A new study might help confirm that D-Wave Systems’ quantum computer chip might actually be what it claims to be. Conducted at the University of Southern California, where the D-Wave system owned by aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin is based, a team of scientists has concluded that the 128-qubit processor “behaved in a way that agrees with a model called ‘quantum Monte Carlo,’ yet disagreed with two candidate classical models.” In two weeks at our Structure Data conference, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell will talk about what quantum computers can do and how they’ll be available as cloud services.
In what came as a little surprise, Dish Network has walked away with every one of the 176 spectrum licenses the Federal Communications Commission auctioned off in the PCS band last month, according to FCC documentation (pdf). And given that every other major carrier declined to participate, Dish walked away with those airwaves at the minimum reserve price of $1.56 billion. Dish now owns 10 MHz nationwide of the same airwaves carriers use in their 2G and 3G networks. It plans to couple those frequencies with the mobile broadband spectrum it owns in the neighboring satellite band to build its LTE network.
The video streaming service will continue to use AWS and possibly other public clouds for spiky loads and move much of its big data stack from bare metal to MetaCloud’s private cloud. Read more »
After BlackBerry’s CEO expressed outrage over a T-Mobile promotion to get BlackBerry owners on iPhones, the carrier offered a new promo offering more cash to BlackBerry owners. Most took a lesser deal and ditched their BlackBerry. Read more »
Google announced a Gmail for iOS update on Wednesday that should virtually eliminate manually refreshing your Inbox on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The software now supports background refreshing so messages are pre-fetched and synchronized. Users will have to enable the background refresh function after updating the app, which can be found in the iTunes App Store. Apple notes that enabling background refresh for an application can impact battery life, so you’ll need to consider if the constant mail syncing is worth it compared to the manual or scheduled refreshing of your Inbox in Gmail for iOS.
In this Gigaom Research webinar, our panel will define the range of UC offerings, provide a framework for choosing the features that matter to your business, and offer concrete steps businesses can take to build UC tools into their existing infrastructure and processes. Read more »
Not much has changed in the pecking order of U.S. mobile networks since last year, according to Root. But there was a lot of network upgrade activity in recent months not necessarily reflected in the results. Read more »
The Stockholm-based outfit wants to provide a more user-friendly alternative to traditional website hosting platforms and platform-as-a-service players like Heroku. Read more »
Tableau and Splunk, two of the more successful (and ubiquitous) data startups turned public companies over the past several years, have partnered on a new connector that lets Tableau users access Splunk as a data source within the analytics software. However, it’s not just the existence of a connector that’s valuable for users, but what it means — that they can now combine Splunk data with other data within Tableau to visually analyze all of it together. As Tableau grows more popular, partnering with it is becoming a popular move for everyone from large software vendors to small startups such as BigML.
Instead of commercial aspirations, SpaceIL wants to inspire a future generation of scientists. It is among 18 teams striving to reach the moon by the end of 2015. Read more »
Tests show that Samsung devices running Android 4.4 KitKat no longer run code to boost their benchmark scores. Read more »
More than one out of two people browsing the web in North America on an Android device do so on on a Samsung. The company picked up usage share according to Chitika, while HTC and Motorola declined. Read more »
Superangels including Joseph Alsop chip in for the new $3 million round, which brings total AppZero funding to about $14 million. Read more »
GoDaddy, formerly a CloudStack supporter, is the latest corporate sponsor among many of the OpenStack Foundation. Read more »
Home security is one of those emerging areas where the crowdfunding crowd sees an opportunity to provide something smarter, cheaper and disruptive to the existing industry. With $10 million, Canary hopes to invade the biz. Read more »
Capitalizing on the growing angst over privacy in today’s surveillance state, virtual operator FreedomPop has started selling a smartphone that routes all data traffic over a secure VPN and uses 128-bit encryption for VoIP calls and IP messaging. The device, which FreedomPop has dubbed the “Snowden Phone,” is actually a Samsung Galaxy S2 loaded with security software from Private Communications Corporation, which FreedomPop is pairing with a 500 MB, unlimited talk and text plan for $10 a month. Customers can change phone numbers as often as they like and even pay for the phone and service anonymously with Bitcoin.
