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Big data tamed with the cloud

Big data: it's the hot topic these days, promising breakthroughs in just about every field, from medicine to marketing to machine learning and more. …

Combining Big Data And Human Resources Nets Visier $25.5 Million

Continuing the growth of its software business applying big data analytics technologies to the human resources market, Visier has managed to attract $25.5 million in new financing.<p>The new round will help the company expand into new verticals and consolidate its position in the human resources …

Medicine's Big Problem with Big Data: Information Hoarding

Information that may offer medical insights has been locked away in the filing cabinets of doctors' offices.<p>Researchers at IBM, Berg Pharma, Memorial Sloan Kettering, UC Berkeley and other institutions are exploring how artificial intelligence and big data can be used to develop better treatments …

Big Data Analytics Company Platfora Raises $38M

Platfora, a startup focused on bringing businesses intelligence from big data, has raised $38 million led by Tenaya Capital, which brings the company’s total financing to $65 million. Also participating in this round are Citi Ventures, Cisco Systems and Allegis Capital, as well as prior investors …

Insurance company MetLife treats big data with a startup attitude

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>MetLife is a massive insurance company, serving more than 90 million customers across major markets in America, Europe and …

Google CEO Larry Page Spoke At TED, And Everyone Freaked Out Over His Ideas

We didn't see a stream of his talk, but judging by Twitter, it was a doozy.<p>Page talked about the NSA, the future of transportation, curing disease, and why companies fail, to name a few topics.<p>"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," Page …

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The 'Antisocial Network' App for Misanthropes and Loners

Shh. Secret Raises $10M At A $50M Valuation

The buzzy new app Secret — which lets people post messages to their circles of contacts without attribution — has closed a $10 million round of funding at a $50 million post-money valuation, TechCrunch has learned from two sources close to the situation. The funding was led by Google Ventures, with …

Why Haven't European Investors Accepted the 'Failure is Good' Mindset?

<i>Andrea Francis is a growth-hacking oriented marketer who loves to work with startups. She currently works for Twoodo and is helping out at FailConNL, embracing failure as a learning experience (Amsterdam, March 4th).</i><p>As European talent in the form of startups and entrepreneurs continue to flock …

Self-Destructing And Encrypted Message App Wickr Raises $9M Series A Led By Alsop Louie

The sale of WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion and the heightened awareness of data security in an NSA-watched world have created a perfect storm for apps that offer messaging with a privacy-first ethos. Wickr, which lets users send encrypted and self-destructing messages, is today announcing …

Microsoft’s Cortana Gets A Sneak Preview, Looks Like A Circle And Will Call You Whatever You Want

Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant is coming to its mobile devices in Windows Phone 8.1, and a new set of leaked screens from The Verge shows a bit of what you can expect from the Siri clone. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft decided against using a holographic female avatar (i.e., the Cortana from …

The New Age Of The Security Startup

Last month Apple disclosed and fixed a massive bug in its operating system that left users’ information exposed to theft; faith in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is eroding; and revenues at the retailing giant Target fell 46% on a quarterly basis over the Christmas season last year, all because of …

Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit shown off in official presentation videos

You’ve probably seen them in a ton of hands-on videos already (including some very nice ones from our Josh Vergara), but if you still can’t get enough of the new Galaxy S5 and its accompanying wearables, Samsung has got you covered.<p>These two videos published today do a nice job of explaining the …

Electronics Industry

England health data fiasco provides perfect case study in the importance of trust

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Nonnakrit/Shutterstock<p>It’s one of the great questions of our times: if you have loads of interesting data that can be …

Facebook to Buy Drone Company Titan Aerospace for $60 Million

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Some Theories Float Up About That Hoverboard Hoax Video

If Christopher Lloyd, the actor who placed Doc Brown in the <i>Back to the Future</i> franchise, is to be believed, hoverboards are now real. HUVr Tech, the company that brought this dream product to fruition enlisted Lloyd to star in its web ad. Still doubtful? HUVr Tech has a legitimate-looking website. …

Hoverboards

Creator of iChat returns to his roots with Banter, an anonymous chat app

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Banter<p>As the web gets more commercial, more companies want to track and know the real you. The backlash against this — …

Getty releases millions of free images in fight against copyright

Getty Images has made millions of its photographs free in a move against those who violate copyright<p>Getty Images has launched an embed tool, making millions of its images available to consumers for use on blogs, social media channels and websites.<p>The American stock photo company said it will …

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Scientists Just Grew Human Heart Tissue That Beats With Total Autonomy

Coming fresh on the heels of the news that scientists are successfully 3D printing live, working, mini human kidneys, a new report in <i>Nature</i> is giving …

Lay Back And Clean Your House With Swarming Micro Robot Cleaners

The winner of the Electrolux Design contest features these tiny, bug-like robots that will do your chores for you. The future can’t come soon enough.<p>Nobody likes cleaning the house. So why not get a flying robot to do it, right? That’s what 23-year-old Adrian Perez Zapata thought too. Except he’s …

Robotics

Can LED Bulbs Make Nuclear Plants Obsolete?

Bulbs or reactors?<p>Businesses, voters, utilities and politicians will be asking that question–or an equivalent form of it—several times over the next two decades. Should they invest in technology and projects that generate power or into products like solid-state lights or dynamic air conditioners …

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

Lie Detection

Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant

Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb conference in Paris, Google Engineering Director Scott Huffman presented a pretty compelling overview of the …

Incredible video of the magic morphing table that lets you touch things

Remember the morphing table that can replicate your body and movements in real time? It's name is inForm. Daniel Leithinger—from the Tangible Group …

This Machine Can 3-D Scan Your Insides In A Single Heartbeat

You’ve never seen your organs like this before.<p>In a quarter of a second, this new CT scanner can take a perfect 3-D photo of your brain or heart. The underlying technology is nothing new, since CT scanners have been around for 40 years. But they’ve never been nearly this fast.<p>“It’s analogous to the …

I’ve Seen The Future Of Health Tech And It’s Going To Improve Your Life In 2014

I just returned from the most exciting Consumer Electronics Show I’ve ever covered. Thanks to extraordinary demand for gadgets that make us healthier, stronger, and smarter, the technology industry is putting some serious brain power behind the next generation of wearable health devices. Over the …