Cloud computing adoption must accommodate the dynamic requirements dictated by economics, organizational factors, and risk, in addition to changing technological factors. Read more at Gigaom Research »
Gigaom Research is launching a research channel for tech decision makers. Whether they work in functional or line of business management, or in IT departments, tech buyers need to understand the impact of cloud, big data, mobile, and social business technologies on their business. Read more »
Big data isn’t just about storing large amounts of data. It’s about the time to value of data. With the right software, it’s now possible to get up and running in hours and to get new business questions answered as quickly as they arise. Read more »
This year, digital health records and practice management startup CareCloud has raised $29 million and announced a partnership with cloud startup Box. This is its latest effort in expanding its platform in healthcare. Read more »
Canadian carrier Wind launched a Nexus 5 pre-registration page with official photos of the device and a near-complete spec list. Read more »
Google’s rumored smartwatch, which makes use of Google Now, is reportedly entering the final stages of production. Read more »
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style. Read more »
Santa Monica-based Brighter, which helps people find discount dental services online, plans to extend into markets outside the Los Angeles area starting in 2014. Read more »
Automatic video editing app Magisto just got a whole lot of new cash, thanks in part to Qualcomm and SanDisk. Read more »
A new report provides the first hard evidence of Aereo’s subscriber numbers. The figures are good news for Aereo’s popularity — but could prove difficulties for the company’s costs and legal strategy. Read more »
Backed by Passion Capital and TransferWise chief Taavet Hinrikus, Coinfloor is the first serious Bitcoin trading operation to open in London’s fintech hub. U.S. customers aren’t allowed in just yet, though. Read more »
Though cloud computing is a technology, adopting it successfully has little to do with technology. The key factor that drives successful cloud computing adoption is how well an organization is prepared to incorporate change into its use of computing. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The UK’s Open Data Institute, which exists to help the government make its data open and machine-readable, and to incubate private open data companies, has spawned a series of nodes around the world. Read more »
Connecting your home isn’t just about your lights or thermostat. In this week’s podcast we interview Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf and try to figure out how to connect Kevin Tofel’s chair and discuss connected parking. Read more »
Gigaom Research is advising the EC on what it could do to help app developers create and hold onto European jobs, and inject a little startup juice into the EU app economy. Read more »
An MIT professor has created an algorithm he says can work in conjunction with rangefinders and adaptive cruise control systems to keep cars moving at the ideal speeds to limit traffic jams. Read more »
Smart appliances need friends too: Samsung wants to make it easier for your fridge, AC and washer to talk to your TV set. Read more »
Google has made new concessions to guarantee its rivals a place in search results — but the new terms offer no strategic threat to the company’s overall position. Read more »
How can technology transform a train station into an opera theater? The answer is more than just headphones, and the experience created is more than unique. Read more »
Cloudera has partnered with a startup called Databricks to integrate and support the Apache Spark data-processing platform within Cloudera’s Hadoop software. Spark, which is designed for speed and usability, is one of several technologies pushing Hadoop beyond MapReduce. Read more »
An October IDTechEx report states that by 2015, the market for 3D printing material like plastics and metals could be worth $244 to $615 million. The spread comes from a big question: whether or not the industry will become competitive. Right now, companies can get away with charging upward of $40 or $50 for 2.2 pound spools of plastic.
The report also states that metal powders, which currently make up about 1.4 percent of the market, will see the most growth.
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, an author complained about repeatedly being asked to write for free, but what he finds so insulting is something many others see as an opportunity — and it is not going away any time soon Read more »
Want to see the curves of the Earth from a small pod hooked up to a massive balloon? Well, now it’s legally possible, as the FAA has approved the operations of World View. According to Forbes, the Tuscon-based company offers rides in its pressurized, six-person capsule that floats to 100,000 feet for $75,000. The FAA deemed the company legal due to its short jaunt to the stratosphere, and it could be up and running in as little as three years. So feel free to sign up, as long as Gravity didn’t freak you out too much.
