Today’s data center managers must not only satisfy customer demands for around-the-clock availability from anywhere in the world; they must also contend with demands from within their own organizations to help reduce operational costs. Read more at Gigaom Research »
In the fiercely fought battle for pay TV subscribers, the phone companies are stealing customers away from cable and satellite companies, a trend that is likely to continue for remainder of the year. The worst loser? Satellite companies like Dish Networks. Read more »
Facebook has detailed its extensive improvements to the open source Apache Giraph graph-processing platform. The project, which is built on top of Hadoop, can now process trillions of connections between people, places and things in minutes. Read more »
At the Aspen Ideas festival a panel on product design featured some well known entrepreneurs giving words of wisdom to future founders: Nest’s Tony Fadell suggests working with your heros; Path’s Dave Morin says “just start” (as starting is half the battle); Flipboard’s Mike McCue says run the “mom test” for every product; And designer Yves Behar says find your passion and do what you love. Fadell will be speaking at our RoadMap conference and we’ll be focusing on similar discussions from designer founders.
Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese media company known for its goofy animations that depict strange and popular news stories, released a video today on Elon Musk’s hyperloop design. Expect to see a particularly devious-looking Musk and lots of hyperloop malfunctions.
Ten vendors: Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic Resources, CGI, GTRI, Lockheed Martin, Smartronix, Unisys, Verizon and IBM all got the nod to be part of massive cloud transformation. Read more »
After reporting a lower-than-expected financial outlook for the coming year, Cisco has said it will cut 4,000 jobs or 5 percent of its workforce. The networking giant on Wednesday also reported year end revenue of $48.6 billion.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers combined indium tin oxide, which is commonly found on touch-sensitive screens, and a glassy substance to make the new material. Read more »
I know this is crazy, but women don’t need a place “for women” to read on the internet. They just need good writing. Read more »
It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s Surface RT isn’t a hit. The Windows RT platform as a whole isn’t faring much better. But it wouldn’t take too many changes to turn an updated Surface RT product into a potential winner. Read more »
Popular 3D printer maker MakerBot will release its Digitizer 3D scanner next week, the company announced today.
3D scanners scan physical objects and turn them into a virtual file that can be printed on a 3D printer. Handheld and platform-based scanners that resemble the Digitizer have begun popping up on crowdfunding sites at price points of $1,000 or less. MakerBot hasn’t said how much the Digitizer will cost, but my bet is it will be $500 or less to appeal to hobby 3D printer owners.
I tested Google’s new Chromecst TV dongle for three weeks, and it quickly became my default way to watch Netflix and YouTube. Here’s what I liked about and what’s missing from Chromecast. Read more »
Wired tells the story of Rich DeVaul, Project Loon’s first leader, as he and Google engineers try to tackle the problem of building a network that traverses the stratospheric winds. Loon sounds crazy and the project is rife with potential pitfalls, but as Wired shows, the tasks of creating a floating, impermanent network and crunching the meteorological data necessary to steer it don’t daunt DeVaul one bit.
