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Amazon Has Nothing To Worry About. Oracle Will Never Win The Cloud Without Developers

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/01/amazon-has-nothing-to-worry-oracle-will-never-win-the-cloud-without-developers/

Amazon has nothing to worry about. Oracle will never win the cloud without developers.

No matter what Larry Ellison says on stage at Oracle Open World, Oracle will never match Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) first-class treatment of the developer community. Nor will Oracle even try: it’s a vertical iron machine that Ellison believes has the power to be the new “cloud” for IT. It is not a horizontal distributed, self-service environment that you get when you use AWS.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5943458/zuckerberg-rambling-about-nothing-for-30-minutes-earned-facebook-7-billion

Zuckerberg Rambling About Nothing for 30 Minutes Earned Facebook $7 BillionDo you want to know what power is? Power is going up on a stage, yammering about very little for half an hour, and boom, a few days later your company is worth nearly $7 BILLION more than it was a few days ago.

On Tuesday, Zuck took the stage at geeky strokefest TechCrunch Disrupt. He talked about ads, manically about the company’s high morale, the (obvious) disappointment of the IPO, his commitment to connecting the world, his regrets about HTML5, the importance of mobile, (obvious) denials of a Facebook Phone, and other non-statements. It was poised hot air.

“Whatever,” said people with money, and then proceeded to throw great wads of cash in the 28-year-old CEO’s direction. At the close of Friday’s trading Facebook’s value was up roughly 15 percent from where it was on Tuesday, bringing the stock’s price to $22 per share. Yes, that’s still long ways off from its (crazy) IPO price of $38 per share, but let’s put is this way: Zuck netted his company almost four million dollars per second that he spoke.

If I could do that I’d never shut up. Zuck should try releasing a crooning jazz album just to see what happens. [Reuters]

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Intel finishes crossing the Ivy Bridge with new desktop Core i3 models

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/04/intel-finishes-crossing-the-ivy-bridge-with-new-desktop-core-i3/

Intel finishes crossing the Ivy Bridge with new desktop Core i3 models

Intel has been staggering the rollout of its Ivy Bridge processors over the space of nearly half a year, starting with its higher-end quad-core chips; it’s finally time for the company to complete the story and ship some budget Core i3 desktop parts. The semiconductor giant is coy about the new roster at this stage, but it does promise both regular (s-series) and low-power (t-series) Core i3 chips at clock speeds between 2.8GHz and 3.4GHz. If the past is an indicator, the new components will be mostly or exclusively dual-core and lack extras like Hyperthreading — they will get Intel’s newer integrated graphics and other perks through the upgrade, however. Bulk pricing and other details haven’t yet been aggregated in one place, although we’re seeing that even the faster 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 is selling at retail for $130. We wouldn’t expect anything from Intel’s new offerings to break the bank.

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Intel finishes crossing the Ivy Bridge with new desktop Core i3 models originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Sep 2012 16:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 news No Comments

PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/12/idc-and-gartner-pc-market-flattened-out-in-q2-2012/

IDC and Gartner PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer might be working overtime to keep Apple at bay, but the PC market that his company largely built is hurting, if you ask researchers at Gartner and IDC. Both estimate that shipments of traditional computers dropped by a tenth of a point in the second quarter of 2012 — not a good sign when Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors and a wave of Ultrabooks were supposed to usher in a PC renaissance. While the exact numbers vary, the two paint a partly familiar picture of the world stage: HP and Dell are taking a bruising, while ASUS and Lenovo are making huge leaps forward. Depending on who you ask, though, Acer is either kicking Dell down to fourth place or occupying that all too comfortable spot itself. The economy and tablets are once again blamed for making would-be PC upgraders jittery, although this time it may also be the wait for Windows 8 leading some to hold off.

If there’s a point of contention, it’s the US figures. Gartner and IDC alike agree that Acer, Dell and HP all took a drubbing. Tthe two analyst groups are at odds with each other when it comes to everyone else, thou! gh. Appl e will have gained market share to as much as 12 percent, but either increased or shrank its shipments; it’s Lenovo or Toshiba completing the top five outside of the usual suspects. Accordingly, take results with a grain of salt until all the PC builders have reported in. Nonetheless, if the groups have the same reasonable level of precision as they’ve had in the past, Microsoft may have to defer its ambitions for a little while longer.

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IDC and Gartner: PC market flattened out in Q2 while Apple, ASUS and Lenovo remain the stars originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jul 2012 02:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Why Windows Phone 8 Means The Blackberry Is Doomed

Source: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/why-windows-phone-8-means-the-blackberry-is-doomed/

As Microsoft Corporate VP for Windows Phone Terry Myerson and others from Microsoft and Nokia took the stage at the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, it’s certain that there were nervous eyes watching the video stream from somewhere in Waterloo, Ontario.

