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What Features Could Google's Nexus Q be Delayed For?

What Features Could Google's Nexus Q be Delayed For?

Google announced that their little black media ball, Nexus Q, will be delayed in getting to consumers’ hands.  The reason?  They want to add more features to it. “The industrial design and hardware were met with great enthusiasm. We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today,” Google wrote in an e-mail to pre-order customers. “In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.” As we’ve discussed here at SiliconANGLE, the Nexus Q is missing some features that would... more »
How To Keep Your Dropbox, Box and SugarSync Clouds Secure

How To Keep Your Dropbox, Box and SugarSync Clouds Secure

As more people and businesses are moving into the cloud, the issue of cloud security is raised in tandem.  Dropbox has recently admitted to a breach in their security, which led to their users receiving spam e-mails.  So they’ve beefed up their security efforts and will continue adding more security features to deflect future attacks. But as a cloud user, how can I keep my files, username, and passwords safe from hackers?  Not that I’m harboring top secret government files, but still, I don’t think it would be good if people saw racy images of me - just kidding! Just wanted... more »
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NYC Media Mash 2012 Awards Developers for Innovating with Leading APIs

NYC Media Lab has awarded winners in it's first Media Mash 2012 challenge, which encourages developers to create innovative apps using data from the New York’s leading digital media companies. Providing developers with open feeds and APIs, Media Mash 2012 highlighted more than 50 APIs including those from The New York Times, CBS Sports Fantasy, tumblr and NewsCred. A panel of judges from New York City's tech, startup and academic communities determined winners of the $10,000 prize pool based on the distinctiveness of the idea and the apps contribution to the media space. Roger Neal, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab stated:... more »
Android Users Can Now Use Tethering Apps On Verizon

Android Users Can Now Use Tethering Apps On Verizon

Android users may now rejoice, tethering is now legal and free for Verizon Wireless subscribers! The Federal Communications Commission started its investigation on Verizon after receiving reports that the network pressured Google into pulling and banning apps on Google Play that allows tethering, or a feature that allows one device to share their connection without getting billed.  Verizon offers tethering of course, but it would cost you $20 a month in addition to your monthly plan.  But people are more interested tethering for free. In a statement made by the FCC, the commission said that Verizon have no right to block third-party... more »
Dropbox Addresses Security Breach, Adds New ID Requirements

Dropbox Addresses Security Breach, Adds New ID Requirements

A few weeks back, Dropbox, the file storage site, started receiving complaints from their users that they’ve been receiving spam on e-mail addresses only used for Dropbox.  The company looked into the matter and found out that usernames and passwords hacked from other sites were used to gain access to Dropbox accounts but they’ve already informed the affected users and helped them in securing their accounts. The Dropbox team also stated that a stolen password was used to access an employee Dropbox account which contains a project document with user email addresses.  The team stated that they’re doing everything they can... more »
Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Apple and Samsung Lawyers Claim Their Companies As Innovators

Today’s mobile news roundup features: the continuation of the Apple-Samsung trial; Samsung launching Music Hub in the US; Nokia’s sales surge; and an app to make Android photos picture-perfect. Apple-Samsung lawyers delivered opening statements The Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co. trial started Monday with jury selection.  On Tuesday, the two parties were finally able to deliver their opening statements wherein both of the companies claim to be the innovator and accused the other of patent infringement. In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for infringing their patents with the release of their Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets that run on the Android platform.... more »
Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

Over Half of WiFi Users are on Instagram, Geo-Tagging Photos

The connected device is beng pursued by, location-based and social sharing trends, and there's booming, effective Wi-Fi usage behind it all, according to latest Jiwire mobile audience insights report Q2 2012. The quarterly report from JiWire, the location-based mobile media provider, examines the connected devices usage trends, location-based and social tagging trends and connected device adoption. Wi-Fi Sees Mass Adoption Of the approximate 315,000 public Wi-Fi locations in North America and records data from every ad request surveyed, Wi-Fi usage has increased by 240 percent over the past year, mostly led by the growth of smartphones. The study shows that 35 percent of smartphone... more »
HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

HP: webOS won’t Run on Existing Devices

Hewlett-Packard bought out the struggling Palm, and its webOS operating system, in 2010 with the goal of entering the highly-competitive mobile market. The hardware giant put a lot of weight behind webOS under the leadership of former CEO Leo Apotheker, but once the keynotes were over and the devices hit the market it turned out that customers weren’t nearly as excited about webOS as HP itself. The lack of demand from the market led to a few fairly predictable results. The engineers were laid off, followed by webOS head Sam Greenblatt, and as a last-ditch effort to realize some sort of... more »
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Hackers wanted for careers at NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) has made an open recruiting pitch to the hackers of the world and attendees of the annual DEFCON conference. “We want to talk to you about a career at NSA”    They have set up a webpage at http://www.nsa.gov/careers/dc20/  to reach out into the community for recruitment, following an actual appearance at the annual hacker event that was once very underground .  Recruiting talent with skills for cybersecurity is not an easy task. Born of a world that is outside laws and conformity, the hacker culture is rooted in electronic freedom and anonymous activity.  It was not that... more »
Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Why Aren't Olympians Breaking World Records This Year? [REPORT]

Watching the London 2012 Olympics, I noticed something - there’s not a lot of World Records that have been broken.  Though the Games is still ongoing, you can’t help but wonder--are the world records just too tough to beat, or are participants just not so focused on setting a new world record? “A FUNNY THING HAPPENED on the way to the London Olympics: Athletes stopped breaking world records,” an intriguing line from an article on ESPN titled “The Great Stagnation.” The article went on to compare the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, stating that before the 2008 Olympics began, athletes preparing to compete... more »

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- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.

- David Floyer

The premise of this research is that NAND flash storage will replace the majority of traditional magnetic drives as the primary storage media in enterprise data centers and hyperscale cloud services over the next 10 years. Flash Capacity shipped is projected to grow from 1,000 times less than HDD in 2012, be about equal in 2018, and grow to be about 1,000 more than HDD in 2026. CIO and senior storage executives should be planning to move from HDDs to NAND flash storage over the next few years, and plan completely different organizational and operational environments. The ability to provide multiple logical views of the same physical data will be a key capability that will significantly simplify data movement and significantly reduce costs. Most magnetic storage for enterprises will be found in distributed cloud services for mainly archive-type applications.