Friday, March 16, 2012

Nokia is looking into haptic tattoos to help you feel who’s calling


>>Patents. There are strange ones, very vague ones, obvious ones… and then there are those which can be labeled as borderline creepy. This is one of those cases.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Super-Secret Google Builds Servers in the Dark


>>About two years ago, Chris Sharp says, Google unscrewed all the light bulbs inside the hardware cages it occupied at that Equinix data center. “They had us turn off all overhead lights too, and their guys put on those helmets with lights you see miners wear,” he tells Wired. “Presumably, they were bringing up custom-built gear they didn’t want anyone else to see.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Samsung considering Android-based digital camera

from Engadget:

>>Sadly this is merely educated speculation at this point, pending a product announcement from Samsung, though we wouldn't be surprised to come to fruition -- perhaps even before the next CES.

IDC: Android tablets will overtake iPad by 2015, despite everything

from Engadget:

>>They're not center-stage right now, but Android tablets are still predicted to overtake the iPad within the next three years, according to IDC.

Legacy infrastructure will fail to meet regulatory compliance objectives, say over 70% of Banking & Insurance professionals


>>INTERXION HOLDING NV (NYSE: INXN), a leading European provider of carrier-neutral colocation data centre services, today announced the results of an independent study and whitepaper by financial industry think-tank, JWG. The research is focused on the impact of anticipated regulation of the financial services industry on the ICT infrastructure requirements of banking and insurance firms across Europe.

The research - based on interviews with select industry practitioners, a pan-European industry survey of IT decision makers within banking and insurance firms and a review of more than 4,000 pages of regulation stipulated by the G20 in the aftermath of the financial crisis. These include the implementation of new capital requirements, as defined by Basel III and Solvency II, and reforms such as MiFID II and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that will significantly affect firms’ systems, controls, reporting and record keeping ability. These regulations require major upgrades starting in 2012 and rippling across industry sectors for the rest of the decade.

The study found that a massive 71% of respondents did not believe that legacy system upgrades required to meet compliance objectives would be complete by the required implementation date in 2015, while an overwhelming 90% stated that penalties for non-compliance by the end of this year will run into the tens of millions of dollars.

dinCloud Expands Hosted Virtual Desktop Services

LOS ANGELES, CA, Mar 14, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- dinCloud, a leading cloud services provider of hosted virtual desktops, has expanded dinHVD, the company's Hosted Virtual Desktop service to accommodate self-managed customer initiatives and a range of budgetary parameters.

"A virtual desktop behaves like a traditional computer but the operating system, applications and data reside in the data center, not on the hard-drive of each device," explains Saad Shahzad, chief strategy officer of dinCloud. "With the introduction of varied service levels and customization, dinCloud is able to put the streamlined benefits of virtual desktops in the hands of business at a predictable monthly rate of as little as $1 per desktop, per day."

Based on dinStack, a coalition of leading technology companies focused on delivering a high performance desktop virtualization, dinHVD gives control, security and productivity within a subscription based model. dinHVD provides users with anytime access to their entire digital world from multiple devices such as the Apple iPad, Android devices, Apple Macs, and Microsoft Windows computers. In addition, dinCloud's one of a kind team of experienced licensing specialists ensure software roll-outs comply with the complex requirements of cloud-based software deployments.

dinHVD gives companies:

                 --  Control - centralized data, management of their infrastructure         --  Security - data no longer on end points, multiple layers of security         --  Agility - flex up and down on the subscription         --  Productivity - uninterrupted work from multiple devices, more agile IT             department, latest technology         --  Peace of mind - less time consumed in managing IT, avoidance of             capital expenditure  

"We've been operating our entire enterprise within the dinCloud infrastructure since Mid-2011 and have been extremely pleased. Through the services provided by dinCloud, we're able to more effectively manage the pains of IT operations, reduce our overall cost basis, all while enhancing our end user productivity. The dinCloud solution provides true convenient, yet secure, remote access, which allows our users to run their virtual desktops from any computer connected to the internet any time. dinCloud has simplified desktop and system management, while enabling more productivity from our employee-base," said an executive at a Southern California customer.

