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The Japanese version of the popular scrapbooking site Pinterest is now live. Those using Rakuten Connect, the nation’s version of Facebook Connect, can now use their Rakuten login to use the Japanese version of Pinterest. This is the first time a Rakuten login will be used on a non-Rakuten service, but it's still in Rakuten's interest. The Japanese e-commerce site initially invested $50 million into Pinterest last spring, making up half of a $100 million round of funding used for Pinterest’s global expansion. This new version of Pinterest is beneficial for both parties. Aside from adding more Pinterest users, this can be... more »
Only a month after its closure by the FBI, Silk Road is once again accessible via Tor, the decentralized and anonymous network. Let’s start with a quick review of the facts. The original Silk Road was born in February 2011, at the impetus of a Dread Pirate Roberts. The service is presented at the time as a gigantic marketplace exploiting the Tor network to ensure the anonymity of sellers and buyers. At first, anyone could sell anything and certainly if the service was used to sell drugs, it was also possible to find other illicit goods, such as weapons. U.S. authorities were... more »
Broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, theCUBE streamed the entire Keynote of Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering with AirBnB. Curtis was very adamant that "AirBnB is reinventing travel," and he went on to explain. "What we've created is a community-driven market place that brings together hosts and guests from around the world, creating glocal, unique, personal travel experiences. All of that starts with our hosts. Today, there are more 350,000 hosts around the world. They are normal people, who have an extra room available at their house, or a house that they are not using.... more »
Cloud hosting provider Linode launched Longview Apps, its new virtual server statistics collection and graphing service extension apps for performance analysis. The new apps provide systems administrators with the metrics and analytics they need to avoid crippling logjams and downtime--all to keep the virtual server running at peak performance. Longview from Linode tracks important indicators for CPU, memory, network, process, and provides real-time graphics that can help identify and head off performance problems. Longview can be used to monitor any virtual server or computer running Linux--including non-Linode system. Longview features include up to one minute each system information, open source client... more »
Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the Big Data related announcements and trends highlighted during the AWS re:Invent conference, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier. Kelly stated most Big Data announcements were either on the analytics side, or Big Data management in the context of reaching enterprise grade level, focusing on reliability, backup, and disaster recovery. Kinesis, the stream processing of data engine that powers real time intelligent applications was the biggest announcement of the day, according to Kelly. "Kinesis was developed internally by AWS. They had all this metric of data," on people and how they used the data on their... more »
More than ever the cloud and mobile devices are freeing up workers from being chained to their offices to get work done and the first wave has been collaboration and support—but the technology just hadn’t quite cracked the nut for highly computational tasks such as 3D rendering and design. This is the domain of Autodesk and with cloud-driven apps delivered via AWS in the pocket, the sky is the limit. Autodesk is now just introducing industry first 3D design via a web browser. In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Mozilla, NVIDIA and OTOY, Autodesk has developed a full-fledged high performance 3D design,... more »
Wi-fi video monitoring and cloud recording company Dropcam showcased their use of AWS during the keynote of this year's AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy explained that the idea for the company started with his father's attempt to capture video footage of a dog on his lawn. The company aims to help its customers find out what goes on at home when they are not there. Duffy's father, an engineer, failed repeatedly in his attempts to catch the dog on camera, and that inspired the wi-fi monitoring camera and cloud storage service that Dropcam currently offers. Duffy... more »
Thinking of buying the new Sony PlayStation 4 for that special someone this holiday season? A hidden fact is that the already small 500GB hard drive in the next-generation PlayStation 4 will only provide around 400GB of actual storage. You know, the kind of storage you'll be able to use. "Sony has restricted access to some of the storage with a portion of a hard drive inaccessible, and 92GB set aside for what's thought to be the PlayStation 4′s firmware," reports Geeky Gadgets. Sure, there's a user fix that allows you to upgrade the 500GB with a larger storage capacity or even faster performance via... more »
Earlier this week, EMC and VMware spinoff Pivotal threw down the gauntlet to Amazon with a new cloud development platform that includes a set of integrated tools for analyzing Big Data. Now, the infrastructure-as-a-service behemoth is firing back. Amazon today announced two new AWS services at its re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, including WorkPlaces, a cloud-based virtual desktop solution that challenges VMware’s newly acquired Desktone offering for desktop-as-a-service dominance. Besides offering competitive pricing with plans starting at $35 per user per month, WorkPlaces provides persistent sessions that enable users to pick up from where they left off immediately after logging... more »
This week’s SmartCar roundup features a plan for a smart city, a smart boat for all your nautical needs, and a $40 device to help you find your parked car. Smart Cities Electric vehicles are reaching a point of abundance, and as manufacturers are focusing on releasing more electric vehicles in the market, the problem remains that our cities are not yet equipped to cater to all of these electric-powered vehicles. Right now, gasoline stations can be found just about anywhere, even in a small city, but charging stations aren’t so readily available. And electric cars that require charging face a unique... more »