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Fashion Week Geeks Out with Couture 3D Prints, Stitched-In Chips + More

Technology and fashion.  Those two words may be the least likely combination you’ll ever come across, but as technology invades every facet of our lives, it’s not so absurd.  Given the growing interest retail has shown in technology applications with the help of Big Data analytics, it was only a matter of time before new tech invaded the holy grail of fashion. Fashion Week is a bi-anual, week-long event held months in advance of the season so designers can show off their upcoming collections.  The participating fashion capitals of the world are Paris, Milan, New York and London, with Madrid gaining... more »
Five Government Big Data Projects That’ll Change the World

Five Government Big Data Projects That’ll Change the World

Big Data has been gaining a lot of momentum over the last 12 months, with a new report from Wikibon this morning putting the movement’s total value at a whopping $11.4 billion in 2012. Much of this cash has come from big business that are keen to exploit Big Data for economic reasons, but much less has been said about the massive investments that government agencies have also been making in Big Data over the last few months. One of the crucial differences with government projects is that instead of using Big Data as a vehicle for delivering insights and making... more »
Disrupting Big Data: Jaspersoft Brings BI to AWS

Disrupting Big Data: Jaspersoft Brings BI to AWS

Business intelligence software developer Jaspersoft launched its flagship solution on Amazon Web Services this week. The company’s BI server is available via the AWS Marketplace as a standalone app, or as an embedded solution that runs inside another application on-demand. Users of the latter service are billed hourly instead of monthly, and are not subject to data limitations; the number of seats is unlimited as well. Jaspersoft pricing for AWS starts at $0.4 an hour, plus what Amazon charges you for your EC2 deployment. “This is about market disruption,” said Karl Van den Bergh, Jaspersoft Vice President of Product and Alliances. ”We are... more »
Google Claims 99.7% Reduction in Hijacked Gmail Accounts

Google Claims 99.7% Reduction in Hijacked Gmail Accounts

We’ve seen some pretty clever email scams over the years – such as the ‘travel money scam’ where a friend sends a frantic message saying that they’re stuck overseas and have just lost all of their money, before begging you to send them some funds. Dozens of variations of this exist, along with altogether different scams such as the “click this hilarious link!” messages. Most tech-savvy users realize straight away that these messages haven’t been sent by their friends at all; instead, they were sent out by criminals that hijacked their friend’s email accounts. This kind of phishing scam apparently reached... more »
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A $50 Billion Ego? Big Data Backs Up the Hype

Big Data's become a victim of the buzz machine, but there's a reason for the hype.  Few movements have touched so many parts of our economy, impacting the way we do business, communicate and learn.  And there's big money being thrown at Big Data technology, especially in the past two years.  Exploratory methods have turned into ready business tactics, pumping in even more cash. Just how much cash are we talking? The total Big Data market reached $11.4 billion in 2012, according to a Wikibon report published this morning.  And factory revenue saw a 59 percent jump from 2011, beating Wikibon's... more »
Apple Hacked Along With Facebook & Twitter, but Who’s Responsible?

Apple Hacked Along With Facebook & Twitter, but Who’s Responsible?

US tech firms have been dropping like flies, with one company after another coming out to report that its fallen victim to cyberattacks in recent weeks. Twitter and Facebook both provided details of security breaches last week, and late yesterday Apple revealed that it too had also fallen victim to the same group of hackers. However, the question of just who those hackers are seems is up in the air, with conflicting reports suggesting that the cyberattacks could originate from China or Eastern Europe. Apple’s admission comes just days after Facebook reported that it had been targeted in what it described as... more »
Stormpath Raises $8.2M in Series A Funding for Cloud-Based User Security

Stormpath Raises $8.2M in Series A Funding for Cloud-Based User Security

Stormpath, the first easy, secure user management and authentication service for developers, announced the completion of $8.2 million in Series A funding with New Enterprise Associates and Pelion Venture Partners leading the round with the participation of Flybridge Capital Partners. “We’re entering the age of plug-and-play architecture, where developers can easily and securely offload commodity infrastructure – like user management, billing, and logging - to API services,” said Alex Salazar, CEO of Stormpath.  “Developers don’t want to waste time rebuilding user login for every new app – it’s critical to the business, but not core to their product, and getting it... more »
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Cisco Ramps Up Big Data Analytics, New Products @ MWC 2013

Cisco is expanding its presence in the telecommunications market with three new offerings: a small cell, a carrier-grade outdoor router, and an analytics platform that enables providers to improve network performance by reacting to consumption trends in real-time. The solutions will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress set to be held in Barcelona next week. A small cell is a radio node that is used by carriers to effectively extend mobile coverage to crowded, bandwidth-intensive hotspots such as restaurants and shopping malls.  The Cisco variation is a 3G module that plugs into the company’s Aironet Wi-FI Access Points and supports... more »
Stormpath $8.2m Series A Funded by Pete Sonsini at NEA to Drive Secure Software-led Infrastructure

Stormpath $8.2m Series A Funded by Pete Sonsini at NEA to Drive Secure Software-led Infrastructure

Stormpath a startup announces $8.2 million venture round of funding with NEA, Pelion Venture Partners, and Flybridge Capital. Stormpath is popular with developers and just formally exited its beta period with more than 1,000 users onboard and launched general availability of its service. Founded in 2011, Stormpath set out to overcome a key security hurdle for cloud-based companies: authentication and management of a large user base.  The company built a product for developers to safely store user data and manage access control to the application. With a simple API integration, developers can reduce development and operations costs, while protecting their users with... more »
Big Data Search Tool Elasticsearch Gets $24M in Series B Funding

Big Data Search Tool Elasticsearch Gets $24M in Series B Funding

Amsterdam-based Big Data startup Elasticsearch, which operates the real-time search and data analytics open-source project of the same name, has just secured a handsome $24 million in series B funding, which it says it plans to use to make its platform more user-friendly. The bulk of these funds were provided by Mike Volpi of Index Futures, with smaller contributions coming from SV Angel and Benchmark Capital. The investment, which means that the startup has secured $34 million funding in total, once again emphasizes the demand from small and medium-sized businesses for free and simple-to-perform Big Data analytics. Elasticsearch is an unusual startup... more »

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