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Obama's not allowed to use iPhone for security reasons

Obama's not allowed to use iPhone for security reasons

President Barack Obama has been photographed numerous times using his BlackBerry phone. Many people believed that this is because he just loves his BlackBerry so much, and couldn't care less for any other mobile phone.  But now he's admitted, that's not entirely true. Before his inauguration in 2009, Obama was considered as one of the most tech savvy presidents in US history.  But since beginning his tenure as the United States' leader, he's noticeably been left out of the smartphone revolution.  In fact, he had to fight hard just to keep his crappy old BlackBerry, which was against the Secret Service’s... more »
Sheep Marketplace heist - $100M worth of Bitcoin believed stolen as site vanishes from the Deep Web

Sheep Marketplace heist - $100M worth of Bitcoin believed stolen as site vanishes from the Deep Web

An underground online marketplace that sold illicit goods including guns and drugs has suddenly vanished without trace, taking with it as much as $100 million worth of Bitcoin, in what has been labelled as the "Biggest Darknet Scam Ever", according to Deepdotweb.com. Sheep Marketplace is one of a number of Deep Web sites that emerged in recent months, following the FBI's closure of the popular Silk Road marketplace last October. But now, users of the site, which could only be accessed via the anonymous Tor network and would only accept payment in Bitcoin, believe that the site was a scam from... more »
Mirantis and IBM team for OpenStack testing

Mirantis and IBM team for OpenStack testing

OpenStack is a tough sell in the enterprise. Despite strong industry support, the platform is still immature and suffers from a lack of transparency about how it differentiates itself from VMware vCloud and Amazon Web Services. Mirantis and IBM are hoping to change that with Rally, a new “benchmark-as-a-service” solution that provides unprecedented visibility into OpenStack performance. Distributed under the Apache 2.0 license, Rally consolidates management and configuration capabilities scattered across different projects in a single toolkit that aims to make it easier for organizations to move their OpenStack environments into production. It consists of four components: Deploy Engine and Server... more »
Almost 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo accounts compromised in mass hack

Almost 2 million Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo accounts compromised in mass hack

Security researchers have discovered an online hoard of more than 1.5 million stolen passwords for user accounts on top websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. The database of stolen user credentials was discovered by researchers at Trustwave's Spiderlabs, which announced its findings it a blog post. According to Trustwave, the database is said to contain 1.58 million stolen passwords and user names, of which, 318,121 belong to Facebook accounts, 59,549 to Yahoo accounts, 54,437 to Google accounts, and 21,708 are for Twitter accounts. As for the remainder, these were found to be a mixture of compromised FTP accounts, secure shells... more »
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Mobile carriers key to app makers' revenue in developing countries

Every fifth person on Earth already has a smartphone. The majority of these people live in economically developed countries. For example, people in the United States own 13 percent of all the smartphones in the world while only accounting for 4% of the global population. At the same time, India, with a population of 1.27 billion, has just 63 million smartphones, a mere 5 percent penetration. This is changing fast. With a 50 percent annual growth rate in smartphone ownership, India is expected to overtake the States in the total number of smartphones by 2016. China already has. Many other countries... more »
Seattle Children's Hospital turns to Brightlight, IBM to liberate its data

Seattle Children's Hospital turns to Brightlight, IBM to liberate its data

Hospital IT shops live in a world of their own, dominated by systems that are often the opposite of open and where combining data from the patient care and financial management systems is a major challenge. That is exactly what the Seattle Children's Hospital, one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the country according to US News and World Report, discovered when it tried to create a data warehouse combining the data from 10 central operational systems including its Lawson hospital financial system and its Cerner and Epic patient management systems. All the hospital's management wanted to do initially... more »
Inside look of a high-end secretive Bitcoin farm in Hong Kong

Inside look of a high-end secretive Bitcoin farm in Hong Kong

Xiaogang Cao is an entrepreneur and journalist, and in recent days his name is appearing in the Internet  because he posted a picture of rather special mining extraction. We're talking about images  that portray a specialized datacenter, aka one of the sites, used for the mining of bitcoins. A single bitcoin (BTC) is now worth more than $1000. To generate bitcoins, it is necessary to carry out long and complicated mathematical puzzles. As a result the activities of mining require a large cache of powerful hardware; and with the growing popularity of bitcoins, generating the virtual currency becomes more and more... more »
AmbushedGamer.com introduces 12 Days of Indie to raise money for Toys for Tots

AmbushedGamer.com introduces 12 Days of Indie to raise money for Toys for Tots

Hosted by AmbushedGamer, indie game fans, streamers, and developers are joining together for the first time in the first annual 12 Days of Indie charity stream. The charity stream is set to include a number of streamers, fans and developers all joining for a common cause--to raise money for the Toys For Tots charity. Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps’ program to help less fortunate children in the US. The program encourages people to play an active role in the development of children. Thanks to Ambushed Gamer for putting all of this together, the streaming is running from December 1, 2013... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 December 4: Bitcoinity switches to mBTC, Kevin Rose speaks, CoinMap maps, and China rises

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 December 4: Bitcoinity switches to mBTC, Kevin Rose speaks, CoinMap maps, and China rises

It's a week after BTC value exceeded $1,000 and we had Bitcoin Friday (taking advantage of the "retail holiday" Black Friday.) As a result of the value in excess of $1,000 popular market charting website Bitcoinity has switched to mBTC for display purposes. Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg, had words to say about the bitcoin market. If you're interested in finding a brick-and-mortar store to use your hard-earned bitcoins go to CoinMap and take a look. All this, and why China appears to be a big part of the bitcoin market right now in this Bitcoin Weekly. Bitcoinity switched to mBTC The ever popular... more »
7 tech trends to watch in 2014 : Implantable tech + more

7 tech trends to watch in 2014 : Implantable tech + more

2013 is almost over. We’ve seen a lot of interesting trends over the past few months. As the year draws to a close, let’s look at what we can expect for 2014. 2014 Trends . Wearable Tech 2013 was big on wearable devices. Google Glass made a lot of noise in the tech scene but, since it has a limited availability, few have been able to try it. But that isn’t the only wearable tech trend that piqued consumers' interest. This past year, fitness trackers and life-logging devices slowly invaded our personal lives as we tried to achieve a better version of ourselves. 2014 is expected to... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.