For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on Gigaom, check out the latest in-depth analysis from Gigaom Research. New reports this week examine macro trends in technology, 3D printing, and OpenStack. Read more »
Recently, Google and Amazon enhanced their networking options, getting a potential leg up in the four-way performance competition between cloud providers. But how do they compare with Rackspace and Softlayer? David Mytton puts all four through their paces to see which service really comes out ahead. Read more »
Video data holds a treasure trove of marketing data, yet few companies know how to gather and analyze that data in a smart way. Now that the tools are available and more accessible, more companies can analyze this data to better understand their sales and marketing numbers. Read more »
After contributing to standards organizations for more than seven years, engineer Vidya Narayanan decided it was time to move on. Although she still believes that these organizations make the Internet a better place, she wonders about the pace of change versus the pace of organizations. Read more »
Apple may think they hold all the cards when it comes to browser performance on iOS, but the benchmark results speak for themselves. Beyond speed, there are some unique browser features to choose from in the App Store. Read more »
Kim Weins, vice president of marketing at RightScale, sees a lot about where its customers are deploying cloud workloads and how they intend to expand them across multiple platforms. She came on the Structure Show to talk about what’s hot, including — surprisingly — VMware. Read more »
This week saw news of the upcoming Amazon phone which will surely run the company’s forked version of Android. That means it won’t likely work with Android Wear watches, one of which got a price. And the high-performing Galaxy S5 is now available. Read more »
New Gilded age, return of the Mad Men, David Letterman’s last great moment, Kevin Kelly, Bill Gross, fraught life of a Raiderette and beyond quantum computing — that’s what’s on the menu this weekend. Read more »
The elusive Amazon smartphone is moving out of the rumor stage and heading towards an announcement The Wall Street Journal reports. Eye-tracking and glasses-free 3-D features are expected and I’d count on Amazon Instant Video as well. Read more »
If Comcast buys Time Warner Cable many more Americans will find themselves with a broadband cap. We take a look at how many might join the capped majority if the deal goes through. Read more »
Aereo has plans to expand to 50 cities within the next 18 months if it wins its Supreme Court case, reports the Houston Chronicle, which recently got a tour of the Aereo facility there. The company is still keeping mum on current subscriber numbers, but CEO Chet Kanojia told the Chronicle that it’s already profitable in Houston, where it has hardware to serve up to 40,000 subscribers. Aereo has to defend itself in front of the Supreme Court in two weeks.
Like many other vehicle module makers, Mojio has built a device that will add smart car features to older automobiles, but unlike its competitors, Mojio isn’t doing it alone. It’s creating a developer community. Read more »
A startup called Gridspace is trying to reinvent the meeting process by taking the note-taking out of it. Its Memo system combines hardware, software and machine learning to let a computer take notes while the people focus on ideas. Read more »
A new development in the Heartbleed bug story: Bloomberg reports that America’s spy service knew about it and has been using it for two years. Read more »
Chromecast owners just got a few more ways to beam audio to the big screen: Player FM, a podcast app and cloud service that we previously covered on Gigaom, added Chromecast support to its Android app Friday. Also now Chromecast-capable is Rocket Music, an Android music player that includes features like an equalizer and lyrics viewing. Don’t want to listen to your podcasts or music on your TV? Then you can always turn Chromecast into a networked audio player.
Drones, humanoids and 3D printers emerged this week to showcase to the public what the country’s best labs are working on. Read more »
Now that Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is available, it’s time to make use of the integrated fingerprint scanner. PayPal is doing just that, releasing its app made specifically for biometric authentication. Read more »
The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e may not officially be Chrome OS tablet but it’s darn close. The screen of the $349 Chromeook folds back 360-degrees for tablet mode using the Chrome OS software keyboard. Read more »
The service is aimed at individuals and small businesses, who will not need prior experience to interact with desktop 3D printers from 3D Systems. Read more »
According to one estimate, less than half of all the users who have created Twitter accounts have ever posted a tweet. While that should be of interest to Twitter and its investors, they have a bigger problem — namely, people who sign up and never return Read more »
Bitcoin’s price fell below $400 for the first time in 2014 as rumors swirl that China is starting to shut down the bank accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges based in the country. Read more »
Amazons Fire TV impresses with speed and great gaming — but some other important features are still amiss. Read more »
Woohoo! SmartThings has added support for TCP Lighting, Quirky Pivot Power Genius, and my personal favorite, the ecobee thermostat. This will allow people who currently use apps to control these devices to control them through the SmartThings app, cutting down the number of places you have to go to control your home and giving users a way to set automation plans that incorporate the newly supported gadgets. I’m excited because I’ll now be able to program an away mode that will lower my thermostats, cut my lights off, lock my doors and shut my blinds.