While Microsoft is clearly targeting Google and Apple as its primary competitors with the Windows 8 phone features announced today, the company that has the most to lose with Microsoft’s full entrance into the enterprise mobile business is Research in Motion. Now in fourth place behind Android, iOS, and Symbian in market share, and with Microsoft starting to catch up, RIM was laying off thousands of employees just as Microsoft announced the enterprise-readiness of its next phone OS. And regardless of how rapidly enterprises embrace Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s other mobile moves could deliver a knockout blow to RIM’s dominance of the enterprise.

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012 news No Comments

VC Explains Why A Founder’s Initial Idea Often Doesn’t Matter At All

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/vc-explains-why-a-founders-initial-idea-often-doesnt-matter-at-all-2012-6

laura sacharInvestor Laura Sachar says she can spot entrepreneurs who have ideas, but don’t know how to execute them.

Sachar, general partner and founder of StarVest Partners, has been involved in early stage companies since the mid-’90s. She shared her insights on a panel at Business Insider’s Startup 2012 conference:

Sachar focuses on people in the early stage, because it’s about the belief that the person can figure out what to do with the business to make it successful.

Often, the initial idea is not how the company succeeds and drives revenue,” says Sachar. “Focusing on the people first, and a belief that they can develop attractive ideas and move from there, makes sense.”

There needs to be a clear path that shows that the person can turn the idea into something real.

“If you can’t execute, you don’t have a company,” she says. “A lot of people have ideas.”

Nowadays, companies don’t need as much money to get momentum. She suggests that you take more money than you think you need (if it’s available), because so many investors are looking for the companies that are gaining tons of velocity in the early going. By having that money, you have more resources to pull that off.

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Monday, June 18th, 2012 news No Comments

ESPN, Google, And Zynga Lead Their Industries Because They’re Obsessed With Their Customers

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/espn-google-and-zynga-lead-their-industries-because-theyre-obsessed-with-their-customers-2012-3


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Companies that place a high value on digital user experience dominate their markets. I’m talking about companies like Intuit, ESPN, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn, Zynga, Google, PayPal, FedEx, and Harley Davidson.

I have seen first-hand how user-experience-obsessed companies operate—In consulting with these companies through my user experience research firm, AnswerLab. Here’s how you can practice the same top five habits.

1.     Constantly learn about your customers and innovative

Companies that are focused on customer experience keep a constant eye and ear open to opportunities for innovation. They directly observe research sessions with their customers, where groundbreaking ideas can spring from the simplest of customer comments. They are relentless in seeking new research methods and techniques that ensure that they get a holistic perspective of their users’ experiences. And, they are acutely aware of the competitive landscape, evaluating what already exists so that they can build something better. Innovation requires a constant willingness to be open to opportunity that reveals itself through research.

2.     Eliminate risk

You are just about to launch your new digital product, but you want to make sure there are no showstoppers. If this is when you are starting your user experience research, it is too late in the development cycle to make anything but cosmetic changes. Customer experience detractors found at this stage may result in lost conversion opportunities or worse—high costs of fixing problems so late in development.

Many user-experience-obsessed companies eliminate risk by learning about their customers at every stage of the development cycle. They employ a user-centered design process. Before anything is built, they find out what their customers need, determine how they can use their concepts and prototypes, and validate that their products and services meet expectations and improve customer perception.

3.     Spend a lot of time with your top customers, in particular

The most important way to eliminate risk from your development process is to understand everything possible about your customers, particularly your top customers. User-focused companies watch their customers in the wild—in their natural environments—to see how customers use their products and how their lives could be made better.

For example, a major e-commerce company, relies on a continuous monthly program to spend time with its top 100 customers to learn how they work, how the site fits into their workflow, and how the site could improve their processes. This isn’t episodic or just when the company needs a particular question answered. It learns about its customers all the time.

This time with your top customers provides many benefits:

  • You get an opportunity to strengthen or repair your most valuable relationships. Even the most disgruntled customers are often surprised and delighted that a business attempts to understand their needs through direct interaction with them.
  • You gain visibility into the cutting edge of your business. Your top customers are often the first to embrace new trends and technologies, and they will be the first to hear about any innovations, competitive threats, or emerging strategies of which you should be aware.
  • You learn how to help the rest of your customers. These top customers got to where they are because they were able to seize opportunities, devise workarounds, or take advantage of resources that other customers did not. Understanding the history of your top customers can lead to insights that have an impact on all of your customers.

