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The Lenovo Balancing Act - Taking on Smartphone, PC Makers at Once

Pioneer PC maker Apple is now world’s most popular company for computers, phones and tablets. We may say the same for the Chinese giant Lenovo one day, but not yet. Lenovo had made some in-roads in the smartphone market, but it is also competing with HP and Dell to be the world’s biggest PC maker. With record stock prices and consumer appeal amidst PC pricing wars, strategic mergers and acquisitions in recent years, along with the home-grown support of the Chinese market, Lenovo only continues to gain ground. According to IDC data, Lenovo’s worldwide PC market share is ranked second at 14.9... more »
MapR Gets $30M Round : Big Boost for Hadoop Ecosystem, Apache Drill

MapR Gets $30M Round : Big Boost for Hadoop Ecosystem, Apache Drill

This morning MapR announced that it has closed a $30 series C financing led by Mayfield Fund, a Menlo Park, CA-based VC that invests almost exclusively in early-stage startups. Existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, NEA and Redpoint Ventures also participated in the round, which puts the company’s total funding at $59 million. MapR says that the capital will be used to fuel its expansion in the Asia Pacific region, boost operations in Europe, and maintain strong investments in research and development. One of the company’s top projects is Apache Drill, an open-source distributed analytics engine that scales exceptionally well in large... more »
iWatch vs. S-Watch : 6 Things Apple + Samsung Need to Win the Next Gadget Craze

iWatch vs. S-Watch : 6 Things Apple + Samsung Need to Win the Next Gadget Craze

Connected devices.  We love 'em.  But the smartphone and tablet market have already become saturated, and the public excitedly awaits the "next big thing" from Apple in particular.  Known for setting the bar in consumer electronics, Apple is due for a revolutionary new device.  While we don't know exactly what that device will be, the latest rumors hint strongly at a wristwatch, dubbed the iWatch.  Now we learn that Samsung is most definitely creating a smartwatch of its own, possibly beating Apple to the punch.  We'll call it the S-Watch. But the concept of a smartwatch is nothing new.  And even... more »
The Role of Alpha Geek in the Enterprise: Data Scientist Deep Dive

The Role of Alpha Geek in the Enterprise: Data Scientist Deep Dive

Our economy and unemployment rate seem to be in a constant state of flux.  But one of the most promising jobs in one of the strongest sectors is that of the data scientist, applicable to the tech industry and just about every other market.  But as far as the enterprise goes, where does the data scientist fit in?  In the second episode of our Big Data Deep Dive series, a joint production of EMC TV and theCube, Richard Schlesinger invited SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon CTO Dave Vellante to talk about the role of the data scientist in... more »
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Samsung Reveals Plans for Apple iWatch Competitor

In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung building iWatch competitor; Leaked LG Nexus 5 images; LG may sue Samsung for Eye Tracking feature; Nokia wins patent infringement case against HTC; AT&T’s new bank breaking shared plans; and T-Mobile’s March 26 event. Samsung building iWatch competitor If Apple is in fact being secretive regarding the iWatch, Samsung is using this to its advantage.  A Samsung executive announced that a smart wristwatch has long been in the works. “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said in an interview with Bloomberg.  “We are working... more »
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Splunk Delivers Relational DB Integration with New Connector

Yesterday Splunk unveiled a new connector that provides real-time integration between its flagship analytics platform and traditional database systems from major vendors. DB Connect offers the user a convenient means to feed structured data directly into Splunk Enterprise, a big time and money saver for enterprise clients that store a sizable chunk of their information in relational environments. “Splunk DB Connect simplifies everything about how we integrate machine data with data from our relational databases,” said Tracy Dalzell, senior project manager for Boardreader, a search engine operator that leverages Splunk’s BI software. “We used to look at yesterday’s data. Now we can... more »
Sanbolic Joins the Software-Led Party, Updates Melio Platform

Sanbolic Joins the Software-Led Party, Updates Melio Platform

Sanbolic, a veteran data management specialist, launched the fifth release of its Melio storage framework this week. Melio5 delivers data center services through a distributed, high-availability abstraction layer that automates the management of commodity hardware. The platform takes care of the plumbing in heterogeneous environments that include both SSD and disk-based components. The system eliminates the need for redundant flash caching in front of legacy storage by directly incorporating flash into hybrid volumes, and distributes data based on access frequency profiles to make things even more efficient. Melio5 provides RAID, remote replication, quality of Service, snapshots and other capabilities on top... more »
Ultrabook Showdown : New Lenovo ThinkPad vs. HP Folio + Dell XPS

Ultrabook Showdown : New Lenovo ThinkPad vs. HP Folio + Dell XPS

The Lenovo ThinkPad T431 is the redesigned version of the ThinkPad T430.  It's lighter and thinner, and has a redesigned touchpad and a slimmer LCD bezel.  The touchpad is now bigger but the buttons for clicking or selecting are now gone. Not to worry though, users just have to click on certain areas of the touchpad to achieve the same tasks, plus the red tracker button is still present for precision navigation. The larger touchpad is also beneficial for people who want to transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8, which is better optimized for touch gestures. The Lenovo ThinkPad T431 is... more »
Pinfluencer : Worry Free over Pinterest Analytics, Dons New Name in "Startup Utopia"

Pinfluencer : Worry Free over Pinterest Analytics, Dons New Name in "Startup Utopia"

Right now Pinfluencer is in "startup Utopia," according to founder and CEO Sharad Verma.  But that paradise could be facing storm clouds now that Pinterest is encroaching on its territory.  Just days after Pinterest announces its own analytics suite, Pinfluencer, a startup that helps marketers promote their brands on Pinterest, drops the "pin" reference from its name altogether.  The data-driven metrics provider officially rebranded as Piqora this morning, and also introduced a new offering called Gallery, an “automated visual feed” of social activity that is available for both Pinterest and Facebook. Though Verma insists that the name change isn't a departure from... more »
What Is the Software-Defined Datacenter?  What's It Mean for CIOs?

What Is the Software-Defined Datacenter? What's It Mean for CIOs?

Software-led infrastructure is something we follow closely at SiliconAngle, given software's importance in the data center for smarter, more efficient processes and cost savings.  While this concept grows in popularity, the term is less than buzzworthy. But EMC may have changed the software's not-so-sexy stigma on Wall Street with last week's financial analyst meeting and launch of Pivotal, a joint initiative with subsidiary VMware.  Pivotal is a breakthrough concept that combines assets from EMC and VMware with the goal of building the big data platform for developers. Business model-wise, the initiative represents a bold move to compete with other big data... more »

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