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The BlackBerry 10 announcement came in at about a week ago. We all know the challenges they face, the execution that is going to be required, and the pressure they must be under - one of the most underplayed aspects of BlackBerry's fortunes is the enterprise, which was once one of their most reliable key business markets. There have been reactions praising the new platform as well as others that see the efforts as being too late. The enterprise will be keeping an eye on the choices and strategy surrounding BlackBerry 10 for some time to come, and there may... more »
This morning EMC and Capgemini released a joint announcement, revealing details on their extended partnership with a new cloud initiative in Brazil. The consultancy is opening up a dedicated business that will collaborate with EMC to deliver as-a-service solutions “designed for specific vertical market segments” to local businesses. The portfolio will include storage-, archive- and backup-as-a-service, as well as three “transformational” services: SAPaaS, testing platform-as-a-service, and a hosted enterprise CMS solution. There are two reasons EMC chose a European firm to help penetrate the South American cloud services market, with the first and most important reason being Capgemini's size. It is currently... more »
Two major government agencies were hacked in recent weeks, for two very different reasons. The first victim was the Department of Energy, which revealed on Monday that its network was compromised by foreign hackers in mid-January. The perpetrators managed to steal personal information from several hundred employees and contractors, but no classified data was compromised. "As individual affected employees are identified, they will be notified and offered assistance on steps they can take to protect themselves from potential identity theft," the department told employees in an email forwarded by a department spokesperson to The Huffington Post. The Department of Energy is reportedly “known to... more »
Texas-based startup Continuum Analytics has just received a $3 million cash injection courtesy of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to help it further its progress with using the Python programming language as a means of crunching Big Data. The cash will be used to develop two specific open source tools – Blaze, which is a scientific computing library, and Bokeh, which provides data visualizations. DARPA says that the money comes from its XDATA fund, which is a $100 million rewards program set up last year to assist third parties in the development of software and techniques for analyzing Big Data. It’s... more »
Have you recently visited a website and received a cookie notice? Did it frighten you? The actual notice should have been information you already know, that most websites use some form of tracking to remember users, provide personalized services, or even to collect marketing data. Even if you do already know this, the European Union wants to give users the opportunity to opt out of it. The European Union (EU) is very concerned about user data privacy in an information age when even your specific geographic location can be pinpointed simply because you accessed a website on your mobile phone. For... more »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, recently awarded $3M to data visualization and analytics company Continuum Analytics. They have earmarked the funds to develop data analytics and data processing libraries for Python, a popular computer programming language. DARPA is spending $100M over four years to advance Big Data technologies. Wikibon Analyst Jeff Kelly weighed in on the Big Data announcement. When asked what the federal government's interest is in a project to make writing Big Data applications easier, he stated, "The federal government is one of the early adopters of Big Data technology . . . the Defense Departments, as well as the... more »
Technology evolves faster than just about anything on the planet. The government isn't quite so quick, though. This results in the government enforcing laws that are ages behind the development of mobile; thus, putting our security, privacy and rights at risk. For better or worse, the following laws are on the table to change your social life in 2013. Apps Act . Representative Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, has proposed what's called the "Apps Act." This act would create stricter rules for advertisers and social media companies that can currently access your information or track your phone with impunity. Among other things, the... more »
Hospital Handles Big Data Explosion with EMC Isilon St. Dominic Hospital, an acute care facility in Jackson, Mississippi, has consolidated its legacy storage infrastructure onto an EMC Isilon scale-out storage system chosen to meet the demands of the Big data explosion. Isilon provides dramatically faster, more reliable access to medical images and patient records and supports the 20 percent annual data growth the provider is experiencing, as well as expansion of the hospital facility. More Nimble Storage Exceeds $100 Million Run Rate Flash-optimized hybrid storage pioneer Nimble Storage surpassed a $100 million run rate in bookings in FY 4Q12, which ended January 31,... more »
Rumors regarding Apple building a cloud music service started popping up in 2011, with sources claiming the company would beat Google to the punch. Google launched Google Music, but Apple’s cloud music offering was nowhere to be found. Rumors about Apple’s cloud music service have once again resurfaced. The news came from 9to5Mac, which discovered a new set of files in the iPad music app in iOS 6.1. that points to a cloud music service from Apple, dubbed iRadio. The files included a radio button that resembles the radio icon found in the old version of iTunes for Mac. The “buy”... more »
Remember how disappointed we all were to learn that the proposed Death Star project had been denied funding by the White House? Well, the idea has just been given a new breath of life, as someone has just launched a Kickstarter aimed at securing funding to build the deadliest weapon ever conceived… “We need to protect ourselves from threats far far away so lets build a death star,” claims the project’s creator, Gnut. The idea first came about back in November of 2012, when the American people petitioned the Obama administration to provide funding to build a Death Star, claiming that “By... more »