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The Witcher 3 is the biggest launch of the year in the UK

The Witcher 3 is the biggest launch of the year in the UK

It looks like multiple delays were not such a bad idea after all for Polish game studio CD Projekt RED. The studio's recently released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which had been pushed back nearly half a year, has easily topped every other game launch in the U.K. so far this year and is also performing exceptionally well elsewhere. According to chart-track, The Witcher 3 smashed Battlefield Hardline's week 1 sales by 53 percent. A surprising 63 percent of the game's sales came from PlayStation 4, but this data is likely significantly skewed, as chart-track does not have access to digital sales through services like Steam... more »
About bloody time: Twitter reported to be releasing Periscope for Android today

About bloody time: Twitter reported to be releasing Periscope for Android today

Twitter, Inc. has finally announced that its popular live streaming app Periscope will be available on Android devices today. It's not clear from reports exactly when today, or whether it will be released globally or just within the United States; at the time of writing the app was not available in the Google Play store (at least in Asia), and no Android link is available from the Periscope website. The move from Twitter to finally release an Android app comes on the heels of competitor Meerkat releasing a public beta back in April. Periscope has been highly successful for Twitter since its debut on iOS-only... more »
EMC completes its hybrid cloud puzzle with Virtustream acquisition

EMC completes its hybrid cloud puzzle with Virtustream acquisition

EMC Corp. chief Joe Tucci has got his checkbook out again, snapping up enterprise cloud computing firm Virtustream Inc. in a $1.2 billion cash deal. The deal comes after EMC acquired another cloud oriented firm, The Cloudscaling Group, Inc., in late 2014. Founded in 2009, Virtustream specializes in lifecycle automation and orchestration, focusing on mission-critical enterprise apps like SAP SE's HANA. The company's xStream platform is also tightly integrated with VMware Inc.'s vSphere, and boasts high profile customers like The Coca-Cola Company, Domino Foods Inc., The H. J. Heinz Company, Hess Corporation, Kawasaki Motors Corp., Lexmark International Inc., and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. According... more »
Oculus VR founder faces lawsuit for fraud and breach of contract

Oculus VR founder faces lawsuit for fraud and breach of contract

Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey is facing a lawsuit from his former employer, Total Recall Technologies, which claims that Luckey unlawfully passed off the work he did for the Hawaii-based company as his own when he created Oculus Rift. Total Recall claims that Luckey was hired to work on a head mounted display for the company in 2011, during which time he signed a contract and a non-disclosure agreement. The company says that Luckey used the knowledge he gained working on their product to develop the virtual reality headset that would eventually become Oculus Rift. "Without informing the Partnership, on information and belief,"... more »
Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $78.7 Billion

Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $78.7 Billion

Charter Communications has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Enterprises Inc. in a cash plus stock deal that values the company at a massive $78.7 billion. The deal was announced on Tuesday, and will see Charter pay $100 in cash and shares of a new parent company -- dubbed New Charter -- equivalent to 0.5409 shares of Charter for each Time Warner Cable share outstanding; raising Time Warner individual share value to $195.71. As well, Charter plans to give Time Warner Cable's shareholders an election option to receive $115 in cash plus New Charter shares equivalent to 0.4562 Charter shares for each... more »
Wikibon: Software redefines competition

Wikibon: Software redefines competition

Software is becoming the focus not just of IT but often of the business, as smartphones and the Web become increasingly central to customers’ lives and therefore an important conduit for providing products and services in multiple markets. New software technologies and methodologies can make business much more agile and better able to respond to market disruptions that are becoming increasingly common. Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) shields developers from underlying hardware architecture, allowing them to focus completely on software and freeing companies from single vendor or service provider lock-in, Wikibon Analyst Stuart Miniman in his latest Wikibon Premium Alert. They support new software approaches... more »
How this one element from gaming will prepare you for success

How this one element from gaming will prepare you for success

This is part two in the "How To Be (Internet) Famous" series. You can check out the previous installment here. One of the most important things you need to know about how to be (Internet) famous, or market anything successfully, can be learned from gaming. I came across this fact because I used to be a gamer. It boils down to this: You can't access the places you want to go, in life or in a videogame, without having the right piece of armor or equipment. The good news is that having that right piece of armor will help you be... more »
3 must-have Apple Watch apps for a healthy, focused and happy mind

3 must-have Apple Watch apps for a healthy, focused and happy mind

If you are feeling stressed out and are struggling to cope with the day-to-day pressures of life, there are a number of techniques and coping mechanisms to help you out. Meditation, listening to relaxing music or even playing a game can often help you relax and regain the critical focus you need to carry on. It is often as simple as taking just a few minutes to yourself. Scores of mobile apps have been helping us do just that. We’ve selected three Apple Watch apps to help you relax, refocus and be happy: Calm Calm for Apple Watch claims to help you sleep... more »
What you missed in Big Data: Hybrid analytics

What you missed in Big Data: Hybrid analytics

Last week saw the analytics movement grow even more closely entwined with the cloud thanks to new updates that promise to help organizations take advantage of the economies offered by the as-a-service model to accommodate their growing information troves. VMware Inc. found itself in the center of it all after word leaked of internal plans to join the fray with a managed database. The upcoming vCloud Air SQL service will reportedly offer a pre-configured installation of Microsoft's relational store designed to power relatively low-priority use cases such as testing new applications that would require more time and resources to support behind... more »
Rubrik scores $41 million from Greylock and friends for converged data protection

Rubrik scores $41 million from Greylock and friends for converged data protection

Barely two months after exiting stealth with $10 million in freshly raised venture capital, Rubrik Inc. has secured another funding round more than four times that size to aid its mission of eliminating the need for backup software. And the team is finally revealing how it plans to go about accomplishing that ambitious goal. The centralized backup and recovery solution that Rubrik promised after completing its original investment in late March is a 2U commodity appliance pre-configured to run its ​homegrown data management software. At the foundation of the platform is a patent-pending file system that makes it possible to extend... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.