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The RHadoop project continues the Big Data integration of R and Hadoop, with a new update to its rmr package. Version 1.3 of rmr improves the performance of map-reduce jobs for Hadoop written in R. New features include: An optional vectorized API for efficient R programming when dealing with small records. Fast C implementations for serialization and deserialization from and to typedbytes. Other readers and writers work much better in vectorized mode, namely csv and text Additional steps to support structured data better (use more data frames and fewer lists in the API) More forgiving behavior for package loading and bug fixes Also, the documentation has gotten a major overhaul in this version, with pages of combined text, code and graphics generated automatically using the knitr package. (RHadoop lead developer Antonio Piccolboni provides some background on how knitr... (more)

[video] #IoT Keynote: Are You Seeing DOTS? | @ThingsExpo #M2M #BigData

Are You Seeing DOTS? - Data Ownership and Transparent Surveillance View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regulatory scrutiny and increasing consumer lack of trust in technology in general. View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst at... (more)

Flashback to '04: Gosling Says "Open-Sourcing Java Could Promote Interoperability"

"There's been a lot of churn lately over open letters from IBM and others calling for Sun to open source Java," wrote James Gosling last week in his java.net blog.  "Rather than try to respond to everyone individually, I'll try to respond to a pile of questions here," he continues. Specifically, he responds to five: 1. "Some have asked why IBM is sending open letters, rather than talking to us directly: asking if this isn't rather kindergarten-ish." Gosling's answer: Well, yes: it does appear that way.   2. "Some have asked what IBM would get if Java were open-sourced: doesn't IBM already have the source?" Gosling's answer: Again yes, they do have the source. It's also true that anyone can get the source. The major restriction is that if folks want to redistrubute their changes, they have to pass the test suite. Which means that about the only thing that they could... (more)

No Decision Yet on SCO v Novell Suit

Utah Judge Dale Kimball disappointed SCO's many watchers Tuesday when he listened to Novell and SCO argue over whether SCO's suit against Novell should be thrown out or not then said he would think about it. Expectations are he'll decide in about two weeks given his track record. ... (more)

Open Source Middleware: "Professional Open Source" Continues To Grow

Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners "Middleware Is Still in its Infancy," Says JBoss's Fleury "Through the Professional Open Source methodology, JBoss continues to execute on its roadmap to grow JBoss open source middleware into a comprehensive software infrastructure suite," said Shaun Connolly, JBoss's vice president of product management, as the Atlanta, GA-based company this week announced an update of recent releases of its open source projects. "JBoss is fully committed to bringing the power of J2EE to all programmers. By dramatically simplifying J2EE development, many more developers can quickly and easily take advantage of the increasing range of services within the JBoss Enterprise Middleware System," Connolly continued. Recent releases and updates for JBoss projects include: Hibernate 3.0 - This ... (more)

Vmware's naming transition

At VMworld 2008 in the US VMware annouced the new names for the different products in her portfolio. I can imagine that these new names can be confusing, so I'm glad that after reading Arne Fokkema's post who quoted blogs.vmware.com/vmtn/2008/12/do-they-smell-a.html that I'm not the only one for who it's dazzling sometimes. However some of the products are new, most of the presented names are like the old dutch saying "Oude wijn in nieuwe zakken" (translated: old wine in new bags). From now on current releases of the application and management products along with the VDI products will be presented in their new "Couture" on VMware's website. An overview: VMware vCenter Brand name for all infrastructure and application management products from VMware VMware VirtualCenter  → VMware vCenter Server The central management product for VMware Infrastructure VMware Lifecy... (more)

Is OpenStack a New Door to Cloud Adoption?

