Uber opens up Paris travel database to help city planners

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Uber [UBER.UL] said on Friday it would open up its trove of travel data in Paris to the public to help city officials and urban planners better understand transportation needs, as the company seeks to woo national authorities.

FILE PHOTO: The Uber logo is seen on mobile telephone in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The U.S. ride-hailing app collects huge amounts of data from the billions of trips taken by customers which it uses to improve its services and has recently started to make it available for a number of cities including Washington D.C., Sydney and Boston.

“We get asked all the time ‘Is there any way you can share more data? We’d love to see where people are traveling in our city’,” Adam Gromis, who is responsible for environmental sustainability at Uber, told Reuters.

The service, called Uber Movement, shows how long it takes to make a journey between two points in a city at different times of the day.

Uber is making the data available via a free website which can be accessed by anyone with an Uber account, but it is aimed particularly at city planners. (movement.uber.com)

To respect users’ privacy, Uber Movement uses only aggregated anonymised data.

Uber, which launched in Paris in 2011, has had a rocky relationship with regulators across Europe who have accused it of flouting their traditional licensing rules.

Protests by taxi drivers against the smartphone app turned violent in 2015 when Paris cabbies overturned cars and burned tyres.

Uber has suffered a tumultuous few months that led to former CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick being forced out after a series of boardroom controversies and regulatory battles in a number of U.S. states and around the world.

Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has struck a less confrontational approach than his predecessor – particularly in London where Uber is challenging a decision by the transport regulator to strip it of its operating license in the city.

“As a technology company we can play a role in helping cities make data-driven decisions for the benefit of the environment and its citizens,” Alexandre Droulers, Uber’s general manager for new mobility in western Europe, said.

Transport planning usually relies on expensive household travel surveys which are conducted on average every 10 years in the Paris region, making Uber’s data a lot more up to date.

Reporting by Julia Fioretti; Editing by Adrian Croft

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Microsoft’s Windows Server OS runs on ARM, with help from Qualcomm

Microsoft has warmed up to Qualcomm to make a Windows 10 PC based on its ARM chip, and now the companies are bringing Windows Server OS to ARM.

For the first time ever, Microsoft is expected to show the Windows Server OS running on an ARM server. The server runs on Qualcomm’s Centriq 2400, an ARM-based chip designed for cloud servers.

The server is being shown at the Open Project Compute Summit being held in Santa Clara, California, on Wednesday and Thursday.The ARM-based Windows Server hardware is for Microsoft’s internal use. No information was shared on when Windows Server would be available for ARM servers.

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How Amazon Kinesis can help you leverage real-time data

This contributed piece has been edited and approved by Network World editors

The more real-time data about customers, processes or competitors you can capture and analyze, the better you’ll be able to react quickly to important events.  Amazon Kinesis is a cloud tool we really like because you can use it to leverage your business’ real-time data without having to worry about having enough storage and server capacity to process all of that data.

Amazon Kinesis is a suite of tools from Amazon Web Services that makes it easy for companies to capture, process and analyze real-time streaming data. Kinesis has three components:

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2016 will be 1 second longer: Google can help you cope

Like a man eager to show off his new watch, Google is encouraging anyone running IT operations to ask it for the time.

The company will let anyone use its NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers, a move to help IT shops cope with the next “leap second,” which will be tacked onto 2016 just after midnight on Dec. 31.

Leap seconds help to keep clocks aligned with the Earth’s rotation, which can vary due to geologic and even weather conditions. But an extra second can wreak havoc with applications and services that depend on systems being tightly synchronized.

Most Internet-connected devices get their time through NTP, an open-source technology that’s used all over the world. NTP has its own problems, mainly around funding, but it’s long been the standard. Google runs its own NTP servers and uses them to ease its systems through leap seconds, according to Michael Shields, technical lead on the company’s Time Team, in a blog post on Wednesday.

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ZoneSavvy taps big data to help SMBs find best sites for businesses

Location, location, location: As the old joke goes, those are the three keys to business success. Now, with big data analysis, corporations can be smarter than ever before about where to open up new offices or businesses.

But what if you run a mom-and-pop shop, or you’re dreaming of quitting your corporate job and opening a boutique? Even medium-size businesses do not have the money to spend on the sort of systems and analysis teams that corporate behemoths use to locate new businesses.

This is where ZoneSavvy, a new website created by software engineer Mike Wertheim, could help. The site is straightforward: You enter a business type, the ZIP code of the general area where you want to locate the business, and the distance from that ZIP code you are willing to consider. ZoneSavvy then gives you suggestions for which nearby neighborhoods would be the best locations for your business.

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Could machine learning help Google’s cloud catch up to AWS and Azure?

Google has been offering public cloud services for several years now, but the company has continued to lag behind Amazon and Microsoft in customer growth. 

