Node JavaScript Gets Ready for the Enterprise

by Leigh Anne Varney on April 1, 2014

program-webNode.js started life as an implementation of JavaScript found in the Google Chrome browser that is optimized for event-driven, non-blocking I/O applications. Originally, Node.js found favor in organizations that needed to build real-time applications to manage distributed devices such as routers and switches. But as Node.js has evolved, it has also been widely adopted to build both mobile computing applications and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). The reason: Node.js makes it possible to use JavaScript in a server-side way that allows applications to scale.

Now, with the release of version 0.12 of Node.js on the immediate horizon, StrongLoop CTO Al Tsang says there will soon be a more efficient scheme for balancing loads that will make it possible to develop more enterprise-class applications using Node.js.

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eweekNEWS ANALYSIS:  Discussion at a GigaOm conference shows that Hadoop isn’t a big success when enterprises blindly compile huge volumes of disparate data without knowing what to do with it.

I attended GigaOm’s Structure Data conference last year, and the conference was all about the promise of Hadoop, big data and unstructured data, which is somewhat ironic for an event with “structure” in its title.

This year’s event, March 19-20, was more about the deliverables in the form of case studies, user experiences and the limits of what to realistically expect from your big plans for big data. The change from promise to reality is welcome. Here are my five top takeaways from the first day of the event.

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SXSW: How 3D Audio Could Direct Walkers, Bikers, Joggers with Sound

March 20, 2014

Sonic Emotion makes an app called HeadQuake (free, iOS) that adds 3D dimensionality to your downloaded music. It’s pretty neat — not only does the sound get more “present” with the 3D feature turned on, but you can drag the speakers forward or back, or move the “band” playing the music closer or farther away. It […]

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Chip Makers Vie to Power Faster Mobile Networks

February 25, 2014

Chip makers are racing to deliver the next major advance in cellular networks, egged on by Qualcomm Inc. and rivals eager to reduce its dominance in the field. The companies—which include Intel Corp. and Broadcom Corp.—are using the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week to demonstrate long-discussed extensions of the technology now used in […]

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Envelope tracking: a game-changer for smartphones?

February 25, 2014

Eta Devices, Inc., a spin-off from the electrical engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is unveiling a envelope tracking platform technology, ETAdvanced, which the company claims will extend the battery life of smartphones by up to 50%. Read the article by Paul Buckley

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Smart Radio Chips

February 7, 2014

The Hottest Technology Not on Display at CES: Smart Radio Chips. Smartphone battle moves from software to hardware with a crucial component to cut power consumption and allow faster data transmission. Beyond the glitz of the International Consumer Electronics Show, the wireless industry faces a fundamental problem: more features and faster data transmission are draining […]

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