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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 »
Broadcom's tiny Bluetooth Smart Chip fits nicely into wearable tech, charges wirelessly

Broadcom's tiny Bluetooth Smart Chip fits nicely into wearable tech, charges wirelessly

Wearable technology has received a significant amount of attention this year, and the era of connected devices is only expected to gain popularity as people become more mobile. With that in mind, Broadcom Corporation, a global company specializing in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, announced the Broadcom BCM20736, a new Bluetooth Smart system-on-a-chip (SoC) that falls in its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) family.  The Smart chip aims to address the rapidly growing opportunities in different market segments for wearables and the Internet of Things. “Broadcom’s WICED platform is gaining significant traction with key Internet of Things innovators... more »
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Volvo test drives automated cars in Sweden's streets

This week’s SmartCar roundup features Volvo’s Gothenburg project and its take on EVs, and Ford’s self-parking car. Volvo’s Gothenburg project   Car manufacturers are racing to be the first to market autonomous vehicles by 2020, but Volvo seems to be ahead in the game as it's launched a pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden where its autonomous cars will be tested in public roads, alongside non-autonomous vehicles.  The project is in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. Volvo believes that its automated vehicles can reduce the frequency of accidents, as well as their severity.... more »
Google's Andy Rubin is secretly building an army of robots, but for what?

Google's Andy Rubin is secretly building an army of robots, but for what?

When Andy Rubin was replaced by Sundar Pichai as head of Android and Chrome, many thought that he'd be leaving the company for pastures new. But now, it's been revealed that in fact, he's been be working on something much bigger inside Google's secret labs. Rubin is now heading up Google’s robotics arm, according to an article in the New York Times.  Earlier this year, the search giant quietly acquired seven technology companies in the hopes of creating the next generation of robots. But what could Google want with robots?  One idea that's been mooted is delivery robots, an idea that's arguably... more »
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DataSift nets $42M for social analytics

DataSift announced on Tuesday that it has raised $42 million in Series C financing to expand into new markets and accelerate the development of its flagship platform, a social media analytics solution used by more than 1,000 companies in 40 countries. DataSift‘s offering lets marketers keep track of consumer sentiment, brand perception and new revenue opportunities across the entire social universe, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and dozens of other networks. The firm boasts big name clients such as Bloomberg, Dow Jones, and CBS Interactive, as well as prominent social technology companies such as HootSuite and Simply Measured. New investor Insight Venture... more »
MongoDB makes AWS easier | #reinvent

MongoDB makes AWS easier | #reinvent

Today I want to re-visit the AWS re:Invent conference, held just two weeks ago in Las Vegas. The co-founder and CTO of MongoDB, Eliot Horowitz, stopped in for a candid conversation with John Furrier and Dave Vellante on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, which broadcast live from the event. Horowitz addressed the troubled first days of his company, how they survived the most challenging issues and the advantages Mongo possesses that has placed them in a position to maximize market share thanks to their partnership with AWS. Early on in the interview, Furrier pointedly asked Horowitz to address some of the scalability issues Mongo... more »
Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Unified monitoring provider Zenoss is extending its flagship Service Dynamics suite with two new plug-ins for Windows Server and Azure environments. In a release, Zenoss cited Bloomberg projections that Azure deployments will surpass $1 billion in sales this year thanks to a 20 percent adoption rate among companies that use cloud services. The vendor is seeking to tap this market with Azure ZenPack, which consolidates monitoring to help admins troubleshoot problems faster and more effectively. The extension also provides automated discovery, monitoring and event management capabilities for all “Azure subscription entities,” including apps, websites, virtual machine instances, storage services and virtual networks.... more »
The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

Just a few weeks ago, SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE broadcast live from the AWS re:Invent 2013 conference. One of the interview broadcasts welcomed the director of developer marketing for Splunk, Jon Rooney. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly sat down with Rooney to discuss Splunk’s role as a partner with AWS, their focus on working directly with and for the developer community and how competitor criticisms won’t keep Splunk from trying to maintain their leadership position in the industry. Amazon is migrating their successful pricing transparency to the world of AWS. Vellante asked Rooney about the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) option AWS... more »
Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Last week, Sony revealed that it applied for a SmartWig, a wearable device that looks a lot like your ordinary wig but functions as an aid to the visually impaired and can give directions to people travelling. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft is working on its own wearable tech, a smart bra.  You might say that this is not something new as there is already the First Warning System, a smart bra laced with sensors for the early detection of breast cancer.  But Microsoft’s smart bra differs significantly, as it's aim is not breast cancer detection but rather, to help... 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.