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Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac

Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel Chips for the Mac | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said. Any change would be a blow to Intel, the world’s largest processor maker, which has already been hurt by a stagnating market for computers running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Windows software and its failure to gain a foothold in mobile gadgets.


As handheld devices increasingly function like PCs, the engineers working on this project within Apple envision machines that use a common chip design. If Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook wants to offer the consumer of 2017 and beyond a seamless experience on laptops, phones, tablets and televisions, it will be easier to build if all the devices have a consistent underlying chip architecture, according to one of the people.

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Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow

Beyond Screens Keynote — Connected TV and Digital Media Forum in Moscow | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here is the slide deck I used for my Keynote at the &Connected TV & Digital Media& forum where I was invited by Connectica Lab in Moscow on March 5th, 2014. Due to current SlideShare limitations it is impossible to directly import slides in the latest Apple Keynote format, hence the need to manually publish here the keynote verbatim to complement the slides.

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TV has evolved significantly.  First came color. Then came choice. Then came the VCR that allowed recording, deferred viewing, and introduced external content (either purchased, rented, or handed out by friends and family) into the TV set.
Then came digital content and digital broadcast, followed by HD.
And only very recently came competition from other screens to consume video content: not only were they personal, they follow the viewer...

We now spend a full five hours and 16 minutes a day in front of a screen, and that's without even turning on a television (4,5 hours a day for US adults).

- What even does TV watching now mean?

- is TV video delivered in real time ?

- is Connected TV is just TV with Ethernet and firmware updates?

 

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http://getpopcornti.me/ sounds like a strange echo to slide 7 : Content experience is definitely broken. And la #FrenchTech gets promoted slide 15...

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Chart of the Week: 54% of EU jobs at risk of computerisation | Bruegel.org

Based on a European application of Frey & Osborne (2013)’s data on the probability of job automation across occupations, the proportion of the EU work force predicted to be impacted significantly by advances in technology over the coming decades ranges from the mid-40% range (similar to the US) up to well over 60%. Those authors expect that key technological advances – particular in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and mobile robotics – will impact primarily upon low-wage, low-skill sectors traditionally immune from automation. As such, based on our application it is unsurprising that wealthy, northern EU countries are projected to be less affected than their peripheral neighbours.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

We shall have plenty of time to (re)read Asimov...

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Most People Are Still Confused About Cloud Storage, And No One Service Is Winning The Race To Educate And Acquire Users

Most People Are Still Confused About Cloud Storage, And No One Service Is Winning The Race To Educate And Acquire Users | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Consumers aren't using cloud storage services in very large numbers, even as nearly every Internet user is on the cloud in some way.

Almost 90% of U.S. broadband users polled have at least heard of "cloud storage," according to a study from nScreenMedia.

 

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But only 29% said they currently use it, and about half of the respondents had either never heard of cloud storage services, didn't use them, or reported not knowing anything about them.

This is a huge opportunity for cloud service companies to build out their audiences.

In particular, usage of cloud storage services, such as iCloud, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, will soar over the next few years as more consumers come to understand the value of storing their data, files, and media online.  

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting: I didn't seize Microsoft's share nor realized they were ahead of Google drive.

looks like an opportunity for @tariq and @jolicloud :-)

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Talking the Cloud Business with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels

Talking the Cloud Business with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In its relatively short eight-year life-span, there’s a lot we’ve come to know — and yet a lot more that we don’t — about Amazon Web Services.

When it launched in 2006, the idea of renting computing capacity on a pay-as-you-go basis was a new one. Fast-growing startup companies who might have struggled to keep their systems running if they launched a popular new Web service could suddenly have all the capacity they needed in minutes instead of months. AWS fundamentally changed how companies think about their computing infrastructure needs.

And while Amazon won’t say exactly how big a business it is as a percentage of its $74.5 billion in annual revenue, there have been many educated guesses. A new one out yesterday from Pacific Crest Securities — and noticed by Bloomberg Businessweek — estimates it’s a $5 billion business annually and on its way to approaching $7 billion next year.

If that estimate is accurate, and if we thought of AWS as a separate company, its growth rate after passing the $1 billion revenue mark would be second only to that of Google, and would have exceeded that of Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.com.

