alphadogg writes: The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it had approved two cellular base stations – one each from Ericsson and Nokia – to use LTE-U, marking the first official government thumbs-up for the controversial technology. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement https://www.fcc.gov/document/c... that the unlicensed spectrum – historically, the territory of Wi-Fi – can now be used to help ease the load on carrier mobile networks.
alphadogg writes: A look at Facebook's GraphQL hackathon at its Cambridge, Mass., office. GraphQL is a sophisticated data-fetching query language originally developed by Facebook to help manage its vast stores of user data and released to the open source community in 2015.
JG0LD writes: The release of version 5.3 of LibreOffice, the free software productivity suite, has pushed the number of donations to the Document Foundation to a record high, according to the group’s co-founder, Italo Vignoli.
alphadogg writes: Some 1,500 people watched the five Spark Summit East keynote speakers in a cavernous ballroom at Boston's Hynes Convention Center lay out the future of Spark, the big data processing engine originally developed at the University of California – Berkeley by Matei Zaharia. Spark underlies huge data-driven applications being used by major players like Salesforce, Facebook, IBM and many others, helping organize, analyze, and surface specific grains of sand from beach-sized databases.
alphadogg writes: Carriers are starting to look more like cloud companies, turning to standard hardware, virtualization and machine learning for rapid development of new services. AT&T helped drive that trend this week by releasing ECOMP, the operating system of its software-defined network, as open source through the Linux Foundation. ECOMP will become a codebase that many different companies and developers – potentially even AT&T's rivals – collectively create and define into the future.
alphadogg writes: You won’t find many public references by Apple to its Mobility Partner Program, an expanding effort by the company to unite with software developers/integrators to boost sales of iPhones and iPads to businesses. In fact, Apple reportedly has discouraged partners in years past from discussing MPP out in the open. However, the veil of secrecy surrounding the program is thinning. CEO Tim Cook has begun citing the program during Apple earnings calls over the past year, and NetworkWorld has interviewed four partners here, who share their experiences working with Apple to sell into business accounts.
alphadogg writes: The Internet Engineering Task Force’s upcoming meeting in Chicago might have fewer attendees than usual, thanks to the Trump administration’s broad immigration ban. Several lengthy discussions on the group’s mailing list highlight the fact that some regular attendees at the IETF’s meetings could have trouble attending IETF 98, which is scheduled for Chicago in March.
alphadogg writes: UC Berkeley on Monday launched a five-year research collaborative dubbed RISELab https://rise.cs.berkeley.edu/ that will focus on enabling apps and machines that can interact with the environment around them securely and in real-time. The RISELab (Real-time Intelligence with Secure Execution) is backed by a slew of big name tech and financial firms: Amazon Web Services, Ant Financial, Capital One, Ericsson, GE Digital, Google, Huawei, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and VMWare. RISELab succeeds AMPLab, which spawned Apache Spark, among other open source projects
JG0LD writes: Microsoft announced today that it has added support for the Intel-backed Clear Linux distribution in instances for its Azure public cloud platform. It’s the latest in a lengthy string of Linux distributions to become available on the company’s Azure cloud.
alphadogg writes: The Free Software Foundation Tuesday announced a major rethinking of the software projects that it supports, putting top priority on a free mobile operating system, accessibility, and driver development, among other areas. The foundation has maintained the High Priority Projects list since 2005, when it contained just four free software projects. Today’s version https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/... mostly identifies priority areas, along with a few specific projects in key areas
alphadogg writes: Network World has analyzed the most recent batch of U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, collected from about 100 hospitals reporting emergency room visits into the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, to look at the most common computer- and videogame-related injuries. NEISS is used to help spot possible issues with categories of products that are causing harm. We're mainly not talking about things like exploding computers, but rather people dropping laptops on their toes or smashing monitors with their hands...
alphadogg writes: The five companies that earned the most U.S. patents last year are the same five companies that dominated the 2015 ranking of top patent recipients: IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm and Google. http://www.ificlaims.com/index... IBM earned the No. 1 slot for the 24th consecutive year with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016.
alphadogg writes: In the space of a decade, Apple’s iPhone has gone from being a consumer craze to the single product that some say most affects the design and operation of enterprise IT, turning a controlled, top-down environment into something far more open. “I think the iPhone was probably one of the most impactful pieces of technology to come into the IT world since computing,” said VMware VP and chief information security officer Alex Tosheff, commenting on the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone, which was introduced by Steve Jobs on Jan. 9, 2007.
alphadogg writes: The team behind the Apache Zeppelin open-source notebook for big data analytics visualization has renamed itself ZEPL and announced $4.1M in Series A funding. ZEPL, which swears a certain professional football organization had nothing to do with it ditching its former name (NFLabs), is one of numerous companies smelling blood in the water around Tableau, the $3.5 billion business intelligence and analytics software vendor that has stumbled financially in recent quarters and seen its stock price plummet accordingly.
alphadogg writes: Although the perpetrators of the San Bernardino mass shooting were killed in a gun battle with law enforcement within hours of the attack, the FBI’s interest in one terrorist’s iPhone precipitated a public standoff with Apple that captured its own share of national headlines. Here's what industry watchers say has changed since, in terms of phone privacy, and what could change under the new US administration.