Android continues to muscle its way into the overall computing device market, illustrating the continued shift from desktops to mobile. By next year, for every 1 Windows computer sold, expect 3.6 Android devices to be purchased. Read more »
Cloudera and Intel have entered into an agreement that makes Intel Cloudera’s largest strategic investor and makes Cloudera Intel’s preferred partner for Hadoop distributions. It will forego its own distribution and start selling and engineering for Cloudera’s software. Read more »
Mobile apps are complex and thus face a myriad of problems. Developers and owners of these apps also feel the pain when their apps don’t perform well. It is difficult to improve performance, however, if you don’t know the right metrics to manage. Read more »
Google released the latest update to its Transparency Report and, for the first time, the overall number of user accounts that the government wants to see hasn’t increased. Read more »
A patent application for oil-repellant coating further suggests that Apple is looking into the use of sapphire glass for future devices. Read more »
The French, Y Combinator-backed startup has developed its own ranking algorithms for handling product data in particular, and now it’s offering those insights to its customers. Read more »
The name pretty much says it all: WebScaleSQL. That’s the new open source project Facebook announced on Thursday, which includes early contributions from other web giants that have pushed MySQL to its limits. Read more »
In what feels like a throwback to the days of Napster and Grokster, a jury imposed a massive statutory damages verdict on the former CEO of a defunct music service. Read more »
Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs. Read more »
The TV airwaves over Los Angeles got a bit more crowded last month as two stations tested whether sharing the same broadcast channel is feasible. Their report could determine whether the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction succeeds. Read more »
With a broad ecosystem, support for distances up to 100 meters and backwards-compatibility with existing gigabit Ethernet networks, 10GBASE-T is poised to drive growth in 10 gigabit Ethernet deployments. Learn about deployment options and considerations from Intel, Cisco and Panduit. Read more »
The company makes a system that’s in many ways similar to Google Glass, but used to help blind people interpret the world around them. The investment will most likely feed back into Intel’s healthcare division and perceptual computing drive. Read more »
NRG Energy is kicking off its home rooftop solar plans by acquiring Roof Diagnostics Solar. Read more »
All cloud wars all the time on this week’s Structure Show. Google and AWS trade body blows, which means only good things for users. Read more »
The Collective, home of the YouTube hit series Video Game High School, has a new co-owner: German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired 20 percent of the company. Read more »
Using big data for public health is a common example of technology’s promise, but at the Centers for Disease Control, most data takes a long time to arrive and public health workers don’t have everything they need. Read more »
Companies looking to adopt public cloud infrastructure for use in Europe must navigate a complex set of choices in selecting the best service for their needs. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Open Garden’s new anonymous, hyperlocal messaging app is sparking a lot of interest around the world, rising to the top of the iTunes social networking charts in several countries. Read more »
Gigaom now supports Safari Push Notifications for OS X Mavericks readers. Here’s how to subscribe. Read more »
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus might seem strange at the outset, but it could have a big payoff in the not-too-distant future. Read more »
The ink is apparently dry on the acquisition deal between “social influence” and analytics platform Klout and customer service software company Lithium Technologies: Fortune reported Wednesday that the deal has closed, for nearly $200 million. That’s nearly double the $100 million initially reported by Re/code. Lithium will likely use Klout to help identify influencers on behalf of brands who use the company’s technology for customer service, and, according to Fortune, might help the company go public in the near future.
Using LEDs powered over Ethernet, the system gives building owners and facility managers loads of useful data about their properties, and office workers new ways to negotiate their environment. Read more »
Twitter says it is not only fighting the Turkish government’s recent ban on the service, but it is also fighting a request to remove a specific account that has been tweeting about government corruption, because it is committed to upholding free speech Read more »
Startup OneRoof Energy has closed another funding round of $31.5 million, according to a filing. Launched in 2011 and based in San Diego, Calif., OneRoof teams up with roofers and electricians to sell rooftop solar systems and financing products (like leases). The company has also raised funding from Morgan Stanley, Black Coral Capital’s energy fund and Korean power company Hanwha. The market for solar panel systems is growing dramatically in the U.S.
This $31.5 million is a subset of OneRoof Energy’s recent reverse merger with Carlaw Capital IV, a Canadian capital pool company, with total proceeds of around 50 million Canadian dollars. The $31.5 million is the portion of shares purchased by U.S. investors.
Updated on March 31, 11:04 AM PST to clarify the funding.
Twitter announced that users will be able to tag up to 10 people in photos Read more »
Virtualizing your company’s communications platform provides more options to simplify networks, reduce costs, and improve security. Achieve ultimate UC flexibility by mixing and matching hardware-based and virtual appliances in a single network, all managed using a single web-based management interface. Virtualize your company now with ShoreTel. Read more »
The 2014 Google I/O Developer Event is set for June 25 and 26 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. An official blog post announcing the event webpage shared details on Wednesday and there’s a big change from years past when tickets have sold out in minutes. This year, Google will open registration between April 8 and 10, later choosing attendees randomly. While Android and Chrome often share the spotlight, this year’s Google I/O should provide more information about Android Wear, the company’s platform for smartwatches. LG’s G Watch is expected to debut in the second quarter, perhaps setting the stage for an I/O appearance.
Good news for users of the Chrome browser, and that includes Chromebox and Chromebook owners. Google added direct support for music uploads including the ability to monitor specific local storage areas. Read more »
Natural Machines is finally putting a date on the first shipments of its food 3D printer. It won’t cook you a five-course dinner, but it’s capable of making pasta, pizza and more. Read more »
Nest’s base and faceplate heat up, distorting the device’s temperature readings, according to a class action lawsuit. Read more »
Chromecast can do so much more than just stream YouTube clips and Netflix videos. These five apps show whats possible, and where things could go for the streaming stick. Read more »
These two smartphones represent the best of Android, but which one should you buy? Read more »
They are not a huge surprise, but here they are: Amazon Web Services launched its 42nd round of price cuts slated to go live April 1. Read more »
Now that Opower is going public, its market value is out there — and it’s worth less than a third of another smart energy company, Nest. Read more »
Last.fm, the CBS-owned digital music outlet, will close down its streaming radio product by the end of April (hat tip to Engadget). Last.fm announced in its forums Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on “scrobbling”, meaning music recognition and recommendation, going forward, and that it will rely on YouTube and Spotify for its music player. The move was widely expected after Last.fm rolled out a YouTube-based radio player in January.
Video advertising company Tubemogul wants to raise $75 million through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more »
AWS Summit is underway. So far WorkSpaces, VPC Peering and new government authorizations are the news. Read more »
Thanks to the Windows RT 8.1 software update, Surface 2 is an even better choice for business than before. Microsoft’s Surface team offered its three top reasons as to why and guess what: Chrome OS has nearly the exact same attributes. Read more »
Mobile app Shyp will pick up your package, box it up, and ship it anywhere you need it for just $5 extra. Read more »