HP launches a pair of new CloudSystems hardware-software bundles, this time with Cloud OS, its special take on OpenStack. Read more »
A famous rap group says in a new court filing that GoldieBlox, a maker of girls toys, had no right to use its song as part of a clever marketing campaign about girl empowerment. The group may be right. Read more »
Facebook has been the number one tech company in Glassdoor voting for the past three years. But nothing lasts forever. Read more »
As AT&T preps its fiber to the home launch in austin, we offer a lowdown on the technologies it plans to use to eventually deliver a gigabit. Read more »
Newspapers and social media are seen as opposite ends of the media spectrum now, and in many cases as adversaries — but not all that long ago, newspapers themselves were a very powerful form of social media Read more »
Sprint’s new faster Spark network may be out of reach to most Americans, but it is starting to get more support from handset makers. Sprint said it would start selling a Spark-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the next few weeks, which can tap into the faster network speeds of its new tri-band LTE network. Unless you live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa or Miami you won’t see those improved speeds, and Sprint is taking it’s time rolling the upgrade out to the rest of the country. The S 4 joins the HTC One Max, Galaxy Mega and S 4 mini on the Spark roster. They’ll be joined by the LG G2 next year.
Google will expand data centers in Taiwan and Singapore instead of adding a facility so close to mainland China, even under Hong Kong’s special rules. Read more »
The Australian government has turned on a self-contained GSM network on Macquarie Island and plans to extend it to research stations on the Antarctic mainland. The new network runs off Range Networks’ open-source cellular systems. Read more »
New cloud options. Innovative database solutions that are edging out yesterday’s hot technology. These are just a few of the changes business intelligence will see in 2014. Read the article to find out what else next year has in store for BI. Read more »
The operator of revenge porn site UGotPosted, who also operated a second “change your reputation” site, was arrested and charged by California officials. Read more »
Publishing analytics startup Parse.ly has released a report highlighting the top screen sizes on which its customers’ readers are consuming news content. Desktops and laptops still dominate overall, but Apple is king of the mobile devices. Read more »
Jeffrey Wang brings with him experience gleaned from more than a decade at Cisco and Brocade to the SDN upstart. Read more »
Thanks to a UBS note from Monday we now have some good data on broadband usage at Time Warner Cable. The investment bank issued a note saying that TWC’s CEO-designate Rob Marcus said online viewing is up (although not a replacement for pay TV), and is increasing the demand for broadband. That demand is up 40 percent year over year with an average consumption of 50 GB per month and a median of 20 GB per month. That’s driving the introduction of faster tiers, although TWC will keep usage caps at the low end to appeal to more price-sensitive subscribers.
More Google Play Edition devices are available: One tablet and one smartphone. LG’s G Pad 8.3 slate and Sony’s Z Ultra phone are the newest devices sold directly from Google with a pure Android experience. There’s a new white Nexus 7 too. Read more »
Somebody had to do it: SugarSync says it’s ending free accounts. After a free trial period, it’s pay up or get off. Read more »
Viber is now selling international long distance. The latest version of its iPhone and Android apps will connect calls to outside landline and mobile phone numbers. Read more »
Another day, another set of choice words hurled at one Hadoop vendor by another. This time, it’s Hortonworks doing the hurling, claiming that Cloudera’s business model isn’t designed for today’s big data market. Read more »
This startup’s data analytics can quickly and cheaply determine the energy information of a big building without anyone stepping in the place. Read more »
Coursera has finally released an app for iPhone, bringing MOOCs to mobile. Read more »
In conjunction with an announcement it selected Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to perform studies for its mission, Mars One said today it will push back its launch to 2018. That means its crew, which will be chosen from the more than 200,000 civilians who applied, will land on Mars in 2025.
