Bad vision plus Google Glass typically means spending $225 on special Glass frames. Or you could just spend a buck and custom 3-D print clips to attach Google Glass to your existing glasses. Read more »
Cloudera is working on an open source project called Oryx that aims bring machine learning to Hadoop in a way that previous attempts such as Apache Mahout could not. Read more »
Enterprises must identify the common features for each IaaS building block and compare them to the services offered by key players in the industry. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Google filed an emergency motion on Friday asking a California appeals court to stay a decision this week that forced it to purge all copies of a controversial anti-Islam video from YouTube. The removal order was based on an unusual interpretation of copyright law, and was greeted with alarm by scholars, free speech advocates and the tech and entertainment industry. The order was all the more remarkable since it came with a gag order that forced Google to pull down all the videos before the court ruling was disclosed. In Friday’s motion, Google asked the court to suspend the original order until a full panel of the 9th Circuit Court can hear its appeal.
The Lumia Icon for Verizon isn’t perfect, but it’s the best Windows phone I’ve seen so far. Read more »
An increasing number of new-media startups — and even new projects by existing media outlets — are aimed at bringing context, background and analysis to the news instead of just trying to be the first to report something, and that’s a very beneficial development Read more »
Just how there were winners and losers in the telecom sector, there’s starting to be some truly disruptive successful startups that will make money on both sides of the coming energy transition. Read more »
Although Apple considers it just a hobby, its Apple TV and related content is generating big revenues: Sales topped $1 billion in 2013. With a current $25 promotion for Apple TV, is the connected set-top box about to graduate from hobby status with new hardware? Read more »
Like an eBay listing for a vintage Def Leppard concert T-Shirt, the Federal Communications Commission’s first spectrum auction in six years reached its reserve price of $1.56 billion and then promptly came to a halt with no further bids. Given the lack of carrier interest in Auction 96 and the 10 MHz of PCS spectrum it offered, the lackluster result is hardly a shock. Nor are we likely going to be surprised by the winners when the FCC announces them next month. Dish Network had promised to bid the reserve price for this spectrum, and barring any surprises, it likely ran away with these airwaves.
A court said drivers can look at maps on your phone — but not talk or text. This will only lead to more confusion at a time when we need new rules for computers, including Google Glass, in cars. Read more »
Al Jazeera is hiring dozens of video journalists to staff up for the launch of its AJ+ online venture. Read more »
Will this be the week that ended Bitcoin? It’s too early to know, but the market is recovering even in the shadow of the MtGox mess. Read more »
Apple just launched an Apple TV promotion that looks a lot like an attempt to clear the shelves for new hardware: Apple TV buyers will get a $25 gift card, effectively lowering the price to $75, reports 9to5Mac. Last month, reports surfaced that Apple was getting ready to introduce new Apple TV hardware in the first half of this year.
After buying up several of its competitors, GrubHub has announced its intentions to take its online digital food delivery and takeout operation public. Read more »
Sure it would make for strange bedfellows, but Microsoft needs Red Hat Enterprise Linux and an acquisition would signify a bold move by new CEO Satya Nadella. 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 »
It might be time to upgrade your home Wi-Fi now that that 802.11ac standard is official. Industry analysts are counting on you to do so, expecting 802.11ac access point sales to zoom with 45 percent market share in 2014, up from 8 percent last year. Read more »
Bloomberg now has sentiment analysis tools to tell traders about spikes in positive or negative chatter on Twitter. Read more »
Salesforce.com has been challenged on the profitability front, and that trend continued for its fourth quarter. Read more »
Power your enterprise with data-driven insight by making the most of big data and data science. This requires you to think big and differently. But not in the ways you may assume. Asking the wrong questions will limit the capabilities of your data. Read more »
Keeping secure in today’s always connected age of computing is not a once and done sort of task, it is an ongoing process that requires attention. The following checklist will help keep your devices secure. Read more »
Just how accountable is the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency, which has tapped the world’s communications infrastructure, hacked activists and snooped on webcam chats? Every time it’s challenged, GCHQ says it submits to “rigorous oversight” from the intelligence services commissioner and Parliament, but on Thursday Parliament’s home affairs select committee had to take the unusual step of ordering that commissioner to show up for questioning about the Snowden leaks. Sir Mark Waller, who is supposed to be a watchdog, refused to respond to the customary polite request for an appearance, and this is the first time during this government’s rule that the committee has had to order someone to show up.
