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Twitter is beholden to social justice warriors, that's why they'll change the timeline | #RIPTwitter

Twitter is beholden to social justice warriors, that's why they'll change the timeline | #RIPTwitter

The chattering classes were aghast this weekend over a report Friday from Buzzfeed that Twitter was set to launch an algorithmic timeline as soon as this week. What this would mean is that instead of the current system wherein Twitter presents tweets in chronological order, Twitter would select which tweets a user can see in their timeline, promoting some content over others, or as Buzzfeed describes it, fixing an alleged problem of signal-to-noise on the service. The result of the alleged proposal saw #RIPTwitter emerge as a popular hashtag among users who claimed they would go as far as quitting Twitter should... more »
Report: Google prepping new smartphone supported virtual reality headset

Report: Google prepping new smartphone supported virtual reality headset

Fresh off news in January that it's getting serious about virtual reality (VR), Google, Inc. is said to be preparing to launch a new headset for smartphones, at least according to one report over the weekend. The Financial Times claims that the new headset will be a successor to Cardboard, and will feature better sensors, lenses and a more solid plastic casing. The device is said to be similar to Samsung Electronic Co. Ltd.'s Gear VR, in that it will rely on a smartphone for its display and 'most of its processing power;" the difference here is that Google's existing Cardboard VR headset... more »
Super Bowl tech: Experts tackle the connected stadium | #SB50

Super Bowl tech: Experts tackle the connected stadium | #SB50

What's it take to run stadium Wi-Fi for nearly 80,000 fans, keep them fed and highly entertained? We hear from the tech experts who know a thing or two about scaling IT for today's modern, connected stadiums like Levi's in Santa Clara, CA, host of this year's Super Bowl event. Built in 2014, with a seating capacity at 68,500 to 75,000, the stadium is hyped as the highest-tech sports venue in the country and promises to produce a personalized fan experience for all. It takes a great deal of technological innovation to provide the experience and scale to the demands of a... more »
Valve gets clever with content discovery for the Lunar New Year Steam Sale

Valve gets clever with content discovery for the Lunar New Year Steam Sale

A new Steam Sale is unexpectedly upon us, and PC gamers everywhere are already scouring the Steam Store for the best deals on thousands of games. With such a ridiculously large library of games, it has become increasingly difficult for users to discover new games on Steam, which is bad for both developers and fans, but for the new Lunar New Year Sale, Valve Corp has done something clever by hiding a form of content discovery in a fun "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. On the main store page, there is a brief introduction to a story about a monkey trying to... more »
Machine vs. brain: When are algorithms smarter, and can they be trusted?  | #FastForwardInnovation

Machine vs. brain: When are algorithms smarter, and can they be trusted? | #FastForwardInnovation

The idea that intelligent machines will make humans obsolete in many industries employing today's population is a common concern for everyone except the people building those machines. Case in point, Micha Gorelick, a data scientist and engineer with Fast Forward Labs, doesn't talk glowingly about the superiority of algorithms compared to brains, but rather stresses their limitations. The crucial question people have to ask, he told Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, is what problem is this algorithm solving? "It's important to understand how is that algorithm smarter than me and when should I not trust it?" he explained. "When should I trust... more »
Hackers broke into DayZ's forum and gained access to hundred of usernames and passwords

Hackers broke into DayZ's forum and gained access to hundred of usernames and passwords

While most of the gaming world seems to have moved on from DayZ, that does not mean that the game has dropped off of hackers' radars, and developer Bohemia Interactive AS has alerted players that hundreds of emails, usernames, and passwords have been compromised. "A security incident occurred on forums.dayzgame.com recently," Bohemia said in an email to users (via Reddit). "According to our investigation all usernames, emails and passwords from forums.dayzgame.com were accessed and downloaded by hackers." "While the passwords were not stored in plain text, but in a more secure form, it is highly recommended that if you have used the same password... more »
Super Bowl wearables and other hot sports tech: Holo table, Reebok and more

Super Bowl wearables and other hot sports tech: Holo table, Reebok and more

The Super Bowl is known for groundbreaking commercials, but the tech involved with such a large scale event is also impressive and is certain to influence the entire sports industry. Here we take a look at the latest tech developments in sports, from interactive fan apps to wearables that track an athlete's every movement in real time. Super Bowl 50 will kickoff at 6:30 PM ET on February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. To football fans, the ability to stream the game on mobile devices or check live updates using an app is already a huge step from... more »
Flash startup Tegile slashes global headcount in pre-IPO cost cutting

Flash startup Tegile slashes global headcount in pre-IPO cost cutting

Layoffs are a regular occurrence in the cutthroat world of enterprise technology, though the bearer of bad news is usually not a startup boasting triple-digit annual sales growth. Tegile Systems Inc. this week revealed that a sizable portion of its overseas staff has been terminated in what appears to be an attempt at deflecting the global economic troubles blamed for dragging down the competition. EMC Corp., the industry’s largest storage vendor, saw the three percent increase in worldwide demand for its systems last quarter completely nullified by the depreciation of foreign currencies against the dollar. Much the decline happened in Europe,... more »
Crazy enough to work? One company's unconventional approach to innovation | #FastForwardInnovation

Crazy enough to work? One company's unconventional approach to innovation | #FastForwardInnovation

Developers and tech professionals are bustling to find the best applications for data and machine learning these days. Fast Forward Labs is taking a zany and surprisingly fruitful approach to winning the race, according to Kathryn Hume, director of sales and marketing: Throw it in the water, and see if it can swim. The development phase at the company is a space for no-holds-barred experimentation, she told Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team. Collaborating with strange bedfellows One method of sussing out unsuspected new uses for technology is collaborating with strange bedfellows for a tech company -- namely artists, who... more »
Less talking, more action: Applying data and machine learning | #FastForwardInnovation

Less talking, more action: Applying data and machine learning | #FastForwardInnovation

The hype about data is matched only by the complexity of navigating and mining it for applicable uses. Above the chatter, companies are now saying simply, "Show me the application." In response, New York City-based Fast Forward Labs has sprung up to provide practical solutions that utilize data and machine learning. CEO and Founder Hilary Mason talked with Jeff Frick, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, about how the company approaches its customers. "Our mission is to help people understand what the capabilities are with data, data science and machine learning," Mason said. Fast Forward Labs uses a holistic and creative approach to... more »
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