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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Life Without Internet in Ethiopia

For the first time in over ten years, I spent the night without Internet access. Ten years of working in remote parts of Mongolia, Vietnam, Palestine, Indonesia, and other small and developing countries, and in March 2010 I finally hit the access wall. My hotel in Addis Ababa does not have Internet access. And not a single WiFi or wireless connection available nearby. Maybe it is just not realistic to believe that in the year 2010 travelers or residents of a major city like Addis Ababa would enjoy the same sense of Internet entitlement we enjoy in other parts of the world.  It is probably more realistic to think fresh water is a higher priority than Facebook.  Probably a higher priority to think that basic nutrition is a higher priority to some people in the world than Twitter. Having been plucked up from the opulence of Burbank, California, where Friday afternoon b... (more)

Whither Cloud Gateways?

Farm tractors and military tanks share an intertwined history that started when some smart person proposed the tracks on some farming equipment as the cross-country tool that tanks needed to get across a rubble and shell-hole strewn World War One battlefield. For the ensuing sixty years, improvements in one set of tracks spurred improvements in the other. Early on it was the farm vehicles developing improvements, but through World War Two and even some today, tanks did most of the developing. That is simply a case of experience. Farmers and farm tractor manufacturers had more experience when tanks were first invented, but the second world war and the variety of terrain, climate, and usage gave tanks the edge. After World War Two, the Cold War drove much more research money into tank improvements than commercial tractors received, so the trend continued. In fact, con... (more)

SXPad, Psion EP10, Harris RF-3590 and More

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Geneq Inc. has released the SXPad, a full-featured, rugged handheld computer for GPS/GIS data collection that is built for mobile GIS users in applications ranging from Federal/State/Local government, water/electric/gas utilities, and transportation to mining, agriculture, and forestry. Read Original Content Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., a global provider of mobile and cloud-enabled application and business integration platforms, announced its mobile offering has been successfully implemented by UK-based Cape to develop an integrated business solution that can run natively on any mobile device. Read Original Content The BlackBer... (more)

Federal Cybersecurity and IT News Round-Up

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: U.S. Cyber Command recently conducted a tactical-level exercise called Cyber Guard where it collaborated with subject matter experts from the National Security Agency, the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated silicone-molded robots capable of camouflaging themselves funded by their Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. More here. Chief Software Architect for data.gov Chris Musialek announced that the platform would add machine-readable tags to the metadata readable by major search engines. More here. The Department of Commerce is preparing to move to cloud email and collaboration infrastructure starting with the  National Institute for Standards and Technology. More ... (more)

Kurzweil Makes a Strategic Move: Could this be the technology story of the decade?

By BobGourley Every technologist knows of Ray Kurzweil. He is like a modern day Galileo- playing a major thought leadership role in the technology revolution (Ray’s wikipedia entry does a pretty good job summarizing his background). Google recently announced that Kurzweil will be joining them as a director of engineering. Details were provided on Kurzweil’s blog.  Here is the story: Ray Kurzweil confirmed today that he will be joining Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. “I’m excited to share that I’ll be joining Google as Director of Engineering this Monday, December 17,” said Kurzweil. “I’ve been interested in technology, and machine learning in particular, for a long time: when I was 14, I designed software that wrote original music, and later went on to invent the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, a... (more)

The British Street Food Awards After Awards

Thursday 3 October, 2013 The British Street Food Awards - that have become an end-of-season institution since they were founded back in 2009 -- went all European this year. The festival of vans, trucks and trailers showcased the very best of street food from across the entire continent. Traders travelled from Stockholm, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin to compete, but the winners were Katie and Kim from Bristol, who baked out of a converted horse box to be voted Best of the Best. Katie and Kim won the title for their amazing cheese scones, still warm from the oven, and bowls of stovies with oatcakes spread with thick curls of Scottish butter. As Best of the Best, they have now secured a premier pitch at Trinity Kitchen, the new retail development in Leeds opening later this month. British Street Food are curating the new TK food court, which will involve an eve... (more)

Where the Physical Meets the Digital in Field Services and Asset Management

I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result.  Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business management decisions based on more efficient data collection and reporting.  The term digital transformation is often used to describe this convergence. Think of growing the best possible garden full of award winning fruits and vegetables.  The garden may consist of some physical things like dirt, seeds, containers, plants and tools, but the key to success is the information about the garden.  The information about the soil, types of plants or seeds, appropriate time to plant and harvest, weeding and watering schedules, the best fertilizers to use based upon the soil conditions etc.  This information can be... (more)

Pennsylvania Launches New Slogan, Web Site and Brochure to Lead and Support Dairy Industry

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today introduced a new slogan, Web site and brochure to provide support and resources for the state's dairy industry growth during a meeting with some 70 members of the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force, elected officials and industry leaders. The group met to discuss state and national issues impacting the commonwealth's largest agricultural industry. The Center for Dairy Excellence is a 501 (c) (6) private, non-profit corporation initiated by Gov. Edward G. Rendell in January 2004. The organization provides guidance and insight to the dairy industry in Pennsylvania and the U.S. "Communicating the value of Pennsylvania's dairy industry is important to producers and the general public alike," said Wolff. "These communication tools will help tell the story of Pennsylvania's largest agricultural ... (more)

Saint Arnold Announces 10th Anniversary Release of Oktoberfest Seasonal Brew

HOUSTON, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/06/07 -- Time for the autumn harvest and a little polka. Technically, it may still be summer, but Saint Arnold Brewing Company is mixing up a batch for Oktoberfest, the annual celebration revolving around great-tasting, full-flavored beer. Saint Arnold, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is preparing for the 10th anniversary release of its award-winning Saint Arnold Oktoberfest seasonal. Saint Arnold Oktoberfest is true to the Oktoberfest tradition, blending three different types of Munich-style malt to provide a rich, caramel flavor and using two central European noble hop varieties: Czech Saaz and Hallertauer. One of Saint Arnold Brewing's five seasonal beers, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest is a full-bodied, malty, slightly sweet beer that pours a reddish-amber color. "Our annual re-introduction of Saint Arnold Oktoberfest carries on t... (more)

Netflix and America's Second Harvest Join Forces With Teri Hatcher, Kevin Bacon, Adrian Grenier & Morgan Freeman to Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

LOS GATOS, Calif. and CHICAGO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. , the world's largest online movie rental service, and America's Second Harvest -- The Nation's Food Bank Networks, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization, today announced an outreach campaign intended to assist families in need this holiday season and raise awareness of the issue of hunger in America. Food banks across America are facing a potential crisis as the holidays approach and millions of Americans are seeking help feeding their families. Energizing the campaign by volunteering this month at food banks in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. are Hollywood stars Teri Hatcher, Kevin Bacon, Adrian Grenier and Morgan Freeman. In support of the effort, Netflix will donate a portion of the proceeds generated by its holiday gift subscription program to America's Second Ha... (more)