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An oven that sees, thinks and teaches you to cook

An oven that sees, thinks and teaches you to cook

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a smart oven that thinks like a chef, an Oreo cookie-sized security system and a device that monitors your propane tank. June Intelligent Oven The June Intelligent Oven is a countertop appliance that deals with all your baking, roasting, broiling, toasting and slow cooking needs ... but with a twist. It has a camera that is able to analyze what you’ve put inside, allowing it to determine the proper cooking time; the feet of the oven doubles as a scale, which allows you to know how much what you are cooking weighs; it has a touchscreen panel... more »
Elastic puts its open-source Big Data search engine in the cloud

Elastic puts its open-source Big Data search engine in the cloud

The Netherlands’ Elastic BV is ticking another item off the fairly narrow list of ways to monetize open-source software with the launch of new hosted implementations of its hugely popular free search engine for unstructured data that offer a simpler alternative to manual deployment. The launch couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Demand for Elasticsearch more than doubled over the last 9 months to the tune of an extra 11 million downloads, which produced a similarly sharp increase in the amount of money spent on hosting. The startup pegs the number of organizations paying various providers to run the... more »
Facebook users in the U.S. can now send money through Messenger

Facebook users in the U.S. can now send money through Messenger

Facebook is finally rolling out its Messenger payment features to all users across the U.S., now making the old "I'll pay you back later" excuse obsolete. Facebook first began testing Messenger payments in March in a few select locations, and it later expanded them in May to New York City and the surrounding areas. Now everyone in the U.S. can use Messenger payments, which Facebook said "gives people a more convenient and secure way to send or receive money between friends." How it works The first time you attempt to send money through Facebook Messenger, the app will ask you to set up a debit... more »
Microsoft gives Edge an update, shows off new default desktop image in two new Windows 10 Builds

Microsoft gives Edge an update, shows off new default desktop image in two new Windows 10 Builds

At the end of this month Microsoft will officially release Windows 10, but before that happens, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring can see a few more updates to the new OS as of now. At first, Build 10158 was released, which contained a bunch of new features, and then just a day after, Microsoft also released Build 10159. Why two builds in such quick succession? Microsoft explained in a blog post that all builds first have to be validated after engineers have been perfecting them in the internal ring. It turns out that Redmond had been working on both builds more... more »
How to stop Apple Music from automatically charging you after the trial

How to stop Apple Music from automatically charging you after the trial

Apple Music arrived on Tuesday, and users updating their iPhones to iOS 8.4 are prompted to try out the new streaming service. Apple is offering a free three-month trial, after which users are charged $9.99 and $14.99 for a single membership or a family membership respectively. What many users may not know is that by default the Apple Music app for iOS and iTunes for Mac and PC have auto-renewal enabled. This means that at the end of the trial, Apple will automatically charge your account for the relevant monthly subscription fee. Apple does mention this as a footnote in the fine... more »
Report: iOS loses ground in U.S. as Android-based Samsung, LG sales surge

Report: iOS loses ground in U.S. as Android-based Samsung, LG sales surge

In the three-month period ending in May 2015, Apple’s iOS claimed a 30.9 percent share of the U.S. smartphone operating system market, down from 32.5 percent in the same period last year. By comparison, Google’s Android increased its share of the U.S. market from 61.9 percent to 64.9 percent over the same period. The latest smartphone sales data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech suggests that the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S6 has put Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. on a strong footing in the U.S. “The first full month of sales of the Galaxy S6 allowed Samsung to regain the market lead... more »
Leaked images show iPhone 6s body, no design changes from iPhone 6

Leaked images show iPhone 6s body, no design changes from iPhone 6

As rumor has it, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will retain the same exterior design as its predecessors, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Now a set of leaked images of what is supposedly the iPhone 6s’s metal rear casing appears to confirm that there will be no visible difference between the two generations of iPhones. Veteran Apple reporter Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac obtained the images from a trusted source within Apple’s supply chain. Assuming the images are genuine – and given Gurman’s reputation for accuracy they likely are – the iPhone 6s will be identical to the iPhone 6,... more »
Cybersecurity firm Venafi raises $39m Series C in round that included Intel

Cybersecurity firm Venafi raises $39m Series C in round that included Intel

Cybersecurity firm Venafi, Inc. has raised $39 million Series C in a round led by QuestMark Partners that include new investors Intel Capital and Silver Lake Waterman, along with a number of unspecified existing investors. Founded in 2000, Venafi describes itself as the "Immune System for the Internet," as it develops software to secure and protect cryptographic keys and digital certificates. The company's software patrols across the network, on devices, behind the firewall, and throughout the internet to determine which SSL/TLS, SSH, WiFi, VPN and mobile keys and certificates are trusted, and upon discovery of those that cannot be trusted, fixes or... more »
Vivendi acquires YouTube competitor Dailymotion for $242m

Vivendi acquires YouTube competitor Dailymotion for $242m

French multinational mass media company Vivendi SA has acquired French video site Dailymotion for $242 million. The price was less than the $273 million mentioned when details of an offer of acquisition first surfaced in April, but the lower figure is due to the transaction occurring in Euro's, the exchange value of which as dropped since that time. Founded in 2005, Dailymotion is the world’s second most visited video site with 128 million monthly unique visitors a month. Ranked as the 85th most popular website online according to Alexa, Dailymotion has had an interesting ownership history, having been acquired by Orange SA in... more »
Apple loses appeal in e-book price fixing case, $450m fine stands

Apple loses appeal in e-book price fixing case, $450m fine stands

Apple's attempt to overturn an anti-trust finding that it colluded to fix the price of e-books failed Tuesday with the Federal Appeals Court upholding the original 2013 decision. The appeals court, in what was reported to be a 2-1 decision, found "that the district court correctly decided that Apple orchestrated a conspiracy among the publishers to raise e-book prices,” and that the conspiracy “unreasonably restrained trade” in violation of the Sherman Act, the Federal antitrust law. The original case, back in 2013, exposed Apple's evil marketing tactics in trying to break into the e-book marketplace which has long be dominated by Amazon.... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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.

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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.