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Samsung and SK Take Aim at Apple with Licensing Agreement

Samsung and SK Take Aim at Apple with Licensing Agreement

Samsung and SK Hynix, two of the largest memory chip manufacturers in the world, recently entered a cross-licensing agreement that will have broad implications beyond the realm of copyright law. SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole provided her insights into the unexpected alliance in an interview with News Desk host Kristin Feledy. According to Kristen, the newly announced pact will enable the South Korean rivals to resolve their back-and-forth legal conflict and free up more resources for innovation. The deal was unanticipated, she notes, but it didn’t come as too big of a surprise in light of the current industry climate. Kristen... more »
Your Metadata: Here's What It Can Reveal About You

Your Metadata: Here's What It Can Reveal About You

One of the most oft-heard claims to come out of officials mouths since this whole NSA-PRISM thing first became public knowledge is that the spooks are 'only' collecting metadata, rather than reading the content of your emails. But does that lack of readable content mean the NSA knows any less about you and those you're closely associated with? Not at all, or at least not if believe that the MIT's latest research on the subject has any merit. A team at the MIT Media Lab recently developed software called Immersion, which has been designed to grab all of that metadata in... more »
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What Can You Do With Too Much Of A Good Thing?

IT departments at the end of the last decade operated with the same reckless abandon as the homesteaders of the 1889 land rush, seeking to grab up as much cloud storage capability as their budgets might allow. For too many, more was better, storage management techniques be damned. And with a department that was too little understood by anyone else in the company, few were the requisition orders that went unfulfilled. Of course, with the late decade economic downturn came the inevitably tightened IT budgets. Too many companies found themselves with an inordinate amount of storage that was unnecessary thanks to... more »
Data Incognito: Securing The Cloud

Data Incognito: Securing The Cloud

The week is rare that doesn’t see a headline on internet privacy and security with a story underneath detailing how another breach has compromised user data. It turns out, however, not every privacy/security story is bad news. This was the case with regard to a presentation delivered last week at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture by a group of MIT researchers. The cloud infrastructure, since its inception, has raised concerns about privacy. As explained in an MIT press release, a bank of cloud servers could be running applications for 1000 customers at one time. Without knowledge of the hosting service,... more »
Smart Fashion for the Self-Quantified : New Wave of Wearable Tech

Smart Fashion for the Self-Quantified : New Wave of Wearable Tech

There are a lot of ways to start living a healthy life.  You can go about it the traditional way, watching what you eat and start exercising.  But with all the hustle and bustle around you, it’s easy to lose track of your goals. There are now apps to help remind you of your set goals, and even fitness trackers to give you a boost in the right direction.  But are those enough? Conscious Clothing A team of three designers have developed a prototype of a technology that analyzes a person’s breathing volume - or how much a person inhales or exhales.  Conscious... more »
Windows that Talk to Sleepy Passengers Coming to Sky-Deutschland Trains

Windows that Talk to Sleepy Passengers Coming to Sky-Deutschland Trains

Here’s a direction I didn’t quite expect bone-conduction audio to go—that is, a technology that enables audio devices to use human bones as resonators to play sounds (this technology would be good for hearing aids, and low-noise audio devices that are not “in ear.”) But, being able to put your head to a glass pane and listen to some soothing music would be nice; however, if train passengers in the UK suddenly start “hearing voices,” I mean advertisements, in their heads when they sleepily lean against windows that might backfire. The idea is simple: high frequency vibrations are propagated through a... more »
Does This Boxee Make Me Look Frustrated???

Does This Boxee Make Me Look Frustrated???

For a Friday after a national holiday, the web has certainly been abuzz about Samsung ponying up an undetermined amount of cash to purchase the New York-based start-up Boxee. The company, currently in its sixth year of operation, designed and marketed set-top boxes intended to allow you to record live television broadcasts which can, in theory, be played back either on your television or any number of mobile and computing devices. In April of this year, Boxee TV underwent a re-branding, changing the name of the set-top box to Cloud DVR. Each of your unlimited number of recordings would be stored... more »
Why Developers Are Not Happy with App Marketing?

Why Developers Are Not Happy with App Marketing?

A survey conducted by Beijing-based Papaya Mobile revealed that over 70 percent of developers are not happy with their current options for app marketing and advertising. The survey was conducted among 1022 developers, big, medium and small, to get perspective on the state of mobile app promotion and monetization. Moreover, most developers don’t trust ad network providers, and also don’t have a clear idea of the benefits of mobile marketing channels. Let’s take a quick look at the survey results: Small developers are the most frustrated with app distribution at 72% versus large developers who are the least frustrated at 62%. Majority of... more »
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VMware’s Iron Grip on the Market is Starting to Slip

More than 60 percent of all applications run in virtualized environments, and yet the hypervisor is no longer at the center of attention. Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman explained why in a recent interview with SiliconAngle NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy. In Miniman’s view, server virtualization has gone stale. Enterprise users are shifting their focus to OpenStack, cloud computing and other solutions that are shaping the data center of tomorrow. These technologies represent a major threat to VMware, which is diversifying into new segments as part of an effort to cling onto its dominant position in the marketplace. The virtualization behemoth shelled out... more »
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Weekly Big Data Review: Privacy and China

This week NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden leaked new details about the agency’s surveillance efforts, Motorola unveiled a sensor-packed phone, and The Economist released a study that shows Chinese companies are adopting Big Data faster than cloud computing, mobile and even information security. The latest batch of documents Snowden handed over to The Guardian and Washington Post sheds light on the NSA’s use of electronic implants and concealed antennas to eavesdrop on the EU delegation to the U.S.. It also contains multiple references to on-premise “FBI interception units” that collect user data from Facebook, Yahoo, Google and other major tech firms. Consumers who... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.