AeroFS, Accellion, Egnyte queue up IT friendly alternatives to Dropbox, while Boxcryptor, nCrypted Cloud camp seeks to make it more it more secure and palatable to the C-suite. Read more »
New York-based video platform provider Kaltura has raised another $47 million in funding from SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures. Existing investors .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment and Silicon Valley Bank are also back for more. Kaltura wants to use the money for further international expansion, and has raised a total of $115 million to date.
Robots are delivering the next generation of assembly lines and manufacturing, and it’s coming out of Silicon Valley. Read more »
A leaked design render might offer up a first glimpse Samsung’s Galaxy S5 handset. Read more »
Two to four satellites will be released each day to cut down on confusion and ensure they are spaced out nicely around the Earth. Read more »
The staff of the Libération newspaper in France are protesting plans by the paper’s shareholder group to turn the media entity into a kind of social and cultural hub, but by doing so they could be ensuring the paper’s doom rather than preventing it. Read more »
Square’s point-of-sale terminal is moving onto the deli counters and coffee bars in several Whole Foods Markets around the country, allowing customers pay for quick items without waiting in a checkout line. Read more »
Pause puts the play button in the music mag: The new iPad magazine from the makers of Shuffler.fm combines the best in music writing with music and videos. Read more »
Gigaom Research analysts and our sponsor Canonical discuss the tips and tricks for successfully deploying OpenStack for the enterprise in our next live webinar. Join us on Feb. 20. Read more »
There’s little surprise left to the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone although there’s been a question about the screen resolution. Based on a purported image of the phone’s box, it will likely be an eye-popping 2560 x 1440 screen. Read more »
MapR is continuing along its path to Hadoop glory with new support for the YARN resource manager and a direct integration with the HP Vertica analytic database. In such a competitive space, every little edge matters. Read more »
Board members of the Bitcoin Foundation are facing scandal and even jail time. The currency’s supporters, who deserve better, should look at other governance models — including those used by companies and central banks. Read more »
Live streaming-focused crowdfunding startup Laffster rebranded as Cogo Tuesday to offer artists across genres a way to reach their super fans. Read more »
The addition of Singapore facility brings Digital Ocean’s data center total to six worldwide. Read more »
If you’re jonesing for a phone that can run either Android or Firefox OS without voiding the guarantee, you don’t have to wait much longer. The plucky Spanish manufacturer Geeksphone said on Tuesday that it will start selling its Intel Atom-based Revolution handset through its online store from 20 February at a cost of €239 ($326) excluding tax, though it’s offering the device at a slightly discounted €222 for a limited period of time. We now also know the built-in storage capacity: 4GB (thankfully there’s also a microSD slot). One reminder: branding issues mean Geeksphone has to call Firefox OS “Boot2Gecko”, which is Mozilla’s old codename for the operating system.
You don’t see too many iPhone cases made with metal because they can interfere with reception. Not so with Kloque, a smart-looking iPhone case created with aluminum and a patent-pending way to maintain phone reception. Read more »
After facing a year of losses from subscribers fleeing its dying Nextel network, Sprint has started growing again, but that growth is being driven primarily by its MVNOs. Read more »
Proliant customers who are not covered by warranty or support contracts will have to start coughing up cash to pay for firmware updates later this month. Read more »
Samsung’s latest livestream teaser for its Mobile World Congress press conference hints that the Galaxy S5 is coming, along with a new interface and features. Read more »
The first price for LG’s Chromebase is out: Folks in Australia will pay $599 for the all-in-one Chrome OS desktop computer. After comparing Chromebook pricing between Australia and the U.S., it’s reasonable to think we’ll see a price under $500. Read more »
Virgin Atlantic is looking to make flying fancy again, with the help of some new wearable technology from Google and Sony. Read more »
If you are one of the precious few who enjoy socializing with fellow passengers on an airplane, take note: Virgin America has announced an in-flight social network to help business travelers connect. The airline’s “network” is basically a deployment of geolocating business connection app Here on Biz for iPhone. Passengers will be encouraged to log in at the gate or in the air via Gogo Inflight Internet to see nearby professionals’ details from LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Passengers will be able to access the app via Gogo for free until July.
