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element14 Begins Wearable Technology Challenge with Adafruit FLORA Kit

element14 Begins Wearable Technology Challenge with Adafruit FLORA Kit

Wearable technology has become the hot new trend in the technology sphere, and undoubtedly the credit goes to Glass project. Right from head mounted gear to smart watches, there are new wearable devices coming up. Cashing up this opportunity, element14 has launched a challenge for engineers and developers to design and develop their own piece of wearable technology. To pursue the same, element14 has selected the Adafruit’s FLORA kit to be used as the computing platform for the challenge. element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The global competition will focus entirely... more »
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Gets Full Support for 3D Printing

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Gets Full Support for 3D Printing

3D printing capability may well be the start of a new industrial revolution, and that they can get just as important as the steam engine and the assembly line. So it's no surprise that global software mover and shakers, such as Microsoft, might be looking into including the capability to use 3D printing into upcoming operating system software--in this case Windows 8.1. The possibilities of this technology are huge. Some market analysts predict that the global 3D printing market will reach $3.1 billion by 2016, while others expect that 3D printing can free us from the reigns of traditional factories, and... more »
The Race to Smartwatch Domination : Can Apple Catch Samsung?

The Race to Smartwatch Domination : Can Apple Catch Samsung?

According to reports, Apple has filed for the “iWatch” trademark in Japan, validating previous rumors regarding a wearable technology in the not so distant future from the Cupertino company. According to Bloomberg, the patent was filed last June 3 with the Japan Patent Office and the application was made public last week.  Apple is said to be arming itself as its fiercest competitor, Samsung, is also readying a smartwatch. But Apple and Samsung aren’t the only ones looking at the wearable technology market, as Microsoft was reported to have placed orders for 1.5-inch displays.  Sony also recently announced that the second version... more »
Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

Big Data's Getting Bigger in Asia

What with many of Asia's countries still not quite having reached first-world status yet, many companies in the region can be a bit slow to adopt new technologies. Yet there's one innovation that Asian firms can't seem to jump on fast enough – Big Data. The majority of Asian businesses have so far scoffed at the idea of migrating to the cloud, but a good number of them are already employing Big Data analytics to boost their bottom line, according to a new report from The Economist's intelligence unit, which recently surveyed several hundred Asian companies. It's worth taking the time to... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 1 July 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 1 July 2013

Jordanian Bank Chooses IBM to Transform Customer Experience The Jordan Ahli Bank has chosen IBM to modernize its core banking systems to meet new standards of customer service and support business expansion. IBM is providing hardware, software, & IT services to enable the bank to offer smarter products and services, enhance client satisfaction with improved time-to-market services, increase its banking application performance, and cut energy consumption costs. The project is part of a full-scale business transformation program called DNA that the bank, which has 50 branches across Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Cyprus, initiated last year. More   Dell OEM Solutions Partners with Prentke... more »
Waterproof Smartphone Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia ZR

Waterproof Smartphone Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active vs. Sony Xperia ZR

A recent report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech  states that in Europe, previous users of Samsung devices, specifically the Galaxy SII, upgraded to a Sony Xperia Z rather than another Samsung device such as the Galaxy SIII, S4 or Note. The reason for this may be in the Xperia Z’s water and dust resistant features, and with its recent iterations, the ZR and the Ultra are now waterproof.  This appeals to the more outgoing or adventurous demographic.  But will Europe’s interest in the Xperia be maintained now that Samsung’s ruggedized S4, the Galaxy S4 Active, is already available to consumers? Let’s compare how... more »
ICANN To Require Verification to Register New Web Domains

ICANN To Require Verification to Register New Web Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, has announced plans to make domain registrars more accountable for those who sign up and register internet domains. WHOIS, the public domain name database of all registrants, will soon require that all new domain owners verify their identities with either a phone number or an email address within 15 days of applying for a new domain. Anyone who fails to do so would see their newly registered domain suspended. The changes have come to light following the publication of a new, fifty-page Accreditation Agreement (RAA),... more »
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Geeky Grillmaster Gadgets + Fireworks Tips for July 4

Get your steaks, ribs, hotdogs, burger patties, corn, and hotdog buns ready, ‘coz it’s time to fire up the grill for this year's Fourth of July celebration. July 4th, considered the National Day for the US,  is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the country’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. People celebrate this day in various ways, with town fairs, carnivals, concerts, parades, baseball games, and political rallies. But there are two things seemingly present in every celebration: grilled food and fireworks, because any event is all the more special when... more »
Firefox Phone OS Opens Up & Transhumanist Headphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Firefox Phone OS Opens Up & Transhumanist Headphones - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Your ZTE is Open   The world’s first Firefox OS phone, the ZTE Open, will launch tomorrow, and be available for less than a hundred dollars. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Spanish wireless carrier Telefonica, who will be the carrying the phone. Firefox OS smartphones are said to be the first devices that are completely powered by web technologies. The web-based operating system means the ZTE Open will be able to deliver new features, unmatched by any other phone. While discussing the launch of the Open, Mozilla’s Chief Operating Officer Jay Sullivan commented on their new platform saying, “The... more »
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Bytes Sized: Putting Big Data into Perspective

To say that information technology has come a long way in the past few four decades would be an understatement. On Visual.ly, a San Francisco-based startup that connects data experts, designers and marketing professionals, we find an infographic entitled “Bytes Sized” to help us gain a better understanding of the journey from the early days of the PC revolution to the Internet of Things and beyond. In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs unleashed the Apple-1, a limited edition device with five kilobytes of RAM that became known as the first pre-assembled personal computer. Eight years after the historic launch, a... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.