Yo wants to be far more than a notification hub. Like IFTTT and larger platforms its trying to become the connective tissue between the web and the real world. Read more »
Rackspace execs point to record year-over-year revenue growth as a sign that their “managed cloud” push may resonate even in a cut-throat environment. Read more »
You won’t see mention of it in the release notes, but the latest version of Google+ for Android now has a Chromecast button. Android Police spotted the Chromecast icon and says you can cast a main Google+ stream to a television over Wi-Fi using Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle. Using your Android phone or tablet, you can scroll through your feed — just the “Everything” feed at the moment — or let the app automatically scroll as new content becomes available. We’ve seen situations in the past where the Chromecast icon appeared and disappeared, so it’s possible Google is just testing the feature for now.
Microsoft’s gaming console is taking another step towards fulfilling its promise as a centralized entertainment system: After the next software update, the device will be capable of streaming live television to phones, tablets and computers around the home. Read more »
The new full-size iPad Air has reportedly entered production, with the new iPad Mini to follow shortly, for a release later this fall. Read more »
The big data startup uses machine-learning algorithms to weed out the good leads from the bad leads in a company’s marketing database. Read more »
The VMBeacon technology gives shoppers more information on what the mannequins are wearing while also giving the shops more information about their customers. Read more »
Finnish handset maker Jolla has begun offering its Sailfish OS-based smartphone in Hong Kong through the carrier 3. This is the first notable Asian channel for Jolla — when the merry band of ex-Nokians were first developing their Meego-derived platform, they were set to have a huge distribution deal through Chinese retailer D.Phone, but that didn’t pan out. Jolla handsets, which can run Android as well as Sailfish apps, will also soon be on offer through Indian retailer Snapdeal. According to recent reports, Jolla is looking to hire former Nokia employees recently laid off by Microsoft, to support its international expansion.
New features included in Hadoop’s latest releases go some way towards freeing an increasingly capable data platform from the constraints of its early dependence on one specific technical approach: MapReduce. Read more at Gigaom Research »
We spend a lot of time on the show discussing standards and how data should move easily around the internet of things, but this week Tom Coates tells us that vision isn’t realistic. Read more »
Innovation and change in the mobile industry is driving demand for increased control of data and the user experience of location-based apps. New tools and approaches are emerging to meet this demand. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Ready for some good news for a change on the patent troll front? Here’s a start-up that was able to fight off a troll with the help of law students. Read more »
If you thought some of Uber’s previous competitive tricks against Lyft were shady — like its “shave the ‘stache” campaign or its $500 bonus to drivers who switch from Lyft to Uber — wait until you get a hold of the latest. Uber employees across the country have ordered and cancelled 5,560 Lyft rides in the last ten months, according to a CNN story. The number comes from Lyft itself, which matched cancellation data with the phone numbers of “known” Uber recruiters. There is no evidence that Uber’s corporate HQ knew some of its employees were doing this, but it echoes a similar scandal it faced in January when Uber employees ordered and cancelled 100 rides with one of its competitors in New York — Gett.
Gawker founder Nick Denton has said that the Kinja commenting platform is a key part of the future of his media empire, but a group of his writers took to the Jezebel blog to complain that it makes it easier for commenters to post abusive messages Read more »
New service is headed by the guy who fixed Healthcare.gov and aims to make sure those implementation snafus won’t happen again. Read more »
T-Mobile announced on Monday it is making changes to its prepaid Pay As You Go plans, simplifying the billing rate as well as adding an option to add limited-time LTE data passes. Previously, prepaid minute purchases at T-Mobile were tiered: If you bought 30 prepaid minutes, it would cost $10. Compare that to 1000 minutes for $100 — those are two very different per-minute rates. Starting August 17, after a $3 monthly minimum charge that includes 30 minutes, a single minute or text message costs $.10. If you’d like data, $5 gets you a one-day pass with 500MB. There’s a $10 option for a seven-day pass with 1GB of LTE-eligible data as well.
