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Flash Doesn't Have to Mean Slower Anymore : Price + Software Mature the Cloud

One of the more interesting interviews from last month's Strata event, for me personally, was when Brian Bulkowski, CTO of Aerospike joined theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante to talk Flash. In-Memory databases are here to stay, even filling into its own market. In the interview, Bulkowski discusses how software-led is the next maturation of a lot of cloud technologies. The flash layer of in-memory is booming right now. The biggest change in flash and SSD that Aerospike is seeing with its customers in the last 6 months is price and density. On the density side, its largest customers are... more »
Watson’s Journey to Becoming an Oncologist’s Best Friend

Watson’s Journey to Becoming an Oncologist’s Best Friend

In his three part series, ServicesAngle editor Bert Latamore examines the transitions that IBM’s famous AI platform, Watson, underwent in the past two years. The synthetic Jeopardy!  champion transformed from a bulky supercomputer into an artificial intelligence system that leverages powerful algorithms to diagnosis patients and save lives. Medical information is complicated, unstructured, and aplenty: exabytes upon exabytes of genetic data, lab results, patient records and even handwritten doctor’s notes. In other words, big data. A couple years ago, IBM’s Watson team began collaborating with experts from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering and a company called WellPoint to apply the system’s natural language engine... more »
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More Galaxy SIV Leaks Before the Samsung Unpacked Event

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: More leaks ahead of Galaxy SIV launch; Twitter to launch music app; WhatsApp arrives to BlackBerry; Facebook now more appcentric; and Apple-Samsung patent brawl reviewed by ITC. More leaks ahead of Galaxy SIV launch Samsung’s Unpacked event is scheduled today at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.  The event will start at 7PM ET. A day before the event, more leaks about the Galaxy SIV surfaced the web.  One video showed a device with a removable back cover and battery, and the device shown in the leaked video supports dual-SIM, probably a version directed at emerging... more »
5 Notable Startups at #SXSW 2013 [and a Troll]

5 Notable Startups at #SXSW 2013 [and a Troll]

Startups know that one of the best places to catch the attention of consumers, investors, and possible partners, is at South by Southwest. SXSW has become an official startup haven, now that there's a dedicated venue, Startup Village, where budding entrepreneurs get to showcase what could very well be the next "big thing" in the industry.  But even beyond Startup Village, SXSW is full of new opportunities to market and discover the entrepreneurial spirit. Here's some of the most notable startups to make a splash at SXSW this year, both in and outside of Startup Village: Kiip Founded by CEO Brian Wong, this app add-on rewards... more »
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6 Best Alternatives to the Dying Google Reader

Seven years is quite a long time in Internet years, but not long enough for Google Reader.  One of our favorite tools for RSS management, Google Reader is being sunset by its parent company, a sad development we've expected for a while now.  Thanks to declining use and the rise of Twitter and other sites delivering news stories, Google is sweeping off Reader in its widespread Spring Cleaning initiative, making the RSS tool one of the many failed projects to mourn at Google. Luckily there's a few alternatives to consider moving forward: Six Alternatives to Google Reader . Netvibes A personalized dashboard publishing platform for... more »
Repressive Surveillance Software FinSpy Used By At Least 25 Countries

Repressive Surveillance Software FinSpy Used By At Least 25 Countries

The controversial surveillance software FinSpy has been deployed by more that 25 countries around the world, lumping together "democracies" like the US, Canada, the UK and Germany with some of the world's most repressive and dubious regimes, such as Turkmenistan, Bahrain, Ethiopia and Vietnam. According to researchers at The Citizen Lab, command and control servers for the highly sophisticated 'spy' software were discovered at locations across the world after investigations into a suspect email sent to political activists in Bahrain. We first reported on the existence of FinSpy, which is licensed by the British firm Gamma Group International, last summer, when it was revealed that... more »
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EMC + VMware: Turn Losing Assets into Golden Geese with Pivotal Spinoff

EMC and VMware invited industry analysts to New York this week in order to go over their  reworked roadmap for the Pivotal Initiative, an upcoming joint venture between that two companies that was first announced in December last year. At the time of the announcement, a spokesperson said that Pivotal will be responsible for managing cloud and Big Data assets that the firms are no longer interested in monetizing themselves. The list includes the Spring framework, the hugely popular Cloud Foundry PaaS, and a number of other projects that have not paid off so far. The company will be headed by... more »
BYOD Is "Most Significant" Influence On Cloud Adoption

BYOD Is "Most Significant" Influence On Cloud Adoption

We've suspected a link between BYOD and cloud service adoption for some time, and this theory has all but been confirmed by the latest Cloud Trends report from IT provider CDW. One of the biggest findings from CDW's survey of IT professionals was that BYOD was cited by 75% of organizations as being the most "significant influence" on their decision to embrace cloud computing. And with 68% of companies also reporting increased demand for cloud computing support, it's clear enough that employees' use of mobile devices plays a big part in determining organization's IT policies. CDW says that 39% of organizations questioned... more »
Google Reader to Close Up and Blow Away in July

Google Reader to Close Up and Blow Away in July

With a popup and a smile, Google has announced that it's extinguishing Google Reader--arguably the world’s most popular RSS feed reader in existence--on July 1st, 2013. After seven years of operation, the search giant is closing the service citing the decline of RSS in the face of Twitter and other sites delivering news bites. The shuttering comes along with a “spring cleaning” initiative that will see several other services also go away. The origination of Google Reader came from an offshoot of the Blogger service, which could emit RSS feeds, and led to the engineering marvel of using XML feeds to display... more »
How Businesses Should Approach Big Data

How Businesses Should Approach Big Data

At last week's O'Reilly Strata Conference, The Cube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante had the opportunity to talk with Ron Bodkin, founder and CEO of Think Big Analytics, about the company's recent growth and how enterprises approach big data. Bodkin began by revealing that Think Big had announced its seed round of raising $3 million, aimed at accelerating the company's growth. He explained that big data is moving quickly in enterprise, and many organizations are realizing how much value they can create from it. There is a tremendous amount of conversation around security and the increased interest in investment in... more »

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