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Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0

Quantified Self revolution : Hello Human 2.0

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a filmmaker’s perception of the Quantified Self revolution, a platform that tracks everything in your life, and a design-savvy fitness tracker. Human 2.0   Renowned filmmaker Jason Silva recently released a new video in his YouTube channel Shots of Awe wherein he talks about how amazing the Quantified Self revolution is.  Silva talks about how sensors obtaining all these data from millions of people can be used to better analyze a person and could well be the beginning of Human 2.0. It's certainly an interesting concept to ponder, and that's what Silva does best.  The filmmaker's been on... more »
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Box CIO on the intricacies of the job | #BigDataNYC

When Ben Haines joined Box as CIO six months ago, the former Pabst Brewing Co. executive wasted no time in getting up to speed with the intricacies of managing IT for a cloud service provider. A veteran of the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space, Haines started his first job in the tech industry with a head start on using data to improve operational efficiency. It’s been a bumpy ride, Haines tells theCUBE host Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly at Big Data NYC 2013. Box has grown “fantastically” and now boasts nearly a million users, but the company faces unique challenges in... more »
Attunity upgrades AWS replication service at AWS re:Invent 2013

Attunity upgrades AWS replication service at AWS re:Invent 2013

Attunity announced on Tuesday that it has enhanced its CloudBeam file replication and transfer service to better accommodate Big Data workloads of varying sizes. The update introduces “quality of service” tiers that enable customers to optimize their cloud uplinks for cost and performance, with throughput speeds ranging from 200Mbps all the way up to 1Gbps. Data can be transferred as fast as 12 terabytes per day thanks to the addition of two new capabilities for moving and synchronizing data to, from and between enterprise data centers and cloud environments, according to Attunity. The enhancements include TurboStream DX, a “resilient” WAN transfer engine... more »
CEOs porn habits are biggest threat to IT security

CEOs porn habits are biggest threat to IT security

It's a dirty little secret but its one that needs to be let out of the bag. IT professionals spend a lot of time worrying about security threats to their organizations from hackers and corrupt employees, but according to a new study from ThreatTrack, the bigger risk lies at the top of the tree. The behavior of senior executives is one of the biggest causes of corporate data being stolen and systems being hacked, with the deadliest sins including execs allowing friends and family members to use corporate devices, downloading malicious applications, and surfing the web for porn. Even worse, is... more »
Google Glass wait-list now open for US residents

Google Glass wait-list now open for US residents

If you can’t wait for Google Glass to hit the stores, here’s your chance to get one earlier: Google has opened up a new wait-list for those who're eager to get their hands on a pair of its high-tech specs. You read that right, the wait-list is now open for anyone to sign up, as long as you are a resident in the US, and you have $1,500 to spare.  You can register here, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a Google Glass, because remember, you are only signing up for the wait-list. So what’s the big deal about the wait-list?  Nothing... more »
SmartThings gets $12.5M to take over the Internet of Things

SmartThings gets $12.5M to take over the Internet of Things

SmartThings, the Internet of Things startup that provides home automation solutions, raised $12.5 million in a Series A funding from Greylock Partners and Highland Capital Partners. This round of funding brings SmartThings’ venture funding to a total of $15.5 million. The new round of funding will be used to enhance its product portfolio as well as expanding its reach. Greylock partner Josh Elman and Highland partner Manish Patel will join the SmartThings board of directors.  Elman will play a key role in helping the company as it rolls out to a larger market, while Patel will help the company expand its support... more »
How big is 'Big Data' really?

How big is 'Big Data' really?

These days, electronic devices come in various storage capacities.  It's one of the features that most people look at before making a purchase.  If you buy a new iPad, one of the things you'll need to consider is if 16GB of storage space will be enough for all your data - such as your photos and videos.  If you're one of those people who's fond of snapping away at every possible moment, then 16GB probably won't be enough.  You either go for a version with a higher storage capacity or get cloud storage for that. But have you ever wondered what... more »
Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal unleashes Cloud-based Big Data platform

Pivotal, the buzzed-about Big Data venture that was spun out of EMC and VMware earlier this year, is attempting to marry the power of Hadoop with the elasticity of the open cloud. The company’s newly unveiled Pivotal One platform is the culmination of $105 million in funding, months of work by hundreds of engineers and a formidable lineup of enterprise-proven assets from its parent companies. The suite is founded on Pivotal CF, a beefed-up version of Cloud Foundry that enables organizations to stretch their Big Data deployments across multiple providers without having to invest in costly optimizations for each individual environment. Besides... more »
NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp sues rival over employee poaching

NetApp has filed suit against Nimble Storage, one of its fastest growing rivals, for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive behavior and colluding with three ex-employees to steal trade secrets. The vendor claims that the hybrid array startup lured former staffers to “join the company and to take NetApp confidential information with them.” It accuses Michael Reynolds, Daniel Weber and Sandhya Klute of participating in the scheme and violating their contractual obligations and post-employment restrictions. The complaint also mentions that Nimble hired 55 NetApp employees between July 2012 and July 2013, and that the group makes up 15 percent of the company’s total workforce... more »
Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft just became a much nicer place to work

Microsoft employees woke up to some good news this morning, when bosses sent out a company-wide email announcing the end of its despised "stack ranking" review system for workers' performance. The email, which was obtained by the ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, came from Lisa Brummel, executive VP of Redmond's human resources department, and explained that employees will no longer be assessed and ranked on a bell curve, as the company has previously done: "We will continue to invest in a generous rewards budget, but there will no longer be a pre-determined targeted distribution," said Brummel. "Managers and leaders will have flexibility to... more »

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