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Hortonworks and Cloudera have been in a big-time arms race -- each raking in big bucks from a series  big backers -- the latest skirmish was Hewlett-Packard's(s hpq) $50 million investment in Hortonworks.

This week's guest Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden explains what all the Hadoop hubbub's about.

Rob Bearden at Structure Data 2014.
Rob Bearden at Structure Data 2014.

But first, there's tectonic moving and shaking in public cloud with a three-way price-cut roundalay means that Amazon(s amzn) Web Services won't always be the initiator and will have to respond to cuts Google(s goog) and Microsoft(s msft).

That alone has changed the complexion of the market. And, why, exactly Twitter, which is in a bit of an arms race of its own, needed to buy Madbits.

 

 

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Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:48 AM

In my connected home I've focused mostly on automation, but Stephen Sorkin, the chief strategy officer at Splunk has decided to go a much nerdier route. He focused on data, specifically gathering data from his circuit breaker, his connected weather station and his pool. He sends that data to Splunk and has used it to make some starting conclusions -- among them that his home generates about 200 MB of data a day.

In this week's podcast Sorkin discusses how he is using data to make decisions about when to water his lawn and when to replace ol inefficient appliances. It's one thing to guess that a new washer or dryer will save you money, but Sorkin has the data to prove it. We discuss this and why users should be in control of their data. And Kevin Tofel was on vacation this week, but my colleague Kevin Fitchard joined us to talk about the Wink hub, the connected kitchen and new networks for the internet of things. Listen up.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Fitchard and Stephen Sorkin of Splunk

  • A few thoughts on Wink. It has Lutron and a nice interface
  • Stop trying to push the iOS v. Android worldview on the internet of things
  • Does the internet of things need cellular networks?
  • Why open data is not just useful, but essential
  • Tips to monitor your electric meter and pool
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Category:general -- posted at: 8:25 AM

Andrew Clay Shafer co-founded Puppet Labs (see disclosure), worked on OpenStack stuff at Cloudscaling and Rackspace(s rax) and is now the  senior director of technology for Pivotal. He's seen and done a lot. So it's worth hearing his take on why software development projects that are too far removed from actual implementation are challenged; why the piece parts of Pivotal could make an interesting whole; and why, two years after writing his blog on the downside of incubators he would still counsel entrepreneurs to do their own networking, find their own mentors and not waste their time with incubators.

And Jonathan Vanian and I talk about Hilary Mason's new big data project; the battle royale EMC is facing now that Elliott Management has staked its claim and other news of the week.

Andrew Clay Shafer
Andrew Clay Shafer

 

 

SHOW NOTES

Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

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Category:media -- posted at: 12:29 PM

We're pretty accepting that every digital click we make and our phone's location is constantly available. Some of us even are okay with devices tracking our motion in our homes or tweeting out weight. But as we both track more aspects of our lives and apply more sophisticated algorithms to that data it's becoming possible to track people with pinpoint accuracy.

In this week's podcast I speak with Chris Babel, the CEO of Truste about what sort of rules we should apply to privacy in the internet of things. We lay out some of the current arguments and challenges associated with target advertising, real-time, data-driven pricing and even discuss government access to our data. Before we get deep on privacy Kevin Tofel and I discuss connected lights and the Jibo robot. So, if you like lights and if you spend a lot of time pondering how good a privacy standard personally identifiable information (PII) is, then stay tuned. Everyone else should too.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:58 AM

Do you remember The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs? Also known as the Fake Steve Jobs blog, took the world by storm starting in 2006. Bounties -- and iPods -- were offered for anyone could unmask the anonymous scribe.

Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs.
Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs.

FSJ mania reached its fever pitch in May 2007, when Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates kicked off a historic joint appearance with (real) Steve Jobs at the All Things D conference thusly:

"Well, first, I want to clarify: I’m not Fake Steve Jobs."

FSJ, who was subsequently outed as tech journalist Dan Lyons, is now writing for Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's very funny take on on our favorite set of zip codes. And Fake Steve, er, Dan, has lots to say about Hollywood's obsession with the cradle of tech innovation. Warning: some language may be NSFW, but hell, if you watch HBO, you can take it.

So if you're a FSJ or a Silicon Valley

And, as usual, Derrick Harris and I chit chat about this week's news, including the new IBM-Apple enterprise mobility partnership;  Microsoft headcount today vs. tomorrow, and robots, robots, robots.

Direct download: 071614_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31 AM

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:27 PM

I get a lot of questions about AllJoyn, so I invited Liat Ben-Zur, the chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance, to come to the podcast and talk about the organization's vision for a protocol that helps devices talk to each other. She discusses the vision behind AllJoyn and the AllSeen Alliance and discussed elements such as security and what the future may hold for hubs as the mediator of devices in the smart home.

Before we delve into AllJoyn, Kevin Tofel and I discuss a new wireless mesh networking technology that uses the Zigbee radio hardware implementation but nothing else. The Thread Group is launching Tuesday with a new, low-power wireless mesh network backed by ARM, Samsung, Nest and others. Kevin and I talk about some of the salient bits as well as an update on my week with the Nest and some thoughts on Apple's iBeacon hardware and what it means to offer Presence 1.0.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Liat Ben-Zur, chairwoman of the AllSeen Alliance

  • I'm a Nest convert after little more than a week
  • Thoughts on Thread, a new wireless, mesh networking protocol to aims to take on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Bits about beacons as Kevin and I talk about Apple's purported iBeacon hardware
  • All about AllJoyn and the AllSeen Alliance
  • Is there a future for hubs in the smart home?
Direct download: 071414_01-audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker is the benevolent dictator of the super-heated Docker container universe. But with power comes responsibility and he knows that for Docker (writ large) to succeed, Docker (the company) must behave itself.

Docker Founder and CTO Solomon Hykes at DockerCon 2014Docker, then known as Dot.cloud started out as an open source developer with cool technology "no one was interested in" to a company "using that cool technology to launch Heroku but for multiple languages."  But now the focus is back on Docker containers and he's definitely hoping that the project will follow in the footsteps of Linux and not another open-source project which won't be named here -- hey if you want to know, you have to listen. And make sure you have your beverage of choice ready to play the Docker drinking game.

But first, Derrick Harris and I discuss Amazon's official entry into mobile app development platform  a la Parse, which is launch (hopefully) on Thursday; the land grab in cloud storage gateways, and why it's sort of great that Yahoo(s yahoo) Flickr has released a ginormous data set from all those flickr photos and videos for analysis by data scientists or just people who want to experiment with ginormous data sets.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:58 AM

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