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Google Glass wait-list now open for US residents

Google Glass wait-list now open for US residents

If you can’t wait for Google Glass to hit the stores, here’s your chance to get one earlier: Google has opened up a new wait-list for those who're eager to get their hands on a pair of its high-tech specs. You read that right, the wait-list is now open for anyone to sign up, as long as you are a resident in the US, and you have $1,500 to spare.  You can register here, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a Google Glass, because remember, you are only signing up for the wait-list. So what’s the big deal about the wait-list?  Nothing... more »
SmartThings gets $12.5M to take over the Internet of Things

SmartThings gets $12.5M to take over the Internet of Things

SmartThings, the Internet of Things startup that provides home automation solutions, raised $12.5 million in a Series A funding from Greylock Partners and Highland Capital Partners. This round of funding brings SmartThings’ venture funding to a total of $15.5 million. The new round of funding will be used to enhance its product portfolio as well as expanding its reach. Greylock partner Josh Elman and Highland partner Manish Patel will join the SmartThings board of directors.  Elman will play a key role in helping the company as it rolls out to a larger market, while Patel will help the company expand its support... more »
How big is 'Big Data' really?

How big is 'Big Data' really?

These days, electronic devices come in various storage capacities.  It's one of the features that most people look at before making a purchase.  If you buy a new iPad, one of the things you'll need to consider is if 16GB of storage space will be enough for all your data - such as your photos and videos.  If you're one of those people who's fond of snapping away at every possible moment, then 16GB probably won't be enough.  You either go for a version with a higher storage capacity or get cloud storage for that. But have you ever wondered what... more »
Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal, the buzzed-about Big Data venture that was spun out of EMC and VMware earlier this year, is attempting to marry the power of Hadoop with the elasticity of the open cloud. The company’s newly unveiled Pivotal One platform is the culmination of $105 million in funding, months of work by hundreds of engineers and a formidable lineup of enterprise-proven assets from its parent companies. The suite is founded on Pivotal CF, a beefed-up version of Cloud Foundry that enables organizations to stretch their Big Data deployments across multiple providers without having to invest in costly optimizations for each individual environment. Besides... more »
NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp has filed suit against Nimble Storage, one of its fastest growing rivals, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behavior and colluding with three ex-employees to steal trade secrets. The vendor claims that the hybrid array startup lured former staffers to “join the company and to take NetApp confidential information with them.” It accuses Michael Reynolds, Daniel Weber and Sandhya Klute of participating in the scheme and violating their contractual obligations and post-employment restrictions. The complaint also mentions that Nimble hired 55 NetApp employees between July 2012 and July 2013, and that the group makes up 15 percent of the company’s total workforce... more »
Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft employees woke up to some good news this morning, when bosses sent out a company-wide email announcing the end of its despised "stack ranking" review system for workers' performance. The email, which was obtained by the ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, came from Lisa Brummel, executive VP of Redmond's human resources department, and explained that employees will no longer be assessed and ranked on a bell curve, as the company has previously done: "We will continue to invest in a generous rewards budget, but there will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution," said Brummel. "Managers and leaders will have flexibility to... more »
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AWS re:Invent 2013: Analyzing next-gen consumer cloud services #reinvent

In the second interview segment on SiliconANGLE’s TheCUBE, broadcasting live from the AWS re: Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier welcomed Jillian Mirandi, Software and Cloud analyst with TBR Research. Beginning the broadcast Mirandi was asked to rank the primary cloud providers among AWS, Rackspace, IBM, VMware and Pivotal as they all comprise the 1st generation firms in the cloud market. Not surprisingly, Mirandi claimed AWS is leading the crowd among IaaS businesses, thanks in no small part to their rapid roll out of services over the previous 18-24 months. She states they are the... more »
AWS helped create the world's most cost-effective supercomputer | #reinvent

AWS helped create the world's most cost-effective supercomputer | #reinvent

Jason Stowe, CEO, Cycle Computing, explained the company's latest AWS use case which leveraged "Amazon Spot instances to create the most cost effective supercomputer in the world." Stowe discussed this impressive results with theCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at the AWS re:Invent conference. The use case in question, explains Stowe, ran 2.3 million compute hours in 18 hours. Cycle Computing used about 150,000 cores to power research focused on finding materials to turn sunlight into electricity more efficiently. The cloud-based supercomputer "would have been worth $68 million to buy it." The total infrastructure cost with Amazon was closer to... more »
AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff |  #reinvent

AWS re:Invent 2013 conference kickoff | #reinvent

Kicking off this year’s AWS re:Invent 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante and SiliconANGLE’s founder John Furrier offered a quick prequel of what we can expect to learn over the next few days. This is the 2nd annual AWS reinvent conference and is really the coming out party for Amazon Web Services meant to highlight their immediate dominance of the cloud computing market. And AWS, with an expected estimated revenue of $4 billion this year, is a showing itself an easy and accessible alternative for upstart enterprises that might not be able to afford a traditional data center. The... more »
What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

What's the next Big Data thing? Answer: Spark

I talk to many pioneers in big data going back many years and the early drivers of great technical trends come from those #techathletes - like Amr Awadallah founder Cloudera, Arun Murthy at Yahoo (now Hortonworks), and many more.  The common thread in all big tech trends is that they almost always comes from those technical visionaries and first movers in cutting edge companies/startups, open source communities, and academic researchers. What is the next big thing in #bigdata?  It's called Spark. Spark is a fast data analysis engine. Think Hadoop MapReduce, but 100x faster and still fully interoperable with the wider Hadoop... more »

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