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AmazonLocal Upgrade Addresses "Daily Deal Fatigue"

AmazonLocal Upgrade Addresses "Daily Deal Fatigue"

I’m an avid fan of daily deals sites.  I just love getting great deals on spas and restaurants.  But the one thing I hate about offers from daily deals sites is that they aren’t target specific.  I really don’t like getting deals for power drills and I doubt that guys enjoy getting offers for bikini or armpit waxing. Good thing Amazon listens to their consumers. Targeted deals Amazon is bringing their famous recommendation technology to AmazonLocal, their daily deals arm.  AmazonLocal now lets users create a profile where they can denote preferences  (like, dislike, neutral) for a number of categories, ranging from entertainment... more »
Instagram: Rise of the Billion Dollar App [Report]

Instagram: Rise of the Billion Dollar App [Report]

This week Distimo published its latest report on Instagram. “The Rise of Instagram and the Significance of the First Billion Dollar App Acquisition” highlights how Facebook's acquisition marks a significant achievement in the mobile app store landscape. Launched in October 2010, Instagram's app grew from less than 10,000 daily downloads upon its release to more than 100,000 over several days in April 2012. The US saw an increase with seven times more downloads than normal up to and including March 2012. The number of shares to Twitter also increased more than 10 fold. After the acquisition by Facebook and the release of  theirAndroid app, Instagram downloads... more »
Google Admits to Removing Java Code from Android after Oracle Lawsuit

Google Admits to Removing Java Code from Android after Oracle Lawsuit

The “copyright phase” of the Google-Oracle trial reached its end with Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt giving his testimony.  They will move on to the “patent phase” of the trial after the jury decides whether Google is guilty or not of copyright infringement. Rubin, Day 3 Before the "copyright phase" of the trial ended, Android chief Andy Rubin, appeared for the third time in court along with another Google witness, former Google engineer Dan Bornstein. Bornstein stated that he removed some elements of Java from Android last year after Oracle filed their case in court.  He explained that the Java elements came... more »
Wiggio Gains 1M Users for Student-Driven Cloud Collaboration

Wiggio Gains 1M Users for Student-Driven Cloud Collaboration

Wiggio is a Boston-based cloud collaboration startup that’s working its way up the same niche market that helped spawn at least one other incredibly fast-growing network – students. And Wiggio is surprisingly similar to Facebook in that its hosting service puts a huge emphasis on the social element and collaboration. The Boston Herald reported that the company has officially crossed the one million user milestone as of this week, now that the cloud firm is expanding outside the campus population, though students remain the focus for Wiggio. “Our thing is to give students the functionality they need to get things done,” a... more »
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Samsung Announces Quad-core Processor, Sued By 18 Olympians

Today’s mobile news roundup includes Apple’s announcement regarding their upcoming conference, Samsung’s first quad-core application processor, Blackboard’s augmented reality offering and more. Samsung’s quad-core offering South Korean company, Samsung Electronics, introduced the Exynos 4 Quad, the industry's first quad-core application processor built on the High-k Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process technology.  The processor boasts unprecedented performance capabilities exceeding 1.4GHz based on the ARM(R) CORTEX(TM) A9 quad-core.  The Exynos 4 Quad allows system-level architects to integrate maximized power efficiencies into smartphones and tablets, doubling the processing power at a 20 percent lower power bill over its predecessor, the 45nm process-based Exynos 4 Dual. "The... more »
A Comparison of Mythical Phones: iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3

A Comparison of Mythical Phones: iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S3

We’re hearing a lot of buzz regarding two devices yet to be unveiled.  Yeah, this is about the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple’s iPhone 5.  Even before they become a reality, the two are quite competitive with each other, so let’s fuel the flames a bit by making a comparison of these highly rumored products. This article will be divided in several categories and we’ll look at what the two have under each particular category.  So let’s get right into it. Rumored device/s Apple is said to be launching an iPhone 5 by October, though a Foxconn recruiter stated that they’re readying for... more »
When It Comes To Google Apps, Cost Is The Least Of It [Infographic]

When It Comes To Google Apps, Cost Is The Least Of It [Infographic]

A new report, sponsored by Google-friendly ISV peer group Cloud Alliance for Google Apps, has found that when it comes to reasons for moving to the search giant's cloud, the low $50/user/year is only part of it. Instead, the 2,000 Google Apps administrators polled strongly indicated that they were really after collaboration. David Politis, veteran of Google Apps services giant Cloud Sherpas, chairman of the Cloud Alliance, and CEO of Google ISV BetterCloud, says that the point of the survey was to really let the Google Apps developer ecosystem know what CIOs and administrators want from their cloud tools. The answer, overwhelmingly,... more »
AI On the Rise Weekly: Discovering New Singing Talents, Crowd Computing, and Prostitution

AI On the Rise Weekly: Discovering New Singing Talents, Crowd Computing, and Prostitution

The time when computers know everything may not be as far-off as compared to decades ago when research around artificial intelligence commenced. With experts noting that AI is on the brink of passing the Turing Test and its ubiquity seen, felt and used everyday, the future is gleaming for the science of replicating how the human brain thinks. Issues around this subject are still debatable and are favorite topics of politicians, moralists, scientists, and writers like me. In my previous article, I pointed out that the diversity of artificial intelligence, breaking out from the stereotypical scary human-like robots and becoming useful... more »
Linux Foundation's CloudOpen Conference Bridging Open Source Cloud/Big Data Communities

Linux Foundation's CloudOpen Conference Bridging Open Source Cloud/Big Data Communities

The Linux Foundation today announced the formation of the first-ever CloudOpen conference, a technical event designed to bridge the disparate communities that have gathered around open source cloud and big data projects. To give you an idea of what they have in mind, CloudOpen is sponsored by Canonical, Citrix, Dell, Eucalyptus, HP, IBM, Intel, OpenStack and SUSE, bringing all the major players in the space into one place. CloudOpen will be held concurrently with LinuxCon North America 2012, which is going to be held in San Diego, CA from August 29-31. The program, designed for IT pros and software developers, is going to... more »
Juniper Beats Earnings Forecast but Remains Cautious About Q2

Juniper Beats Earnings Forecast but Remains Cautious About Q2

Networking gear maker Juniper Networks managed to outdo what the market had in mind for the first quarter of 2012, beating analysts’ estimates with a fair margin. Profit came in at 16 cents per share excluding certain items on sales of $1.03 billion, compared with the $998 million and 7 cents a share forecast we reported three days ago. Reuters reports that Juniper’s stock price rose a bit in after-hour trading, but first quarter earnings were only one highlight of the call. The company warned investors about a decline in demand for its products among telcos during Q2, which accounts for... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.