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Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple has posted its fourth quarter earnings report for the period that ended last September 28, 2013. The company posted revenues of $37.5 billion, plus a quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share, which is higher than results from the same quarter the previous year, when it posted revenues of $36 billion and net profits of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. The company stated that 60 percent of its revenues from the quarter came from international sales.  The company sold 33.8 million iPhones and 14.1 million iPads during the quarter. iPhone and iPad sales saw an... more »
US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

Broadband speeds in the United States have been the subject of debate for some time now, and yesterday a new study confirmed what many had already suspected – that the US is still playing catch-up with the rest of the world. Okay so that's not strictly true – it is possible to get super-fast connections in the US of course, but the problem is the cost of that service, which is far more expensive here than in most other countries. In New York, consumers can sign up for a lightening fast, 500Mbps connection that's 58 times faster than the national average,... more »
Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

In four years in NYC covering the Hadoop ecosystem I haven't seen this much action where the stakes are at an all time high.   In NYC this week for #BigDataNYC event, SiliconANGLE has teamed with @theCUBE and is live on the ground breaking news, launching startups, and analyzing the signal from the noise. What's interesting is that there are two kinds of companies here at #BigDataNYC creators and commoditizers.  Rarely do you see a company that can do both - I am still watching for one. Lots of conversations around data science, predictive analytics, and integration into applications.   Three key... more »
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3 keys to rule Big Data economy : tech, people + culture | #BigDataNYC

The volume of information being stored and applied to business practices today continues to grow at an astonishing rate, with the digital universe set to expand more than 25 percent annually through 2012, according to research from EMC. Driven by the rapid adoption of connected devices and Big Data technologies, this trend is creating new opportunities for technology vendors while providing enterprises with the means to drive efficiencies and pursue additional revenue streams. “By 2017, Big Data vendor revenue will hit close to $50 billion, according to our models,” Wikibon Principal Analyst Jeff Kelly writes. “But that’s only part of the... more »
Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Probably the world’s first Bitcoin ATM opens this week in Vancouver, Canada. According to reports from CBC, Mitchell Demeter, co-founder of Vancouver Bitcoiniacs bitcoin trading company and part-owner of Robocoin, have invested in five such machines to be placed across Canada. The automated teller machine, made by Nevada company Robocoin, is being installed at the Waves coffee shop at Howe and Smithe in Vancouver by Vancouver’s Bitcoiniacs, a Bitcoin exchange store located near Granville Market. The ATM will dispense the bitcoins in exchange for cash and cash in exchange for bitcoins. “It’s the first Bitcoin ATM in the world,” said Bitcoiniacs co-founder... more »
Apigee extends API Web design with Node.js interfaces

Apigee extends API Web design with Node.js interfaces

As more business incline to mobile, cloud and web for commerce, APIs allow a variety of devices to access the same power source and use it for any number of purposes. Apigee, the enterprise-grade API management platform, can be an effective platform that offer plug-and-play configurations on API creation. But these are complex problem that developers can't build easily. And that’s why Apigee announced the use of the popular Node.js software platform within Apigee Enterprise to build customized APIs and apps. The APIs let developers to easily create, manage, and access Apigee cloud infrastructure to enable their products. The yet-to-be-named tool... more »
Express Logic adds kernel awareness of the ThreadX RTOS in ARM DS-5 tools

Express Logic adds kernel awareness of the ThreadX RTOS in ARM DS-5 tools

Express Logic, renowned provider of advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, recently added Kernel-Aware Debug Support for ARM DS-5 Development Tools in order to provide greater transparency into thread and task management--a sure way to further reduce development and debug time. By providing kernel awareness for DS-5 tools, Express Logic has become the first solution provider to offer this increased functionality. “Already, the ThreadX RTOS has been shown to deliver faster time-to-market on the ARM platform,” commented William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic. “By adding kernel awareness for the ARM DS-5 tools, ThreadX delivers even shorter development time. Developers... more »
British police mistake 3D printer parts for 3D-printed gun components

British police mistake 3D printer parts for 3D-printed gun components

Police in Manchester, UK, found a 3D printer and initially believed that criminals may have been used in an attempt to manufacture a weapon. During an raid on a local property in the area of Greater Manchester on October 24, the officers discovered what they thought was a trigger mechanism, and another part that was originally identified as a magazine capable of holding bullets. The seizure, initially described as “a really significant discovery”, was part of a much-heralded crackdown on organized crime, Operation Challenger, launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The police described how they had seized a MakerBot Replicator 2... more »
Smart showers + other projects bridge the SmartHome gap

Smart showers + other projects bridge the SmartHome gap

This week’s SmartHome roundup features EcoFactor’s push for a more energy efficient home, a smart shower, and new technology that turns any home into a smart one. EcoFactor   As the SmartHome revolution ramps up, investors are anxious to develop market opportunities.  The recently funded EcoFactor proves the demand bubbling in this exciting new sector, bringing in a $10 million Series B round.   The funds will go towards the development of new services, enhancing EcoFactor’s award-winning home energy service, and expanding its engineering and sales staff. EcoFactor’s energy efficiency service already plays a major role in some US companies’ home automation solutions, such... more »
New LG G Flex vs. Samsung Galaxy Round : [Plus] Concept designs for flex screens

New LG G Flex vs. Samsung Galaxy Round : [Plus] Concept designs for flex screens

Flat phones are so passe.  Just weeks after Samsung launched the Galaxy Round, a concave phablet, another South Korean company has revealed its own curved handset.  Dubbed the G Flex, LG's new curved smartphone claims to be the world's first "real curved smartphone," boasting comfort, improved video and a brighter display than the few rivals currently battling the curved glass market. LG G Flex Features . What makes the G Flex unique is its “swing lock screen” which moves the wallpaper in response to the tilting motion and produces different unlocking effects when the user touches different areas of the screen.  There is... more »

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