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The Recommendation Game: Failing to Recommend or Engage

For Christmas, I ordered some LEGO Star Wars from an online retailer for my son -- absolutely for my seven-year old, not for me in the slightest, you understand. Now, a couple of times a week I get the usual "Recommended for you" email, but plastered with LEGO. This personal snapshot defines recommendations as still a marketing technique practically in diapers, but helps point to where they should be going.

Amazon Accidentally Leaks AWS Workflow Offering

amazon_aws_logo.jpgAmazon had a content management snafu yesterday, accidentally revealing an as of yet unannounced workflow service for Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon quickly removed the content, but not before observers took note of the new goodie.

Google to Take On iCloud and Dropbox with Drive

Google will soon offer users a new cloud storage service called Drive to rival Apple's iCloud, Microsoft's SkyDrive, Amazon's Cloud Drive and Dropbox, plus the other online file service specialists as it looks to ensure your files live on Google servers, within easy reach of its other services.

Amazon S3 Storage Gets Price Cuts Up to 13.5%

Organizations and enterprises that bank on Amazon S3 services for their cloud storage needs might find themselves paying up to 13.5% less starting this February, as Amazon announces price cuts for S3, promising a "significant reduction" in storage costs.

Recession Relief: New Job Openings at Amazon, Telligent, Sapient, Telerik, Microsoft and Acquia (2-Feb-12)

If it's time for a change, we've got a shopping list of hot jobs in our spiffy little corner of the world. Our bi-weekly featured jobs list is a great collection of opportunities spanning specialties and continents. Here's who's hiring this week (and if you're hiring, post your openings here).

kCura Tackles the Challenge of Big Data

kCura Tackles the Challenge of Big DataFor the last few months, we’ve been talking about big data. From social media to customer experience to cloud storage, the enterprise is struggling to manage and leverage copious amounts of data. The real issue for big data isn’t just where to put it all, but rather how to gain access to it when you need it.

Amazon's AWS Storage Gateway Connects Enterprise Data to the Cloud

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Amazon's new AWS Storage Gateway helps connect businesses' on-premises software appliances with cloud-based data storage to better integrate local and AWS-based apps and data with a range of backup options.

Tablet, E-Reader Ownership Doubled Over Holidays

Deck the halls with pads and tablets! It seems the recently concluded holiday season has resulted in healthy sales figures for tablets and e-readers. This has probably lined Apple's and Amazon's pockets with enough cash to last until next Christmas. Would you believe that tablet and e-book reader ownership doubled over the past holiday season?

Amazon Brings the Grandfather of NoSQL to AWS

amazon_aw_logo_2010.jpgThere is a big huge not exactly new player in the NoSQL market. Amazon has brought DynamoDB back. Dramatic pause. Dynamo was NoSQL before there was a NoSQL.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Send Microsoft Files to Kindle, New Office Functionality for iPad

It’s been a mixed bag this week. Amazon has released an application that lets users send documents to Kindle, the CloudOn app enables users to create and edit Office documents on iPad, SAP expands in the education market, PSIGEN pushes into Asia Pacific while Due Diligence extends the scope of V-Rooms.

Amazon's Send to Kindle Simplifies Documents Synching for Windows

Amazon has released a handy new feature that allows Windows users to send any document to their Kindle with a single click. If you happen to use another operating system -- tough luck.

Will Apple's January Announcement Reinvent Textbooks?

Anyone who’s ever lugged a backpack full of textbooks across a large college campus has fantasized of a better way of transporting content to a lecture hall. Add a laptop, chargers and other ancillary electronics to the journey, and chances are that you'll be dialing your chiropractor in short order.

Update: Breaking news- Apple to announce its move into Digital Textbooks on Jan. 19

It’s now official. Apple will be hosting an “education” event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Thursday Jan 19 at 10 AM. Invitations were sent to select members of the press this week.

The invitation, which looks like a chalkboard, shows a profile of the New York City skyline with an apple wedged in its center. The text reads:

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.”

The latest rumors suggest that Apple and a select group of textbook publishers will announce that students will soon be able to buy digital textbooks from the iTunes store.

Will Google Make a Tablet to Compete with Kindle, iPad?

The web is abuzz with rumors of a pending Google Tablet to challenge, not perhaps the Apple iPad juggernaut, but Kindle's new "Fire," in what some are calling the next "Fire fighter." And with smoke from the Italian press, kindling from an upstream Taiwan component supplier, and perhaps a grain of truth thrown in the mix, we get to the core of how these things get started in the first place.

Kindle Fire's Roaring Christmas, But Who Will Rule 2012?

kindle_fire_front_thumb.pngAnalysts reckon that Amazon's Kindle Fire stole over one million Apple iPad sales over the Christmas period. Did that really happen, or are other forces at play?

Apple Hits 1 Billion Apps a Week, Starts 2012 With Focus on eBooks

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As Apple celebrates its part of 1.2 billion app downloads last week, those centuries-past, paper-based tomes are the focus of the company's first big news in 2012. While we're sure it is hard at work on a budget iPad and a new iOS, Apple is trying to boost its share of the ebook market that Amazon rules.

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