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Developers are always looking for Big Data tools to make it faster and easier to build applications, with Hadoop as a preferred solution for storing and processing the data. Given that Big Data is on the verge of widespread adoption, creating applications on top of Hadoop is a complex phenomenon. For a developer to get from an idea to realization, she needs to spend months on educating herself on the complexities of MapReduce. Big Data PaaS provider Continuuity has predicted the need for simplifying the development of Big Data apps and launched multiple stellar products, the Continuuity Big Data AppFabricTM and... more »
Centrify Corporation and Dropbox partner to enable secure access for Dropbox for Business. Centrify is an industry leader in unified identity services across the data center, cloud and mobile. Dropbox is a service that lets you store, sync and share your photos, docs and videos securely. From Dropbox's end, this development is seen as a counter to Box's recent moves, who is trying to become the enterprise's first choice for storage. Dropbox for Business teaming with Centrify means that users now have one less password to remember. Centrify specializes in single sign-on (SSO) and is an easy-to-deploy cloud service that offers the industry's... more »
Andrew Erlichson, the vice president of education and general manager of cloud at 10gen, is very enthusiastic about his job. He told us all about it in a chat with theCube co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly at last week’s MongoDB Days conference. Erlichson views the event as a golden opportunity to engage partners and customers. He says that the majority of practitioners at the event have worked with relational systems before, but most are new to MongoDB. This statistic indicates that 10gen’s database is gaining a lot of traction in the developer community. The rapid adoption of MongoDB is due in... more »
The rumored big brother of the Sony Xperia Z has been launched and it looks like quite a handful. Phablets, though too big to be a considered a smartphone, and too small to be a 'real' tablet, serve a variety of purposes and conveniences, hence the increased interest in them. “The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.” said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “We’re already bringing the best of Sony technology and... more »
Samsung could be about to shift away from its desktop PC business in light of falling demand caused by legions of consumers swapping them for mobile devices instead. The news comes from the Korea Times, which says that the move is a further signal that OEMs are entering a period of consolidation as they switch to specialize in either the manufacture of mobile devices or more traditional computing models. Korea Times report quoted a Samsung official as saying that the firm was looking to focus its energies on developing more "popular" portable devices. The move would see Samsung divert resources to... more »
K Young, CEO, Mortar Data, discussed the importance of data science, current data processing challenges and approaching business types with Big Data solutions with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, live at the recently concluded MongoDB Days conference. "Mortar is a platform and also an open source framework that is used by engineers and data scientists that process large volumes of data." Young explained, built on top of Hadoop. Currently the company focuses on developing its recommended systems, aiming to build ten different types of such systems targeted at companies in different sectors which would allow them to make recommendations to... more »
Evan Korth and Chris Wiggins, two computer science professors who run hackNY, stopped by theCUBE at MongoDB Days 2013 to discuss how their organization helps young developers enter the job market. Host Dave Vellante starts the interview by highlighting that hackNY is not an incubator; it’s an educational initiative that aims to federate the next generation of hackers for the New York innovation community. Wiggins confirms, and provides a brief rundown of what he and Korth have been up to in recent years. The two academics founded hackNY in 2010 because they sought to “change the narrative” for young software engineers in... more »
Concerns have been raised that a recent decision by the Federal Circuit court of appeal could lead to an escalation in so-called patent abuse in the technology industry. The decision, which was taken last Friday, upheld a controversial patent owned by a company called Ultramericial, and has been called a "missed opportunity" to finally rein in abusive patent trolls. Writing for the Washington Post, Timothy E. Lee states that the court missed a golden opportunity to "rein in these abstract patents," many of which are incredibly obvious and probably should never have been awarded a patent in the first place. Lee's... more »
Snapchat, the wildly chat messaging app that allows users to set a time limit for how long or short an image or video they send can be viewed, closed a $60 million round of Series B funding led by Institutional Venture Partners, with participation from General Catalyst Partners and SV Angel, and continued pro-rata participation from Benchmark Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Aside from that, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will be joining Snapchat’s board as an independent member. The new round of funding will be used to build servers, hire people and further innovate, said Snapchat in a statement. The company... more »
Enterprise giants Microsoft and Oracle appear to have put aside some of their differences after announcing a major deal regarding their enterprise cloud services. In a surprise press call yesterday afternoon, the two companies divulged details of an unlikely alliance that was first hinted at by Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison during the company's Q4 earnings call last week. There are a number of aspects to the new relationship, but the nuts and bolts of it is that Oracle's database and other software will now be officially "certified" to run on Microsoft's Windows Cloud, Windows Server, Azure and alongside its Hyper-V technology.... more »