Autodesk artist in residence Pamela Pascual is very close to her final 3D print for the glasses she has been designing. Read more »
It looks like privately-held Dell is still backing Project Sputnik, a set of developer-oriented laptops configured with Ubuntu Linux. These laptops are Dell’s attempt to win back open-source oriented web developers that drifted from PCs to Macs but probably hate the whole iOS walled garden. Dell also said it is working with Docker to improve the Project Sputnik offerings.
AT&T announced contract options for the Lumia 2520 tablet running Windows RT 8.1, but if you ask the right questions, you find the contract-free pricing and per session LTE data costs. That may be a better way to go if you want Nokia’s tablet. Read more »
These leaked specs might give us an idea of what to expect from HTC’s follow up to the One. Read more »
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true? Read more »
Organizations have at least seven approaches for addressing the impending end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. Each of these approaches has benefits and challenges. Read more at Gigaom Research »
As people attempt to connect their homes, different protocols post a challenge. Some vendors, like ConnectSense, are doing away with that drama by embracing only Wi-Fi. Read more »
Shake things up. Do business differently. Be non-consensus. Running and leading a business takes hard work and perseverance. In this ebook, three successful entrepreneurs sat down with Salesforce.com for one-on-one interviews to share their stories and insights. Learn their secrets to business growth. Read more »
Amazon Web Services revenues may hit $30 billion within the decade, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt. Read more »
The Finnish handset maker is about to launch its handset on a small scale, but last year we were told of widespread distribution plans in China, as well as $260 million in backing from the “Sailfish Alliance”. Turns out that’s all on hold. Read more »
Months after promising a native iOS app for its Google Play Music service, Google finally delivered the goods. The free app is available in the iTunes App Store as of Friday and supports both local music playback as well as cloud streaming of tunes. Google allows up to 20,000 music tracks in the cloud and offers a $9.99 monthly music subscription service called All Access, which is also supported in the new app. So too is the ability to Chromecast music wirelessly to a TV. I doubt many long-time users of iTunes will make the switch, but for someone who is living a Google-centric life on an iPad Air, the new app is music to my ears.
Finnish researchers have devised an algorithm that accurately determines mobile phone users’ modes of transportation by analyzing data from their phones’ accelerometers. Useful? Absolutely! Annoying? Possibly … Read more »
The Moto X can now be had on Republic Wireless for as little as $5 per month. Read more »
Longtime digital hold-out Harpers has finally joined the mobile world. Here’s a look, plus some new observations on sub-compact publishing by 29th Street, an emerging leader in the digital magazine world. Read more »
A new media startup called Beacon wants to give journalists who may not have the ability — or the desire — to run their own site a way to connect with readers who might want to subscribe. I spoke with the founders about their model. Read more »
I loaned a Chromebook to a friend who didn’t factory restore the device when returning it. And if you can’t sign in to a Chromebook, you can’t restore it… or can you? A four key combo is the secret to do so. Read more »
Amazon Web Services desktop virtualization, real-time data streaming, and RDB Postgres support news stole the show, but there was a lot else going on at AWS re:Invent. Here are my highlights. Read more »
To celebrate Candy Crush Saga’s first birthday, developer King has shed some light onto the game’s uber-popularity. Read more »
Amazon Web Services VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton explained during a session at the AWS re:Invent conference how the cloud provider keeps costs as low as possible and innovation as high as possible. It’s all about being the master of your infrastructure. Read more »
The new iPad mini with retina display arrived sooner than expected, but that hasn’t stopped the reviews from pouring in. Here’s what they say so far. Read more »
Motorola has confirmed that the Moto G will be running Android 4.4 KitKat by the time it hits the US in January. Read more »
Acer introduced a lower-cost version of its C720 Chromebook on Friday. The newest model is priced at $199. On the outside, the new laptop looks exactly like the previously available $249 model that we reviewed last month. Inside is the one single difference; this version has half of the internal memory of the higher priced model with 2 GB of RAM. Paired with the same Haswell-based Intel Celeron processor as its predecessor, the new C720 will still run for more than 8 hours on a single charge. The Chromebook will be available at Best Buy and online at Amazon.