Against this backdrop, Re/code sat down recently with Amazon CTO Werner Vogels while he was visiting New York. Werner, along with Andy Jassy, is among the executives continuing the shakeup that AWS started in the enterprise IT world.

Another data point from the Businessweek story: If Amazon sold traditional hardware servers, it would rank number four by revenue behind Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. In response at least two of those companies, IBM and HP have built up their own cloud computing services to try to take on Amazon.

IBM has been the most vocal about its response in recent months. Last year it spent $2 billion to acquire SoftLayer. It has since pledged to spend big to build out its data center footprint and is running most of its software applications. This week Big Blue said its combined public cloud services and cloud software business is on track to book $7 billion in revenue next year, which make it about as big as Amazon, though it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison.

When we spoke, Amazon had just announced Zocalo, a new document-sharing and collaboration service meant to complement its WorkSpace virtual desktop product and to compete with similar offerings from DropBox (notably an AWS customer) and IPO-bound Box.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Amazon's cloud business may be 2nd fastest software company after Google, as - per @Werner - they are "in the business of pain management for enterprises."

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Apple's enterprise mobility deal with IBM could pressure BlackBerry, Google

Under Apple and IBM's "landmark" teaming, the former rivals will collaborate on creating mobile applications for specific enterprise solutions. IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads to its business customers.

The deal reflects Apple's desire to get its iOS software more deeply embedded in the enterprise segment as well as IBM's push into the mobile market. The deal will include the creation of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps developed for the iPhone and iPad; IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration; new AppleCare service and support for enterprise users; and new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the deal reflects their unique capabilities. "If you were building a puzzle, they would fit nicely together with no overlap," Cook said of the relationship in an interview with Re/code. "We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself."

 

Rometty said Apple is the "gold standard for consumers," and said the partnership will allow the companies to help address the challenges affecting large companies. "We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don't yet have," she said. "We're addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise."

 

Analysts said the deal now makes IBM and Apple more central players in the enterprise mobility market. "They're now strongly associated with the premium mobile platform and mobile devices," Forrester Research Frank Gillet told Bloomberg. "If you want to do anything interesting in the enterprise, you now have to check with IBM on what they're doing with Apple."

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

It is not the first time Apple tries to cooperate with IBM. In the 1990s there was Kaleida, Taligent, and of course the PowerPC architecture. Will it be more successful this time as they seem not to compete in any area ?

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Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family

Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the last three years, Newsle has leveraged its disambiguation, natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to build an extremely compelling product that finds blogs and articles that mention you or anyone you care about – colleagues, bosses, industry thought leaders, etc. – and notifies you seconds after they’ve published. We’re excited to work with Newsle’s team to combine this technology with our core assets and build experiences that continue to make you and millions of other professionals more productive and successful.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hoping that the integrated experience will be consistent across the line of LinkedIn's User Interfaces (web / tablet / phone)...

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10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs

10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The telecommunications masters at Bell Labs have managed to deliver a world record connection speed of 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) over copper wires. Dubbed XG.fast, the newtechnology could be used to massively extend the life of existing copper wireline networks, offering telecom companies an alternative to laying costly fiber-optic networks to billions of homes that already have a telephone line — but more importantly, it might mean you finally get a serious upgrade from your ~10Mbps ADSL or ~50Mbps VDSL connection.

Bell Labs, now an R&D division of global telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent, developed XG.fast as an extension of G.fast. G.fast is the successor to VDSL2 — the technology that is used by most FTTC (fiber-to-the-cabinet) installations around the world. Paired with FTTC, VDSL2 offers speeds of up to 150Mbps, G.fast is up to around 1.25Gbps — and XG.fast is from 2Gbps all the way up to 10Gbps.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Short distance, yet enough to avoid drilling in households? Congrats @BellLabs

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Nothing ever stays the same.  10GBPS over copper.  Things onlkly get better and faster.  The key question is:  HOW CAN THIS BE USED TO CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE or COST EFFECTIVENESS?

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Microsoft's Virtual Assistant Cortana Predicted Germany Would Beat Brazil In World Cup Game

Microsoft's Virtual Assistant Cortana Predicted Germany Would Beat Brazil In World Cup Game | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft's virtual assistant for Windows Phones had correctly predicted a series of World Cup games during the group stage.

