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Broadcom's tiny Bluetooth Smart Chip fits nicely into wearable tech, charges wirelessly

Broadcom's tiny Bluetooth Smart Chip fits nicely into wearable tech, charges wirelessly

Wearable technology has received a significant amount of attention this year, and the era of connected devices is only expected to gain popularity as people become more mobile. With that in mind, Broadcom Corporation, a global company specializing in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, announced the Broadcom BCM20736, a new Bluetooth Smart system-on-a-chip (SoC) that falls in its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) family.  The Smart chip aims to address the rapidly growing opportunities in different market segments for wearables and the Internet of Things. “Broadcom’s WICED platform is gaining significant traction with key Internet of Things innovators... more »
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Volvo test drives automated cars in Sweden's streets

This week’s SmartCar roundup features Volvo’s Gothenburg project and its take on EVs, and Ford’s self-parking car. Volvo’s Gothenburg project   Car manufacturers are racing to be the first to market autonomous vehicles by 2020, but Volvo seems to be ahead in the game as it's launched a pilot project in Gothenburg, Sweden where its autonomous cars will be tested in public roads, alongside non-autonomous vehicles.  The project is in collaboration with the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg. Volvo believes that its automated vehicles can reduce the frequency of accidents, as well as their severity.... more »
Google's Andy Rubin is secretly building an army of robots, but for what?

Google's Andy Rubin is secretly building an army of robots, but for what?

When Andy Rubin was replaced by Sundar Pichai as head of Android and Chrome, many thought that he'd be leaving the company for pastures new. But now, it's been revealed that in fact, he's been be working on something much bigger inside Google's secret labs. Rubin is now heading up Google’s robotics arm, according to an article in the New York Times.  Earlier this year, the search giant quietly acquired seven technology companies in the hopes of creating the next generation of robots. But what could Google want with robots?  One idea that's been mooted is delivery robots, an idea that's arguably... more »
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DataSift nets $42M for social analytics

DataSift announced on Tuesday that it has raised $42 million in Series C financing to expand into new markets and accelerate the development of its flagship platform, a social media analytics solution used by more than 1,000 companies in 40 countries. DataSift‘s offering lets marketers keep track of consumer sentiment, brand perception and new revenue opportunities across the entire social universe, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and dozens of other networks. The firm boasts big name clients such as Bloomberg, Dow Jones, and CBS Interactive, as well as prominent social technology companies such as HootSuite and Simply Measured. New investor Insight Venture... more »
MongoDB makes AWS easier | #reinvent

MongoDB makes AWS easier | #reinvent

Today I want to re-visit the AWS re:Invent conference, held just two weeks ago in Las Vegas. The co-founder and CTO of MongoDB, Eliot Horowitz, stopped in for a candid conversation with John Furrier and Dave Vellante on SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE, which broadcast live from the event. Horowitz addressed the troubled first days of his company, how they survived the most challenging issues and the advantages Mongo possesses that has placed them in a position to maximize market share thanks to their partnership with AWS. Early on in the interview, Furrier pointedly asked Horowitz to address some of the scalability issues Mongo... more »
Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Zenoss expands into Microsoft ecosystem with new ZenPacks

Unified monitoring provider Zenoss is extending its flagship Service Dynamics suite with two new plug-ins for Windows Server and Azure environments. In a release, Zenoss cited Bloomberg projections that Azure deployments will surpass $1 billion in sales this year thanks to a 20 percent adoption rate among companies that use cloud services. The vendor is seeking to tap this market with Azure ZenPack, which consolidates monitoring to help admins troubleshoot problems faster and more effectively. The extension also provides automated discovery, monitoring and event management capabilities for all “Azure subscription entities,” including apps, websites, virtual machine instances, storage services and virtual networks.... more »
The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

The future of the cloud goes Splunk | #reinvent

Just a few weeks ago, SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE broadcast live from the AWS re:Invent 2013 conference. One of the interview broadcasts welcomed the director of developer marketing for Splunk, Jon Rooney. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly sat down with Rooney to discuss Splunk’s role as a partner with AWS, their focus on working directly with and for the developer community and how competitor criticisms won’t keep Splunk from trying to maintain their leadership position in the industry. Amazon is migrating their successful pricing transparency to the world of AWS. Vellante asked Rooney about the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) option AWS... more »
Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Microsoft is developing a 'SmartBra' to combat over-eating

Last week, Sony revealed that it applied for a SmartWig, a wearable device that looks a lot like your ordinary wig but functions as an aid to the visually impaired and can give directions to people travelling. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft is working on its own wearable tech, a smart bra.  You might say that this is not something new as there is already the First Warning System, a smart bra laced with sensors for the early detection of breast cancer.  But Microsoft’s smart bra differs significantly, as it's aim is not breast cancer detection but rather, to help... more »
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Apple buys Topsy to tap Twitter’s firehose

Apple has officially jumped on the Big Data bandwagon with the acquisition of Topsy Labs, a social media analytics startup headquartered in San Francisco. The consumer electronics giant confirmed the buy after insiders leaked the news to the Wall Street Journal, but did not verify claims that the deal is valued at more than $200 million. Founded in 2008, Topsy scans Twitter activity to provide customers with insight into top influencers, the success of their marketing campaigns, and the amount of buzz surrounding a particular person or term. The company raised $32.2 million in funding from investors, and lists top media... more »
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 »

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