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5 ways to free up storage space on iOS

5 ways to free up storage space on iOS

Are you an iOS user?  Have you upgraded to iOS 7?  If you answered yes to both questions, then you might find yourself lacking storage space on whatever device you happen to be using.  The reason behind this is iOS 7 takes up a whopping 3.3 GB of your storage space, and for anyone who's using an 8GB device or 16GB device, that's a pretty big deal.  That means less apps you can download, and less photos and videos you can take.  Sucks right? So how you can get more space back on your beloved iOS device? 5 Ways to Save Storage   Check... more »
IBM teams with NVIDIA to bring enterprise data centers up to par with supercomputers

IBM teams with NVIDIA to bring enterprise data centers up to par with supercomputers

IBM and chipmaker NVIDIA have joined forces to push the data center envelope with “supercharged” servers that feature the secret sauce behind how Watson processes information faster than any human. The pair plans to integrate NVIDIA's Tesla GPUs with the chips powering IBM’s Power line of enterprise servers to accelerate data-intensive workloads such as business intelligence and predictive analytics. The collaboration will move graphics chip “beyond the realm of supercomputing and into the heart of enterprise-scale data centers,” the companies predict, empowering customers to extract insights faster and more efficiently. Today, only the scientific community has the luxury of using GPUs for... more »
vBulletin forums hacked: Inj3ct0r Team tries to sell zero-day flaw

vBulletin forums hacked: Inj3ct0r Team tries to sell zero-day flaw

It's come to light that the makers of the popular web forum software vBulletin have admitted a major security breach last Friday, which saw their network successfully hacked and breached, with the hackers gaining access to customers' IDs and passwords. vBulletin said that it reacted immediately to the breach by resetting its users' passwords automatically, and is asking them to choose a new one that they don't use on other sites. So far, the company hasn't revealed how the hackers gained access to their systems, yet a well-known hacking group going by the name of Inj3ct0r Team has already claimed responsibility... more »
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IBM doubles down security with Fiberlink acquisition, aggressive academic partnering

IBM is continuing its acquisition streak with the purchase of Fiberlink Communications, a Philadelphia-based software company that develops mobile device management and security solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Fiberlink is best known for its MaaS360 platform, a cloud-based service that is used by banks, healthcare providers, and manufacturers worldwide to safely connect employee-owned devices to their corporate networks. The offering provides self-service BYOD capabilities while greatly simplifying deployment, enabling customers to roll out in a matter of minutes and cut costs, according to IBM. Big Blue will offer MaaS360 on its SoftLayer cloud infrastructure and as an on-premise solution. The... more »
Death by Bitcoin: Say hello to the anonymous, crowd-funded Assassination Market

Death by Bitcoin: Say hello to the anonymous, crowd-funded Assassination Market

Would you be prepared to kill for a small fortune in Bitcoin? Well, that's the reward on offer over at a new website called the Assassination Market, a sick and twisted take on crowd-funding that lets people donate the cryptocurrency anonymously to bring about an early demise for various political leaders. The existence of Assassination Market first came to light in Forbes, when Andy Greenberg received an encrypted email from someone going by the pseudonym of Kuwabatake Sanjuro, who claims to have established the site within the so-called "Deepweb". For those who're not familiar with the term, the Deepweb, (also called the... more »
Trion Worlds unveils voxel-based Trove, modeled in line with Minecraft

Trion Worlds unveils voxel-based Trove, modeled in line with Minecraft

Confirming the rumors in recent days, Trion Worlds, creator of the MMO Rift and Defiance, has officially announced Trove, a free to play online adventure RPG set in a world similar to that of Minecraft, which we can explore freely in search of quests, treasures and enemies to face. Anyone wishing to join the alpha testing, can do so by visiting the official website. So what is Trove, exactly? Massively had an interview with Trion CEO Scott Hartsman and as per him “Trove is a multiplayer universe of worlds where creation, destruction, and adventure go hand-in-hand. It’s a sandbox, an RPG,... more »
Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games Part 4 looks at the Ms. Male Character

Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games Part 4 looks at the Ms. Male Character

The fourth video of Tropes vs. Women is out and Anita Sarkeesian uses her 25 minutes to focus on two popular video game tropes that set female characters apart from male characters: specifically the “Ms. Male Character” and a revisitation of the “Smurfette Principle.” Put together, these two tropes permeate a giant portion of the well-marketed games and reflect much of our consumed video media. The Ms. Male Character trope Sarkeesian describes as making female characters by using a male character (often the main protagonist of the series) and simply adding signifiers to the male as a blank template. These signals... more »
AWS Round-Up: Amazon Partners make cloud and big data a priority for businesses

AWS Round-Up: Amazon Partners make cloud and big data a priority for businesses

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is becoming more and more formidable enemy for competitors. During the Amazon AWS re:Invent 2013 conference, which is being held at this time in Las Vegas, Amazon reveals many new features on cloud services. The second edition of the conference, in the wake of the success of the first in November 2012, provides an agenda full of practical sessions whose topics are focused mostly on the software and data-processing. AWS now increasingly turning its attention to the segment of the PaaS services, in which it comes to application development and deployment of database, analytics, virtual desktop, and... more »
Automate Management of Your Cloud for Efficiency, Agility

Automate Management of Your Cloud for Efficiency, Agility

Businesses of all sizes with private or hybrid clouds, and particularly smaller organizations, should automate provisioning and management of their cloud resources to increase flexibility and efficiency, writes Consultant Amy Bishop in "Maximize the Private Cloud with Automation Strategies". Although she does not identify any by name, she writes that several good tool sets are available that allow companies to preset parameters for dynamic resource allocation as businesses grow or contract. These tools are particularly good for smaller businesses without the human resources to manage a cloud o a daily basis but that want to maintain control over their IT... more »
Apple opened the door to Bitcoin, only to close it a month later

Apple opened the door to Bitcoin, only to close it a month later

Widely known in some circles, Apple continues to demonstrate its hostile attitude towards Bitcoin. In this case: through the removal of wallets and other applications from its App Store. The latest victim in the series is Coinbase, launched less than a month ago. Yesterday it was deleted without notice and App Store link is no longer available. Last year, Apple removed other Bitcoin apps from its store including BitPak and Blockchain.info. Coinbase, a start-up that focuses on Bitcoin payments, offers Bitcoin-payment platform for the U.S. market. The US citizen with a bank account can purchase and sales Bitcoin, which can be... more »

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- 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.