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Technology startup uBeam received its first major funding in 2012 to help develop its wireless charging technology hardware device. After a couple years staying under the radar, the company announced it has created a prototype of a product it will create for consumers within the next two years. The technology allows a user to charge a smartphone, laptop or similar electronic device without using a cord, according to Business Insider.
UBeam's technology uses electricity and converts it into sound waves that are sent through the air via ultrasound. A receiver attached to the phone or laptop converts the sound back into electricity. The New York Times reported that not only is uBeam's new product capable of using wireless charging technology, it can also send highly secure data through its charging stations. This means that the uBeam technology could also be used to fuel further development of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Cisco creates an affordable storage Fibre Channel switch for small companies
With the massive increase in data resulting from video applications, IoT and big data, companies are always demanding more storage capabilities. To meet these demands, Cisco announced next-generation storage area networking (SAN) additions to its data center portfolio. The Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch -- geared toward entry-level and departmental SANs -- Cisco MDS 9706 Director and the Cisco MDS 9700 Fibre Channel over Ethernet module are the newest generation of switches to be added to Cisco's 16Gb Fibre Channel family, which debuted in 2013.
The Wall Street Journal says that this technology is important, because according to an EMC Digital Universe study, with research and analysis by IDC, by 2020, 32 billion IoT devices will be connected to the Internet, 40% of data will be touched by the cloud and enterprises will have liability and responsibility for 85% of all data. Being able to find technology that helps manage and store all of this data is important for companies of all sizes.
IT job growth remains steady in the U.S.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics confirmed continued job growth in the IT industry in the U.S. for the month of July. Extending a six-month upward trend, 11,000 new jobs were added to the IT industry in July, the report said.
The industry continues to see a positive upswing as other segments within the national employment landscape continue to decline. According to Vero Beach, Fla., consultancy Foote Partners LLC, which analyzed the data, there were 90,000 fewer jobs in the U.S. in July compared to June. This indicates that while on the national level, job growth is decreasing in other industries, the IT industry is growing positively -- a good sign for people who work in technology fields.
Of the 11,000 new IT jobs, 95% of the growth came from two segments: computer system design and related services, and management and technical consulting services. Telecommunications and data processing also contributed a significant 4,500 jobs in the month of July.
To be effective, analytics must be easy to understand
Christopher Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of Silicon Valley startup Adatao, has plans to make Hadoop as easy to work with as Google Docs. As with any analytics product, it is important for users to be able to extract vital data when they need it. And for many users, Hadoop is not that intuitive, Nguyen claims. With Adatao's analytics suite, Nguyen hopes to make Hadoop easy and predictable to use. "Let's make it boring," says Nguyen.
Adatao's products translate data information into commonly used languages such as Python, Java and SQL. Its top product is pInsights, which is a Web interface that can transform Hadoop data into visually representative displays such as charts, reports or spreadsheets-- similar to Google Docs.
Nguyen says he's taking a "user-first" approach.