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The long-awaited social networking project from Google was revealed yesterday, dubbed Google+. It is not clear from whether or not the social network is aimed to take on Facebook, but Google+ does have some compelling features:   

  •     Circles, which allows content sharing across several different groups of people.
  •     Hangouts, a videochatting feature for Google+ users.
  •     Instant Upload for pictures and videos to a private Google+ album.
  •     Sparks, which finds news and content based on the user's preferences.
  •     Huddle, for group chatting on desktop and mobile devices.

Google+ is currently in beta, which works in all modern browsers and on Android devices.

Big Data Driving NoSQL Popularity

Evan's Data Corporation released the results of a survey amongst over 400 corporate enterprise developers today, highlighting the increasing popularity of NoSQL. The survey shows that 56% of the developers are using some sort of schemaless database, and 63% plan on using it in the next two years.  As Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp, explains, "The advent of Big Data is driving adoption of NoSQL, and this is especially true in corporate enterprise, where it can benefit the most."

Hadoop Showdown Heats Up as Cloudera and MapR Release New Products

Yesterday, Yahoo threw their hat into the Hadoop game with the announcement of HortonWorks, a spinoff company based around the development  and commercialization of Apache Hadoop. Today at the Hadoop Summit, Cloudera and MapR demonstrated new versions of their Hadoop products.  Cloudera released many new features for Cloudera Enterprise, including a service and configuration manager, activity monitor, and enhancements to the resource and authorization managers. MapR released its first two products today: the free Hadoop distribution dubbed M3 and its paid version M5. Both versions integrate all of Hadoop's tools and makes changes to performance, resulting in "probably the most comprehensive distribution" according to MapR's Jack Norris.

Run Android on your PC with Android-x86

Android-x86, the open source project based on porting Android to x86 architecture, released a stable version 2.2-r2. The key features of the update include:

  • Kernel is updated to 2.6.38 with more drivers and bug fixes.
  • OpenGL hardware acceleration is improved a lot. The performance is almost 4 times faster. OpenGL ES2 is enabled. An experimental support for ATI radeon chipset is added.
  • New target are added, including tegav2, s103t, tx2500 and motion_m1400.
  • Support multi-touch screen.
  • Fix built-in live wallpapers.


Scala In 5 Years – My Prediction

User nivanov had the top link for today, a prediction of where Scala will be in five years. Thanks, nivanov!


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