Samsung has become a mobile powerhouse seemingly overnight, with its smartphones and tablets racking up millions of units in sales. But its growth spurt could be covering up a weakness in its strategy, argues Tim Bajarin. While Samsung governs most of its destiny via its vertical integration, there are a couple of areas it has little control over, making it very vulnerable. First, it must rely on Google for any innovations in the core of the OS itself. It has no power over what is done or how fast any new OS features come to market. Second, it gets almost no revenue from apps because Google controls that money flow through Google Play. So how will Samsung take the reins of its fate? Read on to find out what the South Korean giant may have up its sleeve.
Bad news gamers, one of the most eagerly anticipated entrants to the gaming market has had its release delayed by a number of months, with PlayJam announcing that the GameStick console will not be available this April as was originally planned. GameStick rose to prominence on crowd-funding website Kickstarter where it raised over $600,000 (£393,000), reminiscent of the success enjoyed on the site by fellow Android console, Ouya. But PlayJam says the pre-launch buzz has increased the scale of the GameStick Project, and the console’s release has now been put back to June 2013 because of “high demand.” The company said it was a victim “of the success we have created.”
Philip Lieberman, author and CEO of security firm Lieberman Software, believes the US is on the brink of suffering a major cyber attack from another nation state that will severely damage the country’s valuable digital networks. “The next major threat will come from a nation state taking aim at our critical national infrastructure and knocking out resources essential to life,” he said. “This will be an easy target since many of the utilities have little interest or appreciation for security. Their systems have been fully characterised by hostile powers external to the United States and will eventually be turned off and/or damaged when the time is right.” Follow the link for more of Lierberman’s warnings and what approach he suggests for beating cyber infiltration from foreign foes.
Storage solution specialist Nimble has announced new additions to its deep data analytics service line, collectively dubbed InfoSight. InfoSight centres on an engine that collects system data at five minute intervals - automatically excluding customer data for operational security – to produce data sets totalling more than 30 million sensor values per array, per day. According to Nimble, one of the main benefits of InfoSight is that its pattern recognition and correlation analysis helps to identify failure conditions before they occur - a 'Proactive Wellness' structure intended to prevent productivity drains occurring as a result of outage conditions. Follow the link for more of the InfoSight big data collection and analysis tool.