September 19, 2012

Intel sets Windows 8 tablet event with HP, Samsung, others
Intel is going to kick off the season of the Windows 8 tablet by hosting an event next week attended by virtually all of the major PC players. The September 27 event will highlight products using Intel's "Clover Trail" Z2760 (PDF) power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor.

1010data builds a big data bartering platform
1010data has launched a new service called the Analytical Dataspace, which is essentially a marketplace for buying and selling data and accessing analytics applications. 1010data has been providing a cloud-based analytics service for years, but this is a chance to add value by adding data.

IBM Beats Oracle, Microsoft With Big Data Leap
IBM introduced its InfoSphere BigInsights software in May. The software package includes a distribution of Apache Hadoop, the Pig programming language for MapReduce programming, connectors to IBM's DB2 database, and IBM BigSheets, a browser-based, spreadsheet-metaphor interface for exploring data within Hadoop.

Australian govt guides agencies on cloud adoption
... The guide states that agencies should also prepare exit strategies in case they then decide to move away from the selected cloud vendor. Agencies must consider what data needs to be archived, how it will be transferred or destroyed if required, and what liabilities exist.

The dog and the frisbee and data quality management
Andrew Haldane, the Bank of England Director of Financial Stability has questioned whether the Emporer (in the form of ever increasing, ever more complex regulations such as BASEL III and Dodd Frank) is naked.

AMD Tunes SeaMicro Servers for Big Data
Last week AMD’s Data Center Server Solutions Group unveiled the SM15000 server, which extends SeaMicro’s networking fabric beyond the chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays, enabling a single 10 rack unit system to support more than 5 petabytes of storage.

Oracle launches solution for Indian analytics market
The company has introduced Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the industry's first high-speed engineered system featuring in-memory business intelligence (BI) software and hardware to deliver extreme performance for analytical and performance management applications.

Story from a company that built "the best software testing tool"
The best software testing tool is always the human brain. It can operate in "non thinking" mode too and unfortunately seems to be the popular mode among most testers since they are paid for it.

Undercover cops secretly use smartphones, face recognition to spy on crowds
An undercover cop can often be spotted in a crowd due to wearing an earpiece or talking into a microphone hidden under his or her sleeve. But by using smartphones and tablets loaded with specialized apps, these same undercover officers mingled with demonstrators, took photos and transmitted “real-time video of protesters as they moved about the streets.”

UniFlash for Android Flashes, Manages, and Installs ROMs From Your Desktop
UniFlash is a Windows utility that lets you download, flash, back up, restore, and install new ROMs on your Android device, all from the comfort of your desktop.

Quote for the day:

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. ---Rupert Murdoch

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