Microsoft vs. Google and Apple: Cortana vs. Siri and Google Now

Source: www.techinsider.net

“While all the three digital assistants – Google’s Google Now, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana do the basic functions like setting an alarm, playing a song or setting a reminder with ease, it’s the predictive search abilities that creates a big difference between the three..  Google Now is the undisputed leader when it comes to predictive search, letting a user know something even before he or she asks for it. Cortana sits in the middle but Siri comes in a distant third its fine when it comes to being a digital assistant but Apple needs to work on search technology like the others if it has to even give a good fight in the battle of predictive search.”

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BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; open to more such acquisitions

BlackBerry will acquire Secusmart as part of its efforts to ramp up enterprise service offerings.

Source: www.financialexpress.com

“With Secusmart’s talents and technology, BlackBerry is well-positioned to address the growing interest in high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,”

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AMD Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Server Chips

The new AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit for server makers is now available.

Source: www.pcmag.com

“AMD is ahead of the pack when it comes to ARM 64-bit server chips and this helps them maintain that lead. But all of that said, it’s way too early to count out the x86 camp, as there are many low-power alternatives coming out there too.”

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Apple strategy to unseat Amazon behind Hachette Dispute

The ongoing dispute over Amazon eBook prices comes after Hachette was accused of conspiring with Apple to raise prices.

Source: www.ibtimes.com

According to Amazon’s blog post, while not specifically blaming collusion for higher prices for some titles, comes after Apple  executives allegedly met with higher-ups at 5 of the largest US book publishers to discuss how they could knock Amazon eBooks off of what one executive called “the wretched $9.99 price point,” – Amazon’s defense is that more $$ is made by publishers at the lower price of $9.99 – Both publishers and consumers win at the lower price point that Amazon is arguing for.  

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Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn’t have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.

Source: www.wired.com

Recent study found that iTunes Radio is now the 3rd most popular streaming service out there, it has nothing on Pandora’s traction. Not accustomed to being beaten at its own game, Apple is now putting its full heft behind building a better streaming service. – the possible Swell deal—valued at $30 million—suggests Apple is approaching the space from all angles, targeting not just music, but podcasting as well. Swell lets users personalize their podcasts based on their interests and learns more about them based on the podcasts they skip or listen to.

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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon’s deflationary cloud

Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon’s rivals are now doing to it

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

Amazon Web Services takes a major hit when Google cut cloud prices by up to 53 per cent across parts of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure, undercutting Amazon. and MSFT followed suit dropping their cloud prices, forcing Amazon to do the same.  And the Winner is the Consumer –   Yaaayyy

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Will police body cams change the face of law enforcement?

Alleged police brutality caught on camera in New York and Los Angeles has prompted public outcry for better police officer training. But in some cases, authorities say the full story isn’t always shown. As Teri Okita explains, police departments are responding to social media with some high-tech tools of their own.

Source: www.cbsnews.com

Wearable tech helps everyone to act better. Drops in claims of police brutality, when folks know they are on camera. Even the ACLU endorses the body cameras.  – This is another excellent use case of where issues are being resolved by the use of wearable tech.  

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HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks’ Hadoop – Big Data support

Source: www.toptechnews.com

Big Move for HP in the IoT:  The open-source Apache Hadoop is a framework for processing large data sets. It is intended to provide insights into large stores of structured and unstructured data.  HP and Hortonworks will integrate their engineering strategies and work together to enable HP customers to deploy the Hortonworks Data Platform as the Hadoop component of HP HAVEn.  The HP CTO joins Hortonworks Board to assist in integration and development work

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7 out of 10 Americans will avoid Google Glass over privacy concerns

Potentially cause for alarm if Google wants to turn Google Glass into a mass market product, many Americans have major concerns about personal privacy and safety according to the results of a recent study.

Source: www.digitaltrends.com

72% of Americans will avoid wearing Google Glass in public. Privacy concerns included the fear that private data could become public either through an accident or hackers breaking into the Google Glass software as well as the the fear of someone using Google Glass to remotely record user actions without express consent.   Beyond personal privacy concerns, respondents were also worried that Google Glass could be a safety hazard. The potential for distraction was a big concern, namely the possibility that reading text on Google Glass could be difficult when navigating the surrounding environment such as walking or driving. In addition, approximately 33 percent of the survey respondents were worried about the expensive device being stolen by a mugger. – It is our professional opinion that the cost and privacy concerns relegate tools like the Google Glass to the work environment, not the mass market, 

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