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Early Images of Intel's "Obsidian" Smartphone User Interface

Early Images of Intel's "Obsidian" Smartphone User Interface

New images have emerged of the smartphone interface being cooked up by Intel. The chip maker reportedly intends to re-jig Tizen and possibly even Android devices with a new theme that's been given the code name "Obsidian". According to Ars Technica, the software will be released later this year on an Intel reference device called "Josephine" and comes with a number of new features unseen on previous mobile OS's. From the images, we can see that Obsidian appears to be following the popular "flat" look of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone interfaces, but it'll also feature an original new notification... more »
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Cloudera Search Alternatives : Let's Free Data for Non-Geeks

Cloudera, the company that specializes in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, launched the public beta of Cloudera Search - reportedly the industry’s first fully integrated search engine for interactive exploration of data stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and Apache HBase. Cloudera Search is like Google Search for Big Data.  This is a huge step towards the democratization of data, enabling even non-technical teams to perform interactive, natural language keyword searches and faceted navigation on data stored in Hadoop.  This is all done without having to go through additional training or having advanced programming knowledge. So what makes Cloudera... more »
NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden Speaks Out on NSA Spying

NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden Speaks Out on NSA Spying

Over the weekend, ex-CIA employee Ed Snowden revealed himself as the whistleblower responsible for exposing the NSA's PRISM spying program in an exclusive interview with The Guardian. Snowden, who is currently employed at defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, claims to have been working at the NSA for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors. If you haven't yet seen Snowden's interview with The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, it's worth spending a few minutes doing so to get an idea of his motivations: Now there's one crucial revelation from the interview that stands out: "I, sitting at my desk, certainly had... more »
LIVE: WWDC Hype Reveals Apple's Need for New Partners + Services

LIVE: WWDC Hype Reveals Apple's Need for New Partners + Services

Updated with full video - see below. Apple may not have launched any show-stopping products in over a year, but the long wait is only heightening the excitement around the iPhone maker's annual developer conference, WWDC 2013.  The event kicks off today, crushing or confirming a long string of rumors that have been brewing these last 12 months. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we discuss the high expectations that have been built up around Apple's showcase event, which could be a turning point for the iPhone maker as it fights to maintain dominance in... more »
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iOS 7 + iRadio : Will Apple Copy Android or Microsoft at #WWDC 2013?

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2013 is kicking off today at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, California, running through the 14th. As for the rumored news, it is expected that Apple will reveal iOS 7 at the event, it’s latest mobile operating system with a refreshed look.  Earlier reports have stated that Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive has opted for a flatter look for iOS 7, with a more black -and-white color scheme. Check out SiliconANGLE’s Complete User Guide for #WWDC 2013 here  Those who have reportedly seen the new iOS 7 compare the flatness to Microsoft’s Metro UI,... more »
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Big Data Review: PRISM, E-Commerce and iRadio

PRISM, the NSA’s hush-hush data gathering program, has kept political commentators and tech pundits very busy over the past few days. The gloomy revelation is still dominating headlines. On Wednesday, The Guardian published what appeared to be a copy of a fresh court order that mandates Verizon to hand over customer data to the NSA over the course of three months. Less than 24 hours later, the UK-based publication released a PowerPoint presentation that outlines what SiliconAngle’s Mike Whitely called a “massive, warrantless government surveillance program.” The 41-page slide presentation reveals that PRISM is not limited to just one provider. According to... more »
Google's Buying Waze For $1B To Spite Facebook & Apple

Google's Buying Waze For $1B To Spite Facebook & Apple

If you haven't had the pleasure of using the navigation/traffic jam app Waze, you probably will do soon, one way or another. That's because Google is said to be on the verge of buying the Israeli startup for a massive $1 billion+. The deal would give Google a huge lift in its ongoing struggle for control of the mobile space as it does battle with rivals like Facebook and Apple. But why is Google ready to spend that kind of money on an app that few have even heard of? There are three compelling reasons why: firstly, Waze's underlying technology is built... more »
Cloud Review: Bad Manners and Acquisitions

Cloud Review: Bad Manners and Acquisitions

Last week IBM showed its competitors that it plays hardball. The firm announced a multi-billion deal that will extend its cloud business into Amazon’s turf, and later thwarted a lucrative contract that the CIA had awarded to the company. The news from IBM hit the wire shortly after Salesforce announced its multi-billion acquisition, and on the same day an OpenStack startup called Mirantis closed a $10 million round of funding. On Wednesday IBM shelled out $2 billion for SoftLayer, a cloud provider that maintains 13 data centers across the US, Holland and Singapore. According to SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto, the... more »
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Surveillance State: Liberty & Security - Innovation of Technology Should Drive Government Policy - Opportunity

This Prism issue is not a new issue.  Remember William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades, said the David Petraeus sex scandal was most likely exposed using illegal surveillance of his email. Binney came to national attention earlier this year when he started telling the story of how NSA surveillance works to anyone who would listen. He is a crypto-mathematician and a codebreaker of the nth degree (described as one of the best in NSA history) and his explanation of the spying program appeared in the New York Times in August 2012. He spoke about “Stellar Wind” a... more »
Prism & NSA Conversations - Lessons Learned from the NSA on Scaling Data Mining Monitoring

Prism & NSA Conversations - Lessons Learned from the NSA on Scaling Data Mining Monitoring

With all the conversations around the NSA and Prism monitoring our data it's important to learn what it takes to mine the massive amounts of data. The Atlantic had a great post on the challenges of technology advancements and how hard it is to apply the policy of getting data on bad actors.    To me the core issues are: 1) tech policy isn't that mature and 2) yes we do need to keep an eye on what is acceptable and have transparency. The challenge is who do you trust? The courts have failed to develop a robust system for applying the Fourth... more »

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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.

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- David Vellante

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Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.