October 28, 2014

Speedboats Race with the Cloud
Gary Barnett, an analyst with Ovum, said this is a great idea, not just for SilverHook, but for other racing outlets. "It's definitely an interesting use of the cloud, for sure," he said. "And in the context of racing, this is really significant. In Formula 1 racing, the ability to get real-time data from the car to the engineers during a race has become crucial in winning races.... The big benefit of basing this on cloud infrastructure is the idea of what's next? Having designed the solution this way, SilverHook can easily add another boat or boats. They just scale the infrastructure to support more data."

Big Data Digest: Rise of the think-bots
Cognitive Scale offers a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) that businesses can use to tap into cognitive-based capabilities designed to improve search and analysis jobs running on cloud services such as IBM's Bluemix, detailed the Programmable Web. Cognitive Scale was founded by Matt Sanchez, who headed up IBM's Watson Labs, helping bring to market some of the first e-commerce applications based on the Jeopardy-winning Watson technology, pointed out CRN. AI-based deep learning with big data was certainly on the mind of senior Google executives. This week the company snapped up two Oxford University technology spin-off companies that focus on deep learning, Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory.

The utopian invisibility of design and connectivity
“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. . . the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se,” Charles Eames once said. He might as well have been looking into the future and talking about today’s world of connected devices. While most companies see design in the physical dimension, there are some that understand the importance of software as part of design. But there are only a handful that actually think about the overall experience as the ultimate idea of design. Particularly for those design-neglected — Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell would call them “unloved” — products, the network connection makes you rethink the entire idea of a device.

Five Reasons Your Social Analytics Are (Probably) All Wrong
Now, social marketing measurement here means information pulled from common social media listening tools and not firewalled data from your owned channels, e.g., your brand’s own Facebook page. Ninjas among you are aware of flaws, biases and — ahem — issues inherent herein, but a majority of digital marketing analytics consumers may not be. ... So here are five non-obvious reasons to interrogate the truthiness of your current social marketing analytics dashboards, reports, white papers, assumptions, content marketing efforts, and periodic self-congratulations:

Network misdirection may help foil targeted attacks
Chang defines network topology as how devices are connected within a network, both physically and logically. "The term refers to all devices connected to a network, be it the computers, the routers, or the servers," explains Chang. "Since it also refers to how these devices are connected, network topology also includes passwords, security policies, and the like." Chang suggests altering the network's topology and security policy in ways that would make it impossible or at least hugely difficult for sleepers to obtain company secrets. Chang also recommends changing the network in ways that make the attacker's reconnaissance information obsolete.

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World
At first glance, you might think that Google is beefing up its AI portfolio to improve its search capabilities, since search contributes 80 percent of its revenue. But I think that's backward. Rather than use AI to make its search better, Google is using search to make its AI better. Every time you type a query, click on a search-generated link, or create a link on the web, you are training the Google AI. When you type “Easter Bunny” into the image search bar and then click on the most Easter Bunny-looking image, you are teaching the AI what an Easter bunny looks like. Each of the 12.1 billion queries that Google's 1.2 billion searchers conduct each day tutor the deep-learning AI over and over again.

Gartner Highlights the Top 10 Cloud Myths
"Cloud computing, by its very nature, is uniquely vulnerable to the risks of myths. It is all about capabilities delivered as a service, with a clear boundary between the provider of the service and the consumer," said David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "From a consumer perspective, 'in the cloud' means where the magic happens, where the implementation details are supposed to be hidden. So it should be no surprise that such an environment is rife with myths and misunderstandings." Even with a mostly agreed on formal definition, multiple perspectives and agendas still conspire to mystify the subject ever more.

Alert! Websites Will Soon Start Pushing App-Style Notifications
Web pages will be able to behave much like mobile apps, says Michael van Ouwerkerk, a software engineer on Google’s Chrome team who’s working on the technology. “Once the user has opted in, Web apps will be able to provide timely information to the user without having to go through an installation process,” he says. For example, when you check your flight status on an airline’s mobile website, a single tap could subscribe you to updates on any delays. ... Tim Varner, cofounder of a startup called Roost, which offers tools to help website publishers use Web push notifications, says he expects both Google and Mozilla to release the technology for their mobile and desktop browsers within a few months.

I use the term "expositional" to emphasize the fact that these architectures are a source of interesting ideas, and they are not intended to be some kind of "best practice". For a start, I'm very wary of architectures that are set up as some kind of standard, because there are so many variables to pay attention to when building a concrete system. For example, many people stress the importance of a scalable architecture (by which they usually mean the ability to handle large amounts of load). Yet many useful systems are internal systems that never have a high load, so should be designed to support a different set of drivers.

255 terabits a second: New fiber speed record?
The innovation, described in a paper for the current online edition of the journal Nature Photonics, lies in the use of a group of seven microstructured fibers, rather than a single one. Eindhoven University of Technology professor Chigo Okonkwo, one the paper’s principal authors, said that the individual fibers are less than 200 microns in diameter. The effect was described as being “like going from a one-way road to a seven-lane highway.” Additionally, the team used two additional dimensions that can be used by data, “as if three cars can drive on top of each other in the same lane.”

Quote for the day:

"Either you deal with what is the reality or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you." -- Alex Haley

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