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Five gadgets for the guy who is bored with everything, you included

by John Davidson<p>Parrot Bebop 2<p>Of the hundred or so gadgets we reviewed in 2015, none was anywhere near as fun as Parrot's Bebop drone. Nor as …

Critics say new National Security Council bill puts unprecendented powers in the hands of the prime minister<p>Malaysia’s Parliament has approved a security law that gives sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a …

Is this the future of the Internet of Things?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with SAP Community Network.</i><p>Imagine that your home security system lets you know when your kids get home …

The Chinese government could use big data to track individual students’ political views

China has data problems. Even for the government, good information about everything from the economy to where people live can be hard to come by. So how does it plan to systematically track the political views of its university students? The answer is big data.<p>One reason China’s data are so bad is …

Big Data

Your Wi-Fi Sucks And Someone Is Doing Something About It

Nick Weaver had an Internet problem all too familiar to urban dwellers. He installed a Wi-Fi router in his two-bedroom apartment’s living room, where he got a reliable 80 megabits per second. In the bedroom only 20 feet away, the signal dropped to 2Mb because the Wi-Fi signal collided with the …

Samsung Might Bring Back One of the S6's Biggest Missing Features

This year’s Galaxy S6 smartphone was a first for Samsung in many ways. It was the first phone to truly take on the iPhone in terms of design, and …

One in five Muslims do what? How to create your own dodgy data | Dean Burnett

Luckily, many people have taken The Sun to task and shown how the data they base this claim on actually says nothing of the sort. But The Sun shouldn’t really be singled out for this behaviour: it happens all the time. Last week saw the Daily Mail front page saying 60% of Britons think we should …

Jeremy Hunt

Big Data: A Game Changer In The Retail Sector

Drones zooming through the skies to deliver us packages that we haven’t even ordered yet – a (somewhat clichéd, already) vision of how technology, Big Data and analytics will impact the retail landscape in the near future.<p>But flights of fantasy aside, the way we buy and sell is evolving rapidly. …

eCommerce

Tor Project Claims FBI Paid $1 Million For Carnegie Mellon Researchers To Uncloak Users

In one of the more startling blogs to come out of the Tor Project, the team responsible for maintaining the Tor anonymizing network has claimed the FBI paid researchers at Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to disclose techniques they’d discovered that could help uncover the identities of …

Privacy

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Rdio will transition subscribers to free accounts after November 23rd

Following the news of Rdio's bankruptcy filing and sale to Pandora, the company offered some details on how its users can expect their streaming accounts to ride off into the sunset. Starting November 23rd, the service will no longer accept new customers and current subscribers can expect their …

Telegram founder knew ISIS was using his service before Paris attacks (updated)

Secure messaging service Telegram announced on Wednesday it had shut down 78 ISIS-related channels since the deadly attacks on Paris and Beirut, alongside a statement saying the company was "disturbed to learn that Telegram's public channels were being used by ISIS to spread their propaganda." This …

Google aims to be 'cloud company' by 2020, predicts more revenue from cloud platform than ads

At today’s Structure event in San Francisco, Urs Hölze, Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue.<p>“The goal is for us to talk about Google as a cloud company by 2020,” …

Amazon Top 20 Books in Databases & Big Data

The recent explosion of interest in data science, data mining, big data, and related disciplines has been mirrored by an explosion in book titles on …

8 must have data science skills

Harvard business review declared the job of a data scientist as the sexiest job of the 21st century. In this post, I am going to show you what data …

Top 10 Data Visualization Tools

Data Visualization is one of the most important part of data analysis. It has always been important to present the data in an understandable and …

Data Visualization

How Sinai became a magnet for terror

The Bedouin desert wastes where a Russian passenger jet was downed are now a launchpad for Egypt’s deadly Isis offshoot<p>Grey jeans, black trainers and a surface-to-air missile were all that could be seen of the man waiting under a tree for an Egyptian military helicopter to fly past in early January …

Middle East

LG's LTE-connected Android Wear smartwatch will cost $300

LG was the first company to announce an Android Wear smartwatch with built-in LTE connectivity, and today AT&T revealed that the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE (yes, that's its name) will be available for purchase starting on November 13th. The watch will cost $300, which can be split up over 20 …

T-Mobile is giving everyone a free cell tower

T-Mobile wants to obliterate any notion that its coverage is inferior to the competition.<p>The cellphone carrier announced Monday that all T-Mobile customers with a "Simple Choice" plan can now receive a free mini cell tower for their home. The 8.5-inch square gadget blasts out T-Mobile's 4G-LTE …

360 Security - A lot of bang for zero bucks

Most antivirus apps do about one or two things and it usually revolves around your security. It’s interesting and unique when an antivirus app tries to do more to optimize your device and keep it safe, secure, and free of worries. 360 Security is an app that tries to do all of this and it does it …

New Firefox mixes private browsing with tracking protection

Nearly every modern browser offers some variant of browsing that does not leave traces on your computer. Now, Firefox took that concept a step …

VISR Raises A Million For An App That Helps Parents Spot Online Bullying, Mental Health Concerns On Kids’ Accounts

Parents today can be overwhelmed when trying to keep up with their child’s online activity, and often fail to spot troubling behavior like bullying, threats, sexting, and even possible mental health issues. A new app called VISR, which launched publicly just in time for back-to-school, has now …

Is Hybrid Cloud The One True Cloud For Businesses?

Reasonable people can argue about just how much of today’s information technology is now being deployed in the cloud—5%? 20%?—but no one can doubt …

Top 10 Data Scientists in India – 2015

Data scientist is a rare breed and a well celebrated one. Middle of this year, we took it upon us to identify the top data scientists in the country. …

Microsoft's OneDrive Bait-and-Switch

Will the OneDrive disaster lead to the inevitable legal challenges that kill off the EULA forever?<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

Genius

This app will make sure you don’t lose your most important stuff

Ever find yourself scouring the house for a lost set of keys just yearning for the sci-fi device that’d tell you where you left them? In yet another sign that the future is indeed here, there’s an app for that.<p>FindMyStuff uses any of a wide array of small Bluetooth beacons to tag and track your …

Here are the countries where people love to drink alcohol

In some countries, people drink <i>a lot</i>. In others, not so much.<p>In their latest report, the OECD showed in which countries people consumed the most alcohol for 2013, and compared it to the amount people consumed back in 2000.<p>According to their data, Lithuania reported the highest consumption of …

Google teaches its self-driving cars to be extra careful around children

Google's self-driving cars are quite careful around people, but especially so when children are around, the company revealed in a blog post …