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Qubole CEO Talks Big Data Analytics

SiliconANGLE Head Writer Winston Edmondson caught up with Ashish Thusoo,  co-founder and chief executive officer of Qubole, to discuss his company’s Big Data solution. Qubole sells a managed Hadoop cluster called QDS. Thusoo tells Winston that the platform helps users free up resources for innovation by eliminating most of the plumbing work associated with Big Data environments. He describes it as a turnkey analytics service that offers all the benefits of a data scientist at fraction of the cost. Analyzing data is relatively straightforward, Thusoo says, but collecting it is a different matter. For this reason, Qubole’s Hadoop stack features a set... more »
Euro Cloud Powerhouse Colt Technology Picks SolidFire SSD Storage

Euro Cloud Powerhouse Colt Technology Picks SolidFire SSD Storage

One of the biggest enterprise cloud providers in all of Europe Colt Technology Services made the announcement today that SolidFire, the SSD storage provider out of Boulder, CO, will be their primary storage provider going forward.   The multinational Colt Technology Services operates a range of services including cloud amongst 20 data centers.  The move affirms SolidFire’s proposition to cloud computing, featuring quality of service, cost advantages and performance.  SolidFire beat out a number of major storage vendors in getting to this, and the proof-of-concept requirements set up by Colt were solidly demanding. SolidFire’s Scale-Out, all SSD storage system was selected by... more »
Developing for Virtual Reality Gaming with Support from Oculus Rift VR System

Developing for Virtual Reality Gaming with Support from Oculus Rift VR System

One of the most talked-about among those recently appeared on Kickstarter is without a doubt Oculus Rift, an innovative virtual reality viewer that will allow you to feel completely immersed within the mainstream. After finishing the Kickstarter fundraising campaign (which has reached a total of $2.4 million and attracted 9,522 backers), Oculus Rift promoters have started pre-orders development kit to allow teams interested to begin experimenting and possibly support the viewer in waiting for the public launch. The idea is that by getting the tech out to the gaming community. Prices will be in line with those of the Kickstarter campaign, with... more »
Lumia 1020 vs. S4 Zoom: Which Has the Better Camera?

Lumia 1020 vs. S4 Zoom: Which Has the Better Camera?

There are now two smartphones on the market featuring outstanding cameras.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and the new Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView. Before we compare the cameras of these bad boys, let’s check out how the other features stack up against each other. Dimension Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView: Height 130.4 mm x Width 71.4 mm x Thickness/Depth 10.4 mm, Weight: 158g Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom: 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm, 208 g Display Lumia 1020 PureView:  4.5 '' ClearBlack AMOLED with super-sensitive touch technology featuring PureMotion HD+, Brightness control, High brightness mode, Refresh rate 60 Hz, easy to clean sculpted glass, Nokia Glance screen,... more »
A Student Project Could Eliminate Haunting Digital Ads

A Student Project Could Eliminate Haunting Digital Ads

You know them, ads that haunt you on the whole Internet. You could see pair of shoes, newly arrived styles for dresses, and all other ads for sites where you surf. Advertisements are so ubiquitous in our everyday Internet lives that they've become a sort of background-radiation--and there's numerous tools developed to thwart them from NoScript to ad blockers; but what if there was a more active, privacy-enhancing way to strike back at intrusive advertisements? Rachel Law, a 25-year-old graduate student from Singapore, has created a browser plug-in-cum-game that could mean the end of the use of private data by the... more »
Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

We all are great admirers of Git; it's a powerful, useful, and extremely popular platform kept in the toolbox of many-a-developer. We keep reading good stuff and adulation pieces about Git too. Here we are going to talk about the flip side, the shortcomings and blemishes of Git, as discussed in an essay by Peter Lundgren who is a self-confessed Git admirer. Now this is going to be interesting; let’s hop to the key points! Complexity Git has a complex information model, comprised of directed acyclic graphs, commits, trees, blobs, branches, tags, and remotes. Git has a staging area, a stash, and a... more »
Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

3D printing technology has made rapid production towards the "domestication" of home 3D printing. Personal 3D printing started with printing parts for printers, phone cases, jewelry, and figurines. To date, Marius Leo was not satisfied with the state of 3D printed cameras. This is why he set out to build an entire home printable camera: The OpenReflex, the first open source 3D printed camera. Leo, a graduate student from France, interested in design modeling and 3D printing has created a fully functional SLR camera you can print only by spending $30 in materials. The camera has all the body molded from 3D... more »
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NSA Backlash Hurts Recruiting - Stay Away from DEF CON

It was just about a year ago when the NSA came openly knocking with job opportunities at the annual DEF CON conference.  This year the organizers of the convention have asked the feds to stay away in response to the ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and PRISM.  There’s a high level of mistrust in light of those events and they apparently would like to have this particular conference fed-free.  Jeff Moss (aka “Dark Tangent”), the founder of DEF CON posted on the convention’s front page: FEDS, WE NEED SOME TIME APART: For over two decades DEF CON has been an open nexus of... more »
[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

WANdisco’s Jagane Sundar and Brett Rudenstein showcased their firm’s new software at Hadoop Summit 2013. SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmonton stopped by their booth to take a look. Winston inquires about WDD 3.6, WANdisco’s S3-enabled distro of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Sundar tells him that the platform implements the S3 API, which means that users can migrate their apps from Amazon Web Services service to the private cloud with minimal effort. He highlights that storing data in an on-premise Hadoop deployment is ‘orders of a magnitude’ cheaper than alternatives such as AWS, and adds that bringing workloads in-house... more »
Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox held its very first developer conference, DBX, at the Fort Mason Center earlier this week. The cloud storage provider is growing up, expanding from just a service to store and share files to a platform that allows "effortless" access to hundreds of millions of Dropbox clients across all location and devices. Here's a run down of the initiatives discussed at the event: Dropbox Platform The Dropbox platform was designed to be an optimal foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services and now it has been enhanced with a suite of tools that simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms. Datastore... more »

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