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The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with Piqora CEO Sharad Verma, who's company has seen early success as a metrics tool for popular bookmarking site Pinterest. Rumors about our “departure” from Pinterest have been forming ever since we decided to change our name to Piqora. The name Piqora isn’t designed to move away from Pinterest. We’re the complete marketing suite for Pinterest. To the market, we still want to be seen as a marketing suite that’s focused on Pinterest. I think Pinterest will be friendly to partners that share their vision and create value. We picked the name Piqora... more »
In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Apple apologizes to China; The Facebook phone; the Smartisan OS launch; and AT&T to pre-sell HTC One on April 5. Apple apologizes to China After Chinese government bureaus and consumers’ relentless efforts in forcing Apple to change its unfair warranty and repair policies for its devices, the Cupertino company finally gave in, issuing a public apology. “We are aware that, due to the lack of external communication in this process and lead to the speculation that Apple arrogance, do not care or do not attach importance to consumer feedback. We express our sincere apologies for any concerns or... more »
A few decades ago we thought we'd all be riding around in driverless cars by now (thanks for nothin' George Jetson). Well, the present is finally catching up with the future, and one of the most promising results of driverless cars is the boost in productivity it will provide to those once hindered by commute times. Between traffic and the time it takes to get from point A to B, millions of workers lose hours of daily productivity driving their cars. But once fully automated cars take over, a portion of that commute time could lend itself to more efficient... more »
Almost two years after its first announcement, Nebula has finally launched its much-hyped Nebula One turnkey solution that can transform an ordinary bunch of servers into a cloud platform running OpenStack. We first heard about Nebula back in 2011 at OSCON, where company founder and former NASA CTO Christopher Kemp stated that its goal was to build systems that would “last for generations to come”. Since then, Kemp has spent the last two years securing funding and honing his ideas, leaving us to wonder if an when they'll ever become a reality. But finally they have, Nebula One is here at last, and... more »
Aerospike, a NoSQL database provider, has just earned some more bragging rights. Thumbtack released a new report today titled “Failover Characteristics of Several Leading NoSQL Databases”. The paper is the follow-up to a January benchmark that found Aerospike’s offering performs up to 10 times better than competing solutions. This latest study compares how Cassandra, Couchbase, MongoDB and Aerospike handle node failure. The tests were carried in a four-server cluster environment that received a load of 50 million records, each 120 bytes in size, from eight client machines. For each test the cluster ran the workload (which consisted of 50 percent writes and... more »
Facebook has stirred up some interest once again following its invitation to “come and see our new home on Android” this Thursday, April 4. Rumor has it that the social media giant is finally set to unveil its much-vaunted ‘Facebook phone’, most likely in collaboration with HTC, but just what can we expect from such a socially-orientated smartphone? And more to the point, will anybody want to own one? As reported last week on SiliconANGLE, the phone in question will almost certainly be something called the HTC Myst, and will incorporate tighter integration with the social media network to differentiate it... more »
Last month Hewlett-Packard started shipping its extreme low-energy (ETE) server for hyperscale environments. The box, the first of several models, is the product of a multi-year development effort dubbed Project Moonshot. HP launched the initiative in late 2011, which is presumably when management realized that it has to counterbalance the shrinking demand for PCs and increased competition in the enterprise space. Moonshot is meant to give the company the advantage it needs by securing a headstart in the emerging market for hyperscale servers: small, low-power boxes that are specifically designed to run web-scale apps and big data software. Amit Daryanani of RBC... more »
2012 was a great year for gaming industry, and a report commissioned by PC Gaming Alliance indicates the same. According to the report, PC software sales hit a record $20 billion worldwide in 2012, which represents 8 percent annual growth since the first PC Gaming Alliance report came out in 2008. The report predicts global PC software industry to grow to $25.7 billion in sales by 2016. Chinese seem to love gaming a lot, and contribute $6.8 billion to the total global revenue. In addition, out of 1 billion PC gamers worldwide, one quarter can be identified as "core" players interested... more »
Most consumers understand the need to take precautions when it comes to money matters online, but soon they could be faced with an even more troublesome threat to their financial security. According to a report from a Russian security company, hackers have developed a new kind of malware that ignores PCs and mobile devices, going straight for the money by infecting ATMs and physical registers in order to harvest valuable credit card data. Security Weekly reports that the ATM malware was discovered by researchers from Group-IB. Called the “Dump Memory Grabber”, the virus is already believed to have stolen data from... more »