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Google Brings the Mobile Experience to Desktop with Chrome Apps

Google Brings the Mobile Experience to Desktop with Chrome Apps

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, the company made it clear that the platform was all about apps.  Everything was tiled and easily accessible, and though there may be some hiccups, everything was just a click or two away. In the meantime, Google has expanded from being just a search engine to being almost anything and everything you can think of. And with Google Chrome OS now celebrating its 5th birthday, the search giant rolled out something that would make Microsoft clean up its act. On its official blog, Google announced the launch of its next generation Chrome apps, which bring “together the speed,... more »
Apple Races To Enter The Phablet Market Next Year

Apple Races To Enter The Phablet Market Next Year

Rumors of a Apple launching a phablet have been abundant this year.  Back in July, it was reported that Apple was testing different sized screens for the iPhone and the iPad, and with September 10 so close, fanbois were on the edge of their seats wondering if all the rumors will have some truth to it. A new report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple is testing iPhone screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches.  If this is true, then we can expect that Apple will be launching an iPhablet some time soon.  Question now... more »
Internet of Things' Headaches: Will They Be Worth It?

Internet of Things' Headaches: Will They Be Worth It?

Last week, one of the world's most prestigious publications, the Oxford English Dictionary, finally added the phrase "Internet of Things", alongside other terms SiliconANGLE readers will be familiar with, such as Big Data, Crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, stream (the verb) and redirect (a noun). But where does the Internet of Things come from, and why is it suddenly so important that it graces the hallowed pages of the English language's most definitive, most trusted source? Simply because, its no longer a concept of the future, but something that's here right now – and in the very, very close future, it's going to... more »
Encryption Just Isn't All Its 'Cracked' Up To Be

Encryption Just Isn't All Its 'Cracked' Up To Be

Just as the name Ed Snowden began to slide away from the headlines, there he goes and does it again. In the latest development of the ongoing scandal over the US government's surveillance operations, a new leak shows that the NSA has long since had the capacity to crack a wide range of web encryption standards that were previously thought to be secure. The revelations were published in a series of articles in The Guardian, The New York Times and ProPublica, disclosing a wide-ranging campaign by the NSA to shatter common encryption methods so they can gorge themselves on our data. According... more »
Bullrun: The NSA Backdoor Anti-Encryption Bug Program That Breaks  Most Encryption on the Internet

Bullrun: The NSA Backdoor Anti-Encryption Bug Program That Breaks Most Encryption on the Internet

Astonishing and explosive news emerged yesterday yet again from the Snowden files.  This is a whopper that is much bigger than PRISM.  As reported in the Guardian, the New York Times, and ProPublica, the NSA has the ability to decrypt most of anything that is on the internet.  They have done this not through cracking encryption mathematically, but by secretly using influence and billions of dollars to insert backdoors designed to preserve their ability to eavesdrop.  A not-so random number here, a little snippet of code there, and the exploiting of privileged access to keys – it’s pretty stunning news.  The program... more »
Interactive Music Video Facehawk by Aptly Named Band ‘Big Data’ Can See What You Do

Interactive Music Video Facehawk by Aptly Named Band ‘Big Data’ Can See What You Do

In an era where people are slowly realizing that their digital footprint is more akin to a bigfoot than a sandal have been warily eyeing the activity of the NSA as well as the activity of corporations like Google and Facebook. Hooking into this new-found self-consciousness, the Facehawk experience takes data from a users Facebook account (with permission, of course) to build an interactive music video that provides a flood of updates and images from their timeline in a way that instills a sense of the expansive amount of data we leave behind as we interact on social media. The band,... more »
Williams & Fudge Data Center Director Discusses Virtualization Use Case #VMworld

Williams & Fudge Data Center Director Discusses Virtualization Use Case #VMworld

Phillip Reynolds, the Data Center Director for collection agency William & Fudge, stopped by theCube during VMworld 2013 to discuss how EMC and VMware are fueling his company’s growth. William & Fudge employs 400 staffers, up from 160 four years ago. Reynolds’ main responsibility is addressing the needs of his IT’s organizations rapidly growing user base while keeping overheads down. He tells theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman that his agency's data center houses 60 VMware-virtualized servers, a View-based VDI deployment and a backup environment that consists of an EMC VNX array and a Cisco UCS compute platform. Reynolds reflects that disaster... more »
Secure24’s Sean Donaldson Discusses The Service Provider #VMworld

Secure24’s Sean Donaldson Discusses The Service Provider #VMworld

Secure24 is a Michigan-based cloud provider that offers regulatory compliant hosting for mission critical applications. Sean Donaldson, the company’s chief architect, discussed his company and the cloud ecosystem in an interview on theCube at VMworld 2013. The term cloud computing means different things for different people. For Secure24’s customers, it means a secure environment that combines the transparency of on-premise infrastructure with the cost benefits of outsourcing. According to Donaldson, his company tailors SLAs to individual clients and measures downtime in impact on day to day operations rather than system availability. As a result, customers have a much bigger safety net than... more »
AlienVault Raises $26.5M - Expanding its Crowd-Source Cyber Threat Platform

AlienVault Raises $26.5M - Expanding its Crowd-Source Cyber Threat Platform

AlienVault is a San Mateo-based security startup that made a major announcement today on their $26.5 million Series D funding led by GGV Capital.  Total funding is now about $61 million, and this announcement includes strong participation from new and existing investors. AlienVault is a powerful crowd-source threat intelligence and threat management platform called Unified Security Management (USM).  The offering is focused on cutting edge security visibility through flexible integration into the enterprise environment.  Additionally, AlienVault’s products are designed for customers that operate with a limited staff both in numbers and skill, as it is an ongoing enterprise challenge to find... more »
Google Glass App Store Sets to Strengthen Wearable Computing, Debuts in 2014

Google Glass App Store Sets to Strengthen Wearable Computing, Debuts in 2014

The specifications for Google Glass have been known for quite some time now. First developer copies have already been spotted in the wild and various approaches to popular design software whiz through the ether. For the official launch of Google Glass, only thing missing is an appropriate app store. The New York Times has learned that the Google Glass App Store is coming next year and Google has confirmed the thing with Marketing Land, without bothering to pour in more detail on the subject. As already Clive Thompson of the New York Times mentioned that Google Glass is expected to launch... more »

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- David Floyer

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