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Smartly hydrated gardens, a smart door lever and  more

Smartly hydrated gardens, a smart door lever and more

This week’s Smart Living roundup features a connected way to water plants, a new kind of smart door lock, and rumors of a smart home solution acquisition. Hydros smartly hydrates gardens   If you have a lawn, yard or garden, you probably have a sprinkler system that allows you to set a schedule for when to water the plants.  The problem with these automated garden systems is that rain or shine, it will water your plants, even if that means over-watering. Startup company Simple Elements launched Hydros, a smart replacement for your irrigation controller, on Kickstarter to help maintain a healthy garden.  Hydros utilizes... more »
Yahoo extends mobile footprint to app analytics with Flurry acquisition

Yahoo extends mobile footprint to app analytics with Flurry acquisition

With smartphones and tablets now accounting for more than half of the traffic to its services and related advertising revenue up more than 100 percent from last year,  it’s only natural for Yahoo Inc. to want a bigger slice of the burgeoning mobile universe. The latest sub-segment that the struggling web giant has set its eyes is among the fastest growing of the bunch: app analytics. Yahoo hopes to capitalize on developers’ growing appetite for user data with the acquisition of Flurry Inc., a San Francisco-based software shop that focuses on helping customers gain a better understanding of their mobile audiences.... more »
Review: Surface Pro 2 skillfully bridges tablet-laptop gap

Review: Surface Pro 2 skillfully bridges tablet-laptop gap

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a tablet on steroids, the coolest, best designed laptop replacement to hit the office. Not for casual users, this machine says its owner is a step ahead. From the Windows icon on its frame that is actually an inductive button that returns you to the start page from anywhere, to the heuristic word completion utility that learns not just your favorite words and names but short phrases, to the magnetic power plug that snaps into its unique receptacle on its edge, this tablet reeks of sophisticated design. Its inductive pen is much more precise... more »
In odd coupling, OpenStack purist Mirantis join with Oracle against common enemy Red Hat

In odd coupling, OpenStack purist Mirantis join with Oracle against common enemy Red Hat

Mirantis, Inc. took the mantra “the enemy of my enemy is my friend" to a new extreme last week after announcing a partnership with Oracle Corp. which is traditionally of the most staunchly proprietary software vendors in the industry, to provide support for the latter’s cloud stack. The move seems odd at first glance since the Mountain View startup fashions itself as the “number one” pure-play provider of software and services for OpenStack, a community-led project aimed at establishing a common standard for cloud environments. That goal runs counter to Oracle’s vertically integrated platform approach, which consists primarily of homegrown components.... more »
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Teradata swoops on Hadapt & Revelytix: Eyes fixed on Hadoop

Teradata has swooped to make a double acquisition in yet another sign of impending consolidation in the Big Data market. The company has snapped up the assets of two firms – Hadapt and Revelytix – according to an announcement today. Hadapt is a four-year-old startup that offers an “all-in-one” analytics environment capable of handling analysis across Hadoop data and conventional structured SQL data. Nine-year old Revelytix meanwhile, is best known for its data-management software Loom that helps users to manage data complexity in Hadoop by discovering data, tracking data lineage and generating metadata. Loom is compatible with a bevy of Hadoop distros... more »
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AirBaltic becomes the first airline to accept Bitcoin

It's a fact that you can now travel the world using Bitcoin. Expedia allows you to book hotel rooms; affordable plane tickets can be purchased using Bitcoin on Cheap.Air.com; and BTCTrip allows you to plan your whole vacation using the cryptocurrency. And now, for the first time, an airline has started accepting Bitcoin payments. A Reddit user noticed that airBaltic, dubbed “Latvia’s National Airline,” has a Bitcoin for payment option which led to another user to contact the airline on Twitter to inquire if this is true. airBaltic confirmed it with a photo of the payment option on Twitter. @ClubAlpaca Hello! Yes,... more »
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Patent trolls, open source and building trust | #HPdiscover

Launched in May 2014, Hewlett-Packard Helion is a part of the company's OpenStack offering. A free and open-source cloud platform, OpenStack is derived from a series of similar projects, including processing, storage, and networking applications. Lisa-Marie M. Namphy and Bill Franklin with HP Cloud spoke with theCUBE’s John Furrier at HP Discover Las Vegas 2014, and discussed their work with HP’s OpenStack. Patent trolls and indemnification of OpenStack   When asked how HP dealt with so-called patent trolls, or individuals who sue companies that they think are infringing patents that they assert a right to, including both open source and proprietary technologies, Franklin had... more »
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Cisco rolls out another developer program: "Same same" but different

Cisco has taken another shot at attracting third-party coders into its embrace with the relaunch of a rebranded developer program. Keen followers will remember this isn't the first time Cisco has tried to encourage others to write apps and functions for its platforms. It's also not the first time its chosen to name its program as the “Cisco Developer Network” either. It did so back in 2009 when it named its first developer program as such. Later, that program was renamed as the Cisco Solution Partner Program, and now its been reborn with the shortened version, “DevNet”, which is essentially the... more »
AppDynamics lands $120 million to ignite Application Intelligence market

AppDynamics lands $120 million to ignite Application Intelligence market

Application intelligence leader AppDynamics just finished a massive round of funding securing $120 million in growth financing. This new financing raises the total capital gathered by AppDynamics to over $200 million and will fund the expansion of its Application Intelligence Platform m into the IT Operations and Business Analytics markets. Jyoti Bansal, founder and CEO at AppDynamics, argues that Application Intelligence is rapidly becoming the go-to technology for modern enterprises to manage application performance. According to the 2013 Gartner Market Share Analysis: IT Operations Management Software report the Application Performance Management market represents a $4 to $5 billion per year market and... more »
VMware offers safe passage from lock-in with low-risk migration path

VMware offers safe passage from lock-in with low-risk migration path

VMware is making it easier for organizations to migrate to its software with a new initiative that aims to address both the technical and financial barriers to moving off rivaling offerings. Safe Passage, as the program is known, is designed to drive adoption of its core end-point products: the Horizon suite of desktop virtualization and remote application delivery tools, and the mobile device management (MDM) portfolio it obtained through the acquisition of AirWatch earlier this year. Upon signing up to Safe Passage, organizations receive access to a number of tools meant to streamline the switch. The bundle includes an “upgrade kit”... more »

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