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Roku unveiled its latest streaming box today, the Roku 3, and although it looks similar to its predecessors, it packs some significant internal upgrades. Roku has always valued function over form, and their latest device shows that there’s been no departure in that mentality. Aesthetically speaking, it’s still just a small box, three and one half inches long and wide, and only an inch tall. Weighing in at 5 ounces, it really is an unassuming device. The newly rounded sides are a nice touch, and visually, it’s the only noticeable difference between it and the Roku 2. The Roku 3 hardware... more »
Ubisoft is quite excited about the kind of response received for Watch Dogs at last year’s E3 event. Talking to MCV, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that it gave its Montreal-based development team everything it needed so the game would live up to its ever-growing hype. While Guillemot was happily discussing about its game and its availability of different consoles, the conversation turned toward the publisher Nintendo, when he said that Nintendo needs to sell more Wii U. "We think Wii U is a great machine. But it just has to sell more," Guillemot said. Nintendo launched the Wii U last year... more »
When app developers talk about success, they often reference the number of downloads. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is that the average mobile user will only use 40 percent of the apps they've downloaded in a given month. So how can you guarantee your app will not fall prey to the 69 percent of users who install an app and never open it again? Scott Weller, co-founder and CTO of SessionM, created a list of three tips for developers to effectively turn their average users into Power Users. 1) Welcome them After months of hard work creating an app,... more »
Southeastern Asset Management, Dell’s largest outside stakeholder, disapproves of the proposed $24.4 billion sale of the company to founder Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners, a prominent investment firm. In a letter to Dell’s directors, Southeastern’s lawyers wrote that the board “appears to have dismissed better alternatives for public owners and selected a transaction, which has been publicly derided by shareholders as opportunistic and grossly undervalued, that favors management.” Southern values the technology giant at over $20 a share, considerably higher than the stock’s current trading price of $14.05. Dell and Silver Lake’s $24.4 billion bid amounts to $13.65 per share. In response,... more »
The rise of Big Data has given the enterprise plenty of food for thought over the last few years, but big business isn't the only industry that this phenomenon has been eating away at. From the latest trends in restaurant cuisines to food production and safety issues, Big Data is taking a very big bite out of the food industry. Big Data's Got A Big App-etite On the consumer side of things, Big Data is powering a plethora of apps to help people decide what to eat, where to shop and dine, and how to stick to their diets. One of the most... more »
Actifio just announced a new round of financing for another $50 M for a total greater than $100M in funding. Actifio, Massachusetts based technology firm, is taking advantage of two of the biggest mega trends in the technology business Software-led Infrastructure (SLI) and Big Data. This explosion of big data and virutalization is creating new business and technical models using software to leverage value in data. According to the Wall Street Journal "When data storage company Actifio raised its new $50 million Series D round, investors valued the company at roughly $500 million. As high as that valuation was, it could have been even higher." "The... more »
DevOps and agile fall into the same league. Most RSA panelists at the RSA 2013 conference agree with this, which is why they say that the techniques of the DevOps movement are designed to bring developers and IT operations into closer alignment for greater agility. The question is, with the deeper interconnection between development, deployment, and operations how does that affect each layer of security? We all understand that how difficult it is for developers and operation teams to work hand in hand, within a production environment. And that’s why DevOps ring was created where these so-called ‘natural enemies’ cooperate with... more »
Facebook is set to unveil its new and improved News Feed tomorrow, Thursday, March 7. A lot of speculation points to a more visual Facebook News Feed with bigger photos, and it has been said that the ads on the right side will be removed, making way for a bigger News Feed that mixes in ad-supported messages. The update will change up both its web portal and mobile apps, and with mobile such an important focal point for Facebook, we wonder how these presumed News Feed changes will affect users' mobile experience, as well as Facebook's own revenue streams. In a previous article,... more »
TCS Research Shows Airlines Overtaking Energy Companies in Targeting Mobile Consumers Energy, telecom, and airline companies are leading in spending on reaching customers through their mobile devices according to the New Digital Mobile Consumer global trend report commissioned by Tata Consultancy Services. The research reveals that average expenditure within the companies surveyed in these sectors during 2012 was between US $27 million and US $31 million per company. Energy companies spent an average of $30.8 billion per company targeting mobile consumers; telecom spent $28.6 million; and airlines, $27.2 million. More Tata Releases the 2013 Well Being and Female Security Indices for India The... more »
It's no secret that Google's gotten pretty damn big in mobile. It's Android platform has conquered the entire world, becoming the most widely used smartphone the planet has ever seen. Android is so big in fact, that there's speculation China might even be planning to take action to prevent it from strengthening its grip on that country any further. That might seem pretty repressive, but when one considers the amount of money Google is making outta mobile these days, it's also quite understandable. Ah yes, the money. Google's bleeding its mobile cash cow dry these days, no question about that. After all, if... more »