Trellie Is Launching A Smart Jewelry “Starter Kit” This Spring With Dozens Of Accessories

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Trellie Lifestyle-18 Wearables for women are already having a big year. Companies like smart ring maker Ringly and jewelry maker Cuff have both raised significant rounds of new funding in early 2015, as they work to bring their attractive smart jewelry to the mainstream. Now, a new competitor Trellie is poised to enter the space this spring, thanks to a newly inked design and distribution partnership with a… Read More

NodeSource Raises $3 Million To Build New Programming Tools

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4298911131_ffbae9b3bd_b NodeSource, a corporate software development toolkit for the node.js programming language, has raised $3 million in seed financing. Money for the round came from Crosslink Capital and Resolute Ventures and it’s yet another sign that distributed architectures are becoming de rigueur for businesses. There’s a lot of money in the toolkit banana stand, with big data applications all… Read More

ALICE Raises $3 Million For Its Hotel Management And Guest Services App

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alice_touch A newly launched mobile app called ALICE is looking to make dealing with hotel staff a lot easier for both guests and hotel management after its $3 million seed financing. For guests, ALICE is like a concierge and front desk service in your pocket. Guests staying at hotels that are using the app, simply download it upon check-in (or before with a prompt from ALICE), and then have a… Read More

Microsoft’s most popular Lumias won’t get every Windows 10 feature

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Microsoft has been heavily focused on low-end Windows Phone hardware over the past two years to grow market share, but its upcoming Windows 10 update won’t be finely tuned for these devices with low specifications. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed on Twitter yesterday that the software maker is working on Windows 10 for phones with 512MB of RAM, but that “features may vary.”

It’s not clear what features won’t be available, but we’re hoping this isn’t a situation like the Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 upgrade, where some devices were left with a Windows Phone 7.8 update that only contained some minor Windows Phone 8 features. That’s not something Microsoft will want to repeat, so it’s likely that the company will be pushing hard to…

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Apple tries making the iPad look hard and edgy just like the Grammys

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Apple debuted its latest iPad ad during the 57th Grammy Awards last night. In it, we find Sweden’s Elliphant collaborating with LA’s The Gaslamp Killer in an All or Nothing remix from English producer Riton. The 60-second spot documenting the creation process feels almost Beats-like in its frenetic buildup, and certainly runs counter to Apple’s iconic silhouette ads.

Apple sold 21.4 million iPads last quarter, down from the 26 million it sold in the same quarter a year ago. Billboard says that Apple co-produced the commercial with longtime advertising partners TBWA. It was shot entirely with an iPad Air 2 by Parisian filmmaker So Me and cost an estimated $2 million dollars to air during “Music’s biggest night.”

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Watch HTC’s CEO sing its awkward new rock anthem

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HTC CEO Peter Chou and Chairwoman Cher Wang have led a chorus of company execs in performing the company’s new anthem titled “We Are One.” “This is about HTC’s personality,” says Chou, guitar strapped across his chest emblazoned with the slogan HTC United. “We are fearless to pursue our passion, and together we can change the world. Together we are one.” Then the singing starts and I’ll let you judge it for yourself.

The song was part of HTC’s end of year party — with the Chinese New Year landing on February 19th on the Gregorian calendar this year — which has already earned some infamy for itself. Two years ago, Chou spontaneously showed off the HTC One M7 ahead of the company’s announcement of that flagship phone. This time, the only…

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Line Launches $42M Fund To Turn Its Messaging App Into A Lifestyle Platform

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line store 5 Messaging app Line, which aspires to be more than just a communication tool, announced today that it will launch a fund to grow its network of services. Called LINE Life Global Gateway, the fund is worth about 5 billion yen (or $42 million). LINE Corp, the messaging app’s owner, will use it to make investments in companies that provide online-to-offline (O2O), e-commerce, payment, media,… Read More

Review of the Coursera Machine Learning Course

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I’ve just finished going through the Machine Learning course on Coursera, and this is a brief review.

The scope of the course is quite broad, covering a lot of topics from both supervised and unsupervised machine learning. “Practical advice” parts are sprinkled throughout the lectures and are extremely useful – how to evaluate your algorithm, how to know what to focus on, practical tips for…

Probability Approximation Resources

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This week’s resource post lists notes on probability approximations.

Do we even need probability approximations anymore? They’re not as necessary for numerical computation as they once were, but they remain vital for understanding the behavior of probability distributions and for theoretical calculations.

Textbooks often leave out details such as quantifying the error when discussion…

Hadoop 2.6 and Native Encryption-at-Rest

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At Rest, as in not motion, not REST as in web services. For a long time the only real answer Hadoop had for encryption at rest was to leverage a third-party tool or consider the use of LUKS for whole disk encryption. What I see customers asking for these days is really encryption in motion (aka wire encryption), encryption at rest (at a HDFS layer) plus policies that will eliminate data from…

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