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Watch a Microsoft engineer use Kinect and a Sphero to simulate telekinesis

Telekinesis, defined as the psychic ability allowing one to influence a physical system without physical interaction, lives largely in the world of science fiction. Yet as we continue to see time and time again, technology is quickly helping drop the second word of that phrase and bring what we see on the big screen to the real world.

Copenhagen is picturesque, yes, but it's also turning into a great incubator of tech startups.

Six hot startups in cool Copenhagen

There’s actually something pretty awesome in the State of Denmark: Namely, a breakout startup scene that’s beginning to get noticed around the world.

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5 big data implementation mistakes to avoid

In recent years, few terms have been as overused and misunderstood as “big data.” From making predictions about massive flu outbreaks with a Google flu trends solution, to tracking shopping trends and directing savings to customers, to making real-time trading decisions that impact companies’ and individuals’ bottom line positions — data has become the key to staying competitive in today’s global economy. To understand the industry meaning of big data, and why big data has gotten so much attention, we need to break down the aspects of the database industry that have led to some of the challenges we face when managing and analyzing data today.

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Serious question: Who will win the ‘race to zero’ in the cloud?

As the public-cloud market enters its adolescence, the pervasive concept of a “race to zero” has created an impression that only the established leviathans can compete in the space. On their path to dominance the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Compute Engine, and Microsoft Azure gobble up nascent software-as-a-service startups and lesser infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers as they aggressively drive down costs and make it seem unattractive for customers to not be in the cloud. Google’s latest round of price cuts on an array of services and applications have reaffirmed this popularly held belief.