On Instagram, 10 Photos a Second of #sandy

A screenshot from Instacane, a Web site that is aggregating photos related to the storm as they are posted to Instagram. As Hurricane Sandy churns its way through the Atlantic, those in its path are turning to their smartphones, and specifically Instagram, to document and share their experiences. Their output runs the gamut, from shocking to silly. People are posting… Read more →

Surviving Sandy: Staying safe in the storm

Summary: Check out these mobile apps to track the progress of Hurricane Sandy, and update you on the travel situation as the storm approaches By Eileen Brown for Social Business | October 29, 2012 — 17:59 GMT (10:59 PDT) Follow @eileenb Previous | Next Image 1 of 17 Hurricane Tracker Hurricane Tracker provides you with the latest information about tropical cyclones… Read more →

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 has live tiles and live apps

One of the key differentiators of Microsoft Windows Phone has been its updating “Live Tiles” on the home screen. But Microsoft is attempting to go Live Tiles one better with “Live Apps.” On October 29 at the Windows Phone 8 launch in San Francisco, Microsoft execs talked up Live Apps. Live Apps are the official name for Windows Phone apps… Read more →

Malware hijacks your email, sends death threats

Three people were recently arrested in Japan in relation to death threats being posted online and sent through email. However, once a particular malware infection was found on each suspect’s computer, all three were released without charge. Automatically sending threats from your PC, this particularly bloody-minded piece of malware has been blamed for a number of serious threats. According to… Read more →

Yammer: Now with native integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft bought enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer for $1.2 billion in June. And on October 29, Yammer officials announced the first of the deeper integration pieces between the two companies. At its YamJam conference today, Yammer and Microsoft execs announced there will be native integration between Yammer and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. It’s not an unexpected announcement, given a Yammer-Microsoft CRM plug-in… Read more →

Google rounds out Nexus lineup: Does this brand hold together?

LG and Google officially launched the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet with Samsung. Google also announced a souped up Nexus 7. The aim for Google is to use its accounts to cover multiple screens.  The Nexus line is designed to be the premier hardware for Google’s Android platform. The promise is that upgrades come sooner. However, Google and… Read more →

Like Apple, Google Now Has Devices That Come in Three Sizes

From top: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. With the addition of the iPad Mini, Apple offers touch-screen devices in three different sizes. Now its competitor Google is doing the same, introducing a 10-inch tablet, an upgraded seven-inch tablet and a new smartphone. Introduced Monday, the Nexus 10, which Google developed with Samsung, is the company’s first tablet… Read more →

Review: Philips Hue is where gadgets, apps, and lighting meet

One of the major advantages that will come along with the move to LED lighting will be the integration of technology into our bulbs and fixtures. The light will be a technology platform, just like our microwaves, refrigerators, and door locks. We’ve seen this trend beginning over the past few years and it’s only gaining momentum as time moves forward…. Read more →

IBM Symphony orchestrating technical and big data applications

Rohit Valia, of IBM‘s Platform Computing group, stopped by the other day to fill me in on some outstanding technical computing and big data benchmark results that were generated using IBM Platform’s Symphony and LSF products.  The results were impressive. The Terasort benchmark ran 40 times faster using BigInsights 1.3.0.1 and Platform Symphony 5.2 A MapReduce test ran 63 times… Read more →

Big Data: More than just analytics

Analytics provides an approach to decision making through the application of statistics, programming and research to discern patterns and quantify performance. The goal is to make decisions based on data rather than intuition. Simply put, evidence-based or data-driven decision are better decisions.  Analytics replaced the HiPPO effect (“highest paid person’s opinion”) as a basis for making critical decision. So, what… Read more →

Amazon sues former cloud sales chief over Google hiring

Amazon is suing its former Amazon Web Services (AWS) sales chief after he moved to Google, a purveyor of rival cloud goodness. The retail giant turned tablet maker and cloud giant sued Daniel Powers, claiming that his move to Google violates a non-compete clause in his employment agreement, preventing him from working for the competition for 18 months after he… Read more →

Surface pre-order failures: Too many cooks

Throughout the history of tech writing, device makers have sent out review devices for bloggers and journalists to write about. That was certainly the case with Surface RT, and last week we saw a slew of early reviews of the device by my colleagues at ZDNet and other publications. Alas, I didn’t get a review unit. I had to buy… Read more →