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Microsoft isn't exactly short on cash to throw around, and it is reportedly throwing a bit of it in order to acquire a text analysis startup out of Israel. While the plans have yet to be made official, people familiar with inner talks have made clear that Equivio will soon be a part of Microsoft. The move does make sense on paper; Equivio is grounded in analyzing complex data, and Microsoft certainly needs to be an expert in that field as it aims to stake its claim in the cloud and enterprise segments. There's still an off chance that other bidders may swoop in and snag Equivio from Microsoft's grasps, but it would take a seriously large offer to sway the accounts in Redmond. While largely unknown... Read more...
For those who just can't seem to get enough data on a monthly basis, AT&T is upping the ante for select customers. For those who are willing to dive into the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans of 15GB and up, you'll get double the data for no extra charge for the life of the plan. The only catch? You need to sign up by October 31st, and unfortunately, those on the basic plan (which has 10GB per month to share) aren't eligible. The move seems to be catered towards data-heavy families and small businesses, where tethering and downloading are a daily happening. If you pony up for a Mobile Share Value plan with a monthly data bucket between 15GB and 50GB, you'll see that bucket doubled. There's... Read more...
One day, we'll think back on the concept of a 8TB hard drive and scoff at how puny it sounds. But that day is not today. Today, shipping a 8TB hard drive is an impressive feat, and it is one that has been accomplished by HGST. The storage outfit has just commenced shipments of its 8TB and 6TB HelioSeal platform HDDs, with a path already defined to get these to 10TB very soon. The announcement came as a part of five other introductions, including the release of HGST Virident Space, which allows clustering of up to 128 servers and 16 PCIe storage devices to deliver one or more shared volumes of high performance Flash storage with a total usable capacity of more than 38TB. There's also its NVMe-compliant... Read more...
With wireless carriers now engaged in a price war of sorts -- it's more a data war, really -- it's getting a bit difficult to keep track of things. For example, just a couple of weeks ago T-Mobile was advertising is Framily plan. And now? After offering to quadruple data for Simple Starter customers for $5 per month yesterday, T-Mobile today announced two more plan changes. The first is an expansion of its Family Plan. Starting August 27, T-Mobile is expanding the number of lines you can add for $10 a pop (starting with lines after the second subscriber). The previous limit was five per account, and effective tomorrow, that number will double to 10 lines per account. "I’ve always maintained... Read more...
The wireless price wars have begun. Sprint fired off the first shot when it rolled out new Family and Individual plans last week, and now T-Mobile, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier and former acquisition target of Sprint, is firing back with a deal of its own -- for $5 extra per month, Simple Starter customers can quadruple their 4G LTE data cap to 2GB. "People who use loads of data use T-Mobile," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "And it’s no wonder. The old guard telecoms punish people for using more data on their networks with crazy overage charges and fees. Get Verizon’s $50 plan and use just one gig more data, and the price jumps to $65. It’s... Read more...
At some point, you have to wonder if any database that can be hacked will be hacked. With so much of the world's precious information stored on drives in the forms of 1s and 0s, what's to stop ill-willed individuals from doing to every other company what they did last year to Target, for example? Clearly, not much, as UPS has fallen victim to a data breach of its own. The logistics outfit said that "a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers’ personal and payment data at some locations this year." Malware was pinpointed at 51 locations across 24 states. Sure, that's only 1 percent of its nearly 5,000 franchise stores, but a whopping 105,000 transactions... Read more...
The Great American Road Trip isn't the same as it used to be, but perhaps that's not entirely a bad thing. With mobile connectivity becoming an asset that few professionals can live without, let alone the average teenager, General Motors has seen strong early interest from consumers in having LTE embedded into their next vehicle. While a number of automakers have decided that no car should ever be without a data connection, the actual market rollout has been sluggish. Companies are taking their time and making sure that the execution is ideal, and of course, with each additional day the infrastructure that makes it all possible becomes even stronger. In trials, GM has found that a whopping 98%... Read more...
Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler penned an open letter to Verizon telling the wireless carrier that he's "deeply troubled" by its decision to throttle data for the top 5 percent of users subscribed to the company's unlimited data plans. The way Wheeler sees it, Verizon isn't trying to relieve network congestion, but is instead targeting a group of users to squeeze more money out of them. Not so, says Verizon. The Verge got its hands on a copy of Verizon's response to Wheeler's angry letter. Verizon's response highlights the fact that customers will only see slowdowns in data service "under very limited circumstances" and only at "particular cell sites experiencing unusually high demand."... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has a message for data hogs subscribed to its unlimited 4G LTE service, and to paraphrase, it goes something like this: 'Slow your roll, or we'll slow it for you.' To be more specific, starting in October of this year, Verizon will begin throttling the data connections of users who fall within the top 5 percent of data users subscribed to an unlimited plan using a 4G LTE device. This is essentially the same policy Verizon rolled out to its 3G subscribers three years ago. Now that more people are hopping onto 4G LTE networks, Verizon is trying to make sure that a relative few don't ruin experience for the masses. Image Source: Flickr (Mike Mozart) "We understand that our customers... Read more...
In a lot of ways, the public is resigned to the fact that almost nothing is truly "private." We're given identification numbers from birth, nearly everything about us is volunteered online, and even our mobile devices have GPS modules in them. In a lot of ways, those things are worth the hassle, and worth giving up some level of privacy. But secret, unlawful data collection could turn into a larger deal in the future, at least according to Microsoft's general counsel Brad Smith. Per Smith, we could be looking at a "bleak" future if the privacy of citizens isn't elevated in importance. To quote: "I want law enforcement to do its job in an effective way pursuant to the rule of law. If we can’t... Read more...
The numbers from Pinterest’s data request transparency report are either impressive or laughable, depending on your point of view. Although the tech industry is rising up in force in reaction against the NSA’s spying tactics and forceful and shadowy means of “requesting” data from major Internet companies with FISA, it appears that Pinterest users have little to worry about. The total number of user accounts that agencies requested data from? Thirteen. Thirteen user accounts, and those requests consisted of seven warrants and five subpoenas. All of the requests came from U.S. agencies, with all but one coming from local or state agencies. On three of those occasions, however,... Read more...
DARPA, a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense, has developed quite a few technological innovations for the military that wind up trickling down to us civilians, and now the agency is open sourcing some of its projects with an eye toward fostering even better R&D. The DARPA Open Catalog is a “curated list of DARPA-sponsored software and peer-reviewed publications”, meaning that the agency isn’t just offering up anything and everything its working on, but in any case the first project posted on the site is the XDATA program. The XDATA program pertains to big data, so any fruitful collaboration on that project would be a boon to essentially everyone. If there’s sufficient... Read more...
As we mentioned yesterday, mobile service providers are in a dogfight for our business and all of a sudden are offering sweet deals left and right. We feel like the prettiest belle at the ball, and more suitors are lining up. Ting is an MVNO using Sprint’s network and offers simple service options and a range of devices that runs from very inexpensive to “ouch”. You can also bring your own device with you when you sign up for the service. Sampling of available devices on Ting In a blog post, Ting’s Michael Goldstein, in as deadpan a style as you can communicate in the written form, said, “Current customers do not need to weigh a move to a new plan. New customers... Read more...
Suddenly, mobile carriers are falling all over each other to woo customers, promising better and better deals and offering increasingly lucrative incentives to switch carriers. The latest shot in the volley is from AT&T, which is now promising a 10GB family data plan with unlimited talk and text with its AT&T Mobile Share Value Plans. Prices start $130 for two lines; five lines will run you a total of $175, and you can add more lines beyond that for $15 per month per line. The plan also works for small business that have up to 10 lines. For a limited time, both new and existing customers can get a $100 bill credit towards any new line added. If you need a clearer example of the mindset... Read more...
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