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 »
The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement Read more »
“Google Wallet 2.0″ is live but it’s not from Google. Instead, Isis is the newest digital wallet payment program and it’s now live. You’ll need a phone on Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T before you can pay with your handset. Read more »
Amazon has introduced a new service that lets you personalize Kindle covers and skins for the same price as a standard cover. Read more »
Coin isn’t trying to replace the physical wallet with a digital one. Instead it’s trying to reduce all of the credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards that clutter up our wallets to a single piece of plastic. Read more »
Autodesk’s 123D Catch app offers a quick way to take photos of an object with your mobile device’s camera and then stitch them into a 3D model, but there are still snags that the inexperienced user can hit. Autodesk released an updated version today that is greatly improved. It tracks what parts of an object you’ve already photographed (see bottom left in photo below) and alerts you when an image is too dark or shaky. Comments and social sharing are also now a core part of the app.
Understanding the behavior of an application’s past, present and future is key to maintaining operational sanity throughout the IT life cycle. This requires the ability to create a footprint of your application by continually capturing all the details of the application in terms of resources andinteractions. Read more »
Google Now voice commands offer more information than Siri, but they’re not conversational like Siri. Google appears to have addressed this gap in it’s latest version of the software: Your Android will speak back to you for more information as needed. Read more »
Six more solar panel farms in the deserts of California and Arizona are getting Google as a backer. Read more »
If you own an iPod touch or a Wi-Fi-only iPad, you’ll be able to send and receive messages with an update to the BBM app today. Read more »
The long-running copyright fight between Google and the Authors Guild is over: Judge Denny Chin issued a resounding ruling in favor of fair use. Read more »
Udacity and Cloudera have a new partnership to bring online Data Science training to the masses Read more »
AWS is building a special cloud for the CIA’s sole use. That sounds pretty private to most of the world. But Amazon the public cloud builder doesn’t see it that way Read more »
Under Armour has acquired MapMyFitness, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses a phone’s GPS to let people map their runs, bike rides and other workouts and share them among a community for $150 million. It’s akin to the RunKeeper app. Is this the beginning of consolidation in the quantified self arena? Will the market split along sporty and medical lines — leaving room for authentication, provable algorithms and other elements a diagnostic style app or activity tracker might need?
Updated to reflect that RunKeeper is not owned by Nike.
If you were planning to get a Moto X on Verizon, now’s the time. The carrier is taking an additional $50 off Moto Maker orders through November 18. Read more »
Roku just turned AOL On into its default news source, adding videos right to its home screen. But are such exclusive partnerships really good for consumers and publishers? Read more »
A new Apple Store stock checking tool has appeared in the unlikeliest of places: The Global Sea Turtle Network website. Read more »
In our next Gigaom Research analyst webinar we will discuss the major market drivers for object storage and the various technology approaches, and we will also look at the landscape of key players. Join us on Nov. 20. Read more »
Google’s latest Transparency Report, which shows government data demands, has a more aggressive tone than previous ones — which is not surprising, since it is the company’s first report since the Edward Snowden surveillance scandal. Read more »
Perhaps in an effort to gain a little more buzz (and holiday sales), Laptop Magazine reports that Intel will be opening a series of pop-up stores this month, starting in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood on November 23. Intel has yet to disclose exactly what will be shown off in the stores, but the company has already stressed that the locations will be temporary — they are all set to shut down on January 14 of next year. It may be just a publicity stunt, but it’ll be interesting to see how another computer company does retail.
Suffering Twitter withdrawal while you’re flying over European Union airspace? You may be in luck, after regulators changed radio spectrum rules to allow the use of mobile broadband 3km up in the air — but the decision really rests with your airline. Read more »
Jolla, the Finnish mobile firm that’s trying to revive Nokia and Intel’s old MeeGo operating system, will release its first handset in less than two weeks’ time. Jolla said on Thursday that the first of its €399 ($537) phones will go on sale in the firm’s native country on 27 November.
Although Jolla wants developers to write natively for its Linux-based Sailfish OS operating system, the devices will also support Android apps, and the handsets will come with the Yandex Android app store. Finnish carrier DNA was one of the first partners that signed up for Jolla, along with Chinese distributor D.Phone.
It’s not the only factor, but Cisco says the backlash over U.S. surveillance has definitely hit orders in China. Orders in other developing countries have also plummeted, and again the NSA is being cited as a possible factor. Read more »
IBM has upped the ante in the API game by making its Watson question-answering system available as a service. That’s right, Watson could soon power your smartphone app. Read more »
In this week’s Structure Show, we talk through all the AWS Re:Invent news; the looming era of open-source switches, and how Cycle Computing helps a scientist build the solar panels of the future. Read more »
More powerful devices, better data-sync capabilities, and peer-to-peer device communications are dramatically impacting what users expect from their apps and which technologies developers will need to utilize to meet those expectations. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. Read more »