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Canonical HUD Brings Apps to Life on Ubuntu Linux

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 31 January 2012 9:10 pm

Canonical is trying out a concept known as a Heads Up Display (HUD), a tool employed by fighter jet pilots to give them the tactical information they need with their “heads-up” during flight. In the software context, the HUD provides a dialogue box through which the user can interact with applications and the underlying system.

The HUD isn’t just a new version of Microsoft’s hated Bob interface or contextual search, according to Canonical.

“The goal is to go further and get more understanding about all the different things that applications can possibly do,” John Lea, Ubuntu Desktop User Experience Lead at Canonical, told InternetNews.com. “The system will also include a way for matching an application’s capabilities to the way that a user would express their need.”

Rather than searching for something, with a HUD the user can just say they need, for example, a two-by-four-inch table; HUD understands that, and shows the correct options.

The idea behind having an intelligent interface that helps users express their intent about what they want to do with an application or a desktop is one that has been tried before, without much success. Browser vendor Mozilla had a failed effort known as Ubiquity that attempted a similar kind of concept. The Ubiquity project was terminated in 2010.

Lea noted that Canonical enjoys a critical advantage with the Ubuntu HUD that Mozilla did not with Ubiquity. Namely, Ubuntu is an operating system and not just a browser; thus the HUD will have more applicability across the broad range of applications that can run on the platform.

“So we’re not limited to one or two applications or to a small scope and we can take this and have a standard systemwide approach for providing the interface,” Lea said

Read the full story at EnterpriseAppsToday:
Canonical Brings Apps to Life on Ubuntu Linux Desktop

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

iPhone running on empty? Recharge with an old book

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 31 January 2012 5:10 pm

(Credit:
Rich Neeley Designs)

As more and more people turn to e-books and tablets for their reading needs, there are stacks of books gathering dust on shelves, or even worse, being tossed into the trash (for shame!). Thankfully, one California couple is out to rescue these neglected and unappreciated treasures.

Richard and Brenna Neeley from Cerritos, Calif., take old and vintage books, as well as some new ones, and convert them into charging docks for iOS devices. Each dock is handmade to order and features a power cord (wall adapter not included) threaded through the book, with a slot on the front cover to dock your
iPhone or
iPod.


In the jaws of the dinosaur. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit:
Rich Neeley Designs)

The Book Charging docks are available through the couples’ Etsy store, with prices ranging from $45 to $55. There’s also an
iPad dock for $72 and a iPhone/iPad combo model for $85.

I still love paper books, and I would rather see old ones being donated to libraries or schools. Still, I can’t deny that the docks are quite beautiful.

Brenna Neeley, who majored in comparative literature, notes on the couple’s Etsy profile, “Our goal is to bring more books into your life, even if it’s just so that you see it daily and are reminded of how wonderful a book can be. Maybe you’ll be inspired to read that book you’ve been meaning to.”

(Credit:
Rich Neeley Designs)

(Via Ubergizmo)

Hate the Facebook News Ticker? Some Can Now Hide It

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 31 January 2012 9:10 am

Facebook Logo_150x150.jpgUsers made a big stink about the Facebook news ticker, that annoying, constantly updating feed in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. Facebook responded. Now some users have the option to hide the ticker. This is good news for people who prefer to use the news feed and would like to avoid noisier information about which links their friends “like,” what friends are listening to on Spotify and who is now friends with whom. Teenagers spoke up about the news ticker, calling it the “stalker feed” and insisting that it provided too much information.

Big Data Transformation Goes Open Source with Pentaho Kettle

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 31 January 2012 3:06 am

Open source business intelligence vendor Pentaho is bringing Big Data transformation capabilities into the open source fold. Pentaho announced today the new Kettle 4.3 release, which includes new capabilities for transforming and working with Big Data.

