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Just Sim Case & Google: Terrorist Training Camp - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Just Sim Case & Google: Terrorist Training Camp - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

SIMpatico!   In an update to our previous coverage of the story, a massive SIM card security hole has been fixed by all of the major wireless carriers, following reports that the bug could have allowed criminals to hack into hundreds of millions of cellphones. While no phone is completely secure from attack, the old dependable SIM card was considered safe from most attacks.This particular hack took advantage of a previously undiscovered hole in SIM technology. The individual who discovered the flaw was scheduled to publicly demonstrate the hack on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. He instead announced that... more »
LIVE: Hacking - Only Good When the FBI Does It

LIVE: Hacking - Only Good When the FBI Does It

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday August 2, 2013. Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are turning to the use of tools commonly deployed by computer hackers in order to gather intelligence on suspects. Joining us now to share more on these information gathering techniques is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google's Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones... more »
Converged Efforts in Hadoop, BYOD and Flashy Smartphones

Converged Efforts in Hadoop, BYOD and Flashy Smartphones

The world is becoming more data-intensive every day, and what's managing it all?  A whole new world of software and hardware upgrades have emerged in recent years to address the "data problem," even fostering partnerships in the process.  Long time allies Cisco and NetApp make up the most recent partnership in data management, expanding their jointly developed FlexPod lineup with two cutting edge Hadoop appliances.  Their efforts bring together the best of Cisco and NetApp's switches and storage solutions, making strides in the growing realm of converged infrastructure. Mobile is also benefitting from converged solutions, with the crowdfunding community rising to the... more »
Syncsort Officially on the Prowl for Big Data Partners

Syncsort Officially on the Prowl for Big Data Partners

Syncsort is pushing into the channel with a new partner program for regional systems integrators (RSIs). The Woodcliff Lake, NJ.-based data integration specialist is looking to team up with RSIs that specialize in analytics. “As companies tackle Big Data challenges, the common denominator is finding innovative solutions that drive better business outcomes in less time, with fewer resources and at a lower TCO," stated Josh Rogers the president of Syncsort’s data integration business. "With our Data Integration solutions, RSI partners can add value by helping customers achieve this goal." Syncsort says that RSIs that join its partner program stand to benefit from... more »
All is Not Quiet on Microsoft’s Battle Fronts

All is Not Quiet on Microsoft’s Battle Fronts

Microsoft is facing a number of challenges on a number of fronts.  This post describes some of the challenges and provides some of my thoughts on how Microsoft might address them. The Surface and Windows 8 This week, I was on SiliconAngle’s morning News Desk discussing Microsoft’s truly awful Surface sales figures. The short version is this: Surface has been a colossal failure as evidenced by sales figures of $853 million against write offs of $900 million in excess inventory and almost that much in combined Windows 8 and Surface marketing costs.  In other words, Microsoft spend more trying to sell the... more »
10 Ways to Safeguard your Network During Hurricane Season

10 Ways to Safeguard your Network During Hurricane Season

Axcient, a provider of cloud-based backup solutions, closed out the second month of this year’s relatively quiet hurricane season with a 10-step guide for enterprise disaster preparedness. “When Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast last Fall, it resulted in $62 billion in damages and economic losses from businesses that were not able to operate because of flooded buildings, power blackouts and damaged communications infrastructure,” said Justin Moore the CEO at Axcient. “However, there were several success stories, where firms had disaster plans in place and were able to leverage cloud-based disaster recovery and business continuity solutions to weather the storm. Dozens... more »
Cornucopia: Coming Soon Hot Food Served to You From A 3D Printer

Cornucopia: Coming Soon Hot Food Served to You From A 3D Printer

Food is one of the fundamental ingredients of life. We cannot go a day without it before experiencing discomfort and the kinds of food we eat and how we eat them are closely intertwined with our cultural practices, physical environments, and personal health. So when we at SiliconAngle heard about 3D printable food, we had to check it out. So, when was the last time you had to prepare a dish you made before, without a precise recipe you perhaps produced something that didn't taste exactly like you expected? Scolars of innovation labs at MIT have developed a new three dimensional printer... more »
AOptix Announces Stratus Client SDK for iOS: Making the Smartphone a Smater Biometric Reader

AOptix Announces Stratus Client SDK for iOS: Making the Smartphone a Smater Biometric Reader

AOptix, Campbell-based provider of intuitive biometric identity verification solutions and wireless communications technology, recently announced the general availability of its SDK for Stratus. AOptix Stratus Client Software Development Kit (SDK) is the hardware and app that transforms the iPhone into a biometrics scanning tool, making identity faster, cheaper and more accurate for teams in defense, finance, health and national, civil ID programs and more. "Biometrics is an important part of security systems," says Kyt Dotson, assistant editor at SiliconAngle. "Bringing it to smartphones is an interesting move for AOptix, but it also means the mobile ability to provide proof-of-id for individuals... more »
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Assange’s Law – NSA Powers Double Every 4 Years

Well, here comes Julian.  Never one to stand on the sidelines of any global surveillance debate, Julian Assange has emerged yet again to state his opinion.  This time he has emerged with what can only be described as some kind of WikiLeak version of Moore’s law or something, except that instead of CPU speed, he’s talking about the NSA and the power they are increasingly gaining.  The remarks came out of a speech he broadcast at the OHM2013 Observe, Hack, Make conference.  Assange also added that some experts might not have enough perspective about what is going on. "The world is witnessing... more »
Embedded Status Updates & Building An Ark in Six Days - SIliconANGLE News Roundup

Embedded Status Updates & Building An Ark in Six Days - SIliconANGLE News Roundup

Now That's Embedding... Facebook just announced that they will begin to roll out a new embedded post feature, giving users the ability to publish their status messages across the web. With the new update, any post you make, including photos, and even posts with hashtags can be embedded on third-party sites completely unrelated to the social network. The new feature is an indication that Facebook is pushing more of their content out to other sites to increase both distribution and reach of their users’ conversations. Facebook expects the embedded posts to roll out over the next few weeks, but there’s a slight catch:... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.