Intel has designed depth-sensing 3D cameras and software for computing devices that not only tracks motion and identifies objects, but also determines what the movement of those objects actually mean. Read more »
UberX’s free rides promotion this weekend was free, fairly easy, but still more than I’d normally pay. Read more »
RSS reader Feedly made its premium product, Feedly Pro, available to everyone on Monday. It costs $5 a month or $45 a year and offers a few perks like search and Evernote integration. Read more »
VMware’s counting on its Nicira purchase to help it take its virtualization credibility from servers to networks. The launch of an ecosystem and new features around the NSX controller show it’s getting serious. Read more »
Startup Owlet is launching a crowdfunding campaign to bring a sensor-equipped “smart” sock, which monitors a baby’s breathing, to market. Read more »
BlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone finally makes a stop at Sprint, with the carrier announcing sales starting on August 30. Sadly, Sprint customers won’t benefit from the wait to get the Q10, nor from the relatively low BlackBerry 10 device shipments the company announced in the second quarter. The handset with full QWERTY keyboard will still cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. Other carriers sell the handset for the same but also offer the full-screen
BlackBerry Z10 for $99 or less.
Based on the data scientists I’ve met and the “how to become a data scientist” talks I’ve seen, it’s hard to disagree. But SQL and coding skills can be really helpful if you need need to get stuff done beyond pure statistical analysis.
The energy fund of private equity group Silver Lake has managed to raise $650 million for later stage energy and resource management companies. It’s been a difficult road for cleantech funding in recent years. Read more »
Using an app to stream local files to your Chromecast? Not after the most recent software update from Google, you’re not: The company intentionally broke the feature according to one prominent developer. Read more »
More details surfaced on Nokia’s potential Windows RT tablet and they line up with my earlier thoughts on how Microsoft can save the product: a much faster processor, better screen and improved hardware. Can that support iPad-like pricing? Read more »
Will we see an Amazon-VMware team of rivals? Actual availability of the promised vCloud Hybrid Services cloud, a clarification of VCE status? Stay tuned for VMworld news. Read more »
Layer by layer, 3D printers build objects out of gooey plastic. Here’s how the process works, plus a few professional technologies that could soon be available to the average maker. Read more »
What role does social media have in protecting its users from questionable content? Utilizing the Instagram API and popular hashtag lists, The Data Pack uncovered a large NSFW list of hashtags banned from the platform’s search. They range from inappropriate (#porn) to potentially destructive (#proanorexia), but some simply provide little value to the site, like #photography. Instagram is obviously preventing a role in facilitating porn or abusive subcultures, perhaps to morally police its users for the greater good.
Reports suggest Apple is testing a new chip design for the next iPhone. That’s not surprising by itself, but the silicon is rumored to be 64-bit compatible and use a second chip specifically for motion tracking. Read more »
If we’re tracking eras of computer processing, the first is single core processing, followed by multicore. But now, since heterogeneous architectures can be hidden by the cloud, the HSA Foundation thinks it’s time for the next era, with a new programming environment. The Register does a deep dive.
With email insecurity fears becoming more prevalent in the wake of programs such as PRISM, Switzerland’s MyKolab is making itself a more attractive alternative to the likes of Gmail. Read more »
In this webinar we will address the challenges of existing cloud data backup and recovery pricing models and how this market is evolving to be fairer, simpler to use and budget for. Join GigaOM Research and Asigra on Sept. 17 for a live discussion. Read more »
Game Informer, a monthly magazine owned by videogame retailer GameStop, is by far the bestselling digital magazine in the U.S.: It has nearly three million digital subscribers, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, blowing away the other publications on the list. (Reader’s Digest, at #2, has under 300,000 digital subscribers.) But Game Informer isn’t necessarily a model for the rest of the industry: AdAge notes that subscriptions to it are bundled with GameStop’s premium customer rewards cards. Those loyalty card memberships account for over 99 percent of Game Informer subscriptions.
A DDoS attack in China early Sunday morning is the “largest ever,” according to the nation’s government. Read more »
Tesla is just starting to be seen as a threat by many in the auto industry — a decade after Tesla was founded. So now what do they do? Read more »
Steve Ballmer’s slow-motion exit as Microsoft CEO is looking a little less orderly than previously portrayed, according to AllThingsD. Read more »
Canva, Sydney-based startup today launched its graphics design platform that will make it dead simple for anyone to design beautiful web pages and create flyers and party invitations. It is member of a slowly growing list of creative SaaS companies. Read more »
Amazon Web Services experienced a brief outage on Sunday afternoon. It only last about 60 minutes, but appears to have taken down popular sites such as Instagram, Flipboard and Vine for short periods. Read more »
HIgh school never really ends. What can one of the best movies ever about high school teach us about network management? Read more »
The mobile data deluge isn’t a problem today, but we will need smarter apps and different networks to keep those digital bits traveling the airwaves. Here’s how those apps and networks may look. Read more »
Microsoft under Ballmer has poured billion after billion into Windows Azure which is now, by all accounts, a pretty impressive, massively scaled cloud. Now is not the time to retrench. Read more »
Citi Bike is overwhelmingly popular and turning New York into a biking-oriented city. But the side effects aren’t pretty, and they expose the problems that collaborative consumption services will face as they grow. Read more »
When you count your monthly cloud transactions in the trillions, that’s pretty big. Hear more on this week’s GigaOM Structure podcast. Change the channel to here our other shows covering Samsung’s smartwatch, Chromebooks and Quirky’s IoT partnership with GE. Read more »
For a deeper dive into the topics and technologies covered on GigaOM, check out the latest in-depth analyses on GigaOM Research, our subscription-based research service. This week: applying military tactics to enterprise security, and how the EV market could thrive. Read more »
According to Germany’s Der Spiegel, the Americans have tapped the United Nations’ internal videoconferencing system. Meanwhile, the NSA has admitted a few analysts used its systems to spy on their love interests. Read more »
In our rush to embrace data, we need to remember to questioning how we use it to find our business strategies. Sometimes obvious trends in the data can lead us astray. Read more »
After the revelations of NSA spying on internet data, analysts think the cloud market will take a hit. Here’s how to get the benefits of using the cloud, but protect your data. Read more »
Google cloud platform manager Greg DeMichillie was on our Structure Show podcast this week to defend Google’s position in the cloud computing market. He makes some fair points, but will they be enough to lure in developers and companies en masse? Read more »
From a nuclear reactor that runs on nuclear waste to a totally new way to transfer money, big ideas are coming out of the younger generation. Read more »
Making the first hit free still works as a strategy for hooking consumers. If you’re thinking about such a strategy for your app, here’s how to go about making it happen. Read more »
Looking for a way to split tasks with your spouse or partner? Here are a few apps that could help manage your joint to-do lists (and maybe even your relationship). Read more »
Does Medium want to be a platform for writing of all kinds, or does it want to be a magazine-style curated experience for readers? The two are very different, and the potential for conflict is great. Read more »
A major TV channel has gone black for millions of Americans. As the blackout goes into its fourth week, the FCC will have to realize that band-aid solutions won’t work: instead, it should step up and do its job. Read more »
Leaks continue before the Berlin IFA show. This week saw Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the spotlight. The Moto X finally went on sale at AT&T, but a Motorola VP suggests that other carriers will launch “in days” as will a developer edition. Read more »
This is a good presentation about Facebook’s graph-processing engine, Giraph, from a big data event held at the company’s Menlo Park campus in early June. The PRISM story kind of took over the news cycle that week, but the event also produced some news (for big data geeks, at least): Facebook’s Presto engine for interactive queries of its 250-petabyte Hadoop data warehouse.