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Tracking Gadgets for Snowboarders, Slouchers + Health Nuts

Tracking Gadgets for Snowboarders, Slouchers + Health Nuts

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a gadget for people who engage in extreme sports, a gadget to keep your back straight as a board, and a gadget to quickly assess your overall wellness. Trace: tracking for X-treme sports   Most fitness trackers aren’t suitable for extreme sports such as skateboarding, surfing, skiing and snowboarding because the movements involved in these activities are different from those involved in walking, running, jogging, or doing other land-based activities.  Thanks to crowdfunding, surfers, skaters and boarders now have a device designed specifically for their kind of action. Dubbed Trace, this project received more than $160,000 in its recently... more »
How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

How Facebook Plans To Get The Whole World Online: Cheaper, Bigger Data

Facebook, which recently teamed up with the likes of Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek, Opera and others to launch the Internet.org initiative a few weeks ago, has just published a white paper that outlines its master plan to wire up the rest of the world to the web. For those unfamiliar with Internet.org, the initiative was launched last August 20 with a website that claims the group is dedicated to helping the approximately two thirds of the world's population – around five billion people - living without internet access to get online. It's not an entirely charitable cause, as Facebook would only... more »
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IBM Announces $1 Billion Linux Investment

IBM this morning announced a multi-year, $1 billion investment in  Linux on Power Systems that will include a new developer center in Montpellier, France, for European Linux developers and a new Linux on Power development cloud that is available free of charge to developers. This is in addition to the string of major Linux announcements IBM has made over the last few months including the 7R4 four-socket Linux-only Power server, the Open Power initiative with  development centers in Beijing, Austin, and New York City, its commitment to OpenStack, and the steady porting of more than 140 core IBM applications and... more »
Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Metrofied Firefox Unlikely to be Seen Until 2014

Mozilla will be rolling out the Firefox 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux today as well as for Android. The updated Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux has new features such as support for new scrollbar style in Mac OS X 10.7 and newer, implemented Close tabs to the right, and ability to tear-off chat windows to view separately by simply dragging them out.  There were also some aspects that were changed for the sake of developers, such as accessibility related improvements on using pinned tabs (see 577727), major SVG rendering improvements around Image tiling and scaling (see 600207), improved and... more »
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In Bold Move to Automate Data Management, NetApp Puts Storage Closer to Compute : Supports AWS Hyperscale + Virtualization

Better cloud interoperability - a not-so-lofty goal for NetApp in its audacious push to establish Data ONTAP as a common fabric for private, hybrid and public cloud environments. NetApp is introducing a new solution for migrating data between on- and off-premise infrastructure with today's launch of a Universal Data Platform, a potential game-changer in the software-defined world that connects disparate clouds and rethinks the physical positioning of storage closer to the compute.  With this, NetApp is making things more streamlined for data access, management and especially automation.  NetApp is promising "more consistent data management" for today's software-defined infrastructure, recognizing that... more »
Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Google Bumps Its Way To Yet Another Acquisition

Near Field Communication has many use cases, for example transferring files or processing payments, but the technology has so far failed to gain traction as there are doubts regarding its security.  Even Apple, which loves to experiment with new technologies, isn't convinced that bump-to-transfer is something its devices should have. Still, the allure of bumping devices to share information is intriguing, thus Bump Technologies’ Bump app has managed to gain popularity by allowing iOS to experience the bump-to-share functionality of NFC without Apple's say so, even if their device doesn’t have an NFC chip. Using Bump, users can share info with... more »
New Look Bing Looks An Awful Lot Like Google

New Look Bing Looks An Awful Lot Like Google

Microsoft isn’t giving up in its dreams of one day grabbing the “search engine giant” title away from Google.  And to prove this, it's just unveiled a new logo, look, and an array of new features for its search engine. The New Look   Microsoft seems to have an affinity with straight lines and sharp edges when it comes to new logos, and the Bing logo did not escape this love affair.  Instead of a rounded "b" it now has an edgier "b", though Microsoft has kept the orange color scheme so it will still look familiar. Microsoft describes Bing as always being helpful,... more »
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NetApp to Deliver ‘Universal Data Platform’ atop ONTAP

In a bold push to establish Data ONTAP as a common fabric for private, hybrid and public cloud environments, NetApp is introducing a new solution for migrating data between on- and off-premise infrastructure. The company’s soon-to-be-unveiled portability technology performs on-the-fly “hypervisor translation” to greatly simplify workload migration between disparate ONTAP deployments. The offering is designed to complement NetApp’s existing SnapMirror tool, which will be enhanced to better support replication between private and public clouds. SnapMirror and the upcoming hypervisor translation technology constitute a central pillar of NetApp’s plan to deliver a “universal data platform” atop its flagship storage operating system. The success... more »
Jolla's Sailfish OS Gets Android Apps & Hardware Compatible

Jolla's Sailfish OS Gets Android Apps & Hardware Compatible

Finnish mobile startup Jolla has big plans for its nascent Sailfish mobile OS to emerge as a genuine rival to the likes of Android and iOS, and now it's taken a massive step in achieving those goals with the announcement of compatibility with Android's software, apps and even its hardware ecosystem. This is a huge deal for Sailfish OS, which will now be able to run native Android apps as well as those built to run on Sailfish alone, said the company on Monday. More importantly though is the hardware compatibility – which means that people will be able to install... more »
3 Things to Consider with Oracle's New ZS3 Storage Appliance

3 Things to Consider with Oracle's New ZS3 Storage Appliance

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 takes place next week, running September 22 through 26, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. One thing our readers are anxious to learn more about is Oracle's recently launched storage appliance the ZS3 Storage Appliance, particularly given Oracle's goals of reducing infrastructure costs with this new product. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and his company have been under intentional and unintentional attacks lately from the open source sector, which has cooperatively lowered the cost of setting up and managing the IT department with the introduction of agnostic software and hardware that's just as adaptable.  It will be interesting to hear... more »

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