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Just imagine if we could get away with treating our cell phones the same way as we invariably do with notes scribbled onto scraps of paper. Scrunch it up in your pocket, drop it on the floor, step on it, squish it inside your wallet even - all without doing any substantial damage. Well, within just six months you might well be able to do just that with your latest hi-tech gizmo. According to various reports, researchers from several cell phone manufacturers are busying themselves with prototype designs for paper-thin, flexible phones that they hope will be virtually unbreakable. We’ve seen a... more »
493 days, and counting – that’s what’s left for Windows XP. Active support runs out on April 8, 2014. It’s Microsoft’s most successful operating system ever, enjoying a very long run that debuted in 2001. The name XP is short for eXPerience, and was developed under the codename “Whistler”. Windows XP was the first operating system that was made for consumers that was based on the stable and efficient Windows NT kernel. Throughout that run we have seen a number of editions, countless updates, graphics improvements, services packs, and widespread security incidents – and that’s just the start of the Windows... more »
Apple is intent on overhauling its Maps application, and for good reason. The consumer electronics giant’s flopped in its attempt to infiltrate the data-driven digital GPS market with a Maps app the trumped Google Maps as the default in iOS 6. Apple’s first step is looking in the mirror and making the necessary internal changes: Maps manager Richard Williamson was let go this week, just a month after Apple fired vice president of iOS Scott Forstall for what is widely speculated to be the same reason. SiliconAngle news editor Kristen Nicole made a recent appearance on our daily NewsDesk program and took the... more »
Big data might be about to change the world, but only as long as we have the tools and the skills in place to understand what it all means. IBM understands this point better than most, which is why it’s just announced plans for a new Client Center for Advanced Analytics, to be located at its campus at 4600 Lakehurst Court, Columbus, Ohio. IBM says that its new analytics center is set to create no less than 500 new jobs in the hi-tech sector over the next three years, something that should position Columbus as a leading international center for big... more »
Cloud computing is revolutionizing how data is being handled as it eliminates the need for building large data centers in multiple locations. Today, web-based services are relying more and more on the cloud to keep data available to users anytime, anywhere. The problem is, though revolutionary, it is still not flawless as we’ve seen in the previous service outages happening lately. What companies are looking for these days is something that would perfect the cloud or at least something closer to perfection. Netflix, the streaming media company, has been using Hystrix, a library designed to control the interactions between these distributed services... more »
Rumor has it, Microsoft is working on an Xbox set top box slated for 2013. Now, is there any truth to this? Plausible. Aptly dubbed as the Xbox TV, according to the Verge’s unnamed sources familiar with the plan, Microsoft is planning a low cost alternative to the Xbox 360 that would offer the same entertainment and some gaming experience. The set top box will be unveiled sometime in 2013 with the official launch coming before the holiday season. When reached for a comment, Microsoft neither confirmed or denied the rumor, simply stating that they are always open to bringing something new... more »
IT automation firm Panorma9 released an update to its flagship platform that empowers admins to manage Windows and Mac PCs from a single pane of glass. The cloud-based patch management service says that the solution can be particularly handy for startups that find themselves on the “leading edge” of the BYOD trend. “Mac and Windows have different and sometimes conflicting cultures. Windows machines are built for IT administrators to manage, whereas Macs are user-centric and don't require a middle-man," said Allan Thorvaldsen, CEO and co-founder of Panorama9. "We provide a middle layer that manages both worlds in a seamless way.” Panorma9 has... more »
Less than a month after his re-election, President Obama has delivered a slap in the face to many of the Silicon Valley firms like Apple, Google, Adobe and Microsoft, who gave hefty financial support to his campaign. The White House announced yesterday that Obama is opposing the STEM Act of 2012, which is set for a House vote on Friday. This act would make as many as 55,000 visas available to foreigners who have earned a masters or doctoral degree in science or tech from a U.S. university. SiliconANGLE Founding Editor Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins described it as " . . . a bill tailor-made for... more »
For far too long, organizations have confined structured data to relational databases and unstructured data to simplistic keyword-matching technologies. Exploiting information across its many forms is the next big wave to drive competitive advantage. Following the acquisition of Vertica and Autonomy, HP has brought these two into a single solution called Next Generation Information Optimization solution. With this platform, user can search and analyze structured and unstructured data. The Vertica Analytics platform is software dedicated to storage and analysis of very large amounts of structured data, or data that has been stored in a relational database. The Autonomy IDOL (Intelligent Data Operating... more »
Researchers at the University of California Berkeley are working on a project that is looking to change Big Data, taking it up a whole new gear and extremes of speed. The project aims to lower search and analysis times that take place when analyzing unstructured data. The open-source, next-generation data analytics stack includes components known as “Shark”, “Spark”, and “Mesos” and were introduced by Michael Franklin and Matei Zaharia at the 2012 AWS re:Invent conference. The claims are huge – 100 times faster than Hadoop on some tasks. . The real-time database analysis tools are based on Apache’s Hive platform and... more »