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Airo automates fitness trackers : Market needs easy data

Airo automates fitness trackers : Market needs easy data

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features new trackers from AIRO, Push and Angel that deliver more vital information for users, tracking caloric intake, metabolites and more. AIRO . AIRO HEALTH has unveiled a revolutionary tracker that hopes to put other fitness trackers to shame.  Dubbed the AIRO, the bracelet tracks four parameters - nutrition, stress, sleep and exercise. To track nutrition, AIRO uses different wavelengths of lights to look into the bloodstream and detect metabolites while and after you eat.  This method allows AIRO to measure caloric intake and even the quality of meals consumed, to provide recommendations on how a person can improve nutrition. To... more »
Google Glass 2 coming: Explorers can swap old pair for new glasses soon

Google Glass 2 coming: Explorers can swap old pair for new glasses soon

Google proudly announced that Glass Explorers from all over the US have been actively sharing their experiences when using the device through videos taken with it.  These videos, as well as regular feedback, helps Google to improve the product.  The company has gained so much insight from Explorers that it will be releasing the second version of Google Glass soon. Based on feedback from Explorers, the team will be updating the device’s software and hardware.  On the hardware side, Google claims that the Google Glass 2 will be usable for those already wearing shades or prescription glasses and that it will... more »
Tips and tricks for using OS X Mavericks

Tips and tricks for using OS X Mavericks

Have you upgraded to the new OS X Mavericks yet?  If no, but you do want to try it, Grovo Learning has posted a quick tutorial video on how you can get your hands on it. The first thing you need to know about OS X Mavericks is that it is a FREE upgrade from the Mac App Store for people who are already using OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion 10.7, or Mountain Lion 10.8.  It requires 5.29GB of space to download and install. To get the upgrade, go to apple.com/osx and click the “Upgrade Now” button.  This will open up a... more »
Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple beats analyst expectations in Q4 2013 performance

Apple has posted its fourth quarter earnings report for the period that ended last September 28, 2013. The company posted revenues of $37.5 billion, plus a quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share, which is higher than results from the same quarter the previous year, when it posted revenues of $36 billion and net profits of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share. The company stated that 60 percent of its revenues from the quarter came from international sales.  The company sold 33.8 million iPhones and 14.1 million iPads during the quarter. iPhone and iPad sales saw an... more »
US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

US consumers still being screwed over broadband costs

Broadband speeds in the United States have been the subject of debate for some time now, and yesterday a new study confirmed what many had already suspected – that the US is still playing catch-up with the rest of the world. Okay so that's not strictly true – it is possible to get super-fast connections in the US of course, but the problem is the cost of that service, which is far more expensive here than in most other countries. In New York, consumers can sign up for a lightening fast, 500Mbps connection that's 58 times faster than the national average,... more »
Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

Day 1 trending announcements at #BigDataNYC #HadoopWorld #StrataConf #hw2013

In four years in NYC covering the Hadoop ecosystem I haven't seen this much action where the stakes are at an all time high.   In NYC this week for #BigDataNYC event, SiliconANGLE has teamed with @theCUBE and is live on the ground breaking news, launching startups, and analyzing the signal from the noise. What's interesting is that there are two kinds of companies here at #BigDataNYC creators and commoditizers.  Rarely do you see a company that can do both - I am still watching for one. Lots of conversations around data science, predictive analytics, and integration into applications.   Three key... more »
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3 keys to rule Big Data economy : tech, people + culture | #BigDataNYC

The volume of information being stored and applied to business practices today continues to grow at an astonishing rate, with the digital universe set to expand more than 25 percent annually through 2012, according to research from EMC. Driven by the rapid adoption of connected devices and Big Data technologies, this trend is creating new opportunities for technology vendors while providing enterprises with the means to drive efficiencies and pursue additional revenue streams. “By 2017, Big Data vendor revenue will hit close to $50 billion, according to our models,” Wikibon Principal Analyst Jeff Kelly writes. “But that’s only part of the... more »
Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Bitcoin's first ATM makes appearance in Vancouver this week

Probably the world’s first Bitcoin ATM opens this week in Vancouver, Canada. According to reports from CBC, Mitchell Demeter, co-founder of Vancouver Bitcoiniacs bitcoin trading company and part-owner of Robocoin, have invested in five such machines to be placed across Canada. The automated teller machine, made by Nevada company Robocoin, is being installed at the Waves coffee shop at Howe and Smithe in Vancouver by Vancouver’s Bitcoiniacs, a Bitcoin exchange store located near Granville Market. The ATM will dispense the bitcoins in exchange for cash and cash in exchange for bitcoins. “It’s the first Bitcoin ATM in the world,” said Bitcoiniacs co-founder... more »
Apigee extends API Web design with Node.js interfaces

Apigee extends API Web design with Node.js interfaces

As more business incline to mobile, cloud and web for commerce, APIs allow a variety of devices to access the same power source and use it for any number of purposes. Apigee, the enterprise-grade API management platform, can be an effective platform that offer plug-and-play configurations on API creation. But these are complex problem that developers can't build easily. And that’s why Apigee announced the use of the popular Node.js software platform within Apigee Enterprise to build customized APIs and apps. The APIs let developers to easily create, manage, and access Apigee cloud infrastructure to enable their products. The yet-to-be-named tool... more »
Express Logic adds kernel awareness of the ThreadX RTOS in ARM DS-5 tools

Express Logic adds kernel awareness of the ThreadX RTOS in ARM DS-5 tools

Express Logic, renowned provider of advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, recently added Kernel-Aware Debug Support for ARM DS-5 Development Tools in order to provide greater transparency into thread and task management--a sure way to further reduce development and debug time. By providing kernel awareness for DS-5 tools, Express Logic has become the first solution provider to offer this increased functionality. “Already, the ThreadX RTOS has been shown to deliver faster time-to-market on the ARM platform,” commented William E. Lamie, president of Express Logic. “By adding kernel awareness for the ARM DS-5 tools, ThreadX delivers even shorter development time. Developers... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.