In this webinar session, you’ll hear from BTI and Gigaom analysts on what the trigger points are for building versus buying network capacity and what kind of savings a company should expect. What benefits are incurred, and what are the drawbacks? How does this migration effect operating expenses? Join us on Oct. 30. Read more »
Over the next few weeks, owners of Google Glass can invite up to three others to the Explorer program. Google also has some slightly different Glass hardware coming that will accept lenses; current owners can swap out their device if they want. Read more »
San Francisco-based IfOnly has raised $12 million for an online marketplace of high-end experiences with A-list talent in a range of fields like sports, music and food, Read more »
Apple on Monday reported another solid quarter, driven in part by record-setting iPhone sales in September. Read more »
As Samsung built up a global audience for its Android phones and tablets, it pushed internal development on its own Galaxy features and functions. Now that third-party developers can code for them, Samsung is gaining more control over its flavor of Android. Read more »
Media center app maker Plex launched a feature Monday that allows users to store their videos in the cloud and then play them back on any device with a Plex app on it, including Android and iOS mobile devices. Cloud Sync, as the feature is called, was first shown off at CES, and is now available to paying PlexPass subscribers. Interestingly, Plex doesn’t offer its own storage locker, but instead hooks into Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage offerings, with the ability to spread your files across all of your lockers. Time to sign up for more free cloud storage accounts?
The iPad Air might be available for in-store pickup on the very same day it is released, reports say. Read more »
This is a return trip for Gillett, who joined Silver Lake in 2009. He’s returning now as managing director and chief of value creation. Read more »
NASA has exactly 20 days when conditions will be right to launch the MAVEN spacecraft, which will spend 10 months journeying to Mars. Those 20 days begin November 18. So when the government shutdown went into effect a month ahead of the planned launch, MAVEN officials couldn’t help but sweat a little.
Those officials announced today in a televised press briefing that the mission will go ahead as planned, with no delay as a result of the shutdown. MAVEN will explore Mars’ atmosphere to determine how it has changed over time, which could expand knowledge of the history of life and water on the planet.
The BlackBerry Z30 could be the last handset ever made by the company and it has a big supporter in Verizon Wireless. The carrier confirmed on Monday that it would be the exclusive network operator to sell the Z30 in the U.S. with a $199 contract price or $22.91 a month over 24 months through the Verizon Edge program.
The BlackBerry Z30 is a larger version of the Z10, using a 5-inch 720p display, faster processor and a 2880 mAh battery that the company claims can get up to 25 hours of mixed use on a single charge. Given the uncertainty of BlackBerry’s future as a company, I’m not anticipating record sales for the new phone.
KKR is investing in three Associated Partners companies, all of which focused on delivering mobile connectivity and data capacity to rural areas. Read more »
A new report from Pew Research shows that more people than ever are creating and sharing photos online. Read more »
Samsung is taking a page out of the Chromecast playbook by allowing developers to launch media playback straight from a mobile device. But Samsung’s new multiscreen SDK also supports gaming and more. Read more »
RBC Capital Markets wants to help. Its new research compares the positioning and price/performance of many cloud options. Some of the findings confirm what we know, others are a tad surprising. Read more »
I was hoping to be able to attend the Tesla London store launch, but alas had to head back to the Bay Area at the end of the Summer before the official opening. But Green Car Reports attended the launch late last week and snapped these pics. As predicted it’s in the Westfield Mall near Notting Hill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the event. Tesla will be selling right-hand-drive Model S cars for the first time in the U.K.
Patent trolls are plundering the economy like never before — even though a 2011 law was supposed to stop this. Now, Congress is trying again, and it might actually work. Read more »
Facebook has received plenty of resistance in its piece-by-piece effort to open up more user information for use in features and advertisements. Each time Facebook changes its policy, a predictable cycle occurs: initial user anger, followed by the company’s soothing words that privacy is still important. Privacy scholar Michael Zimmer has launched The Zuckerberg Files to unlock Mark Zuckerberg’s “philosophy of information” — and track his ever-changing stance on privacy. Though it’s a bit involved for an ivory-tower dweller, it is interesting to see the Facebook CEO get tracked for a change.