So you’re building a great startup based on a hot idea. Now you need some attention and some advice. If that sounds about right, check out Gigaom’s Structure 2014 Launchpad. But do it soon, time’s a wasting. Read more »
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 tech gigs at leading companies across the country. Read more »
Does the Heartbleed hubbub mean we should re-consider use of open-source software? Probably not, but it’s worth discussing. Read more »
According to Dan Primack’s email newsletter Kleiner Perkins greentech-focused Partner Amol Deshpande appears to have launched a startup called the Farmer’s Business Network. Here’s the SEC filing for it, which shows it’s raised $4.6 million (or a $6 million round) and the company’s headquarters are in Kleiner’s offices in Menlo Park. Deshpande is listed as President and CEO.
Making agriculture more efficient through IT, as well as genetics, is a hot area for investment, while traditional “cleantech” has continued to decline. Deshpande lists on his bio that he’s worked on waste energy company Harvest Power, veggie protein startup Beyond Meat, and “a stealth agricultural company,” among others.
Six months after Android Jelly Bean launched, 14 percent of devices are running it, says Chitika Insights. A new report from the company says only 10 percent now use KitKat nearly a half year after the newer software was introduced. Read more »
Oops, did you just close a browser tab on your phone by accident? No worries, because you can get it back quickly with a new feature in the Chrome Beta for Android. Read more »
The king of the patent trolls is raising new money to expand its trolling activities but this time Apple, which is tired of trolls, has declined to fund it. Read more »
Don’t let down your guard. While many websites have been updated against Heartbleed, a lot of the hardware running the internet is also infected. Read more »
To take full advantage of what data analytics can offer and integrate data into every decision process, businesses must put flexible tools directly in the hands of operations. This webinar will evaluate the challenges to and potential for creating predictive data tools and making those tools available and useful to knowledge workers. Read more »
Cloud computing, big data, crowd funding, and other resources will give new organizations opportunities to disrupt the marketplace. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The debate surrounding 3D printing is forcing legislators and regulators to rethink a broad range of legal issues, from patents to copyrights to liability. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The more Facebook tries to control the News Feed in order to make sure the content in it is “high quality” enough, the more likely it is to irritate users who actually want to see or share the things Facebook defines as spam Read more »
A small, flexible patch developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology converts body heat into electricity. Read more »
Operations teams today are responsible for managing web applications and services. Accordingly, there is a tendency for individuals to regard mobile operations as simply an extension of their traditional web application functions. Not approaching mobile operations as significantly different, however, is a recipe for disaster. Read more »
The Senate passed an amended version of the Data Accountability and Transparency (or DATA) Act on Thursday, nearly five months after the House passed its version 388-1 in November. The bill standardizes the process, platforms and formats in which federal agencies report how they spend their money. The bill had strong bipartisan support but faced opposition from the Office of Management and Budget. It could be a coup for certain technology vendors, including supporter Teradata, which stand to win more government deals as all that data becomes easier to store and analyze using commercial software.
Twitter announced Thursday that it will roll out new web notifications for its online platform slowly over the coming weeks. If a user is logged in on Twitter’s website and receives a follow, favorite, reply, retweet or direct message, an interactive pop-up window will appear in the lower right-hand corner. Users can opt out or adjust the notifications in the platform’s Settings section. By adding notifications to the newly revamped profile pages, Twitter is clearly interested in making its native platform the place to be in an attempt to lure users away from more efficient third-party systems.
Amazon is acquiring comiXology, the digital comics platform that happened to be the top-grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Read more »