It’s Thanksgiving, so time to bon app-that! – Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Ah, yes, the tradition of a family Thanksgiving. Everyone at Techie.com is looking forward to those favorite holiday dishes and some time off with family and friends – but first we wanted to check out the Thanksgiving dinner cooking apps that lots of us (and our local firefighters) have come to …
Cloaking Devices Here on Earth – Mon, 17 Nov 2014
Every now and again one of the many superpowers we desire to “become real” pops up in news sources and science journals, re-sparking our interest in actually being able to personally fly or shoot webs from our wrists. There will be a snippet here and a study there suggesting new …
At ViT, veterans return to tech-sector careers – Tue, 11 Nov 2014
Veteran Nathaniel Dowds served in Iraq and Afghanistan before returning to a California law practice and an advisory board role with VetsinTech. His fellow veteran and ViT board member Dave Gowel is CEO of RockTech, a cloud-based training firm that emphasizes returning veterans in its business model, too. And for the …
Taco Bell App: Fast Food’s Next Big Thing – Tue, 04 Nov 2014
Taco Bell has simplified the ordering experience while unlocking the possibilities for consumer creations – all by using a new app, and becoming the first fast-food chain to offer mobile payments and ordering for in-store pickup as of last Tuesday.
Though Taco Bell has traditionally been known for innovation, it has …
The Digital Magicians: It’s A Kind Of Magic – Wed, 29 Oct 2014
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Dispute the definitions if you want to – lots of people have – but there’s something to be said for this famous third law of Sir Arthur Clarke, the “big three” science-fiction writer and futurist whose many contributions range from “2001: A Space …
Crowdfunding 2014 Report: It’s Here! – Tue, 28 Oct 2014
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, October 27, 2014 – Techie.com Market Intelligence, in partnership with Ugly Dog Media, announced today the release of its latest market research report, “Crowdfunding 2014 Annual Market Research Results.” The report, which surveyed entrepreneurs around the world who have, or are considering equity crowdfunding options, focuses on the …
HBO Gives People What They Want – Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Last week, HBO announced their plans for a new stand-alone streaming service which will be launched in 2015. For decades, HBO has been tied to expensive premium cable and satellite packages. And due to the strong programming, many people were willing to incur that cost to keep up with their …
Kansas City: How hackers, techies and Google put KC on the map – Tue, 14 Oct 2014
As one of our Ten Emerging Tech Hubs of 2014, Kansas City, Missouri, has continued its forward motion into the shiny tech future. From its strong hacker community to the continued use of Google Fiber, as well as a strong IT professional network and opportunities for startups in incubators? This …
Innovation and “How We Got to Now” – Mon, 13 Oct 2014
We tend to think of innovation as that eureka! moment when an individual – Edison or Bell or Gates – had a completely discrete moment of clarity, a singular blinding brain explosion that was The One Big Idea. Not so, argues author Steven Johnson in his book, “How We Got to …
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Nerds – Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Fan sites and pop culture-fueled web pages have traditionally served as destinations for heated nerd debates and enthusiastic fan banter. But in recent years, filmmakers have been able to build upon the enthusiasm of existing fan base by strategically using social media to evoke curiosity through “leaked” set photos.
The latest …
‘Internet of Things’ and WebRTC with @MatrixDotOrg | @ThingExpo [#IoT #WebRTC] – Wed, 26 Nov 2014
“Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that’s set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication,” explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Software Licensing in the Cloud By @FlexeraSoftware | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
The cloud has made many things simpler by allowing us to achieve economies of scale, eliminating the software installation process and enabling access of information from virtually anywhere. The list of benefits goes on, but contrary to popular belief, moving to the cloud will not make software licensing – and the challenges that go along with it – disappear. Instead, the cloud introduces a new set of software delivery models and licensing models that can make license management a challenge for the unprepared.
Cloud technologies need to be carefully considered by organizations considering new delivery models such as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Closer examination of the licensing rules tied to the type of cloud considered (public, private or hybrid) is also essential – each has its own set of license management ramifications.
