Open Garden And TextMe Team Up So Android Tablet Users Can Text, Call, & Video Chat Even When They Don’t Have A Signal
Open Garden, the TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2012 Battlefield finalist which allows users to share their wireless data connections with others, is today announcing its first partnership with another software company, TextMe, a mobile communications app with over 8 million users. The deal will allow users of TextMe on Android tablets the ability to text and make voice or video calls using their tablet, even when they don't have a Wi-Fi connection present.
Crowdsourced Network Planning For Connection-Bridging Startup
An anonymous reader writes "Tom's Hardware reports on the Connectify Switchboard software that "divides the user's traffic between Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and Ethernet-based connections on a packet-by-packet basis. Even a single stream — such as a Netflix movie — can be split between two or three Internet connections for a higher resolution and faster buffering." As part of its Kickstarter campaign, Connectify is geolocating their backers to optimize deployment of their servers. This is a clever way for supporters to influence the project beyond pledge levels and stretch goals, and it's actually kind of fun to watch."
Facebook Now Lets You Rate Movies, TV, And Books As It Completes Roll Out Of Timeline App Sections
Facebook is hoping to give developers a better way to get discovered, so today it announced it’s finished rolling out “Sections” for Timeline that show what apps you use, which people now add 200 million items to daily. New features coming alongside the rollout include the ability for users to rate different types of media, and for developers to track traffic from Sections. Facebook first started testing the new Sections in mid-March as part of the rollout of a redesigned Timeline with all user posts in the right column. As I wrote, Sections could be a data goldmine for Facebook’s Graph Search, as they encourage people to forge connections with apps and media they care about. The new ability to rate movies, TV shows, and books could help Graph Search surface the best possible responses to things like “Books my friends Like”. For developers of content consumption apps like Spotify, Hulu, GoodReads, and more, Sections will give them another way to grow beyond posts to the news ...
GraphLab Raises $6.75M For Data Analysis Used In Consumer Recommendation Services
GraphLab, the open-source distributed database, has received $6.75 million from Madrona Venture Group and NEA for its machine learning technology used to analyze data graphs for recommendation engines. Developed five years ago at Carnegie Mellon University five years ago, the open-source data analysis platform takes semi-structured data that describe relationships between people, web traffic, product purchases and other data. It then analyzes that data for services to provide online recommendations. Graph databases, similar to Graphlab, have increased in use as more data needs correlating to better understand its meaning. Wikiepdia describes graph database in the context of graph theory. It applies mathematical structures “used to model pairwise relations between objects. A graph in this context is made up of vertices or nodes and lines called edges that connect them.” It’s the ability to make the connections between billions of nodes and lines that forms the basis for making recommendations. ...
$2M bail for man charged with murder after police chase
A judge set bail at $2 million today for a Far South Side man who has been charged with murder in connection with a police chase and crash that killed a woman driving to work, authorities said.