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Can Your Business Hyperscale Like Facebook + Google? Not with AWS Alone

Can Your Business Hyperscale Like Facebook + Google? Not with AWS Alone

Hyperscale computing is slowly but surely taking over the enterprise. The Big Data explosion is forcing organizations to beef up their storage environments, but extending legacy infrastructure is not the way to successfully achieve hyperscale status. Traditional RAID architectures are simply too expensive to maintain sustainability beyond the Exabyte threshold. That is why Facebook and Google, two pioneers of hyperscale in the private sector, have invested billions in resolving the primary cause of the Exa-scale cost barrier: complexity. Wikibon’s Stu Miniman says that simplicity calls for infrastructure retooling at the rack level. The analyst points out that, like Google, Facebook’s data center is... more »
Spam Me Not! Ways to Block Spam Texts and Annoyng Calls

Spam Me Not! Ways to Block Spam Texts and Annoyng Calls

We’ve all been through this ordeal, we’re waiting for a very important text, but when the phone beeps, you’re greeted with a very annoying message.  It can be anything from someone telling you won a prize from a famous brand, or a message that contains a web link about a racy photo or a new promo. It gets really annoying.  So do we just ignore these spam texts and hope that they would eventually stop coming, or is there a way to eliminate these annoying texts? There’s an app for that! PrivacyStar, makers of smartphone apps that gives control to mobile phone users,... more »
Durango (Xbox720) vs Orbis (PS4) – The Head to Toe Analysis

Durango (Xbox720) vs Orbis (PS4) – The Head to Toe Analysis

It’s Durango vs Orbis: The Head to Toe Analysis. Few weeks back we heard about the upcoming gaming consoles from Sony and Microsoft, where there were a lot of speculations and rumors about their features. So, here we have the both next-generation gaming consoles, Orbis and Durango respectively. Let’s do a quick head to toe analysis of both, finding what they have to offer and which one is better off. An interesting fact about Durango and Orbis is that both consoles are very much similar. And that’s because Sony and Microsoft faced the exact same challenges and went to the same people... more »
PS4 Controller Features Touchscreen and Move Strip

PS4 Controller Features Touchscreen and Move Strip

Sony is hosting an event on February 20, 2013 in New York as 6PM EST. Aside from a tweet and a cryptic video, nothing much has been said about the event but PlayStation fans are hoping to see the next generation game console at the event. It has been more than six years since the PlayStation 3 was launched and though Sony released different versions of the console, fans are looking for something new - something drastically different. Could that drastic change be a touchscreen on the PS’ controllers?  Might be.  Images of a DualShock PS controller that features a small screen on... more »
Chromebook Review Part 1: The Unboxing

Chromebook Review Part 1: The Unboxing

It’s a rainy day and Fedex says that the Samsung Chromebook is on the truck--out for delivery. For me, it’s like any other day as I wait and do general work at the computer. The tasks are simple: play a few games, read everything in my Google Reader feed, retweet a few messages on Twitter, and finally distill my thoughts about everything I’d done onto the keyboard. The rain smells sweet, so I open the window to let the scent in, it has the secondary use of amplifying every sound from the front of the house. When the driver finally arrives... more »
RackSpace Delivers OpenStack Private Cloud Environment Sans Licensing

RackSpace Delivers OpenStack Private Cloud Environment Sans Licensing

Rackspace, known for its OpenStack-based Public Cloud IaaS service, is now offering a productized version of the software behind that service publicly as a free download, with no licensing, writes Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman. Customers can either have Rackspace run the solution for about the same cost as normal software licensing or can run their private clouds themselves and pay Rackspace nothing. Rackspace support is all remote, delivered over the Internet, and the customer is responsible for the hardware. However, the Rackspace cloud is designed to work around component failures, simplifying operations hugely. The private cloud is built on the KVM hypervisor... more »
Microsoft Accidently "Confirms" Windows Blue Update For PCs and Phones

Microsoft Accidently "Confirms" Windows Blue Update For PCs and Phones

Not long after it was first released, there were rumors that Microsoft was planning a radical overhaul of the way it updates its operating system, with a new annual release cycle codenamed Windows Blue. The plan, supposedly, is that Windows will become more like Android or Apple’s OS X, and until today we’ve been waiting for official confirmation that it’s true. Now it looks as though Microsoft has indeed confirmed the existence of Windows Blue, albeit inadvertently, from a quite unexpected source. According to a report in The Verge, the software giant recently posted a couple of job ads seeking software development... more »
Android Frost Hack Chilling, But Underwhelming - Breaking Analysis

Android Frost Hack Chilling, But Underwhelming - Breaking Analysis

  In a move that harkens back to the days of the enigma machine, German researchers near the Bavarian city of Nurmeberg have made another revelation in the world of cryptography, this time cracking the so-called secure device you (likely) carry in your pocket.  The results of the study are still yet to be published, but it appears that all Andriod devices are prone to what's called a cold boot attack. What is a cold boot attack? Just as you can see a light bulb's element glow and subsequently dim after turning out the light, your phone's electronics undergo the very same phenomenon once you... more »
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Paging Dr. Watson! IBM Puts Its AI to Work in Healthcare

IBM's artificial intelligence project, Watson, is really coming into his own.  The initiative, several years in the making, is being put to work as part of IBM's Big Data portfolio, a monetizable solution instead of a research-driven hobby for Big Blue.  One of the most viable sectors for Watson is the healthcare industry, and that's exactly where the AI is headed.  IBM and WellPoint announced a new Watson-based offering this morning, helping hospitals improve patient treatment quality by applying natural language processing to medical data. The platform churns through research documents, genetic data and treatment records in order to supply doctors... more »
Google's Neck On The Line: EU Threatens "Repressive Action"

Google's Neck On The Line: EU Threatens "Repressive Action"

European privacy watchdogs are squaring up for a titanic clash with Google after the internet giant ignored orders to undo the sweeping changes made to its privacy policy last year which affected services including Gmail, YouTube and Google Search. Google’s defiance of the order means that things are likely to come to a head before the summer, with authorities in several European countries determined to curb the way in which the software company goes about collecting data from its users. It’s believed that regulators have already drawn up an ‘action plan’, and this is expected to be approved at a special... more »

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