Among the dinStack technologies utilized by dinHVD, Platform Equinix provides an important building block. "For cloud services such as dinCloud's hosted virtual desktops, it's essential to deliver the performance necessary for a quality end-user experience. As part of our robust ecosystem of cloud and IT service providers, dinCloud relies on Platform Equinix to provide the security, reliability, low latency connectivity, and high quality of service its customers require," said Vince DiMemmo, general manager, global Cloud and IT Services at Equinix. "In addition, the Equinix Marketplace provides dinCloud a unique opportunity to market its services directly to a wide range of prospective customers and partners within and around Equinix's global network of data centers."

Deltix and CitiFX Launch Automated FX Trading Solution at Equinix with Alacrity FX as first client

New York, NY - 14 March 2012

Deltix, Inc., a leading provider of software for the development and deployment of advanced alpha generation and execution strategies, and CitiFX Pro, the margin FX trading division of Citi, today announced an agreement to offer the Deltix Product Suite via CitiFX Pro. The first mutual client, Alacrity FX, a trading name of Merchant Capital Ltd, as a result of this collaboration has begun trading activity. Alacrity FX uses the Deltix Product Suite integrated with streaming market data and trade execution provided by CitiFX Pro, with the software and servers hosted at the Equinix New York campus.

“We are seeing a significant uptick in the number of money managers implementing automated FX trading strategies”, said Ilya Gorelik, CEO and Founder of Deltix. “The Equinix hosted deployment of the Deltix Product Suite with CitiFX Pro executable market data shortens the time to market of developing and deploying new FX strategies in a secure low latency environment. Trading models defined and refined in QuantOffice are deployed “as is” in UHF Trading Server for live trading.”

“CitiFX Pro is pleased to collaborate with Deltix, a leading provider of electronic alpha generation and execution strategy solutions. We are confident this high quality solution will be useful to clients seeking a sophisticated solution to their automated trading needs” said Sanjay Madgavkar, Global Head of CitiFX Pro. “CitiFX Pro provides clients competitive electronic liquidity sourced from multiple providers.”

“We need to know that our mission critical systems are always available and secure so we are pleased in having our Deltix software hosted by Equinix, which provides best-in-class infrastructure as well as connectivity to market participants” said Stephane Coquillaud of Alacrity FX. “Having used Deltix in my previous firm, we know that their software supports our extremely demanding back-testing and automated trading. Back-testing on market data sourced from the live market data feed and deploying the same strategy code in production as used in back-testing is extremely important for us.”

"Equinix is pleased to enable companies like Deltix and Citi to quickly connect directly to their customers and partners as well as support their high performance trading infrastructure. Their combined solution enhances the growing trading ecosystem in our New York campus, adding further value for the installed base of multi-national trading firms," said John Knuff, general manager, global financial services for Equinix.

Monday, March 12, 2012

NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. announced today the results of the annual evaluation of the NASDAQ OMX Global Technology Index , which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, March 19, 2012.

The following eight securities will be added to the Index: ASM Pacific Technology Limited (522 HK), Akamai Technologies, Inc. (AKAM US), Equinix, Inc. (EQIX US), Informatica Corporation (INFA US), Shin Corporation PCL (INTUCH TB), NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI US), Research In Motion Limited (RIM CN) and Seagate Technology PLC (STX US).

Anchor sets up new PoP in Los Angeles


>>Local web hosting outfit, Anchor, has “gone Hollywood” and set up a point of presence (PoP) in Los Angeles.

The PoP is aimed at providing Australian technology and e-retail companies with an affordable and high performance hosting service that will enable them to reach new customers in the U.S.


Los Angeles was chosen for the Equinix data centre that is located there, which is one of 98 data centres in 38 markets that the biggest data centre facility builder and supplier operates around the world

“Being based on the West Coast means we can have staff cover the other U.S. time zones relatively easily while still being close enough to Sydney that we can spend much of the workday in the office at the same time, which helps with managing our people,” Holloway said.