BYOD policies pose mobile app testing challenges

May 8, 2013

BYOD policies pose mobile app testing challenges.


Company behind ‘digital pill’ with embedded chip raises $62.5M

May 7, 2013


Forgetting whether you took your meds will be a thing of the past if Proteus Digital Health has its way.  Last year, the Redwood, Calif. company received FDA clearance for a “digital pill” that tracks whether patients are taking their medication and how their bodies are responding to it. On Wednesday, Proteus said it had raised an additional $62.5 million to help bring its product to market.

The company said the second closing of its Series F round (it closed the first round in December) included new investor, database giant Oracle(s orcl), as well as previous investors Otsuko, Novartis, Sino Portfolio and others.

Proteus declined to comment on the new funding but, in a statement, CEO Andrew Thompson said the company is looking to its strategic partners to help accelerate its mission by embedding Proteus into already established products and services.

Since launching in 2003, the company has raised north of $100…

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With Impala now GA, Cloudera’s CEO sizes up the SQL-on-Hadoop market

May 2, 2013


There is no shortage of confidence in the Hadoop space, and market leader Cloudera bolstered its own on Tuesday with the general availability of its Impala SQL query engine for Hadoop. And if CEO Mike Olson’s comments are any indication, we’re in for a long ride of competitive jockeying and oneupmanship as Cloudera and its peers go all Microsoft(s msft) or Google(s goog) and create myriad new data-processing engines to turn their Hadoop distributions into bona fide platforms.

Launched as a private beta in May 2012 and made public in October, Impala is Cloudera’s attempt to address the growing demand for interactive SQL analytics on Hadoop data. It’s essentially a massively parallel database designed to share the same storage platform and metadata as Hadoop MapReduce, only it is its own separate processing engine.

Impala actually uses the same “nearly ANSI” version of SQL as does current standard bearer Hive, but…

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Spring Market Looks Better for Sellers than Buyers This Year

April 29, 2013


The spring market is always a busy time for the real estate market, with a higher number of sales and more profitable sales during the spring than any other time of year. Sellers know that buyers start looking in spring, and buyers know that they’ve got more inventory options in spring so this is the time to buy. After the recession started to hit the economy hard, the housing market began shifting more in favor of buyers than sellers, with buyers able to command concessions and price drops just to get a home sold. Since the economy has been recovering, the market has been shifting back – and this year the spring market officially looks better for sellers than buyers.


What This Means for Sellers

For sellers, this is great news. Gone are the days of heavy concessions and price drops just to sell a home. We’re returning to…

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Nintendo’s Isolation Is Its Best Shot at Success

April 29, 2013

February 4, 2013


So I finally got my test plan accepted for a 1 month trial to the Oracle Public Cloud at .

oc1 I am testing this for my next book R for Cloud Computing ( I have already covered Windows Azure, Amazon AWS, and in the middle of testing Google Compute).

Some initial thoughts- this Java cloud seemed more suitable for web apps, than for data science ( but I have to spend much more time on this).

I really liked the help and documentation and tutorials, Oracle has invested a lot in it to make it friendly to enterprise users.

Hopefully the Oracle R Enterprise  ORE guys can talk to the Oracle Cloud department and get some common use case projects going.


In the meantime, I did a roundup on all R -Java projects.

They include-

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February 2, 2013

January 30, 2013

“The iPhone may command a higher carrier subsidy than its typical Android rival. It may eat into operators’ profit margins when sales volumes spike after the debut of a new model. But it also generates more in carrier fees than any other smartphone,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD

January 27, 2013

In October, Twitter acquired a company called Vine, which made a video-sharing app which not many people had the chance to use.

January 25, 2013