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Android KitKat now available for Google Play edition devices

Android KitKat now available for Google Play edition devices

Android has posted on its Google+ page, that Android 4.4 "KitKat" will now be available for Google Play editions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Though this is great news for fAndroids, the question remains as to when this version will be available for other compatible devices. Aside from wondering when the update will be available for the general public, others may be wondering what makes this version different from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If you’re using a Nexus 5, it has a new feature that allows you to wake the phone just by saying “OK Google” and make it do your... more »
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EMC reshuffles storage divisions to sharpen innovation focus

EMC is combining the development teams behind the VMAX line of high-end block storage systems and the VNX series unified arrays into a single Enterprise Storage Division. The group will be headed by Brian Gallagher. David Goulden, the president and chief operating system of EMC, stressed in a blog post that the move involves “no changes to any products, product roadmaps or the way we take our products to market or how we support our customers.” The company will continue to offer VMAX and VNX separately. “Both VMAX and VNX are block and file transactional systems that support mission critical workloads, common... more »
Bored with Bitcoin? Here's 3 cryptocurrency alternatives

Bored with Bitcoin? Here's 3 cryptocurrency alternatives

Bitcoin is soaring high with its value now at $812, at the time of writing. When the notorious Silk Road website shutdown, there were suggestions that this could lead to the demise of Bitcoin, but others saw this as an opportunity for the cryptocurrency to prove that it’s not only used for black market dealing. The fact that Bitcoin was successfully used in shady transactions proves that it is a viable digital currency no doubt, but it also shows it's one that can be used for legitimate online transactions, or even in brick-and-mortar stores. The shutdown of Silk Road severed the negative ties... more »
Microsoft plans to kill off Windows RT + merge it with Windows Phone

Microsoft plans to kill off Windows RT + merge it with Windows Phone

You may not realize it but there's actually three flavors of the Windows operating system, which can run on a variety of different devices, namely Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone. If you think Microsoft's strategy here is a little confusing – well, so does it, which is why the company is slowly edging towards a future with only one Windows for everything. This much can be inferred from Microsoft’s head of devices, Julie Larson-Green, who said at last week's UBS Global Technology Conference that the company is working towards merging its main operating systems. "We have the Windows Phone OS.... more »
BIPS Bitcoin exchange cleaned out in $990K virtual heist

BIPS Bitcoin exchange cleaned out in $990K virtual heist

Bank robbery can be such a hassle these days, what with all the security measures in place like time locks on vaults, dye and CCTV cameras everywhere, not too mention the need for weapons, get away cars and the like. Which is why the smart criminals have their sights set on a different kind of heist, hijacking digital currency exchanges that trade in the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin. In the latest digital robbery to hit the headlines, thieves have made off with the equivalent of $990,000 worth of Bitcoin after successfully hacking into Bitcoin Internet Payment Services (BIPS), one of the largest... more »
IBM continues patent spree with Cloud data integration technique

IBM continues patent spree with Cloud data integration technique

IBM earned a record 6,478 U.S. patents in 2012, marking the 20th straight year that it racked up more innovations than any other company. Big Blue is bent on extending this streak for another year, and is just as keen on gaining a Big Data foothold in the cloud. Inching ever closer to its goals, IBM announced that it has patented a technique for uncovering insights from on- and off-premise information silos. The method, covered by U.S. Patent #8,504,400: Dynamically Optimized Distributed Cloud Computing-based Business Process Management (BPM) System, facilitates the collection and integration of data from traditional on-premise systems and... more »
Fusion-IO, EMC take early Xflash lead

Fusion-IO, EMC take early Xflash lead

Xflash, low-latency (microsecond to nanosecond) server SAN storage (LoLaSeS) storage, is the last unfilled segment of the NAND flash market, writes Wikibon Co-founder and CTO David Floyer in "Enabling Real-time Big Data Processing with Xflash - Very Low Latency Server SANs." This architecture combines RDMA over Infiniband for extremely high bandwidth networking over very short distances, reduced network protocols and the 1 millisecond read/write times and high IO of flash arrays to deliver sub-microsecond IO latency and billions of IOPS. This turns the array into an eXtension of memory, or Xflash. The two early leaders in the segment are Fusion-IO, the... more »
Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop solution charges-up Agile development

Amazon WorkSpaces virtual desktop solution charges-up Agile development

Amazon Web Services (AWS) expanded its cloud services portfolio. After computing (EC2), storage (S3), database (RDS), application, content distribution, deployment and management, and billing, Amazon enters into desktop infrastructure virtual solution (VDI). During the recently concluded AWS re:Invent 2013 event, the e-commerce company launched Amazon Workspaces, a VDI solution for managing desktops in the cloud that is accessible from laptops, tablets, smartphone, etc. These desktops are basically Windows Server sessions that can be rented from Amazon $35 a month. WorkSpaces come pre-installed with Windows 7 desktop and has the ability to install any other software. The cost of desktops available in the... more »
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How the FBI captured ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and closed the Silk Road - Infographic

During an operation on Oct 2nd, the FBI arrested William Ross Ulbricht, an American 29-year-old who has operated under the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR). Ulbricht is accused of operating illegal market forum and Silk Road, where according to security agencies there were 13,000 illegal items, including hard drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, counterfeit cash, forged documents, hackers and firearm and ammunition. The Silk Road, the web’s largest drug market in the world, was finally closed by federal agents in the United States after two years in operation. But if everyone knew since 2011 that the Silk Road was... more »
Google invites iOS and Android developers in the cloud with Cloud Endpoints and Mobile Backend Starter

Google invites iOS and Android developers in the cloud with Cloud Endpoints and Mobile Backend Starter

To encourage developers to create more mobile apps in Google cloud, Google is offering two new or updated frameworks to run complicated, but necessary infrastructure, back end mobile applications, making it easier for mobile developers to tie their apps into Google's APIs. Google has launched a new collection of tools and libraries housed in strengthening and supporting infrastructure to run mobile applications for Android and iOS, called Google Cloud Endpoints. The company has also upgraded a stack of software ready to use for mobile applications on Android and iOS, called Mobile Backend Starter. Both tools use Google App Engine PaaS tools... 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.