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Big Data is full of promise, but the optimism wanes when you start factoring in new infrastructure changes. That can be costly, but as the ecosystem builds around Big Data for the enterprise, the infrastructure is being modified accordingly. The latest is a team up from Pentaho and Xyratex to create a big data offering that will help organizations cut spending on unnecessary infrastructure. The upcoming solutions line-up will be based on the Pentaho Analytics Platform, a big data framework that combines analytical capabilities with extensive support for BI solutions and widely-used business systems. The platform will run on CloudStor, Xyratex’s unified... more »
Independent analyst firm Canalys has released its report on the final mobile phone shipment estimates from 4Q of 2012. Their report covers data that they track from over fifty countries. SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto gave an overview of their findings, highlighting the triple digit growth of four Chinese vendors. However, one of the most interesting things that Casaretto noted could be a warning flag to Google in that Chinese device maker Lenovo bumped Sony out of the top five list. Not only that, but China made up 98% of Lenovo's shipments, which should also cause Google some concern. The worldwide... more »
It's the time of year for quarterly earnings reports, summing up 2012 for many tech companies that have faced drastic market transitions throughout the year. In a shaky market and the ever-looming "tech bubble," there are still companies that did pretty well during the previous quarter. AOL was a surprising success story for 4Q, while LinkedIn maintains a steady business model for networking professionals. LinkedIn continues to soar . Launching an IPO is quite a gamble for social media companies today, many, such as Facebook, are trading below their initial public offering price. But LinkedIn continues to astound investors, delivering fourth quarter earnings... more »
One of the problems with Microsoft is that, while most experts agree it offers the best suite of business tools and the most dependable operating system around, its gear isn’t exactly what you’d call cheap. And if you happen to have several hundred thousand computers lying around in schools and offices, all needing to be installed with licensed software, the cost of doing so can soon run into several millions of dollars. For the Egyptian government, that figure amounts to some $44 million over four years – a considerable price to pay when one considers that there are several, 100% free,... more »
The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a grim documentary that follows the founders of TPB during the trials in Sweden up until the final verdict—produced by Simon Klose as a documentary of TPB’s impact, both cultural and personal—and now it’s been released for free as a BitTorrent (indexed on TPB itself) and as a YouTube video that you can watch right now. The Pirate Bay has been a force for upheaval in the technological world of the Internet now for almost a decade, the founders have been raided, put on trial, and become the center of a controversy that has... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: T-Mobile aims to be the first US carrier to offer the new BlackBerry Z10; we learn that BlackBerry 10 devices will not be sold in Japan; Android powered ⅓ of mobile devices shipped in Q4; Google crowdsources Maps in India; and Dell goes mobile with thumbtop. T-Mobile aims to be first US carrier for Z10 The BlackBerry Z10 was launched in several countries as soon it was officially unveiled, but US fans were informed that they have to wait until mid-March to get theirs hands on the said device. The reason for the delay is that US... more »
A number of email accounts belonging to former US President George W. Bush and several of his family members and close friends have been hacked, with a huge amount of sensitive information and private photos published online. Without doubt, some of the most embarrassing items exposed include two images of naked self-portraits of the former president in the bath and in the shower, which are believed to have been created by Bush himself, reports The Smoking Gun. Other data obtained by the hacker, who calls himself Guccifer, includes a list of names, addresses, cell phone numbers and emails of Bush family... more »
You probably didn’t notice it, but for a short period yesterday afternoon Facebook took out the entire internet. A temporary glitch caused anyone who tried to visit a third party website integrated with the social media site to be redirected back to Facebook.com, where a message popped up saying “An error occurred. Please try again later”. The bug affected thousands of sites that employ some kind of Facebook integration, driving traffic away from them, reports AllThingsD. Naturally, more than a few users were a bit perplexed over the problem, with some taking to Twitter to voice their complaints. "Is it just me... more »
Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise is very popular, and enjoyed by many, regardless of age. Before Rovio launches a new version or introduce a new character, it releases teaser video clips on its site, building the anticipation for its upcoming release. Honestly, I’ve enjoyed watching the short video clips. They’re fun and it makes the game more intriguing. So how would you react if Rovio launches cartoon-style episodes of Angry Birds, complete with a story line explaining of why these birds are so angry, and what life was like before the pigs started stealing their eggs? If you actually want to see the plot behind... more »
Apple came under attack yesterday from one of its biggest shareholders over the $137 billion cash pile it’s accumulated over the last few years, in yet another sign of growing investor unrest over the company’s poor performance in recent months, reports the Wall Street Journal. David Einhorn, the billionaire hedge fund manager of Greenlight Capital, is reportedly agitating for action against the company, pressing shareholders to resist Apple’s proposed plans for its cash pile, which are set to go to a vote on February 27. In a carefully worded letter to his fellow shareholders, Einhorn calls on them to vote against the... more »