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How the Quantified-Self Will Make Big Data a Normal Part of Life

How the Quantified-Self Will Make Big Data a Normal Part of Life

There are numerous fitness apps and accessories that aim to help a person keep healthy, or motivate them to live a healthier life.  Some require a separate device like a bracelet to track your movement or progress, or even your heart rate to see how many calories you’ve burned, while some apps work in conjunction with other apps like diet-monitoring services, and others are as simpler, counting the number of steps you take. All these self-quantified apps collect huge amounts of data: the question now is, how do these apps and data actually help you achieve the better version of yourself?... more »
Movidius Raises $16 Million to Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios

Movidius Raises $16 Million to Boost Augmented Reality Portfolios

With investments towering up for 3D content development and next generation high-performance image-processing chip, mobile multimedia chip augmented reality player Movidius foresees a huge potential in this market. This improvised new technology experience on mobile phones is all set to revolutionize the mobile market by broadening the horizons of the entertainment industry. The company has raised $16 Million in Series D Funding to accelerate next-generation mobile products, R&D spending and to build a team in Silicon Valley, where its new U.S. headquarters are located. The $16 million Series D funding is led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital, DFJ Esprit and Atlantic Bridge,... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 10: Flattr Adds Bitcoin Donations, First DEA Seizure of BTC, Bitcoin Machine ATMs Coming this Summer

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 10: Flattr Adds Bitcoin Donations, First DEA Seizure of BTC, Bitcoin Machine ATMs Coming this Summer

It’s been a weird week for Bitcoin value, while it seemed to be holding fairly level at $90 last Bitcoin Weekly, the value fell to near $65 but is now hovering around $77. It’s not uncommon for the price of bitcoins to show volatility and this is a common complaint about its adoption by the population at large, retail outfits, and businesses in general. However, due to the increasing liquidity of the currency and increased media attention is only going to drive more interesting behavior in the market. The media attention and further adoption--such as we’re seeing in this Weekly with... more »
Is Heml.is Really 100% Secure for Private Messaging? The Pirate Bay Co-founder's Latest App Launch

Is Heml.is Really 100% Secure for Private Messaging? The Pirate Bay Co-founder's Latest App Launch

If you’re still looking for a way to keep the NSA out of your personal life, the co-founder of The Pirate Bay may have just what you’ve been looking for. Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay has worked with developers such as Leif Högberg and Linus Olsson, to create a fully private messaging app that would be available to the two most popular mobile platforms to start - iOS and Android - but will probably support other platforms in the future. Heml.is, derived from the Swedish word Hemlis (which means secret), is the chosen name for this private messaging app.  It fits... more »
Boots n Suits - What Will Happen to Technology in Texas?

Boots n Suits - What Will Happen to Technology in Texas?

It may be hard for some to specifically place how much credit for the boon in Texas-based technology business should be given to outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry, but it is clear that he has been a very public champion for promoting Texas as a technology hub for years now.  Rick Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and he announced this week that he will be leaving the office after the 2014 elections. This record-setting 14 year tenure was marked by a nurtured period of prosperous business growth – fueled by a sustained surge in energy prices and a... more »
Apple Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling Plays Right into the Hands of Amazon

Apple Ebook Price-Fixing Ruling Plays Right into the Hands of Amazon

In a ruling that could have massive implications for the electronic book industry, a federal judge has found Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to fix the price of e-books, and has called for a trial to ascertain how much damages the Cupertino-based firm will have to pay. US District Judge Denise L. Cote's ruling in the trial rejected Apple's argument that arrangements it had made with five book publishers were simply good business in a new marketplace: “The plaintiffs have shown that the publisher defendants conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise e-book prices, and... more »
Google Maps Plays Forusquare & Hollywood Buys Laos - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Maps Plays Forusquare & Hollywood Buys Laos - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Maps Just Zagat Better   Just two months after showing off their new Maps service, Google has officially confirmed an overhaul of its Maps for Android app, and the changes are likely to make mobile users very happy. Users will immediately notice a change to the user interface, which now features some nifty tools like dynamic rerouting, which can even help you beat the traffic. Google has even introduced a change in the search function which allows users browse restaurants, bars, hotels, and other places in a very Foursquare-like manner. In addition to the updates, Google has also confirmed that Maps will also serve... more »
NetApp + Microsoft Partnership Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption

NetApp + Microsoft Partnership Accelerates Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Earlier this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, NetApp announced that it is investing up to $15 million in a partnership with Microsoft to further accelerate the adoption of the cloud in the enterprise. The new ecosystem will be a sales + technology collaboration. This partnership will signal a beefed up "win" for both NetApp's and Microsoft's cloud strategies. The NetApp Partner Program is an "add-on" if you will, complementing the existing Microsoft Cloud OS Accelerate program, helping customers offset the service costs of deploying Microsoft cloud solutions. The NetApp Partner Program will include sales enablement, training, and incentives for... more »
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Data Scientist Salaries Increasingly Lucrative, Especially for Foreign-born Analysts

The Internet of Things is driving up the demand for data scientists, but professionals who possess the skills to turn data into tangible business value are few and far between. The latest report from Burtch Works shows that salaries in the field of analytics are skyrocketing as a result. The Evanston, Illinois-based executive recruiting agency interviewed 2,845 data scientists from over 700 organizations in an effort to quantify the impact of rising data volumes on the job market. The firm’s findings are worth a look. Burtch discovered that Big Data professionals with temporary work visas average $68,500 at the junior level, noticeably... more »
Next iPhone Rumors: Slow-mo Camera, Offline Dictation, Retina Display + More

Next iPhone Rumors: Slow-mo Camera, Offline Dictation, Retina Display + More

New leaks haves surfaced regarding what “cool” features might be appearing on the next iPhone, either as a unique feature to the device, or by way of iOS 7. Earlier reports stated that Apple is planning to add an offline dictation tool to its flagship smartphone.  The feature was discovered by Hamza Sood, who revealed that the evidence lies deep in the coding of iOS 7 beta.  The offline dictation tool is currently inactive in public-facing builds, but sources claim that devices internal to Apple have the feature up and running already. Another leaked feature from Sood is the possibility of having... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.