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Firefox 8 Arrives Early as IE Tries Freebies to Lure Users

Firefox 8 Arrives Early as IE Tries Freebies to Lure Users

Browser preference is based on a lot of things--it could be because it’s your default browser on your device, or a friend suggested one, or maybe you've discovered the best through trial and error.  If you’re one of those people who aren’t afraid of change, would you change your web browser if it offers you free stuff?  Or could newer versions of other browsers make you change your preference? A couple of weeks ago, Google released Chrome 15, which boasts of being more app integrated.  It has a revamped New Tab Page separated into three sections: Most Visited, Recently Closed and Apps and... more »
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National Geographic Amazes Mall Shoppers with Augmented Reality

Recently NatGeo combined forces with Appshaker to put together a touring augmented reality show that visited shopping malls around Hungary where people could interact with everything from T-Rex to an astronaut walking around in his space suit. This is pretty awesome – hat’s off to both Appshaker and National Geographic.   [Cross-posted at Winextra]  ... more »
PC Gamers Change Your Pants: Steam’s Forums Hacked

PC Gamers Change Your Pants: Steam’s Forums Hacked

And by pants, I mean passwords. It looks like reports have been flying all morning that Steam’s forums have been hacked. Steam is an online community and gaming service that provides digital downloads of popular games from the currently popular Batman: Arkham Asylum to extremely rave MMOFPS Team Fortress 2. Aside from the service, Steam also delivers an extremely broad community of online forums. Kotaku, the Inquistr, and others already have the report. Sometime last night Valve took down their official Steam forums for “maintenance;” however, users who happened to be browsing the site at the time report that it happened because the... more »
MIT Server Becomes Host to Seething DoS and Vulnerability Scanner Suite Infection

MIT Server Becomes Host to Seething DoS and Vulnerability Scanner Suite Infection

Recently, a server at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been found host to a heavy duty suite of attack tools and used for vulnerability scanning and compromises. Researchers at Bitdefender caught it attempting to inject malware code into unprotected sites on the Web. The researchers say that the ongoing attacks appear to be related to the Blackhole Exploit Pack, a popular cyberattack kit used by criminals. SecurityWeek has an article that breaks down the function of this compromise and what it means for the Web in general. The outbound attacks appear to have started in June and Bitdefender estimates almost 100,000... more »
Feed the Elephant: Cloudera Raises Another $40 Million for Hadoop War

Feed the Elephant: Cloudera Raises Another $40 Million for Hadoop War

Cloudera announced today that it raised $40 million in series D funding from Greylock and Accel amongst other returning investors. This is a nice big round to help Cloudera keep up the Hadoop wars with Horton Works. Clouder COO Kirk Dunn told me in an interview today that the company plans to spend the money on expanding both its partnerships and its international sales and marketing departments. "Obviously Hadoop is a global phenomenon," Dunn said. "We want to be able to better support our customers in Europe and Asia." Also today Cloudera announced another in a long list of reseller partnerships,... more »
Disney Teams with YouTube Because They're So Cool

Disney Teams with YouTube Because They're So Cool

YouTube recently launched their online original channels to keep their audience interested, while Disney-ABC Television Group seems intent on extending its digital footprint.  Disney's signed a few deals with online video distributors these past few months, including a new deal with Amazon and renewing their deal with Netflix.  It's all another step towards making cable TV a thing of the past.  And now, it’s YouTube and Disney who've made a deal. YouTube and Disney  will spend somewhere between $10-$15 million to produce original video series, which will be available for viewing on both YouTube and Disney.com. So what brought this partnership to... more »
What is Contemplative Computing? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Explains at LIFT2011

What is Contemplative Computing? Alex Soojung-Kim Pang Explains at LIFT2011

A video of Alex Soojung-Kim Pang's talk earlier this year at the LIFT 2011 has been posted. Pang talks about his concept of "contemplative computing," a subject he's writing a book on. You can also read the text of Pang's talk here (PDF). Pang's work is hinged on an idea from psychology called flow. Contemplative computing is the use of technology to improve concentration and flow in a world where technology often interrupts concentration and inhibits flow. Pang considers contemplative computing as a process - something you do, not something you buy. If you want to know more, you can wait... more »
The New B&N Nook Joins Tablet Holiday Party

The New B&N Nook Joins Tablet Holiday Party

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday fast approaching, rumors of tablets going on sale are buzzing at high pitch.  There are lots of tablets currently available, and a lot more will soon be available in the market.  But the question is, “Which one should you choose?” Today, Barnes & Noble is set to launch their Color Nook 2 which is a tablet and not just an e-reader, called Nook Tablet.  The new Nook looks much like the original, but thinner.  It features a TI dual-core OMAP4 processor at 1GHz, 16 GB of storage which can be expanded to 32GB with a microSD, the... more »
Top Executives Leave Apple, HP Amidst Controversy

Top Executives Leave Apple, HP Amidst Controversy

Lately it seems like top executives are playing a game of musical chairs, and it's not happening in just one company.  Now Apple is the one shaking things up, as their head of security is leaving the company. Apple’s Security Blunder It was reported that in July, Apple lost one of their iPhone prototypes, which led to investigations spearheaded by Apple Vice President of Global Security John Theriault.  During the investigation, it was reported that Apple employees posed as police officers so they can enter the premises and search for the missing iPhone. Theriault was a former FBI agent, which could be the... more »
Thousands of Electronic Patient Records Lost in Theft

Thousands of Electronic Patient Records Lost in Theft

Last Friday the UCLA Health System took the precautionary measure of notifying thousands of patients of the theft of their private information.  Letters sent to the affected patients warned of possible identity theft and included contact information for a data security company to aid in the event of credit or identity theft.  The message also indicated that it is believed a situation where the compromise would result in identity theft was not likely.  “UCLA’s concern for its patients is absolute, and we deeply regret any breach of confidentiality and the stress and concern it might cause” The electronic information was reportedly stolen... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.