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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Why is there Air - Bill Cosby versus Kevin Lynch

I know I'm dating myself, but Bill Cosby had a pretty funny routine where a PE Teacher explains that the purpose of air is to pump up basketballs and volleyballs. Now Adobe has launched their Air product (with a matching Kevin Lynch NY Times article, and GigaOm fan dance) to allow platform to allow browser apps to escape from their little Firefox and IE prisons and flit gaily across the desktop like "real" apps. Now what exactly are the benefits here? According to the NY Times article: I can click an icon on my desktop instead of a bookmark in my browser. Yawn. I can run an application without the browser border. Snore. I can run an application offline. Now this is cool, but hardly new, following earlier moves by Google Gears, Dojo Offline and Mozilla PrismExcuse me, but I prefer Bill's definition of why we need air. As I have written, Air, Flex and Silverlight are"back to ... (more)

Instruction with Inspiration -- Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure

Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure — "A practical guide to a program no photographer should be without: Adobe Lightroom 2... This is an adventure you'll be glad you said yes to." —Leo Laporte, from the Foreword Master Adobe's next-generation tool for digital photographers. Learn more. ... (more)

Google May Hate Prop 8, But That Doesn’t Mean They Won’t Serve Ads Supporting It

Google CEO Eric Schmidt was one of the many Silicon Valley leaders to add his name to the NoOnProp8 advertisement that ran in the San Jose Mercury News a couple of days ago. But that doesn’t mean the proponents of the embarrassingly discriminatory measure can’t buy a little air time on Google Adsense. California residents who view sites that include Google Adsense ads today are seeing an advertisement that says “Support Marriage Rights - Vote Yes on Prop 8 To Protect Traditional Marriage.” The ad links to protectmarriage.com (the good domain - yesonprop8.com - redirects to noonprop8.com, which must frustrate the gay-haters to no end). As far as I’m concerned, we’ll look back on measures like Prop 8 as little different than attempts to stop Women’s Suffrage or the Civil Rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s. Denying a fundamental right to a person - such as marriage ... (more)

The intersection of social media and the cloud

The competition for the next wave of enterprise computing has heated up since Microsoft announced its Windows Azure strategy a month ago. While the jury is out in some quarters about Microsoft's ability to actually deliver the reliability, security, and even the interoperability that is promised, the timetable has accelerated the plans of competitors and forced some to define themselves in terms of the cloud at a dangerous moment. Sun Microsystems has been under particular pressure to realign; analysts and even Sun employees such as Tim Bray have been outspoken in their pleas for Sun's executive team to jettison unprofitable ventures in favor of some kind of cloud strategy. CEO Jonathan Schwartz has hinted in recent months of some wood behind what Sun calls its Grid effort, and will this week roll out Sun's JavaFX 1.0 front end technology to compete with Flash/Air a... (more)

uvLayer Updates Its Enhanced Media Sharing Webtop

uvLayer, a startup that has built an intuitive webtop for sharing YouTube videos and other media, has launched the latest version of its site which introduces a host of new features, including support for more IM networks and Flickr search. uvLayer has slipped under our radar until now, but their product is impressive, allowing users to search for and organize media much as they would on their computer’s desktop. These ‘desktops in the cloud’ (called canvases by the service) can be made public, allowing users to browse through the media you’ve collected in an organized manner. These canvases are useful for purposes beyond pure entertainment - for example, teachers can organize videos into appropriate lessons folders for their students. uvLayer also includes support for sharing individual videos over IM. The site has integrated with major chat networks including AIM... (more)

Charlie Rose: The MySpace Interview. Going After Small Business.

Charlie Rose - Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe got the Charlie Rose treatment on Tuesday night in a wide-ranging interview that lasted about a half hour. We’ve embedded the entire interview above and the Charlie Rose Show provided us with the full transcript below. We’ve bolded a few highlights throughout the interview. Rose starts with a few general questions, but he does get a few tidbits of new information. For instance, DeWolfe reveals that 18 million people a month get MySpace on their mobile phones. To put that into perspective, that is about the same size as the worldwide audience for the NYTimes.com (comScore). DeWolfe also claims: We have the biggest library of professional videos in the world. Anderson talks about the effort that is going into small business profiles on MySpace, in combination with its new sel... (more)

Which RIA Platform to choose?