According to Kaspersky Lab, a malware bundle dubbed “The Mask” was used to spy on government institutions, activists and energy companies across 31 countries for years. Here’s what it did, and where it might have come from. Read more »
Stripe’s mobile and online sellers can now list services and goods in the local currencies of 130 different countries, helping them break into international markets. But according to founder John Collison, Stripe has bigger global plans. Read more »
While no two requirements are the same for virtualized environments, here are a few tips that everyone can use to avoid falling into common traps when it comes to data protection. Whether your use vSphere or Hyper-V; everyone can share a few tips to avoid the next disaster. Read more »
On a future airplane trip, take a peek into the flight deck and you might see the pilot using a Surface 2 tablet: The Federal Aviation Administration approved Microsoft’s slate for Class 1 or 2 Electronic Flight Bags this week. The approval is a meaningful step as Delta announced in September of last year that 11,000 of its pilots would start using Surface 2 tablets by then end of 2014. Surface 2 isn’t the only tablet in the sky though; airlines started using Apple iPads in early 2011 in the cockpit to replace paper charts, manuals and other flight documentation.
Update: this post was updated at 9am PT as it incorrectly said no airlines were currently using Surface 2 tablets yet.
In the age of data snooping, customers need to know that no one — not their cloud provider or cloud management company — holds the key to their data, says TwinStrata CEO Nicos Vekiarides. Read more »
Two major wireless charging groups, the Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance, are banding together with their standards, which will make life easier for consumers who want to charge a tablet or smartphone without wires. Read more »
Israel’s Calcalist says bootstrapped Viber is negotiating a sale worth somewhere between $300 and 400 million — but who’s the mystery suitor? Read more »
The Finnish handset maker Jolla has open-sourced the browser that comes with its Sailfish operating system. The Sailfish browser is built on Mozilla’s Gecko engine and embedded in the Qt application framework using the EmbedLite API. Its open-sourcing means the community can now contribute to its improvement. “Our objective with the project is to make this the first step to get official support from Mozilla Corp. to a mobile browser based on Gecko and embedded in Qt,” Jolla co-founder Stefano Mosconi said in a statement.
The attack, which appears to have been felt particularly hard in Europe, apparently exploited the protocol that maintains the accuracy of computers’ clocks. Read more »
Watches, garages and data privacy are all topics of discussion in this weeks podcast featuring The Pebble Steel, a connected garage door opener and Sam Ramji of Apigee discussing business models for the internet of things. Read more »
To meet cost, Ting is selling the Nexus 5 for $96 more than it costs through Google Play. The MVNO wants you to connect a Nexus to its network. It just would rather you purchase it from Google. Read more »
Rackspace shares took a beating in Monday after-hours trading on the news that Lanham Napier is retiring as CEO, but the company isn’t rushing to name a replacement. Read more »
Planetary Ventures LLC will likely be charged with restoring Hangar One and operating the affiliated airfield. Read more »
Amdocs is selling a technology to carriers that will dynamically morph the physical contours of their networks to provide the best connections to the best-paying customers. Cool, yes, but it has serious implications for net neutrality. Read more »
Apple lost its attempt to remove a monitor who is charged with ensuring compliance with an order of ebook prices, but who Apple accused of conducting a roving investigation. Read more »
YouTube has started to allow the casting of “most embedded YouTube videos,” according to an updated support document first spotted by Android Police. This means that Chromecast users can now send YouTube videos embedded on third-party websites to their Chromecast without the need to mirror entire browser tabs. Previously, this functionality was only available on YouTube.com, but YouTube started to experiment with support for embedded videos a few months ago.
Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings. That’s possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP’s, but the data corroborates independent data provided by testing platform Measurement Lab, which I reported on last week. Disturbingly, Netflix says the speeds delivered for Brazil, Colombia and Chile are higher than the speeds experienced by end users in the United States, which has seen its average speeds trend downward since October.
Images sent back to Earth by NASA’s Mars orbiters show a curious feature: long black lines that scientists believe could have been created by flowing liquid water. While Mars is too cold for the fresh and salt water that fills Earth’s oceans and lakes, water on Mars could contain chemicals that act as an antifreeze, allowing it to stay liquid. Scientists have noticed that the flows happen seasonally. It’s possible that there is no water involved at all, but they aren’t yet sure how that could be explained.