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In today’s mobile news roundup: Google looking for Google Glass testers; iPhone 5 world’s best selling smartphone in Q4 2012; Apple fixes Exchange bug but not passcode; Ubuntu for tablet features multi-tasking; 3Doodler reaches Kickstarting funding hours after it launched; AT&T teams up with The Cloud for free WiFi in the UK; and Republic Wireless’ $19 unlimited plan. Google looking for Google Glass testers Been wondering what you’d do if you had a Google Glass? Wondering when it will be available so you can try it out? You may not have to wait that long, as Google is looking for Google Explorers... more »
Google doesn’t like piracy websites much. In fact, it’s fair to say that Google positively hates them. If reports from the UK are to be believed, the world’s biggest internet company has apparently decided that enough is enough, and has begun orchestrating a major effort to cut funding to websites that provide illegal downloads, with the ultimate aim of eradicating them from the web once and for all. As we all know, the downloading of copyrighted media has become almost a national pastime, with millions of illegal files containing movies, games and music albums downloaded each year. This is all well... more »
Strata 2013 is just around the corner. The Big Data gathering will be held next week in the Santa Clara Convention Center from February 26 through the 28th, the same location and date as last year. The only thing different is the list of topics, now that we're able to look at the Big Data industry from the implementation perspective, rather than the exploratory view. There’s a few themes that could make a big splash at this year's upcoming convention, but based on last year's Strata event, we can make an educated guess as to which of these trends will be... 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »