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US Not the Fastest (or Slowest) in Mobile Browser Load Times

US Not the Fastest (or Slowest) in Mobile Browser Load Times

Google has recently conducted a study on web browsing speed, measuring web page load speeds on desktop computers and mobile devices. This involved analyzing web speed in 50 countries with the fastest Internet connections, and brought some interesting figures. Here’s what they found from the study: • Slovak Republic has the fastest average time for loading web pages on a desktop computer, i.e., 3.3 seconds. • South Korea was the fastest in mobile with an average loading time of 4.8 seconds. • U.S.A. takes an average of 5.7 seconds for desktop computer and 9.2 seconds on a mobile device. • Indonesia has the slowest web... more »
Linus Torvalds: Improving the Way We Write Software is More Interesting Than Improving Software

Linus Torvalds: Improving the Way We Write Software is More Interesting Than Improving Software

Today on the occasion of his Millenium Technology Prize award, TechCrunch ran an interview with Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds. The most interesting bit of the interview came when Torvalds was asked what question he wished he was asked about in interviews. He then began talking about the importance of the process of programming: In fact, to get a bit “meta” on this issue, what’s even more interesting than improving a piece of software, is to improve the *way* we write and improve software. Changing the process of making software has sometimes been some of the most painful parts of... more »
The Top 15 Cloned Android Apps and Games Posing as Trojans

The Top 15 Cloned Android Apps and Games Posing as Trojans

Malware authors are cashing in on the Instagram-Facebook craze with their fake Instagram app for the Android platform. The fake Instagram app is actually a Trojan in disguise, dubbed as “Andr/Boxer-F” by Sophos, who discovered the malicious apps.  The malware authors made fake websites that advertised the fake Instagram apps.  What the evil apps do is secretly send international texts, which generates a lot money for the malware authors, and empties out your wallet. An article in ZDNet features the photo of a man, whose identity is unknown, which could be the author of the malware, a relative, a friend or just... more »
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March Mobile Madness: Infographic

March Madness is the craze that happens from the second week of March until the first week of April every year.  This revolves around the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, which determines the national champions in college basketball.  And as we’ve tackled in the past, if there’s a major event happening, you can expect that there’s an increase in the use of mobile devices,  and you can count on the fact that there will be apps and ads abounding. According to Millennial Media’s SMART Mobile Madness infographic (see below), among passionate fans of the NCAA Tournament –... more »
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NAB Final Recap: New Value, New Ways of Making Big Data Work

TheCube has been streaming content throughout the entirety of this week’s NAB conference. John Furrier and Dave Vellante reflected on their observations at the end of each day, and summarized some of the key highlights. Day 2 focused on the technology that’s helping to transform traditional media. Vellante looked at the different role of storage in this industry, and Furrier expanded on software’s key role in the overall innovation process. One example of such a solution is Thunderbolt, a connectivity interface developed by Intel that adds support to PCI Express and DisplayPort. Apple has dominated the professional design space with its Macs... more »
An OpenStack View on the Critical Mistake Made by Amazon Web Services and The Dilemma Facing VMware

An OpenStack View on the Critical Mistake Made by Amazon Web Services and The Dilemma Facing VMware

Yesterday I posted the first part of a long interview with the founders of Piston Cloud. In part two, Former NASA Nebula Chief Technical Architect Joshua McKenty, and Rackspace alumni Christopher MacGown trace the roots of the OpenStack movement to the 1980s and the move to convergence. In McKenty's view the path to convergence took 30 years. That is until Amazon Web Services (AWS) made the critical mistake of separating compute and storage. That lead to the issues with AWS early adopters who found AWS too slow, an issue caused by the separation of the two environments. AWS influenced all the new cloud providers... more »
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Technology Makes Higher Education More Affordable for Students

Poor money management is one of the reasons why people tend to miss their dues during the debt payment process, leading to soaring interest rates at the end of the day.  In order to avoid this unsightly cycle of debt, a handful of developers have created smartphone apps and mobile websites that will help users track debt while on the go. And more than anyone else, it’s college students that have a hard time with debt, as they make school and personal loans despite being unemployed or mere part-timers.  Below are some services that will help students in particular track, manage,... more »
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5 Creative Ways to Use Google+ from Backup to Recommendations

With all of the social networking sites out there, it's hard to tell which ones you should bother with and which is just another sloppy knockoff of tried and true favorites, such as Facebook. Google+ is a social networking site offering a variety of features that are one of a kind. Here we've compiled 5 creative ways to use Google+ to your advantage. Data Sharing and Backup Most of us use our online profiles to share photos with friends and family by simply uploading media directly from our mobile devices, never giving much thought to the fact that, one day, that particular site... more »
7 Tech Firms Face Antitrust Lawsuit For Anti-poaching Agreement

7 Tech Firms Face Antitrust Lawsuit For Anti-poaching Agreement

Seven technology companies are facing an antitrust class action lawsuit for allegedly conspiring not to poach each other’s employees. Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corp.,  Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc., Walt Disney Co.'s Pixar unit and Lucasfilm Ltd. were ordered by District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California to face the class action lawsuit filed against them, rejecting their bid to dismiss the case. The class-action lawsuit was filed by five software engineers who claim that the said companies conspired to limit pay and job mobility by eliminating competition for labor, which costed workers hundreds of millions of dollars. Koh also noted... more »
Fusion-io Offers Flash SDK to Software Devs

Fusion-io Offers Flash SDK to Software Devs

Fusion-io makes flash storage that can credit a tremendous amount of its popularity to the sophisticated software powering it, such as the Atomic Writes I/O cutting extension. The company is responsible for slowly pushing SSDs into mainstream IT, and its new SDK is certainly underscoring this goal. Fusion-io announced today its first software development kit this week, a release that allows developers to optimize their apps to the underlining ioMemory infrastructure powering their apps. This is more than just expanded tweaking capabilities: the SDK allows programmers to work right on top of the bare metal using libraries and a few reference... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.