This morning I read a very useful and interesting article written by my colleague Richard Monson-Haefel at Curl. He describes which RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform to chose for what purpose. In other words, there is no “one size fits all” solution. You would pick Ajax for simple consumer type applications such as Amazon.com. If you need animation, then Flex or Silverlight can be the right solution. For enterprise RIA applications which are stateful, transactional, with high scalability, security and performance needs, the MIT-Research-based product Curl is the right answer. Since RIA is an emerging category, there exists a lot of confusion. Flash or Flex was the only choice and everyone thought that is the alternative to the first-generation (Web 1.0) technologies such as Javascript, CSS, DOM (the aggregate being termed Ajax). Ajax suffers from security an... (more)

SmartSoft Announces a New Version of Smart Video Converter

Varna, Bulgaria, July 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- SmartSoft, the leading provider of innovative optical character recognition (OCR), document capture and conversion software solutions, has revealed a new, improved version of its desktop software application Smart Video Converter. The latest release delivers a faster and enhanced conversion for a truly unique user experience. Smart Video Converter is a software application for Windows operating systems that allows users to effortlessly convert between a wide variety of popular video formats, while preserving the quality of the original video. As any other SmartSoft product, Smart Video Converter offers a simple and convenient interface enabling consumers to perform their tasks in just a couple of mouse clicks. The Pro version also provides users with the ability to burn DVD, SVCD or VCD movies. Conversion for the following v... (more)

Creative Pro User Group Network Announces the Amsterdam SuperMeet

Amsterdam, Netherlands, August 09, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Creative Pro User Group Network (CPUG Network) have announced the Fifth Annual CPUG Amsterdam SuperMeet, to take place on Sunday, 9 September 2012 at the Hotel Krasnapolsky in the heart of Amsterdam during IBC 2012. Doors open at 16:30 with the "SuperMeet Digital Showcase" featuring over 20 software and hardware developers. SuperMeet presentations will begin at 19:00 and continue until 23:00 with the World Famous Raffle. Tickets are on sale online for the Early Bird price of 10.00 Euros each plus ticket fee (Early Bird price ends August 9 , 2012) and 10.00 Euros for students and teachers with valid ID. The Amsterdam SuperMeet promises to be the single largest gathering of Final Cut, Adobe, Avid, Autodesk editors, gurus and visual storytellers during IBC 2012. It is expected this SuperMeet will sell out as histor... (more)

Adobe attack demonstrated a lacklustre approach to IT security, says Simplexo

The recent attack on Adobe, which saw approximately 38 million customer accounts breached, demonstrates that despite the growing threat of cyber attacks, a lacklustre approach to IT security is still exhibited by many organisations regardless of their size or reputation, states Simon Bain, founder and CTO of Simplexo. In early October, Adobe announced that 2.9 million customers had had private information stolen during a cyber attack on its website. It has since been confirmed that this figure was in fact 38 million. Bain says that Adobe seriously failed its customers in light of this attack and this should therefore serve as a warning to everyone of the importance of ensuring that data remains protected and encrypted: "It is thought that at least 38 million customer details were stolen from Adobe's database - for perspective that is roughly half the population of th... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and sh...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
What are the new priorities for the connected business? First: businesses need to think differently about the types of connections they will need to make – these span well beyond the traditional app to app into more modern forms of integration including SaaS integrations, mobile integrations, APIs, device integration and Big Data integration. It’s important these are unified together vs. doing them all piecemeal. Second, these types of connections need to be simple to design, adapt and configure...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
Contextual Analytics of various threat data provides a deeper understanding of a given threat and enables identification of unknown threat vectors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Dufour, Head of Security Architecture, IoT, Webroot, Inc., discussed how through the use of Big Data analytics and deep data correlation across different threat types, it is possible to gain a better understanding of where, how and to what level of danger a malicious actor poses to an organization, and to determin...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...