Sprint has been promising a monster of a 4G network for years, but it’s failed to deliver. CEO Dan Hesse says that Sprint still maintains its mobile broadband ambitions, it’s just taking longer to realize them.
After facing a year of losses from subscribers fleeing its dying Nextel network, Sprint has started growing again, but that growth is being driven primarily by its MVNOs.
Sprint’s(s s) new faster Spark network may be out of reach to most Americans, but it is starting to get more support from handset makers. Sprint said it would start selling a Spark-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the next few weeks, which can tap into the faster network speeds of its new tri-band LTE network. Unless you live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa or Miami you won’t see those improved speeds, and Sprint is taking it’s time rolling the upgrade out to the rest of the country. The S 4 joins the HTC One Max, Galaxy Mega and S 4 mini on the Spark roster. They’ll be joined by the LG G2 next year.
Sprint has finally tapped into the spectrum treasure trove that has sat dormant for so long in Clearwire. It’s new LTE network is fast, but more importantly it has enormous amounts of pent-up capacity.
Cloudera has partnered with a startup called Databricks to integrate and support the Apache Spark data-processing platform within Cloudera’s Hadoop software. Spark, which is designed for speed and usability, is one of several technologies pushing Hadoop beyond MapReduce.
A team of professors behind the open source Spark and Shark in-memory big data projects has raised $13.9 million to commercialize the products via a company called Databricks. Spark and Shark are designed to be much faster and more flexible than Hadoop MapReduce and Hive.
Hadoop not fast enough for you? Then you might want to get to know AMPLab, a University of California, Berkeley team developing faster versions of many core Hadoop components.
Looks like GM is planning to compete even more directly with Nissan’s all-electric LEAF. According to reports, GM is supposed to announce on Wednesday that it will start selling an all-electric city car, designed for urban markets in the U.S. and based on its minicar Spark.