AWS looks to take the drudge work out of data analysis

From InfoWorld: Amazon Web Services is looking to make it easier, and more efficient, for enterprises to analyze their data in the cloud.

“Eighty percent of what we call analytics is not analytics at all but just hard work,” said Werner Vogels, chief technology officer at, speaking during a keynote speech this morning at the AWS re:Invent cloud conference in Las Vegas.

Google's new Trusted Contacts app puts safety first

From CNET: Google is trying to reinvent the emergency contact form for the smartphone era.

The search giant on Monday unveiled a new app called Trusted Contacts, which aims to keep you safe in dicey situations -- anything from a natural disaster to a walk home on a dark street.

Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus

From PC World: There’s a lot of excitement about Intel’s superfast Optane SSDs, but products won’t be on shelves this year as the chipmaker had earlier promised.

Intel is currently making Optane in a factory in China, and production will “ramp” up next year, said Stacy Smith, executive vice president of manufacturing, operations, and sales at Intel.

Airbnb drops legal fight with NYC over new rental law

From CNET: Airbnb has agreed to drop a lawsuit against New York City over a new law that will fine hosts for listing many common short-term rentals in the company's biggest US market.

The short-term home rental service said late Friday it had settled the lawsuit filed against the city two months ago. The lawsuit challenged legislation signed into law in October that imposes fines of as much as $7,500 on hosts in multi-unit buildings for listing rentals of less than 30 days.

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Seagate IronWolf ST10000VN0004 10TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

"Dude, watch Descendants of the Sun," my friend texted me back in March of this year. "It is the most amazing drama ever. Doctor meets soldier. So romantic." Having absolutely no idea what Descendants of the Sun is, like any person in 2016, I pulled up Wikipedia to find out. As it turned out, it was a Korean drama. I kind of chuckled a bit, and told her I will look into it. The reality is it was just a polite way of saying I am not interested, because, frankly, I cannot imagine myself watching a Korean drama. However, there is no denying of my friend's insistence and enthusiasm ("It is the best drama ever", she said. "I watched it five times"), I decided to watch one episode just so I can tell her I have seen it. That said, being as picky as I am for video quality, I had to download it onto my local network using obviously legal means. 1.5GB later, I pulled it up on my computer connected to my TV in my living room, and began to watch. At the end of the hour, something hit me. I actually really liked the drama. After scrambling to obtain the remainder of the episodes, once again, I must emphasize by obviously legal means, I came to another realization: A decade ago, 24GB would have been enough to fill a significant chunk of any storage array. But today, storing 24GB on my network was really nothing at all, considering I have four Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 4TB running in RAID 5. But we all know the demand for more storage does not stop here. With 4K videos topping 20GB per hour nowadays, depending on the compression quality, my 12TB of usable storage may not be as much as I think it is. To keep things available for many more Korean dramas to come, hard drive manufacturers are working hard to keep customers happy. Today, we will take a look at Seagate's IronWolf 10TB NAS HDD. 10TB capacity is epic. But how well will it perform? Read on to find out!

Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Companies always have interesting names. Sometimes, their names directly attribute to the products they are making, and they are very obvious in that regard. I would think it is good for the name to be fairly indicative of a company's aims, although that is not always the easiest to achieve. There could be so many different connotations to a name, especially with everyone seeing a name and understanding it differently. Some company names seem almost random at times. Scythe would be an example of this. They have quite a few different coolers and fans as their main products. However, their name seems random compared to the products they make. What does a scythe have to do with coolers? Perhaps they are constructed of the same materials, but how obvious is that to the average computer user? SilverStone also has a fairly random name if you start to think about it. I ended up doing a Google search on what a Silverstone is, and I actually got a result different from the company in the contended top spot of the search results. Apparently it is a non-stick plastic coating made by DuPont, which is more durable than a Teflon coating. I have a different connotation now when I hear the name. Then there are company names that are fairly obvious. Cooler Master is easily understood as the master of cooling or coolers. Today, we have the Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 140 all-in-one water cooler up for review. Will it stand the test of the all the masters in its name? Read on to find out!

NetSuite goes global under Oracle's flag

From InfoWorld: Lashed to the much bigger ship that is Oracle, cloud software provider NetSuite is setting sail for a new market near you.

Until now, the 18-year-old company based in San Mateo, California, has focused on English-speaking countries and Japan. As part of Oracle, it plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.

Twitter nets new product chief with latest startup purchase

From CNET: In a flurry of activity, Twitter bought a startup on Thursday and immediately appointed its CEO as its new VP of product.

The startup, called Yes Inc, makes apps that allow users to connect immediately with friends to make plans and share videos. Yes' focus on snappy, short-form interactions is not totally dissimilar to Twitter's own 140-character strategy.

Smartwatches wear out their welcome with Motorola

From PC World: Android Wear has had a rough year. What started with a promising announcement of Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O has ended with a delayed launch, an utter lack of new models and now, a disillusioned manufacturer. In an interview with the Verge, Shakil Barkat, Motorola’s head of global product development, said in no uncertain terms that the company has soured on smartwatches and doesn’t “see enough pull in the market” to release a new model anytime soon.


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