 

While it's true that Cortana had chosen favorites to win group stage matches, the rival to Apple's Siri has continued its streak of correct predictions, including Tuesday's game.

Before the match, Cortana let users know Germany was likely to win.

Note that Cortana never said the game would be a close one.


Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Cupertino, start your photocopiers ? #Siri #Cortana #UberBranlee

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Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle »

Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle » | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

.../... le commerce du contenu et des données n’est que la partie visible de l’iceberg, En dessous, il y a les matériels et les réseaux. On parle souvent d’Internet comme si c’était un espace totalement immatériel. C’est faux. L’entreprise Google est un géant industriel. Elle possède des millions de serveurs dans le monde entier, regroupés dans des data centers, qui sont des usines informatiques. Pour assurer son approvisionnement énergétique, Google rachète des centrales hydro-électriques.

Même chose pour les réseaux : Google et Facebook possèdent leurs propres câbles transatlantiques et leurs nœuds de communication. Leurs activités commerciales dépendent avant tout de leurs infrastructures matérielles.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Un écho intéressant au petit déjeuner thématique co-organisé par la Caisse des Dépôts et la Mission Lemoine le 18 Juin dernier, avec la redécouverte tardive des sujets de "couches basses" (hardware, réseaux, cloud public) et en toile de fond la pub Pirelli : "sans maîtrise la puissance n'est rien"...

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Un robot pour corriger le travail des journalistes

Un robot pour corriger le travail des journalistes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Tout le monde sait – surtout les journalistes – que les articles de presse contiennent parfois des erreurs factuelles. Une start-up parisienne baptiséeTrooclick a décidé d’éradiquer ce problème, en inventant un système automatisé de « fact checking » (vérification de l’exactitude des faits, dates, chiffres, etc.) dans les textes journalistiques publiés sur Internet.

Elle vient de lancer une expérimentation centrée sur les articles en anglais traitant de la vie financière des entreprises : introduction en Bourse, fusions-acquisitions, publication de résultats... A ce jour, le système fonctionne avec une centaine de sites d’information : les rubriques financières de grands journaux comme le New York Times, le Wall Street Journal ou le Guardian, des agences Reuters et Bloomberg, et des sites spécialisés comme nasdaq.com oustreetinsider.com.

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J'ai l'impression qu'il y a du potentiel...

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Alcatel-Lucent boosts small cell pitch with $4M EBlink investment and tie-in

Alcatel-Lucent boosts small cell pitch with $4M EBlink investment and tie-in | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The French-American networking company Alcatel-Lucent has invested €3 million ($4.1 million) in EBlink, a French wireless fronthaul specialist.

Alcatel-Lucent is one of several telecommunications equipment players that’s very keen on putting as much as possible of the network into the cloud. Increasing numbers of mobile devices need denser networks made up of smaller cells, so it makes sense to virtualize the heavy-processing part of the base station and centralize it, so you can dynamically shift capacity around the network as you need it.

Which is where EBlink comes in. The company specializes in wireless “fronthaul” – the connection between the small cell and a nearby fiber-connected macro site – for which it uses the unlicensed 5.8GHz band. EBlink claims to have the “highest spectral efficiency in the industry,” allowing it to provide an alternative to fiber “without sacrificing network performance.” Orange is already a customer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Félicitations à eBlink, une participation du Fonds Ambition Numérique (souscrit par la Caisse des Dépôts et géré par BPIFrance) dans le cadre du Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir !

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Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco

Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On June 18th, Facebook introduced Wedge, making good on its promise from last year to push into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco.

Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP), one of the most important tech projects Facebook has ever created. OCP began in 2012 as a radically new way to build and buy computer hardware. It creates free and "open source" designs where anyone can contribute to the designs and use them for free, ordering them from a contract manufacturer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Attention all European Tech Pundits : OCP is not a hobby, I repeat, OCP is not a hobby.

Sovereignty means control and control now primarily comes from mastering the full stack.

> Bad news : Europe and France are late on this.

> Good news : it took only 20 engineers and 2 years for Facebook to redesign its hardware infrastructure from the ground.