Kettle is an Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) technology, which enables applications to take data from outside sources, transform it into a usable format and make it available for loading in a database or business intelligence application. Pentaho has had an open source edition of Kettle for several years, but previous to the new 4.3 release Big Data capabilities were only available to paying enterprise customers. Pentaho is opening up its Big Data ETL capabilities as open source now to capitalize on what it sees as a market opportunity.

Read the full story at EnterpriseAppsToday:
Pentaho Open Sources Big Data Capabilities with Kettle

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

China Telecom reveals upcoming launch of iPhone 4S

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 11:02 pm

(Credit:
Apple)

China Telecom may begin selling the Apple
iPhone 4S as early as next month, the carrier reportedly announced today.

A CDMA version of the phone could launch on China’s third largest wireless carrier as early as late February or early March, China Telecom subsidiary Beijing Telecom said in a press release cited by China Daily. “China Telecom has already started preparatory work for the launch of the
iPhone 4S.”

Pricing details were not revealed, and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The phone is currently available in China only through China Unicom, which has a three-year agreement to offer the device there, beginning with the iPhone 3G in 2009. However, Apple has for months been rumored to be working on deals with China Telecom and China Mobile–the latter being the world’s largest wireless carrier with about 650 million subscribers.

China-based Sohu.com reported last August that China Telecom and Apple had reached a “preliminary agreement” to sell the new device sometime before the end of October, but that deal that did not materialize. Before that, Reuters had reported China Telecom was on track to get the iPhone by the end of the year.

China Telecom makes up close to 12 percent of China’s total wireless subscriber base, which Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White pegged at 896.2 million in a research note last month. Of that, 73.8 million are 3G subscribers, with China Telecom accounting for a little more than a quarter of that total.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty sent a note to investors yesterday that suggested Apple could bring in an extra 40 million buyers next year by expanding its mobile presence in China by making deals with the two wireless carriers.

Apple began selling the iPhone 4S in China earlier this month, drawing massive crowds there and sparking a small riot in Beijing after the company announced it would not be selling the device on its pre-announced launch day. In a call with analysts last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “we thought we were betting bold,” about initial sales of the iPhone 4S there, but that “we didn’t bet high enough.”

CNET’s Josh Lowensohn contributed to this report.

China Telecom reveals upcoming launch of iPhone 4S

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 11:02 pm

(Credit:
Apple)

China Telecom may begin selling the Apple
iPhone 4S as early as next month, the carrier reportedly announced today.

A CDMA version of the phone could launch on China’s third largest wireless carrier as early as late February or early March, China Telecom subsidiary Beijing Telecom said in a press release cited by China Daily. “China Telecom has already started preparatory work for the launch of the
iPhone 4S.”

Pricing details were not revealed, and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The phone is currently available in China only through China Unicom, which has a three-year agreement to offer the device there, beginning with the iPhone 3G in 2009. However, Apple has for months been rumored to be working on deals with China Telecom and China Mobile–the latter being the world’s largest wireless carrier with about 650 million subscribers.

China-based Sohu.com reported last August that China Telecom and Apple had reached a “preliminary agreement” to sell the new device sometime before the end of October, but that deal that did not materialize. Before that, Reuters had reported China Telecom was on track to get the iPhone by the end of the year.

China Telecom makes up close to 12 percent of China’s total wireless subscriber base, which Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White pegged at 896.2 million in a research note last month. Of that, 73.8 million are 3G subscribers, with China Telecom accounting for a little more than a quarter of that total.

Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty sent a note to investors yesterday that suggested Apple could bring in an extra 40 million buyers next year by expanding its mobile presence in China by making deals with the two wireless carriers.

Apple began selling the iPhone 4S in China earlier this month, drawing massive crowds there and sparking a small riot in Beijing after the company announced it would not be selling the device on its pre-announced launch day. In a call with analysts last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said “we thought we were betting bold,” about initial sales of the iPhone 4S there, but that “we didn’t bet high enough.”

CNET’s Josh Lowensohn contributed to this report.

