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Big Brother’s Big Data: How Governments are Saving Money

Ask ten people at random what the biggest deciding factor in this year’s presidential elections is likely to be, and you’ll almost certainly get the same answer – money. For politicians, money is first and foremost on their list of concerns, and not only in the sphere of elections. While spending money is what gets the likes of Obama and Bush into power in the first place, one of the best ways to stay in power is by managing money more intelligently, by reducing government deficits, lowering taxes and generally seeing that the economy stays in a robust shape. So it should... more »
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Grafetee is the New, Data-driven Foursquare

Rakettitiede is a Finnish startup with less than 10 employees that is pitching a new location-based application called Grafetee. It’s not unlike Foursquare and other similar services, but it focuses on augmenting the user’s ability to share directly rather than just as a part of a social platform. And as it turns out, businesses are the target audience. The idea is that a brand using Grafetee can embed a special button in their site that allows the end user to automatically pull geographical data such a store location, and then bookmark it. The app also covers events – a date can... more »
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Apple Settles Proview Dispute, Pays $60M

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple settling the iPad trademark dispute in China, Samsung filing an appeal for the Galaxy Nexus, and IBM’s augmented reality app. Apple pays $60M to settle dispute with Proview Apple paid $60 million to Proview, settling the iPad name issue which started last year. "The iPad dispute resolution is ended," the Guangdong High People's Court said in a statement.  "Apple Inc. has transferred $60m to the account of the Guangdong High Court as requested in the mediation letter." Apple sued Proview last year stating that the Chinese company infringed the iPad trademark, but the latter retaliated stating that Apple... more »
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Augmented Reality Offers Personalized Shopping Experience from IBM

One of the things that Big Blue is most known for is its consistent readiness to invest in R&D, unlike a few companies like HP that have been neglecting research a bit these last few years. Today, the company announced that it has entered the augmented reality scene with a mobile app that may not be particularly original, but based on the description does a few things really well. The application is currently in alpha stage and works as following: the user is prompted with a message on their mobile device when they enter a store that asks them to download the app.... more »
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Cloud Gaming Heats Up with Gaikai Buy, Sony Beats Out SmartTV Rivals

Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they’ve entered into a definitive agreement last June 30 to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world's leading interactive cloud-based gaming company, for approximately $380 million.  Cloud gaming has introduced the next wave for an industry that's fast taken to virtualization and mobility, and this is an opportunity for SCE to maintain a stronghold for the market. "By combining Gaikai's resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE's extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "SCE will... more »
Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks Hundreds of Customer E-mail Addresses in Watch Dogs Marketing Snafu

Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks Hundreds of Customer E-mail Addresses in Watch Dogs Marketing Snafu

The video game Watch Dogs—a beautiful-looking technoir thriller about Big Data and paranoia—has gotten its publisher, Ubisoft, into hot water when it comes to the very same sort of sentiment portrayed in the game: accidental breach of privacy. In their marketing, the publisher accidentally exposed numerous fan e-mails to the public. Ubisoft decided to run with an alternate reality game about one of the characters from the game who runs the art gallery dotconnexion, visible in the game’s extremely visible demo footage from E3 2012, Joseph Demarco. Players could sign up on the site for updates on the status of the... more »
Simplenote Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

Simplenote Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

This week’s app roundup is all about simplicity, and one of the featured apps even has the word in its name. iPad Simplenote Simplenote for iPad tops the list, and the reason is that the application offers exactly what it promises. The app replaced fluff and an over-bloated feature list  with automatic note-syncing that the user only has to setup, finding solace in Simplenote's clean interface. There are several other capabilities that supplement rather than add bulk to this core concept. Springpad Springpad is Simplenote’s much more popular cousin. It covers the same grounds as the latter but adds more flavor to the mix with... more »
Converseon Gives Big Data a Human Touch and Added Value

Converseon Gives Big Data a Human Touch and Added Value

Social data provides important insights into the desires, habits and inclinations of customers. While, many platforms survey customer remarks on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, such technology is often limited in its “word-spotting” approach which, taken out of context, may yield results irrelevant to a client’s research aims.  Converseon’s new text analytics service ConveyAPI combines the speed, processing capacity and scalability of data software with the accuracy, understanding and analyses of social conversations that only a human touch can provide. ConveyAPI addresses the challenge Dr. Phillip Resnik, a Converseon data scientist, explains: “Where scientific jargon, marketing puffery, and a... more »
Apple's $95 million Android Wet Blanket

Apple's $95 million Android Wet Blanket

Apple just put up $95 million as a bond on their condition of a pre-trial injuction against Samsung (Google).     Apple will do anything to stop the massive momentum of Google Android. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 12-00630. As a condition of the injunction, Apple was ordered to post a bond of more than $95 million, to secure payment of damages sustained by Samsung should the injunction be deemed a wrongful decision later. The order shall become effective upon posting of the bond. The U.S. courts granted Apple... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Innovation in Travel and Beyond

There were several major highlights this week coming from the analytics space, and one is the story of an upcoming travel service that aims to achieve for its industry what Google did for search. Hopper is a 2007 startup that is behind Hack/Reduce and a number of other initiatives. One of the founders is Fred Lalonde, and he stopped by theCube to talk over his company’s current project: a travel planning engine that will debut this summer with the premise of a whole new experience. Lalonde’s take is that there isn’t much going on in this space right now. If you search... more »

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In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

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In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

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If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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