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Balancing Design Instinct + Judgment vs. A/B Testing for Design Changes

Balancing Design Instinct + Judgment vs. A/B Testing for Design Changes

Editors Note: The following is an excerpt from Joel Lewenstein, Product Designer at Quora, in response to this question: How do designers at Twitter, Facebook, and other tech companies balance their design instinct and judgment vs. the engineer's impulse to use A/B test data for every design change? on Quora as told by Ryan Cox. For additional reference, the question was explored specifically to environments where every pixel change, line height, shades of color, etc. are A/B tested and most decisions are made on Big Data. As designers, how do you navigate these environments in relation to Big Data? Can it make you... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 3: Winklevoss Twins Plan Bitcoin Trust, Bitcoin Foundation Tells California to Talk to the Hand, China Gets into the Bitcoin Game

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 3: Winklevoss Twins Plan Bitcoin Trust, Bitcoin Foundation Tells California to Talk to the Hand, China Gets into the Bitcoin Game

Instead of a lot of financial drama or even regulation, this week Bitcoin has seen its share of good news. A Bitcoin Trust being planned by none other than the Winklevoss twins might inject some new value into the market—or cause turmoil, it’s hard to say. The Bitcoin Foundation has responded to California about the state’s outright wrong and silly cease-and-desist requesting the foundation stop doing something it doesn’t do (the response is worth a read.) And, China seems to be getting into the bitcoin game with mining pools and even exchanges of its own. Winklevoss Twins Submit Plans for $20m... more »
Apple Ripe for Harvest : Will iPhone 5 Mini + New Device Sizes Launch in September?

Apple Ripe for Harvest : Will iPhone 5 Mini + New Device Sizes Launch in September?

It seems the world's been pretty quiet lately regarding its expectations of what the next iPhone will be like.  It's not that we’re no longer interested in the device, but we've taken a break in light of Apple's recently concluded WWDC, where no new iPhone made an appearance, and bubbling expectations over the iWatch, a term for which Apple recently filed for trademark despite no news of an actual product.  And we’ve been gathering evidence as to what Apple will be offering come fall of this year. Nevertheless, autumn approaches and the season is ripe for an Apple harvest, historically speaking.  Here's... more »
FDA Warns of Cyber Threats to Medical Devices

FDA Warns of Cyber Threats to Medical Devices

The Internet of Things includes a growing number of medical devices, from heart monitors to ventilators and multi-million dollar x-ray machines. More and more hospitals are connecting their equipment to the web in order to give healthcare practitioners access to real-time patient data, an increasingly valuable resource that can mean the difference between life and death. This modernization is driving noticeable improvements in patient care, as vendors such as IBM are always quick to point out, but it also exposes patient data to cyber threats. Hospitals make particularly attractive targets for hackers due to the fact that medical records are in... more »
IBM Fellow Neil Bartlett Sees Risk Analytics as Key to a Better World

IBM Fellow Neil Bartlett Sees Risk Analytics as Key to a Better World

Ed. Note: Neil Bartlett was CTO and Head of Analytics for risk management systems developer Algorithmic when it sold itself to IBM in October 2011. With the acquisition, he became CTO & Head of Development for Risk Analytics at IBM Canada Ltd. This April he was one of eight IBM employees to be named IBM Fellows, becoming one of a very exclusive group of only 246 IBMers so honored in the 50 year history of the program. Shortly afterwards, SiliconAngle had the opportunity to interview him. This is an excerpt from the nine page transcription of that interview. SiliconAngle: This is... more »
Skype for Android App Vulnerability Allows Lockscreen Bypass

Skype for Android App Vulnerability Allows Lockscreen Bypass

A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the Skype for Android application that could allow hackers to bypass the lockscreen function of certain Android phones, allowing them to access devices that fall into their possession. The vulnerability was disclosed by Pulser, a moderator of the XDA Developers Android forum, who wrote that he'd found the bug in version 3.2.0.6673 of Skype's Android app. So far, its been proven to work on Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z and Huawei's Premia 4G-all Android phones. Pulser made his disclosure in a post on the Full Disclosure security forum: “The Skype for Android application... more »
The Internet of Things is Driving Collaborative Consumption

The Internet of Things is Driving Collaborative Consumption

Technology is transforming the economic landscape. The rise of connected devices is facilitating what The New York Times’ Tina Rosenberg calls “collaborative consumption,” an increasingly popular purchasing model that lets consumers save money by paying for access rather than ownership. Thousands of businesses have already jumped on the bandwagon, including a San Francisco-based startup called ScootNetworks. As the name suggests, ScootNetworks offers Bay Area commuters the option of renting scooters for half the price of a taxi ride. Co-founder and CTO Daniel Riegel said in an interview on theCube that owning a phone is the only requirement to using one of... more »
.NYC Gets a New Top-Level Domain

.NYC Gets a New Top-Level Domain

Residents of New York City will soon have access to a brand new top level domain, something that's bound to go down well with local businesses and travel sites given the city's rather 'pretentious' reputation. Recently approved by ICANN, the Internet address regulatory body, webmasters residing in the Big Apple will soon be able to apply for a .nyc web address when the domain is officially launched later this year, although no one's yet said how much one might cost. Nonetheless, it seems that mayor Bloomberg is an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, as he made clear in the following tweet... more »
LIVE: Spring Tour Wrapup + VMware's Place In the Ecosystem

LIVE: Spring Tour Wrapup + VMware's Place In the Ecosystem

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 3, 2013. Virtualization has caused a big wave of change to IT over the last decade. As cloud and the software-defined data center continue to be a hot topic, we are joined by Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Minnaman to share what he’s heard on these subject’s while on the road during his busy conference schedule. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On this episode, we'll hear Stu discuss how the software-defined data center will fit-in with cloud discussions, and we'll discuss the common obstacles that most vendors... more »
RIP Google Reader. Hello Feedly, Flipboard and Noowit

RIP Google Reader. Hello Feedly, Flipboard and Noowit

A Final Farewell Thank you for stopping by. Today, we powered down Google Reader. We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader. Sincerely, The Google Reader Team   That’s the short letter you’ll see if you visit the Google Reader blog today.  It formally announces the demise of the service and provides some answers as to what will happen to user's accounts and why it went away. What you need to know, if you’re a Google Reader user, is that you can still get your Google Reader subscription data, which includes... 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.