Securing Data in the Cloud with @VerizonAnne | @CloudExpo [#Cloud @VZCloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
“Verizon offers public cloud, virtual private cloud as well as private cloud on-premises – many different alternatives. Verizon’s deep knowledge in applications and the fact that we are responsible for applications that make call outs to other systems. Those systems and those resources may not be in Verizon Cloud, we understand at the end of the day it’s going to be federated,” explained Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
‘Cloud Consumption’ with @Solgenia_Corp | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
“Cloud consumption is something we envision at Solgenia. That is trying to let the cloud spread to the user as a consumption, as utility computing. We want to allow the people to just pay for what they use, not a subscription model,” explained Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
G20: Mexico Must Improve Its ICT – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Mexico could do much better in its national commitment to ICT, according to our research at the Tau Institute. As a G20 nation, Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto was recently at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, where a comprehensive strategy plan was presented to all delegates. The plan discussed job growth and several areas of reform. It did not directly address ICT, other than a mention of fledgling telco reform.
Believing as we do that economic and societal development over the long-term are a function of a commitment to a strong ICT environment, we encourage leaders in all sectors and strata of Mexican society to redouble their efforts in this area.
Yet that sentiment may seem irretrievably glib given the difficulties facing Mexico, which must be viewed through the lens of the country’s difficult history and relationship with the United States.
Can’t Avoid This
We avoid political discussions; for an American to plunge into the pool of political discussion about the US and Mexico may seem to be very dangerous and stupid. But the elephant in the room is too large to avoid when it comes to discussing the US and Mexico. So here goes…
Over the course of my career, I remember Mexican Presidents Lopez Portillo, de la Madrid, Salinas de Gortari, Zedillo, the very consequential Vicente Fox, and Calderon (as well as his constitutional battle with Lopez Obrador) quite well. I know less about current leader Pena Nieto, and that is perhaps how he wants it. He seems to be a bit of a cipher to all.
But I don’t recall any great moments between leaders of Mexico and the United States. The mjaor highlight probably came when Presidents Clinton and Salinas de Gortari edged toward their respective political centers to agree to NAFTA. But two decades after its ratification, NAFTA has had a very modest affect in helping the economies of the US and Mexico grow.
Meanwhile, the flow of undocumented immigrants and drugs has continued. At 12 million, there are now twice as many illegal immigrants from Mexico in the US today compared to then, there are narco wars that define Mexico in the perception of many people, and there is a drug abuse situation in the United States that has hardly abated.
Mexico is struggling with legislation to increase competition within its telco sector, which is currently Dominated with a capital “D” by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. I can’t imagine this will be easily accomplished. Slim seems determined to create an image for himself that makes the big, dominant American telcos seem like purveyors of free chocolate and kittens in comparison.
Talking Past One Another
The immigation debate, such as it is in the United States, presents a classic example of people talking right past one another, with no intent to engage in a serious discussion. It seems also as if Mexico’s government at the highest levels has little incentive to jump into this debate; the steady flow of impoverished people into the US relieves it of responsibility for these people and augments the flow of capital into the country at the tune of more than $20 billion per year, much higher for example than the amount that tourism generates for the country.
Furthermore, Mexico remains in and of itself. Its leaders have never seemed to aspire to a leadership role within Latin America, perhaps in no small part to the country’s geographical isolation from South America. Mexico is a North American nation, with its own unique history and revolution(s) from its colonial past.
Which leads us to the chapping point between Mexico and the US – the Texas Annexation, Mexican-American War, and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, all from the 1840s. Mxico lost more than half of its territory during that time, although to be fair, a large percentage of that was the very thinly settled territory that became California and other Western states after becoming part of the US.
Mexico has passively aggressively tried to reclaim its lost lands to the present day, and the US has passively aggressively ignored the issue. The informal push known as the Reconquista is dismissed as a fringe movement by commentators on both sides of the border, but yet the topic lurks in the shadows and while never being formally addressed by the respective nations’ leaders.
President Obama’s recently announced effort to make sense of illegal immigration from Mexico, only the latest of such Presidential efforts dating to the original bracero agreements between the US and Mexico in 1942.
I’ve seen no response from Mexico’s government, which is pre-occupied at the present moment with a telenova involving murdered students, a house owned by the First Lady, and ongoing accusations of corruption at all governmental levels. Of course, the US government is pre-occupied by a few domestic and global issues as well. The US-Mexico relationship is not at the top of the list for either country.
