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Rob Enderle has been analyst for too long and has mostly been wrong about his favorite target, Apple. And now he has turned his guns on Amazon (Web Services) and points out that IBM is going to win the war with AWS. I think we all have a different definition of winning, especially considering the troubled cloud effort by IBM. Anyway read the piece, if nothing, for a chuckle!
AnsibleWorks is gunning to entrench its open-source configuration management tool at the expense of Opscode and Puppet. Read more »
Building hardware for the wearables market is only the first challenge companies need to master. For a truly differentiated experience, they must build out a service. Read more »
Long gone are the days of megahertz madness. Now we live in a computing world in which we don’t ask “how much more can I get?” but rather “how much do I really need?” Read more »
If there was a NoSQL storm brewing earlier this decade, Hummer Winblad’s Mitchell Kertzman thinks it has all but died down. People thought NoSQL would blow up the SQL world, he said on this week’s Structure Show, but it might just be a nice complement. Read more »
Guitarists don’t need to lug around huge pedalboards anymore if they want to tap into a variety of sounds. The BlueBoard and the iLoud are up to the task. Read more »
Amazon Web Services’ second-annual user conference is around the corner, but its scale is as much about AWS’s platform as it is about the ecosystem of developers and applications it has enabled. Read more »
This week’s IETF meeting in Vancouver has ended without a decision on a mandatory video codec for WebRTC, the proposed standard for real-time voice and video communication. Browser makers, videoconferencing equipment manufacturers and chipset vendors had hoped to finally agree on whether H.264 or VP8 should become the default codec for WebRTC, and Cisco had even mounted an eleventh-hour push, getting Mozilla to agree to implement H.264 — but in the end, no consensus was reached in what I’ve been told was an at times testy meeting.
Boingo’s acquisition of military base ISP Endeka appears to paying dividends. Boingo revealed this week that it has won contracts with the U.S. Marines Corps, Army and Air Force to install IPTV and broadband access networks on their posts and bases in the U.S. and some overseas installations, using a combination of fiber and point-to-point wireless technology. Soldiers and officers who subscribe to the on-base services will also get free access to Boingo’s global Wi-Fi hotspot network.
Yesterday may have been a boon for Twitter, opening on the NYSE with a stock price of $45.10 (well above its IPO price of $26) and a cool $1.8 billion in cash from the transaction. But while bullish buyers drove the stock price as high as $50 yesterday, the stock’s second day drew to a close at $41.65 — a 7.24 percent drop. Blame it on the lack of profits, which has led analysts to downgrade the stock.
You’ll be able to get the Nexus 5 directly from T-Mobile next week, but it’ll cost you more than buying the phone from Google Play. Read more »
Though not exactly subtle, Phone Halo’s new Glasses TrackR could be a godsend for people constantly leaving their glasses in cabs, cafes and airplanes. Using Bluetooth it alerts you when you depart without your eyewear. Read more »
Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar must really miss his former co-workers. Why else would he keep hiring people away from Hulu? Read more »
Put on your hard hat and roll up your sleeves, its time to get to work this weekend. Take over a family construction business and in the process learn how to operate some heavy machinery. Read more »
Gogo will release an app next year that will route phone calls and texts over its inflight Wi-Fi networks, even when planes are above clouds. Calls on domestic flights, however, will probably still be prohibited. Read more »
If you have any doubt that Pinterest is becoming a dominant force in e-commerce, check out these stats of how it drives traffic to some big retailers. Read more »
Comcast is expanding its usage-based broadband trials. Given the larger roll out, it looks like a 300 GB cap plus a $10 overage fee that gets you 50 more GB is the winner. Read more »
Tesla went from a high of over $180 per share earlier this week to, at one point, under $135 per share on Friday. The company’s shares have been over valued for awhile, and a modest earnings report sent the stock falling this week. Will it head back up or even more down next week?
