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The first smartphones running Mozilla's Firefox OS have finally gone on sale, though anyone who's excited about the upcoming challenger to Android and iOS had probably better hold onto their horses for the moment. The devices in question – available from almost unheard of Spanish outfit Geeksphone – are reported to be geared at developers looking to build apps for the Firefox OS, rather than the consumers that'll eventually use them. We first saw Geeksphone's Peak and Keon models being previewed at CES last January, and these devices have finally gone on sale today, priced at 179 Euros ($234) and 110... more »
Netflix posted an impressively strong quarter. It signed up more than 2 million subscribers in the quarter that just ended, surpassing even its own predictions. Netflix reported having 29.17 million paid subscribers in the US, which is more than HBO's reported 28.7 million, at the end of 2012. Pundits suggest that Netflix’s success is brought on by the availability of original content such as House of Cards and Lillyhammer. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings stated that if its original content proves to be a success in the coming month, it will be adding more to its offerings. "In the next two years, it's... more »
Flash is changing system design, permanently. At Wikibon, we liken today's systems design to a military convoy, where the entire convoy must decelerate to allow the slowest vehicle to keep up. That slowest vehicle in systems today is spinning disk. For nearly two decades we've seen function move out of the host into the storage array (e.g. snapshots, migration, replication, etc.). With the advent of a lower cost, persistent semiconductor medium, we're seeing function move back toward the host. How fast will this migration occur? How will database and application design change as a result? What will the impact be on corporate productivity? Where is... more »
Dell just unveiled a slew of new features for its Toad Business Intelligence Suite, a database management platform that helps enterprises extract insights from both traditional and non-traditional data sources. Toad 2.0 ships with a number of enhancements, including new data connectors for Microsoft Analysis Services and Amazon’s DynamoDB and Redshift database services. The reworked solution also features storyboarding capabilities that empower users to collaborate on analysis online, and self-service data integration that makes it easier to share data and queries with colleagues. Concordia University, a private liberal arts university based in Portland, Oregon, is an early user of Toad. The resident... more »
Netherlands Rabobank International Selects HP Autonomy for Dodd Frank Compliance Rabobank International, the retail bank division of Rabobank Group, has selected HP Autonomy Enterprise Content Management (ECM) to meet regulatory obligations and drive business efficiency. Autonomy will provide a single, end-to-end information governance platform for regulatory record management and help increase trading efficiency by automating key front- and back-office processes. More IBM Labs Working on Revolutionary Photovoltaic/Desalination System under Swiss Grant The Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation has awarded a three-year, $2.4 million (2.25 million CHF) grant to a group including IBM Research to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating... more »
If you happen to have been a victim of hacking over the past 12 months and want to know where the culprits are, look no further than China, which has just been fingered as the origin of around 30% of all data breaches during 2012. Verizon's 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), published this morning, shows that China topped a list of 40 countries thought to be responsible for the most cyber attacks over the last year. Just behind it was Romania, from where 28% of all data breaches originated from, followed by... You guessed it, the United States, which came... more »
Jeffrey W. Ubben, founder of ValueAct Capital Management LP disclosed that his firm owns about $2 billion in Microsoft Corp. stock, about 1 percent of Microsoft's total shares outstanding. Ubben stated that the value of the software giant's businesses wasn't appreciated by other investors. Having his head in the clouds, and in a good way, Mr. Ubben highlighted Microsoft's effort to transform more of its software onto Web-based software in the cloud. Over three to five years, Ubben said, "Microsoft could be the largest cloud company in the world." On today's Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see live stream below)... more »
Altoona, Iowa. I'd never heard of it either. However, in a project that is being touted as "the most technologically advanced data center in the world," Facebook is building a $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa. The project is expected to be completed in two $500 million phases and leaders have already given it the green light. Altoona happens to be prime real estate for data centers because it meets all of the primary needs ranging from access to an extensive interstate fiber optic cable system to open and affordable land with low natural disaster risks. On today's Live NewsDesk... more »
It is predicted that on today's earnings call Apple will make history with its biggest second-quarter sales yet, and log its first decline in profit in 10 years. Analysts anticipate in today's second-quarter earnings report Apple to post earnings of $10.12 per share on sales of $42.6 billion. That's down from earnings of $12.30 per share, and up from the $39.2 billion in sales from the same quarter a year ago. You'd have to go back to 2003 to find an earnings report when Apple posted a decline in profit from the previous year's quarter. On today's Live NewsDesk Show with Kristin Feledy (see... more »
In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Apple blocks patent infringement claim; Google Glass coming in 2014; Nokia wins injunction against HTC One; and Tumblr rolled out ads in mobile apps. Apple blocks patent infringement claim Apple has successfully blocked a patent infringement claim originally pursued by Motorola, but was continued by Google when it acquired the phone maker. The patent in question deals with the technology that prevents the accidental touching of the screen when the phone is placed near a person’s face, like when making or accepting a call. The US International Trade Commission has dismissed the patent claim in which... more »