Amazon S3 Reports Staggering Growth in 2011

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 3:02 pm

This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. Read the case study about how Intel Xeon processors and VMware helped virtualize 12 business critical database applications.

Amazon Web Services just reported jaw-dropping growth in the number of objects stored in Amazon S3 year over year.

“As of the end of 2011, there are 762 billion (762,000,000,000) objects in Amazon S3. We process over 500,000 requests per second for these objects at peak times,” AWS Evangelist Jeff Bar wrote on the company’s blog tonight. The company reported 262 billion objects in storage in Q4 of 2010. “This represents year-over-year growth of 192%; S3 grew faster last year than it did in any year since it launched in 2006.” Independent analysts say this is indicative of the growth of the cloud in general and of Amazon’s striking dominance of the market.

“Stunning, isn’t it?” Randy Bias, co-founder of Cloudscaling said to me about the news by email. “From 150% to almost 200% growth. That’s crazy. 500,000 requests per second at peak. Blows my mind.”

Bias says these are the big take-aways.

“S3 growth is accelerating, not just increasing. If other AWS services are accelerating similarly then we will see a major shift this year in AWS usage and likely revenue reporting in SEC filings.

“This is the largest storage system in the world bar none; there isn’t anything like it anywhere else that I’m aware of unless it’s some secret government/NSA vault.

“Check my math, but at 1Kbyte average per object, that would be 780PB of disk storage:
– 762,000,000,000 * 1024 (traditional KB)
– 780288000000000 / 1000 (KB for disk) / 1000 (MB for disk) / 1000 (GB for disk) / 1000 (PB for disk) [ disk capacity is in even 1,000 increments, not multiples of 2 ]
– That’s 780PB, but unclear if that’s replicated or unreplicated; probably replicated, which means 260PB of data with 3x replication.
– Average of 1Kbyte is probably too low.
– At 100TB per storage system that is 7,222 storage *servers*, each with 36 spindles at 3TB each; that might not be their configuration, but even if it’s 2 or 3 times as dense, that is a *lot* of storage servers.
– At those numbers, it’s a 26M/month business and a 300M/year run rate, which means it’s still roughly 30% of AWS revenue with EC2 being most of the rest.

“I don’t understand how people can’t see this kind of thing and just have their jaw hit the floor. People are paying for this. At this rate they will have 2 TRILLION objects in another year and it will be a $600M/year business.”

What’s behind such numbers? Widespread technology change.

“What we are seeing is the geometric explosion of cloud growth from multiple points,” Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang told ReadWriteWeb.

“First, broad based adoption driven by consumerization of IT. Second, the shift from transaction to engagement – we have social, mobile, analytical, and other unstructured data. Third, true elasticity has come to fruition as the promise of the cloud gets delivered. People are taking to the cloud because the tools are easy to use and they don’t have time or money to provision expensive servers. Instead they are using elasticity, which was the original premise of AWS. We could see it happening last year but this leap in growth is tremendous.”

Dave Linthicum, CTO and Founder of Blue Mountain Labs, says Amazon’s dominance is clear. “The rapid growth of AWS S3 is pretty much in-line with what I’m seeing in enterprises adopting cloud computing. The reality is that they are the 800 pound gorilla, and continue to gain weight. Unless they do something stupid, they are the storage provider to beat.”

Ray Wang concurs. “There are only a few companies in the world who can compete with Amazon,” he told me by IM tonight.

“It has established itself as one of the leading contenders. The barriers of entry are high. Very few folks can afford to build the data centers, the software infrastructure, and momentum to be profitable. Amazon is in the same league as Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc. The only other folks that could do it if they woke up are the telco’s – but we’ve all been telling them that for years. They haven’t paid attention.”

Amazon’s Barr explains the growth thusly. “Although we definitely made it easier for you to delete objects using Multi-Object Deletion and Object Expiration, we also gave you plenty of ways to upload new objects using Multipart upload, AWS Direct Connect, and AWS Import/Export,” he wrote in his blog post. He concluded by noting that running a system so complex is hard work and pointed to open jobs at AWS.

