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Amazon Needs More than Cheap Cloud Prices to Tackle the Enterprise

Amazon Needs More than Cheap Cloud Prices to Tackle the Enterprise

Amazon Web Service owns 70 percent of the $2.5 billion public cloud IaaS market, and its business is expected to nearly double this year – is there any hope left for the competition? The answer is yes. AWS was absolutely groundbreaking when it launched in 2006. Amazon’s killer combo of effective scaling and competitive rates attracted SMBs en masse, and companies with less than 250 employees now account for 90 percent of its cloud income. The market  has gotten much bigger in the last seven years, but Amazon’s lead has only gotten smaller. Google and Microsoft are both gaining share in the... more »
Is Google Being Racist?

Is Google Being Racist?

A new study of Google’s search engine has found that searches for names typically associated with black people are far more likely to throw up ads relating to criminal activity, leading one Harvard professor to suggest that the search engine could be “racially biased." For example, a search on Google for names primarily given to black babies, such as DeShawn, Jermaine or Darnell, was far more likely to show up ads such as “Jermaine Jones, Arrested?...”, linking to sites that perform criminal record checks. Professor Latanya Sweeney studied search results on both Google.com and Reuters.com, which also displays Google ads. In particular,... more »
Android Malware Infects PCs, Records Conversations

Android Malware Infects PCs, Records Conversations

Kaspersky Labs identified a new kind of Android malware that does more than infect your mobile phone, as it also infiltrates your Windows PC. In January, Kaspersky identified two apps on Google Play that pretend to clean your phone’s system: Super Clean and DroidCleaner.  If you download the apps, it pretends to do some legit work when it is launched.  The app lists running processes on your device and restarts them in the foreground, giving the appearance of a legit app.  But the worst of it is what's going on behind the scenes.  While you’re busy thinking that you’re freeing up... more »
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The Ultimate Smart App is One that Anticipates + Answers

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with LucidWorks CEO Paul Doscher, who touches on an important consumer trend that's hit the enterprise: Smart Apps.  Doscher discusses the enterprise's growing need for software that anticipates end users' needs, and answers their questions with contextualized data, noting the web as a template for designing an interface for businessmen and women.  His company, known for delivering data-centric application development platforms, sees firsthand what end users need, and how their consumer expectations around information accessibility and usability are impacting enterprise IT. . Big Data makes every employee smarter . What we're seeing as it... more »
Super Bowl on Twitter & Facebook: Power Outage and Beyonce Steal the Show

Super Bowl on Twitter & Facebook: Power Outage and Beyonce Steal the Show

Facebook and Twitter saw more than their fair share of action during yesterday’s Super Bowl, and not surprisingly the power outage that left the Superdome in the dark was among the ‘biggest trending’ topics on both social media sites. Super Bowl on Twitter . The power outage was by far and away the most talked about aspect of the Super Bowl on Twitter.  Elaine Filadelfo from Twitter’s media team writes that we saw an average of 231,500 tweets per minute during the 34 minutes that the teams were forced to sit on the sidelines, accounting for a whopping 7.8 million of the 22.1... more »
Game Time Black Outs: 5 Power Outages that Shook the Sporting World

Game Time Black Outs: 5 Power Outages that Shook the Sporting World

The Superdome was ecstatic after watching Super Bowl 2013’s electrifying and sultry half-time performance from Beyoncé, complete with the special appearance from Destiny’s Child.  And everyone was hyped when the second half kicked off with Jacoby Jones leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 22-point lead after a touchdown. But just when you thought the Ravens had the Super Bowl in the bag, the Superdome suddenly went dark.  Literally.  The scoreboard and half of the overhead lights in the Superdome went out.  If it was a setting for a movie, you’d think that something bad was about to happen, like a horde... more »
BlackBerry's Quirky Super Bowl Ad May Boost Sales

BlackBerry's Quirky Super Bowl Ad May Boost Sales

In today’s mobile news roundup: BlackBerry’s Super Bowl ad lacks Z10 specifics; Nokia drops hints for tablet; FCC super WiFi proposal rattles telecom giants; and HTC’s Q1 outlook down, shifts focus to China. BlackBerry’s Super Bowl ad lacks Z10 specifics The power outage at the Superdome, which left the game and its fans in the dark for over 30 minutes shortly after Beyoncé’s half-time show , charged the San Francisco 49ers, who were able to catch up to the Baltimore Ravens’ lead.  Despite the mishap, the Ravens were able to snag the Super Bowl win at 34-31. But the power outage and Beyoncé’s performance... more »
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iOS Phablet is "Strong Possibility" as We Await Apple's Next Big Thing

Rumors of an Apple phablet reached new heights last week, amidst a downward spiral for Apple stock, word that the iPhone maker is facing declining demand for its products.  For a fickle consumer world accustomed to standard-setting devices from a company made famous by the visionary Steve Jobs, it's easy to feel Apple owes us fresh designs and revolutionary products.  SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto appeared on last Friday’s NewsDesk segment to discuss these bubbling expectations for Apple, which is rumored to be working on a new phablet dubbed by Chinese media as the “iPhone Math.”  See Casaretto's full analysis... more »
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Should BlackBerry Target You, or Your Boss with New BB10 Lineup?

BlackBerry unveiled its new (and delayed) operating system BB10 for smartphones last week, and two handsets: the Q10, which retains the characteristic QWERTY keyboard, and the Z10, an all touch smartphone.  But as BlackBerry looks to reneter the market with a bang, should the revamped phone maker throw its lure to you, the end user, or your boss, the guy with the power to assign work phones approved for office use? At its peak, the BlackBerry had its fans in hordes of workaholic, executives, members of congress and experts, composing emails at will, with just one hand and a tiny keyboard, talking... more »
Product Launches and Missed Guidance This Week in the Cloud

Product Launches and Missed Guidance This Week in the Cloud

Since Monday two software firms introduced game changing products, and VMware, the top dog in virtualization, reported financial results together with its parent company EMC. On Monday, BitTorrent unveiled an experimental file sharing service in response to the launch of Mega, the spirited successor of Kim Dotcom’s now defunct Megaupload. Codenamed Sync, BitTorrent’s cloud locker sports a very minimalistic interface in its current pre-alpha release. The company made it clear that it intends to add more features in the coming months, and said that mobile support is one the top priorities on the list. The second major update this week came from... more »

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