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Smart Recycle Bins & Treadmills for Gamers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Smart Recycle Bins & Treadmills for Gamers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Renew, Recycle, Repurpose   A new initiative by English startup Renew, has one hundred recycling bins in The City of London set to receive an upgrade that will track and target ads to passing pedestrians. Previously, bins all across the city were fitted with digital screens to celebrate last year’s Olympic games, and since then, the screens have been dedicated to displaying ads and public information to citizens. More recently, though, the smart-bins outfitted by Renew have the ability to track smartphones, giving advertisers the ability to track their cookies into the real world. The bins work by logging your phone’s unique Mac address... more »
Australian Gamers Find Themselves Segregated from the Rest of the World in Saints Row 4 Multiplayer

Australian Gamers Find Themselves Segregated from the Rest of the World in Saints Row 4 Multiplayer

Though gamers may sometimes be perceived as anti-social type of people, most of them enjoy a game that they can play with their friends or even other gamers across the world. Gaming is an international past-time that connections millions of people around the globe every day. But what if that simple joy is taken away from gamers due to their country’s restrictions? On August 20, the fourth installment of Saints Row, a sandbox type of game that combines elements of action, adventure and vehicular gameplay, will be released in North America, followed by a European release on the 23rd, then the... more »
IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

The following is an interview with Arvind Krishna, Ph.D., GM, development & manufacturing, IBM Systems & Technology Group on last Monday’s announcement by IBM of the OpenPOWER Consortium, which initially includes high-end GPU manufacturer Nvidia, high-performance IO builder Mellanox Technologies, Taiwanese white-ox server manufacturer Tyan, and Google. In the interview Mr. Krishna all but says that the initial aim of the consortium is to create a new generation of white box servers using high-performance computing (HPC) components built specifically to Google’s needs at a price that fits Google’s hyperscale architecture strategy. He goes on to imply that IBM and its... more »
HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

The increasing volume, variety and velocity of information enables organizations to tackle new problems and challenges. One of the things striking the market nowadays is that organizations are trying to pick their big data engine or platform not just for analytics, but for a multitude of different data needs. Hadoop, for example, is a distributed file system and run almost all analytics and transform processed data. HP Vertica is designed to ease the flow data from differing sources and types into the platform, making it seem much more like a Hadoop-like environment. Hundreds of customers and a growing ecosystem of partners... more »
Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

The idea of graphene supercapacitors may be novel and interesting, but what’s even more interesting is the method by which materials engineers at Monash University used to produce them. Using a method as simple and similar to traditional paper making, the engineers at Australian University have created graphene supercapacitors that have the same power density as the lead-acid battery in a car. All the better as these supercapacitors are 10 times more energy-dense than commercial devices. The best part of graphene supercapacitors, just like any other supercapacitor, is that these can recharge and discharge almost instantly. Unlike a lead-acid battery whose... more »
Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Demand for hybrid storage solutions is skyrocketing. Tegile, one of the fastest growing players in this space, revealed that it has improved its sales from doubling every two quarters to doubling every quarter before opening the $35 million Series C funding round it closed today. The round was led by late-stage venture firm Meritech Capital Partners. Original investor August Capital also participated, alongside flash behemoth SanDisk and Western Digital Capital. The latter is a subsidiary of Western Digital, a leading provider of enterprise-grade disk storage that also owns HGST, which supplies the hard drives and SSDs that power Tegile’s flagship Zebi... more »
Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

If you're at all like me and have been itching to get your hands on a funky new Firefox phone but unfortunately don't live in one of the nine countries currently selling them, well today's your lucky day. ZTE, the Chinese company that makes the Open Firefox phone, has just taken the rather unusual step of selling its handsets directly through eBay, to anyone in the world. For a major mobile phone maker this is quite an irregular move, as these companies usually just sell their hardware through carriers to avoid the hassle of dealing with consumers directly. However, in the... more »
Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

Solar-Power Gets a Makeover + Smart Beds Prevent Pressure Pains

In this week’s SmartHome roundup, we’ll be doing something a little different than what we've featured in recent weeks - instead of apps and services that are all about home security, we'll be looking at automation solutions for furniture, windows and more. Stained glass-solar panels   The Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan, recently installed stained glass that doubles as a solar panel.  This design fuses usability and design to maintain the aesthetic integrity of the building.  Though stained glass windows are typical of churches, that doesn’t mean one cannot apply the same concept for homes.  Instead of a plain-looking window,... more »
New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

New iPhone Rumors Can't Carry Apple Anymore

Is the Apple + iPhone fandom wearing thin to anyone else but me? I was one of the biggest Apple fanboys ever, heck I still wouldn't purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer from anyone but Apple. With that being said though, I find myself less interested with product announcements.  A company that was built on innovation has seemingly let the rest of the smartphone world catch up with the iPhone, and from what we know about Apple's next iteration, the biggest point of differentiation is still the user interface. The rumors are confirmed that we will see the next evolution of... more »
London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

London's Recycle Bins Get Smart: They Know Who YOU Are

In London, a busy street lined with recycling bins might seem fairly innocuous at first. But these recycling bins are no ordinary bins - instead, they've been equipped with tracking capabilities with the sole purpose of, well, keeping track of people. During the 2012 Olympics, a startup company called Renew scattered its recycling bins throughout London and caused quite a stir, because these bins with rather hi-tech compared to your usual refuse collection points - these ones had digital screens on them.  The purpose of these digital screens was to bombard passers by with advertising.  Advertisers can buy space on the... more »

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Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.