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Quancast's Gift to Open Source: Room to Grow Big Data

Quantcast, by its own admission, has been dealing in Big Data since 2006 -- before it was cool. Jim Kelly, VP Research and Development at Quantcast stopped by theCube during Strata last month to give some background on the Quantcast File System (QFS). As an alternative to HTFS and free to the open source community, Quantcast hopes to deliver better cost efficiencies at large scale to anyone who adopts it. QFS started 5-6 years ago when Quantcast began innovating a lot of technologies internally to handle the volume they were getting.  Released in September 2012, it is a direct alternative to HTFS.... more »
Big Data Still Complex, Just Like SXSW Party Plans

Big Data Still Complex, Just Like SXSW Party Plans

The irony of Big Data at SXSW is the lack of overlap.  The common denominator amongst Big Data theories is the adaptability of Big Data itself.  SXSW has become a catch-all for geeks.  The result is an eclectic mix of startups, press, developers, musicians, advertisers, filmakers and gamers.  Big Data has its own story in any of these industries.  Why, then, is Big Data a relatively absent topic at our treasured SXSW? Perhaps it's because Big Data has already become an ubiquitous topic for the SXSW crowd.  Big Data is applicable to every community represented at SXSW, and the conference has become so... more »
China: The New Hub of Fake 3D Printing?

China: The New Hub of Fake 3D Printing?

Anyone with even the remotest bit of 'geekiness' about them will have heard of the 3D printer by now. In case you haven't, here's a quick look at the technology and what it's capable of - in short, 3D printers are like one of those futuristic replicator machines straight out of Star Trek. They take 3D graphic designs and transform them into all kinds of weird and wonderful, real-world objects, including pieces of art, buildings, meat (!) and potentially even bases on the moon. The potential of this technology is truly awesome - so awesome in fact, that by the time... more »
What is Watson?

What is Watson?

Ed. Note: This is the second installment in a three-part series exploring IBM's multi-year project to create the ultimate Big Data patient diagnostic and treatment plan tool using its unique Watson natural language cognitive system. The first part defined the scope of the problem. This part will look at what Watson is and what makes it a new generation of computing system and arguably the ultimate Big Data query engine. The third part will cover IBM's vision for Watson in healthcare. On Jeopardy Watson was billed as a supercomputer because it ran on a very large Power system, consumed a large... more »
Microsoft + Hortonworks: Hadoop Besties

Microsoft + Hortonworks: Hadoop Besties

Hadoop has become the defacto platform for open source data storage. Microsoft, known for its proprietary software, is making a splash in the open source community with its partnership with Hortonworks. Herain Oberoi, Director of Product Marketing for Server & Tools Business (STB) at Microsoft, and John Kreisa, VP of Marketing at Hortonworks, popped into theCube at Strata last month to discuss the partnership with show host John Furrier (full video below). The partnership, some 1.5 years in the making, is a Hadoop data platform for Windows. You have the ability to port Hadoop to Windows and run natively on the... more »
With Just One Radical Step, Windows 8 Will Reclaim The Enterprise

With Just One Radical Step, Windows 8 Will Reclaim The Enterprise

A lot's been said about Microsoft's efforts to kill BYOD with Windows 8 and its new Surface Pro tablet. While some commentators have been bullish about its chances of success, insisting that Android and iOS devices just don't have any place in the enterprise, the vast majority are yet to be convinced, with some even predicting that Windows 8 and Surface are doomed to failure already. On the face of it, there's every reason to believe in the naysayers. There are few better indicators of success than sales after all, and few would disagree that these have been disappointing to say... more »
Battle of the Unicorns: Galaxy SIV vs. iPhone 5S/6

Battle of the Unicorns: Galaxy SIV vs. iPhone 5S/6

Samsung is set to reveal its newest Galaxy device on Thursday, March 14, rumored to be the Galaxy SIV.  The successful phonemaker's archenemies  Apple, is also set to unveil a new and revolutionary device sometime this year, and it could be the iWatch or the iPhone 5S or 6.  As excited as we are about another smartphone hitting the market, it's high time for a game-changer.  Known for setting the bar in consumer electronics, Apple has yet to put out a fresh gadget in two years.  This could be Samsung's chance at innovation. Here at SiliconANGLE, we usually put devices head-to-head with... more »
Facebook "Likes" Guessing Your Personality Traits

Facebook "Likes" Guessing Your Personality Traits

Do you prefer curly French fries over straight ones? If not, then you're stupid, or at least you are if you happened to indicate this preference over on Facebook. According to a recent study by Cambridge University that attempted to 'guess' people's personalities based on their Facebook 'likes', those who publicly declared an affinity with curly fries have higher IQs than those who don't. The finding is just one of dozens of gems among a horde of data that shows, click-by-click, Facebook users are slowly but surely building up an extraordinarily revealing profile of themselves (never mind the fact that most people's... more »
Breaking: Disagreement Between Bitcoin Clients Generates Fork

Breaking: Disagreement Between Bitcoin Clients Generates Fork

Due to a difference between two versions of the Bitcoin client (running v0.7 and v0.8 respectively) a fork has occurred when v0.8 clients generated a block that v0.7 blocks could not process. As a result, the two clients diverged and generated different, separate Blockchains—the functional way that Bitcoin transactions and wallet balances are recorded and kept in sync—due to the fork, suddenly users who use the separate clients would not be able to properly interact with one another. Right now, The Bitcoin Trader has an excellent up-to-date article on the situation and ongoing updates as it proceeds. Read below for an... more »
Here's How HP Can Speed Up Its 5 Year Plan to Restructure

Here's How HP Can Speed Up Its 5 Year Plan to Restructure

At Hewlett-Packard’s recent analyst gathering in Boston, the company’s top brass shared their plan to get the technology vendor back on the saddle. Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante was among the insiders who got an invite to the meeting. Vellante discussed his observations from the event with Kristin Feledy on this morning’s NewsDesk segment (full video below). The first thing that stood out for him was that HP CEO Meg Whitman and a substantial portion of her executive team attended the event. The chief executive took to the stage with a lengthy keynote address, in which she communicated her vision for HP. Vellante says that... more »

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