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Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Amazon's announcement that its developing flying drones for its Prime Air service caused huge excitement earlier this week, even if the idea is somewhat impossible to put into practice at the moment. Nevertheless, certain developments since then suggest it's becoming more likely that a future of flying parcels buzzing overheard is an eventuality, rather than just a possibility. Drones have often been a rather touchy subject, and with good reason too – developed by the US military, their main application is to deliver weapons of mass destruction rather than Christmas presents. But as with many technologies developed by the military, it's not... more »
NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA is a big name in the aeronautics field even beyond the public consciousness of knowing NASA means “going into space”; but beyond being the Star Trek of the modern era, NASA also works tirelessly to make the skies safer. One of NASA’s teams out of Armes Research Center is part of a project known as NextGen (short for “Next Generation Air Transportation System”) and it’s their job to produce software solutions for dealing with ever-increasing air traffic across the United States. Air traffic control is a coding space that has terrible consequences for failures and requires a lot of highly... more »
Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Social media like Facebook, Google+ etc. give us a relatively straightforward way to put a ‘social wrapper’ on some of our game experiences, which was missing from most versions of most of our games today. Given the chance, people will socialize around games, but to date that social activity has been almost entirely limited to gathering around a single computer. Social gaming has been a substantial part to reach out to both smartphone and feature phone users. However, nowadays, successful games that will not rely on social networking service but have interactions with friends in the game, is increasing. If the... more »
Best of theCUBE : Learning from powerful women in tech

Best of theCUBE : Learning from powerful women in tech

Women in the workforce, especially the tech sector, are often judged for not being able to make the cut, without being given a chance to prove themselves. But that hasn't stopped women from achieving great things in tech despite these obstacles, and SiliconANGLE is honoring those women this week with a special playlist on our TV channel. The tech takeover   Throughout history, women have proven that they can hack it in male-dominated societies. From Sacagawea who acted as guide and interpreter in Lewis and Clark’s expedition, Marie Curie who pioneered research in radioactivity, Susan B. Anthony who introduced women’s suffrage in the... more »
Accenture bolsters Industrial Internet capabilities with European acquisition

Accenture bolsters Industrial Internet capabilities with European acquisition

Accenture has picked up evopro group’s manufacturing solutions business to fortify its presence in the emerging Industrial Internet, where intelligent machines meet Big Data to drive operational efficiencies. No financial details were disclosed. Founded in 2001, evopro group provides embedded software and services for companies across the automotive, building, logistics and transportation industries, among other verticals. The privately-held Hungarian firm has more than 1,000 employees with operations throughout Europe, including Germany, Romania and Turkey. Accenture says that the deal aims to enhance its existing range of capabilities for “organizing, developing and managing the processes needed for the entire lifecycle of new products... more »
New wearable trackers : Better to sleep + wake

New wearable trackers : Better to sleep + wake

This week's Quantified Self roundup features a sleep-tracking gadget, a life-logging camera, and a wellness and fitness monitor. Lark Pro   If you’re a heavy sleeper—if even a loud boom box placed right beside your ear cannot get you up in the morning—then Lark Pro may be what you need. Lark Pro is a bracelet you wear throughout the day that helps you make the most of your waking hours, and keeps track of your sleep patterns. It can even silently wake you up. How does Lark Pro wake you up silently from a very deep slumber? It has dynamic vibrations that nudge you to wake... more »
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Pure Storage, EMC duke it out in court

Less than a month after being hit by a lawsuit from EMC for allegedly colluding with former employees to steal inside information, Pure Storage is firing back at the storage giant with a complaint of its own. The Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of flash arrays denies the charges and accuses Joe Tucci’s company of unlawfully obtaining one of its boxes in an attempt to learn trade secrets. Pure Storage claims that a Massachusetts system integrator helped ship the machine to the Valley headquarters of EMC’s XtremIO division, where it supposedly underwent extensive testing and was “damaged to such an extent that... more »
'Tis the season for digital Advent calendars

'Tis the season for digital Advent calendars

Opening the window of an advent calendar for every day of December is one of my fondest holiday memories from childhood, but it's a pastime that's losing its charm in this digital age.  Fortunately for today's mobile generation, advent calendars have gone digital! And these new-fangled advent calendars have some extra perks like Christmas stories or holiday recipes. (Because your digital advent calendar can't give you chocolate.) Check out these cool Advent calendar apps to get you excited for Christmas 2013: . Binny’s Advent Calendar 2013 (iOS and Android)  This Advent calendar features a wintery illustrated scene with a lot of fun surprises for users... more »
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smartShift’s Arjun Chopra on moving traditional enterprises to the Cloud | #re:Invent2013

Arjun Chopra, the chief technology officer of smartShift Technologies, appeared on theCUBE at Amazon’s recently concluded re:Invent 2013 conference to share his insider’s perspective on porting legacy workloads to the public cloud. An AWS Premier Consulting Partner, smartShift helps enterprises re-architect their on-premise applications before shipping them off to an infrastructure-as-a-service environment. That involves removing bottlenecks, adding automation and orchestration capabilities, and ensuring that security and performance requirements are met at all times. Chopra says that his firm leverages a set of homegrown solutions to greatly accelerate customers’ journey to the cloud, a value proposition that attracted 10 of the world’s... more »
Cloud Wars: Google's Compute Engine goes live

Cloud Wars: Google's Compute Engine goes live

Google already has an almighty stake in consumer's digital lives, be it through search, email, news or YouTube videos. And now, it's setting its sights on owning the enterprise as well. For years, Google has been somewhat evasive about its public cloud ambitions, but this week the company said that it's Google Compute Engine is finally ready to roll, with pricing, features and performance guarantees all set to be announced in the coming days. Google's move means that it's now cemented its entry in the ongoing 'cloud wars' to secure control of government and corporate computing – a battle that's already being... 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.