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Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

If you're at all like me and have been itching to get your hands on a funky new Firefox phone but unfortunately don't live in one of the nine countries currently selling them, well today's your lucky day. ZTE, the Chinese company that makes the Open Firefox phone, has just taken the rather unusual step of selling its handsets directly through eBay, to anyone in the world. For a major mobile phone maker this is quite an irregular move, as these companies usually just sell their hardware through carriers to avoid the hassle of dealing with consumers directly. However, in the... more »
Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be doing something a little different than what we've featured in recent weeks - instead of apps and services that are all about home security, we'll be looking at automation solutions for furniture, windows and more. Stained glass-solar panels   The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan, recently installed stained glass that doubles as a solar panel.  This design fuses usability and design to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the building.  Though stained glass windows are typical of churches, that doesn’t mean one cannot apply the same concept for homes.  Instead of a plain-looking window,... more »
New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

Is the Apple + iPhone fandom wearing thin to anyone else but me? I was one of the biggest Apple fanboys ever, heck I still wouldn't purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer from anyone but Apple. With that being said though, I find myself less interested with product announcements.  A company that was built on innovation has seemingly let the rest of the smartphone world catch up with the iPhone, and from what we know about Apple's next iteration, the biggest point of differentiation is still the user interface. The rumors are confirmed that we will see the next evolution of... more »
London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

In London, a busy street lined with recycling bins might seem fairly innocuous at first. But these recycling bins are no ordinary bins - instead, they've been equipped with tracking capabilities with the sole purpose of, well, keeping track of people. During the 2012 Olympics, a startup company called Renew scattered its recycling bins throughout London and caused quite a stir, because these bins with rather hi-tech compared to your usual refuse collection points - these ones had digital screens on them.  The purpose of these digital screens was to bombard passers by with advertising.  Advertisers can buy space on the... more »
LIVE: POTUS Calls For Transparency Post-PRISM Scandal

LIVE: POTUS Calls For Transparency Post-PRISM Scandal

Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday August 12, 2013. President Barack Obama held a press conference Friday to discuss reforms to be made following the ouster of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program. Joining us now to share details regarding the new reforms is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. The president says that while as commander-in-chief, he has a duty to protect the security of the country, however, it’s not enough for him to have confidence in the security program, the public must as well. In light of recent public leaks of the government’s programs, he has consulted with his national security... more »
Save The Date Fanbois: Apple To Unveil New iPhone On September 10

Save The Date Fanbois: Apple To Unveil New iPhone On September 10

In less than a month from now, fanbois will be able to rejoice as Apple unveils its latest and greatest iPhone to date this September 10, 2013. Though the iPhone is one of the most sought out smartphones of them all, first-time buyers won't be nearly as excited due to its high price.  Whenever Apple unveils a new iPhone, older versions see their price slashed, with carriers offering them in cheaper packages.  But are people supposed to wait a year to be able to afford what is then basically an older model? Will people on a tight budget just settle for... more »
Ed Snowden’s Email Provider Shuts Down Amid Gov’t Probe

Ed Snowden’s Email Provider Shuts Down Amid Gov’t Probe

Lavabit, a privacy-centric email provider that was dragged into the media spotlight after Edward Snowden used its service to contact journalists, has shut down in an effort to avoid handing user data over to the government. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto discussed the news in a recent interview with NewsDesk host Kristin Feledy. John says that Lavabit founder Ladar Levison chose to halt operations because he didn’t want to become complicit in what he called “crimes against the American people.” The most likely reason behind’s Levinson reluctance to provide further explanation is that as a person of interest in an ongoing... more »
How Wearable Tech Will Take The Enterprise By Storm : Google Glass, iWatch and Beyond

How Wearable Tech Will Take The Enterprise By Storm : Google Glass, iWatch and Beyond

Wearable tech is all the rage these days, with much of the talk about these devices centring on their use as entertainment and lifestyle aids. But there are many exciting potential use cases for wearable technologies in the enterprise as well – so exciting in fact, that some observers are saying that enterprise adoption is all but inevitable, and will usher in a new era of "Bring your own wearable device," or "BYOWD", that'll only accelerate as these devices become more widespread. Devices such as Google Glass, Pebble, Fitbit Flex and the rumored Apple iWatch are gadgets that clip around your... more »
Famous Lefties in Tech: Bill Gates + More

Famous Lefties in Tech: Bill Gates + More

Lefties, Southpaws, Sinistral -  these are just some terms that describes a person who dominantly uses their left hand.  Funny how when someone learns that you’re a lefty they get a surprised look on their face, like they just saw an endangered species, or an alien.  You can’t blame them though, it’s not often you come across a leftie since they only make up 10-15 percent of the population.  So yes, we are a special breed.  And yes, if you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a leftie. It’s hard to live in a world where almost everything is made... more »
Mega Working on Encrypted Email Service, Asks Others to Take Privacy Seppuku Pledge

Mega Working on Encrypted Email Service, Asks Others to Take Privacy Seppuku Pledge

Last week encrypted email service provider Lavabit announced they were shutting down.  While the subject of the summer has been Edward Snowden and the documents he has leaked out, what many people may not be aware of is that several federal investigations have been ongoing.  Snowden’s email account of record was with Lavabit, a secure email service provider and the CEO responded (without responding in a way) and made the statement that the service was shutting down, and was bound to a gag order on what the government is asking of the company in the course of their investigation.  Not... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.