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Google: Project Glass Now Ready To Ship

redletterdave Punctuation's a bitch (1 comments)

I see Slashdot's mobile app doesn't take punctuation too well.

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Microsoft's Data Culture Just Might Work

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  3 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Microsoft has a long history of data, providing data management tools to front-office workers (Excel) and back-office database administrators (SQL Server), consumer-facing services like Bing and Hotmail, not to mention its new work with Hortonworks to offer Hadoop. But now, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to make a foray into Big Data—and if there's any company that could make Big Data accessible to rank-and-file employees, it's Microsoft."
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How Microsoft's Cortana Stacks Up Against Siri And Google Now

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  4 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Cortana, a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, is both a search engine and a helper, just like its counterparts: Apple's Siri and Google Now for Android. Cortana—who says she's female, though not a woman—is Microsoft’s attempt to counter Google's domination of Web search on smartphones while also serving as its counterpoint to the cheeky and informative Siri on the iPhone. In this way, Cortana—like almost everything in Windows Phone—emerges as a combination of iOS and Android features embellished with some of Microsoft's own unique elements."
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Hackers Hijack AWS Accounts To Make Money At Users' Expense

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  5 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Amazon Web Services gives developers access to massive computing capability. Now hackers have found ways to hijack some accounts and use that power to make money on someone else's dime. In addition to developers' usernames and passwords for their accounts, AWS uses "access keys" that are easier to include in software. And that's the problem—developers include these keys in their software, including copies of the software they store in public source-code repositories like GitHub. As a result, hackers can rent computing power from Amazon on others' accounts, racking up thousands of dollars in charges on servers in Amazon data centers as far away as Tokyo, São Paulo, Sydney, and Singapore."
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Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren't Expecting

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  5 days ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Pinterest isn't going to replace Google anytime soon—or ever. But with one billion 'Place Pins' on Pinterest, as the company announced Monday, the visual social network is poised to become a true search engine alternative to Google. You might be thinking, 'So what? Google has a visual search engine.' But what makes Pinterest unique is that it's not just a visual search engine; it’s a user-curated one. And with one billion Rich Pins packed with location metadata, Pinterest is pioneering a different kind of search engine for its user base, which is tailor-made for the Visual Web."
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For The Future

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "The stodgy old enterprise company whose former CEO once called open source Linux a "cancer" is gone. So is its notorious tendency to keep developers and consumers within its walled gardens. The "One Microsoft" goal that looked like more gaseous corporate rhetoric upon its debut last summer now is instead much closer to actual reality. No longer are there different kernels for Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows RT it's now all just One Windows. As goes the Windows kernel, so goes the entire company. Microsoft finally appears to have aimed all its guns outside the company rather than at internal rivals. Now it needs to rebuild its empire upon this new reality."
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What ComiXology Can Do For Amazon

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Amazon on Thursday announced it will acquire digital comics agency ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. But why does the world's biggest online retailer care so much about comic books? Well, that's because the deal—and ComiXology, as a whole—isn't just about comics. ComiXology is pioneering the art of digital storytelling, and attempting to bring these tools to the masses. With Amazon, ComiXology gets a big boost towards its goal of adding a third dimension to the two-dimensional world of books, comics and graphic novels."
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Eben Upton, cofounder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is generally credited as the magician behind this incredible machine. While working on his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Cambridge's computer laboratory, Upton painstakingly put together Raspberry Pi prototypes by hand. Today, Upton is CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s trading company, where he oversees production and sales of the Raspberry Pi. In a lengthy interview with ReadWrite, Upton shares how he invented Raspberry Pi, and what's coming next for the $35 microcomputer."
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Google And Red Hat Arrange A Marriage In The Cloud

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Red Hat and Google announced this week that Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can migrate their operating system subscriptions to Google's cloud platform. That makes Google only the second cloud vendor Red Hat has partnered with in this fashion; Amazon's cloud service was the first, back in 2010. It's the latest sign that Google's big step into the cloud, which it announced less than a year ago, is gaining traction. But it's also an indication that Red Hat, which has struggled in this area, is getting more serious about making its big-business customers comfortable with the cloud."
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Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power The Future

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Facebook owns virtually all the aspects of the social experience—photos (Instagram), status updates (Facebook), location services (Places)—but now, Facebook is transitioning from a simple social network to a full-fledged technology company that rivals Google, moonshot for moonshot. Yet, it's Facebook's corporate control of traffic that leads many to distrust the company. In a sense, people are stuck. When the time comes for someone to abandon Facebook, whether over privacy concerns or frustration with the company, Facebook intentionally makes it hard to leave. Even if you delete your account, your ghost remains—even when you die, Facebook can still make money off you. And that’s not behavior fit for a company that’s poised to take over the future."
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind Of A Mess