It would be nice if both traditional and new-media outlets would do a little more checking before they report on something — but how much responsibility do the perpetrators of hoaxes bear for the perpetuation of untruths? Read more »
O’Reilly Radar has a useful post from Jetpac CTO Pete Warden on how his company, which offers a visual guide to popular places, uses Amazon EC2, Hadoop and an open source computer-vision program called OpenCV to analyze Instagram images. It’s amazing how pervasive cloud computing and big data technologies have become, and how fast they’ve evolved consumers’ expectations of what an application should be. The bad news is developers need to get smart on how to process lots of data,. The good news is the tools to do it are getting less expensive by the day.
Enterprise IT organizations must manage conflicting priorities with too few resources. Companies need to deliver their applications as quickly as possible in order to be competitive and drive innovation in their company. How can IT enable innovation instead of being seen as the roadblock to it? Read more »
Three independent bookstores lost an effort to sue Amazon and the Big 6 publishers over “digital rights management” systems that prevent users from transferring books off of Kindle devices and apps. Read more »
Sometimes more is less. Google Glass can now be a music player but various reports echo my initial concerns: Listening to tunes on the wearable display quickly chews up the diminutive battery. Read more »
Who’s buying the most next-gen light bulbs — both LEDs and CFLs? Home Depot knows. It’s collected that sales data and created this heat-map-style graphic. Read more »
With just 5GB of free storage, Amazon(s amzn) might not be the best place for iOS users to store data, but it has become a better place than before to keep photos and videos. The latest iteration of the app, version 2.0, adds automatic backup to iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Videos are limited to 20 minutes in length if the auto-save option is enabled. Apple’s own PhotoStream is the more likely option for images in the cloud; however, those memories rotate out as Apple’s 1,000 image limit is hit. Perhaps Amazon’s online option isn’t a bad backup plan if you’re not already using Dropbox for the same function?
Chromecast now plays local and cloud content, thanks to support for Plex, Avia and Realplayer Cloud. The streaming stick also added Revision3, Vevo, Viki and others. Read more »
The new version of the free operating system reduces the role of “random number generators” built into Intel and Via chips, most likely over fears that these mechanisms may have been compromised by intelligence agencies. Read more »
DataHero, a startup targeting individuals who want an analytics experience much simpler than what most BI software can provide, has raised an extended seed round of $3.15 million and has redesigned its product based on behavioral analysis. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has shipped 10 million units in just 2 months. Check out which other phones have made it into Samsung’s “10 Million Seller Club.” Read more »
With a new firmware update, Nintendo has finally righted a wrong for many gamers, creating a cross-platform online ID. Read more »
Apple has been awarded a patent for a new, more efficient way to manufacture curved touch displays. Read more »
Microsoft’s chances in this new world depend on its ability to balance old successes like Windows and Office with transformative new technologies, he said. Read more »
Managing software development can seem like a real-life video game, as feature requests, changing priorities and cryptic collaboration leave you leaping over fireballs while battling mages and warlocks. But savvy organizations have learned a few cheat codes that can help keep software projects on track. Read more »
Apple is complaining about a court monitor’s aggressive antitrust tactics. It turns out the company has a point — and a federal judge is over-stepping her authority, according to an antitrust expert. Read more »
Chinese hackers targeted five European foreign ministries in the run-up to the Russia-hosted G20 summit in September, according to security firm FireEye. There is no evidence that it was state-sponsored snooping, though FireEye reckons they were after intelligence related to the then-possible invasion of Syria. This year’s G20 was quite the summit from a security standpoint – Russia subsequently had to deny issuing spyware-laden USB sticks and phone-charging cables to foreign leaders and other delegates.
Do you know about Apple’s “12 Days of Digital Gifts” campaign? American users have been left out of Cupertino’s annual free gift app until now, as it has only been available within select countries. But 9to5Mac reports that this year, the U.S. has been brought in on the fun. iTunes users who download the app will be able to snag a select piece of digital media for free every 24 hours, starting on December 26. The app is available for download now for both iPhone and iPad in the iTunes App Store.
Mature computing, advanced screen technology, and the explosion in better sensor technology have created what looks to be the perfect storm for wearables across a number of categories. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Lots of shops run vSphere in-house and cloud outside and RightScale says it’s bringing that VMware environment under its cloud management umbrella. Read more »