June 1, 2016

Apache Quarks, Watson, and Streaming Analytics: Saving the world, one smart sprinkler at a time

There’s a lot more to IoT than just turning on the lights in your house when you’re out. Find out how a group of us at IBM combined Apache Quarks, Streaming Analytics, the Watson IoT Platform, and other Bluemix services to develop a water conservation solution. Our prototype of a smarter connected sprinkler system enables more efficient water irrigation based on information retrieved about current soil conditions.

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May 18, 2016

Apache Quarks on Raspberry Pi with Streaming Analytics

Apache Quarks has come a long way since February when the IBM Streams team open sourced it to start “a community for accelerating analytics at the edge.” Excitingly, Apache Quarks is now undergoing incubation at Apache. We have had a lot of fun playing with Apache Quarks on Raspberry Pis–hooking up sensors and connecting to the Streaming Analytics service through Watson IoT Platform–so we want to share what we have learned from using real sensors with Quarks and the Streaming Analytics service.

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May 6, 2016

See how Service Proxy works (video)

As we continue to make Bluemix services easier to use and understand we have begun publishing a set of short “Show Me” videos on to illustrate to our users the how a given service works in simple, easy to understand terms. We recently released "Why you should use Service Proxy" and this post shows how it works.

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May 4, 2016

Why you should use Service Proxy (video)

As we continue to make Bluemix services easier to use and understand, we have begun publishing a set of short "Tell Me" videos that explain the value of a given service in simple, easy to understand terms. We recently released the "Tell Me" video for Service Proxy.

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April 13, 2016

Try the new Bluemix user experience (video)

We continually listen to our users and have received great feedback around the user experience. We’ve taken a big step forward with our new user interface for Bluemix, which helps streamline workflows more effectively.

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April 12, 2016

Taking your 1st steps to using ‘The Force’

Ever since I saw Yoda raise the X–Wing out of the swamps of Dagobah in the Empire Strikes Back, I’ve been craving an opportunity to use ‘The Force’ in real life. Fortunately technology is now at the point where anyone can purchase devices that make it possible. Well, pretty much possible.

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March 28, 2016

Cloud Foundry and the value of cooperative competition

In this interview with the Bluemix blog, Sam Ramji, CEO at Cloud Foundry, explains the significance of the grand opening of the IBM Cloud Foundry Dojo in RTP, NC, how the organization balances corporate interests with running an open source project, how they position Cloud Foundry containers versus Docker containers, etc.

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March 9, 2016

Discover dark data behind videos with OpenWhisk and Watson

Video should soon represent up to 90% of all consumer internet traffic. This is a lot of information, often referred to as “dark data”, that is not simply searchable like a row in a database. In a previous post, I’ve looked at image tagging and face detection with IBM Watson Visual Recognition and Alchemy API. What if we could apply the same technologies to videos to make sense of these “dark data”?

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March 3, 2016

Some fun examples of Bluemix applications

The true power of cloud computing is the ability to use a powerful infrastructure while letting me focus on what matters to me: my unique application offering. Bluemix offers you that powerful infrastructure, with a host of mature functional services – all based on cutting edge open source technologies – such as Cloud Foundry, OpenStack and Docker. This article will show you how, leveraging Bluemix services, you can build powerful and fun apps. So let’s put on our developer’s hat and get working!

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