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Internet of Things vs. The Industrial Internet: What's the Difference?

Internet of Things vs. The Industrial Internet: What's the Difference?

Once a trend, now fast becoming a reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the buzzword for a concept that's rapidly changing the world in which we live. But as with all buzzwords, confusion sometimes creeps in, and the concept of IoT is often used interchangeably with terms like the Industrial Internet or Machine-to-Machine (M2M). But are IoT and the Industrial Internet really the same thing? If not, what's the difference? This is actually one of the most interesting debates among professionals on Quora right now, and although there's still no definitive answer, IT experts slowly seem to be reaching a... more »
Intel's New Core Family Packs One Hell of a Punch For Ultrabooks

Intel's New Core Family Packs One Hell of a Punch For Ultrabooks

Intel finally announced its fourth generation Intel Core family at the Computex 2013 event in Taiwan. The chips, formerly dubbed as Haswell, promise among other things, a vastly improved battery life, together with a more powerful and faster experience for users. Intel's staking a lot on its new processors, and has been extremely bullish in recent weeks about their chances of revitalizing the flagging PC market. But can the next generation of the Intel Core family really deliver on its promises? Is it the key to saving Microsoft's much-derided Windows 8 experiment? Let's take a closer look at the new competition... more »
2013: The Internet of Things Gets Noticed

2013: The Internet of Things Gets Noticed

2013 is said to be the year of the Internet of Things, but seriously, do we really know what IoT is all about? Introducing the "Internet of Things"   The phrase "Internet of Things" was first coined by technologist Kevin Ashton way back in 1999, when he used it to describe how data captured by humans would lead to a revolution once computers started generating and collecting data by themselves without any human input. The Internet of Things is not just about connecting devices to the Internet, but also making sense of the 'things' that are connected.  Take for example a car.  If your... more »
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Aerospike to Host Internet of Things Panel at Silicon Valley HQ

Aerospike, the startup behind the ultra-fast database of the same name, will host an Internet of Things-themed panel discussion on Wednesday. The event will take place at the company’s Mountain View headquarters. The session will be moderated by TimesTen founder Marie-Anne Neimat, whose company is credited with kick starting the in-memory relational database market. The panel will feature representatives from four firms, including: Mahbubul Alam from Cisco, GE Global Research chief architect and chief engineer Alok Batra, QuickPay CTO Sukanta Ganguly and Brian Bulkowski, the founder and CTO of Aerospike. Aerospike is poised to benefit a great deal from the mobile boom... more »
IBM and SoftLayer Mashup - The Enterprise, Mid-Size and SMB Cloud

IBM and SoftLayer Mashup - The Enterprise, Mid-Size and SMB Cloud

The news of IBM buying SoftLayer in a recently announced deal was not a big surprise as it was rumored for some time, but it does mean some big new things for IBM. IBM was among the names that included EMC that were rumored for weeks to be courting the company to the tune of some $2 Billion. it turns out that IBM’s strategy made the most sense in the end however, but it does mark a decidedly different new venture for them. First off, SoftLayer is a significant web host provider based in Dallas with worldwide cloud service data centers. It... more »
HTC’s Downturn & Gaming As Real As It Gets - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

HTC’s Downturn & Gaming As Real As It Gets - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Matthew Costello, the Chief Operating Officer of HTC, has stepped down from his position. He’ll be replaced by the company’s president of engineering and operations, Fred Liu. HTC shares have been down 76% over the past two years, and they experienced a 98% drop in net income last quarter alone. This is the latest high profile departure at HTC, and it’s seen by many as a troubling trend. Four other executives have departed from the company in the last two years. The combination of delays in new handsets, marketing failures, and management turnover all pushed HTC’s net income to the lowest on record last... more »
Stay Ahead with Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit

Stay Ahead with Innovate 2013: The IBM Technical Summit

The much awaited IBM Technical Summit - Innovate 2013 recently kicked off at Orlando. Scheduled for June 2 -6, 2013, the event will showcase cutting edge technologies at an expo, over 450 technology sessions, certifications and entertainment evenings. You’ll also see and hear Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, The Lean Startup author Eric Ries, and TV producer and tech host Katie Linendoll at the Summit. Pitching the Summit as an ideal way to Stay Ahead, IBM says that you should attend the Summit to learn how to: • Stay ahead of the major trends revolutionizing system and software delivery across the DevOps lifecycle:... more »
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Meet the New Google Glass Rival

Wearable technology is on track to becoming a full-blown trend. A Mountain View, Calif.-based startup called Atheer recently came out with a platform-agnostic interface that can run on any device, namely those that are small enough to wear. The startup’s technology combines stereoscopic 3-D and gesture recognition to deliver many of the capabilities that are available with Google Glass. Unlike the latter however, Atheer’s tech is not limited to just glasses – the software can be installed on watches, wristbands, and practically anything else a user might want to wear. The platform only supports Android for now, but the company announced... more »
IBM Snaps Up SoftLayer, Eyes Public Cloud Domination

IBM Snaps Up SoftLayer, Eyes Public Cloud Domination

IBM has just confirmed its intention to buy up cloud computing infrastructure provider SoftLayer in an acquisition said to be worth around $2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. IBM stated that its motivation is to bolster its own cloud computing efforts. The WSJ reports that 'Big Blue' is planning to create a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, with SoftLayer continuing to operate as a separate business entity inside of that. Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM’s technology services, said in the statement that the acquisition will help IBM to beef up its ability to... more »
Top Trends Driving Converged Infrastructure Adoption + Evolution

Top Trends Driving Converged Infrastructure Adoption + Evolution

Spending on converged infrastructure is expected to exceed $17 billion by 2016, so it's no wonder top vendors are pouring resources into expanding their product portfolios around this unified technology.  The data center of the future will have to be smarter and more efficient, minimizing management and points of access.  That means machines will need to speak to each other, act on that automated communication, and provide deeper insight for the IT department. "By buying applications, servers, networking and storage together as pre-integrated or validated solutions rather than as individual components, they can meet all three of these requirements and keep... more »

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- David Floyer

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