How to Proceed
So how do technology companies proceed? There is already significant foreign direct investment in Mexico, more than $100 billion per year. NAFTA has improved supply chains and other corporate efficincies across the border.
And there is certainly plenty of potential for continued economic improvement, as a middle class continues to grow despite obstacles in Mexico. If the telco nut can be cracked, we would expect overall Internet access and bandwidth to improve dramatically throughout Mexico.
Mexico ranks 73rd overall in our rankings, out of 103 nations surveyed, behind Brazil and Peru, behind South Africa, and behind the Philippines, for example. It does poorly in its income tier as well, finishing 14th among 19 nations, just ahead of Argentina. In our “Goldilocks Index,” which measures how hot countries’ technology factors are running, Mexico runs too cold. It’s on a par with Paraguay in this area.
Yet given its overall wealth, Mexico remains only a middling challenge to improve overall, despite its large population. It’s on a par with Turkey in this category; not great, but achieving significant progress in Mexico’s ICT infrastrucutre does not rank among the great challenges of the world. Places such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Africa, and Nigeria offer far steeper challenges.
This is what our numbers say; they do not account for the elephant in the room. And as I write this, the non-dialogue between the two nations continues. There are efforts in the NGO space and within academia to improve the dialogue. Our research at the Tau Institute aims to do the same, not only between Mexico and the US, but among the nations of the world. But until political leaders at the highest levels of Mexico and the United States take such a dialogue seriously, nothing of consequence can happen, in our opinion.
As always, our overall results are meant to start conversations, not offer quick solutions. We welcome the opportunity to dive into all of our numbers and develop more substantive analyses of Mexico’s present and future place along the ICT continuum.
Building Clouds on @VMware vSphere | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
This case study assumes you want to build a private cloud on top of an existing virtualized datacenter composed of multiple hosts running vSphere and managed by one or several instances of vCenter. It is understood that you do not want to abandon your investment in VMware by retooling the entire stack. You want to continue managing your infrastructure with already familiar and powerful VMware tools, such as vSphere and vCenter Operations Manager. Your goal is to create a self-service cloud environment on top of your vSphere infrastructure to provide your users with a simple cloud interface featuring elasticity, multi-tenancy and self-service provisioning.
A Quick Look at Cryptocurrencies By @Cloudwedge | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Cryptocurrencies have gained traction in the past half-decade for a variety of reasons. Bitcoin has become the most popular cryptocurrency in the world due to its sudden rise in value and acceptance within the international marketplace. You might be wondering: What does cloud computing have to do with cryptocurrencies?
Cloud computing is beginning to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry. When cryptocurrencies first began gaining popularity, amateur miners would create rigs in their basements, garages and bedrooms that consisted of computing gear that sometimes housed dozens of video cards with high performance GPU chips. These cryptocurrency mining rigs generated enormous electric bills for consumers with power companies sometimes mistaking the sudden spike in power use as a drug operation. These sets of circumstances along with other economic factors have caused bitcoin miners to rethink the way that they handle their hash workload.
Enter cloud computing
Omnichannel Digital Transformation By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
As our devices continue their inexorable march to greater variety and maturity, customer preferences represent the cutting edge, driving enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives to offer unified omnichannel interactions. However, this transformation goes well beyond retail, and even beyond B2C to the B2B world, as consumerization of enterprise technology takes hold in office buildings, factories, supply chains, and logistics networks around the globe.
HP Addresses Simplified Support By @Dana_Gardner | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
HP charts a better path to simplified, just-in-time, and pan-IT support improvements — despite dynamic and complex IT environments.
Much of the attention to coping with mega IT challenges such as cloud, bring your own device (BYOD), mobile applications, and big data focuses on adoption and implementation strategy. Yet the added complexity and requirements of how to support these technologies once they are in place has now also become top of mind.
So how do enterprises deliver improved user experiences, leverage new reactive support tools and diagnostics, and increasingly rely on self-help and automation to keep their far-flung systems and services fully functional?
