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Internet of Things Review: From Games to Robot Love

Internet of Things Review: From Games to Robot Love

Valve Corporation, the privately-held game distribution giant, is expanding the Internet of Things with a new console for its flagship Steam platform. Rumored to be dubbed Steam Box, the platform aims to disrupt living room entertainment by bringing Linux into mainstream gaming. Gabe Newell, the co-founder and managing director of Valve, revealed during a keynote at LinuxCon that the Steam Box is set to make its official debut sometime next week, presumably Monday. “The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we’ve done on the hardware side. Next week we’re going to be rolling out more information... more »
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Weekly Security Review: DDoS, Zero-Day Attacks on the Rise

Distributed denial of service attacks pose a serious threat to online gaming communities, according to the latest white paper from DDoS mitigation specialist Prolexic. The company found that the average duration of attacks increased to 32.2 hours in 2013, up 67 percent from the 19.2 hours in the fourth quarter of 2012. The report lists rivalries among players, poor password protection and the growing number of freely available DDoS toolkits as the primary drivers the increased intensity of attacks. Stuart Scholly, the president of Prolexic, warned of serious repercussions from denial of service attacks that “feed off the explosive growth of... more »
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Virident Unveils Tier-Based Partner Program

Less than two weeks after agreeing to merge with Western Digital for $685 million, SSD maker Virident Systems is expanding its channel presence with a new worldwide partner program. The Virident Impact Program (VIP) features two tiers, Member and Elite, to enable partners of various sizes to incorporate FlashMAX II cards and FlashMAX Connect software into their portfolios. According to Virident, the VIP includes technology training and sales support, as well as joint marketing, co-branding and a loyalty program. Registration is open for for all resellers and service providers with “proven expertise” in server-side flash. Later this year, the vendor will... more »
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Brain Training Apps to Keep Your Noggin Sharp

Some people have insanely good memories.  They can tell a story from decades ago like it just happened yesterday.  But then there are those who unfortunately suffer from a form of dementia where they have a hard time remembering things that happened only momenta ago. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that often manifests in people aged 65 years and older, though there are cases wherein the onset happens early. It all starts with simple acts, such as forgetting where you placed an item and having a hard time remembering recent events.  If dementia progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Google Dumps Oracle, Cookies

Weekly Big Data Review: Google Dumps Oracle, Cookies

In the latest blow to Oracle’s market dominance, Google has made the decision to migrate its database environment from MySQL to MariaDB, a community-developed fork that was created in response to Oracle’s acquisition of Sun. Jeremy Cole, a senior systems engineer with the search giant, broke the news at the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference in Stanford, California. According to Cole, Google is making the switch from MySQL 5.1 to MariaDB 10.0 because the former has become “outdated,” the same reason why the company is seeking alternatives for third party cookies. A string of privacy scandals in recent years has prompted many... more »
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Weekly Cloud Review: Services and Partnerships

Cloud providers are forging unusual alliances to stay ahead of the curve. Raising eyebrows, CRM giant Salesforce and HR management specialist Workday recently joined forces to “standardize” each other’s cloud services. Under the agreement, Salesforce’s sales and marketing solutions will be integrated with HCM, financial and data analytics applications from Workday. The latter will also expand support for Chatter, the Force.com's collaboration platform. The pair decided to make their alliance public on the same day Oracle, Salesforce’s archenemy, reported its first quarter earning earnings. The timing of the announcement is made even more notable by the fact that a couple months... more »
Busy Week for Zscaler - IPO News and New Cloud APT Product

Busy Week for Zscaler - IPO News and New Cloud APT Product

On the heels of a major industry first, cyber security firm Zscaler has bumped up their IPO plans up by six months after the success today’s FireEye IPO.  FireEye exploded in its first day of trading today, more than doubling its projected $20 IPO price. It’s the latest stock market tech winner and one that further certifies the increasing public interest in the cyber security market. CEO Jay Chaudry, who co-founded the company in 2008 and steered it into a global security provider to more than 4,000 enterprise customers, told Reuters in an interview that FireEye's eye-popping first-day performance clinched his decision. He... more »
Lovotics and the Possibility of Falling In Love With Robots Someday

Lovotics and the Possibility of Falling In Love With Robots Someday

Robots can trick humans to loving them. This is what  Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) researchers discovered recently according to The New York Times. Given the proper stimulus and behavior, humans are able to form relationships with just about anything. As the employment and development of machines to become better caretakers, emergency responders, and house help escalates the blurring of lines between tools and beings becomes prominent. University of Calgary computer scientist Ehud Sharlin remarked, “Our entire civilization is based on empathy. Societies are built on the principle that other entities have emotions.” It’s not as if robots are seducing people or using some... more »
Feedly Opens APIs for Developers to Create Third-Party Applications

Feedly Opens APIs for Developers to Create Third-Party Applications

Since the closure of Google Reader in early July, Feedly has become the industry leader of RSS feeds. In late May, well before the end of Reader, Feedly had over 12 million registered users, it is very likely that since then that number has grown exponentially and the number of active users have also grown. One advantage of Google Reader was that there were countless clients and users who could choose the best app for reading and managing feeds. Feedly now offers a similar opportunity, because the news reader provider now opens Feedly cloud API to all interested developers. Feedly promises... more »
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RightScale Extends Cloud Management Platform with SDN Capabilities

Management complexity is a major pain point for enterprises that want a choice between different cloud providers. Luckily, a company called RightScale offers to simplify multi-service environments with a common interface for provisioning resources across public clouds. Recognizing the value in software-defined networking, RightScale announced this week that it has rounded out its offering with a new tool called Network Manager. The software introduces access controls, a much-needed change log, and a set of standardized configurations that aim to make it easier for enterprises to migrate applications between different clouds. These features are joined by a Network Map that visualizes network... more »

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