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IDC: Explosive Growth Expected for Hadoop, MapReduce-Related Revenues

The market for software related to the Hadoop and MapReduce programming frameworks for large-scale data analysis will jump from US$77 million in 2011 to $812.8 million in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 60.2 percent, according to a new report released Monday by analyst firm IDC.

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Hands-on: Testing the GIMP 2.8 and its New Single-Window Interface

Over at ars technica Ryan Paul takes the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) 2.8 release for a spin and looks at the future plans for the project, including a full transition to the Generic Graphics Library (GEGL) in the 2.10 release. "After the 2.10 release arrives, the next major version...

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Reports Say Developers Still Favor iOS Over Android

It's no secret that in the fierce battle going on between Android and Apple's iOS platform, winning over developers is a key strategic factor. Developers are the folks who can make one application ecosystem richer and more attractive than the other. That's why it remains significant that Apple's platform is still doing a better job of attracting developers, and what develpers get paid to develop for iOS is an important part of the equation. Newzoo recently surveyed 17,000 people and captured revenue data for 200 top grossing games, determining that Apple dominates the Android platform with 84 percent of gaming revenues. According to a Newzoo statement: "While mobile gaming preferences between the US and European countries differ, revenue share clearly...

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GIMP Updates with a New Interface, Layer Groups, and More [GIMP]

Windows/Linux: The free image editing tool GIMP has received a big update to version 2.8 that includes an overhaul to the interface and makes it a bit easier to use and navigate windows. It also comes packed with a bunch of bug fixes, a new layer groups option, and new...

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Who's Afraid of a Big, Bad Hacking Story?

It's been a cheerily good spring for FOSS fans here in the Linux blogosphere, so we may perhaps be forgiven for our utter shock and disbelief at the affront recently committed against us by a certain brick-and-mortar purveyor of books and magazines. Yes, that's right -- it's Barnes & Noble...

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