> Better news : the job is done and there are billion $ businesses to be build to cover European region as atoms do not move at zero marginal cost.

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Solowheel unicycles are now cheaper and lighter, but still hard to tame

Solowheel unicycles are now cheaper and lighter, but still hard to tame | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The new range of Solowheels start from a much lower price point than the original $1,995 version. First, we have the Spirit, which is essentially the original version modernized with a more stylish look, a more powerful 1,500W motor (instead of 1,000W) and better battery cells. It also packs new features like headlights, tail lights plus Bluetooth connectivity for tracking its speed, mileage and battery status in its upcoming mobile app and dedicated wearable device. Surprisingly, the Spirit only costs $1,199.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

One of the gadgets featured at Kinnernet Europe is now available in an updated range. As engadget writes, it's "like a Segway but sans handle and only with one wheel between your legs". Thx to Ch@rles for his patience in helping us test this.

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The Blue Blood Harvest

The Blue Blood Harvest | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.

The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue.

The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots.

To take advantage of this biological idiosyncrasy, pharmaceutical companies burst the cells that contain the chemical, called coagulogen. Then, they can use the coagulogen to detect contamination in any solution that might come into contact with blood. If there are dangerous bacterial endotoxins in the liquid—even at a concentration of one part per trillion—the horseshoe crab blood extract will go to work, turning the solution into what scientist Fred Bang, who co-discovered the substance, called a "gel."

"This gel immobilized the bacteria but did not kill them," Bang wrote in the 1956 paper announcing the substance. "The gel or clot was stable and tough and remained so for several weeks at room temperature."

If there is no bacterial contamination, then the coagulation does not occur, and the solution can be considered free of bacteria. It's a simple, nearly instantaneous test that goes by the name of the LAL, or Limulus amebocyte lysate, test (after the species name of the crab, Limulus polyphemus).

The LAL test replaced the rather horrifying prospect of possibly contaminated substances being tested on "large colonies of rabbits." Pharma companies didn't like the rabbit process, either, because it was slow and expensive.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Amazing article about the recent, industrial history of a 500 million years old animal, that has been exploited massively and for different purposes across the past decades, including in very high end biomedical technology. And if you read it until the end, you'll know why Limulus blood is blue...

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Microsoft Delivers Slight Miss on Q2 earnings, and a strong boom in Cloud Revenues

Microsoft Delivers Slight Miss on Q2 earnings, and a strong boom in Cloud Revenues | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It was a miss on EPS, which Microsoft says is due to the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft says the Nokia acquisition accounted for a $0.08 per share loss. When Microsoft gave guidance last quarter, it didn't account for the Nokia acquisition.

Bing search ad revenue is up 40%, and Microsoft says it now has 19.2% of the U.S. search market share.

Microsoft added 1 million consumer subscribers to Office 365, its subscription Office service, last quarter. It now has more than 5.6 million subscribers.

Big number: Cloud revenue is booming. It's up 147% and it's on an annualized run rate of more than $4.4 billion. This includes all of Microsoft's cloud businesses like Office 365, Azure, etc.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

As for Apple quarterly results, the stock kept flat. Interestingly, with it's strong commitment to OpenCompute, Microsoft looks well positioned to continue growing in the cloud...

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OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014

OCP European Summit - 30-31 October 2014 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the Open Compute Project European Summit. This summit will take place on Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October 2014 at École Polytechnique in Paris, France.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Première étape de http://j.mp/opencompute-SDS : l'OCP EU Summit se tiendra à Paris-Saclay. Bravo à @splitteddesktop et @vejmarie !

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PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue

PayPal Could Soon Be eBay's Biggest Source Of Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Thanks to strong growth of its online payments business, eBay reported better-than-expected second quarter results yesterday. Net income increased to $676 million from $640 million in the same quarter a year ago. Overall revenue climbed 13% to $4.37 billion, as eBay's payments business once again outgrew the company's core business, the marketplace, by a wide margin.

The PayPal unit now accounts for 45% of eBay's net revenue and is on track to become the company's main revenue source in the near future. eBay's marketplace business was hurt by a severe security breach in the past quarter, as a cyberattack left the company no choice but to ask its 145 million users to change their passwords.


