Although techniques such as machine learning are taking off in the e-commerce and retail spaces as a way to display better recommendations or optimize product presentation, the smart money is still on humans getting the final say in what customers see. Read more »
Reddit is beta testing a new feature that allows users to create and update live blogs about breaking news events such as the recent uprising in Ukraine or the war in Syria — a move that could be a valuable addition to the cause of “open-source journalism” Read more »
Network functions virtualization includes many technologies that will enable communications service providers to create more agile networks and reduce operating costs. Read more at Gigaom Research »
4 AXYZ reveals the aesthetics of its additive manufactured furniture and explains how it can make a smart window smarter. Read more »
Sean Parker’s video chat startup AirTime quietly pulled off a relaunch last year, and no one noticed, until now: Erin Griffith over at Fortune reported Tuesday that the AirTime team is behind OkHello, a group video chat app. The main difference to AirTime, aside from a focus on mobile? This one may actually be working, and attracting real users – even without splashy press events.
The conflict in Syria has led to internet blackouts, but this article reveals the more pernicious censorship that’s ongoing. Most content gets through, but a focus on blocking instant messaging and scouring social networks for certain key words means that citizens are censored in their day-to-day web surfing.
Samsung passed on using the Snapdragon 800 to power its new Galaxy S5, instead opting for the newer 801 chip. Is there really that much of a difference? Actually, yes, and it’s why the Galaxy S5 has some new features and more speed. Read more »
AT&T is taking the first steps toward transforming its network into a data center. It’s not touching the cellular network — at least not yet — but it will start virtualizing its mobile core and application infrastructure. Read more »
Gigaom Research analysts take an in-depth look into the similarities and differences between MongoDB and Hadoop and best practices for deploying both in the enterprise. Join us on March 4 for a live webinar. Read more »
Enrique Salem brings his enterprise security worldview to the table to help Box win more accounts Read more »
Researchers points to a new security flaw in iOS 7 that could allow certain apps to spy on your keystrokes. Read more »
Twitter users may see something new when they search: The company announced via a blog post Tuesday that it will now include “relevant promoted accounts” in search results. (Promoted tweets have shown up in search results since 2010.) The promoted accounts will show up in Twitter’s “who to follow” recommendations. The move is clearly a way to add value for brands that advertise on Twitter — but it may turn off users looking to get the right answer to their query, not just who has paid enough to appear on top.
Well, that was quick: The Qplay TV adapter goes on sale one day after Gigaom broke the story about the device’s impending launch. Read more »
With voice, cloud-SMS provider Nexmo is moving in on its larger rival Twilio’s turf. Meanwhile Twilio is growing its messaging business globally and targeting the enterprise. Read more »
Leading mobile operators are further personalizing the mobile customer experience in order to improve support outcomes, efficiency, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction. Read more at Gigaom Research »
The tie-in gives Parallels the ability to offer a fully hypervisor-agnostic package for service providers looking to provide infrastructure-as-a-service, and it gives Flexiant a huge boost to its reach. Read more »
Lawmakers are seeking to ban Google Glass when driving and Google is reportedly fighting back with lobbyists. I can and do drive with Glass, so I see both sides. I’d prefer a technical solution to a legislative one, though. Read more »
The Q20 is BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard-equipped new flagship device, while the Z3 is a 5-inch phone aimed at users in Indonesia. The company also announced BBM for Windows Phone and Nokia X platforms. Read more »
The five-foot-tall bot can be paired with a software suite that helps officials crunch data from social media, crime reports and the robot. Read more »
Sony introduced a new flagship smartphone and tablet, as well as an attractive budget handset, at MWC. Read more »
The Seattle startup says it will let users integrate their SaaS services, automating workflow of their business applications. Read more »
Curious to learn how you can drive ROI and business value through enterprise mobility? This case study outlines how Cisco unlocked the value of their enterprise mobility by using the mobile app lifecycle. The effort resulted in a 25 percent increase in productivity of their BYOD workforce. Read more »
Julie Larson-Green, who had led all Microsoft hardware efforts, will now report to Qi Lu as chief experience officer. Read more »
The design team at Khan Academy is helping lay the foundation for a revolution in education. Read more »
Orange, which has the largest stake in French online video portal Dailymotion, is reportedly in talks with Microsoft over a potential partnership. Regulators in France nixed a previous attempt to sell the service to Yahoo, but this doesn’t appear to be a sale attempt – according to the Wall Street Journal, Orange wants an “industrial” partnership with Microsoft that would leave the telco in charge while expanding Dailymotion further into the U.S. market. Orange CEO Stephane Richard told the publication that talks are ongoing, but a deal is no certainty.
