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Tattoos as lie detectors : wearable tech gets trendy

Tattoos as lie detectors : wearable tech gets trendy

This week’s Wearable Tech roundup features a tattoo that doubles as a lie detector, a watch that tells you when you’ve had enough fun under the sun, and more fashionable tech for women. Google’s Neck Tattoo   Earlier this week, it was revealed that Google has applied for a patent regarding a patch that can facilitate communication during covert operations, or even be used as a lie detector. The patent describes a patch or a skin tattoo that can be applied on the neck that can “include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user it is contemplated that a... more »
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Splunk and Ford collaborate on smart car analytics

Futurist, filmmaker and theCUBE alumnus Jason Silva predicts that sensory data will help reshape our individual and collective destinies, improving our lives in “ways we could never have conceived before.” But while Silva’s Human 2.0 revolution will likely remain in science fiction for the foreseeable future, self-tuning cars that can achieve better performance by tapping into the power of real time information are right around the corner. Splunk and Ford Motors have joined forces to provide a sneak peek of things to come through Connected Car Dashboards, a collaborative experiment in aggregating data from vehicles. As part of the project, the... more »
Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Iran has built a drone that could actually save lives

Lifeguards may soon be able to take a breather if a bunch of Iranian engineers have their way. They're building drones capable of delivering rescue devices to drowning victims. Yes, drones, those little robotic things usually used for reconnaissance, or blowing the crap out of terrorists, have now been souped up to save lives - and the idea has ironically come from one of the countries most targeted by the more offensive variety of drone The Verge reports that Pars is a multirotor drone designed by Tehran-based RTS Lab, built to carry and drop flotation devices for swimmers who've gotten into difficulty... more »
Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Console Wars: PlayStation 4 vs Xbox ONE

Sony and Microsoft are both set to sell their new gaming consoles this month.  Sony’s PlayStation 4 will hit the store shelves today, while Xbox fans will have to wait until the Nov 22 to get their hands on the Xbox ONE. Earlier reports stated that more gamers are more interested in the PS4, based on the fact that more people pre-ordered the Sony gaming console.  For one, the PS4 is much cheaper than the Xbox ONE, costing $100 less, so that's one obvious reason.  Another could be that Microsoft fans want to wait in line like fanbois do, instead of... more »
Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

Cerego uses data to help tomorrow’s health professionals study better

It’s been almost a year since Cerego exited stealth with an ambitious memory management tool that marries elements of psychology and applied learning with self-optimizing algorithms to bring education into the twenty-first century. The platform uses these algorithms to identify students’ strengths and weakness and generate appropriate personalized study plans that accelerate the learning process while optimizing knowledge retention, according to the startup. With over 3.7 million study hours logged to date, Cerego has proven to be a hit among online learners - and a force to be reckoned with in the academia. Elsevier, one of the world’s largest scientific publishing... more »
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Amazon gets serious about Cloud analytics with PostgreSQL, stream processing

After diving into the desktop-as-a-service market and tackling mobile UX on Day 2 of re:Invent 2013, Amazon is going after cloud analytics in a two-pronged offensive against enterprise vendors. On the relational database front, the firm is upgrading its RDS service to support PosgreSQL, an open source MySQL rival with roots stretching back to the early ‘80s. Using the AWS Management Console, customers can deploy the software in minutes, configure an isolated virtual network with custom firewall policies, and copy snapshots of their instances to different Availability Zones for increased uptime. By eliminating the bulk of the administrative work associated with setting... more »
Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft unleashes Cybercrime Center

Microsoft yesterday posted the announcement “Digital Detectives” to publicly herald its seriously cutting-edge Cybercrime Center.  We’ve seen Microsoft help shut down botnets and other cybercrime in the past, but this fascinating new effort will be taking this on at a whole new level.  The facility looks like something out of “24”, a science fiction or action movie, and it’s based in Redmond, the company’s headquarters.  There’s no Jack Bauer here, but inside, the area puts together the company’s security research teams, cybersecurity experts, and even legal personnel such as from Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit (DCU).  The facility is also designed... more »
Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

Google crushes Authors Guild in long-running book scanning dispute

For almost a decade, the Authors Guild has waged a bitter war against Google and its massive book search engine project, accusing it of violating copyrights on an industrial scale by scanning the pages of millions of books and uploading these to the web. Google fought back hard, arguing that it's Books project is actually performing a service to society, whilst respecting author's rights at the same time. And now, that war has finally been settled. So who's right? According to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Denny Chin, Google is. Google's problems began almost eight years ago, when it first conceived the idea... more »
TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

TeleSign gives your phone its own 'reputation' with PhoneID Score

Ever wonder what your phone number can tell about you?  What if one day, instead of being asked for your social security number to check your background, you were asked for your phone number? TeleSign is a company that helps service providers authenticate people.  Not a clue what that means?  That’s simple, if you are using Facebook, Google or Twitter, and use two-factor authentication to login and make sure you are not easily hacked, TeleSign is one of the companies that help make that possible.  It sends you a code to your mobile which you then enter into the website. “The tide... more »
What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

What’s yours is mine – Symantec study highlights intellectual property risks

Who owns what in the employee-employer relationship? It’s an interesting line within these relationships, where definitions, boundaries and ownership intersect. We’re talking about the information and intellectual property that an employee produces while working for an employer. In an era where there is so much fluidity of data, it’s a question that brings up other questions and technologies that can help. Still, technologies aside, there is a struggle and inherent challenge to be faced in this era of social media, mobile phones, tablets, BYOD and open source software. Companies have shown great concern over this as technological advances have made... more »

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- David Floyer

Server SAN added a $1.25 Billion dollars in 2015, and grew strongly from worldwide revenues of $1.25 Billion in 2014 to $2.5 Billion 2015. The overall growth of was 99%. The top three vendors were Nutanix, VMware and EMC ScaleIO, and they accounted for 43% of the market. ScaleIO had the most explosive growth of 3.5x from 2014 to 2015. Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at 22% CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5 Billion in 2015 to $22 Billion in 2026 Wikibon strongly recommends 2016 be the year Server SAN initiatives are installed for evaluation and production.

- Stuart Miniman

The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) wave is at a tipping point of adoption. Users should focus on the operational changes that will accompany the adoption of new Server SAN architectures.

- Peter Burris

While most agree that data is valuable, accepted conventions for valuing data are few. A simple framework for valuing data in use can help digital businesses make better investment decisions.

- Peter Burris

Digital business is a strategic requirement, but must be pursued programmatically. One concept -- digital = data -- and three core capabilities must be adopted.

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

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- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

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- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

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