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2013 is said to be the year of the Internet of Things, but seriously, do we really know what IoT is all about? Introducing the "Internet of Things" The phrase "Internet of Things" was first coined by technologist Kevin Ashton way back in 1999, when he used it to describe how data captured by humans would lead to a revolution once computers started generating and collecting data by themselves without any human input. The Internet of Things is not just about connecting devices to the Internet, but also making sense of the 'things' that are connected. Take for example a car. If your... more »
Aerospike, the startup behind the ultra-fast database of the same name, will host an Internet of Things-themed panel discussion on Wednesday. The event will take place at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The session will be moderated by TimesTen founder Marie-Anne Neimat, whose company is credited with kick starting the in-memory relational database market. The panel will feature representatives from four firms, including: Mahbubul Alam from Cisco, GE Global Research chief architect and chief engineer Alok Batra, QuickPay CTO Sukanta Ganguly and Brian Bulkowski, the founder and CTO of Aerospike. Aerospike is poised to benefit a great deal from the mobile boom... more »
The news of IBM buying SoftLayer in a recently announced deal was not a big surprise as it was rumored for some time, but it does mean some big new things for IBM. IBM was among the names that included EMC that were rumored for weeks to be courting the company to the tune of some $2 Billion. it turns out that IBM’s strategy made the most sense in the end however, but it does mark a decidedly different new venture for them. First off, SoftLayer is a significant web host provider based in Dallas with worldwide cloud service data centers. It... more »
Matthew Costello, the Chief Operating Officer of HTC, has stepped down from his position. He’ll be replaced by the company’s president of engineering and operations, Fred Liu. HTC shares have been down 76% over the past two years, and they experienced a 98% drop in net income last quarter alone. This is the latest high profile departure at HTC, and it’s seen by many as a troubling trend. Four other executives have departed from the company in the last two years. The combination of delays in new handsets, marketing failures, and management turnover all pushed HTC’s net income to the lowest on record last... more »
The much awaited IBM Technical Summit - Innovate 2013 recently kicked off at Orlando. Scheduled for June 2 -6, 2013, the event will showcase cutting edge technologies at an expo, over 450 technology sessions, certifications and entertainment evenings. You’ll also see and hear Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, The Lean Startup author Eric Ries, and TV producer and tech host Katie Linendoll at the Summit. Pitching the Summit as an ideal way to Stay Ahead, IBM says that you should attend the Summit to learn how to: • Stay ahead of the major trends revolutionizing system and software delivery across the DevOps lifecycle:... more »
Wearable technology is on track to becoming a full-blown trend. A Mountain View, Calif.-based startup called Atheer recently came out with a platform-agnostic interface that can run on any device, namely those that are small enough to wear. The startup’s technology combines stereoscopic 3-D and gesture recognition to deliver many of the capabilities that are available with Google Glass. Unlike the latter however, Atheer’s tech is not limited to just glasses – the software can be installed on watches, wristbands, and practically anything else a user might want to wear. The platform only supports Android for now, but the company announced... more »
IBM has just confirmed its intention to buy up cloud computing infrastructure provider SoftLayer in an acquisition said to be worth around $2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. IBM stated that its motivation is to bolster its own cloud computing efforts. The WSJ reports that 'Big Blue' is planning to create a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, with SoftLayer continuing to operate as a separate business entity inside of that. Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM’s technology services, said in the statement that the acquisition will help IBM to beef up its ability to... more »
Spending on converged infrastructure is expected to exceed $17 billion by 2016, so it's no wonder top vendors are pouring resources into expanding their product portfolios around this unified technology. The data center of the future will have to be smarter and more efficient, minimizing management and points of access. That means machines will need to speak to each other, act on that automated communication, and provide deeper insight for the IT department. "By buying applications, servers, networking and storage together as pre-integrated or validated solutions rather than as individual components, they can meet all three of these requirements and keep... more »
On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we talk about Apple's upcoming Internet Radio, dubbed iRadio, and how Big Data plays a key role. Keep June 10th circled in your calendar. It seems all that is left is the final swan song. A long rumored and new streaming music service for iTunes, iRadio (no shocker there on the name) could finally be coming. Apple signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group for the rights to its recorded music and music publishing. Here's the gist of the deal: Apple will give Warner... more »
On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn about Zynga's 18 percent layoffs, another indication that the now "all-mobile" games company is facing serious trouble. The move yesterday will slash the once darling child of a San Francisco Social Gaming Company, laying off 2,900 workers. Zynga will save $80M from its staff cuts, closing its offices in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, as well as other infrastructure costs. This news isn’t entirely surprising. Zynga was very employee-heavy for a company that was navigating a pretty massive shift from an era... more »