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Will Apple and Samsung Finally Settle?

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple and Samsung's orders to settle their legal dispute, RIM hoping to gain users in Asia, HTC clearing rumors and more. Apple-Samsung Truce? It looks like Apple and Samsung are both open into settling their patent dispute as they both agreed to appear in a settlement conference ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh. The CEOs of both companies, as well as their general counsels, will appear before a federal court in San Jose,California.  Samsung confirmed that both parties agreed to participate in the settlement agreement and stated that it would happen within 90 days. The conference will... more »
The Larrys Appear in Court: Day 2 of Oracle-Google Trial

The Larrys Appear in Court: Day 2 of Oracle-Google Trial

Quick recap:  Oracle is suing Google for illegally using their Javascript patents, which the company acquired when they bought Sun Microsystems in 2009, in developing the Android platform.  Now the two giants face each other in court.  The eight-week trial began on Monday, where Oracle gave its opening statement and members of the jury were selected.  Oracle stated that the internal Google e-mails proved the search giant copied Java codes with no intention of paying for the license. Day 2 Yesterday was the second day of the trial, and Google lawyer Robert Van Nest gave his opening remarks, stating that the issue... more »
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Healthy Big Data: Devices Plus Information Make Us Fit

Technology, often considered detrimental to our health, is changing its tune for our benefit.  In today’s health and fitness big data write-up we look at the latest ways in which devices team up with data to help people become healthier beings. A watch that watches you The amount of activity you do in a day may seem impossible to track, but with the new Nike+FuelBand and Fit Link armband, you’ll be able to do just that.  A comfortable plastic wristband, Fuelband will measure the wearer’s every step, calories burned and fuel levels, then sync it with an iPhone app. It also boasts an... more »
VMware Gets Into Cloud Consulting Services, Makes Benchmarking Acquisition

VMware Gets Into Cloud Consulting Services, Makes Benchmarking Acquisition

VMware is the latest major technology market player to get into the cloud consultancy game with this week's formation of VMware Accelerate Advisory Services, a new business group of former IT executives that aims to lend their expertise to CIOs seeking to make cloud moves. The company boasts that Accelerate brings metric-driven customization for customer cloud deployments. By benchmarking an organization's migration to virtualization and cloud services by way of what VMware refers to as Key Performance Indexes (KPIs), Accelerate can identify the best way to leverage the cloud to boost business value and come up with a strategy. Of course, having an inside... more »
Raising Questions About IBM's Services Approach

Raising Questions About IBM's Services Approach

IBM posted mixed earnings results today. Its dividend beat street estimates by 13 cents but revenues were flat with services showing limited gains. Big Blue's Global Technology Services segment saw revenues increase 2% to $10 billion. But the Global Business Services segment was down 2 percent to $4.6 billion. IBM also reported that its backlog was down 2% to $139 billion. Overall, IBM showed its continued commitment to its business model. It raised its estimated earnings per share to $15. But there is more to this news that points to a different future for IBM and other large enterprise technology companies. Information Week Editor-at-Large Charles... more »
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Skybox Imaging Raises $70 Million To Take Hadoop To The Final Frontier

Skybox Imaging, a fledgling services startup that's building a business around applying big data analytics to satellite imagery and video, has raised $70 million in Series C funding from Canaan Partners and Norwest Venture Partners, bringing its overall funding to $91 million. But wait until you hear where the money's actually going. Skybox seeks to put no fewer than two high-res imagery microsatellites - SkySat-1 and SkySat-2 - into Earth's orbit, while also bolstering its team of software engineers and data scientists planetside with new hires. The end-game is to get a full constellation of SkySat satellites into orbit as soon as possible. Once Skybox has this imagery, it's... more »
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Showreel Discusses Technology's Impact on Graphics at NAB [VIDEO]

Showreel’s Eric Jackson is one of the many graphic design and media experts that attended the NAB conference this week, along with SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante. He stopped by theCube half-way through his tour at the expo to share his insight on how technology and new software is influencing his segment overall, including key trends such as mobile (see full interview below). Jackson started by giving some background about his company, a Hollywood-based production services firm that deals with corporate content such as investor relations videos and other material. From his point of view the flurry of new tools... more »
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Expect Big Shift in Media Platforms, Streaming. Day 1 Recap @NABShow

The 2012 NAB Show is picking up momentum now that we’re into day two of the media and broadcasting conference.  SiliconANGLE and Wikibon are streaming live converge from theCube, and also provided a recap of what you may have missed from yesterday. The relatively brief session is not so much of a rundown, but rather a summary of what John Furrier and Dave Vellante have observed in terms of the upcoming trends we can expect in this vertical. Furrier started off by saying that one thing to look forward to is a big shift in media production and productivity tools, as well... more »
Canada’s Mint Chip Digital Currency Cannot Supplant Bitcoin

Canada’s Mint Chip Digital Currency Cannot Supplant Bitcoin

Digital currencies such as Bitcoin have become such a talking point across the Internet that even governments are starting to look at alternatives to paper and coin fiat money. The Royal Canadian Mint is planning to get into the mix with their own digital currency called Mint Chip—possibly right on the heels of removing pennies from their coin economy. Alongside the announcement of the release of Mint Chip, the Canadian Mint is also reaching out to developers to work on applications that will interface with it on platforms such as Windows, iOS, and Android. However, looking at the intent behind Mint... more »
14 Companies Looking for "Big Data Engineers"

14 Companies Looking for "Big Data Engineers"

Do a search on Indeed.com for "big data engineer" and you will find 26 listings. That compares to ten job listings for "big data architects." I became curious about this new job description when I saw a job post from Disqus. Then I looked at the trend line. "big Data Engineer" Job Trends "big Data Engineer" jobs It's revealing to look at the companies seeking big data engineers.  Employers are looking for people who know MapReduce, Hadoop and related franeworks such as HBase, Pig and Hive. Programming languages in demand include: Java, Ruby, or C++. It really covers the gamut, which is part of the issue... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.