Cloud platform provider Tier3 recently went from being a 60-person startup to part of a deep-pocketed telco with 55 data centers around the world. Here’s where Tier3 founder and now CenturyLink cloud CTO Jared Wray sees opportunities for startups and telcos alike. Read more »
Still mulling over what gaming console to get for your loved one? This holiday, the best option is a handheld. Read more »
Need a really big phone? The HTC One Max fits the bill even if it doesn’t fit in your pocket; but is it better than its little brother? Not necessarily. The Moto G is coming this week and Google is improving the Android camera API. Read more »
Federal workers and contractors have boosted Healthcare.gov’s capacity to handle up to 50,000 simultaneous users and reduce errors, but acknowledge privately that page load times are not fast enough. Administration officials plan to announce Sunday that they’ve met internal deadline of November 30 for some key improvements, according to The Washington Post. But, an official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said true capacity will remain a question mark until it faces peak weekday loads.
What should a SaaS company put on its wish list for cloud infrastructure? It takes one to know. Here’s how Stackdriver looks at the challenge. Read more »
One of the most spectacularly successful crowdfunded journalism startups is a website based in Holland called De Correspondent, which has raised more than $1.7M and has almost 25,000 subscribers Read more »
Madrona Venture Group’s Matt McIlwain takes a look at how the latest era of employee-empowering technologies are different than the personal computers of 30 years ago — including who’s building them and who’s using them. Read more »
Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle as part of your business or crafting life. Read more »
Embedded sensors are changing the way we manufacture products, operate airplanes, interact at theme parks and monitor sick kids, so why wouldn’t they also change retail. Here’s how shopping could change. Read more »
Microsoft and Sony are both vying get your hard-earned money this holiday season. But which game console should you buy: the Xbox One of the PS4? Read more »
What is the transition taking place in the way space is accessed? If you could access space at radically lower price points, what would you use it for? Join Gigaom Research analysts for answers to these questions and more on Dec. 5. Read more »
Bitcoin may be riding high, but spending it is still hardly an intuitive process. A new device called the nio Card, currently in Kickstarter mode, may provide an answer by allowing contactless Bitcoin payments — and because it has built-in NFC, it will work with the iPhone. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle as part of your home. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this on-the-go lifestyle. Read more »
The European Parliament’s industry committee has approved a draft law that will make the sharing of infrastructure such a sewage and gas pipes and drainage systems a lot easier — thereby making broadband rollouts a lot cheaper. Read more »
Brace yourself. For established workloads, dedicated hardware is often a better and cheaper option than straight-up cloud deployment. Read more »
Stumped about what to get your tech lovin’ friends and family? Check out our Gigaom Show holiday gift guide for all the best gear recommendations. Read more »
It’s easy to make fun of Business Insider’s penchant for slideshows, just as it’s easy to criticize BuzzFeed for its animated GIFs — but everyone is trying to find a balance between what readers want and what they need Read more »
After 12 months and 15,000 miles, was the Chevy Volt the right car for us? With our prior home solar panel investment and driving habits: yes. But it’s not a good car for everyone and there’s one thing I’d change. Read more »
The lean startup model works for some, but not all companies. Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta offers five reasons why companies with awesome products, large markets and access to capital might want to consider bulking up. Read more »
After a year as a new-media startup. Matter says it has learned a number of lessons about online journalism — including the fact that paywalls make it hard to attract new readers and also be part of “the rhythms of the web” Read more »
DJI’s new drone updates its previous model with an attached camera that shoots HD video and 14 MP photos. But you have to be willing to shell out $1,199. Read more »
The Geeksphone Revolution promises an intriguingly versatile device, but it’s not all good news — Geeksphone has had to inform those who pre-ordered its current theoretical flagship, the Peak+, that the device has been cancelled due to supply chain problems. Read more »
Hoping to easily install the CyanogenMod (CM) app to change the software on your Android device? It’s no longer as easy as it used to be: The app was voluntarily removed by the CM team at Google’s suggestion as Google said it would eventually have to pull it from the store. The reason? It “encourages users to void their warranty,” which typically happens when a user gains root access to an Android phone or tablet. CM can still be installed through sideloading and is available as a direct download.
A team at Georgia Tech has come up with an ingenious way to steer a wheelchair if you can’t move your limbs and torso: your tongue, featuring a magnetic titanium piercing full of sensors. Currently, the most common driving method for people with tetraplegia involves sucking on or blowing into a straw, but the researchers’ method — which basically turns the tongue into a joystick by having the sensors talk to a headset that controls the chair — is apparently just as accurate and much faster. Associate professor Maysam Ghovanloo hopes to commercialize the technology through his startup, Bionic Sciences.
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have all made big investments in original series over the last two years — but Netflix is the only one with Emmy nominations. Is there more to it than a lack of David Fincher? Read more »
A government minister has confirmed plans, mentioned recently by the prime minister in a poorly reported parliamentary exchange, to force ISPs to censor access to “extremist” online material. But that term is open to interpretation. Read more »
Today’s secure email technology is too clunky for really widespread deployment. Now the creators of Lavabit and Silent Mail — including encryption legend Phil Zimmermann — have funding to help realize their dream of a usable yet genuinely secure email system. Read more »
The week in cloud: Jared Wray, newly installed cloud CTO of CenturyLink talks about how Tier 3, AppFog, Savvis fit in the CenturyLink cloud umbrella; and we give thanks for special blessings. Read more »
Black Friday means that you can save money on devices like Google’s Chromecast, the new Roku 2 or even an Apple TV. Here are the best deals for cord cutters. Read more »
McLaren CIO Stuart Birrell says the company’s technology ends up helping build a better shoe, monitoring sick kids, and mitigating athletic injury. Read more »
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon. Read more »
We’re all familiar with the smart watches and smart glasses that make up the frontier of wearable tech, but what about a smart wig? Bloomberg says Sony has filed a patent for a “SmartWig,” which could do anything from play music to check the blood pressure of the wearer. The wig could also have a built-in camera, laser, or even a GPS sensor. There are even prototypes in the works, suggesting that Sony is interested in taking this kooky concept to reality.
These low-cost apps will help you make a better meal in the kitchen, so your Turkey Day is more pleasant. Read more »
Dwellr, released by the U.S. Census Bureau, gives users handy data on U.S. communities. Read more »
Even with more powerful phones out on the market, I still consider the Moto X to be among the best Android phones you can buy today. But you don’t want to buy one today; if you can wait until Monday, you’ll save $150. Motorola is holding a special deal on all no-contract Moto X handsets and that includes custom Moto Maker versions and the unlocked Developer Editions. A 16 GB model will cost $349 while $399 will get you a 32 GB version. According to Motorola’s John Rinaldi, the sale starts at 8am on Monday and supply will be limited.