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AMD Leaving Laptops Just As Star Trek Enters - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

AMD Leaving Laptops Just As Star Trek Enters - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

After years of Windows OS exclusivity, Advanced Micro Devices is looking to Google to expand their OS options with traditional x86 and ARM-based processors. The new chips will run multiple operating systems, and according to AMD, Google's Android and Chrome OS offer the perfect flexibility for third-party chip design and integration. Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Business Units said "We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it's a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well." Up until this point, adoption rates for Windows 8 tablets have been... more »
On a Short Leash : Bloomberg Launches $75M Fund with Early-Stage Concerns

On a Short Leash : Bloomberg Launches $75M Fund with Early-Stage Concerns

Bloomberg has appointed former IGN boss Roy Bahat to head Bloomberg Beta, its newly formed venture capital fund. The $75 million VC’s investment team includes former Trinity Ventures principal James Cham and Bloomberg business development guru Karin Klein. Bloomberg Beta is focused on creating and funding early-stage startups that specialize in Big Data, technology platforms, content discovery, media distribution, networking and communications. Bahat and his crew will also keep an eye out for investment opportunities revolving around human-computer interaction and “radically new organizational models” (whatever that means). The fund has already invested in a number of emerging firms, including Newsle, MkII, Nodejitsu,... more »
Smart TVs: Not So Clever When It Comes To Security

Smart TVs: Not So Clever When It Comes To Security

Smart TVs have earned their name due to the superb functionality they offer, being able to browse the web, stream video content, sync with other devices, play games, and even hang out and chat on social media sites. But when it comes to security, the "smart' description is probably stretching things a little. "Stupid" might be a better word. Why do I say this? Simply because, the security on most smart TVs is quite simply non-existent, as one German researcher demonstrated recently. In a recent blog post, Professor Martin Herfurt demonstrates a number of easy remote attacks that can be performed on... more »
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What to Expect at #IBM Edge2013 : How Will SoftLayer Buy Fit Into OpenStack Party?

Just days before IBM's Edge event kicks off, Big Blue's been busy building a cloud services portfolio that's aggressively taking on the public cloud space with the recent acquisition of SoftLayer.  IBM's had quite a strategy with mergers and acquisitions these last few years, and it's all coming together to provide a full offering of infrastructure and data-driven tools for the cloud of tomorrow.  Making these acquisitions work, and enabling clients' data center components to work better together, IBM is all about open frameworks to facilitate compatibility across the stack.  That's something we'll be on the lookout for at IBM Edge next... more »
Symantec Warns Bitcoin Users of Fake Mt.Gox Sites

Symantec Warns Bitcoin Users of Fake Mt.Gox Sites

Mt.Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange market, once again seems to be the prime target of cybercriminals who're ever eager to look for ways to exploit the cryptocurrency. According to a new report from Symantec, while Trojans that steal BTCs and install BTC miners onto people's PCs continue to proliferate, some cybercriminals have reverted to the age-old phishing method to scam BTC enthusiasts out of their money. The scam works by taking advantage of Mt. Gox's huge popularity - criminals are said to have set up a number of fake Mt. Gox sites that use the same second-level domain (mtgox), but a different... more »
SmartHome Review: Connecting the Tangible, Helping Veterans

SmartHome Review: Connecting the Tangible, Helping Veterans

In this week’s SmartWorld roundup, we’ll be highlighting some of the advancements that are making their way into people’s homes, such as the fusion between virtual and real world objects, AT&T’s Digital Life home expanding to more homes, and smarthomes benefiting amputee veterans.         Smarter Objects MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group developed a program called Smarter Objects, which connects virtual objects to real objects, in order for people to control the real objects with the virtual objects. The program needs to be installed on a smartphone or tablet, then with the use of the device’s camera, the user points it to an object... more »
Big Data Goes to the Dogs with Smart "Whistle" Collars

Big Data Goes to the Dogs with Smart "Whistle" Collars

Many of us have loveable furry friends in our lives, and in most cases consider them to be a huge part of the family.  Some treat their dogs and cats like their best friend, like a lifetime companion, and we all want them to live long and happy lives.  Sadly, our pets ultimately have far shorter lifespans than humans, and so saying goodbye is almost inevitable. A dog’s average lifespan depends on the breed and size, but according to experts, most large breed dogs have a shorter lifespan than medium and small breeds.  Say for instance you have a Chow Chow... more »
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LIVE: IBM Shifts From Private to Public Cloud With Acquisition of SoftLayer

Updated with full video - see below. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we discuss IBM's reported $2 billion acquisition of Softlayer and its plans for the public cloud. This week IBM made an estimated two-billion dollar acquisition of Softlayer. In a story originally cracked by the Wall Street Journal, ‘Big Blue’ is planning to create a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, with SoftLayer continuing to operate as a separate business entity inside of that. Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM’s technology services, said in a statement... more »
LIVE: Mobile Consumption on Smartphone Snowball - Rollin' at Full Speed

LIVE: Mobile Consumption on Smartphone Snowball - Rollin' at Full Speed

Updated with full video - see below. On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn that, according to a Pew Research Center study, for the first time in history the majority (56 percent) of adults in America have a smartphone. This is a historic day for U.S. technology. Since the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project began systematically tracking smartphone adoption, this is the first time ever a majority of adult Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.  Fifty-six percent own a smartphone, 35 percent own some other kind... more »
QLogic Hopes to Streamline Operations by Reducing Workforce

QLogic Hopes to Streamline Operations by Reducing Workforce

On Tuesday networking equipment provider QLogic announced a company-wide restructuring initiative designed to “streamline business operations with the goal of driving long-term profitable growth.” The plan includes R&D cutbacks and a major round of layoffs scheduled for the first half of fiscal year 2014. QLogic didn’t disclose how many employees will be issued pink slips, but a release specified that the goal is to save roughly $20 million a year going forward. The company estimates that the restricting plan will cost between $20 million and $23 million, not including taxes. Interim chief executive officer and CFO Jean Hu stated that “these... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

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.