Spotify is closing in on another $200 million in funding from Technology Crossover Ventures, a VC firm that previously backed Facebook, Netflix and Groupon, according to a report from Sky News. Spotify previously raised $288 million, and recent reports indicate that the new funding could value the company at $5.75 billion. Spotify said in March that it had 6 million paying subscribers and 24 million active users.
The device is handheld and $1,000 cheaper than MakerBot’s Digitizer scanner. Read more »
There’s long been talk about if and when Microsoft would put its cash-cow Office applications on non-Windows devices. Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported on Friday that Stephen Elop, a front-runner to be the next Microsoft CEO, is open to that move. Sales of non Windows devices — particularly Android and iOS phones and tablets — are booming compared to sales of Windows PCs. Should the next Microsoft CEO break up the Windows-and-Office tandem, it would be a truly massive change.
Nokia’s 6-inch Lumia 1520 “phablet” is coming to AT&T later this month for $199.99. Read more »
Xbox has announced its first wave of media apps for the Xbox One, which include participation from network stations. Read more »
Using clean energy — from solar to wind farms — to power Internet infrastructure is a complex issue. Next Wednesday in partnership with Greenpeace and some of the leading companies, we’ll unbox this topic. Read more »
Couldn’t get to Hong Kong this week? No worries. Here are the top stories out of OpenStack Summit 2013. Read more »
If you’re new to Boost, you can pick up a contract-free iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c for as little as $349.99. Read more »
Even by Bitcoin standards, the currency is experiencing a remarkable surge. Here are a couple graphs that show an astounding rise in recent weeks — and an observation about what might come next. Read more »
A special edition of the Oppo N1 that runs CyanogenMod out of the box starts shipping next month. Read more »
Password management company LastPass says data of 152 million Adobe customers– a far higher number than thought — was accessed by hackers earlier this year. Read more »
So far the Moto Maker customization site has been available to Moto X buyers exclusively on AT&T, but it might be coming to the other three major carriers as soon as today. Read more »
It used to be that open-source business models were exclusively “open core”: take code from trunk, wrap it with proprietary “value-add” and sell a “commercial” edition. For a number of reasons, from fast growth to broad reach, that model doesn’t fit OpenStack. Read more »
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have demonstrated an attack that can reveal the PIN codes for sensitive apps, such as those for banking, by tapping into the device’s microphone and camera. Read more »
A contract uncovered by the New York Times shows that the C.I.A. is paying AT&T more than $10 million per year to access the company’s phone records for aid in counterterrorism efforts. The CIA, which is forbidden by law from from spying on Americans, is accessing phone records of foreigners under a voluntary contract with AT&T. Some of the records represent calls into or out of the U.S., raising the possibility that the agency is indeed engaged in domestic spying; AT&T claims, however, it “masks” the records of Americans.
Simple.tv will start selling its second-generation DVR for cord cutters in December – but it’s getting competition from a similar device called Tablo. Read more »
Google has declared a white space broadband trial in Cape Town, in which it participated, a resounding success. The firm said on Friday that the 6-month trial, which involved running wireless broadband in the fragmented buffer zones between chunks of TV spectrum, did not interfere with the complex TV broadcast set-up in the city. I went to see the pilot in June and am delighted to learn that the network will stay operational for the schools that have been using it, even though the trial is over. Similar experiments are taking place around the world.
On the podcast this week: Twitter’s big piles of money, Microsoft’s small pile of potential CEOs, and the surprising popularity of typefaces. Read more »
Twitter’s financial health and stock-price prospects have been the subject of much debate around the company’s IPO — but the real value doesn’t become apparent until you look at why users find the service so powerful Read more »
AT&T is tapping into spectrum formerly reserved for voice and 3G data services to put more oomph into its LTE network. It won’t make its 4G service faster, but it will certainly make it better. Read more »
Blockbuster going out of business isn’t just about Netflix winning over DVD rentals — it’s about the end of movies as a product. Read more »