The Native Union Jump is a convenient way to charge your phone while on the go — even when a power source isn’t available. Read more »
You’re paying Comcast for internet and cable TV? That still doesn’t mean you get access to live streams from Sochi, as some viewers just found out. Read more »
A Penn State team discovered that nanomotors made from tiny metal rods can be manipulated by sound waves and magnets, giving them precise control over their actions inside of cells. Read more »
Instagram has published a guidebook for brands that want to advertise on the platform. Read more »
Brave man: Bill Gates showed up on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Monday morning. Here are some takeaways. Read more »
Fraggle Rock spinoff The Doozers is coming exclusively to Hulu, the streaming service announced Monday. The show’s 50 episodes, which have been produced by the Jim Henson Company, will be available through Hulu’s kids section starting April 25. Hulu also announced an expanded partnership with CBS that will result in the addition of a number of CBS catalog titles to Hulu Plus, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers and the Brady Bunch. This follows an exclusive deal for CBS’s current hit Elementary, which Hulu announced last week.
Just four years in and already some are saying the tablet market has peaked. It’s easy to draw that conclusion if you look at slowing and seasonal sales numbers but there are several reasons it’s too soon to dismiss the potential of tablets. Read more »
Chaatz, a messaging app released today for iPhone, will begin to install its services onto feature phones later this year. Read more »
MVNO FreedomPop has decide to take a crack at its own unlimited voice-and-text plan with a new $4.58-per-month all-you-can-eat option, which also includes 500 MB of free 3G and 4G data. Read more »
Red Hat and Hortonworks are integrating a number of technologies to give joint customers a more seamless experience running their Hadoop workloads on private cloud or virtualized infrastructure. In an upstart market worth billions, it helps to have friends like Red Hat. Read more »
Want to relive the historic performance of The Beatles on February 9, 1964? Fire up your Apple TV or iTunes to see the full 14 minute television spot as it aired all those years ago. Read more »
Signals from the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are making Sprint and its SoftBank owners reconsider any possible bid for rival T-Mobile, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Merging two of the four remaining nationwide mobile carriers was always going to be a difficult sell, but the Journal reports that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son were surprised at the amount of resistance they encountered in recent talks with regulators. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told Gigaom he doesn’t want to see the current level of mobile competition in the U.S. reduced. That doesn’t rule a Sprint-T-Mo deal out entirely, but it doesn’t look good either.
Twitter lets people use famous names and icons so long as — in the eyes of Twitter — they’re not harming the original brand. A new lawsuit over James Dean will put that approach to the test, and possibly affect thousands of other Twitter accounts. Read more »
The government of the United Arab Emirates hopes to deliver official documents such as ID cards and driving licenses via drone, Reuters reported on Monday. The quadcopters will apparently carry fingerprint and retina recognition systems in order to ensure the cargo ends up in the right hands. A 6-month trial will be used to assess how the small unmanned vehicles cope with Gulf heat and sand, and if all goes well the system could start rolling out within a year. This is the first case of a government revealing plans to use drones for logistics, as companies such as DHL and Amazon also hope to do.
Splice Machine, a startup promising a SQL-on-Hadoop database that can handle both transactional and analytic workloads, has closed a $15 million series B round of venture capital from InterWest Partners, along with Mohr Davidow Ventures. Supporting transactional workloads would put Splice Machine in a good position among the glut of companies and projects letting users perform SQL operations on Hadoop, because most are strictly for analytics. The big question for Splice Machine, though, might be whether companies actually want to run transactions on that data or whether they’re willing to stick to a tried-and-true database for that.
Asus has entered the small Windows tablet market with the Asus VivoTab Note 8 appearing in the Microsoft Store. The slate costs $30 more than similar devices but offers an advanced stylus with pressure sensitivity. Read more »
HTC told Reuters it needs to refocus on the mid-range market ahead of a disappointing Q4 earnings announcement. Read more »
Open Road, the digital publisher cofounded by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, has acquired E-Reads, an ebook publisher launched in 1999 by literary agent Richard Curtis. Read more »
In this Gigaom Research webinar, our panelists will discuss Hadoop’s sweet spot in big data processing, including ETL offload from traditional enterprise data warehouses and the cost savings and benefits gained from integrating it with existing infrastructure. Join us on Feb. 19. Read more »
In a pivot, Parelastic morphed into Tesora and will make its current database virtualization middleware a plug-in for OpenStack. Read more »
As part of its ongoing quest to beef up its central and eastern European operations, Deutsche Telekom has bought up the 39.23 percent of shares in T-Mobile Czech Republic that it did not already own. The shares, purchased from a private equity–led consortium, cost the carrier group €800 million (USD $1.1 billion). Deutsche Telekom bought GTS Central Europe in November last year, partly for its fixed-line infrastructure in the Czech Republic, and now that plan is coming together. “T-Mobile Czech Republic is on a clear strategic path to enhance its fixed-line capabilities and foster its market position in B2B,” a Monday statement read.
The first story from Pierre Omidyar-funded The Intercept describes a shift toward relying on signals rather than human intelligence for targeting drone victims, and claims this tactic kills more innocent people. Read more »
Wanted: Channel partners with storage and virtualization expertise in mid-sized accounts for DataGravity’s undisclosed product. Read more »
Superconductors have some pretty amazing characteristics — one of them is that they repel magnets. In this demo at Google Solves for X this weekend, a scientists shows off this levitation trick, which could be used in many applications. Read more »
Windows Azure is emerging as a credible cloud platform for both startups and enterprises. Here is our analysis of the key factors that turned its fate around, and what it must do to stay relevant. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Hadoop can stretch necessary network investments by a modest yet meaningful amount. Here are a few ways carriers are already using it to improve their networks and keep costs down. Read more »
A team of researchers developed a chip that could negate the need for cochlear implant recipients to wear any sort of external hardware. Read more »
Here’s what I learned after my cat knocked over a beer on my MacBook Pro. Read more »
The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards the users who create most of the content Read more »
The week in cloud: Rackspace loosens up on open source; Ford’s data guy talks data; and other news in cloud. Read more »
Don’t look at Google’s Chromecast as a $35 piece of hardware. With the new SDK, Chromecast isn’t just a media extender; it’s a platform that developers can use for second screen apps. On this week’s podcast we discuss the possibilities. Read more »
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It’s easy to get caught up in vanity metrics: the numbers that make you look good even when your startup is stumbling. But here’s why you should examine those oft-quoted stats more closely, and the metrics you should consider swapping them for. Read more »
Since Google introduced its Chromecast streaming adapter a few months ago, I’ve been wondering how to use it to stream audio. A bit of scouring on Ebay got me an answer that only set me back around $10. Read more »
The IoT community is still debating which of three different funding models will best support development, with some favored by Europe and some by the US. Understanding these models is crucial to understanding where the technology is heading and what region will lead the way. Read more »
Data means a lot to Ford, informing everything from product design to business intelligence. In this interview from the Structure Show podcast, Ford’s top data scientist talks all about how Ford approaches everything from deploying Hadoop to hiring the right people. Read more »
When transitioning from a computer to the iPad there are still a few challenges that you will face along the way. Here are a few steps that may help you leave the personal computer era behind for good. Read more »
Chiquita Brands is famous for the fresh produce it brings to the table. It’s a mature, established company that’s has a “cloud first” mantra for all new applications, said CIO Kevin Ledford. Read more »
The concept of HR must change to support an increasingly distributed workforce that operates socially in increasingly ad hoc teams. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google lost an emergency appeal, meaning it is posting a notice in the middle of its French homepage for a period of 48 hours that tells users it violated their privacy. Read more »