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How Ethical is Your Big Data?

How Ethical is Your Big Data?

Imagine this scenario: you go for a routine check-up at the hospital, but instead of the doctor giving you the all clear sign, he informs you that you've an extremely aggressive medical condition - one so aggressive, that even the doctors haven’t encountered it before.  The medical team attempts to treat your condition, but unbeknown to you, they also take a biopsy, cultured the tissue sample and performed medical experiments on you. Thanks to these 'experiments', science goes on to find dozens of cures for numerous serious illnesses and conditions, but unfortunately they were unable to find a cure for you.... more »
Security Recap: IPOs and Cybercriminals

Security Recap: IPOs and Cybercriminals

The U.S. government is getting serious about cybersecurity. Earlier this week the White House published a preliminary list of of incentives for critical infrastructure companies that participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s nation-wide security program. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto views the development as a positive step towards comprehensive cybersecurity legislation. At the same time, he believes that the government will have to offer a broader set of incentives to attract companies from other sectors that are also facing increasing threats from hackers. Retail and finance are two of the industries that fall under this category. Five Eastern European nationals were... more »
Aerospike Fast-tracks Madvertise Ad Impressions to 25 Billion Monthly

Aerospike Fast-tracks Madvertise Ad Impressions to 25 Billion Monthly

The success of tablets and smartphones has led to a change in the ways advertising agencies target mobile users. The broad popularity of mobility is creating a tremendous opportunity for mobile advertising and mobile developers. Gartner projects mobile ad revenues across Western Europe are projected to grow from $1.6 billion to $1.9 billion and in Germany alone it is projected to jump from $79 million in 2012 to $135 million in 2013. Madvertise, one of the most important platforms in mobile advertising in Europe, offers the widest range of mobile websites and applications for Europe. Madvertise media company is specializing in... more »
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"Most Dangerous Man in Wireless" Says Apple is Not Key to T-Mobile's Success

Dropping the f-bomb and critiquing data caps that limit porn viewing on smartphones, T-Moblie CEO John Legere’s last Consumer Electronics presentation could be called reckless. According to Roger Cheng of CNet,  this approach is matched by a thorough an aggressive new business strategy that shakes up the industry and makes Legere the “Most Dangerous Man in Wireless.” T-Mobile U.S. reported the greatest increase in customer growth in four years with 1.1 million customers during the second quarter, including 678,000 for its primary T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands. Cheng notes that this is the highest customer gain T-Mobile has had in four years.... more »
Feds Bust Largest Hacking Operation in US History

Feds Bust Largest Hacking Operation in US History

Five Eastern European men have been charged with operating a global hacking network that siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars from top financial institutions. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto offered his insights into the operation in a recent Q&A on NewsDesk. John says that the scheme was orchestrated by four Russian nationals, a Ukrainian man and a Miami resident by the name of Albert Gonzalez. The group successfully infiltrated Nasdaq stock exchange, Citibank, PNC Bank, Heartland Payment Systems, 7-Eleven, JCPenney, Hannaford Brothers and a number of other companies that were not named. According to John, two of the men that allegedly participated... more »
Amazon Tries to Gain Ground in the Area of Games and Web Applications

Amazon Tries to Gain Ground in the Area of Games and Web Applications

Do you prefer native or HTML5 applications? This is a question that is becoming more and more difficult to answer because HTML5 has blossomed into a very mature platform. There are still many benefits to go with native, whereas HTML5 based apps require more effort in testing with a number of devices and libraries to allow them to mimic native. Starting now, Amazon’s app store is no longer reserved for pure Android apps, as a result developers can now submit HTML5-based applications on the Amazon App Store. Amazon emphasizes that the application developers retain the benefits of open and standardized development,... more »
The Pirate Bay Turns 10 - Birthday Bash Ensues

The Pirate Bay Turns 10 - Birthday Bash Ensues

Ten years ago, the controversial filesharing website The Pirate Bay hit the web.  In those early days the site ran on four Linux servers and has transformed over the years in the technology they have used, all in a defiant and often legally challenged cause.  Through the years they have survived raids, domain blocks, shutdowns, blocking by ISP’s, and they have moved servers all over the world – it’s for that reason they call themselves – “The galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site”.  The founders of the website even endured a trial where they were charged with various copyright infringement violations. ... more »
Smart Devices Still Not Popular. Just Give Us Dumb TVs!

Smart Devices Still Not Popular. Just Give Us Dumb TVs!

In this day and age when almost every new TV boasts a bevvy of “smart” features, it seems like these "smart" TVs aren't as popular as you'd expect. There are a number of reasons why smart TVs have yet to revolutionize the entertainment industry, given the growing number of ways we now have to consume media.   Why buy an expensive new smart TV when there are gadgets and apps that offer many of the same capabilities?  And if online content is what you want to watch, you can just use your mobile device or computer to view your favorite programs. New... more »
The SiliconANGLE on Auernheimer’s Conviction

The SiliconANGLE on Auernheimer’s Conviction

A group of prominent legal experts have appealed the conviction of Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, a 27-year-old security researcher from Arkansas who was found guilty of violating the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in March. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto shared his perspective on the case in a recent interview on NewsDesk. John tells NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy that Auernheimer was fined and sentenced to 41 months in prison for harvesting the email addresses of 114,000 iPad users from AT&T’s website. His defenders have asked the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn the conviction on the... more »
Learning Inside a Box & Sleep Science for Consumers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Learning Inside a Box & Sleep Science for Consumers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Croc in a Box - Good for Learnin'   Just in time for the school year, Box, the company most known for their cloud storage services, will be stepping up its game in the education space with the launch of some new tools specifically designed for students. Among the new additions are the inclusion of results from “Crocodoc”, partnerships with Canvas learning, and a new series of OneCloud educational apps. Six partners have signed up with OneCloud, enabling students, teachers, and parents to have files stored in a central place and to aid in sharing interactive lessons. General manager of enterprise at Box, Whitney... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.