In this video, panelists discuss how to build a business based on the Illumos software environment. Recorded at Illumos Day 2012 in San Francisco. Panelists: Rod Boothby, Joyent; Bill Roth, Nexenta; Richard Elling, DEY; moderated by Deirdré Straughan.
In this slidecast, Minesh Amin from MBA Sciences presents on the latest release of SPM.Python. Amin was recently awarded a patent for the technology, which now includes support for exploiting parallelism using GPUs by way of PyCuda. With this new feature in place, SPM.Python enables programmers to exploit parallelism in a fault tolerant manner across all three levels of abstraction: servers, cores, and GPUs.
Over at the Montreal Gazzette, Joseph Czikk writes that Plot.ly is a new online platform that allows users to create and collaborate on publication-quality graphs and charts that require large amounts of data. More powerful than Microsoft Excel or Google Docs, it enables data analysts to work together in real-time.
Plot.ly is the first tool where teams that have to work on data-driven problems together can rapidly share and annotate their graphs and results through the cloud,” said co-founder Chris Parmer.
The thing is, no one keeps crap ideas in their roadmap. Identifying and eliminating the bad ideas is the easy bit. Real product decisions aren’t easy. They require you to look at a proposal and say “This is a really great idea, I can see why our customers would like it. Well done. But we’re not going to build it.Instead, here’s what we’re doing.”
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Software quality matters,” said Jesus Martin, CEO of Optimtyh Software. “While software testing is key for companies and developers in general to make sure the software they produce does and behaves as it is supposed to, there is much more to software quality than just testing.”
Over at GigaOM, Derrick Harris writes that there are now more choices for businesses that want out-of-the-box functionality for machine learning, predictive analytics and general data science.
An offspring of Greenplum (former Greenplum parent company EMC is an investor, in fact), Alpine Data Labs is doing what amounts to Microsoft Visio for predictive analytics. Its software sits right inside a company’s data store (that can be Hadoop or any number of popular databases) and lets users analyze the data by drawing flow charts. It’s a little more complex than just pulling down a menu and selecting “cluster,” but it’s a whole lot easier than trying to code those functions.
Over at Medium, Sheehan Alam shares some great tips for for nailing an iPhone app demo during a presentation.
I have done my fair share of iPhone app demos. Having botched many of them (Murphy’s Law seems to be ever present whenever I take the floor), I wanted to share some tips on how to nail the demo when you’re showing off an app.
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It takes a lot of time and energy to search for and download music for your workout. What you typically listen to throughout the day may not be what keeps you moving at the gym. Other streaming music apps give you one song at a time and have no control over BPMs (beats per minute) – Pandora, for example, will give you a fast, upbeat song but it will be followed by a slow, drawn out song that in no way matches the rhythm of the song you just previously heard. Spotify is just like iTunes, it lets you decide what you want to hear. However, flipping through songs can be very distracting when you’re trying to reach your goal of a seven-minute mile.
In this video, the MediSafe Project is described as a system targeted to help you and your family take your medication on time and safely.
MediSafe Project’s co-founding brothers started the company when their diabetic father double-dosed on insulin and suffered an emergency. They understood if they were more involved in reviewing their father’s daily medication and insulin regimens, it could change his behavior for the better and help him get healthier. MediSafe Project reduces hospitalization and mortality, and increases medication compliance and health. It allows families, friends and caretakers to have peace of mind their loved ones are taking medications on time, even when they can’t be there.
This week software developer Beyond Verbal launched a patented technology that can extract, decode, and measure a full spectrum of human emotions from your voice. Founded on 18 years of research by physicists and neuropsychologists, the software includes “emotional detection engines” that allow devices and applications to understand an individuals’ mood, attitude, and decision-making characteristics as they speak.
Nearly two decades of research tells us that it’s not what someone says, but how they say it, that tells the full story,” says Yuval Mor, CEO, Beyond Verbal, and 25-year technology veteran. “Beyond Verbal has the potential to impact numerous multi-billion dollar verticals and leverage a new market of emotionally-enhanced applications installed in any voice-enabled, voice-activated, or voice-controlled device. This opens up a new dimension of emotional understanding, called Emotions Analytics, giving humans and machines the ability to react in ways that were never before possible.”
The company closed a $2.8 million round of funding led by prominent angel investor Kenges Rakishev, and new VC, Genesis Angels.
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