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Open source the Smart Home : Cure app fatigue

Open source the Smart Home : Cure app fatigue

This week’s SmartHome roundup features an effort to streamline home automation solutions, a garage door opener add-on that connects via WiFi, and a home security platform that's added some new perks. Open house   As more and more home automation solutions go to market, the problem of these little devices not communicating with one another is becoming more prominent.  Some people who are turning their homes into a connected one find themselves stuck with a single brand, as other devices cannot communicate with their existing home automation hub.  But that problem may soon be resolved, as companies are now coming together to fix... more »
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Actian CTO on the digital data tap | #BigDataNYC

Actian, one of the biggest private software companies in the world, is pursuing an aggressive acquisition strategy in an effort to stay ahead of the Big Data curve. Mike Hoskins, the firm’s chief technology officer, stopped by theCUBE last week to discuss his ambitious growth plans and the bleeding edge trends he's been keeping track of. In the last 12 months, Actian picked up data management specialist Pervasive Software, object database vendor Versant and ParAccel, an analytics startup with a cloud-based warehouse for compute intensive workloads. The service competes with offerings from HP Vertica, IBM Netezza and Teradata. Hoskins says that ParAccel is... more »
OS X Mavericks tips 'n' tricks: How to find those missing features

OS X Mavericks tips 'n' tricks: How to find those missing features

If you're a Mac user then you might be aware of reports that the new OS X Mavericks is laced with a number of bugs.  This news isn’t actually all that shocking, as new software is rarely flawless - there will always be something that needs to be fixed. As far as updates to popular operating systems and programs go, users often complain that certain features have been removed, but in many cases it’s not that there's anything missing, but rather, that the feature has just been moved, and can easily be unearthed with a little digging. Below are a few... more »
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The Hadapt approach to making Big Data consumable | #BigDataNYC

Harnessing the power of Big Data is no small feat, requiring organizational commitment, substantial investments in infrastructure and talent and clear project objectives. There’s also the matter of putting that power in the hands of users, a challenge that Hadapt has set out to solve. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the startup offers a relational abstraction layer for Hadoop that lets analysts unlock the value of their data without having to go through Hive. Hadapt engineering head Christopher Rocca and pre-sales manager Patrick Toole dropped by theCUBE at SiliconANGLE’s Big Data NYC 2013 gathering to discuss how their firm makes information more... more »
The patent war rumbles on, just don't go thinking Google is innocent

The patent war rumbles on, just don't go thinking Google is innocent

Steve Jobs may not have lived to make good on his promise of a "thermonuclear" war against Google, but the company he left behind is determined to keep up the fight. In one of the biggest stories from the weekend, Rockstar Consortium, of which Apple and Microsoft are key members, caused a stir when it filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas court, alleging that Google has infringed on seven of its patents. The story was first broken by Reuters, which reports: "The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed its first patent lawsuit on Thursday against a... more »
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The human edge of Big Data | #BigDataNYC

The Big Data market is on the verge of a new era, with information becoming more accessible through a combination of self-service capabilities and advanced visualization features. Edd Dumbill, the vice president of strategy for Silicon Valley Data Science, appeared on theCUBE at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data NYC 2013 event to share his unique perspective on the cutting-edge technologies that are making analytics practical for business users. When it comes to Big Data solutions, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere can this been seen more clearly than in Hadoop, which Dumbill says is a batch... more »
Anonymous hacks The Straits Times, threatens war against Singapore government

Anonymous hacks The Straits Times, threatens war against Singapore government

Singapore's leading newspaper, The Straits Times, became the latest victim of hacktivist group Anonymous this morning, after the collective hacked its website to announce the start of an all-out war against the country's government. A member of Anonymous posted the following message onto The Straits Times' blog, in retaliation for a 'misleading' article written by one of its journalists, Irene Tham: "Earlier today upon discovering the existence of a YouTube video of ours, a [Straits Times] correspondent by the name of Irene Tham chose to publicize an article distorting our words and intentions," the post said. "Ireme Tham, since you had the ignorant... more »
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The digital landscape in China [Video]

China is often viewed as a secluded place, favoring local trade over Western involvement.  Not that Western brands aren’t accepted in China, but in many cases the Chinese people prefer known and familiar brands. It's a cultural divide that can be difficult to comprehend in a world that's seemingly shrinking due to established globalization trends. The same can be said about China’s Internet-based ecosystem.  Though most of the world has no problem with interconnection and making services available from one place to another, China tends to keep foreign online services off its network.  But as China eases its restrictions on the... more »
Nokia gets new lease of life, renews patent licensing agreement with Samsung

Nokia gets new lease of life, renews patent licensing agreement with Samsung

Samsung and Nokia’s current patent licensing agreement was set to run out by the end of the year, but the Finnish company has just extended the deal for another five years. “This extension and agreement to arbitrate represent a hallmark of constructive resolution of licensing disputes, and are expected to save significant transaction costs for both parties,” Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer at Nokia, said in a statement. No information has been divulged as to what patents covered in the agreement are, nor is there any information about how much Samsung will be paying for the renewal. All we do know... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Converged infrastructure + developer outreach

With the consumerization of IT sweeping through the enterprise, organizations are increasingly embracing the private cloud in an effort to keep up with the fast-evolving expectations of their end-users. The path to addressing the needs of today’s workforce leads to converged infrastructure, a modular approach to managing data centers that aims to simplify deployment and operations and accommodate future data growth. Cisco and NetApp are leading the charge with FlexPod, a jointly developed converged reference architecture series that competes with VCE’s Vblock and and EMC’s VSPEX. Celebrating the third anniversary of their partnership this week, the pair revamped the lineup in... more »

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