September 17, 2012

New Big Data Project Drill Joins Apache Incubator To Make Hadoop Faster
Drill is a distributed system for interactive analysis of large-scale datasets. With a design goal to scale to 10,000 servers or more and process petabytes of data in seconds its being designed to efficiently process nested data.


How Disney built a big data platform on a start-up budget
The big data world is full of small, scrappy startups using their ingenuity to build complex systems out of open source software, but the Walt Disney Company is not one of them. Here’s what goes into building a big data platform in a Fortune 100 company.


Microsoft wants to turn your lounge into a Holodeck
A patent filed by Microsoft describes technology that will convert your space into a full 3D gaming environment.


Ultrathin teardown! Asus ultrabook vs MacBook Air
Are Windows-based Ultrabooks built to the same engineering and manufacturing standards as Apple's now-legendary MacBook Air? We removed the shells from both an ultrathin Asus Zenbook Ultrabook and an Air to find out.


Google tool bridges back-ends for iOS and Android apps
The J2ObjC tool converts Android-friendly Java source code to Objective C, which is used to build iPhone and iPad apps. It can't be used as a shortcut to building iOS app user interfaces, though.


Who’s the Character in My Character-Based Leadership Style?
We usually talk about “character” as personal qualities, like self-awareness, collaboration, wisdom, empathy. All these things do make up “character” but not a living breathing character, which is what each of us is!

Google and Mozilla's web cryptography API gets first working draft
The programming interface, being developed within the W3C, could lead to more secure web apps. Possible use cases include cloud storage and secure messaging.


You could be charging your laptop via USB cables soon, thanks to new USB PD technology
The new USB Power Delivery (PD) standard was shown off last week at IDF 2012. It can provide the 60 watts of power needed to recharge a laptop battery, and may be available starting later this year.


Intel unveils Rosepoint—CPU and WiFi on same chip
Roseoint, a System on a Chip (SoC) that has a dual core Atom processor along with a WiFi radio transceiver. It's the culmination of ten years of research.


Q&A: Author Susan Cain on “the power of introverts” in business and beyond
With their quiet, reflective natures and preference for alone time, introverts are often overshadowed by the more outspoken, extroverted half of Americans.



Quote for the day:

"Management is the art of making problems so interesting that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them." -- Paul Hawken