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How IBM's Watson Helped Make Big Data More Affordable

Great publicity is not the only return that IBM realized on Watson, the famed AI that showed us humans just how smart a machine can be.  The IT vendor has incorporated technologies originally developed for the superhuman into entry level servers designed to make analytics much more practical for SMBs. Big Blue’s new Power Express systems start at $5,947 and come in four configurations: 710, 720, 730 and 740. The servers are powered by the company’s speedy Power7+ chips, featuring 4 to 16 cores depending on the model, and support IBM’s homegrown AIX Unix platform for the Power series, as well as... more »
Big Data F*** Ups: What CIOs Need To Know

Big Data F*** Ups: What CIOs Need To Know

Enterprise is sometimes pretty quick on the uptake, as illustrated by the fact that the vast majority of organizations have given Big Data projects a very high priority in recent months. Businesses and their CIOs understand that gaining insights from Big Data will be crucial to their performance over the next few years, and that if they fail to do so they’ll almost certainly be left in the dust by their rivals. But despite this realization, a huge proportion of Big Data projects remain incomplete or worse, fail altogether, highlighting the fact that while CIOs may understand its importance, they have... more »
OnLive Has Game Changing Plans for the Cloud-Streaming MMO Market

OnLive Has Game Changing Plans for the Cloud-Streaming MMO Market

The year of 2012 was a troubled time for the video game cloud-streaming outfit OnLive, but they managed to pull through only because, after becoming insolvent, they were bought out by another company—also called OnLive. Red Bull UK interviewed general manager Bruce Grove about how OnLive intends to regain a place in the video game streaming market using resources in the cloud to deliver games to customers and an interesting idea came to light: a new type of cloud-streamed massively multiplayer online game (MMO.) Current examples of MMOs happen to be games like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and EA’s Star Wars the Old... more »
Microsoft: “We’re Just Getting Started" With Windows 8

Microsoft: “We’re Just Getting Started" With Windows 8

Don’t believe all the naysayers claiming that Windows 8 is struggling to win over consumers – the new operating system is doing just fine, according to Microsoft. We’ve heard this line before, with Microsoft ever quick to point out that sales of Windows 8 have matched those of its predecessor, Windows 7. But yesterday the software company’s chief marketing officer Tami Reller expanded on its belief that Windows 8 has been a success during an enlightening Q&A post on the official Windows blog. As expected, Reller’s answers were all carefully crafted to shine the company in a positive light, but it’s worth... more »
High Performance Disk Market in Trouble, Refocus on Capacity - Breaking Analysis

High Performance Disk Market in Trouble, Refocus on Capacity - Breaking Analysis

According to TechReport.com, research firm IHS iSuppli has projected that HDD (hard disk drive) revenues will fall to $32.7 billion in 2013 after topping $37.1 billion in 2012. Wikibon Co-Founder and CTO David Floyer had this to say about the predictions: "I've been going against the trend and forecasting significant decline in the PC market, decline in the number of chips that are being pushed out into PCs, decline in the number of PCs that are going to be sold. And this matches up with what I've been forecasting in terms of disk drives." Floyer described a mixed market of the consumer... more »
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Piston Cloud Bags $8M, Attracts Cisco with OpenStack Software

Today, OpenStack distributor Piston Cloud announced that it has raised eight million bucks in a second round of funding. Cisco, Data Collective and Swisscom Ventures join Divergent Ventures, Hummer Winblad and True Ventures as principal investors. Piston Cloud has raised $13 million in capital to date. That’s the sum of this latest $8 million financing, a $4.5 million Series A round from July 2011, and $500,000 in seed funding. “Our investors’ confidence in Piston Cloud validates our strategy and the pioneering work we have done over the last two plus years in the OpenStack community,” said Jim Morrisroe, the chief executive officer... more »
Changing the Game: How Mojang Made $240 Million in 2012 Revenue

Changing the Game: How Mojang Made $240 Million in 2012 Revenue

Whereas we regularly highlight the quarterly results of large companies in the gaming industry, it is hard to ignore the revenue and profit figures for the small independent studios. Mojang AB, the creator of popular game Minecraft, has reported revenue of almost $240 million in 2012. According to data from IT24.se, Mojang reported revenue just under $240 million, including 100 million from only license keys sold for Minecraft. The past year was obviously extremely successful for the Swedish developer Mojang. As CEO Carl Manneh announced recently that all is not yet really grasp because of the success is just gone so... more »
Building Big Data: Will a Super Wi-Fi Network Kill Off Mobile Carriers?

Building Big Data: Will a Super Wi-Fi Network Kill Off Mobile Carriers?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working on an extraordinarily ambitious plan to create “Super Wi-Fi networks” that are so incredibly powerful they could reach every corner of the nation, allowing people to make calls and access the internet from anywhere, completely free of charge. Julius Genachow­ski, Chairman of the FCC, says that these Super Wi-Fi networks would be “far more powerful than existing WiFi networks, and could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 5, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for February 5, 2013

HP Restructures German Services HP has announced a restructuring of its Enterprise Services business in Germany as part of its global multiyear restructuring plan announced on May 23. Under the proposal presented to the German Supervisory Board, the changes will impact 1,100 positions and include closing its site in Russelsheim, Germany. More   Dell Expands Foglight vOPS to cover full VM Life Cycle Dell Software has announced Foglight vOPS Standard 6.5, from Dell acquisition VKernel, extending it to cover the full VM life cycle from hardware modeling to automated VM decommissioning. The changes will help companies reduce capital expenditures in virtualized data centers. More   Microsoft... more »
Geeky Gifts For <3 Day

Geeky Gifts For

Cupid’s arrows are flying everywhere with casualties piling up as Valentine’s Day draws near.  Don’t ask me why, but some people tend to go crazy when Hearts’ Day draws near, desperately seeking mates to celebrate. Whatever your reason, I’m sure you want to show your love how special they are.  Here are a few geeky Valentine gift ideas that I’m sure you and your partner would enjoy. For HIM . Boys.  All they want is their toys, and bacon.  So here's a few things to consider: Give the force to your man with a Star Wars Lightsaber Pen.  I’m sure at one point your guy... more »

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