The two-week delay is apparently down to technicalities over translations, but those opposed to anti-neutrality amendments made by some in the committee say it will give everyone a chance to better examine the details of the text. Read more »
Kevin has a pair of Google Glass in prescription strength and an overclocked car. This, plus new ways to think about the connected car on this week’s podcast. Read more »
The world of Bitcoin is being rocked by a cascade of events related to the final collapse of Mt. Gox, which a leaked crisis document says could be “the end” of the currency in the public realm for years. Read more »
How much technology can fit in a small package? Quite a bit if the ReSound LiNX is any indication. The first Made For iPhone hearing aid with companion app boosts sound while also acting as a high-quality wireless in-ear speaker for iOS devices. Read more »
SolarCity ticks off its many accomplishments in 2013 — including a pioneering move to sell notes backed by its solar projects — while it faces tougher competition from rivals who also are beefing up their financing and installation services. Read more »
So far if you want a connected kitchen your primary option is a Bluetooth-enabled food scale. Adaptics launches with Drop, a new entrant into the category with a slight twist. Read more »
Samsung’s latest devices are a bit more refined than usual, but that doesn’t make them any less exciting. Read more »
Only a small percentage of the population needs the Cozy connected radiator cover, which makes it an interesting test case for building niche products and crowdfunding a business. Read more »
Facebook email, a service you probably never used, is going to the app graveyard today. Read more »
After months of not really enjoying Google Glass with corrective vision glasses I ordered Glass frames from Google. The verdict? Much better but there are a few restrictions on the corrective lenses that had me devise a complicated solution. Read more »
RunKeeper tracked what its users were up to in Sochi during the Olympics and found they ran the equivalent of about 78 marathons. It’s an interesting nugget, but part of a much larger picture about learning how, when and where people exercise. Read more »
Media data specialist Rovi is acquiring Andover, Mass.-based semantic technologies startup Veveo for $62 million in cash, with an option to pay an additional $7 million down the line if certain milestones are met, Rovi announced after the close of the markets Monday. Rovi is best known for its TV guides and entertainment data services, which the company supplies to Dish, Charter, Microsoft and others. The Veveo acquisition could help to make these guides more accessible, thanks to semantic search and natural-language recognition developed by the startup. For more on how data transforms media, also check out our Structure Data conference in New York next month.
Website performance and security startup CloudFlare has acquired an anti-malware startup called StopTheHacker. The deal makes the popular CloudFlare that much more useful and also gives the company a new business to take advantage of the global infrastructure it’s building out. CEO Matthew Prince recently suggested it would get into the anti-malware space because it often has spare computing capacity that could be put to work scanning networks rather than sitting idle. Although it plans to integrate the two services more tightly, CloudFlare says it will continue operating and investing in the StopTheHacker service.
Fan favorite Dropbox has raised $350 million with the option to go to $450 million if needs dictate, according to a recent SEC filing. Read more »
Looking for a “lite” smartwatch with health tracking features? Samsung’s Gear Fit might fit the bill and your wrist. The curved-screen wearable can track your health and exercise and still get notifications from a smartphone. Read more »