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Analytics Tools Should be like Bicycles for the Brain | #tcc13

Analytics Tools Should be like Bicycles for the Brain | #tcc13

Christian Chabot, CEO, Co-founder and Chairman of Tableau Software, discussed the company's take on data analytics and visualization with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live at the 2013 Tableau Customer Conference. 'Tableau really started with a series with breakthrough research innovations,' Chabot stated, mentioning his position within the company was powered by his understanding of the obstacles in making sense of data, and seeing the potential of those innovations. Tableau's mission is "making databases and spreadsheets easy for people to use." Chabot explained he could talk about Tableau with someone who knows nothing about data science, "but if you help them make... more »
SAP Broadens Big Data Strategy with Predictive Analytics Buy

SAP Broadens Big Data Strategy with Predictive Analytics Buy

SAP is hoping to move predictive analytics into the mainstream with the acquisition of KXEN, a San Francisco-based provider of user-friendly statistical forecasting software. No financial terms were disclosed. KXEN offers business users the ability to scan historical data for patterns and correlations that may shed light on future growth opportunities. SAP plans to bake the company’s technology into Fraud Management, Smart Meter Analytics and other cloud and on-premise applications that leverage HANA, its increasingly popular in-memory database. KXEN’s software will also be used to round out Predictive Analysis, a platform that SAP bills as a “workbench for defining, executing and... more »
SmartWorld Weekly: Amazon's Home Automation Store, Cars that Wirelessly Charge Smartphones + More

SmartWorld Weekly: Amazon's Home Automation Store, Cars that Wirelessly Charge Smartphones + More

If you missed this week’s SmartWorld Series, here’s your chance to catch up on the exciting developments happening in the connected world.  Each week, we round up the best of apps and services for health and fitness, smart homes, smart cars and anything related to the Internet of Things. This week’s SmartWorld Series features Amazon’s home automation shop, quantified self apps to help you sleep, cars that wirelessly charge smartphones, and smart jewelry for commuters. Amazon’s Specialty Shop for Home Automation + Money Saving Solutions SmartHome Monday featured a new cloud security platform from GEO Semiconductor Inc., Shaspa, and Tatung that launched at... more »
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True Cost of iPhone 5c : Real Security Concerns of iPhone 5s

This week ushered in the long-awaited next generation of iPhones, delivering not one, but two fresh devices for the masses.  While the iPhone 5c is the least expensive smartphone from Apple, CEO Tim Cook and his team purport the new iPhone 5s is the most "forward-thinking" smartphone the company's made to date, in large part because of the enhanced security features introduced with a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication for phone unlocking and iTunes purchases. But many questions loom over the true cost of the iPhone 5c, currently listed at an accessible $99 with contract.  And even more questions are being... more »
iPhone 5c Now Ready for Pre-order: Fanbois Already Camped Out

iPhone 5c Now Ready for Pre-order: Fanbois Already Camped Out

Apple fanbois can now head onto Apple’s page and pre-order the iPhone 5c. You can choose to purchase either a white, yellow, pink, blue or green device, and get the 16GB for only $99, or the 32GB for $199, with a two year contract on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.  For T-Mobile subscribers, you can get the unlocked and contract-free iPhone 5c for $549 for the 16GB and $649 for the 32GB.  The iPhone 5c pre-ordered on the four carriers will start shipping on September 20, 2013.  If you wish further customization, you can also order colorful silicon microfiber cases for $29... more »
Wondering Why The New iPhones Look So Freakishly Familiar?

Wondering Why The New iPhones Look So Freakishly Familiar?

If you attended the Apple event last Tuesday, or you were tuning in on a live blog, did you get a sense of familiarity when the two iPhones were finally unveiled?  You didn’t?  Are you sure?  Think far back into your childhood and you’ll probably understand what I’m saying. Remember these? Yes, the new iPhone 5c looks hauntingly familiar, especially with the silicon microfiber case, because it looks like (among other things) a food grater, Ikea’s plastic bag collector, Crocs footwear, and a game we used to play when we were kids (can’t remember what it’s called!). Is this a bad thing?  Not really,... more »
Twitter IPO Means More Ads, Not That You'll Notice

Twitter IPO Means More Ads, Not That You'll Notice

With Twitter finally announcing its public IPO last night, many users will be wondering how this development is going to affect them. While it's unlikely to change anything about the way the site works, one thing would seem absolutely certain – and that's that we're going to be seeing a lot more ads popping up with its shareholders looking for a return on their investments. The good news is that the ads are unlikely to be the kind of invasive spammy stuff that's becoming a problem with the likes of Facebook and Google. Simply because, Twitter's waited years for its IPO,... more »
Hadoop Distributors Ally with SAP to Fuse Hadoop into Enterprise BI

Hadoop Distributors Ally with SAP to Fuse Hadoop into Enterprise BI

Hortonworks and Intel have signed separate reseller agreements with SAP to make their Hadoop distributions more accessible for the nearly 250,000 organizations that use the vendor’s business intelligence software. SAP will redistribute the firms’ platforms and provide enterprise support for customers as part of an initiative to package “all” Hadoop distributions into its analytics lineup. The portfolio includes the HANA in-memory database, SAP Data Services software, and BusinessObjects and Sybase solutions. Mitch Ferguson, VP of business development at Hortonworks, wrote in a blog post that “by using SAP HANA and Hadoop together, customers get the power of instant access with SAP HANA... more »
Google's Fight Against Piracy: How Serious Is It?

Google's Fight Against Piracy: How Serious Is It?

In the face of sustained pressure from music and movie copyright holders to co-operate with the anti-piracy fight, Google has just published a report in its defence. Called "How Google Fights Piracy", the report is a direct response to criticism leveled against the search engine giant, which claims that its unwilling to work with organizations focused on protecting copyright. Google points to three examples of how its doing its part to combat pirates, firstly with its claim that it provides "better legal alternatives" to piracy, primarily through YouTube and Google Play. Fred von Lohmann, Google's legal director, emphasized this point in... more »
Breaking Analysis: The Implications of Twitter Going Public

Breaking Analysis: The Implications of Twitter Going Public

With Twitter finally going public after almost seven years of being in the public eye—the social media 140 character juggernaut was founded in 2006 but found its stride in 2007—has seen the popularity of tweeting erupt in status but has had a long time in attempting to figure out how to monetize its platform. By the end of 2012, Twitter reported over 500 million registered users, generating over 340 million tweets daily, and 1.6 billion search queries. Today, September 12 2013, the company tweeted, "We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO." It’s only proper that a... more »

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