Top Stories

Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Today’s mobile news roundup features the end of the Apple-Motorola patent dispute, Samsung's debut of yet another new smartphone, RIM's possible plans to split up its business, and more. Judge ends Apple-Motorola lawsuit US District Judge Richard Posner, on Friday, dismissed Apple’s injunction case against Motorola Mobility for patent infringement.  The case was dismissed “with prejudice” meaning both parties cannot refile the case but they could appeal the ruling. "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages," Posner wrote,... more »
HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC announced on Saturday that it’s shutting down its Sao Paolo offices and pulling out of Brazil altogether, in the face of intensifying competition in what is one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. The move, which was first reported by the Brazilian magazine Exame, means that the Taiwanese manufacturer will not be going ahead with its planned launch of the HTC One series, while dozens of employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company will continue to provide support services for existing customers, however. A spokesperson for HTC told AndroidPIT that the decision to pull out of Brazil was... more »
Microsoft Surface Resurfaced: More Tablet Questions, Rumors

Microsoft Surface Resurfaced: More Tablet Questions, Rumors

Did you know that the Microsoft Surface is not a new Microsoft idea?  Back in 2007, the company already unveiled Microsoft Surface but it’s not as portable as the 2012 Microsoft Surface.  See, the 2007 Surface was as big as a coffee table but it was also a touchscreen device.  It was meant for business use such as in restaurants where people can just touch the screen to order food or drinks. Maybe Microsoft should have have called the 2012 Surface as Microsoft Surface Personal Edition, or they should have just came up with a catchy name.  I can’t imagine people... more »
After Buying and Closing Glancee, Facebook Debuts Radar to Find Friends Nearby

After Buying and Closing Glancee, Facebook Debuts Radar to Find Friends Nearby

Stalkers will love this one. Apparently, Facebook has quietly gone and added a sneaky new ‘radar’ feature to their mobile website and apps, called “Find Friends Nearby.”  As expected, the new feature does exactly what it claims – it allows Facebook users to look up who’s nearby and add them as friends. Somewhat intriguingly, given the rather ‘stealthy’ nature of the new feature, Facebook seemingly forgot to inform anyone about the new update, which was only spotted when TechCrunch was tipped off by a developer. Find Friends Nearby is available for both the Android and iOS Facebook apps. To access it, you’ll... more »
No thumbnail available

Hovernote Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

Hovernote for Android tablets is the app that made it to the title because of the fact that, thanks to some practical thinking on behalf of the developer, the note-taking tool seems to "get" productivity.  The application runs in the background and the use can access it by just tapping a hotkey or button, rather than having to tab out and open the app each time. Android Hovernote Hovernote by mjlim addresses user demands by floating in the background and opening up a note tab whenever the device holder wants – whether they’re browsing the web or using another application. Notes can be... more »
This Week in Big Data: MapR Updated, SAP’s Agenda and the Future of Analytics

This Week in Big Data: MapR Updated, SAP’s Agenda and the Future of Analytics

The past few days featured the usual handful of big data updates, in addition to providing a bit of foresight that reaffirms the optimism that this space is witnessing today. First up is MapR’s update – the Hadoop distributor has Cloudera, Greenplum and others to compete with, and it’s branching out in an attempt to get ahead of its rivals in at least one area. Right now most of the big data buzz surrounds Fortune 500 companies and other larger enterprises – those with the resources to support a Hadoop deployment, which is a very pricey undertaking all-around.  But smaller organizations are... more »
This Week in the Cloud: New Launches and One Stealthy Startup

This Week in the Cloud: New Launches and One Stealthy Startup

A few notable updates in the past seven days including dotCloud’s big update to its platform  Services – the first item on our list. The PaaS provider expanded its platform with three new environments and a more developer-friendly payment model. dotCloud Sandbox is a free testing tool, Live is a scaling utility that makes it easier to maintain apps over time (and to keep developers from using another service), and Enterprise is a corporate-grade environment that combines elements from the previous two. The idea is to make big data more accessible to organizations that may not be able to afford a standard... more »
Microsoft’s Dive into Consumer Hardware Doesn’t Concern HP, Dell

Microsoft’s Dive into Consumer Hardware Doesn’t Concern HP, Dell

Ahead of E3 earlier this month rumors spread like wild fire about Microsoft's SmartGlass – some claimed that the brand will turn out to be some sort of service that supplements the Xbox, while other sources said it could be a tablet. It turned out that SmartGlass is in fact an application, although this week we also learned that Microsoft did have something else up its sleeve after all. A few days ago the software maker debuted Surface, a new tablet device that aims to compete with Apple’s iPad and comes in two different versions. Both run the upcoming Windows 8. The... more »
OpenStack, Eucalyptus, CloudStack: No Easy Answers for Open Source Clouds

OpenStack, Eucalyptus, CloudStack: No Easy Answers for Open Source Clouds

The nice thing about a conference like GigaOM Structure is that everybody who's anybody in the cloud shows up. Representatives from just about every major vendor were there to talk about their vision for the future of cloud services. But two sessions above all generated buzz and lunchtime discussion, and not coincidentally both were on the topic of open source clouds, as thought leaders in the space (representing OpenStack, Eucalyptus Systems and Apache CloudStack) passionately took to defending their own approach to ending lock-in and boosting customer choice. Amazon EC2 API: The Clone Wars The first, a session on the folly of attempting... more »
Putting Big Data to Work: IBM Picks SkyFoundry and StreetLight as SmartCamp Winners

Putting Big Data to Work: IBM Picks SkyFoundry and StreetLight as SmartCamp Winners

When it comes to real world applications of big data ideals, IBM is one of the companies encouraging big data's use for things like urban traffic planning and smarter energy use.  In a two-day SmartCamp startup competition last wee, IBM chose  SkyFoundry and StreetLight Data as the winners.  The two teams apply analytics to  their respective fields and now that they’ve made it to the global finals, their offerings will be pitted against the winners from Europe, Asia and Latin America. SkyFoundry offers SkyPark, a software solution that helps infrastructure and facility owners identify opportunities to realize cost-savings. The company says that... more »

Premium Research

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.