Just a day after announcing Data Science courses with Cloudera, online educator Udacity has added a completely new facet of learning to its programs: paid training courses. Beginning January 2014, users will be able to take tech-focused, on-demand online courses developed by Cloudera, Google, and other companies in the Open Education Alliance. Unlike Udacity’s free programs, users will gain access to tutor-like Udacity Coaches and advisory help to schedule classes. The courses only result in certificates, not a degree as many were speculating, but its job-focused bent may be a better fit for Udacity’s platform overall.
Organizations and individuals will be able to sign up from Spring 2014, through a subsidiary of London’s promotional agency. Read more »
Twitter’s post-IPO path to prosperity presses on: the company has opened up its self-serve advertising platform to companies outside the U.S. Small-to-medium-sized businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada get first (well, second) shot at the platform, and others will presumably follow. The move lets those without a deep working relationship with Twitter to pay to promote their accounts and tweets in a targeted fashion – so expect a lot more of those in your timeline soon, if you’re in one of the aforementioned countries.
It’s a heavy duty podcast this week as we talk book scanning, printing metal and quantifying yourself with the new UP24. Read more »
Despite the mobile industry’s focus on mobile data, voice has long been the primary revenue driver for carriers. That’s set to change this quarter. Read more »
Comcast plans to launch a digital download store for movies and TV shows by the end of the year, according to Reuters. The cable operators plans to offer videos for sale on its website as well as through its cable boxes, presumably to offer subscribers access to more fare than its existing VOD service has in stock. For the studios, this would be another way to push people towards buying digital movies – but is anyone really interested in owning a movie anymore?
Human and canine herders make cows nervous. Researchers from the University of Sydney have shown that robotic herders don’t, allowing cows to live longer and more productively. They think that future versions of their herder robot could also provide important data to farmers, such as soil quality and the location of damaged fences.
It was a good day for anyone invested in the greater NoSQL market, as Riak creator Basho and Couchcase both announced big customers wins. Basho highlighted The Weather Company, which is running and replicating Riak across multiple global data centers, while travel-industry technology provider Amadeus is working with Couchbase to deploy that database across its customer-facing applications. It’s good news for the NoSQL space because any large companies choosing databases other than MongoDB is validation that they matter and a sign they’ll be around for a while.
Looking for a job in tech? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to Gigaom’s job board. Check out the latest gigs at tech companies across the country. Read more »
Got an event coming up? iPad app Makr wants to customize it for you. Read more »
Now Rackspace is positioning itself based on performance, not support. Which is a big shift for a company that’s touted fanatical support since it’s birth. Read more »
If you’ve been having issues using FaceTime, your troubles might be over. Apple’s latest iOS update fixes an issue that was causing some FaceTime calls to fail. Read more »
Google is removing the velvet ropes from its white spaces database in the U.S. Any device maker can now search their locales for unused TV frequencies and stake a claim on those airwaves. Read more »
Amazon Kinesis is a new service for capturing and processing streaming data, and it’s also about the only thing of its ilk available as a cloud service. Will other cloud providers ever catch up with AWS? Read more »
Researchers were able to store information at 77 degrees fahrenheit for 39 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the previous record of 2 seconds. Read more »
Right on time: Just as I switched my Google-centric life from an Android tablet to the iPad Air, Google improves Gmail for iOS. The new features make it easier to compose and read mails in full screen and switch between multiple accounts. Read more »
Shelby.tv launched an app, then shut it down, then launched another app too late… now it’s back with yet another iteration. Is third time a charm for the social video startup? Read more »
DynamoDB and other NoSQL databases could make very good use of new mega I2 EC2 instances, says Amazon’s Werner Vogels. Read more »