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Meet the New Google Glass Rival

Wearable technology is on track to becoming a full-blown trend. A Mountain View, Calif.-based startup called Atheer recently came out with a platform-agnostic interface that can run on any device, namely those that are small enough to wear. The startup’s technology combines stereoscopic 3-D and gesture recognition to deliver many of the capabilities that are available with Google Glass. Unlike the latter however, Atheer’s tech is not limited to just glasses – the software can be installed on watches, wristbands, and practically anything else a user might want to wear. The platform only supports Android for now, but the company announced... more »
IBM Snaps Up SoftLayer, Eyes Public Cloud Domination

IBM Snaps Up SoftLayer, Eyes Public Cloud Domination

IBM has just confirmed its intention to buy up cloud computing infrastructure provider SoftLayer in an acquisition said to be worth around $2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. IBM stated that its motivation is to bolster its own cloud computing efforts. The WSJ reports that 'Big Blue' is planning to create a new cloud services division within its Global Services unit, with SoftLayer continuing to operate as a separate business entity inside of that. Erich Clementi, senior vice president of IBM’s technology services, said in the statement that the acquisition will help IBM to beef up its ability to... more »
Top Trends Driving Converged Infrastructure Adoption + Evolution

Top Trends Driving Converged Infrastructure Adoption + Evolution

Spending on converged infrastructure is expected to exceed $17 billion by 2016, so it's no wonder top vendors are pouring resources into expanding their product portfolios around this unified technology.  The data center of the future will have to be smarter and more efficient, minimizing management and points of access.  That means machines will need to speak to each other, act on that automated communication, and provide deeper insight for the IT department. "By buying applications, servers, networking and storage together as pre-integrated or validated solutions rather than as individual components, they can meet all three of these requirements and keep... more »
LIVE: Apple Set to Announce iRadio at WWDC, Big Data Plays a Big Part

LIVE: Apple Set to Announce iRadio at WWDC, Big Data Plays a Big Part

On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we talk about Apple's upcoming Internet Radio, dubbed iRadio, and how Big Data plays a key role. Keep June 10th circled in your calendar. It seems all that is left is the final swan song. A long rumored and new streaming music service for iTunes, iRadio (no shocker there on the name) could finally be coming. Apple signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group for the rights to its recorded music and music publishing. Here's the gist of the deal: Apple will give Warner... more »
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LIVE: Zynga Layoffs Prove Mobile Strategy Isn't Working. What's Next for Game Maker?

On today's SiliconANGLE Live NewsDesk Show, (see live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand), we learn about Zynga's 18 percent layoffs, another indication that the now "all-mobile" games company is facing serious trouble. The move yesterday will slash the once darling child of a San Francisco Social Gaming Company, laying off 2,900 workers. Zynga will save $80M from its staff cuts, closing its offices in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, as well as other infrastructure costs. This news isn’t entirely surprising. Zynga was very employee-heavy for a company that was navigating a pretty massive shift from an era... more »
Hadoop Summit Recap: Then and Now

Hadoop Summit Recap: Then and Now

The sixth annual Hadoop Summit is only three weeks away. The event will be hosted by Yahoo! and Hortonworks, two Big Data leaders that have come a long way in the past year. Now is as good a time as any to reflect on the state of the industry in 2012. In the beginning, Hortonworks was a fledgling startup with plenty of money in the bank and a team of experienced Yahoo! engineers, but no product to speak of. That changed at the Hadoop Summit 2012, where Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) made its official debut. Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden opened the conference... more »
Gmail Gets an Update on Android

Gmail Gets an Update on Android

After previewing a redesigned Gmail experience on the desktop last week, Google has quietly gone and made the same features available for its Android app. Those who can download the updated app – Google says its rolling out 'over the next few weeks' – will be able to reply, archive and delete messages straight from the notifications menu without actually having to enter the app, but only if they're running the latest version of Jelly Bean. Other updates include the new 'tabbed' user interface that sorts your various emails according to Primary, Social, Updates, Promotions and Priority Mail. For older Android users,... more »
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New Pinterest Features vs. Fancy : Which is Better for Brands?

Pinterest introduced a few new features last month to would help pinners possibly monetize their site activity.  The update effectively incorporates more branding opportunities for Pinterest and its users, meeting the growing demand for expanded commercial offerings around this bubbling, consumer-centric ecosystem.  Pinterest faces growing competition from sites like Fancy that launched with commercial applications in hand, so how does the new Pinterest fit into the overall market? First, a quick bit on Pinterest's updated features: Pins have now been enhanced to deliver more information, further categorized into Product pins for things like clothes and furniture with pricing, availability, and where to buy.  There's... more »
Did Apple Play the Silent Hand in e-Books Price-Fixing Scandal?

Did Apple Play the Silent Hand in e-Books Price-Fixing Scandal?

The U.S. Department of Justice vs. Apple trial has kicked off today in federal court.  The trial is set to stretch three weeks, and today marks the first day of the trial that could potentially set the rules of Internet commerce. Both sides presented their opening statements with the DOJ stating that the Cupertino giant colluded with publishers in 2010 before its iPad was released to raise the price of ebooks.  In 2011, Apple and five of the six big publishing houses were slapped with an antitrust lawsuit for conspiring to fix the pricing of ebooks.  Hachette Book Group, Simon &... more »
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Flash Forward: The Often Overlooked Business Value of Flash

There’s no denying that flash memory—both as a technology and as a topic of conversation—is hot right now. As enterprise organizations race to add flash as a critical component of their storage solutions, it naturally drives more press and opinion, which in turn intensifies the buzz about flash. Unfortunately, though, it appears that as the flash discussion broadens, it also seems too narrow. Increasingly, flash is viewed primarily in the context of performance. It’s the sports car of storage, the ultimate answer to the need for speed. There’s no disputing flash’s capacity for speed. But what is often overlooked is flash’s... more »

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