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SmartWorld Weekly: Ninjas + Robots Invade Homes, Cars Get Removable SIMs + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Ninjas + Robots Invade Homes, Cars Get Removable SIMs + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features ninjas and robots that are invading your homes, tracking devices for kids and the elderly, removable SIMs on cars, and the slimmest portable speaker available in the market. Ninjas and Robots Invade Your Smart Home   SmartHome Monday featured the Ninja Blocks, a home automation solution that monitors your home... more »
Next IT Launches Siri-Esque Alme for Healthcare

Next IT Launches Siri-Esque Alme for Healthcare

Next IT, a Spokane, Washington-based firm with over a decade of experience in developing virtual assistant technology, is bringing Siri to the healthcare industry with a specialized help desk solution that offloads patient requests to let medical professionals focus on what they do best. Alme for Healthcare features a sophisticated AI that can automatically respond to common questions via both text and voice prompts. Touting an 96 percent accuracy rate, Next IT says that the tool enables healthcare providers to create custom assistants that ensure that patients follow treatment plans and effectively communicate their conditions. SiliconANGLE Editor-in-Chief Mark "Rizzn'" Hopkins got an... more »
BlackBerry Co-Founder Lazaridis Makes Last-Ditch Bid To Save The Day

BlackBerry Co-Founder Lazaridis Makes Last-Ditch Bid To Save The Day

There's been new developments over at beleaguered BlackBerry this morning, with a possible takeover bid in the offing, coming hot on the heels of news that seven of its key designers dumped the company earlier this year. First up is the news that BlackBerry's former CEO and co-founder Mike Lazaridis is weighing up a last ditch bit to save his faltering company. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, it was revealed that Lazaridis has increased his stake in the firm to 8%, and has engaged in talks with investors Centerview Partners and Goldman Sachs over a... more »
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Amazon Gives Back to the Community with AWS Activate Bundle

Amazon Web Services got its start as a developer platform 2006, and quickly evolved as a force to be reckoned within the enterprise cloud arena. The infrastructure-as-a-service is now going back to its roots with new solutions for cash-strapped startups. Announced this morning, the AWS Activate bundle comes in two editions: the generally available Self-Starter and the more exclusive Portfolio package, which can only be applied for by firms in select accelerator, incubator, venture capital seed funds or entrepreneur organizations. “Many of the world’s most successful startups already build their businesses on the AWS cloud. Based on feedback from VCs, startups and... more »
Apple's iWatch Rumored to be Directed at Home Automation

Apple's iWatch Rumored to be Directed at Home Automation

People are still waiting on Apple to release its long-rumored smartwatch device, which many have already dubbed as the iWatch. When Samsung and Qualcomm unveiled their own smartwatches last month, many were left feeling ambivalent towards the devices since they weren’t really wearable smartphones at all, but rather just a companion device for smartphones.  In other words, these devices are useless you have a smartphone to pair them with. Consumers want a wearable smartphone, not something that costs half the price of a smartphone that only serves as a companion device.  That's exactly why people are looking to Apple to release such... more »
"Patriot Act" Creator Aims To Curb NSA Spying With New "Freedom Act"

"Patriot Act" Creator Aims To Curb NSA Spying With New "Freedom Act"

In almost 12 years since then President George W. Bush signed the controversial Patriot Act into law, it's fair to say that the US government has gotten a little carried away with its mission to sniff out terrorists through digital surveillance. What with the extent of the NSA's dragnet fully illustrated by a certain Mr. Snowden earlier this year, its clear that this surveillance program is not just about catching terrorists anymore. Love it or hate it, the Patriot Act has grown far beyond its original scope, into a Big Brother-like monstrosity. Even its creator seems to agree, and that's... more »
Apple Halves iPhone 5c Production, Recruits BlackBerry Workforce

Apple Halves iPhone 5c Production, Recruits BlackBerry Workforce

Are iPhones no longer the apple of consumers’ eyes? In a report from C Technology, the site that leaked photos of the latest new batch of iPhones before they were officially unveiled by Apple, it stated that the production of the lower-cost iPhone 5c has been halved, from 300,000 units a day down to just 150,000 units a day. The suggestion is that the iPhone 5c’s price tag might be responsible for the production decline as its costs only $100 less than the iPhone 5s and comes with a somewhat disagreeable plastic casing. Meanwhile, all of the new features are strictly from... more »
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The Real Stories behind the Industrial Internet

When we think of all the Industrial Internet has to offer, we tend to rely on sci-fi flicks, which have so nicely imagined a world of connected devices and data-driven predictions that will rule nearly every aspect of our lives, from retail interactions to criminal pursuits.  Minority Report is a go-to favorite, nicely telling the story of our future relationship with technology, whether we're shopping at The GAP or passing the time in a virtual environment.  But what we don't seem to realize is that the future is very much a part of the present day tech scene.  And there's... more »
Anonymous Plans Million Mask March on Washington DC To Protest – Well, Everything

Anonymous Plans Million Mask March on Washington DC To Protest – Well, Everything

If you weren’t aware, November 5th is Guy Fawkes Day, and as one of the symbols of the Anonymous movement, the hacktivist collective is planning a massive march in Washington DC on the National Mall.  The march has been labeled “the Million Mask March” and it is being put together to protest a laundry list of causes, so if you’re with the Anonymous movement, you have a variety of choices to get behind. Here’s the statement and the list - Please read event description below for details mission statement and videos This event and page is NOT associated with millionmaskmarch.org site as well... more »
Where to Find the Next Billion Smartphone Users?

Where to Find the Next Billion Smartphone Users?

There are currently around 1.4 billion smartphones in the use around the world. Several developed markets including the U.S. have already exceeded 50% penetration of smartphones among cellular devices. As the rate of new consumers entering the market slowing down, acquiring new users becomes increasingly difficult and expensive. Developers looking for rapid growth are not likely to hit a gold mine in market conditions where each user has a million applications to pick. On the other hand, developers are apprehensive about venturing into uncharted territories where risk is perceived to be greater than the reward. One such uncharted territory for app... 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.