Patent reform failed in 2011, in part because not enough people understood the patent troll problem. A new video that provides a crisp cartoon summary could help change that. Read more »
3D printers can offer us a tangible way to connect with the highly specialized characters and objects we see in the media. Warner Bros. announced today it will offer up a 3D file for the “Key to Erebor,” which is a prop in the upcoming “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” film. This is the first instance I’ve seen of a major institution using downloadable 3D files as a marketing technique.
Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase and will incorporate the team into Yahoo Labs. SkyPhrase had built a natural-language processing platform that returned relevant statistics in response to search queries entered using everyday language. Read more »
Two key contributors to the popular server-side language are disagreeing publicly over the use of gender-specific pronouns in the project. Read more »
Buying connected devices or bringing the internet of things into your home doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. Read more »
Getting local video and images from an Android device to a connected TV, Xbox, Apple TV or other device just got a lot easier. AllCast, now available in beta, streams that content over Wi-Fi from an Android smartphone or tablet. Read more »
Connected devices and the internet of things are dramatically improving patient well-being. Learn how iRhythm, the creator of the ZIO XT Patch that monitors heart arrhythmia, is using Splunk to analyze medical device data to track service life cycles and patient usage while also monitoring its business processes. Read more »
The Supreme Court rebuffed a challenge to a New York law that taxes out-of-state online retailers — this means the tax fight in Congress is likely to heat up in coming months. Read more »
The latest example of European web censorship in the name of copyright doesn’t just target internet service providers — it also requires Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to remove links to the offending sites. Read more »
Samsung has applied for a patent that allows phone users to create a “comfort zone” based on the reach of your thumb. This could make it much easier to use phablets or other large smartphone like the Galaxy S 4. Read more »
Introducing a drop dead simple way to see if solar panels would work — and be economical — on your rooftop. Read more »
Major media outlets are pushing back against America’s secret spy court, which has issued rulings on how the government can collect email and phone records — but will not allow public interest groups to see those decisions. Read more »
Spunky IaaS player DigitalOcean adds much more capacity and private networking capabilities in new Amsterdam facility. Read more »
Motorola’s website couldn’t handle the strain of customers looking to score a discounted Moto X smartphone. Various server errors and incorrect pricing have turned what should have been a big win into a bit of an embarrassment for a Google company. Read more »
Amazon is measured when it comes to revealing its future plans and is reticent to share details. And when it does, it does so with its own ends in mind. That begs the question: why did Jeff Bezos pre-announce Amazon drone delivery so early? Read more »
If you forgot to pick up a new tablet on Black Friday, you can still score a good deal on one today. There are plenty of Cyber Monday discounts on Apple devices floating around out there, but the best one I’ve seen so far is at Staples. If you’re looking to pick up a new iPad Air, you can get the 16GB, space gray, Wi-Fi-only model for $449 – a $50 discount. Other models are discounted as well, mostly by $20 – $30. The deal is being offered until midnight or supplies run out. But if Apple isn’t your thing, you can nab a Kindle Fire HD or HDX from Amazon for $50 off as well.
In our next Gigaom Research webinar, we’ll discuss important metrics and best practices for getting VDI into production successfully. Join us on Dec. 10 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Read more »
Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Note 3 with a fresh gold trim, as well as a completely new “merlot red” color option. Read more »
Facebook’s wind power utility deal in Iowa is gaining praise from the data center industry as a model worth replicating. Read more »
After its September introduction, the Oppo N1 launches later this month for $599. Without LTE, this phone could be a tough sell in the U.S. but some may overlook that in favor of pre-installed CyanogenMod software. Read more »
Looking for a new Amazon tablet? Today is a good day for it, provided you’re quick on the draw. As part of its Cyber Monday specials, Amazon is discounting two of its Kindle Fire devices by $50. The 16 GB Kindle Fire HD is $199 while the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is priced at $179, or $200 less than its larger 8.9-inch cousin. If you can splurge and will do more than just read books, I’d opt for the 7-inch HDX model due to the high-resolution screen – 1920 x 1200 resolution — and faster quad-core processor.
German police are considering the use of a Shazam-like app for identifying neo-Nazi rock music, Der Spiegel reports. The app would identify far-right bands and their songs, apparently sparing police resources and speeding up investigations as they tackle extremist gatherings (and online radio stations, the article suggests). Nazism is illegal in Germany, as is racist hate speech. However, this app is unlikely to enter into use if legal authorities decide it’s a form of acoustic surveillance, which it plainly is.
Akamai Technologies says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Prolexic Technologies, a Hollywood, FL.-based cloud-based security company, whose products are focused on protecting data centers and corporate applications such as email, file transfers, and VPN from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Under the terms of the agreement, Akamai will acquire Prolexic in exchange for a net cash payment of approximately $370 million.
Facebook may soon buy a Bangalore startup, called Little Eye Labs, that provides performance analysis and optimization tools for Android developers. According to a Monday report in India’s Business Standard, advanced talks are being facilitated by the Indian Software Products Industry Roundtable (iSpirt). This may be connected with Facebook’s quest to better optimize its apps to run on low-end devices and spartan internet connections — like Google, the firm is trying to push further into developing markets. In recent months, Google bought French mobile optimization outfit Flexycore and Facebook picked up data compression specialist Onavo.
The Finnish company, which is largely staffed by ex-Nokians, has finally put its smartphone on sale. The device runs a derivation of the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. Read more »
Prime Minister Tony Abbott still refuses to allow an inquiry into the Australian intelligence services, after it emerged that they were content with sharing surveillance data with the U.S. and U.K. without stripping out data relating to normal Australian citizens. Read more »
Shocker. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos used the “P” word on national TV: As in private cloud in describing the CIA cloud the company is building. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Health and Services is using New Relic to trouble-shoot its problem-plagued Healthcare.gov website, according to New Relic. Read more »
In the future everyone will be connected—everywhere, all the time—making space and time no longer an issue for physical devices, people and products. Read more »
The number of devices that remain on when you’re not using them is astounding: from printers and desk phones ATMs, vending machines and light posts. The bright side? Technology can help us conserve energy and save big. Read more »
The week in cloud: HP will replace Verizon Terremark as Healthcare.gov hosting partner, but that may be just the beginning of more shakeups to come as the administration tries to fix what ails the troubled website. Read more »
In September, a man crashed a quadcopter on a busy street in New York City. Last month, I accidentally shot footage of the inside of someone’s apartment. Drones cause problems, but the technology is too exciting to write off. Read more »
Looking to buy a new Chromebook for yourself or as a gift? On this week’s Chrome Show podcast, we suggest which is worth the look, along with five “must have” Chrome extensions to get you started. Read more »
Now on his fourth startup, Illumio Chief Commercial Officer Alan S. Cohen offers tips to create a successful company. Read more »
Google wants a patent on a method for collecting messages from other social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, and letting users provide an automated response to them. Read more »
Server virtualization was supposed to make utilization rates go up. But utilization is still low and solutions to solve that will change the way the data center operates. Read more »
As the holidays draw close, these twelve gift ideas will help accentuate the most often used features for any iPhone or iPad owner on your shopping list. Read more »
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 »