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Windows 8.1 Lands In Windows Store Today

Windows 8.1 Lands In Windows Store Today

Twelve months after launching the heavily-criticized Windows 8, Microsoft has begun rolling out the operating system's eagerly awaited update, officially known as Windows 8.1. As of 04:00 PST today, Windows 8.1 will be made available to download on the Windows Store, available for free for all existing Windows 8 users. The update brings a wealth of new features that Microsoft hopes will silence the chorus of critics that have repeatedly derided its OS, together with the usual performance upgrades. Windows 8.1 will also be available to buy in retail stores, and pre-loaded onto new computers from tomorrow. So what does Windows 8.1... more »
4 Tips to Survive in the Land of Brogrammers

4 Tips to Survive in the Land of Brogrammers

The tech world is in many ways a male-dominated industry, and increasingly so.  In a recent Census report, it was determined that female computer workers are on a 20+ year decline, with only 22 percent of software developers being women.  It’s not because women are not interested in technology, but it’s just a bit harder for us to survive in this world. So is the female species doomed to stay in the shadows of brogrammers?  Prita Uppal, founder and CEO of game discovery app developer, Hooked Media, believes women can survive in this male dominated industry and she has some tips... more »
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Bottlenose Visualizes Twitter Firehose Trends with Sonar Solo

Delivering on its commitment to freemium analytics, Bottlenose is rolling out a free version of its newly announced Nerve Center solution for processing streaming data. The startup is filling a much-needed gap in information rights as consumers increasingly expect - and demand - visibility into their personal data exhaust. Unveiled today at the Pivot Conference in New York, Sonar Solo marries technology from partner Lexalytics with the homegrown algorithms baked into Nerve Center to help users dynamically unwrap social data. The tool lets you drill down into trends and influencers in near real time via a visual interface that displays sentiment... more »
How to Use Square Cash : Perks + Limits

How to Use Square Cash : Perks + Limits

Square Inc., the company that delivered a dongle that transformed tablets and smartphones into point-of-sale systems for small retail shops, is now offering an easier way to send cash to peers. Square Cash is an easy way of sending cash online simply by using your email.  No need to set up anything, no need to sign up, no apps to download, just send an email using your computer, tablet, or phone. How to use Square Cash Using your email account, just enter the email address of the recipient on the “To” field, “cash@square.com” in the “CC” field, and on the subject field the... more »
Facebook Rolls Out Public Posts for Teens, While Twitter Suffers URL Issues

Facebook Rolls Out Public Posts for Teens, While Twitter Suffers URL Issues

Facebook is changing its privacy policy for teen users, and so parents may want to check out their kids' profiles before things get out of hand. In a blog post, Facebook stated that teen users will now have the option of sharing content publicly.  Before, Facebook did not allow minors to create an account, then changed it and allowed 13-17 years old to create accounts, but their posts were not shared publicly.  Teens using such an account can share stuff only with their friends or friends of friends.  Now, teens will have the same power as adult Facebook users, sharing anything... more »
Yandex, Russia's Biggest Search Engine, Offers Cocaine To Developers

Yandex, Russia's Biggest Search Engine, Offers Cocaine To Developers

Yandex, Russia's most popular search engine, is now offering free Cocaine to developers. But before you go getting too excited, we're (unfortunately for some) not talking class A drugs here. Despite the name, Cocaine is actually an open-source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) system that developers can use to build out their own app engines in which they can create custom cloud-hosting apps, similar to the Google App Engine or Heroku. For those who don't know Yandex, the company can be best thought of as Russia's equivalent of Google, and that's not just because of its dominance of web search in that country. Yandex... more »
Is "Analytics for All" Finally at Hand?

Is "Analytics for All" Finally at Hand?

Business intelligence vendors have been promising to extend the power of analytics to regular business users for years. But that promise has gone largely unfulfilled. While exact figures are difficult to come by, by most estimates BI usage rates within the enterprise stall out around 18 percent to 20 percent. The reasons for this lack of success are several, but follow a general lifecycle. First, traditional business intelligence applications require IT to pull together data models and cobble together various data sources behind the scenes before reports or dashboards get rolled out to end-users. Then, if the resulting reports don’t “answer”... more »
Fabricate Yourself: The New World of 3D Printing Technical Revolution

Fabricate Yourself: The New World of 3D Printing Technical Revolution

3D printing, or personal fabrication from a broader prism, are used to produce a wide variety of objects, some useful and some not so. But 3D printing often have much impact because of its enormous capacity to stimulate the collective imagination and sense the enormous potential to create things differently. But sometimes even surprising place, the context in which your application can be particularly innovative and useful. In fact, one of the areas where 3D printing is having the greatest impact is in the field of science, where the ability to customize and instantly create a tool or a new medical... more »
Avaya Expands Cloud Portfolio with Collaboration and Communications Tool

Avaya Expands Cloud Portfolio with Collaboration and Communications Tool

Avaya, a global leader in business communications, wants its partners to exploit the advantages of the medium enterprise market through cloud collaboration with a communications tool. The company provides a number of innovative software and cloud-based services on the market that will fundamentally change the collaboration within companies. Avaya unveiled a set of new software and cloud-based services designed for companies to make decision much faster. Using its intuitive collaboration solutions, employees can continue to work even more efficiently than before and easier to network with colleagues. The new software can be easily integrated collaboration capabilities into other applications.  The feature-rich... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 16: MtGox Upgrades Its Game, Economist Predicts Backlash, Dwolla Throws in the Bitcoin Towel

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 16: MtGox Upgrades Its Game, Economist Predicts Backlash, Dwolla Throws in the Bitcoin Towel

Bitcoin value has seen a banner week with a remarked recovery from a sudden dip in value during the Silk Road raid to see value soar from $140 before to hover around $150 now with peaks near $160. With the SR takedown almost two weeks ago, it appears that the whole affair only had breif effect on the market and little impact on its current growth. Meanwhile, MtGox looks to upgrades to make its trading engine tougher and stronger to encourage more trades than before and will finally be rolling out new trading capabilities with the project code named Midas. An... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.29 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 82%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. HPE followed closely in 4th position, and had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

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- Peter Burris

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- Peter Burris

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

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- Brian Gracely

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