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Hadoop vendor Hortonworks triples revenue in Q4

Hadoop vendor Hortonworks triples revenue in Q4

Demand for Hadoop in the enterprise is not merely growing fast but at an accelerating rate as well if the latest earnings report from Hortonworks Inc. is anything to go by. The distributor claims to have generated $37 million in revenue during the fourth quarter, which constitutes a massive 196 percent jump from last year. In comparison, sales increased only 159 percent in the previous three-month period ended June 2015 and 154 percent before that. Hortonworks’ operating loss, meanwhile, has nearly halved an annual basis to $50.6 million. The numbers potentially put the firm on track to come out of the red... more »
Profitable AI startup Diffbot raises $10m Series A

Profitable AI startup Diffbot raises $10m Series A

Artificial intelligence startup Diffbot, Inc. has raised $10 million Series A in a round led by Tencent that included Felicis Ventures, Valor Capital, Amplify Ventures, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Lee and Georges Harik. Founded in 2010, Diffbot uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to build a structured database of objects and facts from across the entire internet, which they claim is bigger than Google's Knowledge Graph. The company's technology visually recognizes, reads, understands, and monitors Web pages and components including product pages, news articles, discussions/comments/forums, videos, pictures, and more, with each element then extracted, organized, tagged, cross-referenced, and stored as an “object” in the... more »
New kid on the block: Unlocked Huawei GX8 vs. LG Nexus 5X vs. Moto X Pure vs. LG G4

New kid on the block: Unlocked Huawei GX8 vs. LG Nexus 5X vs. Moto X Pure vs. LG G4

U.S. consumers in the market for an affordable, unlocked Android phablet now have one more handset to pick from. Earlier this week the 5.5-inch Huawei GX8, from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., went on sale through GetHuawei.com, BestBuy.com, select Best Buy stores, Amazon.com and Newegg for $349.99 unlocked. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the Huawei GX8 sports a curved design and an all-metal aluminum body in Horizon Gold, Space Grey and Mystic Champagne color options. The 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD display features a 2.5D cambered surface, protecting it from scratches and giving... more »
Veniam lands $22M Series B to expand Internet of Moving Things, aims to disrupt connected cars, smart cities

Veniam lands $22M Series B to expand Internet of Moving Things, aims to disrupt connected cars, smart cities

Veniam, a European startup building what it calls the “Internet of Moving Things”, has raised a $22 million Series B round led by Verizon Ventures. The round included new investors Cisco Investments, Orange Digital Ventures, and Yamaha Motor Ventures. Existing investors Cane Investments, True Ventures and Union Square Ventures also participated. Founded in 2012 in Portugal and headquartered in Mountain View, California, Veniam provides vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) solutions that effectively turn cars, trucks, buses, boats, or any other vehicles into moving Wi-Fi hotspots and data collecting nodes on the Internet. Veniam today operates a city-wide vehicular mesh network in Porto, Portugal,... more »
Ignore Wall Street: Tableau's still the king of Business Intelligence

Ignore Wall Street: Tableau's still the king of Business Intelligence

Stock market analysts trampled all over Tableau Software Inc. this week after the 'darling of Big Data' slashed its guidance on next quarter's earnings. That move caused profit-hungry shareholders to recoil in horror, and resulted in Tableau’s stock losing more than half of its value in a single day. To recap, Tableau’s stock was trading at $81.75 on Monday morning ahead of its latest earnings call, but collapsed to below $40 on Tuesday. This happened in reaction to Tableau lowering its earnings expectations to between $830 million and $850 million, down from its previous guidance of $845 million to $865 million. In addition, although Tableau's... more »
Windows 10 tips and tricks: Add, manage multiple email accounts in Windows 10 Mail app

Windows 10 tips and tricks: Add, manage multiple email accounts in Windows 10 Mail app

The built-in Mail app on Windows 10 allows you to link all your email accounts into a consolidated hub for easy access. The Mail app supports any account that supports POP or IMAP including Outlook, Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and iCloud. Here is how to add an email account to the Mail app and link multiple accounts. We also cover how to customize your accounts and change individual sync settings. How to add an email account Click the Mail tile under the start menu (if you do not have Mail pinned to your Start menu, you will find it under ‘m’ under All... more »
New Trustwave report finds Infosec staff are seriously stressed

New Trustwave report finds Infosec staff are seriously stressed

Infosec firm Trustwave Holdings has released its 2016 Security Pressures Report, and has found that information security professionals are feeling more under pressure as the security environment continues to become more difficult. The report, based on a survey of 1,414 in-house information security professionals, found that 63 percent of infosec professionals felt more under pressure in doing their jobs, and 65 percent said that it would get worse in the year ahead, up 9 and 8 percent respectively compared to last year. A growing shortage of security expertise was nominated as a serious operational pressure, while 40 percent of respondents also complained... more »
Twitter introduces algorithmic timeline 4 days after CEO Jack Dorsey said they wouldn't

Twitter introduces algorithmic timeline 4 days after CEO Jack Dorsey said they wouldn't

Four days after Chief Executive Officer Jack swore that Twitter, Inc. has no intention to implement an algorithmic timeline this week, Twitter has launched an algorithmic timeline. Dubbed by the company as an "improved timeline," the new service is promoted as a way to "help people see Tweets that are important to them — from their favorite athletes, musicians, politicians, or brands." As suspected, the new timeline will mean that instead of immediately seeing tweets in reverse chronological order when logging in, users will instead see tweets Twitter believes they want to see; the normal list of tweets in reverse chronological is... more »
Twitter loses more users in Q4, but makes more money from those remaining

Twitter loses more users in Q4, but makes more money from those remaining

The problems at microblogging-come-messaging service Twitter, Inc. have continued with the company reporting that it lost even more users in the fourth quarter of 2015. Twitter reported that its Monthly Average Users (MAU) remained stable in the quarter compared to the Q3, however once SMS-only customers are subtracted the MAU fell to 305 million, down from 307 million in Q3. Providing that it is possible to milk a sinking ship, the company reported revenue of $710 million for the quarter, up 48 percent for the same quarter in 2014, with advertising revenue coming in at $641 million, also up 48 percent year-on-year. The... more »
GitHub thinks BIG with clustering support for large enterprises

GitHub thinks BIG with clustering support for large enterprises

Amid the rumblings of discontent over at GitHub, which reportedly stem from internal debates over whether the organization should focus on large businesses instead of smaller developers, it's just rolled out a number of new features aimed at its biggest users. GitHub Enterprise 2.5 offers improvements geared towards organizations with “tens of thousands of developers”, the organization said. Writing about the release in this blog post, Matt Colyer said the marquee feature of GitHub Enterprise 2.5 is the introduction of support for clustering, which means large businesses can now set up a “cluster” of servers that act like a single installation,... more »
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