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Apache Spark 2.0 Preview, Google's Amazon Echo Rival: Big Data Roundup

Apache Spark 2.0 preview is released for Databricks customers. Google preps a stationary personal assistant like Amazon Echo. MarkLogic revs up security and encryption. We have all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending May 15, 2016.

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5/18/2016 | 1:02:47 AM
Google Home ...
I love my Amazon Echo.  Actualy I have two and a third (the dot) on order.  We have a bed & breakfasts and our guests are amazed ... and want to go home and order one for themselves.  The integration into the Amazon echo system is good, includign reading Kinidle and Audible books. When I ask guests what artist they like and then, for example, tell Alexa to play "Neil Young on Prime" the love it.  And I point out that I don't even own the music -- its included in my Primer Membership.    I don't yet use it for home automation, but it replaced my alarm clock and radio on my night stand.  There are a few things I would like my Echo to do that it does not currently do, but new things come online monthly.

While I love Alexa, I am also interested to see what Google comes up with.  I also love my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and will be moving to the Note 6 once it becomes available.  I am just not clear what Google will do to differentiate itself from Alexa.  I am not clear that Google has the conent access tht Amazon has.

Actually if Apple produced Siri in a box I think Apple could have a winner for Apple users who just prefer Apple.  
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