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IBM Alliances Shaking Up Industry, Promise New Generation Products for Users

IBM Alliances Shaking Up Industry, Promise New Generation Products for Users

At IBM Edge in June, when Ambuj Goyal spoke about how IBM had to be an open systems company "because today no one company can do anything" I, and I think most listeners, thought he meant that by incorporating open standards into StorWize, WebSphere, and other IBM middleware, IBM was encouraging third parties to build tools and applications on top of those base platforms. And that is what is happening, in part. Since then however, that message has taken on a much larger meaning as IBM has announced two major alliances, the first with EMC subsidiary Pivotal to put WebSphere on... more »
Hybrid Storage is Disrupting the IT Landscape

Hybrid Storage is Disrupting the IT Landscape

The Internet of Things is driving demand for cost-effective storage solutions that deliver both capacity and performance, according to Rob Commins, the vice president of Tegile. The executive told us that his company’s hybrid arrays marry the benefits of solid-state and traditional disk to “reduce capacity requirements while driving performance integrity.” Tegile’s value proposition has not gone unnoticed by enterprises. The vendor doubled its revenue in the last three months, an unprecedented growth rate that earned it an additional $35 million in funding from Meritech Capital Partners, August Capital, SanDisk and Western Digital Capital. The latter is a subsidiary of the... more »
Gadgets + Apps for Fitness and Relaxation : Healthy Appetite for Growth

Gadgets + Apps for Fitness and Relaxation : Healthy Appetite for Growth

In this week’s SmartBody and Quantified Self roundup, we’ll be featuring a Quantified Self app that closed a Series A funding, an ex-Apple CEO’s tracker launching in the Apple store, and a sensor that measures stress while gamifying the art of conscious relaxation. MyFitnessPal's healthy appetite for growth   The popular health and fitness service for web and mobile has raised $18 million in Series A funding by by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation by Accel Partners.  John Doerr, a venture capitalist at KPCB, and Andrew Braccia, a partner at Accel, will both be joining the company’s board. This round of funding... more »
Cyvera Raises $11M, Combats Zero-Day Cyber Attacks

Cyvera Raises $11M, Combats Zero-Day Cyber Attacks

The threat of zero-day attacks is one of the most significant elements in the threat landscape to organizations today.  The potential for damage is vast, it incorporates some of the most difficult challenges in cyber security today. Social engineering, weak passwords, malicious Trojans, and other elements play into this category.  The Ponemon Institute reports that cyber-attacks increased by 42% in 2012.  In that survey, companies reported about two successful attacks per week; and, on average, cybercrime cost them $8.9 million a year, with information theft representing the highest external cost.  An exploit or weakness on some element of an organization’s... more »
Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad's New CEO Hails from TIME : Her 2-Pronged Strategy to Mash Old + New School Trends

Springpad, the personal assistant app for organizing your digital life, has taken a major step towards appealing to a mainstream crowd.  The company has brought on former TIME Vice President of corporate development Jacqueline Hampton as CEO.  She also joins Springpad's Board of Directors. Prior to Time Inc., Hampton spent seven years in investment banking working for CitiGroup, Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch in the Media and Entertainment Group. The change comes at a pivotal time for Springpad, currently on the upswing as a welcome beacon for Google Reader users.  The productivity tool has proven its worth time and again... more »
Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Musky Trains & Reading Site for the Thinking Chair - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

The Musk Express   Yesterday, Elon Musk, the billionaire behind Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors revealed a new idea that could use the power of the sun to transport people at supersonic speeds up to nine-hundred miles. Called the Hyperloop, the elevated or subterranean train-in-a-tube is designed to be more cost-effective than modern mag-lev trains, costing only six-billion dollars to build the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, which when complete would reduce the commute down to thirty-minutes. According to a study by the US Railroad Administration, a similar route could cost nearly ten times as much using a magnetic-levitation train. What makes the... more »
Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

Windows 8.1 Now First-time User Friendly

In June, Microsoft finally unveiled the much anticipated Windows Blue update, which turned out to be Windows 8.1.  The software giant showcased a number of new or returning features on Windows 8.1, such as the return of the Start button, the Start Screen and Lock screen customization, Bing search integration, and other little trinkets for both the tablet and desktop versions. As with everything, before it gets finally released, some areas are improved, some things removed, and other features added. Windows 8.1 X 64 Pro Build 9471,  a test version of the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build, showed off some improvements and... more »
Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

Is Obama's Security Reform Enough for NSA Era?

On Friday, President Barack Obama held a press conference to discuss the sweeping reforms about to take place in line with the National Security Agency’s PRISM program. The president stated that as commander-in-chief, his duty is to protect the security of the country.  But it isn’t enough that he has confidence in the government’s measure, the public must as well.  With the aid of his national security team as well as others, they have come up with solutions to reform the system. Four new security measures . The security measures currently in place are far from flawless, and the president is aware of this.... more »
LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

LIVE: Violin's Symphony, Meistro of Managing Systems

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday August 13, 2013. Yesterday Violin unveiled their next generation of memory array, joining us now to provide his breaking analysis on this new offering is Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer. Symphony provides the convenience of monitoring and administering all the Violin flash Memory Arrays, even if they are geographically distributed across data centers, through a unified web-based user interface. By monitoring key metrics of all available arrays, database administrators gain valuable insights into the health and performance of their systems before they impact the application. See live feed below... more »
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Appcelerator Succeeds with Vision for Developers in Today's Mobile Era

Appcelerator, a leading provider of cloud-based mobile development solutions, has been named as a “visionary” by Gartner for the second year in a row. The company secured the highest placement for vision and execution in the recently published Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. "We believe Appcelerator's position as the most visionary company by Gartner in the MADP Magic Quadrant recognizes our ability to establish an industry-leading vision for enterprise mobility," stated Jeff Haynie, the chief executive officer of Appcelerator. "We're proud to offer solutions trusted by thousands of enterprises and more than 480,000 mobile developers." Gartner credits Appcelerator for creating... more »

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