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Gamiel Gran Says Mobility is Once in a Lifetime Trend

SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick visited Appcelerator’s Mountain View headquarters last week to bring you the full highlights from the company’s enterprise launch event. He covered the news and interviewed some of the executives who helped cement the company’s position as mobile development powerhouse, including vice president of business development Gamiel Gran. Gran joined Appcelerator from Sierra Ventures, where he tracked new technologies and emerging verticals for five years. In the interview he tells Frick that he decided to switch employers because mobility is a “once in a lifetime trend” that is poised to disrupt the enterprise application stack, and he wanted to... more »
Opera Browser Revamped With Sleeker, Faster, Minimalist Design

Opera Browser Revamped With Sleeker, Faster, Minimalist Design

Bored with Google Chrome? Fed up with Firefox? Sick of Safari? Absolutely hate Internet Explorer with a passion? Then you might just want to take a look at the newly revamped Opera web browser, now known as "Opera Next", which has just been made available to download on Windows PCs and Apple Macs in beta mode. Opera's all-new browser marks a significant shift from what is one of the oldest web companies in the world. The company, whose browser is way older than Chrome or Firefox, has been built almost from scratch with a newly revamped design and a host of... more »
OKPay To Suspend Money Services for Bitcoin Exchanges, Says Mt. Gox

OKPay To Suspend Money Services for Bitcoin Exchanges, Says Mt. Gox

Mt. Gox is informing customers that OKPay, a long-time money-transfer partner with the Bitcoin exchange, will be suspending operations with Bitcoin-related exchanges. The Tokoyo-based exchange has published this news in a PDF online as a press release that makes it clear this change is immediate, but that customers who usually use OKPay for transfers will have a grace period to move their funds before the partnership is severed completely. “Mt. Gox has recently been informed by OKPay, one of  our longtime partners, that they are planning to stop performing wire transfers to and from all Bitcoin exchanges, including Mt. Gox,” the... more »
Appcelerator’s Michael King On Mobile Business Opportunities

Appcelerator’s Michael King On Mobile Business Opportunities

SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick caught up with Michael King, head of enterprise strategy at Appcelerator, to discuss the evolution of mobile and its impact on the way companies engage their users. King is an analyst turned business leader who has been tracking the mobile market for a good number of years. He tells Frick that his work involves a lot of interaction with customers, and notes that a good portion of them tend to repeat the same mistakes. The executive says that CIOs often underestimate the value of a strong mobile strategy. As a result many of them approach BYOD as if... more »
BuzzFeed Partners with YouTube and CNN to Expand Video Offerings

BuzzFeed Partners with YouTube and CNN to Expand Video Offerings

BuzzFeed, a site that aggregates viral videos with an editorial twist, has partnered with two media giants to expand its video operations and build a social video studio. First up is its partnership with YouTube.  BuzzFeed Executive Vice President of Video, Ze Frank, will fuse the meme aggregation techniques of BuzzFeed and incorporate YouTube’s sharable environment to deliver more compelling content catered to the video-driven generation of today. “BuzzFeed has built a remarkably engaged audience  and their YouTube channels are a testament to their understanding of news and entertainment.  They have a very special way of telling a story,” said Jed Simmons,... more »
Lambda Labs Develops Facial Recognition for Google Glass

Lambda Labs Develops Facial Recognition for Google Glass

Though Google has already stated that it will not be making facial recognition a feature of Google Glass unless the company “have strong privacy protections in place,” that doesn’t mean that others can’t make one for them .  Also, Google Glass’ terms and conditions don’t forbid others to use it's built-in camera to detect faces. Now, it looks as if developers are already trying to exploit this loophole. Lambda Labs, a company that specializes in facial recognition software, has already developed a mechanism that could be used by Google Glass app developers to incorporate facial recognition on the apps. Thankfully, at least... more »
Why Teens Are Hating Facebook

Why Teens Are Hating Facebook

Facebook is said to be losing the interest of teens, as the younger generation of netizens shifts to using microblogging sites or photo-sharing apps such as Instagram and Twitter. So what is it that's driving teens (and others) away from Facebook? #Hashtags   Almost all forms of social networking sites use hashtags these days.  The concept was first introduced by Twitter in 2007, following in the steps of IRC in grouping people or topics, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Twitter hashtags were incorporated with hyperlinks, which meant clicking on them would yield results similar to the hashtag in question, allowing twitterers to search... more »
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The Asian Invasion : US Poses Unique Challenges for Lenovo, Samsung and HTC Expansion

Asian phone manufacturers are done taking over the Eastern part of the world and now they’re prepping to invade Europe and the US.  Asian giants, Lenovo and Samsung have different strategies as to how they’ll be invading the West. Lenovo to push smartphones   Chinese company Lenovo may soon overtake HP as the number one PC maker in the world.  But in the US, it only came fifth to the PC giant, with a 9 percent market share.  This may be due to the overall PC market slump, as more people choose tablets and smartphones over laptops and desktops. Lenovo has the perfect solution... more »
LIVE: Google Glass Will Soon Let Strangers Know Your Name

LIVE: Google Glass Will Soon Let Strangers Know Your Name

On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we discuss new software from Lamda Labs and facial recognition with Google Glass. The first version of Lamda Labs software doesn't have real-time recognition. It forces users to take photographs, tag them with information on who is in them and then compare any subsequent photographs taken to those previously uploaded. Google almost angrily reminds us constantly that Glass itself does not include facial recognition. It has been under considerable pressure from U.S. senators to answer questions they claim the wearable computer raises over privacy. But... more »
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LIVE: BuzzFeed + CNN + YouTube. Can BuzzFeed Actually Do Serious News?

On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn that BuzzFeed is collaborating with CNN and YouTube in an effort to reach out to the youth market. Today BuzzFeed will unveil "CNN BuzzFeed," a YouTube channel based on content from CNN, including archival and current content, that is designed to be shared over social-media networks. According to a WSJ report, BuzzFeed Chief Operation Officer Jon Steinberg said that BuzzFeed plans to tackle serious news events, initially intending to create around three videos a week for the CNN-collaborated channel. BuzzFeed is making a... more »

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- 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

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- David Floyer

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- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.