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about two weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "At the Fire TV unveiling, Amazon officials sounded like they perfectly understood how frustrating TV streaming devices are for their owners. Amazon focused on three main problems: Search is hard, especially for anything not on a bestseller list; streaming devices often provide slow or laggy performance; and TV set-top boxes tend to be closed ecosystems. The Fire TV is Amazon’s attempt to solve these three problems—the key word here being “attempt.” Perhaps Amazon’s homegrown solution was a bit premature and its ambitions too lofty, because while Fire TV can do almost everything, little of it is done right."
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The Connected Home's Battle Of The Bulbs

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "The current leader in smart lights is Philips Hue Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs. But the competition just heated up last week, with both LG and Samsung unveiling new smart bulbs. Not that Philips is sitting idly by—the boss of intelligent bulbs also unveiled two new products: the Hue Lux LED bulb, a cheaper, stripped-down version of its pricey original, and the Philips Hue Tap, an add-on that lets you trigger lights by touch. But which company will win the battle to illuminate the connected home?"
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Why Oracle Needs To Embrace WebScaleSQL

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "In the last five years, MySQL's user community has actively sought increased control of MySQL, mainly through forks of the project like Percona or MariaDB. With this week's announcement of WebScaleSQL—a collaboration from Facebook, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn to branch and improve MySQL's ability to scale—Oracle's leadership of MySQL could be in serious jeopardy. But so long as the focus remains on doing anything possible to improve MySQL's underlying code, Oracle signing up to embrace WebScaleSQL should be a no-brainer."
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Cloudera Declares War On Legacy Data Center Vendors

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Cloudera just raised an insane amount of money—$900 million, to be exact. But Cloudera’s biggest news in the past week isn't about money. It’s about going to war against legacy data center vendors, which is all made possible thanks to a new partnership with Intel that will make Cloudera's Hadoop distribution the heart of the Big Data uprising."
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How Apple's iWatch Can Learn From Pebble

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Many believe Apple's iWatch will marry the looks of a luxury wristwatch with the powerful sensors found in today's fitness wristbands, and, of course, familiar elements from the iPhone and iPad shrunken down and reconfigured to work from your wrist. Apple is undoubtedly full of its own ideas. But it would also benefit from looking at the progenitor of the modern smartwatch—or rather, its steely successor—both as inspiration and as a model to surpass."
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Turkey To Lift Twitter Ban

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about three weeks ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Less than a week after the Turkish government banned Twitter over failing to remove allegations of government corruption from the social network, a Turkish court on Wednesday suspended the ban, calling it 'illegal.' Users in Turkey are expected to have their access to Twitter restored—as soon as the court's stay of execution reaches Turkey's telecommunication authority."
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Sony Introduces 'Project Morpheus' A Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Sony's gaming subsidiary on Tuesday evening unveiled a virtual reality prototype that works with the PlayStation 4, called 'Project Morpheus.' The VR device is still a prototype at this point, but the current model of Project Morpheus features a head-mounted display with 1080p resolution and a 90 degree field of view that can track users’ head movements and orientation shifts — thanks to a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope and connectivity with PlayStation Camera — to change the virtual landscape based off your motions in real-time. The headset also comes with built-in 3D audio technology from Sony, which also reacts dynamically in real-time to the user’s head movements for a realistic stereoscopic effect. The company offered no price or release date details as the company's president insists Project Morpheus is "still a prototype.""
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Zite CEO After Flipboard Acquisition: "The Sooner Zite Goes Away, The Better"

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month and a half ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Zite is going to die—and soon. According to the parameters of the acquisition, the Zite technology team, led by cofounder Mike Klaas, will go to Flipboard, while a couple of people not really involved in the building of Zite’s recommendation engine won't make the jump. One of those individuals is Zite CEO Mark Johnson, who called ReadWrite after the announcement of the acquisition to discuss his thoughts on the future of Zite, its value to Flipboard and his plans for what’s next."
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New iOS 7 Bug Allows For Secret Activity Tracking

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about 2 months ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Researchers have discovered a new security flaw in iOS 7, which allows a malicious app to monitor and track a user’s touch and button inputs while quietly running in the background. The flaw, according to research firm FireEye, buries itself in the multitasking functionality of iOS and automatically transmits all user inputs to a remote server. The exploit, which comes less than one week after Apple issued an urgent fix for an SSL bug, affects all current non-jailbroken versions of iOS, including iOS 7 and iOS 6.1.x."
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Google Unveils 'Project Tango'

redletterdave redletterdave writes  |  about a month ago

redletterdave (2493036) writes "Google wants to build a new kind of smartphone—one that can see your environment just like you can, or help blind customers navigate the visible world. This isn’t a new version of Android, at least not yet; it’s a new experimental beast entirely. Google calls it 'Project Tango.'"
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