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Amazon S3 Reports Staggering Growth in 2011

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 3:02 pm

This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. Read the case study about how Intel Xeon processors and VMware helped virtualize 12 business critical database applications.

Amazon Web Services just reported jaw-dropping growth in the number of objects stored in Amazon S3 year over year.

“As of the end of 2011, there are 762 billion (762,000,000,000) objects in Amazon S3. We process over 500,000 requests per second for these objects at peak times,” AWS Evangelist Jeff Bar wrote on the company’s blog tonight. The company reported 262 billion objects in storage in Q4 of 2010. “This represents year-over-year growth of 192%; S3 grew faster last year than it did in any year since it launched in 2006.” Independent analysts say this is indicative of the growth of the cloud in general and of Amazon’s striking dominance of the market.

“Stunning, isn’t it?” Randy Bias, co-founder of Cloudscaling said to me about the news by email. “From 150% to almost 200% growth. That’s crazy. 500,000 requests per second at peak. Blows my mind.”

Bias says these are the big take-aways.

“S3 growth is accelerating, not just increasing. If other AWS services are accelerating similarly then we will see a major shift this year in AWS usage and likely revenue reporting in SEC filings.

“This is the largest storage system in the world bar none; there isn’t anything like it anywhere else that I’m aware of unless it’s some secret government/NSA vault.

“Check my math, but at 1Kbyte average per object, that would be 780PB of disk storage:
– 762,000,000,000 * 1024 (traditional KB)
– 780288000000000 / 1000 (KB for disk) / 1000 (MB for disk) / 1000 (GB for disk) / 1000 (PB for disk) [ disk capacity is in even 1,000 increments, not multiples of 2 ]
– That’s 780PB, but unclear if that’s replicated or unreplicated; probably replicated, which means 260PB of data with 3x replication.
– Average of 1Kbyte is probably too low.
– At 100TB per storage system that is 7,222 storage *servers*, each with 36 spindles at 3TB each; that might not be their configuration, but even if it’s 2 or 3 times as dense, that is a *lot* of storage servers.
– At those numbers, it’s a 26M/month business and a 300M/year run rate, which means it’s still roughly 30% of AWS revenue with EC2 being most of the rest.

“I don’t understand how people can’t see this kind of thing and just have their jaw hit the floor. People are paying for this. At this rate they will have 2 TRILLION objects in another year and it will be a $600M/year business.”

What’s behind such numbers? Widespread technology change.

“What we are seeing is the geometric explosion of cloud growth from multiple points,” Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang told ReadWriteWeb.

“First, broad based adoption driven by consumerization of IT. Second, the shift from transaction to engagement – we have social, mobile, analytical, and other unstructured data. Third, true elasticity has come to fruition as the promise of the cloud gets delivered. People are taking to the cloud because the tools are easy to use and they don’t have time or money to provision expensive servers. Instead they are using elasticity, which was the original premise of AWS. We could see it happening last year but this leap in growth is tremendous.”

Dave Linthicum, CTO and Founder of Blue Mountain Labs, says Amazon’s dominance is clear. “The rapid growth of AWS S3 is pretty much in-line with what I’m seeing in enterprises adopting cloud computing. The reality is that they are the 800 pound gorilla, and continue to gain weight. Unless they do something stupid, they are the storage provider to beat.”

Ray Wang concurs. “There are only a few companies in the world who can compete with Amazon,” he told me by IM tonight.

“It has established itself as one of the leading contenders. The barriers of entry are high. Very few folks can afford to build the data centers, the software infrastructure, and momentum to be profitable. Amazon is in the same league as Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc. The only other folks that could do it if they woke up are the telco’s – but we’ve all been telling them that for years. They haven’t paid attention.”

