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New Poll Reveals Browser Games Leads Console Games in Popularity

New Poll Reveals Browser Games Leads Console Games in Popularity

A new survey staged by Goo Technologies and conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive suggests that browser games have aced out the console gaming market in the US. The findings of its 2013 State of Browser Gaming Index fielded among more than 2,000 Americans, aged 18 and older found that 52 percent gamer preferred browser games above any other type of game. Today, an increasing number of users are using mobile phones and tablets to play games. The survey found that 85 percent of Americans prefer mobile as there is no compromise on quality, speed or graphics and... more »
Google Plans To "Mug Off" Mugshot Websites

Google Plans To "Mug Off" Mugshot Websites

Few ex-offenders enjoy being reminded of the fact that they were once arrested and charged with a criminal offence, particularly when those people have since moved on to become hard working, honest members of society. The only problem is, even after their case has been resolved, it can be quite difficult to forget that uncomfortable memory – particularly when there are dozens of websites out there that make a habit of reposting people's mug shots in order to make a quick buck off of them. Some argue that such websites provide a good service to the public, allowing them to identify... more »
Bottlenose Launches Nerve Center to Help Enterprises Reveal Unknown Unknowns

Bottlenose Launches Nerve Center to Help Enterprises Reveal Unknown Unknowns

Analytics startup Bottlenose is taking trend intelligence to the next level with a new application for finding patterns in real time data. Dubbed Nerve Center, the tool is built atop Trendfluence, a social discovery platform that the company has been working to bring to the enterprise since closing its $3.6 million Series A funding round in August. Trendfluence utilizes multiple patent-pending technologies to process and visualize large volumes of streaming data, including social interactions and operational workloads. Nerve Center leverages this functionality to rank trends by business impact and help decision makers gain a better understanding of the various factors that... more »
Silk Road Seizure Recap + 2 Alternatives

Silk Road Seizure Recap + 2 Alternatives

When the FBI busted Silk Road founder and operator Ross William Ulbricht (aka Dread Pirate Roberts, aka DPR), they seized the site's assets. This “Amazon” of the underworld was a place where drugs, guns and other illegal items could be purchased, and where bitcoins gained wide-spread adoption.  As some would say, what better way to buy or sell something illegal, than a crypto-currency that the government cannot regulate, let alone understand yet? So upon the seizure, bitcoin currency was the largest item seized. Lets unwrap the criminal complaint filed against Ulbricht a bit. The FBI said that the Silk Road had total... more »
Apple Publishes Tricks and Tips to Alleviate iOS 7 Motion Sickness

Apple Publishes Tricks and Tips to Alleviate iOS 7 Motion Sickness

Many iPhone users who've upgraded to iOS 7 aren’t too happy with the changes.  Some see it as something a pre-teen would use, while others are getting motion sickness, feeling nauseous and experience other physical ailments because of these changes. They can’t downgrade to the previous version so fanbois either have to learn to love the new iOS, purchase an older iPhone that hasn’t been upgraded to iOS 7, or swap their device for an Android or Windows Phone smartphone. For those sticking with their iOS 7 iPhone, Apple has published some tips and tricks that might help you see the good... more »
Analytics Startup Guavus Names Former NetApp EVP as CEO

Analytics Startup Guavus Names Former NetApp EVP as CEO

After more than a month of speculation, Guavus revealed that it has snagged Manish Goel as CEO. Formerly the executive vice president of product operations at NetApp, Goel resigned in September to take the helm of a “privately held data analytics company located in the San Francisco Bay Area” that was left unnamed until last week. Goel is taking over the reins from Anukool Lakhina, who founded Guavus in 2006 with the goal of helping telecoms tap their growing data troves to optimize network capacity and boost the bottom line. The firm raised over $80 million in funding to date, and... more »
EU Move To Regulate The Cloud Could Threaten US Firms

EU Move To Regulate The Cloud Could Threaten US Firms

Whatever your feelings on Ed Snowden and his revelations of the NSA's massive online spy program, it can't be denied that the leaks are having some kind of positive effect – at least people are debating what level of privacy people should be allowed to expect online, even if nothing concrete has been done about it. But in the EU at least, it looks as if we're about to see the first firm response to the revelations. The New York Times reports that the EU's digital privacy regulation, introduced last year, could be about to get some amendments dealing specifically with... more »
Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

Using Splunk to Do Stuff It's Not Supposed to Do | #splunkconf

"Saving the best for last" at Splunk.conf 2013 in Las Vegas, our program hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante invited Shawn Rogers to theCUBE, to talk about the newest releases from Splunk, the trends, while also recapping the whole event. Shawn Rogers is the Vice President of Research, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing with Enterprise Management Associates and has more than 20 years of IT experience, with a focus on Internet-enabled technology. He is passionate about analytics, social media, business intelligence, cloud, Big Data, collaboration and open source. His interview revealed that he was pretty sold on Splunk 6, but it touched... more »
Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Nexus 5 Leaked Service Manual Unveils Specs, Chips + More

Here’s a treat for Google fans: leaked specs of the upcoming Nexus 5. In the past weeks, there have been rumors that Google is gearing up to reveal the next Nexus smartphone in time for the holiday season and with that, the Moto X, the Google-Motorola flagship smartphone, is rumored to get a huge price drop to make way for the said Nexus device. Previous reports suggested that the Nexus 5 will have a 5” 1080p HD display, octa-core processor running at up to 2.3GHz, a 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and will be the launch device for the Android 4.4... more »
Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Top Tips to Keep Your iPhone Battery From Dying

Smartphones are getting more powerful which means there are more things they can do, plus the graphics make it hard for us to stop playing games or watching videos on the damn things.  The only downside is, with all this extra power and functionality, even if the battery gets bigger, it seems like your smartphone never has enough juice to last you the whole day. Even if you leave the house with 100 percent battery, there’s a good chance that you’ll be coming home with just enough juice to get to your charger without it dying, or more likely it's already... 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.