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Comparing Data Visualization Software: Here Are The 7 Best Tools For 2018

Visualization is an essential element of any Big Data and analytics strategy. The most up-to-date, real-time information and advanced analytics solutions are an expensive waste of money if you can’t communicate the results clearly and effectively to the people whose job it is to put them to …

Data Visualization

Did the dying Stephen Hawking really mean to strengthen the case for God? | Philip Goff

In his final paper on the multiverse hypothesis, the world’s best-known atheist made a supernatural creator more plausible<p>Scientists have discovered a surprising fact about our universe in the past 40 years: against incredible odds, the numbers in basic physics are exactly as they need to be to …

Physics

How Blizzard Saved Diablo III From Disaster

Wallpaper via Blizzard This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, BLOOD, SWEAT, AND PIXELS, which comes out on September 5. You can pre-order the book …

Millennials are paying up to $3,400 per month to live in this Hong Kong 'Skypark' — take a look inside

As millennials continue to migrate to high-priced urban areas, some are choosing to live in co-living spaces: dorm-style residential buildings in which they rent a single room and get access to shared amenities.<p>In Hong Kong, Dutch architecture firm Concrete has designed a luxury complex for …

Hong Kong

This high school kid taught himself to be an AI wizard

If you're deep into the world of artificial intelligence, you certainly know Kaggle, the Google Cloud-owned platform where AI coders compete on …

Amazon is building another multibillion-dollar business that you probably haven't heard of

But in 2015, Jeff Bezos' Seattle-headquartered tech giant decided it needed to do a better job of tapping into the online business-to-business (B2B) market, worth £96.5 billion ($125.4 billion) in the UK alone, according to the Office for National Statistics.<p>It launched a new free-to-use …

Cloud Computing

What you need to know in advertising today

The ad tech company Sizmek said Tuesday it had reached an agreement to acquire rival ad tech firm Rocket Fuel for $125.5 million.<p>To read more about the deal, <b>click here.</b><p><b>In other news:</b><p><b>A $1.3 billion tech upstart struck a deal to 'leapfrog' competitors like Adobe and Oracle.</b>The marketing tech company …

Advertising

This startup raised $50 million to sell brand-less products online for $3

A new startup is making a bet that you don't care as much about the brands you consume as you think.<p>Brandless, pitching itself as the "Procter & Gamble for millennials," offers a host of essential consumer items for a single low price of $3. Instead of a big logo emblazoned on a product, the actual …

Procter & Gamble

Ten Fold Technology

Yes, by reducing complexity and over specialisation in a system which in turn reduces redundancy.<p>Anyone who offers quality, economy and reliability …

Engineering

How to Find a Manufacturer + Save 65% on Product Development

Steve Jobs is – without doubt – one of the greatest founders and entrepreneurs of the past century. Heck, probably <i>ever</i>. His strategic influence and …

Manufacturing

Forget Super Mario Odyssey, this competitive sushi eating game is the Nintendo title I need

I did not attend this year’s E3, so my knowledge of what happened in gaming this week is based off my colleagues’ adventures in New Donk City, live …

THE $10 BILLION CLUB: Meet the 7 most valuable startups in the US

But when too many startups became unicorns, a new class of startups emerged: "decacorns," companies valued at over $10 billion.<p>These are the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world, the startups that steadfastly remain private companies as they seek more millions in funding at higher and higher …

Startups

Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming

The illusion behind the “Good Guy Valve” reputation<p>The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Polygon as an organization. More on how Polygon writes opinion pieces.<p>The drive to be on the bleeding edge …

Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

One Smart Bot<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it …

Video Games Are Better Than Sex for Relieving Stress: Study

Researchers at the University College London found that video gaming is one the most popular and effective ways for men to relieve stress. For most …

Ugh, Look At What Could Be In Your Sushi

There is a growing risk in eating sushi that can really suck, literally and figuratively: parasitic worms. Two recent scientific publications detailed finding two different types of parasitic worms in sushi, both disgusting.<p>First off, a research letter published in the February issue of the journal</i> …

How Toronto is becoming its own Canadian hub for game development

FEATURE: Immigration restrictions in the U.S. could hurt game companies in our country. It will limit the potential talent pool, making it difficult …