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AirBnB re-logoing seems to have triggered some laughter. Shall eBay follow and rebrand into PayPal ?

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How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without Anybody Noticing | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This spring, even as some 200 million people were using Instagram on their smartphones, a small team of engineers moved the photo sharing service from Amazon’s cloud computing service—where it was built in 2010—into a data center operated by Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012. “The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey,” says Instagram founder Mike Krieger, “but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.”

Facebook calls it the “Instagration,” and it was an unprecedented undertaking for Mark Zuckerberg and company. Facebook has moved other acquired properties like FriendFeed into its data centers, but typically, they were small projects that involved shutting a service down before moving it into the Facebook universe. The Instagram switch was the live migration of an enormous—and enormously popular—operation. “The service couldn’t take any disruption,” says Facebook engineer George Cabrera. Facebook won’t say how many virtual machines were needed to run Instagram on Amazon, but it was in “the thousands.” And the service now stores over 20 billion digitals photos.

 

For Instagram, the move was a way of more effectively plugging into a wide range of computing tools that have long helped drive Facebook’s vast online empire. And for the engineers overseeing Facebook’s worldwide network of data centers, it’s a template for merging their operation with applications the company may acquire in the years to come. “We were patient zero,” Krieger says. But the “Instagration” also provides a lesson or two for the broader tech community as it builds more and more apps atop cloud computing services like Amazon—apps they might one day migrate to private data centers. The key to the migration was a specialized Amazon service known as the Virtual Private Cloud.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

fascinating article about #Instagration — "The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing." 

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Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune

Experience the shocking power of Britney Spears without Auto-Tune | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Auto-Tune has been embraced by the music industry for its ability to create polished, listenable recordings when an artist lacks the natural talent to hit every note. That's the nice way of saying it. Engineers also turn to Auto-Tune when dealing with truly wretched "singers." And they're using it everywhere. All the time. Pop star Britney Spears became the latest showcase of all that Auto-Tune makes possible this month after an unaltered studio session voice track leaked online. It's for a song called "Alien" from Spears' 2013 album Britney Jean. The finished song (with copious amounts of pitch correction) can be heard here. This version sounds nothing like that. Spears, who by now should be a recording studio veteran in every sense, is off the mark from start to finish. It's bad enough to be almost unlistenable at first, and doesn't get much better as the song progresses.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

is Auto-Tune Photoshop for voice? Listen to #BritneySpears Interesting answer...

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Must Read: With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

Must Read: With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

“You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a conversation with Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla.  To someone as smart as Brin, that comment is as normal as sipping on his super-green juice, but to someone who is not from this landmass we call Silicon Valley or part of the tech-set, that comment is about the futility of their future.

And more often than not, the reality of Silicon Valley giants, who are really the gatekeepers of the future, is increasingly in conflict with the reality of the real world!  What heightens that conflict — the opaque and often tone-deaf responses from companies big and small!

Silicon Valley (both the idea and the landmass) means that we always try to live in the future. We imagine what the future looks like and then we try and build it. Sometimes that future delights us and we embrace it whole heartedly, like with iPhones and Android-based smartphones. And  sometimes, that future seems so dystopian that society is scared and unnerved by the unknown.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Very good "Paper" on a key growing need for wisdom: we all trade our life data exhaust for less than the price of an espresso...

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Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS

Google smartphones become brains of hovering robots at ISS | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

NASA will employ Google smartphones with advanced 3D sensing and vision technology to control Star Wars-inspired small, round hovering robots on the International Space Station.

The phones, part of Google’s Project Tango, will be used for NASA’s Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES). The system may eventually assume chores from astronauts or potentially dangerous tasks outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The 5-inch handsets will accompany a cargo spacecraft scheduled for launch on July 11, according to Reuters.

Project Tango devices, first introduced by Google in February, use sensors to build visual maps of rooms using 3D scanning. Google believes the sensors, used in combination with advanced computer vision techniques, can revolutionize indoor navigation and gaming, among other opportunities.

NASA’s soccer-ball-sized SPHERES robots, guided by the Google handsets, will be used around the space station’s microgravity interior, moving an inch per second via small spurts of carbon dioxide.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting echo to a recent comment stating than a smartphone now has the computing power of an Apollo mission, or even for some, of the entire 1970 NASA...

