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Big banks fear Bitcoin because Bitcoin means business

Big banks fear Bitcoin because Bitcoin means business

It's no secret that some major banks aren't really all that enamored with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Last month there were reports that US banks like Wells Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citibank were shutting down the bank accounts, or refusing new applications, from businesses involved with the digital currency. But while these are arguably justified in their course of action, the actions of Dutch bank Rabobank take prejudice against Bitcoin to a whole new level. Rabobank’s actions were the focus of a recent article in Coindesk, which states that the bank cancelled 99 percent of its customers’ transactions... more »
Zooming in on GCE: Google gets serious about the public cloud

Zooming in on GCE: Google gets serious about the public cloud

Google has joined Microsoft and Rackspace on the quest to erode Amazon’s cloud dominance with the launch of its long anticipated platform-as-a-service solution. Originally announced at the company’s sixth annual I/O conference in June 2012, Google Compute Engine features competitive pricing, new capabilities, and a 99.95 percent SLA. Cloud analytics provider RightScale, a Google partner and one of the first companies to adopt GCE, managed to scale a tier-3 app to 42 servers with 200,000 concurrent users back in June, when the service still in preview. The search giant boasts that Compute Engine can now sustain up to one million requests... more »
3 great sites for converting YouTube files to MP3s

3 great sites for converting YouTube files to MP3s

So many people like to convert YouTube videos to MP3, so they can enjoy great music on MP3-compatible devices like their PC, Mac, iPod, PSP, Zune, Zen, and so on. Billions of people want to keep their favorite videos and MP3 always with them. While there are dozens of desktop applications and mobile apps for the iPhone and Android smartphones, the simplest way doesn't involve downloading any software at all – rather, there are plenty of great web-based services that'll transform YouTube's .flv files into mp3 files in seconds, letting you listen to all of your favorite songs on the... more »
Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Will Amazon's delivery drones ever take off?

Amazon's announcement that its developing flying drones for its Prime Air service caused huge excitement earlier this week, even if the idea is somewhat impossible to put into practice at the moment. Nevertheless, certain developments since then suggest it's becoming more likely that a future of flying parcels buzzing overheard is an eventuality, rather than just a possibility. Drones have often been a rather touchy subject, and with good reason too – developed by the US military, their main application is to deliver weapons of mass destruction rather than Christmas presents. But as with many technologies developed by the military, it's not... more »
NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA's NextGen air traffic control lab gets a development collaboration upgrade with Stash

NASA is a big name in the aeronautics field even beyond the public consciousness of knowing NASA means “going into space”; but beyond being the Star Trek of the modern era, NASA also works tirelessly to make the skies safer. One of NASA’s teams out of Armes Research Center is part of a project known as NextGen (short for “Next Generation Air Transportation System”) and it’s their job to produce software solutions for dealing with ever-increasing air traffic across the United States. Air traffic control is a coding space that has terrible consequences for failures and requires a lot of highly... more »
Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Why social features are equally important for console games as social games

Social media like Facebook, Google+ etc. give us a relatively straightforward way to put a ‘social wrapper’ on some of our game experiences, which was missing from most versions of most of our games today. Given the chance, people will socialize around games, but to date that social activity has been almost entirely limited to gathering around a single computer. Social gaming has been a substantial part to reach out to both smartphone and feature phone users. However, nowadays, successful games that will not rely on social networking service but have interactions with friends in the game, is increasing. If the... more »
Best of theCUBE : Learning from powerful women in tech

Best of theCUBE : Learning from powerful women in tech

Women in the workforce, especially the tech sector, are often judged for not being able to make the cut, without being given a chance to prove themselves. But that hasn't stopped women from achieving great things in tech despite these obstacles, and SiliconANGLE is honoring those women this week with a special playlist on our TV channel. The tech takeover   Throughout history, women have proven that they can hack it in male-dominated societies. From Sacagawea who acted as guide and interpreter in Lewis and Clark’s expedition, Marie Curie who pioneered research in radioactivity, Susan B. Anthony who introduced women’s suffrage in the... more »
Accenture bolsters Industrial Internet capabilities with European acquisition

Accenture bolsters Industrial Internet capabilities with European acquisition

Accenture has picked up evopro group’s manufacturing solutions business to fortify its presence in the emerging Industrial Internet, where intelligent machines meet Big Data to drive operational efficiencies. No financial details were disclosed. Founded in 2001, evopro group provides embedded software and services for companies across the automotive, building, logistics and transportation industries, among other verticals. The privately-held Hungarian firm has more than 1,000 employees with operations throughout Europe, including Germany, Romania and Turkey. Accenture says that the deal aims to enhance its existing range of capabilities for “organizing, developing and managing the processes needed for the entire lifecycle of new products... more »
New wearable trackers : Better to sleep + wake

New wearable trackers : Better to sleep + wake

This week's Quantified Self roundup features a sleep-tracking gadget, a life-logging camera, and a wellness and fitness monitor. Lark Pro   If you’re a heavy sleeper—if even a loud boom box placed right beside your ear cannot get you up in the morning—then Lark Pro may be what you need. Lark Pro is a bracelet you wear throughout the day that helps you make the most of your waking hours, and keeps track of your sleep patterns. It can even silently wake you up. How does Lark Pro wake you up silently from a very deep slumber? It has dynamic vibrations that nudge you to wake... more »
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Pure Storage, EMC duke it out in court

Less than a month after being hit by a lawsuit from EMC for allegedly colluding with former employees to steal inside information, Pure Storage is firing back at the storage giant with a complaint of its own. The Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of flash arrays denies the charges and accuses Joe Tucci’s company of unlawfully obtaining one of its boxes in an attempt to learn trade secrets. Pure Storage claims that a Massachusetts system integrator helped ship the machine to the Valley headquarters of EMC’s XtremIO division, where it supposedly underwent extensive testing and was “damaged to such an extent that... more »

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