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When it comes to scouting out workforce talent, some employers these days do a lot more than just rustling through a bunch of resumes looking for the right person. Instead of doing things the old-fashioned way, smarter companies these days are resorting to collecting massive amounts of data to vet potential employees first. This practice is justified because employers can study data about people to predict specific outcomes, for example if a prospective hire is likely to quit the job within the first 12 months, steal from their employer, file claims against them and so on. Big Data has other uses... more »
HP Monday announced a major new commodity server line, designed for low-cost, low-power, low-cooling operations, and modeled after the custom-built hyperscale server architectures used by Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and other very large Cloud-based companies. Each 4.3U chassis includes 45 server cartridges, a network switch, management components, dual power supplies and cooling fans. One of the most interesting parts of the Moonshot announcement, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer in his initial alert on the announcement, “HP Introduces New Blade Architecture with Emphasis on Low Power Modules”, is that HP is promising multiple cartridge types based on different commodity processors, all coming out... more »
On Monday Hewlett-Packard pulled the covers off Moonshot, a revolutionary server built for ultra-efficient hyperscale environments. Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly discussed the debut of Moonshot on yesterday’s NewsDesk show with Kristin Feledy. Kelly says that the solution HP unveiled this week is the product of a development effort the company first announced in November 2011. The big deal about Moonshot is that it requires 89 percent less power and 80 percent less space than traditional boxes, and supports a wide range of processors from different vendors. This latter feature is an industry first that offers customers the ability to customize their... more »
WNS Announces Secondary Public Offering of ADSs by Warburg Pincus WINs Ltd. has announced that, subject to market and other conditions, Warburg Pincus is proposing to offer 12,625,343 ADSs in an underwritten public offering. Warburg Pincus also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,893,891 ADSs to cover over-allotments, if any. WNS does not intend to offer any ADSs in the proposed offering and will not receive any proceeds from the proposed offering. More Tata Elxsi Introduces Strategy & Technology Consulting Services for the Media & Entertainment Industry Global technology and engineering services provider Tata Elxsi... more »
For developers who want to easily integrate SMS and voice into their apps, pay attention, as Google has joined hands with Twilio to make this task simpler than ever. Google has created new Python and Java libraries allow for integration with Twilio's cloud-based communications platform. “We’ve been working with our friends over at Twilio to make it easier to do so. Today we’re announcing native Python and Java libraries for working with Twilio APIs onto Google Cloud Platform,” said Google on its App Engine blog, where it also showed how developers can add a few lines of code to send a... more »
Jim Ganthier, HP Vice President, Marketing and Operations, Industry Standard Servers and Software, discussed the HP Moonshot announcement with the Cube hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the New York City event. "We see four massive new trends - mobile, social, cloud, big data. We looked at what it would take to make this new server," Ganthier said. If one took the power required to power servers needed in the near future (8-10 million new servers), it would be the same as powering 2 million US homes. With Moonshot, the server requirements are met in a fundamentally new approach,... more »
Facebook has launched Partner Categories, a new way for brands or establishments to deliver targeted ads to people near them, or in the market for specific items or based on people’s search or purchase history on their desktop and even mobile devices. Partner Categories uses data from select third parties such as Acxiom, Datalogix, and Epsilon, but Facebook says users shouldn’t worry about their privacy as the social giant assures that no personal information is shared between it and the third parties. This new initiative will launch with more than 500 unique groups that would work well with Facebook’s existing targeting options.... more »
It’s been a week since Syfy Channel and Trion Worlds released the much-hyped massively multiplayer online game Defiance for Xbox, PS3, and PC. As an MMO, it’s nothing new to the sphere of shooters that are also role playing games, what makes it different is that the game is connected to a Syfy Channel exclusive TV show of the same name. While video games consistently arrive that are aftermarket gimmicks for TV shows (basically digital merchandizing) this is one of the first MMO games that is being produced simultaneously with television. Trion Worlds is a world-class MMO maker who made their... more »
Google's anxious to revolutionize the consumer data space, launching a well-funded initiative called Google Fiber. What started as a localized experiment in Kansas City has since grown to Austin, TX. Similar to the initial Kansas City program, Austenites can choose between Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet Plus, our Google Fiber TV. No news yet as to how much it will cost to subscribe to Google Fiber in Austin, but it’s probably similar or close to Kansas City pricing. Google is also offering a free Internet connection at 5 mbps for 7 years if they are willing to pay a one-time... more »
Postponing the unveiling of its next-generation Xbox, Microsoft may release its gaming console at an event on 21st May. As reported by Windows Watcher Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, while the console will launch in early November. Dropping the moniker “720”, Microsoft has named the console just "Xbox", which will and cost around $500. A lower price $300 model will also be available with some form of subscription. Maybe Xbox LIVE? So, this next-gen box (Earlier codenamed as Durango) is pretty expensive. Talking about the console's rumored "always-online" component, Thurrot said, "Looking at some of the stuff... more »