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Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Lifeguards may soon be able to take a breather if a bunch of Iranian engineers have their way. They're building drones capable of delivering rescue devices to drowning victims. Yes, drones, those little robotic things usually used for reconnaissance, or blowing the crap out of terrorists, have now been souped up to save lives - and the idea has ironically come from one of the countries most targeted by the more offensive variety of drone The Verge reports that Pars is a multirotor drone designed by Tehran-based RTS Lab, built to carry and drop flotation devices for swimmers who've gotten into difficulty... more »
Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Sony and Microsoft are both set to sell their new gaming consoles this month.  Sony’s PlayStation 4 will hit the store shelves today, while Xbox fans will have to wait until the Nov 22 to get their hands on the Xbox ONE. Earlier reports stated that more gamers are more interested in the PS4, based on the fact that more people pre-ordered the Sony gaming console.  For one, the PS4 is much cheaper than the Xbox ONE, costing $100 less, so that's one obvious reason.  Another could be that Microsoft fans want to wait in line like fanbois do, instead of... more »
Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

It’s been almost a year since Cerego exited stealth with an ambitious memory management tool that marries elements of psychology and applied learning with self-optimizing algorithms to bring education into the twenty-first century. The platform uses these algorithms to identify students’ strengths and weakness and generate appropriate personalized study plans that accelerate the learning process while optimizing knowledge retention, according to the startup. With over 3.7 million study hours logged to date, Cerego has proven to be a hit among online learners - and a force to be reckoned with in the academia. Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scientific publishing... more »
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Amazon gets serious about Cloud analytics with PostgreSQL, stream processing

After diving into the desktop-as-a-service market and tackling mobile UX on Day 2 of re:Invent 2013, Amazon is going after cloud analytics in a two-pronged offensive against enterprise vendors. On the relational database front, the firm is upgrading its RDS service to support PosgreSQL, an open source MySQL rival with roots stretching back to the early ‘80s. Using the AWS Management Console, customers can deploy the software in minutes, configure an isolated virtual network with custom firewall policies, and copy snapshots of their instances to different Availability Zones for increased uptime. By eliminating the bulk of the administrative work associated with setting... more »
Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft yesterday posted the announcement “Digital Detectives” to publicly herald its seriously cutting-edge Cybercrime Center.  We’ve seen Microsoft help shut down botnets and other cybercrime in the past, but this fascinating new effort will be taking this on at a whole new level.  The facility looks like something out of “24”, a science fiction or action movie, and it’s based in Redmond, the company’s headquarters.  There’s no Jack Bauer here, but inside, the area puts together the company’s security research teams, cybersecurity experts, and even legal personnel such as from Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit (DCU).  The facility is also designed... more »
Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

For almost a decade, the Authors Guild has waged a bitter war against Google and its massive book search engine project, accusing it of violating copyrights on an industrial scale by scanning the pages of millions of books and uploading these to the web. Google fought back hard, arguing that it's Books project is actually performing a service to society, whilst respecting author's rights at the same time. And now, that war has finally been settled. So who's right? According to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin, Google is. Google's problems began almost eight years ago, when it first conceived the idea... more »
TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

Ever wonder what your phone number can tell about you?  What if one day, instead of being asked for your social security number to check your background, you were asked for your phone number? TeleSign is a company that helps service providers authenticate people.  Not a clue what that means?  That’s simple, if you are using Facebook, Google or Twitter, and use two-factor authentication to login and make sure you are not easily hacked, TeleSign is one of the companies that help make that possible.  It sends you a code to your mobile which you then enter into the website. “The tide... more »
What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

Who owns what in the employee-employer relationship? It’s an interesting line within these relationships, where definitions, boundaries and ownership intersect. We’re talking about the information and intellectual property that an employee produces while working for an employer. In an era where there is so much fluidity of data, it’s a question that brings up other questions and technologies that can help. Still, technologies aside, there is a struggle and inherent challenge to be faced in this era of social media, mobile phones, tablets, BYOD and open source software. Companies have shown great concern over this as technological advances have made... more »
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Partners make AWS more transparent, Big Data friendly @ re:Invent

There’s been no lack of excitement at Amazon’s re:Invent conference this week, with the IaaS titan announcing two new services for streaming apps and desktops from the cloud. Further fueling the buzz, the company pulled back the curtains on CloudTrail, a free tool that lets customers track API calls to their AWS deployments. CloudTrail aims to provide deeper insight into resource usage and configuration changes, but it delivers this information in the form of JSON files that can become too cumbersome to analyze for large organizations with hundreds and potentially thousands of end-users. Luckily for corporate IT departments, a firm called... more »
AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

AWS out of the box solutions, the best for PCI compliance | #reinvent

Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, theCUBE co-hosts,  chatted with Tim Saunders, Co-Founder and CTO at CardFlight, during Day 3 of the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas. On the agenda: the trends of the mobile payment industry, the disruptions in the market and their own journey and predictions. CardFlight is New York-based, and sports a talented team of seven. "Part of our push is the PCI compliance, because we process credit card data. Some of the AWS sessions have really helped around security, encryption, and making PCI compliance easy and simple for us to run," said Saunders. For those unfamiliar with... 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.