Under the leadership of VMware co-founder Diane Greene, who serves as the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, the tech titan has focused harder on forging partnerships and developing products to appeal to large customers. It has added a number of key customers under Greene’s tenure, including Spotify.  

One such win is Evernote, which announced Tuesday it would be migrating its service away from its private data centers and to Google’s public cloud. When Evernote was looking for a public cloud provider, the company was interested in not only the base level infrastructure available, but also high-level machine learning services and services for building machine learning-driven systems, said Anirban Kundu, Evernote’s CTO.

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Do you trust your cloud provider? Addressing these questions will help put you at ease

Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not promote a product or service and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

Finding a cloud provider you can trust has become a major responsibility.  Cloud providers come in all shapes and sizes—from global organizations delivering a range of services to small shops specializing in a limited number of capabilities. To normalize the differences you need to ask consistent questions about key issues.

Security should be at or near the very top of your list, with their answers providing the transparency which will help build trust.  An essential first step is to avoid making assumptions on what security is and isn’t with respect to a provider. Every provider is different, with different rules, service-level agreements (SLAs), and terms and conditions. Make sure you thoroughly understand what each service provider commits to you, the customer.

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OneDrive’s smarter photo features help it catch up with Facebook and Google

Microsoft is upping its game for organizing your personal photos. The company recently announced some significant changes to OneDrive’s photo features that borrows a little from Facebook and Google, as well as a slightly improved Photos app in Windows 10.

Automatic Albums

When you upload photos to OneDrive, the cloud service will now detect which photos were taken in a short span of time within a particular location. It will then choose the “highest quality” photos from that set and create an album.

Previously, OneDrive would only organize your photos based on the date they were taken.

On this day…

onthisday

For a while now, Facebook has shown you memories that happened on the same day from previous years such as a popular photo or text post. Now, OneDrive is doing something similar by showing you photos taken on a specific day from previous years, as well as the current one.

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Watson Offers Macy’s AI Help, Workday Acquisition: Big Data Roundup

Watson’s AI will help you find shoes at Macy’s, Workday buys big data analytics company, Google releases machine learning APIs, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending July 24.
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Open-source really could help get you a job, study finds

Experience in the open-source world is a valuable asset for technology job-seekers, and it’s getting more so over time, according to the latest Open-Source Jobs Report, which was published today by Dice and the Linux Foundation.

The report, which surveyed tech hiring managers, found that nearly two-thirds were planning to increase open-source hiring more than other areas of their business in the near future, and that 59 percent had definite plans to add open-source workers.

The news was also good for open-source workers who are already employed. Four out of five hiring managers who responded to the survey said that they had increased incentives to retain open-source employees — 44 percent had hiked salaries to this end, while 43 percent had offered more flexible working conditions like telecommuting.

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Open-source really could help get you a job, study finds

Experience in the open-source world is a valuable asset for technology job-seekers, and it’s getting more so over time, according to the latest Open-Source Jobs Report, which was published today by Dice and the Linux Foundation.

The report, which surveyed tech hiring managers, found that nearly two-thirds were planning to increase open-source hiring more than other areas of their business in the near future, and that 59% had definite plans to add open-source workers.

+ ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: A look at Apple’s rise in the enterprise with IBM’s help | Former insider’s book explores morality of offshore outsourcing +

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This little robot wants to help you shop

SoftBank’s Pepper robot may still be the better-known contender, but a new humanoid device from Hitachi aims to be the in-store sales rep of the future.

Called EMIEW3, the roughly 3-foot-tall unit can determine when customers need help and then approach them autonomously, Hitachi said on Friday. Using what it calls “remote brain” technology, the company developed the robot with customer service in mind for use in stores and other public venues.

EMIEW3 is actually the latest iteration in a series following Hitachi’s introduction of the original EMIEW back in 2005. EMIEW2, announced in 2007, featured capabilities such as the ability to move at a brisk human walking pace and to distinguish the human voice from background noise.

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This little robot wants to help you shop

SoftBank’s Pepper robot may still be the better-known contender, but a new humanoid device from Hitachi aims to be the in-store sales rep of the future.

Called EMIEW3, the roughly 3-foot-tall unit can determine when customers need help and then approach them autonomously, Hitachi said on Friday. Using what it calls “remote brain” technology, the company developed the robot with customer service in mind for use in stores and other public venues.

EMIEW3 is actually the latest iteration in a series following Hitachi’s introduction of the original EMIEW back in 2005. EMIEW2, announced in 2007, featured capabilities such as the ability to move at a brisk human walking pace and to distinguish the human voice from background noise.

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Why Microsoft wants to help developers build bots

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is pushing developers to create virtual assistants and intelligent chatbots to help users do everything from managing their calendars to booking hotel reservations.

