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The Internet of Things and water conservation: Coping with nature with big data and sensors

The Internet of Things and water conservation: Coping with nature with big data and sensors

The world is a very big place and problems can come from almost anywhere—trouble could be a drop in rainfall in the mountains that leads to a drought that affects crops, or an increase in hurricanes off the coast needing better predictive capabilities. A multitude of applications extend beyond the edges of cities into the rest of the world for the use of connected devices and sensors relaying information batch to be sifted, filtered, and processed into actionable opportunities. For an idea of how the Internet of Things—how communication and sensor technology in general—can be leveraged to make better cities read... more »
Twitch Plays Pokemon community completes the game, a new adventure to start next

Twitch Plays Pokemon community completes the game, a new adventure to start next

After it was released in Japan in 1996, Pokemon Red did okay for a game of its type; however Nintendo had no idea that the game still live through Internet nearly 20 years later. Hosted on the streaming service video game Twitch, a version of the game Pokemon Red and Blue unleashed the passions of gamers since its launch on February 12 and set records of popularity. The peculiarity of this part of Pokemon play is that thousands of gamers connected simultaneously--using Twitch's video streaming and chat service to control characters as a crowd. The game took 16 days to complete with... more »
Minecraft hits 100 million registered users milestone, Minecraft movie in development

Minecraft hits 100 million registered users milestone, Minecraft movie in development

Minecraft is definitely a game that has the ability to attract players of all ages, and since its inception has found a phenomena of popularity. It became a global phenomenon and the community now has more than 100 million registered players! Markus Persson, the founder of the game, announced last week on Twitter that the world of Minecraft was now inhabited by over 100 million players. This figure does not include people who use the cracked version of the game, so we can assume that there are many more. The number, however, is not necessarily equivalent to the sum of the... more »
What's the formula to make simple, powerful apps? Developing the easy life

What's the formula to make simple, powerful apps? Developing the easy life

Consumers prefer apps that do one, maybe two things, very well. Clunky apps that try to be your virtual Swiss Army Knife typically fail to do anything good, with each additional feature being another impossible frustration. Instead, an app should do one or two things, and be great at them. The app marketplace is more crowded and competitive than ever, making it important to put out high-quality apps that meet expectations. Apps that try to meet every need are slow to load and prone to errors. Evidence is in that users no longer choose to settle for an all-in-one app. According to a recent study on consumer... more »
Watch Live! Open Networking Summit kicks off big OpenFlow news : Disrupting SDN

Watch Live! Open Networking Summit kicks off big OpenFlow news : Disrupting SDN

The stage is set for this year's Open Networking Summit, which kicks off today, March 3 and will last until March 5, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center & Hyatt in Santa Clara, CA. We're broadcasting tomorrow, live from theCUBE with exclusive interviews and analysis. See coverage here and on SiliconANGLE.tv, beginning at 12:30 pm, PST. Keynote speakers for this year’s event includes AT&T Technology and Network Operations Senior Executive Vice President John Donovan, Microsoft Partner Development Manager Albert Greenberg, Khosla Ventures’ Vinod Khosla, and Google Distinguished Engineer and Technical Lead for Networking Amin Vahdat. You can get the latest buzz from ONS... more »
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IoT gets interesting with smart party lights, Bluetooth controller

This week’s SmartHome roundup features smart holiday lights, a Bluetooth smart solution that focuses on smartphones, and other new products for home automation. Holiday  . MooresCloud,  an emerging smart home technology provider enabling 'Illumination-as-a-Service,' recently announced that Holiday, its smart light decoration, will be available in the US via New York-based Grand St. Though Christmas is quite far away, Holiday is meant to be used for any occasion, or even just to add a personal touch to your home.  The strings of lights have the capability to display countless patterns, drive animations, and run applications.  The Holiday smartphone app allows users to instantly change... more »
Data people : Transforming computation, technology + society

Data people : Transforming computation, technology + society

Held under the "Making Data Work" motto, this year's edition of Strata Conf. in Santa Clara, California, brought together the leading minds in Big Data who are using it to drive business strategies, as well as the practitioners who collect, analyze and manipulate it. Joe Hellerstein, Founder & CEO with Trifacta and a Professor at UC Berkeley, took the stage to elaborate on the challenges posed by Big Data and the analogy between most analytic effort and ground control. A Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, Hellerstein's work focuses on data-centric systems and the way they drive computing. "I've been working with data for... more »
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Another SDN first, Broadcom unveils OpenFlow switch implementation

The combination of open source software and commodity hardware holds the potential for unprecedented efficiency and operational agility but, despite the success of Web-scale giants like Google and Facebook in implementing this paradigm, it has yet to prove itself in the enterprise. There remain significant barriers to adoption, notably the immaturity of the underlying technologies and the surrounding ecosystem. Identifying the opportunity in the challenge, the industry has banded together in an effort to bridge the gap, and steady progress is now being made under the banners of the Open Compute Project, the OpenStack Foundation and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).... more »
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Quick guide to SXSW 2014

Are you ready, Texas??? For what?  For this year’s South by SouthWest festival, of course!  SXSW is all set for March 7-16, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center but if you’ve ever been to the event, you’ll know that comfy shoes are necessary to trek to the many event locations to fully experience what the annual festival has to offer. If walking is not your thing, or you need to quickly get from one place to another, there's an app for that.  Well, the app won't literally get you there, but it will help you flag a cab and get there fast.  Austin... more »
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Ellen crashes Twitter with Epic selfie : Big Data @ the #Oscars

Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter. Well, she didn’t intentionally did it, but that’s what happens when a famous person tweets an epic selfie during The 86th Academy Awards. The infamous selfie includes Ellen, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o and her brother.  Originally, Ellen tried to take the selfie, but allowed Cooper to take it to get a better shot. The photo wasn’t perfect, not everyone’s faces were visible, but it’s kind of cool to see famous people having a little bit of fun trying to cram their faces into... more »

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