Stories by Joab Jackson

Python: big data's secret power tool

When it comes to analyzing big data, software packages such as Hadoop or the R statistical language come readily to mind. But at least one company, AppNexus, also relies on the Python programming language to help conduct heavy-duty data analysis.

Hadoop updates from Cloudera, MapR, Splunk

As organizations continue to evaluate Hadoop for large scale data analysis, Hadoop software vendors are refining their products for enterprise use, addressing concerns around reliability and expanded use.

IBM refreshes analysis offerings

At IBM's Information On Demand and Business Analytics Forum, being held this week in Las Vegas, the company announced a number of new add-ons and services designed to help organizations analyze their expanding data sets more quickly.

Microsoft takes income hit prior to Windows 8 launch

Facing a sluggish PC market and deferring revenue from sales of its upcoming Windows 8 OS, Microsoft reported $US4.47 billion in net income for its first fiscal quarter of 2013, a 22 per cent decline from the same period a year earlier.

Esri moves into smart phone mapping with Geoloqi buy

Ramping up efforts to serve the growing market for mobile Web geocoding services, geographic information systems (GIS) provider Esri has purchased mobile location based services provider Geoloqi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Linux Foundation floats Secure Boot workaround

Attempting to arrive at a solution to a complicated issue, the Linux Foundation has introduced a possible way that smaller Linux distributions can be run on machines using UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) technology.

Apache Lucene/Solr expands across many servers

The Apache Software Foundation's widely used open source Lucene/Solr search engine package has been upgraded to accommodate its users' seemingly insatiable need to collect and use ever-larger amounts of data.

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STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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