In a traditional CAD program, the designer starts with a blank slate. Sculpt will feel a little more familiar to the average user. Read more »
Data scientists are in high demand, which is bound to lure some of them out of academia and into industry. Their biggest challenge won’t be finding a job, but finding the right one — and maybe opting for entrepreneurship over employment. Read more »
Textbook rental company Chegg has filed an S-1 with the SEC, indicating its intention to raise $150 million in an initial public offering. Read more »
From Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Slack is a tool to help bring tools and chat to one area of the workplace. Read more »
Everyone loves Dropbox — which claims more than 100 million users — except for CIOs, CISOs or whoever’s in charge of compliance and security. nCrypted Cloud says it can help Dropbox win them over too. Read more »
UBS telecom analyst John Hodulik has identified several trends that show T-Mobile and Sprint are gaining the upper hand on AT&T and Verizon. It’s still early, but we could be witnessing a competitive renaissance. Read more »
The San Francisco Chronicle appears to have decided that putting a paywall around commodity news content isn’t a great strategy and has effectively dismantled the one around its newspaper site — although the company says it will keep a subscription plan. Read more »
It’s pretty worrying when a hacker can take over a baby monitor and start yelling obscenities at an infant girl. But the incident provides a taste of the future if makers of connected devices don’t think security-first. Read more »
A video of the purported iPhone 5C has emerged, showing the phone side-by-side against the iPhone 5. Read more »
Apple has bought Matcha.tv, a social TV startup that shut down three months ago. Here’s what this says about the social TV space as well as Apple’s ambitions. Read more »
Need another source for video content on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? Check out the Google Play store for movies and TV episodes. There’s no official player for these, but you can actually stream the titles through Google’s YouTube app. Read more »
The hyperloop isn’t the only tube-based, super-fast transport option. A Colorado man acquired several patents between 1999 and 2007 for a system that would purportedly take people between Los Angeles and New York in 45 minutes. Fast Company reports that he and his company, ET3, met with Elon Musk two weeks ago.
GUYS, NYTimes dot com is down, so The Times is not ON IT.—
The Times Is On It (@NYTOnIt) August 14, 2013
A Twitter account called “The Times Is On It” — which routinely makes fun of the newspaper for writing about social trends and other stories that are obvious — snarkily noted on Wednesday morning that the newpaper’s website was down, returning nothing but a “service unavailable” message when readers tried to load the front page. NYT staffers were said to be, er… on it.
San Francisco-based InstaEDU has raised an additional $4 million for its online marketplace of private tutors. Read more »
HTC’s “Here’s to Change” ad campaign is live with the first full-length spot appearing on YouTube. What was supposed to be a fun way to raise HTC brand awareness could be seen as a little odd, much like Microsoft’s Seinfeld and Gates commercials. Read more »
The folks at Twitter UK have done a thorough study of its users habits while on holiday — and it shows that vacations aren’t the time for stopping tweets. Even while they’re relaxing, three out of four users still have the time to use Twitter, and 59% post updates once per day. More than half of them use it to tweet how the holiday is going — perhaps the ultimate in #humblebrag is just too good to pass up.
According to data from Gartner, smartphone sales last quarter beat out feature phones for the first time ever, largely thanks to Samsung. Read more »
The new gesture-based controller bears a strong resemblance to Leap Motion, but gestures are conducted on surfaces instead of in the air. It launched today on Kickstarter. Read more »
“Smart” posture sensor LumoBack now tracks more activity metrics, like calories burned, in addition to buzzing each time it senses that its wearer is slouching. Read more »
Someday, wearing Google Glass to a job interview could become the status quo. My Monitor, an app originally developed to assist with Autism Spectrum Disorder, might be just the thing to put you ahead of the other job candidates thanks to real time biofeedback. Read more »
Braintree joins Stripe in tailoring its payments platform specifically for the new community commerce apps populating the web and mobile phones. TaskRabbit will be the first to use it. Read more »
Want to share things on Google+ with both a work and a personal account? Google just made it easier with a software update to Google+ for Android. Pull to refresh and finer location sharing controls are also in this version. Read more »
The Hennessy is a curious new device from Samsung that puts smartphone brains in a flip phone body. Read more »
Google’s Project Loon is getting some serious practical help from a plastics company in developing their internet balloons. Read more »
Fashion e-commerce startup StyleSaint taps the wisdom of the crowd to design collections of clothing that it produces locally and sells online. Read more »
It’s well and good for a cloud to offer tons of compute, storage and networking services, but tying them together in a way that non-techies can use them, is value in and of itself, says Tier 3. Read more »
In this GigaOM Research webinar, the panelists will examine the policies and procedures necessary to provide comprehensive, holistic mobility management. They will review the costs and benefits of building a comprehensive enterprise-mobility platform and discuss the future of management tools. Join us on Aug. 27. Read more »