4.     Doggedly study the competition

To build the best digital experiences for your customers, you must know how and where they are setting their expectations for your products and services. Customers’ expectations are constantly evolving based on other encounters they have on apps, tablets, mobile devices, and the web. As users come across other experiences, they will switch to the product or service that offers the best one.

User-experience-obsessed companies understand the fickle nature of their customers, and they constantly research user reactions to competitors’ digital offerings. One of the largest credit-reporting firms in the United States worked with AnswerLab to study its competitors and learn how to build a better user experience than it already had. The research led to changes that resulted in a 240 percent increase in conversion and a 268 percent increase in average order size.

5.     Validate your concept before you build it

Some digital products are extremely expensive and resource intensive to build or redesign. They can cost millions of dollars and require one- to two-year development cycles. With investments of this magnitude, it is critical to first validate that your concept or idea will fly.

One of AnswerLab’s user-experience-obsessed clients, a major bank, hypothesized that a new user experience would increase adoption of online bill payment. After conducting experimental user research to check the hypothesis, the bank learned that while the new version of the site would retain existing customers, the new interface did not drive adoption among those who had never used online bill payment. These customers’ barriers to usage had little to do with the interface itself but rather the value proposition of paying bills online directly with the bank. As a result, while the bank moved forward with the redesign for existing customers, they developed alternative messaging for non-users to improve the perceived value. User-experience-obsessed companies know that when you invest a lot in development, you need to make sure your concept will solve the right problems for your customers.

Next week, check back for five more habits of customer-obsessed companies.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

RIM indulges in some ‘myth busting’ at BlackBerry DevCon Europe

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/07/rim-indulges-in-some-myth-busting/

Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations, just took the stage at RIM’s DevCon gathering in Amsterdam to build up and promptly knock down a few “myths” about RIM’s state of health. First up, he tackled the notion that BlackBerry is a declining platform by saying that App World is seeing six million downloads per day, which is up 30 percent from three months ago. He also rejected the idea that BB app devs don’t make money, revealing that 13 percent of them have made over $100,000 from their products and that App World generates 40 percent more revenue than the Android Market. Lastly, Saunders said “we’re sorry” that RIM’s strategy has been “hard to understand” for “some people”, but added that BB 10 will solve that problem. He said that the new OS represents a “simple and easy-to-understand strategy” that is about combining the best of QNX and the current BB OS, offering consistent cloud services and making software that is both backwards and forwards compatible.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Cee Lo Was More Popular Than Madonna In The Super Bowl Halftime Show

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/stats-cee-lo-was-more-popular-than-madonna-in-the-super-bowl-halftime-show-2012-2


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Think headliner Madonna was the highlight of Sunday night’s Super Bowl halftime show performance?

Think again.

According to ClearSpring, the most tweeted about/Facebooked/e-mailed/printed/overall social-media’s most clicked upon celeb of the night was none other than Cee Lo Green.

Cee Lo beat out not only Madonna as the most talked about on the internet during the big game, but also Kelly Clarkson, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.

After taking the stage dressed as a band leader and dueting with Madonna on “Express Yourself” and the grand finale, “Like a Prayer,” Cee Lo fans freaked, causing his online presence to surge to over 2,000 percent above normal—and nearly double any other Super Bowl act.

Cee Lo couldn’t be reached for comment but we have a feeling we know what he would say to his competition and haters: “Forget You.”

Check out the chart below that proves Cee Lo’s online popularity:

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Father Of The Internet Says "Shoot The Patent Lawyer" (GOOG)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/father-of-the-internet-says-shoot-the-patent-lawyer-2011-11


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Vint Cerf, one of the inventors of the Internet and now a Google evangelist, still thinks open standards will win in the end.

He just finished speaking on stage at Atmosphere, the company’s cloud computing event at its headquarters in Mountain View.

The host presented a hypothetical scenario in which a young genius discovers the replacement for the Internet. Does she publish the spec immediately or call a patent lawyer?

“Shoot the patent lawyer,” he replied.

“Bob [Kahn] and I knew we would not succeed if we tried to protect the Internet’s design.” The only way they could be sure it would get widespread adoption was by publishing the technical standards it was based on. “I still think that’s good advice.”

His point echoes Google’s stand on the patent wars happening in the mobile space, but Google plays the patent game as well for key inventions like its search algorithms.

Cerf also talked about the importance of Internet governance, moving to IPv6 as the original IPv4 addresses are used up, and explained that idea of Internet-connected devices like refrigerators and lightbulbs used to be a joke, but is now becoming real.

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