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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

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, 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…

Intel Capital Invests in GoodData

Oct 2, 2014 |

Intel Capital led the latest funding round for cloud analytics specialist GoodData, raking in an additional $25.7 million, the company said Oct. 2. The Series E funding round continues the sustained uptick in venture capital investment in big data analytics companies. Joining in GoodData’s largest funding round to date were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest and Pharus Capital. GoodData also said Intel Capital Director Igor Taber would join its board of directors. “We are Read more…

This Just In

NTT Comware Using MapR Distribution for Hadoop to Power SmartCloud

Nov 24, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 24 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that NTT Comware is using the MapR Distribution including Hadoop to power its new SmartCloud service. Launched earlier this month for customers in Japan, SmartCloud provides Hadoop-as-a-service to leverage its big data processing infrastructure running in the cloud. NTT Comware, which offers carrier-grade and mission-critical capable cloud and hybrid-cloud services, uses the enterprise-grade MapR Distribution to address the rising need for big Read more…

Qubole’s Big Data as a Service Now Available on Microsoft Azure Cloud

Nov 19, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.,  Nov. 19 — Qubole, a leading provider of Big Data in the cloud, is pleased to announce that Microsoft Azure customers can now leverage the Qubole Data Service (QDS) to programmatically provision Azure cloud services, removing the unknowns of what infrastructure resources and costs are required for Big Data. QDS, the only auto-scaling Hadoop engine to run on Microsoft Azure, makes the most efficient use of infrastructure while providing an easy to use interface for managing jobs. Read more…

Nimbix Introduces Extension of JARVICE to Support Hybrid Cloud Implementations

Nov 18, 2014 |

ANNA, Tex., Nov. 18 — Taking its leadership in cloud-based High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications even higher, Nimbix today introduced the extension of JARVICE to support hybrid cloud implementations. The new solution extends on-demand big data and HPC applications to hybrid cloud deployments, allowing organizations to comply with data security and location requirements. JARVICE is a supercomputing architecture adapted for self-service and elasticity rather than a commodity web services platform not adept to running true HPC workloads. The architecture’s new hybrid cloud extension is specifically Read more…

Oracle Advances Data Integration Portfolio

Nov 18, 2014 |

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Nov. 18 — Reinforcing its leadership in the data integration and replication space, Oracle announced an enhanced version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c with expanded support for heterogeneous databases and big data solutions, improved manageability, and support for hybrid cloud environments. Oracle GoldenGate 12c provides best-of-breed, real-time data integration and heterogeneous database replication. New features include: Migration utility for Oracle Streams: A new migration utility, Streams2OGG helps Oracle Streams customers move to Oracle GoldenGate and leverage its latest features, such as integrated capture Read more…

TIBCO Launches New Spotfire Analytics Offering on AWS Marketplace

Nov 12, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 12 — TIBCO Software Inc. announced today a new offering on AWS Marketplace, TIBCO Spotfire for AWS. Users will now be able to use Spotfire data visualization and dashboards technology on an hourly, pay-as-you-go basis for Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Redshift and more. Spotfire for AWS provides technology professionals with easy access to the Spotfire server-side components. The installation and launch process is automated so that technologists can easily evaluate how the Spotfire server-side components can Read more…