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Saga Goes Social : Life-Logging Goes Mainstream

Life-logging app Saga has gone social, so you can now share the personal story of your past, present and future.  It's yet another step in taking life-logging mainstream, thanks to the proliferation of smart devices and a growing level of comfort with putting personal data to good use.  A recent Pew report indicates that consumers are increasingly interested in life-logging, with a surprising seven out of 10 people participating in the movement.  The majority of life-loggers still use paper, so Saga's hopping on the life-logging momentum to deliver better tools to power this movement. Launched in public beta last year, Saga initially let iOS... more »
Printing Photos in 3D & A Venti Printuccino - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Printing Photos in 3D & A Venti Printuccino - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Like A Puz-3D...Remember Those?   The minds at Disney Research labs in Zurich have developed a new program that can use 2D photos to build 3D models. By combining hundreds of images through a specifically-designed algorithm, the program is able to create 3D models of complex, real-life scenes for use in movies and games, or to be printed as high-resolution 3D models. The challenge for the team at Disney was to develop an algorithm that can leverage huge amounts of modeling data, but process it all without the need to keep everything on memory at a given time. The researchers demonstrated their method by... more »
Lenovo Joins Huawei & ZTE on the US Government's Blacklist

Lenovo Joins Huawei & ZTE on the US Government's Blacklist

When it comes to computer hardware western governments aren't enamored with the idea of using equipment supplied by Chinese companies. Concerns that such gear could allow the Chinese government a secret back door into government servers have been raised time and time again, with companies like Huawei and ZTE usually bearing the brunt of the suspcion. But now it turns out that another well known Chinese firm, Lenovo, has also been blacklisted by western intelligence agencies. Last weekend, the Australian Financial Review revealed how the so-called "Five Eyes", a group encompassing the intelligence agencies of the US, Australia, Britain, Canada and... more »
QLogic Sees 13.2% Revenue Decline in First Quarter

QLogic Sees 13.2% Revenue Decline in First Quarter

QLogic may be edging closer to a turnaround, but its latest earnings showed few signs of recovery. The Aliso Viejo, California-based supplier of data center networking equipment reported first quarter sales of $113.1 million, down 13.2 percent from the same period last year and 3.2 percent down from the fourth quarter. The company’s revenues were in line with management’s guidance range of $110 million to $116 million, but below the average estimate of analysts polled by Zacks. Sales of server and storage connectivity solutions plummeted 13.7 percent year-over-year to $93.2 million, while the Legacy Connectivity Product group declined 10.8 percent to... more »
LIVE: Predictie Apps Predicting The Future of Tech?

LIVE: Predictie Apps Predicting The Future of Tech?

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday July 30, 2013. Robotic personal assistants, anticipating what you need before you ask for it sound like a thing of science fiction, but in reality these assistants may already be making their way into our everyday lives without us even realizing it. Joining us now to explore the invasion of predictive technology is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Imagine glancing at your phone in the morning to find an alert that you need to leave early for your next meeting because of... more »
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Ferris Launches Data-Happy Video App, Takes Vine + Instagram for a Ride

Storytelling is all about picking the right angle. Ferris, an Austin, Texas-based startup is taking this concept to the next level with the world’s first data-driven, video-based social sharing service. Ferris delivers a mobile app that enables users to record and share videos up to two minutes in length from within a single interface. It pulls location data, date and time, hashtags and other metrics to identify common denominators and weave clips into cohesive streams that provide “united narratives” about various points of interest. The startup was founded by a group of entertainment and special effects professionals, one hailing from MTV, who... more »
Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

Russia Plans To Spy on Its Citizens with Subway SIM Card Trackers

If you thought that the NSA's motivations for running its PRISM program and gathering metadata about your communications was bad enough, just wait till you see what they're doing in Russia. According to a report in the Izvestia newspaper, one of Russia's most widely read news publications, the Moscow Metro Police have just announced a plan to install 'equipment' at all subway stations in the city, which are capable of reading everything on a mobile phone's SIM card from a distance of about twenty feet. Izvestia goes on to explain that the machines will be used alongside time stamped CCTV cameras... more »
Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Cisco, NetApp Bolster FlexPod Lineup with Hadoop-based Configurations

Converged infrastructure is on the rise, and so is Big Data analytics. Cisco and long time ally NetApp put two and two together and expanded their jointly developed FlexPod lineup with two cutting edge Hadoop appliances. The newly announced FlexPod Select Series combines NetApp’s E-Series and FAS storage systems with Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Nexus switches, and management software from Cisco. The solution is available in two configurations: FlexPod Select with Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and FlexPod Select with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Select is the first FlexPod lineup to address a specific workload. Cisco and NetApp say that... more »
App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie Opens Flagship Analytics Platform for Enterprise Users

App Annie, the highly successful app analytics startup, just released the latest version of its flagship offering. The new edition introduces several features, including a mobile app that lets users to keep track of their apps’ performance on the go. The App Annie Analytics client application is joined by a set of APIs that enable organizations to plug the tool into their databased and conveniently important iOS, Android, Mac App Store, and Amazon app performance data. Other improvements include an Hourly Rankings dashboard that tracks App Store rankings, and a collaboration widget that makes it easier for users to share data... more »
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GridGain Raises $10 Million for In-Memory Analytics

GridGain, a Foster City, CA.-based distributed computing firm, just received $10 million in Series B financing from Almaz Capital and existing investor RTP Ventures. The round brings the company’s total funding to $12 million. GridGain sells a Java-based in-memory analytics solution for distributed environments. The offering consists of two components: GridGain In-Memory Compute Grid (IMCG,) a MapReduce implementation built for sub-100ms computations, and the GridGain In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG). IMDG is a SQL-compatible key-value store that can inget both transactional and non-transactional workloads. The system’s main selling point is its ability to query and update data in real-time, functionality that is poorly... 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.