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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 - "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)

You can get lots of stuff from Web Platform Installer 4.0

You have already used or read about ( WPI 3.0. Now you can get WebPI 4.0 which offers many more programs for Windows that you can download and use. Some may require you to agree for license terms, agree if you want them. Download this tool from the link in the first screen shot. Here is a screen shot of Microsoft's Web Platform Installer's home page. Most of the applications you can download are free. Here are some screen shots of what you can find and get from WebPI4.0. They fall into three main categories, Spotlighted items, Products and Applications.   The Spotlighted items are here:   Products related here:     Applications related here: Enjoy!   ... (more)

December Cyber Conflict and Cyber War Link Roundup

By Jose Nazario Happy New Year everyone. Obviously the biggest news in December, 2012, was the CFR hack over the Christmas break. It utilized an IE7 0day. The second biggest newsmaker was the announcement by the DOJ to indict foreign entities for state sponsored attacks. Iran is making claims of another cyber attack akin to Gauss, Flame and Stuxnet. Hoping everyone has a healthy 2013. News Chinese Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attack on Council on Foreign Relations Computer hackers traced to China carried out an advanced cyberespionage attack against one of America’s most elite foreign policy web groups – the website of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). According to private computer-security forensic specialists, the hacking incident involved a relatively new type of ploy called a ‘drive-by’ website cyber attack that was detected around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. [E... (more)

Big Data | Thinking Outside the Firewall

A few months back, Gartner placed big data at the peak of its hype cycle for cloud computing, meaning most big data products are solutions looking for a problem. I always find this bad entrepreneurial habit to be one of the most frustrating of our industry. Having recently joined Meltwater as head of marketing and product (BTW Meltwater is hiring marketing and product managers!), I think a lot about big data and how to unleash it’s value to solve important business problems, because that is our business. How does big data go from “so what” to “must have”? The Big Data Challenge Big data is a by-product of the Internet and the ever increasing power of computers. Kind of like petroleum sludge. We know there must be great value buried within this vast, raw resource, but the challenge lies in figuring out how to turn it into something useful like plastic, or the other th... (more)

Shelly Palmer Radio Report – August 13, 2013

As we get closer to the launch of the Xbox One this fall, Microsoft announced that access to its new console’s coolest new features – the system’s DVR and TV guide, NFL on Xbox and Skype video calls – will require a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which retails for $60 per year. While some are outraged at this requirement, this mentality is nothing new for Microsoft, which has always required a paid Xbox Live subscription to access things like online multiplayer or the best sales on digital games. But Microsoft is making it far cheaper for families to access Xbox Live with ‘Home Gold,’ which only requires one yearly $60 subscription to extend the service’s best features to everyone in your home. On the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s current console, every person who wants to watch Netflix or play online must pay a yearly fee. While Microsoft may be continuing to hide ... (more)

WPC is now in the rear view mirror

Forceworks WPC is now in the rear view mirror Well, I will have to say, WPC was a blast. I know it was a couple of months ago, but this is the first chance I had to write about it. Microsoft’s annual conference for partners was chock full of information. A laundry list of upcoming applications and features as well as the long overdue retirement of some applications, both of which will be of interest to our clients. Before I dive into some of those items however, I feel compelled to toot my own horn a little… okay, I can hardly wait to share my minute in the limelight. I was honored to be asked to speak at this year’s event on Best Practices for Cloud Deployments to several hundred of my peers from around the world. Okay, my ego has been sufficiently stroked. First, some bad news for some of you. Windows XP is ending. Throughout this event we were hammered with the me... (more)

Dave Sawyer From Microsoft and Bob Nolan From Raxco Software to Be Featured on Let's Talk Computers (R)

NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 08/07/09 -- Guests from Microsoft and Raxco Software will appear on radio talk show Let's Talk Computers. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For over thirty years, Raxco Software has been a leading innovator and provider of productivity solutions and system administration and resource management software for businesses and home users around the world. Dave Sawyer, Microsoft Architectural Technology Specialist, continues his discussion on Microsoft Windows 7, talking about more of the reasons that consumers and businesses alike are excited about the new Windows 7 operating system. Bob Nolan, Raxco Software president and CEO, talks about the new award-winning PerfectSpeed PC Optimizer, which includes all the programs that ... (more)

FutureIT Announces Strong Growth in Second Quarter 2009. Non-GAAP Sales Rise by 14.5% for First Half of 2009

LOD, Israel, August 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FutureIT Inc. (FITI.OB), a leading provider of software solutions for the automated and effective management of Microsoft SQL servers, today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP sales for the second quarter 2009 were US$171,185 compared to US$97,000 in the second quarter of 2008 and US$135,587 in the first quarter of 2009. This increase in non-GAAP sales is reflected in substantial growth in deferred revenues of US$90,327, an increase of 58% compared to US$155,399 from December 31, 2008. This increase will be witnessed in the Company's GAAP revenues in the quarters to come. FutureIT has shown an increase in non-GAAP sales in the first six-month period of 2009 of US$306,772 compared to US$267,791 in the first six months of 2008, an increase of 14.5%. GAAP revenue for the second quart... (more)

High-Capacity Crucial DDR3 Modules Enable 16GB Maximum System Memory

Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the availability of Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333MHz (PC3-10600) non-ECC UDIMM memory modules, enabling power users to max out their systems with 16GB of RAM. These new modules are compatible with the latest generation of Intel and AMD desktop processors – the Intel Core™ i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, as well as the AMD AM3 processors. This latest high-capacity Crucial DDR3 memory enables high-density memory installations that take advantage of 64-bit operating systems, including Microsoft® Windows® 7; less robust 32-bit operating systems only recognize a limited amount of installed RAM. “Computer technology is constantly evolving, so we're committed to developing and offering a wide variety of Crucial memory products for both PC and Mac® system users. Our new Crucial 4GB DDR3, ... (more)

Miles Kronby Appointed Chief Product Officer, Digital for Merriam-Webster, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Reference publisher Merriam-Webster, Inc. announces the appointment of Miles Kronby to the senior-level position of Chief Product Officer, Digital. In this newly created position, he will have principal responsibility for defining Merriam-Webster's overall digital product strategy, including the design and development of all Merriam-Webster-owned digital properties. In this capacity, he will oversee the company's family of Web sites (including, a Quantcast Top 50 Web site, and and the development of the non-dictionary content of these sites. He will also determine the activities of the company's Electronic Product Development team. Kronby was previously Digital Director for the New York brands of Bonnier Corporation (formerly part of Time Inc.) where he managed the co... (more)

Speck Design Expands Offerings to Increase Client Success in the Marketplace

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 9, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- Speck Design announced today that it has acquired KMP Consulting, a firm with over 20 years of qualitative research experience. This acquisition augments the User Insights group at Speck Design which serves to inform the company's strategy and design processes with deep insight into the user experience. Through a wide range of innovative ethnographic and contextual methodologies, Speck Design's user insight, industrial design, communications design and engineering teams collaborate at every step to ensure that user behaviors and needs are continuously addressed. This deeply integrated and iterative design process keeps the users' voice at the forefront, resulting in product designs that reflect user needs and ultimately drive success in the marketplace. "With this acquisition we are able to significantly increase the va... (more)