The embattled exchange appears to be done for, leaving around $63.6 million in debts. Meanwhile, regulators around the world are still scratching their heads as to how to handle Bitcoin. Read more »
The tiny sensor also powers itself with TV signals, which already fill the air around us. The team behind the device says it could have big applications for the internet of things. Read more »
Hulu Japan is being acquired by the local broadcast giant Nippon TV. The acquistion effectively puts an end to Hulu’s international ambitions. Read more »
Mohu Channels wants to make it easier to watch free HD TV and online video programming from Netflix and Hulu Plus without the need to switch inputs. Here’s how this looks like. Read more »
Critics of Reddit point to a moderator’s repeated removal of a Glenn Greenwald story as proof that the site can’t be trusted to do journalism, but in reality the moderator’s behavior is no worse — and in some ways better — than that of a newspaper editor Read more »
With the recent high-profile data breaches, security has been top of mind for organizations. Much of the focus of identity and access management is concerned with easy access to a large population of end users. But the forgotten arm of IAM remains privileged account management. Read more »
This is fun: Netflix just posted a few videos from its recent company hack day on its tech blog, showing what Netflix developers come up with if you give them a card blanche. Some of the hacks include a Fitbit integration that would pause a TV show as soon as you fall asleep and NFC / iBeacon to let you share content across devices.
Tesla’s huge battery factory would not only be the biggest of its kind in the world (and perhaps even the biggest factory in the world), it could change international relations, and disrupt both cars and the electric grid. Read more »
Google introduced hands-free voice search in its Chrome beta browser on Thursday for all major desktop platforms. To use it, simply open a new blank tab or navigate to Google.com in Chrome and then speak your query. The voice search works for general searches as well as Google Now information. You can set a reminder, for example, or get a list of upcoming calendar events. Google says the feature is rolling out on desktop platforms in the next few days while Chrome OS will follow. Chromebook and Chromebox owners don’t have to wait though as this extension introduced in November will add voice search.
Now that the Galaxy S5 has been announced, how does it stack up against the iPhone 5s? Read more »
Competition from emerging connected devices such as wearables, phablets, and convertible laptops is slowing market growth, which leaves room for emerging markets to become huge forces for tablets. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Spotify is starting to see nine-digit play counts for some of its songs — but YouTube still drives far bigger audiences. Read more »
When it comes to computing, there’s no such thing as too fast. Now startup A3Cube claims it has built a network interface card that blows by Infiniband, the current standard for fast interconnections between compute nodes and between those nodes and storage. A3Cube, which uses a secret variation of PCI Express technology, said its RONNIEE Express technology links 128 servers with 100-nanosecond latency. More here from ExtremeTech.
Apache Spark, an in-memory data-processing framework, is now a top-level Apache project. That’s an important step for Spark’s stability as it increasingly replaces MapReduce in next-generation big data applications. Read more »
Android already verifies apps upon installation, checking against known security or malware issues. Google is going to beef up the feature for nearly all Android devices however in a coming Google Play Services update. Read more »
This is not the first time that Audible has made an author-focused program less generous. Read more »
Meta’s MetaPro Glasses are coming this summer, and they look like they will be a big competitor in the augmented reality space. The Palo Alto startup released a video today showcasing how the glasses work, including a demonstration of how they can be used to design a 3D object and then begin making it on a 3D printer. An actor in the video also uses his hands to smash together a virtual sun and moon with fiery results.