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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 vs. iPad Mini, Nexus 7 + Kindle Fire HD

Samsung has announced a revamped version of its 7-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2.  The Galaxy Tab 3 promises a more sleek and stylish design that is comfortable to hold in one hand for hours, and will be available in WiFi and 3G versions.  Expect the two versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 to hit shelves  in May and June, respectively. But how does this new mini tablet from Samsung compare to other small tablets already out in the market?  Today we're comparing the upcoming Tab 3 to the Nexus 7, the iPad Mini, the Nook HD and the Kindle Fire... more »
Africa Jumps Aboard the Big Data Bus

Africa Jumps Aboard the Big Data Bus

Smartphones have become pretty popular these days (to put it lightly), and aside from the obvious benefits they provide, the data that trickles out of them has been able to benefit us in all kinds of different ways. Whether its easing traffic jams in our cities or helping to eradicate heart disease, smartphones do an awful lot of good, but what about those countries where smartphones aren't so widely used? In most developing nations, particularly Africa, the majority of people can't afford the luxury of a smartphone, but that doesn't mean they have to miss out on the benefits of Big... more »
Google Now Lands in Apple App Store - Look Out Siri

Google Now Lands in Apple App Store - Look Out Siri

Google is moving onto Siri's turf with the release of Google Now now available for iPhone and iPad platforms. The voice-actuated system has been running on Android-based phones for some time now. Its powerful features are sort of a pocket-based concierge, able to not only search Google, but the ability to control your phone, much like Siri. Even more impressive is in the way it integrates with a user's daily routine. Each morning it delivers the weather, calendar for the day, traffic information, where is home and where is work, and it does this all by learning your behaviors. Through it... more »
Cloudera Rolls Out Impala 1.0 - Validates Real-Time SQL on Hadoop

Cloudera Rolls Out Impala 1.0 - Validates Real-Time SQL on Hadoop

Cloudera just announced the general availability of Impala 1.0, the first “production-hardened and customer validated” version of its real-time SQL-on-Hadoop solution. The firm boasts that over 40 enterprises have deployed the engine in their environments since it made its debut at last year’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. Cloudera’s list of high-profile Impala users includes 37signals, Expedia, Six3 Systems, Stripe, and Trion Worlds. The open-source platform was just as well received in the vendor’s ecosystem: IBM, SAP, Tableau Software over half a dozen other partners certified the platform for integration with their software. “We have seen wonderful improvements in query performance when... more »
Yahoo Mail Hacked Again - Serious Questions Raised About Its Ability to Protect Users

Yahoo Mail Hacked Again - Serious Questions Raised About Its Ability to Protect Users

Still reeling from a major security breach last month, a fresh report claims that hundreds of Yahoo email accounts have been hacked for the fourth time in as many months, raising serious doubts about the email provider's ability to protect its customer's accounts from cybercriminals and malicious spam. The report comes from the UK's Channel 4 News, which says that dozens of Yahoo users have complained that their email accounts are still being compromised in exactly the same way as they were during last month's breach. The hackers, who are believed to be based in Russia, employ a technique that exploits... more »
Skype for Outlook.com Rolls Out in the UK

Skype for Outlook.com Rolls Out in the UK

In July of last year, Microsoft unveiled Outlook.com, a new personal e-mail service, that aimed to reimagine how people use e-mail. Most noticeably, Outlook.com boasted a fresher, cleaner look, which meant less ads, and a faster experience, together with social integration from services like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.  It was also announced that Skype integration would be coming soon. It wasn’t until February that Microsoft officially launched Outlook.com, but no Skype integration came with it. That may or may not have disappointed Outlook users, but luckily they haven't been kept waiting long - Microsoft has just announced its rolling out Skype video calling... more »
Apple iOS7 Copies Android, Windows Phone Design Ahead of Google I/O?

Apple iOS7 Copies Android, Windows Phone Design Ahead of Google I/O?

Is “flat” really the "in look" this days? According to sources who have seen Apple’s iOS 7, the soon-to-be-released OS will sport a “flat” design.  One states that the interface is “very, very flat,” while another states that, “the interface loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS,” and another states that the flatness is comparable to the Metro UI introduced by Microsoft. Seriously, what’s the deal with looking flat? Some says it’s Apple’s way of pushing a more simple design and possibly a more streamlined interface across all its devices.  But isn’t the iOS... more »
IBM's MessageSight Awaits Big Data Tsunami from the Internet of Things

IBM's MessageSight Awaits Big Data Tsunami from the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is still very much a work in progress, and in all honesty no one really knows what shape it will ultimately take. While smart cars and homes are a pretty sure bet, it remains to be seen whether novelty gadgets like intelligent forks will catch on. One thing we do know about the Internet of Things however, is it's going to be large, and it's going to be very, very busy. With that in mind, IBM has just announced a mysterious new appliance called MessageSight, a kind of Big Data control node for the Internet of Things... more »
Square Payments App Adds New Flavors for Restaurants

Square Payments App Adds New Flavors for Restaurants

Square, the payments processing technology, has come a long way from being just a square dongle connected to an iPad or iPhone where customers swipe their credit cards to pay for items, to now a full blown iPad-powered register that allows for order customization. Square Register is a point-of-sale system powered by an iPad that allows merchants to accept payments which can also be customized to allow employees to make transactions on the register, access sales reports, and to wirelessly print receipts or open cash drawers to put in the customer’s payment or make change. Now, the company has rolled out a... more »
Tableau IPO Taking DATA To The NYSE - Breaking Analysis

Tableau IPO Taking DATA To The NYSE - Breaking Analysis

Tableau Software, a Big Data software company that produces interactive data visualization products, has filed for an IPO and plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "DATA." That Tableau is filing for an IPO isn’t as shocking as it sounds, since it boasts of more than 10,000 customers including big industry names such as Apple, Coca Cola and Facebook.  In addition, the company posted revenues of $127.7 million last year, which is a significant markup from the $62.4 million it raked in the year before. Tableau’s S-1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals that... more »

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