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 »
There are plenty of ways to do a backup. When it comes to virtual machines, you need the right approach. Why? VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V are incredible platforms, and you may miss out on the best restore scenarios. In case you care about that part. Read more »
Even if your data plans are as noble and necessary as they come, a failure to earn buy-in will leave you facing significant opposition. Read more »
This latest round brings the company’s total funding from an array of institutional investors and VCs to a whopping $210 million. Read more »
Didn’t get enough of the Samsung Galaxy S5 last week? No worries as Samsung shared a detailed look at the new phone today, showing a refined, simpler experience combined with new, useful features. Read more »
An e-commerce startup called Reflektion has raised an $8 million series B round of venture capital for its technology that helps retailers personalize the online shopping experience for consumers. Intel Capital led the round, and Nike and several private investors also pitched in. This seems like the latest thing in marketing — not just targeted advertising but entire tailored experiences for individual shoppers. It does add an Amazon-like recommendation experience, although one might fairly question whether most product catalogs are large enough to warrant it.
The UK-based Wellcome Trust, the world’s second-largest funder of medical research behind the Gates Foundation, has launched a free online magazine called Mosaic that is dedicated to longform science writing. The site will be run by former Times science editor Mark Henderson — who was involved with a monthly science magazine published by the Times called Eureka, which was shut down in 2012 — and will publish a new 3,000-word piece on a scientific topic every Tuesday. In an unusual twist, the content will be free for anyone to use under a Creative Commons license, provided they include attribution.
It’s an unprecedented moment in Myanmar’s history as the country opens up to financing, technology and connectivity. Will mobile payments play a role in transforming the country? Read more »
Facebook is reportedly in talks to acquire a drone company as a way of expanding its Internet.org initiative. Read more »
A new app lets you fight parking tickets right from your iPhone. Read more »
Will Tesla’s huge battery factory affect the power grid? Of course, but it’s a lot more nuanced than you’ve read. Read more »
Like the universe itself, big data is expanding. And as with space exploration, the more technology we point at data, the more we discover. See how the world’s biggest data stores are visualized as planets in this new infographic from Rackspace. Read more »
Basis, maker of the wrist-based B1 health tracker, has reportedly been acquired by Intel. Read more »
Apple’s senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September. Read more »
VMware and Carpathia are building a version of vCloud Hybrid Services that should meet the FedRAMP standard needed to compete for government contracts. Read more »
A Belgian magistrate has mulled blocking Apple’s websites there, according to local reports on Tuesday, as spotted by Tech.eu. This was as a result of the still-ongoing kerfuffle over Apple and warranties – although EU law says consumer goods should automatically come with a two-year warranty, and although Apple acknowledges as much on a webpage, the firm still advertises its gadgets as being covered by a one-year warranty and tries to upsell customers to a two-year AppleCare plan. The reports suggest the magistrate may have realized blocking Apple’s sites would mess with iTunes and other services, so is still considering his next move.
Everyone is trying to be a platform company these days, but in this weeks podcast we explore the challenges affiliated with building a business around integrating various APIs and the need for a magical user experience. Read more »
Looks like Dish had good reason to give up automated ad skipping in a retrans deal with Disney. The satellite provider just won the rights to include ABC and ESPN in an online TV service. Read more »
The Department of Justice thinks Aereo should be forced to shut down its service, which is why it wants the Supreme Court to overturn Aereo’s previous court victories. Read more »
A Northwestern University graduate student has discovered a new way to produce graphene by working with silver’s unique properties. Read more »
Connecting devices to the internet, or to each other carriers significant security risks. While it may not be a core feature of a consumer product, how we tackle security is going to affect how the internet of things develops. Read more »
Reddit general manager Erik Martin says that while bad things happen on the site, the impressive thing is how infrequent they are, and how much good the site’s community achieves — and that’s part of the rationale behind the new live-reporting feature Read more »
CarPlay will be one of many smartphone frameworks running in cars, and it’s not meant to replace the automakers’ infotainment systems, but augment them. The danger is that CarPlay could overshadow everything else in the dash. Read more »
Dish customers won’t be able to automatically skip over the ad breaks of ABC TV shows for much longer: The satellite service operator agreed to disable ad skipping to secure its access to ABC and ESPN. Read more »
An Irish startup called Aylien is getting into the natural-language processing space with a set of APIs for text analysis. It’s not the first company to do this, but it might be the most unique. Read more »
In our next webinar we’ll look at why in-memory technology is getting so much attention and the benefits it offers. We’ll also discuss the challenges it presents and how the overall market is changing in light of the evolving database technology landscape. Read more »
Comcast is still in talks with online video companies that want to launch internet-based TV services — but will anything ever come out of these talks? Read more »
Former Hillary Clinton hand (and Microsoft marketeer) Mark Penn is now chief strategy officer. Read more »
Google officially supports multiple sign-in on most of its products, but it’s not consistent across services. A new feature in the Chrome OS Developer channel aims to fix that. Here’s what it looks like and how to get it. Read more »
This is a tough question that White House advisor John Podesta and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab brain trust wrestled with on Monday. Read more »
With the toy industry stagnating due to competition from digital games, Lego is among the companies looking at 3D printing as a potential fix. The Danish plastic brick manufacturer told The Financial Times that it is considering “what potential opportunities there are for consumers.” Legos are very easy to print on home 3D printers (in fact, some people are already printing them). 3D printing also opens up the opportunity for highly customized shapes, which could expand what people are able to make. But Lego isn’t considering 3D printing bricks itself; it’s more about printing them efficiently, and currently prints about 2,000 bricks a second.
Vudu, the Walmart-owned premium video service, is adding Chromecast support to its iOS and Android app soon. Vudu announced the upcoming Chromecast support on its website Sunday, adding that users will also be able to cast video straight from the Vudu website. Google opened up the Google Cast SDK to developers a month ago, but so far, there haven’t been any new apps from major publishers. However, both Rdio and Beats Music have announced that they’re working on adding Chromecast support to their apps as well.
Opower is officially planning on going public, as its revenues grow considerably, though it still hasn’t turned a profit. Read more »