Sixteen Tips for Moving Your Workloads to the Cloud By @GiladPN | @CloudExpo [#Cloud] – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Got a plan for your move to the cloud? If you do, you’re in the minority. According to a recent study, a mere 31 percent of those planning a move to the cloud actually have a strategy for migrating data and applications. The rest don’t.
To avoid the complexity and cost, we recommend heeding the following advice. It’s but a fraction of the endless recommendations we received from cloud experts who offered well-seasoned tips on what to do and not do when you begin planning to move workloads to the cloud.
Dropbox Activates Mobile Office 365 Integration – Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Users can now access Dropbox files directly from Microsoft’s mobile Office apps. The two companies have been working together for some time.
HP’s Flat Earnings Call Into Question Its Plan to Split in Two – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Red flags in the report: Enterprise hardware/software and services, which came in with revenue slippage of 4 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
Microsoft Rides Cloud to Carbon Neutrality – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Two years after committing to carbon neutrality, the tech giant has achieved its goal despite a massive increase in its cloud computing footprint.
Google Apps Users Gain More Control of Account Security – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
A new device and activity dashboard will give enterprise users a quick way to assess the security of their Google accounts, the company said.
Eight Important Facts About the OpenStack Cloud Platform – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
A new study looks at usage patterns for the OpenStack cloud platform and examines key trends, from on-premises private cloud to KVM technology.
Google’s Balloon-Connected Web Initiative Starting to Take Off – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
The Internet giant said it can launch up to 20 Project Loon balloons a day to deliver Internet service in rural areas.
IBM Patents Design for Data Privacy Engine – Sun, 23 Nov 2014
IBM’s newly patented data privacy engine safeguards data shared across borders. This new invention improves upon manual privacy techniques.
Governments’ Vow to Take Down Webcam Aggregator Beggars Security Issue – Sat, 22 Nov 2014
A Website points to more than 10,000 insecure Internet-connected cameras, but efforts to shutter the aggregator ignore a larger issue.
NSA Director Warns China Has Power to Kill U.S. Power Grid – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Foreign hackers already have performed reconnaissance-type missions in order to determine how networks function and to find the weaknesses in them.
Microsoft Refreshes Bing With Mobile and Map Updates – Fri, 21 Nov 2014
A batch of Bing updates promises more accurate travel times and a more mobile-focused experience on smartphones.
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Black Friday outweighs Thanksgiving on social media, suggests Salesforce data – Wed, 26 Nov 2014
So much for all those recipes listing dozens of new ways to cook stuffing and pumpkin pie.
Give thanks they haven’t forced net neutrality yet – Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Worse than a solution looking for a problem, the campaign to regulate ISPs aggressively is based on lies. Netflix and one transit ISP were the source of performance problems earlier this year.
And now for some good news… Check out Facebook’s homegrown datacenters – Wed, 26 Nov 2014
The world’s largest social network earlier this year dished the details on its global datacenters, which are grounded in open source and energy efficiency.
HP closes out its fiscal year with mixed Q4 earnings report – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
UPDATED: Stressing 2014 as the third year in HP’s “five-year turnaround,” CEO Meg Whitman assured shareholders the tech giant is entering 2015 with the “strongest portfolio” in a decade.
Despite modest PC market gains, tablet market expected to slow on iPad decline – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
This year will see the first full year of decline in iPad shipments, according to new figures, sending a signal to the rest of the tablet market.
Apple Watch: 27.8 million units in 2016? – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
The “global number of addressable wrists” could be the market opportunity for Apple Watch, argues one analyst.
And now for some good news… How to fall in love with email all over again – Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Email can be a drag on any user’s life. After using Outlook for more than a decade, for one writer it was time to change. In choosing Gmail, he fell in love with email all over again.
Palo Alto Networks posts Q1 sales surge – Mon, 24 Nov 2014
First quarter sales were up 50 percent and Palo Alto Networks raised its sales forecast for the second quarter.
Nuance Q4 solid, outlook for year light – Mon, 24 Nov 2014
The natural language understanding software maker says its fiscal 2015 will be back-end loaded as it transitions to a cloud model.
Brocade’s Q4 strong, ends fiscal year on a high – Mon, 24 Nov 2014
The networking virtualization and data storage provider managed to churn out its most profitable year in its corporate history for fiscal 2014.
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