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Detroit to Former Yahoo Employees: Come to the Motor City

This is a news release I just had to share. I am after all, a Detroit native. -AC DETROIT, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A group of Detroit businesses are encouraging the more than 2,000 recently laid off Yahoo employees to consider bringing their talents to the Motor City. Quicken Loans, Detroit Venture Partners, Rockbridge Growth Equity and Fathead.com are among the downtown Detroit-based companies interested in hiring hundreds of technology and marketing professionals formerly employed by Yahoo. The group has created a website, www.ValleytoDetroit.com, for these technology and Internet marketing pros to upload their resumes.  The companies will immediately begin interviews... more »
Lenovo's Android ICS Tablet Revealed, Apple Making A 5-inch iPad?

Lenovo's Android ICS Tablet Revealed, Apple Making A 5-inch iPad?

You can’t hide the fact that tablets are really popular these days.  Though it might not totally replace your laptop or netbook, you love having your tablet around.  And if you don't own a tablet yet but you're contemplating on getting one, here's the latest round of tablet speculation to consider before making a purchase. Lenovo’s iPad-based tablet Chinese technology company Lenovo unveiled their latest tablet offering, the IdeaTab S2109.  The tablet features a 9.7-inch 4:3 aspect display, like the one found in the iPad 2, 1024 x 768 IPS panel, 8.9mm thick, 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, plus microUSB, micro HDMI,... more »
Artificial Intelligence On the Rise: Big Data, Mobility, and Search Step Up

Artificial Intelligence On the Rise: Big Data, Mobility, and Search Step Up

The coiner of the term artificial intelligence (AI) passed away last year, but the dream lives on. But, how close are we to that AI goal?  Is there a goal to begin with? Or, are we looking at sky’s the limit and one day we’d be able to sit beside a human-like robot in a subway train on our way to our work? Present-day researchers and projects advancing the possibility of creating a robot that can truly interact like what ECCEROBOT is trying to do?  The far reaching technology cannot tell how much it is going for AI, but the... more »
Computers Need a Social Network (The Cloud), Says Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos

Computers Need a Social Network (The Cloud), Says Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos

Coming off a recent partnership with Amazon Web Services for efficient workload migration, Eucalyptus reiterates its mantra for flexible cloud environments.  And with the vision of CEO Marten Mickos, known for his early involvement with MySQL (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2008), Eucalyptus takes an open approach to cloud clusters and Services in anticipation of tomorrow's computing demands. In today's  Snapshot Profile we get a closer look at Micko's ideas around the cloud, which he calls a social network for computers, the lessons he's learned from MySQL's evolution, and what the perfect smart home system looks like. What’s your vision of a social network... more »
AOL Sells 800 Patents to Microsoft for $1 Billion, AT&T Offloads Yellow Pages Unit

AOL Sells 800 Patents to Microsoft for $1 Billion, AT&T Offloads Yellow Pages Unit

AOL announced that they have agreed to sell more than 800, out of their 1,100 patents, to Microsoft for the hefty sum of $1.056 billion. “The agreement with Microsoft represents the culmination of a robust auction process for our patent portfolio,” said Tim Armstrong, AOL’s Chairman and CEO. “We continue to hold a valuable patent portfolio as highlighted by the license we entered into with Microsoft. The combined sale and licensing arrangement unlocks current dollar value for our shareholders and enables AOL to continue to aggressively execute on our strategy to create long-term shareholder value.” AOL also granted Microsoft non-exclusive rights for... more »
Kid Sells Kidney For iPhone and iPad, Suffers Organ Failure

Kid Sells Kidney For iPhone and iPad, Suffers Organ Failure

Today’s mobile news roundup features the teenager who sold his kidney for an iPhone and iPad, Sony cutting their workforce, and AT&T’s new theme. Kid sells kidney for iPhone and iPad Apple is a household name, along with its popular device, the iPad.  People now refer to tablet computers as iPads.  And that’s how one kid traded his kidney for the said device. In April last year, a 17-year old teenager with the surname Wang, sold his kidney in order to purchase an Apple iPhone and iPad.  He now suffers from renal failure - his remaining kidney is not able to filter the toxins... more »
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SiliconAngle April Events Calendar

Startup Weekend is making the rounds and SiliconAngle is covering a series of events in the month of April, some of which we will be broadcasting live from #theCube at SiliconAngle.tv. The events we will be covering for our live broadcasts, including dates, times and keynote speakers are as follows: On #theCube . NAB Show - Where Content Comes to Life Conferences: April 14-19, 2012 Exhibits: April 16-19, 2012 Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, Nevada @NABShow   Other April events: . Atlanta Startup Weekend Join a multitude of designers, developers and startup addicts for 54 hours of non-stop learning, celebrating new ideas and concepts, and joining together to launch a startup all your... more »
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Top iPad, Android Tablet Apps for Business: Desktop Connect Leads the Pack

This week’s featured app is Desktop Connect. It doesn’t exactly compensate for any lack of this type of solutions on the App Store, but it does introduce a very broad range of powerful functions that differentiate it from most others, if only by quality. iPad Desktop Connect Desktop Connect promises to deliver, and it does. It allows users to connect to Windows and  Linux machines from their iPad, as well as Macs – and Connect even adds Flash support.  It also contains a handful of special additions, such as a clipboard that is automatically synced across multiple end points. iFax iFax does exactly what the... more »
This Week in Big Data: IBM & Hadoop, and the Public Sector

This Week in Big Data: IBM & Hadoop, and the Public Sector

This past week in big data has seen some astronomical developments, for the most part from the Square Kilometer Array telescope. The project is kicking into high gear now that the the various international acidic institutes involved in the project are starting to turn to the IT industry for the solutions they need. DDN was hired to provide the in-memory processing and storage, and IBM is collaborating with ASTRON to setup the data munching software on top. Almost $45 million is funneled into this particularl puzzle piece nicknamed DOME--one small part of a 1.5 billion euro initiative to explore the origins... more »
This Week in the Cloud: Open-Source, VMware and SaaS

This Week in the Cloud: Open-Source, VMware and SaaS

This past week in the cloud featured a number of developments, a big portion of which tie in with the open-source movement. Free and vendor-agnostic alternatives to proprietary offerings  are really picking up momentum, especially the few products that are spearheading this trend’s growth. One of them is Cloud Foundry, the open PaaS created by VMware. It has received very high ratings from developers, and there's an impressive number of third party commercial solutions built on top of it, although one of the newer ones may turn out to be partially homegrown. Derek Collison, the former chief architect of Foundry at VMware... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!