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AOptix Announces Stratus Client SDK for iOS: Making the Smartphone a Smater Biometric Reader

AOptix Announces Stratus Client SDK for iOS: Making the Smartphone a Smater Biometric Reader

AOptix, Campbell-based provider of intuitive biometric identity verification solutions and wireless communications technology, recently announced the general availability of its SDK for Stratus. AOptix Stratus Client Software Development Kit (SDK) is the hardware and app that transforms the iPhone into a biometrics scanning tool, making identity faster, cheaper and more accurate for teams in defense, finance, health and national, civil ID programs and more. "Biometrics is an important part of security systems," says Kyt Dotson, assistant editor at SiliconAngle. "Bringing it to smartphones is an interesting move for AOptix, but it also means the mobile ability to provide proof-of-id for individuals... more »
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Assange’s Law – NSA Powers Double Every 4 Years

Well, here comes Julian.  Never one to stand on the sidelines of any global surveillance debate, Julian Assange has emerged yet again to state his opinion.  This time he has emerged with what can only be described as some kind of WikiLeak version of Moore’s law or something, except that instead of CPU speed, he’s talking about the NSA and the power they are increasingly gaining.  The remarks came out of a speech he broadcast at the OHM2013 Observe, Hack, Make conference.  Assange also added that some experts might not have enough perspective about what is going on. "The world is witnessing... more »
Embedded Status Updates & Building An Ark in Six Days - SIliconANGLE News Roundup

Embedded Status Updates & Building An Ark in Six Days - SIliconANGLE News Roundup

Now That's Embedding... Facebook just announced that they will begin to roll out a new embedded post feature, giving users the ability to publish their status messages across the web. With the new update, any post you make, including photos, and even posts with hashtags can be embedded on third-party sites completely unrelated to the social network. The new feature is an indication that Facebook is pushing more of their content out to other sites to increase both distribution and reach of their users’ conversations. Facebook expects the embedded posts to roll out over the next few weeks, but there’s a slight catch:... more »
The Ambitious Nvidia SHIELD Gaming Console with Android Hits Stores

The Ambitious Nvidia SHIELD Gaming Console with Android Hits Stores

Presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the Nvidia SHIELD remains a powerful mobile console with buttons, joysticks and Android features and the ability to stream spectacular PC games remains an ambitious challenge with the proliferation of entertainment devices with equivalent capacity of phones, tablets, laptops and other PC consoles. Nvidia has put up for sale on Wednesday its new handheld with Nvidia Android Shield. The device, which incorporates the NVIDIA Tegra 4 and 720p HD graphics, is now available in USA and Canada market at $299. The console features the Nvidia Tegra mobile processor 4 720p HD graphics and high... more »
Microsoft Plans to Safeguard Users from Jerks on Xbox One

Microsoft Plans to Safeguard Users from Jerks on Xbox One

With increasing number of cheats and misbehaving people online, Microsoft has come up with a plan to safeguard its users. To avoid the harassment of "cheats and jerks" online with the next console generation, Microsoft has created a new and enhanced reputation algorithm for Xbox One. Moving away from the Xbox Live’s survey option, Microsoft is updating its player reputation model for Xbox One. This will include incorporating direct feedback--like blocking or muting troublesome players. As a result, the behavior of other people around the "suspect" user will be used to produce a better model of their behavior--to see if a... more »
DARPA Robotics Project Picks SoftLayer for First Ever Virtual Robotics Challenge

DARPA Robotics Project Picks SoftLayer for First Ever Virtual Robotics Challenge

Each year DARPA puts on an event known as the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC).  This year the game has changed a bit with the introduction of the first ever DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC).  What this means is that the engineers that build these competing robotics have to develop their software in a virtual situation. Here’s how it works and no this is not like Robot Wars.  DARPA first created this robotics initiative to better secure citizens during natural and manmade disasters. The entrants in the VRC develop software that makes the robots do things like pull a lever or push... more »
The Moto X: Here's What We Know, Just Hours Before the Big Reveal

The Moto X: Here's What We Know, Just Hours Before the Big Reveal

Motorola and Google are set to unveil their newest flagship smartphone, in an event to be held in New York at 3PM ET/12PM PT. The big reveal has got everyone talking about what to expect. We've heard quite a few rumours over the last few weeks, but there's sure to be one or two surprises when we finally get our hands on Google's new phone. Even so, let’s take a look at some of the rumored features and specifications of the Moto X and see how accurate these turn out :) Stripped down to the core   We all know that the Moto X... more »
Microsoft Has To Rename SkyDrive: Here's a Few Suggestions for Them

Microsoft Has To Rename SkyDrive: Here's a Few Suggestions for Them

Does SpyDrive have a nice ring to it? We think it does, though Microsoft is unlikely to agree, even though we could argue that there's an element of truth to the name :) But anyway, first things first, what’s all the fuzz about SkyDrive this morning? The problem is that Microsoft has just lost a trademark dispute with the UK's Sky Broadcasting Group, one of the largest pay-TV broadcasters in Europe.  A London judge ruled that Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud service infringed upon BSkyB’s “Sky” trademark.  The judge’s ruling is valid across the entire European Union, and what this means is that either... more »
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From Jeopardy to Cancer Institute: How IBM Watson is Transforming the World

IBM Watson is more than a supercomputer.  It is a cognitive system capable of natural language processing, and is able to perform deep natural language processing to make it seem like you are talking to a human, and not just a computer. Watson achieved fame when it beat contestants on the popular game show Jeopardy!, and again when it beat Harvard Business School students in the same game show, taking home $56,33. But Watson is not just about beating people in mind games, as it has evolved into something that is useful for people. Meet Dr. Watson   In 2011, WellPoint’s Chief Medical Officer Sam Nussbaum,... more »
4K Video Demands Better than Blu-Ray : Sony + Panasonic Create Next-Gen Optical Disc

4K Video Demands Better than Blu-Ray : Sony + Panasonic Create Next-Gen Optical Disc

Sony and Panasonic have signed an agreement principally to unite their efforts in developing the next generation of optical media. The goal is to expand the capacity of optical archiving digital media by 2015, while providing a compatible system with older generation devices. According to the two Japanese firms, optical disks still retain some advantages in terms of preservation of data that do not have flash systems (USB, etc.) and tapes. This new type of optical storage will be resistant to water, dust and extreme variations in temperature. The two companies have thus met the growing demand of the storage market, especially for... 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.