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Stardog 2.1 Hits Scalability Breakthrough

Stardog LogoWashington, DC – January 21, 2014 – The new release (2.1) of Stardog, a leading RDF database, hits new scalability heights with a 50-fold increase over previous versions. Using commodity server hardware at the $10,000 price point, Stardog can manage, query, search, and reason over datasets as large as 50B RDF triples.

The new scalability increases put Stardog into contention for the largest semantic technology, linked data, and other graph data enterprise projects. Stardog’s unique feature set, including reasoning and integrity constraint validation, at large scale means it will increasingly serve as the basis for complex software projects.

“We’re really happy about the new scalability of Stardog,” says Mike Grove, Clark & Parsia’s Chief Software Architect, “which makes us competitive with a handful of top graph database systems. And our feature set is unmatched by any of them.”

The new scalability work required software engineering to remove garbage collection pauses during query evaluation, which the 2.1 release also accomplishes. Along with a new hot backup capability, Stardog is more mature and production-capable than ever before.

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Google Purchases Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

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Nathan Ingraham of The Verge reports, “Google has just purchased Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. According to a Google press release, Nest will continue to operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell; co-founder Matt Rogers will also make the move to Google. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. Google Ventures had already invested over $100 million in Nest, so the company has been on Mountain View’s radar for some time now. It’s not yet clear exactly how Google plans to use Nest, but the company obviously sees it as an important part of its future. A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home.” Read more

Desti, the Travel Companion App, Introduces New iPad Features

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — November 21, 2013 — Today Desti, a top 10 travel app in the Apple App Store, announces a suite of new features for its marquee iPad application that makes planning trips, far and near, easier than ever before.

 

[Read our previous Desti coverage.]

 

Desti has expanded its app to make planning road trips visual and painless, save and search vacation rentals, as well as allow users to connect with friends to organize trips together and log their travel history. This smart travel app provides a unique travel planning experience that cuts organizing time in half by aggregating any information travelers could want about a location, restaurant or activity all in one place, and making it easily searchable. Read more

Music Discovery Service seevl.fm Launches

screen shot of seevl.fm search: Lou ReedThis week marked the public launch of seevl.fm.

SemanticWeb.com has tracked seevl’s development through various incarnations, including a YouTube plugin and as a service for users of Deezer (available as a Deezer app). This week’s development, however, sees the service emerge as a stand-alone, cross-browser, cross-platform, mobile-ready service; a service that is free and allows for unlimited search and discovery. So, what can one do with seevl?

Following the death of Lou Reed this week, I (not surprisingly) saw mentions of the artist skyrocket across my social networks. People were sharing memories and seeking information — album and song titles, lyrics, biographies, who influenced Reed, who Reed influenced, and a lot of people simply wanted to listen to Reed’s music.  A quick look at the seevl.fm listing for Lou Reed shows a wealth of information including a music player pre-populated with some of the artist’s greatest hits.

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ClearStory Data Reveals Data Intelligence Product

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Dan Woods of Forbes reports, “After operating in a controlled, stealth beta for an unusually long time, ClearStory Data opened the curtain on its ‘Data Intelligence’ product on Monday, illustrating two powerful lessons that will present a challenge to both big data and BI vendors alike. ClearStory makes use of semantic models to understand the contents of each data source and of domain specific languages and APIs to allow tremendous flexibility in both transforming data and in supporting collaboration. Before addressing how these two techniques perform some usability magic tricks, it is worth pointing out one of the reasons that the stealth mode was so lengthy.” Read more

Concept Searching Announces October Webinar Schedule

McLean, VA, US and Stevenage, UK (PRWEB UK) 16 September 2013 — Concept Searching, a global leader in semantic metadata generation, auto-classification, and taxonomy management software, and developer of the Smart Content Framework™, is pleased to announce the webinar schedule for October 2013. Concept Searching webinars cover a variety of topics such as SharePoint, Office 365, solving business challenges, IT trends, and include the popular ‘How To’ technology series. The webinars have speakers who are experts in their respective fields, to offer best practices and use cases.

The month of October is focused on compliance, information management, and open-source environments, and the ‘How To’ SharePoint webinars focus on securing sensitive information, and using intelligent metadata in records management. Read more

d-Wise Technologies, Inc. Partners with SOA Software to Deliver Semantics Manager Product for Clinical Standards Compliance

Morrisville, NC (PRWEB) September 12, 2013 — d-Wise Technologies, a leading life sciences and healthcare technology solution provider, and SOA Software, a leading provider of API Management and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) governance products announced today that they have signed a formal partnership to provide services related to SOA Software’s Semantics Manager Product to life science organizations throughout the United States and Europe. Read more

Rumble & FanIQ Announce Partnership With Launch Of Mobile App

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Rumble, the mobile-first publisher platform, is pleased to announce their partnership with FanIQ, a PulsePoint, Inc company and one of the largest online communities for sports content and news. The new FanIQ mobile app, powered by Rumble, is now available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android. With the partnership, FanIQ can now provide their 8 million readers with an enhanced mobile experience and the ability to explore, read and share their favorite sports news, opinion and trivia on any mobile device.   Read more

Desire2Learn Acquires Knowillage Systems, Inc.

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO, Sep 09, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Desire2Learn, the EdTech company that created the world’s first truly integrated learning platform, announces its acquisition of Knowillage Systems, Inc., the creator of an adaptive learning engine – LeaP – that improves grades by helping educators address the personal learning needs of every student. Knowillage LeaP uses language processing and analytics to determine gaps in a learner’s skill set and then provides the right tools, content and techniques to address those areas of weakness. This acquisition extends Desire2Learn’s data-driven product offerings, supporting educators in their efforts to accelerate learning and improve individual learner outcomes. Read more

Xbox Partners with Video Discovery Startup Jinni

Darrell Etherington of Tech Crunch recently reported, “After a successful pilot project, Tel Aviv startup Jinni [a company we have covered multiple times over recent years], a provider of natural language processing-based video content recommendations, has been chosen by Xbox to power its Xbox content catalog recommendations over the course of a multi-year licensing agreement. Jinni wouldn’t reveal the terms of the deal, but it will bring their tech front and center to the Xbox and its show and movie library.” Read more

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