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Netflix in Talks with US Cable Operators, Service Could be Available on New Set-top Boxes

Netflix in Talks with US Cable Operators, Service Could be Available on New Set-top Boxes

Netflix is said to be in talks with top U.S. cable operators with regards to allowing its online service to appear as an app on set-top devices. Though a partnership between cable operators and streaming services is something cable providers used to frown upon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon are said to be considering Netflix’s offering.  The deal will allow cable subscribers to watch programming on demand, older shows that are no longer available in networks offered by the cable operator, and even serve as the go-to place for network blackouts. If the deal pushes forward, it will be the... more »
Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage

Internet of Things Review: Mobility Takes Center Stage

Seeking to reduce its dependence on the rapidly shrinking PC market, Intel is rolling out new Atom chips that can be used to power anything from the networked machinery that GE is eyeing to smart home appliances. Ton Steenman, the head of the chip maker’s Intelligent Systems Group, revealed during a press conference held earlier this week that the next generation Atom processors have a wider operating temperature range, which makes them suitable for use in a broader spectrum of connected devices. The upcoming lineup also features “integrated security” courtesy of Wind River and McAfee, which Intel acquired in 2011 for... more »
Weekly Cloud Review: On Two Different Fronts, IBM and AWS Leading the Charge

Weekly Cloud Review: On Two Different Fronts, IBM and AWS Leading the Charge

Like other traditional IT vendors, IBM is repositioning itself for the cloud in a multi-billion dollar push to expand into new markets. This week, the tech titan unleashed an array of hardware and software solutions that aim to make the increasingly popular hybrid cloud model more viable for cost-conscious SMBs. The latest additions to the company’s portfolio include a low-range, single chassis PureFlex appliance dubbed Express, and a  more expensive configuration that is specifically designed to consolidate legacy IBM i deployments. The systems are joined by the Power Integrated Facility for Linux, an enterprise solution that offers to help CIOs scale... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Apps and Services

Weekly Big Data Review: Apps and Services

It’s been an eventful week for Big Data startups, especially for the Los Angeles-based Bottlenose. The social media analytics firm announced on Monday that it’s breaking into the enterprise market with a new tool for extracting insights from fast-moving information streams. Based on Bottlenose’s Trendfluence social discovery platform, Nerve Center utilizes patent-pending natural language processing and statistical algorithms to identify patterns in large datasets. The app scans social and operational workloads for business trends, sorts them by relevance, and generates visualizations that make information more easily accessible for decision makers. Nerve Center can be used to monitor consumer sentiment and optimize operations... more »
Looking for More Nirvanix Alternatives: Shopping List for Last-Minute Migration

Looking for More Nirvanix Alternatives: Shopping List for Last-Minute Migration

The shutdown announcement from Nirvanix has led to a lot of scrambling for customers and the final-closure-date is looming with the upcoming October 15th as the deadline. But fortunately, other cloud providers are stepping into the breach. We have covered a few of the top popular options to migrate to other cloud storage services provider. As the final turn-off date is finally on the horizon, SiliconANGLE figured that it's a good time to update the list of likely candidates to move data to. Consider this a last-minute-shopping list (including the previous we've run.) While some customers are looking for alternatives to the major cloud providers... more »
Ouya Hits First Major Milestone, Developers Count Now Tops 25,000

Ouya Hits First Major Milestone, Developers Count Now Tops 25,000

There is no doubt that Ouya is a platform that dazzled Internet audiences from the first minute. For evidence of this one need only look at the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, where the developer pocketed over eight million dollars. Since then, many, many indie developers have jumped on the bandwagon of the micro console with Android. In March, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman stated that there were already 8,000 developers working on games for its gamebox.  And in less than a month, Ouya hit a milestone as there were already 10,000 game developers. Now, ahead of the Android-based micro console’s European launch, Ouya has... more »
Valve Continues to Build Complete Gaming Ecosystem, Announces Steam Dev Days for Developers

Valve Continues to Build Complete Gaming Ecosystem, Announces Steam Dev Days for Developers

Valve has announced Steam Dev Days, a two-day conference to be held next January 15 to 16 at the company’s headquarters in Seattle and where they will present their latest developments, including SteamOS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controller. The event will be exclusive to members of the industry and the press are not invited. The cited intent is to bring together industry players so they can share ideas, talents, and visions, especially for the benefit of gaming. Steam official website explains that the participants will have the opportunity to participate in discussions in virtual reality technology, economics, and Linux-based development. “Developers will... more »
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Intel Going After the Internet of Things with New Atom Chips

Continuing its efforts to diversify beyond personal computers, Intel is introducing new Atom processors aimed at powering a broad spectrum of connected devices. Ton Steenman, the head of the chipmaker’s Intelligent Systems Group, explained that his company is focusing on technology that is already in widespread use, such as servers and industrial machinery, as well as networked home appliances and other next generation devices. The executive said in a press briefing this week that Intel’s latest Atom chips support a wide operating temperature range, provide integrated security, and include new software from Wind River and McAfee. He didn’t disclose a launch... more »
NetApp Introduces Optic SAS to Simplify Storage Deployment

NetApp Introduces Optic SAS to Simplify Storage Deployment

Pushing the envelope on data center networking, NetApp has come out with an industry-first optical SAS implementation that aims to simplify infrastructure management for users of its disk-based storage solutions and synchronous mirroring software. The protocol supports multi-mode and single-mode fiber cables up to 150 and 500 meters in length while retaining full compatibility with active copper-based solutions.  According to NetApp product executives Zev Rubenstein and Vivek Kohli, it achieves this by utilizing standard QSFP connectors and homegrown technology to convert electrical signals into optical signals. Rubenstein and Kohli say that the implementation enables data centers to arrange racks with less concern for distance... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Ninjas + Robots Invade Homes, Cars Get Removable SIMs + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Ninjas + Robots Invade Homes, Cars Get Removable SIMs + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features ninjas and robots that are invading your homes, tracking devices for kids and the elderly, removable SIMs on cars, and the slimmest portable speaker available in the market. Ninjas and Robots Invade Your Smart Home   SmartHome Monday featured the Ninja Blocks, a home automation solution that monitors your home... more »

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