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Hackathon competition: Salesforce joins other titans in mobile race to lure developers

Hackathon competition: Salesforce joins other titans in mobile race to lure developers

Applications are fashionable and Salesforce wants to make sure to attract enough developers next month to their San Francisco conference. As part of its Dreamforce 2013 conference, the CRM and cloud computing provider is holding a Salesforce development contest that will reward the best mobile application based on its cloud platform. The Dreamforce user conference 2013 is to be held from November 18 to 21 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. And the company has announced a hackathon to be held as part of this event. The key: a $1 million reward for developer or team that creates the best mobile application based... more »
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Dell shows off first 64-bit ARM server

Low-cost and low-power mobile processors are making their way into data centers as organizations adopt hyperscale architectures to keep up with the rapid growth in unstructured information. Hardware maker Dell is pushing into this space as part of an effort to stay competitive in the increasingly commoditized server market. The company is demonstrating its first 64-bit ARM microserver at this week’s TechCon conference in Santa Clara, California. The machine runs the Fedora version of Linux on an ARM processor from AppliedMicro with a 16-port SAS storage storage system provided by PMC-Sierra. Dell plans to deliver a proof of concept model with... more »
Mentor moments : Inspiring women in tech

Mentor moments : Inspiring women in tech

It seems 2013 was a prime year for furthering the story of women in the tech sector.  Every era is tagged with its own feminist movement, and the present day is ripe with initiatives to spur girls’ interest in math and science.  Not only is this nation in desperate need for more math and science students, but career paths following these tracts have yet to reach a gender equilibrium. A recent Yale study cited by The New York Times notes that only 14 percent of physics Ph.D.’s in the US are women, earning an average salary $4,000 less than male counterparts.  The... more »
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Google Glass accessory store pops up : Will Google unveil new products today?

Glass Explorers were delighted with the news that they can swap their old Google Glasses for a new version later this year, as well as invite three of their friends to become Explorers.  But that’s not all, as Google is said to be gearing up to launch a dedicated online store for Google Glass accessories. Some developers have already seen the store and the page shows Google is selling an extra Mono Earbud for $50, Clear Shield for $75, extra cable and charger for $50, and an extra pouch for $50. Though this is good news for Explorers, some think the prices... more »
Google's Halloween treat : Uncover all today's spooky 'Easter eggs'

Google's Halloween treat : Uncover all today's spooky 'Easter eggs'

You might have already noticed today’s Google Doodle is an interactive animated witch.  There are more tricks to uncover though, but you just have to know the right combination of ingredients to make the right concoction. But that’s not all Google has in store for users today as Google Graph Search provides additional, not always useful, but funny information for your ghoulish search. Ghost Inspector Specter In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Wikipedia Origin: Animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures Grouping:... more »
Smart glasses worthy of Levar Burton (or Superman)

Smart glasses worthy of Levar Burton (or Superman)

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features a pair of smart glasses, a smart tracker, and a badge that makes you feel like you're part of the Star Trek crew. ION Glasses   This gadget allows you to monitor your phone’s activity without obstructing your view as it sends you notifications via LED that only you can see.  You can assign LED colors for different notifications such as incoming calls, SMS, email, reminders, plus the ION logo on the outside of the frame can also be customized with any color your like. All the components are on the right temple of the frame of the ION... more »
3 new roles Big Data will bring to your office | #BigDataNYC

3 new roles Big Data will bring to your office | #BigDataNYC

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO, EIM Service Line for EMC, discussed the release of his book, Big Data - Understanding How Data Powers Big Business with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at #BigDataNYC 2013 in New York.   "The inspiration for the book really started three years ago," Schmarzo said, with a conference session on Big Data focusing on helping technology people understand how the business should think about employing data. The Dean of Big Data said he "had a framework in mind about what I wanted to tell people. It all kind of came together." The book features numerous case studies of how... more »
Facebook wants to track your mouse cursor and screen behavior

Facebook wants to track your mouse cursor and screen behavior

As if it didn't know enough about you already, Facebook now wants to be able to track your mouse cursor as you interact with the site, and has apparently been researching the feasibility and profitability of doing so. According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, the social media giant is looking for ways to better track how users interact with content and ads on Facebook. Using the data it gets from this project, it would then be able to adapt its advertising methods accordingly to generate ever-more numbers of clicks. Facebook already employs a number of methods, such... more »
Facebook posts stellar Q3 despite decrease in mobile DAUs

Facebook posts stellar Q3 despite decrease in mobile DAUs

Facebook posted its third quarter earnings results, which showed that the company beats analysts expectations. Its revenue for the quarter that ended last September 30, 2013 saw an increase of 60 percent, from $1.26 billion one year ago, to $2.02 billion for this year.  The majority of its revenue came from advertising, which saw a 66 percent increase from last year to $1.80 billion.  Mobile advertising also saw a 49 percent increase in revenue, and payments and other fees constituted $218 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2013. "For nearly ten years, Facebook has been on a mission to connect... more »
Bugged teddy bears, electric irons & the Pope: Spying just got really, really silly

Bugged teddy bears, electric irons & the Pope: Spying just got really, really silly

If you've been following the NSA's spying saga over the summer, you probably thought you'd seen it all by now. Well, you couldn't have been more wrong, because this was the week that the torrent of spy allegations went completely over-the-top. The NSA has been eavesdropping on The Pope; the Russians are using bugged teddy bears to spy on G-20 officials; Wikileaks' Julian Assange has been sending packages of spy equipment to jailed activists; Oh and the Chinese are equipping electric irons with spy chips – all this and more in just one week. Perhaps the most scandalous allegation of the past... more »

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