#BigDataSV CrowdChat: Follow the Money

#BigDataSV CrowdChat: Follow the Money

We had an excellent CrowdChat today hosted by @jeffreyfkelly, sponsored by EMC Corporation. It was a preview to our event next week in San Jose that coincides with Strataconf, Hadoopworld and #BigDataWeek. @furrier won the CrowdCaptain award with his setup question on...

Meet Spot: Boston Dynamics’s kickable robot dog

The ongoing work by Boston Dynamics, a leading engineering and robotics design company owned by Google Inc., on our future robot overlords continues apace. In a video released by the company, robots mimicking uncanny, skeletal decapitated deer (or perhaps dogs) can be...
The stars in our data: Can Facebook replace horoscopes?

The stars in our data: Can Facebook replace horoscopes?

Why do we love data? For the same reason we read numerology charts and horoscopes. We’re curious enough about our natural make-up that we’ll seek an understanding of our underlying patterns.What if we could replace that astrology chart with a sleep pattern chart,...
Free-to-play game platform Playsimo launched in Mexico

Free-to-play game platform Playsimo launched in Mexico

Grupo Televisa SAB, Latin America’s largest multimedia company, and online game creator UOL BoaCompra have teamed up to launch Playsimo, a free-to-play online game portal and content distribution platform. “With gaming at an all-time high in popularity...
New rumors to know: Apple Watch fights cancer, release date moved

New rumors to know: Apple Watch fights cancer, release date moved

The Apple Watch is slated for an early 2015 release, sometime in the first or second quarter. And though Apple already unveiled the device last September, many of its features are not yet set in stone. Some of them may be canned, improved or replaced, and additional...

Datameer’s Big Data platform heads to the clouds

The big Hadoop vendors Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR Technologies grab most of the headlines due to their primary focus on large organizations, but there’s another set of companies offering Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) to meet demand from companies with limited...
Your iPhone can test for STDs with this cheap dongle

Your iPhone can test for STDs with this cheap dongle

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a smartphone accessory that tests for HIV and syphilis, a smart scarf to control your emotions and a temporary tattoo for testing glucose. . Smartphone dongle tests for HIV and Syphilis Associate professor of biomedical...

Legendary ex-Rare devs reunite for a Banjo-Kazooie successor

The entertainment industry is no stranger to capitalizing on nostalgia, especially when proven IPs can be remade with an almost guaranteed audience. Video game publishers have also caught on to the to the nostalgia gold mine, and 2015 is shaping up to be a year of...