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Digital currencies have a strong potential to be a disruptive technology in a sector that’s seen very little change in many, many years. In October of last year, the European Central Bank published a report about digital currencies that mentioned Bitcoin 183 times while commenting on the impact of digital currencies on the current state of finances and since then the bitcoin market has seen a notable increase in its own stability and reach. For an excellent examination of the ECB report back in October, look to the BitInstant blog. What caught our attention today, however, is Bloomberg’s attention on the subject... more »
How quickly and easily you coordinate projects and teams? How to manage daily tasks while reducing the use of email and endless meetings? Companies give a lot to tools for employees for projects work. But employee spends time on other tools like notepad, personal messaging. And in the end, too many emails, too many meetings, too much information that drown teams resulting in loss of time and poorly organized tasks. A recent survey conducted by Serena Software has revealed that lack of communication with customers, operations and other development teams is the biggest threat to agile success. Finally, along comes AgileZen--an easy... more »
BlackBerry unveiled two devices at yesterday’s event, the Z10 and the Q10. Though the devices look promising, BlackBerry fans in the US will have to wait over a month to see the new handsets. The company has been lambasted in the past for delaying the release of its new platform and new devices, but the bitterness didn’t seem to affect BlackBerry even as it once again delays availability of the devices. UK fans are the first to get their hands on the Z10 starting today, followed by Canada on Feb. 5, then UAE on Feb. 10, and lastly the US in... more »
While most industries will feel the impact of Big Data analytics in the next few years, the electric utilities are already in the throws of the Big Data revolution, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly in his latest Professional Alert, “Big Data in the Utilities Industry”. The key technology in this case is the “smart meter”, a.k.a. advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), that sends energy usage readings wirelessly from each meter back to the utility every 15 minutes. Instead of the 12 readings a year of manual systems, this generates 12 readings every 15 minutes, or 35,040 readings per meter... more »
An infographic is a cool way to impart knowledge, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of boring facts, huge numbers, and incomprehensible data. They’re colorful and fun that’s why there’s a lot of them floating around the web from infographics about Batman, obesity, geeks, marriage, dating, and yes, even about infographics. But aren’t those hard to make? And you need to be really creative and good with designs to be able to make one, right? Piktochart says no. Magic Piktochart Yep, the name sounds like something that would come out of a Poké Ball but it’s the new app from Piktochart that... more »
Cloud integration startup MuleSoft is flaunting its new API repository with an infographic published just in time for the Super Bowl. The chart lists 10 services that developers can tap into in order to monetize consumer trends during and after the big game. The first API is from Food2u, a hot meal delivery service that is gearing up for a big surge in orders from hungry football fans. Right below it is the HootSuite What the trend API, a RESTful service that offers access to RSS feeds and statistics about trending topics in specific geographic areas. The third and fourth places on... more »
Hackers backed by China’s military are believed to have carried out repeated attacks on the New York Time’s cyber infrastructure, according to new claims by the newspaper. It believes that the attacks began around four months ago, and are likely to be retaliation for an expose it ran on the vast wealth accumulated by previous leader Wen Jiabao and his family. The New York Times says that the hackers have stolen the corporate passwords of every single one of its employees, while the personal devices of 53 of its employees were also hacked. It says that it stumbled upon the infiltration... more »
As we settle into 2013 we’re now in a space where the computing market is growing with ultrabooks, tablets and other chip-powered gadgets. Although Intel is still the undisputed king of the high end chip markets, it's become unavoidably evident that lower cost, ARM-based processors are dominating mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. As PCs lose out to the tablet era, Intel finds itself face-to-face with the necessity of adapting to a new market. Semiconductor giant Intel delivered improved fourth quarter results earlier this month, reporting revenue of $53.3 billion for 2012, down 1.2 percent compared with 2011, and posted net... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: BlackBerry appoints Alicia Keys as global creative director; Microsoft to launch Surface Pro on Feb.9; Nokia HERE will be integrated in Toyota’s mapping services; Vertu to create a $10K Android phone; and Tumblr adds mature label to iOS app. BlackBerry appoints Alicia Keys as global creative director BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research in Motion, had a few surprises at yesterday’s BlackBerry 10 event. Aside from the name change, and the long wait for the Z10 and Q10 to be commercially available, the company stunned the tech world when it announced that singer/songwriter/actress Alicia Keys is... more »
We’ve all heard talk of how the post-PC era is supposedly looming on the horizon, but perhaps it would be wiser to ignore the proclamations of those who insist that the roof is about to cave in. Despite Apple’s Tim Cook insisting that people would “rather play on his iPad than their old PCs”, Lenovo has gone from strength to strength, proving that there’s plenty of life left in the old workhorses yet, so long as you know how to market them – something that the Chinese firm positively excels at. Lenovo’s latest fiscal quarter results have smashed all expectations, with... more »