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Apple Testing Bigger Screens for iPhone and iPad

Apple Testing Bigger Screens for iPhone and iPad

As September draws near, rumors regarding Apple’s new iDevices are coming in thick and fast. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked its display suppliers for prototypes of screens larger than four inches and another smaller than 13 inches when measured diagonally. Currently, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen and the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen.  What the WSJ report suggests is that Apple may be looking to produce a phablet, just like other Android OEMs such as Samsung, HTC and Sony have done, not to mention a larger iPad. It’s not hard to imagine that Apple... more »
UK's David Cameron Launches "War on Porn", But Can He Win?

UK's David Cameron Launches "War on Porn", But Can He Win?

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is waging war against online pornography by demanding Internet Service Providers block such content automatically. In a letter leaked to the BBC last week, the PM is asking the ISPs to, instead of providing subscribers with “active choice +” - the ability to opt in filters - to turn those filters on by default, which would mean that if you really want to view adult content, you’d have to manually turn off the filters, or tell your ISP that you want access to it. These rumors were put to rest when the Prime Minister officially announced his... more »
Nexus 7 Takes A Leak & Facial Recognition Gives A Peek - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Nexus 7 Takes A Leak & Facial Recognition Gives A Peek - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

The NEXTus 7   Images of the soon-to-launched Nexus 7 have leaked onto the web, only a few days before what is likely to be the device’s official launch. The photos reveal that Google’s latest tablet will come with both front and rear facing cameras, as well as a new and improved display. We expect to see other features, which might include a SlimPort, wireless charging, and an LTE radio. The device is thought to run on the highly anticipated Android 4.3 OS. It's been reported that the Nexus 7 will come in two different models: a 16GB version priced at $229, and the 32GB model dropping... more »
Is Google Glass Sticking It to Us on Price? Here's 3 Cheaper Options

Is Google Glass Sticking It to Us on Price? Here's 3 Cheaper Options

Google must have some aggressive production plans for Google Glass, as it acquired a 6.3 percent stake in Himax Display (HDI). HDI is a subsidiary of the Himax technologies that focuses on liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chips and modules, which Google Glass needs. Google’s stake is a sign that Glass production is ramping up: the company says that the investment is being made to “fund production upgrades, expand capacity and further enhance production capabilities." Google Glass is such a polarizing topic right now, with people take entrenched positions on both sides of the coin. But while Google might be ramping... more »
Hackers Causing Havoc Again: Apple, Ubuntu and NASDAQ All Breached

Hackers Causing Havoc Again: Apple, Ubuntu and NASDAQ All Breached

It's been a while since we had a good ol' high profile hack. The last major incident that really hit the headlines was probably Anonymous' hit on a bunch of official North Korean websites, defacing images of its 'dear leader' Kim Jong Un and generally making the commies look stupid. But just when we were starting to get complacent – badaa! - along come five major hacks in the space of less than a week. In the last five days dozens of sites, including Ubuntu's community forum, Apple's Developer site, Truecaller and the Nasdaq community forum have been breached, leaving millions... more »
iPads are Only as Good as the Wireless Network

iPads are Only as Good as the Wireless Network

My generation learned much of what it knows from the blackboard. Many kids nowadays have never even seen a blackboard – and not even its successor, the whiteboard – in a classroom. For them it seems archaic. Teaching in the modern classroom is built around the projector and computers, with teachers using electronic media and software to enhance lessons. Educational systems across America are adopting technologies faster than ever. On the horizon is one of today’s most disruptive pairings: mobile devices and WLAN. Get ConnectED   It seems fitting to quote Apple directly: “This changes everything.” Steve Jobs uttered those prophetic words about... more »
LIVE: 70's Cryptography Causing Security Catastrophy

LIVE: 70's Cryptography Causing Security Catastrophy

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Monday July 22, 2013. If your identity has been stolen, your phone may have been an accomplice to the crime. Joining us now to explain more is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. A German mobile security expert says he has found a flaw in the encryption technology used in some SIM cards, the chips in handsets, that could enable cyber criminals to take control of a person’s phone. Karsten Nohl, founder of Security Research Labs in Berlin, said the encryption hole allowed outsiders to obtain a SIM card’s digital key, a... more »
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IBM's Ambuj Goyal Declares War in Storage #Edge

Six months after taking leadership of IBM Storage, Ambuj Goyal has declared war on his competitors. "The IT industry is at two major inflection points," he told SiliconAngle in an exclusive interview at IBM Edge 2013. "I have nothing to lose." The inflection points are flash and software-defined storage (SDS) based on open systems, and IBM is going to make a major push in the storage marked based on them. In his presentation at the opening General Session at Edge he said, "Just a few years back storage was an afterthought for IBM. After we sold everything else, we sold storage. No... more »
Facebook Earnings Preview: Will Mobile Ads Finally Pay Off?

Facebook Earnings Preview: Will Mobile Ads Finally Pay Off?

Facebook is one of a number of tech companies set to announce its second-quarter financial results this week, and its earnings are expected to be among the most closely scrutinized as its mobile strategy takes shape. The company will host a conference calls at 2pm PT on Wednesday when it will announce its results, with the proceedings set to be broadcast live on the Facebook Investor Relations website. With regards to its mobile efforts, Facebook’s mobile ad revenues and its mobile-user numbers will both be under the spotlight, with several analysts predicting that this push will help drive double-digit revenues and... more »
SIM Card Vulnerability Puts One Quarter of all Phones At Risk

SIM Card Vulnerability Puts One Quarter of all Phones At Risk

As many as one quarter of all mobile phones in use in the world today could be vulnerable to an SMS attack that allows hackers to gain full control of the phone. The vulnerability was discovered in the outdated, 1970s-era cryptography technique called DES encryption that's still used by around half of all SIM cards. Karsten Nohl, founder of Germany's Security Research Labs, whose previous hacking achievements including cracking transport smartcard keys using a microscope and breaking through GPRS encryption, gave details of the attack to both the New York Times and Forbes. He plans to outline the vulnerability in more... 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.