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Google goes to war on YouTube comment spam

Google goes to war on YouTube comment spam

Amidst the rising anger from YouTube users over Google's decision to integrate Google+ with its comments feature, the company has announced new measures to combat the deluge of spam that's arisen as a result of the new system. YouTube users have been pretty vocal in their opposition to the changes over the last few weeks, saying that the new system is confusing and removes their anonymity. An online petition begging Google to revert back to the old commenting system has already garnered more than 215,000 signatures, while the official video announcing the new system has received 54,325 'tumbs downs' at the... more »
Hats off to Sony: SmartWigs might just be the next big thing in wearable tech

Hats off to Sony: SmartWigs might just be the next big thing in wearable tech

Sony has filed for a patent that aims to quite literally top the wearable technology sector, and it certainly gets ten out of ten for novelty value. According to a US Patent and Trademark Office application, Sony has applied for a patent that describes a "SmartWig" that's able to cover at least part of a person’s head, and is able to acquire data and communicate with other connected devices. The SmartWig can be made from horse hair, human hair, wool, feathers, yak hair, buffalo hair or any other kind of synthetic material.  The wig will be embedded with sensors such as GPS... more »
Who needs Big Data scientists? Pretty soon, there'll be an app for that

Who needs Big Data scientists? Pretty soon, there'll be an app for that

With all the hype around Big Data, one of the most pressing concerns for organizations is finding qualified data scientists who're able to translate that mish-mash of numbers into something that makes sense – actual insights that can be used to pursue businesses' goals and strategies. The opportunities for data scientists are said to be enormous, mainly because there aren't enough of them to go round, so the story goes. But does that mean the time has come for our universities to start churning out armies of data scientists to fulfill Big Data's potential? Or is the lack of Big Data... more »
The NSA wiretaps possibly behind Yahoo and Google surveillance

The NSA wiretaps possibly behind Yahoo and Google surveillance

It seems the NSA stories insist on staying at the top of the tech radar.  As found in a New York Times article, the NSA may have tapped into fiber-optic connections to achieve their eavesdropping operations.  If that is the case, then this represents a significant physical breach has taken place.  On top of all else, it has people concerned about the integrity in operations of communications companies. As a result, there has been movement to encrypt data in motion - that is when data is transferred from one data center to another, the transmission of that data is secured by... more »
'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

Like the plot of a number of popular espionage action flicks, the action has now turned its focus to one set of the files within the Edward Snowden payload. They’re calling it the “Doomsday” cache - a highly sensitive, ultra-classified set of documents that some believe Snowden has stored into a data cloud. The document set is heavily encrypted and protected by a number of layered unlocking steps. According to sources, what’s in that cache of files sounds like the plot of the James Bond 007 movie “SkyFall” in that it contains documents that include the names of U.S. and... more »
Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Given that the number of connected devices is expected to grow from 1 to 50 billion over the next 10 years, the number of connected solutions must expand at a similar rate. This represents a tremendous opportunity for companies that can quickly develop solutions to the end customer. The proliferation of connected devices and sensors are creating a huge demand for new Machine to Machine applications (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT). While the development of information and communication technology industry is rapidly collapsing boundaries, border between IoT and object communication has been broken down. Sensors are playing a key role,... more »
Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Node.js is quickly becoming one of the most popular server-side development platforms. However, Microsoft has never been able to take full advantage of this tool on the Windows operating system to develop applications based on Node.js. But that might be over now for Windows developers because even closed system like Microsoft seems to be changing for open source platform. Microsoft has launched a new Node.js tool in Visual Studio (NTVS), currently in alpha, which now enables developers to edit and debug Node.js in the popular Microsoft IDE. The alpha release of NTVS resides on CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project-hosting web site. NTVS... more »
Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a cap that intelligently dispenses pills, a project that makes sense of the Quantified Self revolution, and a call for the 'Wantified' revolution. The 'Wantified' revolution   The quantified self revolution may be too much for some - the rapid pace of technology adoption has bumrushed us with fitness bands, trackers of all sorts, and an app for each and every one. Is this the life we want, where machines force us into health nuts? Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is leading the revolution to reimagine the role of healthcare in measuring what is meaningful for people’s lives. The Wellthcare... more »
Bret Taylor on Quip's developer challenges + biggest frustrations

Bret Taylor on Quip's developer challenges + biggest frustrations

I had the pleasure of interviewing Bret Taylor, Quip co-founder, a modern word processor that enables you to create documents on any device — phones, tablets and the desktop. Quip is diving into a crowded market of cloud-based document management and collaboration products, a market that's impacting one of Microsoft's cash cows, Microsoft Office. Gartner reports that Microsoft Office currently dominates in terms of on-premises use, between 80 - 96 percent of user shares. Its single most profitable department  is the Business Division, where 80 percent of its revenue comes from Microsoft Office. (Microsoft reported a $19.9 billion in revenue last... more »
Raw and Burst Photos coming to Android

Raw and Burst Photos coming to Android

Google has a lot more up its sleeves today than just unleashing Android KitKat on more devices, as it's announced plans to make photographers better appreciate the cameras on their Android smartphones. Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano confirmed in an interview with CNet that the source codes for raw and burst photos are now present in Android's hardware abstraction layer (HAL), which is the part of the OS that handles communications with mobile device's actual hardware. "Android's latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography," Scigliano said. "We will expose a developer API [application programming interface] in a future... more »

Premium Research

- 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.