Curt Monash has some interesting data points on Hortonworks and the Hadoop market from its point of view — competitive landscape, cluster size, hardware setups, etc. Also word that Eric Baldeschwieler is doing “his own thing.”
Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden has confirmed that co-founder and CTO Eric Baldeschwieler has left the company. No word as to why, but his departure is the latest event in a busy few months at Hortonworks. Read more »
Vodafone has turned on 4G services, starting in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It’s not the first carrier to do so in The Netherlands, but it is the first to start running 4G over 1800MHz spectrum. Read more »
10gen is announcing that energy demand specialist EnerNOC has rolled out MongoDB to help it analyze its power grid data in new ways. EnerNOC collects 1.5 billion data points every month, although it’s possible they won’t all find their way into the company’s MongoDB environment.
The industrial internet isn’t just some marketing speak thought up by GE. There are different considerations when handling jet engine data compared to a connected door lock. We discuss those on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Misfit’s Shine — the thumb-sized minimalistic activity tracker — is launching in Apple stores internationally. Read more »
If the corporate website is any indication, Hortonworks co-founder Eric Baldeschwieler is no longer with the company. The former Hadoop boss at Yahoo was Hortonworks’ first CEO and was most recently CTO. Read more »
It’s not so much a new brand as a new offering from Cox Communications, called Contour. People often find Netflix’s recommendations less than ideal, but that’s only $8 a month. I hope it’s the massive DVR and second-screen experience that are supposed to hook users.
The Google Maps app is an indispensable tool for finding your way around with your phone. Here are 10 ways to make the latest version work even better for you. Read more »
Smartphone sensors, readily available feeds of weather data are increasingly good data visualizations are resulting in more and better mobile weather apps. Here are a few to check out for iOS. Read more »
FBI CISO Patrick Reidy gave Black Hat attendees some advice on detecting insider threats inside their agencies or companies. Essentially, he said, there’s no Edward Snowden profile that should set off alarms, so organizations must know their people very, very well. Read more »
Path engineers put a lot of effort into writing the app’s private messaging feature. They detail the steps they took to make the product just right in a new blog post. Read more »
Tableau has pumped up the features on its free offering. Tableau Public, which runs on users’ desktops but stores data and visualizations in the cloud, now stores up to 1 gigabyte of data and can handle files with up to 1 million rows. The previous limits were 50 megabytes and 100,000 rows, respectively.
Turns out a next-gen Japanese toilet can be remotely operated by anyone with the right app. A warning to “smart” appliance manufacturers: if you don’t want to leave a nasty smell, make sure you take security seriously. Read more »
In what seems to be the next move in a marathon game of musical chairs, EMC’s Chuck Hollis has moved over to the virtualization giant. Read more »
The CIA cloud in and of itself is a semi-big deal. But the reason IBM and Amazon Web Services are duking it out for this business is the winner will get a leg up in tons more “cloud-first” government projects. Read more »
A journalist who thought the FBI raided her house because they saw her Google searches turned out to be wrong, but the incident highlights the lack of trust and culture of paranoia that NSA surveillance has created. Read more »
The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good. Read more »
According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon to install “port reader” software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze communication streams in real-time. Carriers are reportedly resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.
Semiconductor companies can’t just make chips anymore, they need to address the needs of consumers across devices, something that Chromecast enables. Read more »
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain’s neural network, using the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren’t revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases. Read more »
The map analytics company offer a free product that lets users explore their neighborhoods. But a new paid service is aimed at marketers trying to figure out where to put their next store. Read more »
News of the NSA’s funding of British spies and accusations of the U.S. spying on a journalist on behalf of the New Zealand military underline the complexity and reach of our governments’ intelligence agreements. Read more »
The first version of Futureful’s post-StumbleUpon content discovery app was smart and intriguing, but the second — which now comes with features such as saving to Pocket — is actually pretty amazing. Read more »
Accenture has followed up its investment in Apigee with a new alliance to help its big enterprise customers figure out their mobile and developer strategies. Read more »
This week Washington DC kicked off a project that collects and organizes building energy data in granular 15-minute intervals, one of the first and biggest of its kind. Startup Honest Buildings is providing the underlying software. Read more »
Music that matches your mood? Movies that respond to your emotions? Los Angeles startup BioBeats believes it can use biometric data to create adaptive media for consumers and clinical settings. Read more »
Here are the ten cool startups that will make their pitches next month at Structure: Europe. Check ‘em out! Read more »
People are increasingly using Wi-Fi to connect their mobile devices, a study for the European Commission has shown. As data usage in general is shooting up, that will probably require more wireless capacity down the line. Read more »
Synack is adding seed funding from impressive backers to bring crowdsourced white-hat hacking to enterprises who have concerns about inviting just anyone to the party. Read more »
Qualcomm’s IZat platform, which involves location technology hardwired into the company’s mobile chipsets, will draw on indoor mapping data derived from Nokia’s Here team. Read more »
O2′s 4G services will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29 August, with 10 more cities to follow this year. With EE’s 4G already up and running, that just leaves Vodafone and Three to firm up their dates. Read more »
Hat tip to Nathan Yau at FlowingData for spotting the soon to be new and improved Data.gov site. Data.gov was one of Barack Obama early open-government initiatives, but as Yau points out, it wasn’t exactly user-friendly.
While tweets have pointed out news faster than news outlets, critical data doesn’t always cross the screens of Twitter users. Programs like Selerity can help investors and other power users find buried information. Read more »
A startup called Pondera Solutions has built an entire business based on utilizing Google’s suite of services — its Prediction API most prominently — to power an offering it calls Fraud Detection as a Service. Read more »
Investment giant BlackRock led the round, but consulting firm Accenture also contributed, showing it might be interested in branching out into developer programs. Read more »
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has shone more light on the XKeyscore scheme used by the NSA and its partners to search through vast amounts of data and flag up anomalies. Read more »
A new product API can help developers using Diffbot’s SaaS service repurpose pricing data from web pages into myriad applications, says CEO Mike Tung. Read more »
ActiveReplay is launching a tracking device on Kickstarter that it says will make action sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding “measurable, sharable and comparable.” Read more »
GÉANT has been upgraded to a maximum capacity of two terabits per second, with individual researchers and scientists able to enjoy connections of up to 100 gigabits per second. Read more »