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Hadoop Big Data Ecosystem Gets Big Boost As Hortonworks Nabs $50 Million In Fresh Financing

As big data is burning up the mainstream enterprise market, many are questioning the stability of the open source community. Wikibon analyst Dave Vellante (@dvellante) predicts that the Hadoop ecosystem will undergo significant overhauling as it evolves to “enterprise grade” – meaning it is stable …

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

Why The Sudden Rush To Bring Google Glass To Market?

Only a couple of months back, Google co-founder and augmented reality promoter, Sergey Brin, voiced skepticism about Google Glass, claiming at an impromptu TED talk in February that it was far from the finished article, implying there were doubts it would make the trip to market.<p>Last week, however, …

How Mozilla's Firefox OS Will Open Up The Smartphone Market

The first phones with Firefox OS are due to launch soon and though initially they were rumored for Latin America, the chances are they will launch in Europe at the same time.<p>How disruptive can they be? There are good reasons for saying: Very.<p>We are about to witness the smartphone market morph once …

Google and Apple Losing Mobile Advertising Market to Publishers

Research firm IDC today announced the release of a new report covering the mobile advertising market, noting that ad networks such as those from Google and Apple are losing traction to publishers able to use their size to drive their own advertising sales.<p>Where in past years, ad networks such as …

CHART OF THE DAY: Why People Watch Video On Their Smartphones

<i>This chart comes from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and and analysis service focused on the mobile and Internet industries. Sign up for a free trial here.</i><p>Video consumption on mobile phones has grown faster than PC video or tablet video in the last year, and 41 million people in the …

Mobile

Facebook Home review: A promising 'Home' for the Facebook obsessed - CNET

<b>The Good</b> <b>Facebook Home</b> puts the social network front and center, and introduces a chatting system that's immediately addictive and useful. It's easy to tweak for maximal (or minimal) interaction.<p><b>The Bad</b> In full effect, Facebook Home forces you to relearn how to navigate your phone. The transition …

Apps

Google Babel: an ambitious messaging platform rumored ahead of I/O event

Cross-platform service could bring sanity to Google's messaging madness<p>Over the past couple of weeks, rumors have been swirling that Google is working on a cross-platform messaging service called Babel that will tie together all of its existing communication products, from Google Talk and Hangouts …

Google Play Music spreads to seven new countries

Google is continuing to gradually roll out its Play Music service around the globe, today another seven countries have joined Google’s music streaming club.<p>If you live in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, or Portugal then you’ll be able to start enjoying Google Play …

Google Play

Google Glass infographic – how it works

If, like me, you’ve been trying to figure out just how Google Glass works then you’ll definitely want to check out this insightful infographic created by Martin Missfeldt. The infographic is a handy, albeit brief glimpse at the hardware setup, including camera, microphone, and speaker locations, …

Google Glass

AT&T announces plans for 1Gbps fiber service in Austin, Texas; Google gets immediate competition

First thought: "Ha!" Second thought: "Oh, wait -- competition is an excellent thing." While it's highly probable that AT&T is looking to both overshadow Google's launch party <i>and</i> maintain a foothold in one of its most prized states, the outfit's terse announcement of an impending 1Gbps fiber network …

Mobiles fuel growth in online advertising

The amount of money spent on advertising on mobile phones grew at more than ten times the rate of the rest of the online ad industry in Britain last year, as smartphone usage surged.<p>Advertising on mobile phones is still a relatively small industry, accounting for just £526m of the total spend on …

Digital Advertising

App market soars with 13.4 billion downloads in Q1 2013

The first quarter of 2013 saw an 11 percent increase in app downloads over all of 2012 combined. This means a total revenue of $2.2 billion.<p>As people around the world become increasingly more reliant on their mobile devices, the app market continues to grow. New research from market analyst firm …

App Store