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In IBM’s latest sentiment analysis, Birth of a Trend: Steampunk, the sub-genre, is turning into a cultural meme and is expected that interest in this topic will continue to boom this year. According to IBM’s findings, 33 percent of online chatter can be found on gaming sites, while Twitter remains the number one social network for steampunk chatter. “Smart retailers are using social analytics to better understand, predict and shape consumer demand for “must-have” products before a particular trend gets saturated in the marketplace,” said Trevor Davis, Consumer Products Expert with IBM’s Global Business Services. “By staying ahead of a trend as... more »
Google introduced Google Glass, or Project Glass at last year’s Google I/O conference, quickly becoming the talk of the town. And why wouldn’t it be? The connected spectacles give people the freedom to do more things with their hands, displaying directions, reminders and more on the heads-up display. While, the gadget is far from being available for consumers, Google recently invited developers for a hackathon regarding Google Glass. Before its official introduction in June, rumors about the nifty eye wear had been around since early 2012. And though it's rare to find someone wearing Google Glass out on the street, Google co-founder Sergey... more »
The past week was a big one for several emerging players in the big data space, most notably Zettaset. The startup closed raised $10 million in a second round of funding led by HighBar Partners. Broadcom also participated in the round, along with existing investors DFJ and Epic Ventures. Zettaset earned the industry’s attention by creating a solution that makes it much easier – and considerably cheaper – to manage Hadoop deployments alongside existing mission-critical systems. The company’s tool automates the configuration process as well as day-to-day administration. Zettaset supports all the major commercial distributions of Hadoop, a list dominated by only three... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: Geeksphone starts selling the Firefox OS developer phone, RIM extends developer-friendly Port-a-thon event; HTC M7 sighting; Apple to release 3 iPhones in 2013; and Samsung takes a jab at RIM. Geeksphone starts selling Firefox OS developer phone At CES 2013, a mysterious unnamed device made an appearance, turning plenty of heads. It was running Firefox OS - Mozilla's up and coming mobile operating system. The device comes an unnamed manufacturer, leaving us with little more than a prototype and a dream. But it seems Mozilla and its partners are revving things up, as Geeksphone is already selling Firefox OS developer preview phones. The retailer is selling... more »
The battle between Google vs. Microsoft just keeps getting uglier. The stakes are high and the disputed territory covers mobility, services, and it is looking like it includes anything that touches the enterprise. A number of recent stories are putting this competition front and center repeatedly. Cutting off ActiveSync One of the biggest stories out there was Microsoft’s “disappointment” by Google's decision to end Exchange ActiveSync support, and forcing them to pledge support for IMAP. Microsoft officially responded to Google's decision in an official statement to theVerge: "Like many, we are surprised and disappointed that Google wants to make it more difficult for... more »
Only a small group of global companies have seen their user base grow so large that they require hundreds of thousands of servers spread across dozens of locations to power their services. This list is relatively short today, but SiliconAngle and Wikibon believe this will change in the coming years. Many organizations are pushing the boundaries of storage capacity, compute and data availability just so they can stay afloat in the wake of the big data explosion. There are the mainstream service providers, such as Facebook and Pandora, that have already reached or will achieve hyperscale status in the near future, purely... more »
Internet usage in Cuba isn’t anywhere near as restrictive as it is in North Korea, but it sure is painful. With connections only possible via satellite, the cost of getting online in the tropical communist paradise is extremely prohibitive for the vast majority of its citizens – not to mention as slow as molasses. Tourists report that the internet is so bad in Cuba that even sending out something as simple as an email can be laboriously slow – which means you can usually forget all about trying to connect to image-heavy sites like Facebook. In addition, internet connections are pretty... more »
3D printers have been pretty innovative of late, replicating such weird and wonderful items as dinosaur bones, iPhone cases and even ‘meat’, among other things. But now a bunch of architects have also gotten their hands on the technology, and they’re setting their sights on something bigger, much bigger. The latest crazy idea to see what 3D printers are capable of doing is the brainchild of one Janjaap Ruijssenaars, who is planning to ‘print’ what he calls the “Landscape House” – a two-storey structure laid out in a figure-eight shape that might just give builders a reason to be concerned over... more »
In November last year Dr. Jeff Dominitiz, an economist with a lifelong passion for football, came forward with a tale of the how the N.F.L. tried, and miserably failed, to get with the times and make better use of modern analytics tools. An N.F.L. team approached Dominitiz in 2006 and offered him the opportunity of a lifetime: analyzing player statistics for a pro team. Within seven weeks, he was already looking for another job. The PhD described how he was assigned to a solitary cubicle in the building that housed the marketing department, and that the coach was only made aware of the... more »
Nokia Outsources 820 Jobs to HCL, Tata As part of its latest round of streamlining and cost reduction efforts announced in June 2012, cellular handset maker Nokia is outsourcing approximately 820 jobs to HCL and Tata Consultancy Services. It is also cutting an additional 300 jobs. The reductions come at a moment when Nokia is exceeding expectations in handset sales and are the last cuts in the cost reduction program. More EMC Names EMC Isilon Leader in Scale-Out File-Based Storage Market IDC has positioned EMC Isilon as a leader in its new IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2012 Vendor Analysis report, based... more »