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How NSA Tries to Break into Computers to Circumvent Tor

How NSA Tries to Break into Computers to Circumvent Tor

The Washington Post and The Guardian continue to publish articles based on leaked documents about NSA capabilities via Edward Snowden. Writing in The Guardian, Bruce Schneier explains in his latest article related to Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency (NSA) had tried, unsuccessfully, to mount an attack on the Tor network, hoping to circumvent the protection of anonymity of service. The presentation documented in the NSA library is called Tor Stinks. The agency admits that it will never be able to draw from anonymity to all network users in a sustained manner. The Tor network, originally known as The Onion... more »
Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Kinect for Xbox One has been somewhat enhanced over the previous model, but to achieve this, the research team of Microsoft and its hardware partners (Silicon Architecture and Management) had to overcome several obstacles during the development phase. Succeeding in fact to improve the device, increasing the precision in the detection of objects without sacrificing performance, has not been an easy task. But Microsoft is no stranger to controversy when it comes to the Xbox One. The Redmond company found itself in hot water again this week over a story in Advertising Age that stated Microsoft is planning advertising on the... more »
The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

There's a debate going on inside the Hadoop community. On one side are open source purists who believe that data infrastructure software should be free and open with revenue generated solely from services. On the other side of the debate are those who feel the only viable long-term business model is selling proprietary software built on top of an open core. The two leading examples of the competing sides of the Hadoop debate are Hortonworks and Cloudera. If you're not sure which company takes which side of the debate, consider these recent comments from Cloudera's Chief Strategy Officer (and until recently... more »
Removable SIMs to Appear in Audi SmartCars + More

Removable SIMs to Appear in Audi SmartCars + More

This week’s SmartCar roundup features removable SIMs for cars, more self-driving car pledges, and an acquisition to boost the connected car market. Audi hints at removable car SIMs   Audi USA President Scott Keogh hinted that the company’s new A3 sedan, expected to debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show, will allow drivers to choose LTE providers for the car’s connected feature package. T-Mobile, in partnership with Raco Wireless, currently provides the 3G connectivity for the Audi Connect. Raco President John Horn believes that there are two driving forces for Audi opting for removable modules: to be able to upgrade older car models using CDMA... more »
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BlackBerry on the Lookout for New Bidders

The BlackBerry saga has taken on a new twist with reports that the struggling phone maker is soliciting bids from more potential buyers. Insiders claim that the company is asking for "preliminary expressions of interest" from several major technology vendors despite signing a letter of intent to go private under FairFax Financial just a few weeks prior. The holding company is offering to pay $4.7 billion for the 90 percent of BlackBerry shares that it doesn’t already own. The unnamed sources say that the Canadian firm is engaged in talks with Cisco, Google and SAP, as well as Intel and Asian... more »
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GE: Enterprises Can Save Billions with Industrial Internet, Intelligent Data

A new GE report entitled “The Industrial Internet@Work” argues that organizations can save billions of dollars annually by eliminating deficiencies in how they gather, store and share machine data. Co-authors Marco Annunziata and Peter Evans, the company’s chief economist and director of global strategy and analytics, respectively, say that making information more consumable in “just a handful of industries” could save 300 million man-hours per year, the equivalent of $20 billion. Annunziata and Evans write that the Industrial Internet will provide workers with “access to relevant information, relying on analytics generating new insights, [and] mobile collaboration tools revolutionizing the way that... more »
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The 4 Mega-Trends Driving Backup + Recovery : New Data, New Jobs

Part of our spotlight series at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld, #theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante, Chief Analyst at Wikibon and John Furrier, Founder and CEO of SiliconANGLE, discuss backup and recovery during our Data Protection Spotlight program. Data protection is a $2 trillion market, as Vellante notes at the beginning of the show, and this market is where we're seeing a great deal of disruption. Backup and recovery were a key part of the demos on stage during OpenWorld, and core to Oracle's vision for transforming its cloud and data management services. 4 Mega-Forces driving demand for Backup + Recovery   The tech... more »
Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch its Office program on the iPad, but it won't arrive until the company has launched a fully touch-enabled version for its own Windows 8 platform first, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium Itxpo event on Tuesday, Ballmer revealed that the "iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch-first user interface" ready, but said that any release would be on Windows 8 machines first. That's good news for any entrepreneurial or business-type iPad users out there, but we should note that roadmaps leaked earlier in the year suggest that any... more »
Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

As many will have expected, the US President has decided not to grant a South Korean company the same favor it granted an American company. Back in August, President Barack Obama vetoed a product ban on certain Apple devices that was handed down by the International Trade Commission.  The devices covered by the ban were determined to have infringed standard essential patents from Samsung.  The company was hoping the president would give it the same consideration in its own claim. In a statement released today, Obama’s designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, told listeners that: “After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the... more »
New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

Apple is all set for another round of product launches later this month, and consumers are likely to see new iPads and Macs this time around. Previous reports stated that Apple would be holding an press event on the 15th of October, but AllThingsD's sources, who claim to be familiar of the Cupertino company’s plans, stated that the invite-only event is all set for the 22nd of October. According to the sources, Apple will be launching its 5th generation iPad - complete with a new 64-bit A7 chip and an iPad mini with Retina Display that will likely have the same chipset.... 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.