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Gingerbread Down: Jelly Bean Now the Most Popular Android Platform

Gingerbread Down: Jelly Bean Now the Most Popular Android Platform

Google has just released its latest batch of data regarding overall Android usage.  According to the charts, the combined numbers of both Jelly Bean versions has finally overtaken Gingerbread as the predominant version of the Android platform. The data was gathered using a new method, collecting data based on when users visit the Google Play Store.  Previously, data was gathered when a device simply checks in to any Google server.  Google believes that this method is more accurate in obtaining user engagement. Jelly Bean 4.1.x is currently run by 32.3 percent of all Android devices, while Jelly Bean 4.2.x claims 5.6 percent. ... more »
3 CEOs Transforming Big Data in Retail Now : Fancy's Joe Einhorn + More

3 CEOs Transforming Big Data in Retail Now : Fancy's Joe Einhorn + More

There are over 7 billion shoppers worldwide, and it may be surprising to some, but core family values and religious values influence our shopping.  Though there are many similarities in shoppers all over the globe, there are still some factors that affect our decision on how and where we shop, not to mention regional influences. It’s unlikely for someone in the tropics to purchase a pair of knee-high snow boots. A recent Nielsen study, which included more than 29,000 online respondents in 58 countries, reports that “more respondents in Asia-Pacific shopped impulsively and were attracted to designer brands than in any... more »
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Automation is the Key to Effective Backup and Recovery

Preplanning and automation are essential for successful backup and recovery, especially in SMB environments where IT departments are often spread thin. Scott Lowe, Founder and Managing Director of The 1610 Group, outlined the roadmap for effective disaster recovery (DR) in a recent entry on the Wikibon blog. According to Lowe, a sizable portion of organizations don’t have DR plans. These companies are completely dependent on staffers (or potentially just one person) with the appropriate knowledge of their infrastructure and the solutions needed to handle data loss events. He explains that “a situation could strike which makes it impossible for them to... more »
Microsoft Readies for Executive Shakeup, Windows 8.1 Release, and More

Microsoft Readies for Executive Shakeup, Windows 8.1 Release, and More

Microsoft’s world may be turned upside down, or right side up, depending on what your perspective of the company is now, with CEO Steve Ballmer set to announce plans that would drastically change the company as we know it. According to sources, the CEO is going to reorganize the company in both the consumer and business sectors.  The restructuring is an effort to create something called “functional coherence” to keep the product cycle going smoothly.  The thing is, keeping to a company’s product cycle is easier said than done and in Microsoft’s case, it may also mean an executive shakeup. Reports also... more »
iPhone + Android Apps to Keep Tabs on Egypt Political News

iPhone + Android Apps to Keep Tabs on Egypt Political News

Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi has been ousted by the country’s chief of the armed forces, General Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, after only a year of being elected as the first democratically elected President. Sisi has announced that he has suspended the constitution, nominated the head of the constitutional court, Adli Mansour, as interim president, and presidential and parliamentary elections would follow shortly afterwards and a transitional cabinet would be named. Morsi called Sisi’s actions as a full military coup.  Though anti-Morsi protesters celebrated with fireworks, cheering and drinking when Sisi made his statement, Morsi supporters booed the chief of armed forces’ actions. Morsi supporters claim that... more »
Fancy Follows Fab's Lead, Attracts More Celeb Support for New Age Retail

Fancy Follows Fab's Lead, Attracts More Celeb Support for New Age Retail

The Fancy, a New York-based social commerce startup that pegs itself as “part store, blog, magazine and wish list," nabbed $27 million in funding from American Express, billionaire Len Blavatnik and the one and only Will Smith. The round brings the firm’s total funding to $53 million. American Express president Edward Gilligan is joining The Fancy’s board, alongside Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Kering chairman Francois-Henri Pinault. According to an anonymous tipster cited by Bloomberg, the financing pushes the company’s valuation past the $600 million mark. The same source revealed that The Fancy generates about $3 million in revenue per month. The secret... more »
LIVE: The Evolution of Education + Tech is Happening Now

LIVE: The Evolution of Education + Tech is Happening Now

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Tuesday July 9, 2013. Is the current educational model broken and does technology hold the solution to mending it?  Joining us now to discuss tech’s potential for improving traditional education is SiliconANGLE Head Writer and Correspondent Winston Edmondson. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, Chief Digital Officer at global education technology company Pearson, gave a talk at this year’s The Next Web Conference Europe in which he highlighted seven major trends in technology that may help to transform education now and in the future. This morning, you'll hear... more »
Security Took Center Stage at Cisco Live

Security Took Center Stage at Cisco Live

Of the 625 sessions at the recently concluded Cisco Live gathering in Orlando, Florida, approximately 100 focused on network security. A few of these seminars were hosted by John Stuppi, a senior engineer at Cisco’s Security Research and Operations unit who discussed the company’s efforts to harden client environments and combat security threats. Stuppi participated in several “Meet The Engineer” and “Lunchtime Table Topic” meetings with representatives from multiple client organizations, including private and public sector firms and service providers. The sessions centered on Cisco’s SIO network protection platform, common best practices, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the NetFlow... more »
Mexico Has Their Head In The Cloud

Mexico Has Their Head In The Cloud

Ask most Americans what they know about the land just across our southern border and chances are they will tell you about out-of-control drug related violence, a governmental structure that is highly corrupted and a less than stellar physical infrastructure. As one who has spent an extended period of time in Mexico, it would be hard for me to refute any of those claims. But if recent reporting is any indicator, Mexico has an ace up their sleeve. As Thomas Friedman reported in the New York Times, “Something happened here. It’s as if Mexicans subconsciously decided that their drug-related violence is... more »
Apple at a Crossroads on App Store’s 5th Anniversary

Apple at a Crossroads on App Store’s 5th Anniversary

Apple loyalists have reason to celebrate this week: the consumer electronics giant decided to mark the fifth anniversary of the App Store by making at least nine popular apps free. The Verge reported that the complimentary titles include games such as Infinity Blade II, Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP, Where's My Water?, Badland and Tiny Wings, as well as Traktor DJ Day One, Over, How to Cook Everything, and Barefoot World Atlas. None of these applications have been free before. Apple has yet to acknowledge that the offer is tied to the July 10 App Store anniversary, but it’s highly likely that... 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.