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Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

Mining for YouTube Gold with Hadoop and Friends

Nov 12, 2014 |

Unless you’ve been living in a cave without Wi-Fi, you’ve probably noticed a revolution occurring in the world of video. Not only are hundreds of millions of young people using Web services like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon to watch their favorite TV shows, but they’re tuning into new content created by thousands of independent publishers. The old media apple cart hasn’t just been turned over–it’s been run over by a train. Or maybe, it’s been run over by an elephant. Read more…

Note to Selfie: This Algorithm Will Improve Your Picture-Taking Skills

Nov 7, 2014 |

The number of photographs we’re taking is skyrocketing, thanks to new smartphones with powerful cameras and easy access to photo sharing sites. While the quantity of pics has increased, the quality has not kept pace. Resisting the urge to take a “selfie” is a sure-fire way to boost your amateur photog cred, but another path awaits by way of advanced algorithms. People are using their smartphone cameras to take and share billions of pictures every day. Whether it’s a kid, Read more…

Hybrid Analytics Yield Big Data Flexibility

Nov 5, 2014 |

You have a lot of choices when it comes to data analytics. Should you run on the cloud or on-premise? Use samples of data or the whole enchilada? Structured or unstructured? Traditional tech or Hadoop? Data scientist with Ph.Ds. or business analysts with MBAs? Typically, one would pick an approach and stick with it. But increasingly, users can take a hybrid approach that mixes different technologies and methodologies and personnel to best suit their needs. Gartner analyst Mark Beyer is Read more…

How Data Analytics Shaped Election Day 2014

Nov 4, 2014 |

Today is Election Day, when political scientists finally get to see the manifestations of their careful calculations. But increasingly, elections are being influenced by data scientists who are experts at wielding big data analytics to achieve an end. President Obama’s re-election campaign took political data science to new heights in 2012. The campaign had a large and well-funded analytics team of 165 people, who worked nearly two years to collect data and segmented and categorized the entire American electorate in Read more…

News In Brief

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

MongoDB Unveils Management Service Upgrades

Oct 14, 2014 |

MongoDB Inc. rolled out upgrades to its database management service this week that include automation features designed to speed the deployment and provisioning of MongoDB on Amazon Web Services and other cloud infrastructure. Upgrades to the MongoDB Management Service (MMS) announced on Oct. 14 address criticisms that the popular database remains difficult to deploy and maintain, company executive said. They estimate that the MMS upgrades could lower operational overhead by as much as 95 percent. Previously, labor-intensive tasks like writing Read more…

Salesforce Eyes Business Analytics with Wave Platform

Oct 13, 2014 |

Continuing the migration of data analytics to the enterprise, Salesforce.com said it is entering the analytics market with the roll out of its “analytics cloud” targeting business intelligence applications. The enterprise cloud-computing vendor said Oct. 13 its Wave analytics cloud platform would allow businesses to sift through sales and marketing data from any device. The new platform and more than 30 “ecosystem partners” were introduced at a company event in San Francisco this week. Among the keynote speakers at the Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…

This Just In

DataHero Launches Google Analytics Integration

Dec 16, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 16 — DataHero, the self-service cloud data visualization tool, today announced the launch of its Google Analytics integration. More than half of all businesses use Google Analytics on a daily basis and understand the limitations of having to export to Excel or write complex scripts to get what they need out of their data. With the DataHero integration, now everyone will be able to make data-driven decisions at the speed of business. “The Google Analytics integration is one of Read more…

Plexxi Introduces New Starter Kits

Dec 16, 2014 |

NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 16 — Plexxi, a pioneer of next-generation networking solutions, today announced three product starter kits that will make it easier for companies to adopt software-defined networking in a way that fits their networking environment. Plexxi’s starter kits are designed for distinct uses — agile datacenters, distributed cloud environments and Big Data applications — avoiding the “one-size-fits-all” starter kit approach of some other vendors. “We’re entering a new IT era dominated by data and the application so companies have no choice Read more…

Cisco Unveils New Analytics Portfolio

Dec 12, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12 – Cisco today announced a comprehensive data and analytics strategy and solutions portfolio. The Cisco Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything portfolio will help customers extract value from data generated by a rapidly expanding ecosystem of connected people, processes, data and things that together forms the Internet of Everything (IoE). The portfolio includes easy-to-deploy software packages that bring analytics to data regardless of its location. To date, analytics solutions have been designed to help organizations apply analytics Read more…

BlueData Grows Big Data Partner Ecosystem

Dec 11, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 11 — BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data private clouds, today announced rapid growth of its Big Data partner ecosystem, a group comprised of highly influential technology companies spanning infrastructure, Big Data distributions, ETL/BI applications and system integrators to accelerate the adoption of Big Data Private Cloud on-premises. The thirteen partner companies include infrastructure partner Cisco and Intel; distribution partners Cloudera, Databricks, Hortonworks, and MapR; system integration partners MetaScale and Zaloni; technology partners Big Switch and RedHat; and application partners Informatica, Platfora, and Trifacta. Building this comprehensive partner ecosystem furthers the BlueData mission Read more…

Simba Introduces ODBC Driver for Spark SQL

Dec 3, 2014 |

VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 3 – Today Simba Technologies Inc., the worldwide leader in Big Data connectivity, announced the new Simba Technologies Spark ODBC Driver, an innovative SQL Connector for Apache Spark, the powerful open-source processing engine for Hadoop data built around speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics. The Simba Technologies Spark ODBC Driver brings the strength of Apache Spark to developers, data scientists, and IT leads looking to harness the power of Big Data in the innovative enterprise. “The Apache Spark cluster-computing Read more…