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Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

3D printing technology has made rapid production towards the "domestication" of home 3D printing. Personal 3D printing started with printing parts for printers, phone cases, jewelry, and figurines. To date, Marius Leo was not satisfied with the state of 3D printed cameras. This is why he set out to build an entire home printable camera: The OpenReflex, the first open source 3D printed camera. Leo, a graduate student from France, interested in design modeling and 3D printing has created a fully functional SLR camera you can print only by spending $30 in materials. The camera has all the body molded from 3D... more »
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NSA Backlash Hurts Recruiting - Stay Away from DEF CON

It was just about a year ago when the NSA came openly knocking with job opportunities at the annual DEF CON conference.  This year the organizers of the convention have asked the feds to stay away in response to the ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and PRISM.  There’s a high level of mistrust in light of those events and they apparently would like to have this particular conference fed-free.  Jeff Moss (aka “Dark Tangent”), the founder of DEF CON posted on the convention’s front page: FEDS, WE NEED SOME TIME APART: For over two decades DEF CON has been an open nexus of... more »
[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

WANdisco’s Jagane Sundar and Brett Rudenstein showcased their firm’s new software at Hadoop Summit 2013. SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmonton stopped by their booth to take a look. Winston inquires about WDD 3.6, WANdisco’s S3-enabled distro of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Sundar tells him that the platform implements the S3 API, which means that users can migrate their apps from Amazon Web Services service to the private cloud with minimal effort. He highlights that storing data in an on-premise Hadoop deployment is ‘orders of a magnitude’ cheaper than alternatives such as AWS, and adds that bringing workloads in-house... more »
Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox held its very first developer conference, DBX, at the Fort Mason Center earlier this week. The cloud storage provider is growing up, expanding from just a service to store and share files to a platform that allows "effortless" access to hundreds of millions of Dropbox clients across all location and devices. Here's a run down of the initiatives discussed at the event: Dropbox Platform The Dropbox platform was designed to be an optimal foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services and now it has been enhanced with a suite of tools that simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms. Datastore... more »
Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Motorola used to reign on the mobile scene.  It was the first company to offer a commercial cellphone.  It was hugely popular in the early 2000s when it first released its iconic Razr line, a series of slim phones that caught the attention of fashionistas and business people alike. Unfortunately, when the dawn of touchscreen devices came, Motorola had a hard time coping.  People were no longer interested in sleek and slim devices, now they wanted nothing less than a computer in their pockets, being blinded by the allure of devices like Apple’s iPhone. For a time it looked like the firm... more »
Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Below is the full memo to the Microsoft organization by CEO Steve Ballmer.  The press release to public is here.   My Angle: Microsoft is admitting defeat in this modern era and is making one big tact to vector in the right direction.  My opinion is that this is a good move.  Microsoft must commit to this and really compete.  Balmer must go all in with this move.  This direction is somewhat similar to Gates 1995 memo.  What's different is that this is Microsoft's only hope. UPDATE:  I was interviewed on NPR for my comments.  Listen to my full four minute interview below:  “Microsoft is... more »
Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Hightail for Dropbox's Business Model   Just in time for the inaugural Dropbox DBX developer’s conference, the popular cloud service provider has some new competition from an old rival. The file-sharing tool previously known as YouSendIt has rebranded itself. Now known as Hightail, it’s embracing more collaboration services, rather than just file-sharing. To go along with the name change, Hightail has also changed their pricing to be much more competitive in the public storage market. For only $16/month, customers can have access to unlimited storage, which is $10 less than the 200GB plan from Dropbox. Speaking of the changes, company CEO Brad Garlinghouse talked about how... more »
Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Disaster recovery is top of mind for chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers as natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other events are happening on a frequent basis. The example of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the East Coast last year continuously reminds IT staffs and CIOs at federal agencies that they must be prepared to continue operating in the event of a natural disaster.  And although there is some forewarning with natural disasters, what cannot be predicted is the occurrence of human error, hardware failures and malicious acts which account for the majority of data center and... more »
Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia’s Zoom Reinvented event in New York is set to start any minute now.  But even before the curtain lifts, the big reveal has been spoiled by numerous leaks all over the internet. Windows Phone Central has published the full specifications of the Nokia Lumia 1020 whoch features 4.5 inch AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 768) 2.5D sculpted glass Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage, 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory, 7GB Skydrive cloud storage, Windows Phone 8 OS, but the standout feature is the... more »
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IBM Storage Sales Chief Says Flash is Driving Value Beyond IT

Enterprise adoption of flash is accelerating due to an exponential rise in data volumes, IBM vice president of global storage sales Sebastian Krause told SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante at Edge 2013. He hopped into theCube between keynotes to discuss the state of the market and outline IBM’s billion dollar vision for solid-state memory. Krause highlights that his firm’s customers are replacing their traditional disk systems with flash for a variety of reasons: to conserve space, reduce power requirements, and boost application performance. He goes on to say that IBM’s storage game plan is based on four pillars: tailoring... 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.