What’s going on here? Mårten Mickos used to blast OpenStack, but now he’ll keynote an OpenStack conference, and Citrix Group VP Sameer Dholakia will be there, too. Read more »
On Monday, Intel shared a few details about its next-gen Broadwell processors, which are manufactured using a 14 nanometer process. Read more »
Join Gigaom for a free meetup on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Speakers from Google, Microsoft Research, Baidu and more will discuss the state of the art in fields such as deep learning, and how things will change when they go mainstream. Read more »
Current Windows Phone devices gained many new preview features last week but the more significant news could be aimed at future devices. In addition to new screen resolutions, Windows Phone can run on Wi-Fi-only devices up to 7-inches. Surface Mini redux? Read more »
Building hardware is hard. So is raising venture capital. So which of the two big crowdfunding sites offer an entrepreneur the best chance at both? Read more »
Zubie’s plug-in car gadget tracks and analyzes your driving behavior, communicating that that information to your smartphone. Both Nokia and auto parts maker Magna are investing in that technology, leading an $8 million round. Read more »
The situation at the Patent Office is much worse than it appears, according to a damning new internal report. Read more »
The first handset to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 chip, which supports 64-bit processing, will be a middling HTC device codenamed the A11. Read more »
Square Appointments will link client booking and staff scheduling tools to Square Register, which is becoming far more than just a payment processing app. Read more »
BuzzFeed has closed a new financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz that values the company at close to a billion dollars. But can founder Jonah Peretti make BuzzFeed a globe-spanning media entity without losing the new-media DNA that got it to where it is? Read more »
Big Blue has apparently caught identity and access management fever, and is buying its second IAM specialist in three weeks. Read more »
AT&T has begun upgrading Austin residents to gigabit service — making it the second provider after Grande Communications to bring FTTH to Austin residents. Read more »
Since Microsoft bought Nokia’s hardware division, the company is in the non-smartphone market whether it likes it or not. To that end, Microsoft announced the Nokia 130 on Monday: A basic €19 ($25.43 US) handset aimed at music listeners and video watchers. The candybar styled handset runs Nokia OS and can pump out tunes for a whopping 46 hours on a single charge; there’s definitely a battery life benefit to not running a complex mobile OS or having to power a multitude of sensors. As you’d expect at this price, hardware is minimal: You’ll be watching videos on a 1.8” color screen, for example.
Acer’s strategy of a Chromebook leader by offering many different models is continuing and this time, it’s enlisted Nvidia’s help. The Tegra K1 powers the new Acer Chromebook 13 with 1080p display option and 13 hour battery life. Read more »
In this webinar, we will separate the real threats from the hype, identify the most common forms of security breaches, and discuss the tools and processes businesses can put in place to minimize exposure and damage. Join Gigaom Research and our sponsor Bitglass on Aug. 19. Read more »
It’s kind of trendy for retailers to start accepting bitcoin. Services like Coinbase are making it easier for them to do so, and it provides good publicity, as the cryptocurrency remains outside the mainstream. But that’s not to say it’s just a stunt – Dell opened up to bitcoin payments last month, and over the weekend founder Michael Dell tweeted that someone had put in a server order for 85 bitcoin, or around $50,000. Not bad for physical servers (renting the virtual kind with bitcoin is old hat). Retailer Overstock said in March that it had taken $1 million in bitcoin payments in just two months.
Last year, General Electric invested $105 million in Pivotal; Now it’s starting to deploy Pivotal’s big data analytics capabilities both in house and to buyers of its jet engines. Read more »
Reno has landed an Apple data center and it’s got a small but growing hub of tech startups. If it lands Tesla, it could be well on its way to a tech makeover. Read more »
Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch spoke out Sunday, saying that “Amazon is seeking a lot more profit and even more market share, at the expense of authors, bricks and mortar bookstores, and ourselves.” Read more »
The week in cloud: Government agencies are moving to cloud under the federal cloud-first initiative, but the pace is slooooow. So what else is new? Read more »
Hoping to rely on a tablet as you (or your kids) head back to school this fall? Consider some of these tips. Read more »
Lawmakers in some countries are updating traditional intercept regulations so they take in new kinds of communications channels. I don’t believe they understand the implications of what they’re doing. Read more »
The NoSQL dichotomy of MongoDB and Cassandra obscures the growing influence of Apache HBase Read more »
In a crowded mobile market, how do you ensure your new app stands out? Start with a soft launch says Craig Palli of Fiksu. Palli offers his tips on how to gather the data you need to make impactful changes ahead of a major release. Read more »