Flipboard, a leading mobile news-reading and content-sharing app, is acquiring one of its main competitors — an app called Zite — from CNN for a reported $60 million and forming an advertising and content partnership with CNN for all of the media giant’s content Read more »
The Mophie Space Pack isn’t perfect, but it’s the most useful iPhone case I’ve ever tested. Read more »
Twitch’s latest SDK allows users to livestream plays of their favorite mobile games. Read more »
Competition is heating up in the larger Chromebook space. Toshiba’s Chromebook 13 gets reviewed and next month, Samsung’s Chromebook 2 arrives; both have large displays. And Chrome for Android gains a hidden new Chromecast trick: we tell you how to enable it. Read more »
Before we get drowned in cheap batteries, we’ll need better software to monitor and manage them, both optimizing their batteries use and keeping them safe. Read more »
Game developers live and die by the quality of their player experience. Poor performance can result in 70 percent less revenue on installs. Learn directly from game developers that your most important customer isn’t your next one from marketing but one struggling invisibly who could be saved by devops. Read more »
The company, which boasts 20 million active monthly users, now has a mobile app that lets users transfer up to 10GB in pictures and videos. Read more »
More than two years after making its debut on Android and iOS, the Facebook Messenger app is now available for Windows Phone. Although Windows Phone already has built-in support for Facebook messaging, the dedicated app adds features like group chat, location sharing, picture messaging and stickers. It’s still missing some features from its iOS and Android counterparts, though, like voice messaging. Still, it’s another positive step toward closing the app gap between Windows Phone and the competition.
Verizon Ventures leads an $11.2 million Series C round that will fund more product development and an expanded sales effort around the Java-based PaaS. Read more »
As Bitcoin works out its issues, the newest cryptocurrency startup accelerator backed by Match.com’s founder brings Ripple into the spotlight. Read more »
Google Capital is taking a foray into real estate with a large investment in Auction.com. Read more »
In the two months since Overstock started accepting Bitcoin payment, the e-commerce giant has accepted $1 million worth of sales in the cryptocurrency. What’s more, the firm, which partnered with Coinbase to handle the payments, said late Tuesday it now expects Bitcoin-based sales of between $10 to $15 million this year, which is twice or three times what it originally estimated. It’s still a small proportion of Overstock’s revenue, but it comes as validation for Bitcoin during troubled times, particularly as Overstock and Coinbase noted how low Bitcoin transaction fees improve net profitability for the retailer.
SU targets recent graduates, executives and startups with a curriculum and support focused on fast-changing technologies. Its goal is clear: shape the world’s discourse on inventions that could radically change the way we live. Read more »
Steve Mollenkopf became the third CEO of Qualcomm Tuesday, ending the reign of the Jacobs family over the 28-year-old business. Mollenkopf replaces Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, who will become the executive chairman as part of a transition plan that was announced in December. Paul Jacobs had risen to CEO in 2005 after his father and the inventor of CDMA, Irwin Jacobs, stepped down from the role. Qualcomm has managed to continue growing the company even as its CDMA technology has become a casualty of time and GSM networks, and Mollenkopf will see it expand beyond mobile into the internet of things.
A Huntsville, Ala., company is moving from the machine-to-machine world into cloud platforms and big data. Here’s how it did it and how it thinks its work could actually end up saving lives. Read more »
Dish may only have one broadcaster on board for its planned internet TV service, but the deal nonetheless represents a big step for the TV industry, and for people sick of paying for expensive bundles. Read more »
While the smart-grid sector and the oil and gas sector have a multitude of differences, they share a common trend: Both are adopting M2M to help lower costs and drive efficiencies. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is, as of today, available on Amazon GovCloud, the separate U.S. cloud region for workloads that must meet certain federal regulations and compliance requirements. RHEL has been available on other Amazon EC2 regions since 2011, and last year Red Hat made a free tier of RHEL service available to some qualified users. RHEL is seen as the standard Linux for enterprise accounts that need to show they are supported by their vendors for compliance and legal reasons.
A Japanese tax on Bitcoin could mean that it’s no longer viewed as a currency, but a commodity. Read more »
Roku just introduced a new streaming stick that looks a lot like Chromecast, but is still a Roku device at heart. Read more »
Snapchat hired away a top Google engineer, then there was a story about it, and that’s where the trouble began. Read more »
Looking for a 13.3 inch Chromebook? At the moment, you have one and only one option: Toshiba’s Chromebook 13. For $299 or less, you get a solid performer with decent battery life but I hope you like plastic. Read more »
NCR isn’t just going after Square with its iPad point-of-sale terminal Silver. It’s now challenging loyalty platform startups like Belly in its attempts to crack the small brick-and-mortar business. Read more »
You can get a Kindle Paperwhite for $99 or a Kindle for as low as $49. Read more »