Amazon’s Barr explains the growth thusly. “Although we definitely made it easier for you to delete objects using Multi-Object Deletion and Object Expiration, we also gave you plenty of ways to upload new objects using Multipart upload, AWS Direct Connect, and AWS Import/Export,” he wrote in his blog post. He concluded by noting that running a system so complex is hard work and pointed to open jobs at AWS.

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Where Mozilla Ubiquity Failed, Ubuntu HUD will Succeed

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 9:00 am

ubuntuFrom the ‘Mozilla Labs is Ok; Real implementation is Better’ files:

I’m not easily impressed by ‘new’ ideas in the Linux desktop space, which is why the Ubuntu HUD is even more interesting to me.

The HUD is based on a concept that I really believe in and supported (though my own usage and newb attempt at script) when Mozilla tried the same idea a few years ago with Ubiquity. Mozilla however has this obnoxious habit of killing projects that I like (or in there parlance – putting them on the backburner – ubiquity, prism, skywriter just to name a few). Ubiquity was supposed to become something called Taskfox in Firefox 3.6 but that never happened.

When I spoke with Canonical last week about why they think they will succeed where Mozilla failed – I got a fantastic answer from John Lea, Ubuntu Desktop User Experience Lead at Canonical. Ubuntu, unlike Mozilla, isn’t just a single application.

“We’re not limited to one or two applications or to a small scope and we can take this and have a standard systemwide approach for providing the interface,” Lea said.

That comment really gave me pause. I spend the vast majority of my day inside the browser (almost always Firefox), but there is a world of apps that live outside of that space, even today in the modern ‘cloud’ world. Personally, I had never thought of Mozilla being limited, but in the context of having system level controls and visibility, of course it is.

What this means is that with the HUD, Firefox users will get a Ubiquity-like dialogue control – so long as they’re on Ubuntu. A hundred million Firefox users on Windows will miss out of course and that’s a darn shame. For me, I’m looking forward to seeing the HUD completed, so I can use it on Ubuntu – or even better see it grow and thrive as it’s own standalone project. HUD is fully open source it relies on dbus and hey if someone wanted too (i.e me), i suspect I could get it to work on Fedora (typically my main desktop distro these days) too.

 

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

Lawyer sues exes over unkind words on Web

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 30 January 2012 4:55 am

When lovers fall out, the consequences can be painful, especially now that we have the megaphone called the Web.

Matthew Couloute Jr., a lawyer from Jacksonville, Fla., claims that the megaphone has caused him untold suffering. Now he’s telling. And suing.

For when you perform a Google search upon his distinctive name, the first result you get is a link to a page on LiarsCheatersRUs.com devoted to him.

This is a site where the scorned express their scorn, where the hurt try to, well, hurt.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

So, as Above the Law tells me, Couoloute Jr. has taken out a lawsuit against two of his exes: Amanda Ryncarz and Stacey Blitsch. The former admits she posted to the site, the latter denies.

You might imagine that a lawyer knows what he can sue for and what not. On the other hand, he knows when he has a formidable adversary. Oh, I’m not just talking about the two exes. I’m talking about Gloria Allred, who is representing them. She is the lawyer who makes small men quake and grown men small men.

“It seems ironic that men can lie and cheat and then look to the courts for legal protection,” Allred told Fox News. She contends that the postings represent free speech.

Couloute Jr.’s response: “You don’t have the right to defame people on the Internet. It’s wrong.”

He claims that he and his wife–he’s now married–have had serious issues because of these postings.

“People have even, when we went to buy a house–my wife and I–we’ve had problems with home owners selling us their house,” Couloute Jr. told Fox News.

I am sure that Court TV might enjoy these proceedings, even as so many who post negative things about others online might tremble a little.

Oddly enough, Couloute Jr. has appeared on Court TV as an analyst. Now we will see whether hell hath no fury like a TV lawyer scorned.

Gloria Allred

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Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

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