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A Quick Guide to Quip: The New 'Mobile' Word Processor

A Quick Guide to Quip: The New 'Mobile' Word Processor

If you’re still looking for ways to create documents on your smartphone or tablet without getting into a kerfuffle, then you’re in luck because a modern new word processor designed exclusively for mobile devices has just launched. Quip is an app that allows you to create documents on your smartphone, tablet or desktop. It has just been made available for iOS devices, whilst a preview version has been rolled out for Android testers. So what is Quip? Essentially, it's a multi-platform app that can be used on the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and just about any Android device. It combines... more »
Death By Internet of Things: How Smart Gadgets Kill

Death By Internet of Things: How Smart Gadgets Kill

Amidst all the excitement over the Internet of Things and how our cars and homes and factories are going to vastly improve our lives by talking to each other, you might want to take a step back to consider the kinds of security risks that this new level of connectedness will pose. Very few of us actually read the safety instructions when we get our hands on something new, but with the Internet of Things there's a lot more at stake than the remote chance of ending up with burnt fingers. When intruders can potentially infiltrate your home, your car, or... more »
4 Life-Logging Apps that Won't Kill Your Battery

4 Life-Logging Apps that Won't Kill Your Battery

The popular life-logging app Saga has gone social in its first major update since launch last year, so you can now share the personal story of your past, present and future. Launched in public beta last year, Saga initially let iOS users to keep track of various aspects of their lives including locations they've visited, workout progress and trip travel time, all of which can be viewed in a beautifully oriented timeline.  With this week's update (see our full review here), Saga users can share their lifelogs effortlessly and stay in touch with the people who matter most.  Life-logging used to be... more »
Video Ads In Your News Feed - Facebook's Latest "Great" Idea

Video Ads In Your News Feed - Facebook's Latest "Great" Idea

So some bright spark at Facebook has come up with yet another inventive way to bombard its users with advertising. According to "sources familiar with the matter" who spoke to Bloomberg, the social media giant is about to unleash TV style video commercials onto everyone's news feed by the end of the year. The idea isn't actually a new one – Facebook was first reported to be studying if it could get away with 15-second video ads back in December 2012. The suggestion was that the ads would be slipped into user's news feeds, and once the unwitting user came across... more »
Facebook Accelerates PHP Programming Nine Times Faster Thanks to HipHop VM

Facebook Accelerates PHP Programming Nine Times Faster Thanks to HipHop VM

To get dynamic pages faster on the screen, Facebook has put the PHP scripting language on the workbench for upgrades and the result has been a virtual machine. With an active audience of 1.1 billion people, Facebook is extremely interested in increasing the performance of web applications. Because many programmers are familiar with PHP, the company has decided not to give up this slow language, and try to fully optimize it. PHP is a common open source server-side scripting language, which was developed for web applications, but it is also used as a general programming language and is now installed on... more »
Introducing PuPHPet:The GUI Configurator for Vagrant and Puppet

Introducing PuPHPet:The GUI Configurator for Vagrant and Puppet

Recently, a new GUI-based generator for Vagrant/Puppet environments was launched, named as Puphpet. It is a simple, easy to use web app that targets PHP developers and the classic LAMP stack. While PuPHPet is a Vagrant automation tool, it uses Puppet as the provisioning backend. Those who are not much familiar with both these names, Vagrant helps automate the creation and destruction of virtual machines, while Puppet is a configuration management tool particularly useful in Enterprise environments and cloud-computing platforms. PuPHPet provides an interface for choosing the type of virtual machine & configuring the initial state of the Operating System so... more »
Michael Dell Won’t Budge Despite Negative Response to New Offer

Michael Dell Won’t Budge Despite Negative Response to New Offer

Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners upped their offer for Dell last week in an attempt to persuade the company’s special committee to change investor voting rules. The founder hopes to tip the balance in his favor by reducing the threshold requirement of the August 2 ballot that will determine the future of his namesake firm. Dell and Silver Lake bumped their proposal by 10 cents, less than one percent, to $13.75 per share. Needless to say, that wasn’t enough to please the committee. The directors said that they want at least $14 a share to even consider changing voting terms,... more »
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Flash-Aware Applications Take Step toward Reality with Fusion-io Announcements

Fusion-io has added atomic writes, eliminating the problem of partial writes and the need to use technologies such as the double-write buffer in MySQL, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in  "The Road to Flash-aware and Flash Optimized Applications". It has also donated a flash-aware demand paging extension to allow flash as a target for demand paging and an NVMKV interface to the Open Source community. This latter supports key-value stores as schema-less data structures used in NoSQL databases popular in hyperscale computing. The result is a huge increase in performance of MySQL and other databases, particularly when hybrid or all-flash arrays... more »
Samsung Starts Mass Production of Industry’s Fastest Integrated Storage Solution

Samsung Starts Mass Production of Industry’s Fastest Integrated Storage Solution

Modern phones and tablets using powerful processors with multiple cores, fast DRAM and graphical interfaces are able to calculate and display 3D content in Full HD resolution, but not all other components can keep up with their performance. One of such weak link is internal memory, but the least handicapped will now recover thanks to the new modules from Samsung. Samsung announced industry’s first eMMC 5.0 chips with densities of 16, 32 and 64 GB. The chips are based on Samsung’s 64-Gbit NAND technology of the 10-nm class and Samsung claims that the new NAND-memory is the fastest available at this... more »
Google Now + The Invasion of Predictive Technology

Google Now + The Invasion of Predictive Technology

Predictive search is a promising technological avancement that utilizes machine learning to better serve smartphone users. Its applications are best described as robotic personal assistants, gathering information from your email, calendar, location and social accounts to can you alerts and recommendations  before you even know that you need them. The digital information gathered can be applied to news, traffic, and even retail discounts, and as the smartphone era approaches its next iteration, predictive technology is at the forefront of everyone's thoughts and expectations. The context of where you are, what time your doing something, and any additional contributing factors are what predictive... 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.