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Only a small group of global companies have seen their user base grow so large that they require hundreds of thousands of servers spread across dozens of locations to power their services. This list is relatively short today, but SiliconAngle and Wikibon believe this will change in the coming years. Many organizations are pushing the boundaries of storage capacity, compute and data availability just so they can stay afloat in the wake of the big data explosion. There are the mainstream service providers, such as Facebook and Pandora, that have already reached or will achieve hyperscale status in the near future, purely... more »
Internet usage in Cuba isn’t anywhere near as restrictive as it is in North Korea, but it sure is painful. With connections only possible via satellite, the cost of getting online in the tropical communist paradise is extremely prohibitive for the vast majority of its citizens – not to mention as slow as molasses. Tourists report that the internet is so bad in Cuba that even sending out something as simple as an email can be laboriously slow – which means you can usually forget all about trying to connect to image-heavy sites like Facebook. In addition, internet connections are pretty... more »
3D printers have been pretty innovative of late, replicating such weird and wonderful items as dinosaur bones, iPhone cases and even ‘meat’, among other things. But now a bunch of architects have also gotten their hands on the technology, and they’re setting their sights on something bigger, much bigger. The latest crazy idea to see what 3D printers are capable of doing is the brainchild of one Janjaap Ruijssenaars, who is planning to ‘print’ what he calls the “Landscape House” – a two-storey structure laid out in a figure-eight shape that might just give builders a reason to be concerned over... more »
In November last year Dr. Jeff Dominitiz, an economist with a lifelong passion for football, came forward with a tale of the how the N.F.L. tried, and miserably failed, to get with the times and make better use of modern analytics tools. An N.F.L. team approached Dominitiz in 2006 and offered him the opportunity of a lifetime: analyzing player statistics for a pro team. Within seven weeks, he was already looking for another job. The PhD described how he was assigned to a solitary cubicle in the building that housed the marketing department, and that the coach was only made aware of the... more »
Nokia Outsources 820 Jobs to HCL, Tata As part of its latest round of streamlining and cost reduction efforts announced in June 2012, cellular handset maker Nokia is outsourcing approximately 820 jobs to HCL and Tata Consultancy Services. It is also cutting an additional 300 jobs. The reductions come at a moment when Nokia is exceeding expectations in handset sales and are the last cuts in the cost reduction program. More EMC Names EMC Isilon Leader in Scale-Out File-Based Storage Market IDC has positioned EMC Isilon as a leader in its new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2012 Vendor Analysis report, based... more »
A recent report from Telework Exchange has revealed that the BYOD advantage taken by the Federal employees is creating mobile security challenges for the Federal Government itself. The report, named as 2013 Digital Dilemma Report, is sponsored by EMC, VMware, Cisco, and Carahsoft, reveals that 55 percent of Federal smartphone users use their personal smartphone for work purposes. The negative side is that one out of three users does not protect that same device with password. The study also shows that 85 percent of the Federal employees have downloaded an app to their personal smartphone or tablet, which exposes the device,... more »
If you read the news about him, Kim Dotcom sounds larger than life. He has a reputation of a sleazebag with too much money to his name who became the center of a year-long-firestorm involving his website Megaupload. It’s now been over a year since the US violently dismantled his cloud cyberlocker file sharing business in an action that also led to his arrest by heavily armed authorities. Mega, dubbed “The Privacy Company,” launched with so much fanfare that the influx of over one million new users in its first day caused vast instability in the system. The simple fact that... more »
RIM will release the first line of devices that run on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system on the 30th this month. This time around, it's all or nothing for the company. The Canadian manufacturer has seen demand for its phones steadily decline in the last few years on the back of the Apple and Google’s abrupt, yet not surprising takeover of the mobile market. One area they've been hit hard is the workplace, where the iPad has catalyzed the BYOD trend. Existing users are switching brands and new customers are more attracted to Android and iOS devices, passing over the... more »
3D printers are getting a lot of attention as their prices go down, and more of us get involved in do-it-yourself projects. All you need is a computer, a 3D printer, material used for 3D printing, and of course a file that acts as the backbone of your project. Interested in 3D printing? Here's 3 fresh designs to check out. Nokia Lumia 820 Case The Finnish company just released their 3D printing files for the Lumia 820, which lets you design and build their own interchangeable casings. The 3D-printing Development Kit, or 3DK, is available for free to anyone interested in making their very... more »
If rumors are to be believed, the next PlayStation may be considerably more powerful that the next Xbox. The buzz came out from the CES 2013 where developer sources told that the next PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, will have a run-capability of 1.84 teraflops, and the next Xbox, codenamed Durango, will be able to achieve 1.23 teraflops. Though most of the buzz comes from the off-the-record discussions that few unnamed developers had at the event, even if this is true, these numbers mean PlayStation 4 will have a 50% raw, computational power advantage over Xbox 720. And, both machines are supposed to... more »