Gerald Romande Zalsos

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Netflix says Netherlands has the fastest broadband

Netflix has crowned the Netherlands as the country with the fastest video-streaming times, the company said in a blog post Monday.<p>After crunching its November Internet service provider data, Netflix determined that the European country really does have the fastest broadband. A faster connection …

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Is South Korea full of video game addicts?

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How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

As Software Eats The World, Non-Tech Corporations Are Eating Startups

Netscape founder and VC titan Marc Andreessen famously wrote back in 2011 that software is steadily eating the world, disrupting industries like music, retail and more. Now large corporations in these industries are starting to eat startups.<p>Over the past year or two, non-tech corporations have …

What The Heck Will Google Do With These Scary Military Robots?

Let’s see, we have a company that already knows everything about us, has possibly the world’s largest computer network, has recently built one of the biggest artificial-intelligence teams in the world–a company so powerful that it feels the need to soften its dominance with the informal motto, …

Amazon Really, Really Wants to Sell More Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets.* But it would like to sell many more. <br>So here’s Jeff Bezos’s newest pitch: Buy a …

Now Facebook Is Looking At Dumping Intel For ARM

Following on from the news that Google is looking at dropping Intel’s chips for its server farms in favour of custom designed chips based upon the ARM design, we hear of something very similar from Facebook. Indeed, Facebook is sufficiently interested in the idea that it is already making sure that …

U.S. Recognizes A South Korean StarCraft Player As An Athlete

South Korean Kim Dong-hwan, a professional StarCraft II player, has received a special U.S. visa, normally reserved for baseball players and other athletes.<p>The five-year P-1A visa given to the video game player last week is for "internationally recognized athletes." This follows another visa given …

Impala: Another Google Inspired Platform Enters The Mainstream Data World

Amazon Web Services has added support for Impala, the Google inspired query tool developed by big data startup Cloudera. It provides real-time, parallel processing for large amounts of data. With Impala, a developer can load new or access existing data to run their queries using an SQL-like …

Why Owning an Inexpensive Kindle Could Cost You Hundreds

Amazon’s strategy with its Kindle e-readers and tablets has always been pretty clear: bring in more customers, even at a loss, so long as they …

Homeless man learns to code, launches app

Back in August, programmer Patrick McConlogue offered Leo Grand a choice: $100, or 16 coding lessons. Grand -- homeless since 2011 after losing his job at insurance provider MetLife and being priced out of his home when a high-rise apartment block was built nearby -- didn't have to think for long. …

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Google buys military robot-maker Boston Dynamics

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Nokia Brand in Emerging Markets Remains Strong

Nokia’s Lumia range is showing signs of promise across Europe and the US, but it is often thought that the Finnish firm is losing out on emerging market customers to cheap Android smartphones. A new survey from Jana suggests that this may not be the case, and posits the Nokia brand as (still) …

Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …