for the Xbox One, Microsoft really wants to show off how the compute cloud will improve gaming. For an understanding of this, see the notion of three cloud machines for every Xbox console and how that would affect MMO gaming on Microsoft’s console. Listening to the keynote speech for Microsoft’s Xbox One, it’s obvious that promoting the Xbox compute cloud is a very big part of it. FORZA Motorsport 5 and Titanfall both mentioned its use—and both of these games were announced during the Xbox One press event. FORZA Motorsport 5 In the... more »
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Apple iOS 7 is Coming, iRadio is Here. The Hits + Misses of WWDC 2013 Keynote

Apple announced iOS 7 today during the keynote presentation at WWDC 2013. "It's the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. As expected, Apple also announced the iRadio music subscription service, its swipe at Pandora, Spotify and Internet radio as a whole. Of the announcements at WWDC 2013, these are the two biggest of the big boys. Noticeably absent are any new iPhone, iPad or iPod devices -- but Apple carried its weight well-enough in my book to deflect too much attention on what wasn't at WWDC 2013, and showcase what was... more »
Key Big Data Challenge : Deciding What to Keep + How to Use It  #IBMEdge

Key Big Data Challenge : Deciding What to Keep + How to Use It #IBMEdge

Steve Wojtowecz, VP Storage & Network Management at IBM, explored Big Data and storage trends together with theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas. Commenting on data growth, Wojtowecz said that "typically the majority of growth is in the copies. The challenge is to decide what data to keep and how to use it for analytics," which data is important, for what reason, and manage to keep as few copies as possible. Usually, companies keep 15 to 20 copies of data. "We recommend our clients to figure out how to implement many of... more »
US Tech Firms Will Pay The Price For NSA Spying

US Tech Firms Will Pay The Price For NSA Spying

Was anyone really that surprised at last week's news? Surprised that is, at reports that NSA spies have been secretly helping themselves to all of our emails, voice communications, chat records, photographs and other communications over the last few years? No? What with the level of pessimism towards the US government these days, I doubt that very few people were even remotely shocked about the extent of its surveillance network. After all, what with reports of government acts like SOPA and CISPA that supposedly threaten our online privacy being blocked, it was pretty obvious that if these didn't get voted in, the... more »
"Flash will be as disruptive to the data center as server virtualization," says Brocade's Jack Rondoni #IBMEdge

"Flash will be as disruptive to the data center as server virtualization," says Brocade's Jack Rondoni #IBMEdge

Jack Rondoni, VP, Data Center Storage and Solutions, Brocade, discussed the latest storage trends with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Stu Miniman, live at the IBM Edge 2013 conference that kicked off this morning. "When I talk to customers, a lot of their challenges are 'I have all these problems today, how can I think about software-defined anything when I have these immediate issues'," Rondoni said. "We help customers to focus on what's important," by consolidating what's important today - infrastructure, applications, etc. "We develop our systems to help customers get to the value they're bringing to the business." Then they... more »
CIOs: "Move away from your traditional roles or you'll be left behind," Warns EllisDon's Joe Jagodich #Edge2013

CIOs: "Move away from your traditional roles or you'll be left behind," Warns EllisDon's Joe Jagodich #Edge2013

Joe Jagodich, VP & CIO of EllisDon, discussed the impact of Big Data and IT on the construction industry with theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Edge 2013 conference that kicked off today. EllisDon is a privately held company that's been operating for over 60 years in the construction industry. Based in Toronto, the company originated in London. Talking about his role at EllisDon, Jagodich sad "I wear two hats," which allows him to be very much in line with the business.  "I have my profits and loss center," Jagodich goes on. The company offers services and... more »
Microsoft E3 2013 Bring on the Games—Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Halo

Microsoft E3 2013 Bring on the Games—Ryse: Son of Rome, Sunset Overdrive, Halo

A new console will make-or-break its debut based on what games will launch with it and especially which games will be exclusive to that console. Looking at the market of the Microsoft press event it’s not too shabby. Between the expected Halo and Battlefield 4, we can add Romans on the beach, big-stompy robots, and lots of zombie games. For those who don’t know, Xbox One will be $499 and shall appear November 2013. On to the games! Ryse: Son of Rome got a glorious demo on the stage: Romans storming a beach generates a very much Saving Private Ryan intro as another trailer... more »
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Your Guide to IBM #Edge2013 : Live News + Expectations

IBM Edge2013 is kicking off today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada and will run through until the 14th.  We'll be broadcasting live from theCUBE for the entire event, so be sure to tune into SiliconANGLE.TV for all-day coverage, featuring exclusive interviews and analysis. IBM recently coughed up $2 billion to acquire SoftLayer, a fast-growing cloud service provider that directly competes with AWS in the public cloud space. Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante stated that IBM will use the SoftLayer platform to build technologies on top of its existing products to accelerate the delivery of those services. One opportunity... more »
Can’t Make it to E3? Check Out These Sites

Can’t Make it to E3? Check Out These Sites

The 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, but the big players are already showing off their new products and game titles. Those of you who are not roaming the show floor as we speak can tune in to the conference via one of these channels: Video Twitch - Xbox: A new Generation of Games Revealed Microsoft teamed up with gaming startup Twitch.tv to deliver a real-time broadcast of its long-anticipated Xbox One launch keynote for online audiences. The 720p stream, which you can access for free via the link above, has already attracted over a hundred thousand viewers from... more »
Flash-Based Storage, 3PAR, Vertica Expected to Make Waves at HP Discover 2013

Flash-Based Storage, 3PAR, Vertica Expected to Make Waves at HP Discover 2013

HP Discover 2013 kicks off this week. We've set you up with what to expect late last week: Flash, 3PAR + More. HP Discover 2013 is a pretty important conference for the storage landscape. I, along with the industry, are very interested to see two things: what Hewlett-Packard defines as 3PAR’s role in HP’s goals to update its flash-based storage technology, and what Vertica's momentum means for HP's Big Data play. HP needs to articulate its flash + software-defined + Big Data strategies to the world at HP Discover 2013, and if it cannot for whatever reason, the other sharks... more »

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