How To Become Famous By Delivering One Presentation

Being famous may not be your goal and it’s certainly not essential for career success. But being selectively famous will have a major impact on your career trajectory. Selective fame is all about being visible and available to your target audience — the people who will influence your success.<p>The …

Social Media

One tweet perfectly highlights the bizarre position Microsoft is in with 'Minecraft'

Microsoft's ownership of "Minecraft" has made for some decidedly strange situations.<p>There was none more bizarre than this week, when company executive Phil Spencer celebrated the launch of "Minecraft" for Nintendo's hot new game console, the Switch. As of May 11, you can buy and play "Minecraft: …

Nintendo Switch

Teams are abandoning 'Overwatch' before its official league debuts (updated)

Professional esports organizations cite high franchise costs and scarce tournament opportunities.<p>Yesterday, Blizzard announced that it had formed a dedicated eSports division within the company. It will operate under the name Major League Gaming, the organization bought by the studio in 2015, and …

Overwatch League

How To Get 250,000 Real Facebook Followers In Under A Month

Okay, before we get started, I want to differentiate between purchased followers and real followers on Facebook. You can do any type of Google search and find hundreds of websites that will have their robot and spam account followers go and like your facebook page in just a few hours. And if you do …

Social Media

Here's a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future

The computers are watching.<p>Imagine if you lost your keys and instead of fishing around in the couch cushions, you could just pull out your phone and search for them. Just a quick, textual query with a quick response that they're on your desk, you doofus. This is not only possible; it's possible …

'Diablo 3's newest update is super creepy, gory, and everything else 'Diablo' is meant to be

<i>Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls</i>' just debuted a new Necromancer class and two brand new zones, and they are everything that <i>Diablo 3</i> should always have been.<p>…

'Ultra Street Fighter II' Is Out This May And Is Exactly The Kind Of Game The Switch Needs

One of the best games I played at the Nintendo Switch announcement in Tokyo earlier in the year was <i>Ultra Street Fighter II.</i> It is still looking great and is on track for its release this May.<p>Considering how the Switch needs new game releases to keep its momentum going, I cannot think of a better …

Wait, How Did 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' For Switch Outsell The Switch Itself?

Nintendo made headlines this week when NPD figures revealed that the Switch was both the fastest-selling piece of Nintendo hardware ever in the US, but also the fastest-selling console period, besides 2013’s PS4 debut during the holiday season.<p>It’s enough to put to bed the idea that “well, the Wii …

Breath of the Wild

Amazon's Jeff Bezos constantly reminds his workers about the biggest enemy: 'Irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline.'

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos knows a thing or two about building a successful business.<p>Several analysts have predicted that Amazon will be the world's first company with a trillion-dollar valuation, and Bezos recently became the second-richest person on earth.<p>In his latest letter to Amazon shareholders, …

Machine Learning

5 Stocks Yielding Up To 9.7% That Love Higher Interest Rates

We hear it every single time the Federal Reserve raises rates, or even merely hints at it!<p>“Higher interest rates will crush dividend stocks – especially high yielders.”<p>Sounds scary – but it’s simply not true. And we’ll highlight five picks paying up to 9.2% that will prove just that.<p>Many high-yield …

He Buys a Lot of Ads, and He’s Frustrated With Digital

LOS ANGELES — Marc S. Pritchard, the chief brand officer of Procter & Gamble, has become the face of marketers’ frustrations with digital advertising this year. His message to the industry: Grow up.<p>With the clout that comes with overseeing marketing for one of the world’s largest advertisers — one …

AdTech

Trump's immigration policies are opening a door to the Silicon Valley of the North

It's a startup founder's dream: a community of 2,500 early-stage tech companies, a government investing in high-tech innovation and expediting work permits, and venture-capital investment levels not seen since the heyday of the dot-com bubble.<p>This isn't San Francisco, New York, or London — it's …

Silicon Valley

Diablo 3 and the Glorious Return of the Necromancer

Did you know the Necromancer was born during a game jam? Blizzard on the iconic class and hands-on impressions of a melee build.<p>“There’s a certain …