microPledge enters the emerging market for small scale financial services. This service allows everyday people to contribute to a common goal that requires something more than higher ideals: money! It is geared specifically toward software development, which makes the microPledge API a niche offering.
While working with Big Data affords a lot of potential business value the complexity of building applications that manipulate all that information can be nothing short of daunting. Not only do most of the currently popular approaches require developers to master arcane interfaces such as MapReduce, the performance of the application tends to suffer under the weight of all the data that needs to be processed.
Wearables are the next big thing and Plantronics, maker of enterprise-grade Bluetooth headsets and other gear, wants to play a key role. The company has a dedicated developer program with PLT Labs, and is participating in hackathons around the country to raise awareness about its potential.