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Is China Planning To Act Over Google's Android Dominance?

Is China Planning To Act Over Google's Android Dominance?

It's no secret that Google's Android operating system has become incredibly popular in China over the last couple of years, just as it has in almost every other county, but this might not be the case in future if its government decides to intervene. China's authorities believe that the country is way too reliant on Android, and given that Google are, you know, the enemy and everything (American), it's not a situation that they're too pleased about. This much has become clear following the publishing of a new whitepaper from China's Academy of Telecommunications Research, a government think-tank which examined the current state of the... more »
Microsoft Buy Boosts Azure Automation, Plans Emerge for Kinect in Tablets

Microsoft Buy Boosts Azure Automation, Plans Emerge for Kinect in Tablets

Microsoft has acquired MetricsHub, a startup company that monitors and automates resource allocation for Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. "MetricsHub will now offer all Windows Azure customers our premium product as a pre-release, no charge, service available through the Windows Azure Store," Microsoft said in a statement. "We will also be converting all paying customers to this no-charge version of the service and MetricsHub technology will continue to keep your cloud applications running." Details of the deal were not disclosed. MetricsHub was one of the companies awarded with $20,000 at last year’s Microsoft Accelerator program by VC fund TechStars.  TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup... more »
Healthy Big Data: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Healthy Big Data: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Big Data is creating a lot of buzz in the healthcare industry these days, but are our hospitals really ready for such a radical overhaul of the way they go about fighting diseases and saving lives? Some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country undoubtedly are, but there's also no question that smaller to mid-sized hospitals and clinics are a long way from being ready to embrace the hottest trend in technology right now. An Information Week Healthcare study last year revealed that in spite of Big Data's promise, more than half of healthcare providers in the US still have no... more »
Samsung Galaxy SIV to Feature Eye Scroll, iPhone 5S Coming in June

Samsung Galaxy SIV to Feature Eye Scroll, iPhone 5S Coming in June

In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung's Galaxy SIV may have an eye scrolling feature; iPhone 5S coming in mid-2013; White House backs phone unlocking petition; Twitter to discontinue Android, iOS, and Air-based TweetDeck; Netflix not making BB10 app; Amazon’s Mobile Ads API; and Sprint to offer shared data plans for SMEs. Samsung Galaxy SIV may have eye scrolling feature The Samsung Unpacked 2013 event is set to go live on March 14 in New York.  It’s not hard to guess what the event will be about, because of the huge number 4 plastered throughout the teaser.  Now, the internet is teeming with suspected... more »
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Where to Put Security Systems on Big Data? The Question Lives On...

During the O’Reilly Strata Conference, Dave Vellante led a discussion on security with the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Sqrrl, Ely Kahn, and the Chief Technology Officer at Wikibon, David Floyer. While both guests stopped by theCube to discuss security, Kahn also discussed Sqrrl’s growth and progress with the Accumulo project over the last year. Dave opened the discussion by reminding us that the focus of the young company Sqrrl is the security, scalability and performance of NoSQL. Kahn stated that since their introduction on theCube a year ago, Sqrrl has since released the  first version of their... more »
The Pirate Bay Relocates To North Korea, Or Does It?

The Pirate Bay Relocates To North Korea, Or Does It?

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” or so the saying goes, and given that between them Pirate Bay and North Korea are hated by just about everyone else in the world, in some ways it would actually make sense for the two of them to embrace that philosophy. And that's exactly what they have done, according to press release posted on the Pirate Bay blog this weekend. In it, The Pirate Bay claims to have accepted an invitation to relocate to the world's most-censored country in order to escape the relentless pursuit of its enemies in Sweden and the... more »
Violin Memory Prices New PCIe Chip to Win, Teams with Toshiba to Streamline Supply

Violin Memory Prices New PCIe Chip to Win, Teams with Toshiba to Streamline Supply

It's turning out to be a big week for flash.  Violin Memory, one of the largest suppliers of SSD-based storage solutions, announced a new product line-up called Velocity. The lineup features three PCIe server cards with 1.37, 2.75, 5.5 and 11TB of raw storage. Now for the specs.  Sustained performance using 4KB blocks measures at 120,000 IOPS for the 1.37 card, 1000, 270,000 and 540,000 IOPS for the 2.75, 5.5 and 11TB cards.  This figure jumps above one million IOPS in setups where 512KB blocks are used instead. The new Violin chips run barebone firmware that supports Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and VMware.  Compatibility... more »
DARPA Project Aims To Record Every Single Word You Ever Speak

DARPA Project Aims To Record Every Single Word You Ever Speak

We've been keeping a watchful eye on DARPA and its catalogue of Big Data projects that threaten to change the world, be it for better or worse. Up until recently, its been fair to say that most of DARPA's work has met with our approval, yet news of a worryingly ambitious plan to record every single conversation that ever takes place has given us reason to doubt their intentions. The project, which we first heard about from Wired.com, is every bit as real as it is astounding in its scope – quite simply, if DARPA gets its way, the government will... more »
Seagate Pulls the Plug on Disk Lineup as Flash Performance Proves Better

Seagate Pulls the Plug on Disk Lineup as Flash Performance Proves Better

Seagate just announced that it will stop producing of 7200RPM 2.5 inch disk drives. The manufacturer’s high-end Momentous 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT drives will no longer by the end of this year. “We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,” said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during an interview with X-bit labs. It’s not difficult to see why Seagate is pulling the plug on its7200RPM mobile lineup. Flash is only getting cheaper, and spinning disk – especially the expensive kind – can no long... more »
Original Content Drives Subscription-based Entertainment Industry

Original Content Drives Subscription-based Entertainment Industry

Microsoft is keeping its promise of a well-rounded entertainment experience on its popular gaming console the Xbox 360.  Debuting on Xbox Live today, the British film Pulp is the first original movie available for Xbox Live subscribers. Pulp is a comedy movie about a struggling comic book writer who gets tapped by the police to assist them in taking down a money laundering syndicate.  The movie has been nominated for the Discovery Award at the London Comedy Film Festival 2012, the Best Feature Finalist at the 2012 Las Vegas Film Festival, the Official Selection on SFX Weekender and has over one... more »

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