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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 »
Storage as an operating system and infrastructure must become more flexible, according to HP Enterprise Group EVP Dave Donatelli. He and Craig Nunes, the company’s vice president of marketing, weighed in on software-defined storage in a Q&A session with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier. Donatelli believes that storage is where “all the features and function come from.” He told Furrier that data management is a top priority for organizations because data mobility affects both end-user experience (productivity) and the bottom line. The new software that HP unveiled at this week’s Discover conference facilitates nondisruptive migrations across several different tiers. IT infrastructure has to... more »
In the wake of the NSA's spying revelations, a golden opportunity has arisen for lesser known web services that offer guarantees against government snooping. Admittedly, a large number of web users will probably never leave the likes of Google and Microsoft simply because they don't care all that much about their privacy anyway, but there's plenty of evidence to suggest that a good number of people are seeking out alternatives. Take the case of DuckDuckGo for example, the private search engine that has just reported record breaking levels of traffic since the NSAgate scandal erupted. This week, it recorded 2.25 million... more »
On Wednesday, the Wikibon crew gathered in theCube to conclude a long day of interviews with an in-depth discussion about software-defined storage, open-source technology and flash. Wikibon co-founders Dave Vellante and David Floyer provided their perspectives on the major highlights from Day 2 of IBM’s Edge conference together with senior analyst Stu Miniman. David kicks off the session by offering his take on IBM’s PureSystems. The way he sees it, Big Blue is taking an end-to-end approach to cost reduction: it’s trimming fat wherever possible, namely around software licensing fees. Dave highlights that the issue IBM is tackling with the PureSystem... more »
Just weeks after Google reached a legally-binding agreement with the EU following a long-winded antitrust case, the company is now reported to be facing a new investigation by European authorities into allegations surrounding its Android smartphone operating system. Rivals of Google, including Microsoft, Nokia and FairSearch.org, argue that Google is licensing Android to phone manufacturers too cheaply, whilst making demands about the placement of its products and services. The crux of the argument is that Google is basically using Android as nothing more than a vehicle to sell its own services, which gives it a greater opportunity to sell more advertising,... more »