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Google to introduce 'wink' photo capture in Google Glass update

Google to introduce 'wink' photo capture in Google Glass update

Google is about to add a new feature to Google Glass that may well result in more establishments banning the device. According to the company, Google Glass wearers will soon have the ability to take photos with a “wink of an eye.” If you've ever watched the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie, you might remember the scene where Jeremy Renner took photos with his glasses just by blinking.  This new capability of Google Glass is more or less the same thing, except users will be snapping away with just one eye. Google claims that the winking gesture is faster than using the camera... more »
Dell funnels $16M into end-point security startup

Dell funnels $16M into end-point security startup

Invincea, a cyber security vendor that focuses on combating zero-day attacks, has received $16 million in equity from Dell Ventures and Aeries Capital. Existing backers Grotech Ventures, Harbert Ventures, and New Atlantic Ventures also participated in the round, which brings in the firm’s total funding to an impressive $26.2 million. The Series C investment was announced on Monday in conjunction with the previously undisclosed acquisition of Sandboxie, a provider of virtual containment software. The startup’s technology has already been baked into Invincea’s flagship FreeSpace solution, which can now automatically seal malicious code in an isolated sandbox that cuts off access to... more »
Facebook's about to unleash extremely annoying auto-play video ads

Facebook's about to unleash extremely annoying auto-play video ads

You may have noticed some changes to Facebook's mobile app in the last few days, with video auto-play now enabled by default, allowing friend's videos to begin playing on their own as you come across them. Pretty cool right? It's almost as if your News Feed springs to life all by itself, a pleasant distraction from the rest of that static content. Except, well, it won't be for very much longer. While Facebook may have implemented the feature seamlessly, a new report in the Wall Street Journal brings the more depressing news that video autoplay will soon be applied to advertisements... more »
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QLogic certifies adapters for software-defined storage

The emerging software-defined storage space hit a new milestone on Tuesday after QLogic announced that it has added support for DataCore’s SANsymphony-V virtualization offering. Pegged as the “first, and only, true storage hypervisor,” the platform aims to streamline operations through improved manageability. QLogic’s FlexSuite 2600 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters and FabricCache 10000 Series server-based caching devices have achieved DataCore Ready status, which means both product lines are fully interoperable with SANsymphony-V. For customers, the certification removes networking constraints to consolidating their traditional storage architectures, which continue to pose a bottleneck to IT as information growth accelerates. DataCore’s platform tears... more »
HP expands HAVEn ecosystem

HP expands HAVEn ecosystem

Hewlett-Packard entered the Big Data platform race in June with HAVEn, an integrated offering that combines Hadoop with technology from Vertica and Autonomy in a unified platform for analytical applications. It features more than 800 connectors for structured, multi-structured, and unstructured data sources, as well as expanding software ecosystem that returned to the limelight at this month’s HP Discover conference in Barcelona. The event saw the debut of multiple HAVEn-powered applications from big name partners like IT outsourcing giant Wipro, which unveiled a post-sale service management solution geared towards companies in the manufacturing sector. The product is designed to help users... more »
Microsoft to announce next CEO in early 2014

Microsoft to announce next CEO in early 2014

Microsoft has been in search of Steve Ballmer’s replacement for a good couple of months now, with sources claiming  its selection committee has considered more than 100 candidates, narrowing this number down to a shortlist of just 20. With that, the company is said to be ready to announce Ballmer’s replacement in early 2014. Earlier reports had suggested that the committee, led by John Thompson, would be ready to announce the replacement this month, but it seems less likely to happen now. Top choices for the position include  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Microsoft Executive VP Tony Bates, Microsoft Executive... more »
Rumors of China's crackdown on Bitcoin gather momentum

Rumors of China's crackdown on Bitcoin gather momentum

Rumors of China's impending crackdown on Bitcoin continue to hog the headlines, with a number of media outlets reporting that Chinese regulators would no longer allow payment processors to serve bitcoin exchanges. News of the ban first surfaced on Monday night, when Coindesk reported that People's Bank of China officials told third-party payment processors that they'd no longer be able to interact with Bitcoin exchanges. This immediately sparked a frenzied debate within the Bitcoin community on sites like Reddit and elsewhere, while the value of BTC slumped by around 30 percent at the same time. Now, Bloomberg is reporting that Zhou Jinhuang,... more »
0xdata extends Hadoop abstraction layer with Scala support

0xdata extends Hadoop abstraction layer with Scala support

Abstraction is key to effective enterprise analytics, with most companies unable or unwilling to hire a team of statisticians possessing the necessary know-how to make sense of their massive data troves. An emerging startup called 0xdata is trying to fill this talent gap with a unique machine learning platform that abstracts the complexity of MapReduce to make insights more accessible throughout an organization. The firm’s flagship H2O offering runs sophisticated algorithms on a speedy in-memory caching engine that lets users access information in HDFS using tools that they’re already familiar with, namely Excel, the RStudio development platform and JSON. The software... more »
Datameer raises $19M to keep up with “exploding” demand

Datameer raises $19M to keep up with “exploding” demand

Datameer, a provider of data analytics solutions for business users, announces this morning that it has bagged $19 million in a Series D financing round led by Next World Capital, an expansion-stage VC that that also backs Cassandra distributor DataStax and hybrid array maker NexGen Storage.  Workday, Software AG and Citi Ventures also participated, alongside previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. NWC’s Ben Fu is joining the Datameer board. The San Mateo, Calif.-based firm has raised a total of $36.2 million to date. The company said that it will use the new funding to expand into new... more »
Windows Phone 8.1 updates to feature notification center and 'Siri'

Windows Phone 8.1 updates to feature notification center and 'Siri'

Microsoft is about to roll out of two new, highly sought-after features for Windows Phone 8.1. According to sources, Microsoft is internally testing two new features that give its mobile platform a closer look and feel to that of Android and iOS.  The said features will be a notification center and a voice assistant - just like its two main rivals already have. Sources familiar with the new features said that the notification center is accessible by swiping down from the top of the screen.  A short pull will bring up the quick settings, while pulling longer will bring out the notification... more »

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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