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BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels and raised a $100M Series C to execute it

BlaBlaCar: meet the ‘idealists’ who are set to change how the world travels and raised a $100M Series C to execute it | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing startup BlaBlaCar announced a $100 million Series C funding round led by Index Ventures today. As part of the round, Index’s Dominique Vidal and Martin Mignot will be joining the board. Here, Dominique and Martin explain why Index is so excited about what lies ahead for the company.

The best consumer companies tend to be the simplest. They do one thing particularly well. So well, in fact, that its customers soon take them for granted, and forget that they ever lived without them, and that the premise the company is based on, was once viewed as unthinkable, even slightly ridiculous. BlaBlaCar falls squarely into that category.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting insight from the Index Venture post : "the need BlaBlaCar is addressing is not only universal, but also fundamental. Jeff Bezos has a great way of explaining how he thinks about Amazon's value proposition in the long run: "I very frequently get the question: 'What's going to change in the next 10 years?' And that is a very interesting question; it's a very common one. I almost never get the question: 'What's not going to change in the next 10 years?' And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two -- because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time."

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Mobile uber alles, leaves desktop in the dust

Mobile uber alles, leaves desktop in the dust | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

If it wasn’t clear that media usage is shifting from desktop to mobile, here’s a nifty chart provided for us by Statista, using data from the latest comScore report released Thursday.

According to comScore, this is the first time mobile apps have accounted for more than 50% of all digital media consumption. As far as content goes, mobile users tend to use radio and photo applications the most, followed by mapping and instant messaging applications, and of course, games.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

If you're still thinking website first, you might want to reconsider. Even responsive design might be traded off for a mobile app development.

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Russia building ARM-based, homemade 'Baikal processor' to replace AMD and Intel chips

Russia building ARM-based, homemade 'Baikal processor' to replace AMD and Intel chips | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Russian government has decided to domestically produce a computer chip which for use in government offices and state-run firms. The move is meant to elbow processors from the likes of AMD and Intel out of government use due to concerns about US spying and processor back doors.

Electronics Weekly says Russian President Putin decided to push forward this processor development initiative. It follows a move, four years ago, when the Russian government said that all its computers would be moving to Linux.

The Russian processor is currently referred to as the 'Baikal' microprocessor, named after most voluminous freshwater lakein the world. The chip is being designed by T-Platforms, a Russian supercomputer maker, alongside state defence corporation Rostec with co-financing from Russian state-run technology firm Rosnano.

The Russian News Agency ITAR-TASS reports that there are going to be two initial Baikal chips; the Baikal M and the Baikal M/S. These chips will be designed upon the foundation provided by the ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit processor and be employed in personal computers and microservers.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Thx to Jean-Paul Smets for spotting this. When will we Europeans realize that

1. Hardware is not dead

2. Hardware can actually be a profitable business (look at Hyve 1Bn$ revenue in the OCP space)

3. Hardware can be a lever in the Quest for Sovereignty

4. ARM is a european company

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Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million

Google's Nest Is Buying Wi-Fi Camera Company Dropcam For $555 Million | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The company's cameras are used primarily for home monitoring. Its two most popular cameras sell for $199 and $149.

In addition to its hardware business, Dropcam also sells cloud storage for its videos. Last year the company said 39% of its customers pay for the video storage service.

Dropcam will probably look to Nest's success in the "Internet of Things" space for guidance. It plans to move beyond video surveillance and hopes to incorporate movement sensors into its products, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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When a Data company buys another Data Pump through an IoT subsidiary. At Amazon Summit 2014 in Paris, the above chart was unveiled (courtesy Geoffrey Arduini) claiming that Dropcam is generating more video uploads than YouTube.

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Today’s a tough day for technology patent trolls

Today’s a tough day for technology patent trolls | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The US Supreme Court just issued a rare unanimous ruling that will make it harder for technology companies to patent ideas and processes—and harder for patent trolls to force companies to choose between paying up for violating broad patents or facing time-consuming, expensive litigation. The case, between two financial companies, concerned software for clearing financial...
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amusing in the context of Tesla's recent IP move

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