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DockerCon 2017, Austin

By Vivek Kumar

Docker Swarming the World

By Vivek Kumar

Docker, a new container technology, is hotter than hot because it makes it possible to get far more apps running on the same old servers and it also makes it very easy to package and ship programs. Here’s what you need to know about it.

If you’re in data center or cloud IT circles, you’ve been hearing about containers in general and Docker in particular non-stop for over 3 years now.

All the noise is happening because companies are adopting Docker at a remarkable rate. I ran into numerous businesses that were already moving their server applications from virtual machines (VM) to containers.

So why does everyone love containers and Docker? VM hypervisors, such as Hyper-V, KVM, and Xen, all are “based on emulating virtual hardware. That means they’re fat in terms of system requirements.” Containers, however, use shared operating systems. That means they are much more efficient than hypervisors in system resource terms. Instead of virtualizing hardware, containers rest on top of a single Linux instance. This in turn means you can “leave behind the useless 99.9% VM junk, leaving you with a small, neat capsule containing your application”

With a perfectly tuned container system, you can have as many as four-to-six times the number of server application instances as you can using Xen or KVM VMs on the same hardware.

Docker containers are easy to deploy in a cloud. Docker has been designed in a way that it can be incorporated into most DevOps applications, including PuppetChefVagrant, and Ansible, or it can be used on its own to manage development environments. The primary selling point is that it simplifies many of the tasks typically done by these other applications. Specifically, Docker makes it possible to set up local development environments that are exactly like a live server, run multiple development environments from the same host that each have unique software, operating systems, and configurations, test projects on new or different servers, and allow anyone to work on the same project with the exact same settings, regardless of the local host environment

In a nutshell, here’s what Docker can do for you: It can get more applications running on the same hardware than other technologies; it makes it easy for developers to quickly create, ready-to-run containered applications; and it makes managing and deploying applications much easier. Put it all together and I can see why Docker is riding the hype cycle as fast as I can recall ever seeing an enterprise technology go. I just hope that it can live up to its promise, or there will be some really upset CEOs and CIOs out there.

Gigaom AI 2017 Coverage

By: Vivek Kumar

Here are the pictures from our recent coverage of Gigaom AI 2017.

Full Coverage at below link

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.663490430497103.1073742001.202043366641814&type=1&l=041d5698ec

Uber and Daimler Join Forces on Self-Driving Cars

By: Vivek Kumar

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I’m excited to announce an agreement with Daimler, one of the world’s top auto manufacturers with more than a century of experience designing some of the world’s best and most iconic vehicles. In the coming years, Daimler has planned to introduce and operate their own self-driving cars on Uber’s ridesharing network.

We are incredibly excited by the potential for self-driving cars to further our mission of bringing reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere. They will also help to reduce traffic accidents, which today kill many people a year; free up the huge amount of space currently used to park the world’s billion-plus cars; and cut congestion, which is choking our cities.

Of course, we can’t do it alone. Auto manufacturers like Daimler are crucial to our strategy because Uber has no experience making cars—and in fact, making cars is really hard. This became very clear to me after I visited an auto manufacturing plant and saw how much effort goes into designing, testing and building cars.

That’s why instead of building them ourselves, we want to partner with the best auto manufacturers in the world. We can combine Uber’s global ridesharing network with the world-class vehicles of companies like Daimler, so that Uber riders can have a great experience getting around their cities.

I’ve been personally impressed with Daimler—whose company mantra is “The Best or Nothing”—and with the leadership of Dieter Zetsche, who had a friendly debate with me about the future of mobility and the auto industry last year in Berlin. Dieter said then that Daimler and Uber could be “frenemies”—in fact, we turned out to be great partners.

By opening up the Uber platform to Daimler, we can get to the future faster than going it alone. It’s a future in which our cities and roads will be safer, cleaner and more accessible, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s next.

Source: Uber

Amazon Expands Into Ocean Freight

By: Vivek Kumar

Move marks online retail giant’s latest step in effort to build out its delivery business

Jan. 25, 2017 10:24 a.m. ET

Amazon.com Inc. is taking to the high seas.

The online retail giant has begun handling shipment of goods by ocean to its U.S. warehouses from Chinese merchants selling on its s ite-taking on its role previously left to global freight-transportation companies

Read more at source.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Ricoh Unveils Ultra-Compact PENTAX KP

By: Vivek Kumar

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The PENTAX KP’s compact body is the result of a complete internal re-design to produce an advanced DSLR camera with an extremely slim profile for optimal comfort and handling. The KP’s rugged exterior is dustproof and weather-sealed to enable use in the most challenging outdoor conditions. The camera will perform in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C).