To that end, Microsoft has published a new Bot Framework, which makes it easier to build chatbots using either C# or Node.js. Working with the tools isn’t so easy that anyone could do it, but they can help reduce some of the difficulties of conversing with a computer.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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VMware gets help to build and deploy cloud apps more easily

VMware gets help to build and deploy cloud apps more easily
Working to make its public cloud more competitive, VMware has partnered with Bitnami to make using open source apps and development environments on vCloud Air easy. The Bitnami Launchpad for VMware vCloud Air OnDemand website lists …
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Joyent Adds Non-Docker Services to Triton Container Cloud
Joyent announced the ability to run container-native Linux images directly on bare metal with Joyent Triton, its bare metal container cloud. While running Docker is a focus of Triton, Joyent is extending its capabilities beyond Docker, its first major …
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Why aren't we sharing more cloud applications?
According to Sheridan, who spoke at the June 17 MeriTalk Cloud Brainstorm Event, it's “maddening” that government agencies use similar cloud applications — like data intake systems and workflow management systems — that are rebuilt for each agency.
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Cbeyond Resource Guide Provides Healthcare Practitioners with Insights to Help

Cbeyond Resource Guide Provides Healthcare Practitioners with Insights to Help
Recently, the Cloud Services division won Microsoft's Hosting Partner of the Year Award for 2009 and 2010 in connection with Microsoft's Hyper-V Server product. Winning more than 50 awards for product innovation, growth and a quality customer
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Cloud promises: stressed to the nines
Google, for example, guarantees 99.9 per cent uptime (less than 9 hours' downtime per year) for its Apps services while each part of Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud offers a different SLA. Customer servers offer 99.95 per cent (4 hours) but data stored
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Fujitsu Quadruples Cloud Computing Server Speeds
TOKYO (Nikkei)–Fujitsu Ltd. (6702) said Monday that it has developed a server for cloud computing systems that is four times as fast as conventional machines. The new server pools central processing units, hard-disk drives and other hardware
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DARPA to help shield cloud networks from cyberattack

DARPA to help shield cloud networks from cyberattack
By John Edwards With cloud computing rapidly emerging as a critical Defense Department mission support platform, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is asking commercial and academic computer researchers to help build stronger cloud networks.
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OpenLogic scores M for new open PaaS
Solomon Hykes pointed out to me a few months ago, all PaaS providers are really just trying to disrupt the legacy application platform space. “If anything,” he said, “it's a net gain for everyone when a new solution brings something to the cloud camp.”
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Cloud brokering isn’t about commoditization
All of these benefits accrue at the software level, and you lose them all if you continue to build and maintain the "same old software" (single-tenant) and merely deploy that software to a multi-tenant IaaS platform. I'd be happy to see "IaaS brokers"
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How Cloud Servers A Cloud Host Can Help Your Business Web Site

The latest in the wide array of networking choices for businesses and individuals to choose from are cloud servers. Many are jumping on board the “cloud server bandwagon”, as many see this the way of the networking future. By purchasing cloud server hosting solutions, your business can decrease capital output costs, and get the advanced functionality of cloud servers, which is a huge benefit.

Cloud computing is a way by which resources are pooled together for use in networking, file transfers, application and process running, and more. When in Europe, in the market for cloud servers, the UK boasts a great number of options for you to choose from. You get all the virtual networking space and functionalities, without all the costs of the dedicated server, by contracting with a cloud server host.

For fast, efficient, and secure ways to meet all your networking needs, UK cloud servers do not disappoint. You get the powerful resources your host has at their disposal when you subscribe to a cloud server hosting company – you aren’t merely relegated to the resources you have, which aren’t likely enough to handle your needs. As they don’t require nearly the hardware as traditional networking server solutions, and the care and maintenance is simple, cloud server solutions are often more affordable than the alternatives. Many are, for this reason, beginning to transition from the traditional dedicated server to the use of cloud servers as the solution of choice when it comes their their networking needs.

You need powerful, safe ways of transferring and receiving information over the internet. You need the most advanced, high quality security when selling products online, as you will be handling users highly sensitive financial information, so it is important to find these solutions at a price you can afford. As improvements in cloud server technology have continued to advance, cloud server hosting companies can now confidently provide you with all the security you need, as well as offering highly reliable service, at a more affordable price that many of the alternatives. The bottom line is important in our business. Any cost cutting solution that also doesn’t require one to sacrifice functionality, or quality of services, is something that all business owners would want a part of. With a cloud server host you can still have access to the highest quality, most secure and functional network you need, while reducing your overall expenditures on server hosting solutions.

In the UK, regardless of where you are, you will have access to high quality, affordable UK cloud servers. This gives you the most advanced functionalities available to date, while also giving you the ability to save money on your server hosting needs Without all the hassle and cost as a traditional server, but with all the functionality, security, and options, a cloud server hosting company can give you access to all you need for your networking solutions.

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