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The NSA's gobbling up millions upon millions of emails and communications every single day. It's hoovering up cellphone metadata faster than you can say “sorry, wrong number”. It's building a quantum code-cracker. Hell, it's even using radio waves to hack into offline PCs. But apparently even that isn't enough to satisfy it's insatiable hunger for intercepted communications – our communications – which is why it's randomly scooping up something in excess of 200 million text messages a day, according to new documents leaked by The Guardian. The newspaper reports that the NSA has established to separate projects to gobble up and analyze... more »
In its third major announcement this week, IBM today announced a $1.2 billion investment in expansion of its global private cloud network including the construction of 15 more data centers, bringing the total to 40, and doubling the capacity of its SoftLayer platform and network, which connects the data centers and delivers IBM cloud services to customers. IBM acquired SoftLayer for $2 billion in 2013 and since has been moving its cloud services to the private network. Among the services to be added this year will be SaaS offerings based on IBM Watson. When complete, the expansion will give IBM’s cloud... more »
Hypeconvergence made a return to the headlines this week after Nutanix, a provider of “data center in a box” solutions, secured a massive $101 million in Series D financing. The round was co-led by Riverwood and SAP Ventures, with participation from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Greenspring Associates and the three existing investors. Nutanix said that it will use the funding, which raises its valuation to $1 billion, to expand global sales in marketing and accelerate the development of its flagship Virtual Computing Platform. The company is working to round out the offering with enterprises features and expand its lead over competitors... more »
A recent report published by the International Diabetes Federation states that we're fighting a losing battle against diabetes. The report predicted that in 2035, over 592 million people in the world - one in ten of the world’s population - will be inflicted with diabetes, and the notion that it's a “disease of the wealthy” just makes the fight against it harder. The report stated that by 2035, many of those with diabetes will come from the low and middle income countries, proving that this is no longer a “disease of the wealthy.” Because of this alarming report, researchers are looking for... more »
For IBM, it’s go big or go home. In the past year alone, the technology giant injected $1 billion into flash research, committed another billion to promote application development on its Power servers and carved out Watson as a dedicated unit tasked with applying natural language processing in analytics. The division is starting off with - surprise, surprise - $1 billion behind it. Now Big Blue is putting it all together with the sixth-generation of its x86 enterprise systems. Based on the newly unveiled X6 architecture, the line is designed for mission-critical cloud and Big Data workloads that require continuous availability... more »
New Android versions are always a cause for celebration as Google works some interesting new features into its mobile OS. Similarly, updates to Google Play Service should be met with the same kind of enthusiasm as Android app developers get more features to play around with. Google has announced a new version of Play Services, an app that is closely related to the Android operating system. The update improves battery life, among other things, for some users complain about the consumption of Play Services app. In addition, the latest release of Google Play services has begun rolling out to users. It includes... more »
SiliconANGLE recently featured a multi-part “Technology Predictions for 2014” series in which industry providers shared their predictions about the hot tech trends that will take center stage in 2014. We heard Big Data, cloud and mobile predictions from various companies including Alpine Data Labs, MapR Technologies, Netapp, RadiumOne, SAP, SGI, Think Big Analytics and Xplenty. Today we decided to extend the series, this time with a set of cloud predictions from Nick Barcet, VP of Products at eNovance. (Note that Barcet also sits on the Board of Directors at the OpenStack Foundation.) Public clouds based on OpenStack . According to Barcet, we will start... more »
Streaming live video is definitely the hot category in the social media space. There’s nothing quite like being able to watch someone live, comment on the action as it happens, get actual responses from the broadcaster and have a conversation with other viewers. MEDL Mobile, the maker, developer, and marketer of mobile apps, last year introduced Hang w/ that allowed live real-time video to be sent from one phone to many. The goal of the platform is twofold: to become the premiere social media network for people around the globe to connect, communicate and share experiences via live streaming broadcasts--and to enable... more »
Space exploration has come along way. First people were sent into space (and a few animals, too). Then came the first man to walk on the moon, followed by a rover sent to scout Mars hoping to determine if the planet is able to sustain life. But the mission is far from over, as NASA plans on exploring other planets and moons. In December 2011, NASA revealed that it was eyeing Europa, the sixth-closest moon on Jupiter and the smallest of its four Galilean satellites. The reason behind this is - Europa is covered in ice. NASA believes there is a large body of... more »
This week’s WearableTech roundup features a necklace that delivers notifications, fake nails navigating your touchscreen, and a device that monitors your safety. CSR Bluetooth Smart jewelries Cambridge-based semiconductor company CSR conducted a survey regarding wearable technology and it was revealed that 72 percent of respondents believe that wearable technology should look good, and 67 percent believe that it is important that these devices should fit their personal lifestyle. In response to that survey, CSR unveiled a line of jewelry that is both smart and fashionable. In collaboration with boutique jeweller Cellini, CSR used its Bluetooth Smart solution CSR1012 to make fashionable jewelries serve... more »