|By Bob Gourley||
|February 4, 2013 05:17 PM EST||
Here are the top tech news and stories of the day.
- PBS tweet entices SuperBowl watchers to Downton Abbey: how it happened - During last night’s epic Super Bowl blackout, Marketing and Communications director of PBS, Kevin Dando, used Twitter to grab viewers for their network. The Super Bowl (the most watched television event of all time) was blacked out for 34 minutes. PBS’s tweet was their second most popular tweet of the year. Via Paid Content, more here.
- The real Gigabit Challenge is getting ISPs to think like tech firms – More and more cities are looking to make gigabit connections to households a municipal matter. In this article, the author argues that Telcos need to increase R&D and operational investment, to push the threshold of the services they can offer. However, since Telcos believe they are just delivering a commodity, to do little to differentiate on quality but rather on price. Via GigaOM, more here.
- The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s – In many families and communities, broadband internet is not accessible. I’ve often mentioned how close to (or more than) 50% of the internet using population uses it primarily from mobile devices, so this should be no surprise. In these neighborhoods, children congregate at the local McDonald’s to take advantage of the free broadband. It seems sometimes that the digital divide, even as mobile and other costs go down, is staying the same (or growing) due to a lack of broadband in many rural communities. Via WSJ, more here.
- This Text String Crashes Almost Any App on a Mac Running Mountain Lion - Apparently there is a little “easter egg” of sorts in OS X Mountain Lion. The string: “File:///” automatically stops most apps in the OS. It seems to only work on Mountain Lion versions (not older versions) check it out for yourself. Via Gizmodo, more here.
- Another Microsoft partner plays the field: HP outs a $329 Chromebook – HP is releasing details on their forthcoming Chromebook. I’ve been using a Chromebook for a few months, and have to say I am very impressed with what Samsung and Google teamed up to deliver. HP’s will be $329, with a 14″ screen (the largest among all Chromebooks). The device is around 4 lbs with a 4-hour battery (very different than the ARM Chromebook I use). Clearly the ChromeOS is gaining traction among OEMs, schools and other outfits, and may soon take the “Wintel” world by storm. Via GigaOM, more here.
Providing secure, mobile access to sensitive data sets is a critical element in realizing the full potential of cloud computing. However, large data caches remain inaccessible to edge devices for reasons of security, size, format or limited viewing capabilities. Medical imaging, computer aided design and seismic interpretation are just a few examples of industries facing this challenge. Rather than fighting for incremental gains by pulling these datasets to edge devices, we need to embrace the i...
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Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walked through how Octob...
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Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in Embedded and IoT solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and E...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. Industry leaders in quality training, provided services, and student certification passes, its goal is to c...
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20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
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In the next five to ten years, millions, if not billions of things will become smarter. This smartness goes beyond connected things in our homes like the fridge, thermostat and fancy lighting, and into heavily regulated industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical/medical devices and energy. “Smartness” will embed itself within individual products that are part of our daily lives. We will engage with smart products - learning from them, informing them, and communicating with them. Smart produc...
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Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
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Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
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Smart Cities are here to stay, but for their promise to be delivered, the data they produce must not be put in new siloes. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mathias Herberts, Co-founder and CTO of Cityzen Data, discussed the best practices that will ensure a successful smart city journey.
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