The Meerkat is a social animal (belonging to the mongoose family) that lives in colonies established inside burrows, blissfully unaware of the fact that a San Francisco based start-up has made it famous. The digital avatar of the Meerkat, is a free live-streaming app that allows users to stream videos in real-time and publish it to their Twitter feed. The app has been downloaded over 100,000 times in just two weeks after it went live on the App Store. A TechCrunch report suggests that number has tripled, as of 20th March. Meerkat is currently available only on devices running iOS 8 or higher; there is no official Android app yet, however, a few enthusiastic engineers at Meerkat came up with this stream watcher app.
What is Hadoop?
Hadoop is a Java-based open-source framework, which uses a distributed storage and distributed processing approach to break-down large data sets. Hadoop distributes the large blocks of data to nodes in a computer cluster, which then processes data in parallel, using Jar files sent to them byMapReduce, the programming/processing model used in Hadoop.
Jonah sat at his workstation, gazing blankly at his computer screen. He had just come out of a meeting with Paula, the CIO at the Riverdale retail company, where Jonah worked as a Technology Consultant. The meeting hadn’t gone too well – Paula was not pleased with the fact that the management was laying the blame for last quarter’s dismal performance squarely on her department. Sales and marketing had identified obsolete legacy IT infrastructure to be the primary cause as to why they were not able to maximize the ROI on their investments.
Smart computing devices, a.k.a wearables, are all the rage now. The Apple Watch, Android Wear and Health Band topics have been beaten to death and that is why we WON’T talk about them. Instead, here is a look at 10 creative wearables that are either in the works or have already started shipping…
Like all the other flagship Apple devices in the past, by virtue of association with the Apple brand name and thanks to the entourage of innumerable loyal fan-bois & fan-gals, sales projections indicate that the Apple Watch will surpass its competitors – in terms of units sold, before the end of the next fiscal year. And this despite other wearable device manufacturers having had a head-start – in terms of time to market; to be fair though, the Apple Watch has had over 7 months to marinate in the minds of technology-enthusiasts around the world.
The volume of user-generated data that is churned out through digital platforms has grown exponentially over the years. Internet Live Stats shows that Google receives over 47,000 search queries, 8,400+ tweets gets posted on Twitter and 1,664 photos get uploaded to Instagram, every second of the day; and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg! Data is ubiquitous – it is present in diverse forms. The challenge is to rein in these large blocks of unstructured data, deconstruct it, and finally piece together useful information that helps form meaningful insights.
If emerging technology researches are anything to go by, it is evident that Cloud Computing is going to be the cornerstone of a Digitally Transformed business in 2015. A report from KPMG suggests that 42% CXOs use Cloud to improve workforce productivity and 37% use it to improve customer and alliance partner interactions. What we can deduce from these stats is that, the CIO’s objective behind embracing the Cloud is two-fold…