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Bitcoin May Find a Fulfilling Market in Africa

Bitcoin May Find a Fulfilling Market in Africa

As Internet technology continues to make deeper inroads into regions that lack infrastructure to support a strong banking system, very quickly virtual currencies can become more successful than banks. One region of the world that reflects this is Africa, where banks are weak, but mobile devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous in everyday life. Recently, the Technology Review published by MIT ran a story about German software developer Rüdiger Koch, a consultant to the U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Intersango, who spoke at the Mobile Money Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria who sees Africa as a fertile ground for Bitcoin development. There, Koch... more »
Mad Men Gadgets for Today's Sleek Geek

Mad Men Gadgets for Today's Sleek Geek

AMC’s award-winning series, Mad Men, is back for its fifth season premiering on Sunday, March 25th.  After more than a year of absence, fans are dying to find out what will happen with Don Draper’s proposal to Megan, or to Joan Harris’ baby with Roger Sterling.  Will Greg ever find out?  Will this end their marriage? A lot of questions waiting to be answered, but fans have to wait four more days before the show premiers.  So to help pass the time, here are some apps and retro-style gadgets to bide your time. Mad Apps . Mad Men Cocktail Culture - this app helps you... more »
Truce! Microsoft and TiVo Call Off the Lawyers after Two Years

Truce! Microsoft and TiVo Call Off the Lawyers after Two Years

Microsoft and TiVo have announced their mutual agreement to drop patent infringement charges against each other, officially ending a dispute that has begun in 2010. The Wall Street Journal provided some of the background behind the story: “Microsoft first sued TiVo in a San Francisco federal court in 2010 as part of a broader attempt to provide legal cover for partner AT&T Inc. (T), a customer of its Internet video platform. It claimed TiVo illegally used technology related to purchasing and delivering video and the ability to display programming information. TiVo had launched its own strike against AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc.... more »
The Anonymous Impact: Hacktivism in 2011 Exceeded Criminal Breaches

The Anonymous Impact: Hacktivism in 2011 Exceeded Criminal Breaches

While 2011 wasn’t the beginning of hacktivism, it was when the global media caught fire with attention for the phenomenon—and, according to a report [PDF link] released by American mobile company Verizon, 2011 is also the year that security breaches and data losses due to hactivism surpassed those from actual criminal enterprise. Last year’s cybercrime statistics show that more than half of the 855 recorded incidents represented hacktivist style attacks. The Rise of the Hacktivist [Infographic] indeed. Out of all the targets 79% were targets of opportunity and 96% were not complicated or extremely difficult in nature and this is revealed to... more »
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Zynga Acquires "Draw Something" Maker, Grantoo Lets You Play For College Tuition

There’s plenty going on in the social gaming sector these days.  With the launch of Rovio’s Angry Birds Space, gamers have a lot to take in, such as Zynga’s acquisition of Draw Something maker, and a bunch new games primed for a social, mobile marketplace. Zynga Acquires “Draw Something” Maker Zynga Inc., maker of popular social games on Facebook, acquired OMGPOP Inc., the company behind the popular game Draw Something.  The deal was for approximately $200-$250 million, making it Zynga’s largest buy to date. The acquisition will not only add potential ad or in-game sales revenue, it will also grant Zynga access to... more »
Dude, Where's My Phone? Americans Will Lose $30 Billion in Phones This Year

Dude, Where's My Phone? Americans Will Lose $30 Billion in Phones This Year

Since I began using mobile phones, I’ve changed devices for various reasons.  Many of which I had to give up because I needed to--I tend to drop my phones and there’s a limit to how much torture a device can handle.  Some I replaced because I wanted to, but two of them I lost; one while walking down the street, the other in cab.  And apparently I'm not too different from the norm.  A recent report from Lookout finds that the average person loses two phones in their lifetime.  I wonder how many phones are lost in the wild? $30 billion... more »
Quantum's New Cloud-based Data Protection is More Flexible

Quantum's New Cloud-based Data Protection is More Flexible

Quantum is offering up a new cloud platform that’s designed to give clients a more flexible means of backing up their data. The company already has a strong portfolio and is building on that to pump in a lot of business into the new offering, including fast restores, data reduction of up to 95 percent and WAN-optimized replication. Going a bit deeper into the new tools, there are a couple of interesting highlights to be found. For one, the new cloud-based service, also available as a hybrid solution, is based on the yet-to-be-released DXi V1000 virtual appliance, which will roll out... more »
Analyzing Larry Ellison

Analyzing Larry Ellison

Welcome, Larry. Take a seat. Great to see you again How are you? "Third quarter earnings, doctor." "Aah. How did it go?" Okay, let me start. Two things, all these geniuses mention HANA and they  mention the cloud. But I told them I’m going to just talk about SAP in general! We made the decision to rewrite our ERP and CRM suite for the cloud. We made that decision 6 years ago. We called it Fusion. SAP called it Confusion. If you're looking for a complete suite in the cloud, you can get that from Oracle. You can't get that from SAP. "I see,... more »
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Twitter Evolution Yet to Spawn a Solid Business Plan, Faces Security Concerns

It seems incredible to think that Twitter, a social network that many consider almost indispensable in our daily life, just take a few years with us. More amazing is to think as how this network has come to stand out from the rest and become a real social speaker. Therefore the twitterers around the world come together to congratulate Twitter on its sixth birthday. The story began on a day like any other in 2006, when Jack Dorsey published what would be the first public tweet, a brief message that simply said “just setting up my twttr” (“installing my twttr”). He... more »
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Big Money Data: How Much Does Crime Really Pay? Billions.

In this week's big data series we look at moneyed criminals, the richest and poorest cities in the U.S., and ridiculous fees that practically snatch the cash right out your back pocket. The facts, whether typical or downright crazy, prove just how powerful money can be. Crime does pay . Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay probably didn’t know Amado Carillo Fuentes, or Pablo Escobar, or Take Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. These are among the richest criminals of all time. Amado Carillo Fuentes is the leader of the notorious Mexican Juarez cartel which sneaks in four times more Cocaine into the United States than any... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.