All the buzz surrounding OpenStack over the past few months may beg the question of whether Openstack can repeat for Cloud what Linux has done for server operating systems over the past several years. With an enthusiastic following and a compelling, if not industry-leading set of functionality, the possibilities may be boundless. This week’s announcement of the HP Cloud public beta, an OpenStack-based cloud that includes compute, object storage and a content delivery network, provides even further momentum to this open source effort. With well-known vendors such as HP, Rackspace and hundreds of others backing them, we can expect OpenStack adoption to increase. In one of the more storied instances of open source successes, the Linux operating system, first released in 1991, was an alternative to existing operating systems embraced primarily by developers. Today, Linu... (more)

Texas Instruments further expands support for the Open Handset Alliance and open source community

DALLAS and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced that its Bluetooth(R) and wireless LAN (WLAN) technology software drivers are available for use in the Open Handset Alliance's Android platform. Open access to these technologies simplifies the design process for handset manufacturers and software developers, providing the resources to architect cutting-edge Android-based devices. TI, a long-time supporter of the open source software community, is the first company to provide open source Bluetooth and WLAN software drivers for the Android platform, and is among the first to open WLAN drivers for the mobile industry. "TI continues to increase its contributions to the open source community, removing barriers and sparking development of a new breed of mobile devices," said Haviv Ilan, general manager, TI's Wir... (more)

Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) Announces XPedite7101: First PrPMC / XMC Module Featuring Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor

MIDDLETON, WI -- (Marketwire) -- 11/17/09 -- Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) is pleased to introduce XPedite7101, a conduction- or air-cooled PrPMC / XMC module targeting the Intel® Core(TM)2 Duo processor running at up to 1.8 GHz. This card comes with PCI Express or PCI interconnect and a Gigabit Ethernet port with integrated magnetics. XPedite7101 is ideal for high-bandwidth data-processing applications and features: -- Up to 2 GB of DDR2-400 SDRAM -- Up to 4 GB of NAND flash -- P14 I/O includes: -- Two USB ports -- Two SATA ports -- RS-232/422 serial port -- Eight GPIO signals -- Gigabit Ethernet -- P16 I/O features: -- Two USB ports -- Two SATA ports -- One RS-485 port or two RS-232/RS-422 ports -- Four GPIO signals -- Gigabit Ethernet -- In-house X-ES operating system support: -- Green Hills INTEGRITY(TM) Board Support Package (BSP) -- Wind River VxWorks... (more)

Freescale Helps Energize the Portable Device Market

Freescale Semiconductor is expanding its 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with devices ideal for personal diagnostic and portable health care products that require low-power operation and advanced display capabilities. An extension of its liquid crystal display (LCD) S08LL microcontroller (MCU) families, the advanced S08LL64 allows engineers to quickly develop dependable, flexible and low-cost medical, industrial and consumer devices. The S08LL64 MCUs are well-suited for applications such as glucose meters and pulse oximeters due to their best-in-class standby power consumption, enabling devices to continue functioning for approximately six years using two AAA batteries. The LL64 can be powered down to 1.8V and still operate at 20MHz, offering high performance even at low voltage levels for battery-operated applications. The LL64 devices enable smaller PCB desig... (more)

Coverity räumt auf mit unsicherer Software

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Coverity, Inc., Marktführer auf dem Gebiet der Software-Integrität, hat heute ein Angebot für Global-2000-Firmen bekanntgeben, um Integritäts-Prüfungen für sicherheitsrelevante Software durchzuführen. Der Coverity Software Integrity Audit ist ausgelegt um Programmfehler offenzulegen, die das System beeinträchtigen, Vorgänge lahmlegen oder die Leistungsfähigkeit von sicherheitsrelevanten Geräten oder Produkten beeinträchtigen können. Coverity dehnt dieses Angebot auch auf Zulieferer von Global-2000-Firmen aus und hilft dadurch den Unternehmen dabei, Probleme mit der Software-Integrität bei Komponenten, Geräten oder Softwareprodukten in der Zulieferkette abzustellen. Näheres zu dem Programm unter http://www.coverity.com. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100315/SF70243-a) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-b... (more)

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DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
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Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...