The PENTAX KP incorporates additional advanced technologies and ease-of-use features that have long been the hallmark of PENTAX cameras and enable them to be used comfortably and reliably in a wide range of conditions. These include:

  • 5-Axis Shake Reduction System: The PENTAX KP is the first PENTAX APS-C DSLR to offer the new generation SR II system, which uses a five-axis mechanism to compensate for camera shake caused by horizontal and vertical shift (often generated in macro photography), roll (difficult to handle by lens-installed shake reduction mechanisms), as well as pitch and yaw. The SR II unit is controlled with great precision as soon as the camera’s power is turned on, providing a wide compensation range—as much as five shutter steps—to further expand the limits of handheld shooting. With the addition of an optional accessory GPS module (O-GPS1 GPS unit), the PENTAX KP, simplifies astro-photography, making it possible to record stars as points of light rather than star trails during extremely long exposures.
  • Pixel Shift Resolution: This acclaimed PENTAX technology enables producing color-accurate still-life subjects with the highest resolving power. The technology uses the KP’s in-body Shake Reduction System to move the image sensor in single-pixel increments, to capture four separate images that are subsequently combined into a single, high-definition image.
  • A vertical-tilt LCD monitor that facilitates high- and low-angle shooting.
  • A grip replacement system that lets photographers choose their preference of grip based on shooting style or lens choice. In addition to the standard grip that comes with the PENTAX KP, accessory grips include medium (M) and large (L) grips (these will come packaged with KP bodies sold in North America), as well as the optional D-BG7 Battery Grip.
  • Control panels, button settings and dial controls that can all be customized, based on a user’s preference.

“We designed the PENTAX KP to appeal to the world’s most discerning outdoor photographers, who will appreciate its rich and powerful feature set and rugged, compact design, whether they are shooting a landscape on a trek in Patagonia or capturing an eclipse,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas. “From Pixel Shift Resolution to our new generation of Shake Reduction, PENTAX proudly continues to lead the way in photographer-friendly innovation.”

Read more at source.

Source: PRNewswire

Japan Display Inc. Announces Development of “FULL ACTIVETM FLEX”

By: Vivek Kumar

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January 25, 2017 (Tokyo, Japan) – Japan Display Inc. (JDI) today announced the development of FULL ACTIVETM FLEX, which uses a plastic substrate for both sides of the liquid crystal layer, and its introduction into a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display for smartphone devices.

With FULL ACTIVETM FLEX it is easily possible to form curved shapes by utilizing its flexibility, and thus it will greatly help to expand the degrees of freedom in smartphone design. Also, by using plastic substrates instead of glass, it is possible to prevent cracking from occurring when the display is dropped.

Furthermore, by incorporating low-frequency driving technology, which JDI has developed in the past, this FULL ACTIVETMFLEX supports not only a normal 60Hz driving scheme but also supports a driving scheme as low as 15Hz. This contributes to a significant decrease of power consumption for mobile devices.

JDI is planning to start mass production of this display in 2018.

JDI will position this technology as one of its new platform technologies, and will consider adopting it not only in smartphone displays but also in notebook PCs, automotive applications and other various products as well.

Source: Japan Display

Starbucks Nominates Rosalind Brewer, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp and Satya Nadella to Board of Directors

By: Vivek Kumar

Starbucks board member James G. Shennan, Jr. to retire following 27 years of service; 

Company expands its board of world-class, values-based leaders, attracting diversity in global technology, retail and consumer experience as it pursues its long-term plan for strong global growth and innovation

SEATTLE, January 24, 2017 – Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced today the nominations of Rosalind Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, and executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Executive Chairman of the LEGO Brand Group; and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, to the Starbucks Board of Directors. Each are nominated for election to the Board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on March 22, 2017, along with the nomination of the company’s current directors other than Mr. Shennan who is retiring from the Board immediately prior to the meeting.

“For 45 years, the success of the Starbucks brand has been built upon the preservation of the trust, confidence and connection we have with our customers and partners,” said Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman and ceo. “Innovation and pushing to alter the status quo are also core to our culture, and by welcoming three world-class, values-based leaders — Roz, Jørgen and Satya — to Starbucks Board of Directors upon their election at the Annual Meeting, we will strengthen our leadership and add unmatched expertise in technology, strategy, and retail to the company at a time of unprecedented change for our industry. I look forward to welcoming each of these leaders to Starbucks Board of Directors.”

Read more at source.

Source: Starbucks

Gmail will block .js file attachments starting February 13, 2017

By: Vivek Kumar

Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow .js file attachments as well. Similar to other restricted file attachments, you will not be able to attach a .js file and an in-product warning will appear, explaining the reason why.

If you still need to send .js files for legitimate reasons, you can use Google DriveGoogle Cloud Storage, or other storage solutions to share or send your files.

Source: Google

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