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Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Advertising and Kinect: Challenges for Microsoft

Kinect for Xbox One has been somewhat enhanced over the previous model, but to achieve this, the research team of Microsoft and its hardware partners (Silicon Architecture and Management) had to overcome several obstacles during the development phase. Succeeding in fact to improve the device, increasing the precision in the detection of objects without sacrificing performance, has not been an easy task. But Microsoft is no stranger to controversy when it comes to the Xbox One. The Redmond company found itself in hot water again this week over a story in Advertising Age that stated Microsoft is planning advertising on the... more »
The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

There's a debate going on inside the Hadoop community. On one side are open source purists who believe that data infrastructure software should be free and open with revenue generated solely from services. On the other side of the debate are those who feel the only viable long-term business model is selling proprietary software built on top of an open core. The two leading examples of the competing sides of the Hadoop debate are Hortonworks and Cloudera. If you're not sure which company takes which side of the debate, consider these recent comments from Cloudera's Chief Strategy Officer (and until recently... more »
Removable SIMs to Appear in Audi SmartCars + More

Removable SIMs to Appear in Audi SmartCars + More

This week’s SmartCar roundup features removable SIMs for cars, more self-driving car pledges, and an acquisition to boost the connected car market. Audi hints at removable car SIMs   Audi USA President Scott Keogh hinted that the company’s new A3 sedan, expected to debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show, will allow drivers to choose LTE providers for the car’s connected feature package. T-Mobile, in partnership with Raco Wireless, currently provides the 3G connectivity for the Audi Connect. Raco President John Horn believes that there are two driving forces for Audi opting for removable modules: to be able to upgrade older car models using CDMA... more »
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BlackBerry on the Lookout for New Bidders

The BlackBerry saga has taken on a new twist with reports that the struggling phone maker is soliciting bids from more potential buyers. Insiders claim that the company is asking for "preliminary expressions of interest" from several major technology vendors despite signing a letter of intent to go private under FairFax Financial just a few weeks prior. The holding company is offering to pay $4.7 billion for the 90 percent of BlackBerry shares that it doesn’t already own. The unnamed sources say that the Canadian firm is engaged in talks with Cisco, Google and SAP, as well as Intel and Asian... more »
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GE: Enterprises Can Save Billions with Industrial Internet, Intelligent Data

A new GE report entitled “The Industrial Internet@Work” argues that organizations can save billions of dollars annually by eliminating deficiencies in how they gather, store and share machine data. Co-authors Marco Annunziata and Peter Evans, the company’s chief economist and director of global strategy and analytics, respectively, say that making information more consumable in “just a handful of industries” could save 300 million man-hours per year, the equivalent of $20 billion. Annunziata and Evans write that the Industrial Internet will provide workers with “access to relevant information, relying on analytics generating new insights, [and] mobile collaboration tools revolutionizing the way that... more »
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The 4 Mega-Trends Driving Backup + Recovery : New Data, New Jobs

Part of our spotlight series at the recently concluded Oracle OpenWorld, #theCUBE hosts Dave Vellante, Chief Analyst at Wikibon and John Furrier, Founder and CEO of SiliconANGLE, discuss backup and recovery during our Data Protection Spotlight program. Data protection is a $2 trillion market, as Vellante notes at the beginning of the show, and this market is where we're seeing a great deal of disruption. Backup and recovery were a key part of the demos on stage during OpenWorld, and core to Oracle's vision for transforming its cloud and data management services. 4 Mega-Forces driving demand for Backup + Recovery   The tech... more »
Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Office for iPad Confirmed, But Has Microsoft Missed The Boat?

Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch its Office program on the iPad, but it won't arrive until the company has launched a fully touch-enabled version for its own Windows 8 platform first, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer has confirmed. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium Itxpo event on Tuesday, Ballmer revealed that the "iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch-first user interface" ready, but said that any release would be on Windows 8 machines first. That's good news for any entrepreneurial or business-type iPad users out there, but we should note that roadmaps leaked earlier in the year suggest that any... more »
Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

Samsung Launches New Phone Despite Product Ban in the US

As many will have expected, the US President has decided not to grant a South Korean company the same favor it granted an American company. Back in August, President Barack Obama vetoed a product ban on certain Apple devices that was handed down by the International Trade Commission.  The devices covered by the ban were determined to have infringed standard essential patents from Samsung.  The company was hoping the president would give it the same consideration in its own claim. In a statement released today, Obama’s designee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, told listeners that: “After carefully weighing policy considerations, including the... more »
New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

New iPads, Mavericks and Mac Pro to Launch on October 22

Apple is all set for another round of product launches later this month, and consumers are likely to see new iPads and Macs this time around. Previous reports stated that Apple would be holding an press event on the 15th of October, but AllThingsD's sources, who claim to be familiar of the Cupertino company’s plans, stated that the invite-only event is all set for the 22nd of October. According to the sources, Apple will be launching its 5th generation iPad - complete with a new 64-bit A7 chip and an iPad mini with Retina Display that will likely have the same chipset.... more »
3 Smart Startup Solutions To Automate Your Home

3 Smart Startup Solutions To Automate Your Home

It used to be that home automation was the exclusive domain of the rich – those wealthy enough to splurge $20,000-plus on complex systems that allowed them to control the lights, security, air conditioning, home theater and other odds and ends at the flick of a switch. That's not no longer the case, with a slew of new startups quickly bringing home automation to the mainstream. The likes of Nest, Kwikset, Yale, Insteon, Dropcam and Sonos offer devices that allow us to control the thermostat, A/C, locks, lights, doors, cameras, speakers and anything else you can think of. These gadgets aren't... more »

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