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Lenovo Rekindles Interest In BlackBerry - Part Of It, Anyway

Lenovo Rekindles Interest In BlackBerry - Part Of It, Anyway

China's Lenovo is believed to have rekindled its interest in buying the struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry, which despite the earlier Fairfax Financial deal, is still actively looking for buyers. However it's not clear just what the Chinese firm might want out of BlackBerry, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that its bidding to take over the entire company, while Reuters said that it only wants a part of it owing to regulatory concerns that would prevent a complete takeover. BlackBerry is something of a laughing stock in the smartphone world these days, having failed to transition from its legacy mobile platform... more »
Nexus 5 Briefly Appears in Google Play, Pricing Starts at $349

Nexus 5 Briefly Appears in Google Play, Pricing Starts at $349

Some Google Play users had a bit of a shock earlier today when they stumbled across the Nexus 5 device for sale alongside the Nexus 7 and 10, although Google's newest smartphone apparently didn't show up for everyone, with many users still only seeing the Nexus 4. Was this a glitch, or could it be Google getting ready to unveil the Nexus 5 any day now? Whatever it is, Google has now fixed the issue and Google Play is now only displaying the older Nexus 4. Those who have seen the leaked page state that the Nexus 5 is priced at $349... more »
Google Posts Strong Q3 To Beat Analysts' Expectations Once Again

Google Posts Strong Q3 To Beat Analysts' Expectations Once Again

Google has once again beat analysts' expectations by posting consolidated revenues of $14.89 billion for the quarter that ended September 30, 2013.  Consolidated revenues for the previous quarter were 12 percent higher compared to same quarter in 2012. “Google had another strong quarter with $14.9 billion in revenue and great product progress,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google.  “We are closing in on our goal of a beautiful, simple, and intuitive experience regardless of your device.” Of the reported consolidated revenue, Google segment revenues make up 92 percent, or $13.77 billion, representing a 19 percent increase from the same quarter in 2012... more »
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Acer Review: $250 Chromebook In; Microsoft Windows Out

Pundits left and right make fun of Google's  Chromebook laptops, claiming they are toys that can't compete with Microsoft  and Apple. They are "not real computers," we are told -- not worthy, a fad -- sort of like the temporary netbook craze from early 2009. Half of these deniers have never used a Chromebook for even a full day. They tend to be the same people who dismissed the iPhone in 2007 before even trying one. Perhaps they are also the same people who dismissed Tesla's car in 2012 without having driven one. The computer snobs who make snarky comments about Chromebooks... more »
eXelate Builds Real-Time Ad Analytics Big Data System on Aerospike

eXelate Builds Real-Time Ad Analytics Big Data System on Aerospike

Flash storage and new database platforms challenge CIOs and CTOs to redesign business services around real-time Big Data analytic and transactional systems to support new business models that are a key to business growth, writes Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer in his Wikibon Alert "Real-time Big Data: eXelate Case Study." eXelate is a pioneer in this, having built a Big Data analysis system to support real-time bidding for ad placements on the Internet on top of the Aerospike noSQL database engine running on clusters of 12 industry standard x86 processor nodes each, with 5 (growing to 7) SSDs and 128 GB... more »
Chemists Nobel Prize Winner Takes Complex Computing to Cyberspace

Chemists Nobel Prize Winner Takes Complex Computing to Cyberspace

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the names of three researchers chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. Michael Levitt, a British-US citizen of Stanford University; US-Austrian Martin Karplus of Strasbourg University; and US-Israeli Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California will share the prize. The three scientists developed research on multiscale models for complex chemical systems. The three work in American universities. In the research, Karplus, Levitt and Warshel have laid the foundation for the programs used today all over the world to understand and predict chemical processes. Models made to the computer in chemistry... more »
Telerik Rolls Out Enhancements to DevTools for Mobile, Cloud and Cross-Platform Support

Telerik Rolls Out Enhancements to DevTools for Mobile, Cloud and Cross-Platform Support

Telerik announced the Q3 release of its leading .NET development tools suite for use with its software application, lifecycle, and content management solutions. The company is advancing its existing toolset with touch capabilities, which now delivers major mobile, cloud and cross-platform enhancements, and analytics to more than one million developers. The advancement includes integrated analytics in its WPF and Silverlight controls leveraging the EQATEC Application Analytics platform to provide developers with an intuitive, productive way to leverage Windows 8 functionality in environments with which they are familiar. The cross collaboration delivers on its promise to advance its superior UI controls, productivity... more »
How to Hadoop? | #bigdataNYC CrowdChat Recap

How to Hadoop? | #bigdataNYC CrowdChat Recap

How to Hadoop? Hadoop is at the center of the data economy. Big Data + the Industrialization of the Internet means we require more and more data for more and more things.  As far as the enterprise is concerned, Big Data has introduced a big challenge and a bigger opportunity - how to commercialize analytics in a software-led world? On Thursday, October 10th, 2013 industry thought leaders from Hortonworks, Wandisco, Talend, MapR, MongoDB, Avoa, Wikibon and Big Data Open Source Security LLC, and many other thought leaders gathered for a public on the record CrowdChat to discuss which model is superior... more »
Fitness Band Wars: Nike FuelBand SE vs Fitbit Force vs Jawbone Up

Fitness Band Wars: Nike FuelBand SE vs Fitbit Force vs Jawbone Up

There are many fitness trackers available these days, with more coming our way as consumers’ interest in living a healthy life increases.  But some of the most popular trackers these days come in the form of bracelets as they're easy to wear, less likely to get in the way when you’re running, and less likely to get lost while you’re on the move.  But which fitness bracelet suits you? Nike FuelBand SE   Nike recently unveiled its next generation fitness band dubbed the Nike FuleBand SE. Nothing much has changed in the band itself, but Nike now offers more colors to choose from... more »
Crowdfund These Smart Gadgets : Ear/Ring Bluetooth, Audio Wrist + Allergen Detectors

Crowdfund These Smart Gadgets : Ear/Ring Bluetooth, Audio Wrist + Allergen Detectors

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features a ring that transforms into a communication piece, a bracelet that lets you keep track of conversations, and device that tells you information about the food you are about to consume. O.R.B.   Bluetooth headset users encounter the same problem: pain in the ear because they are constantly wearing the device, even if they aren’t talking to anyone.  Bluetooth headsets are too bulky to be put inside your pockets, and it could easily get damaged when you sit, and too small to be placed inside your bag, and easily gets lost in the abyss.  Don’t you wish there... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.