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Could Big Data Have Saved More Lives in Oklahoma Tornado?  Predicting Natural Disasters

Could Big Data Have Saved More Lives in Oklahoma Tornado? Predicting Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can happen in the blink of an eye, leaving a devastating trail of debris and memories.  Some say that these tragedies can be prevented lessened, if only we had better technology to predict natural disasters and steer clear. With the hype surrounding Big Data, the thinking is that such technology could help predict tornados like the one that recently hit Oklahoma, or hurricanes, so that authorities can provide earlier warning to avoid casualties. People in Moore, Oklahoma only had 14 minutes to brace themselves before the tornado struck.  Minutes after the sirens blasted everything was in utter chaos.  Twenty-four people... more »
Intel's High Hopes for Haswell Chips - 50% More Battery Life On PCs

Intel's High Hopes for Haswell Chips - 50% More Battery Life On PCs

Intel has a lot riding on the success of its upcoming Haswell processor, which represents the next big generational shift in its line of flagship PC chips. In an effort to build up some excitement ahead of its launch, the company has given us an early preview of some of its new benefits – the most important of which is the promise of 50% more battery power in our laptops. This is because Haswell chips' power consumption is 50% less than that of its predecessor, even when they're in an active state – such as when we're watching movies or playing... more »
Appcelerator Takes Data-Driven Development Suite to the Enterprise

Appcelerator Takes Data-Driven Development Suite to the Enterprise

The mobile industry is steadily warming up to Big Data. Developers are seeking out new sources of competitive advantage, and gaining a better understanding of their users and applications is often at the top of their lists. This week, Appcelerator entered the fray with an end-to-end development suite for the enterprise that includes data-driven tools for integrating with backend systems, testing applications and boosting user engagement. The heart of the newly announced Appcelerator Platform is a Titanium-based IDE that allows developers to create native apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and the mobile web. The tool is supplemented by Alloy, a program that... more »
LIVE: Google vs. Facebook in Waze Bidding War - The Power of User-Generated Communities

LIVE: Google vs. Facebook in Waze Bidding War - The Power of User-Generated Communities

On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we discuss the crowd-sourced mapping app Waze, and the who's who of web giants, including Google Now, interested in buying it. Its being reported that Google is interesting in buying map-software provider Waze Inc., setting up a potential bidding war between it and Facebook. Apple is not said to be in the courting process right now. However, with Google and its Android operating system kicking Waze's tires, I would assume that Apple has to at least entertain the notion. Waze has over 40 million users... more »
Patent Abuse Reduction Act Aims To Shoot Down Trolls

Patent Abuse Reduction Act Aims To Shoot Down Trolls

The fightback against patent trolls is picking up steam with new ammunition materializing in the form of Texas Senator John Cornyn's newly introduced Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013. According to Cornyn, the bill is designed to act as a deterrent to patent trolls in several ways: "This bill would require plaintiffs to disclose the substance of their claim and reveal their identities when they file their lawsuit; allow defendants to hale into court interested parties; bring fairness to the discovery process; and shift responsibility for the cost of litigation to the losing party. These reforms will deter patent litigation abusers without... more »
VMware Challenges Amazon with IaaS vCloud Hybrid Service - Analysis by Stu Miniman

VMware Challenges Amazon with IaaS vCloud Hybrid Service - Analysis by Stu Miniman

On Tuesday VMware unveiled its vCloud Hybrid Service, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution meant to hinder Amazon’s expansion into the traditional enterprise market. Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman discussed the news in a recent interview with SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy. VMware first announced the offering at a partner conference in February, but we didn’t know too much about it until now. New details emerged this week, revealing that customers will be able to integrate the service into their VMware-virtualized private clouds to create a consistent, albeit complicated, hybrid environment. Miniman says that vCloud Hybrid Service is expected to launch in the third quarter of... more »
Waze Bidding War? Google, Microsoft + Apple Plot Takeover Bids

Waze Bidding War? Google, Microsoft + Apple Plot Takeover Bids

What with Facebook's attempted acquisition of Waze thrown into doubt, reports have emerged that Google is about to drive forward with its own attempt to purchase the social mapping application. With Microsoft and Apple also rumoured to be interested, the battle for Waze could be about to erupt into an all-out bidding war between the tech world's biggest players. Bloomberg reports that Google's interest in Waze was only stirred when Facebook's intentions first became clear last week. The social media giant was reported to be in "late stage" negotiations with Waze's owners, only for the deal to come unstuck earlier this... more »
Xi3's Unique Architecture Brings New Possibilities to the Desktop

Xi3's Unique Architecture Brings New Possibilities to the Desktop

The desktop is generally a boring place, stuffed with thick, noisy, energy-sucking devices that sit all day and take up valuable desktop space.  Of course, without these devices, business across the world would come to a standstill as just about everything in business relies somehow on people sitting behind their keyboards and interfacing with their individual devices.  In recent years, CIOs, intent on bringing down desktop-related costs while also improving the ability to manage the sometimes chaotic desktop environment, have seriously explored the world of VDI.  Many have found great success in their virtual vision while others have been met... more »
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Password Paranoia - How To: Set Up Two-Step Verification on Twitter, Yahoo Mail + More

Perhaps you've noticed the surge of online hack attacks in recent months, targeting celebrities and every day users alike.  Whether you're a government organization or a corporate entity, the proliferation of the networked web has opened up infinite paths to our data.  Consumer cloud providers are being forced to step up their security offerings or face mounting distrust from users. Twitter is the latest to add two-step authentication for its service, a feature you can enable to require a verification code via mobile in order to log into Twitter's website from an unknown device.  The update comes in the midst of... more »
Could JavaScript Take Over the Programming World? - Breaking Analysis

Could JavaScript Take Over the Programming World? - Breaking Analysis

HTML5 is built to be the common language on the web, irrespective of the OS or the device that displays it. Apps created in HTML5 are readily available for use across multiple environments and devices, both online and on the devices themselves. Google has taken a huge step forward in developing the Chrome operating system of the future. It has been has been pioneering the use of HTML5 for web application development to bridge the gap between cloud-based apps and desktop-packaged software. Joining Kristin Feledy in this morning’s NewsDesk is Simon St. Laurent, Senior Editor, O'Reilly Media, Inc. to give his Breaking... 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

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- 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

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- 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.