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14 Free (as in beer) Data Mining Books

I was doing some research on an algorithm this morning and came across a new book that I wasn’t aware of. That prompted me to look for more. The list …

10 Trigger Words to Ban From Your Emails

Not only are these words a sign of weak communication; they're also likely to turn off your recipients.<p>My day job is to write about technology and test gadgets. However, there are days when I think I'm really just processing email. Despite my best efforts to reduce incoming spam, categorize and …

App Design: Spleat

Product design has taken a whole different level with mobile phones and their apps. The idea of building a product has moved from the whole idea of …

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The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

Jason de Caires Taylor's Gorgeous Underwater Art (Photos)

Ocean-Floor Museum<p>Artist Jason de Caires Taylor has chosen an unconventional location for his giant sculptural creations: the ocean.<p>04.07.14 5:45 AM …

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NASA is looking for an alternative to battery power for its spacecraft

NASA knows that conventional battery power won't cut it at a certain point, especially when the agency's vehicles travel into deep space. To that end, it's asking both public institutions and companies to submit proposals for battery alternatives. The initiative will tackle both low-level energy …

Pressure is on for Google to recreate past success

The world's biggest search engine reports its quarterly results this week, as it faces pressure to recreate its desktop-era success in the mobile world.<p>Google Inc. releases its fiscal first-quarter earnings after market close on Wednesday. The company's stock price is up about 34 per cent over the …

Samsung's latest smartphone monitors your heart

• Samsung's last smartphone watched your eyes; its new one will also listen to your heart. The Korean company's new flagship Galaxy S5 packs a heart rate monitor and will track your motions and monitor your steps, as part of a push into the health and fitness market. The innovation comes after …

Inside Microsoft’s New Platform And Services Strategy

During the week before Microsoft’s Build developer conference, I spoke to the company’s Steve Guggenheimer (Guggs), corporate vice president in charge of evangelism, and Kevin Gallo, director of the company’s developer ecosystem. We discussed Microsoft’s changing views on the technology market, and …

Venezuela's military admits excesses during deadly protests

<b>The military in Venezuela has admitted it committed "some excesses" during weeks of political unrest that have left more than 40 people dead.</b><p>The military's strategic command chief, Vladimir Padrino, said they were investigating 97 officers and police staff for "cruelty and torture".<p>But the general …

Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria

The war in Syria, now in its fourth year, has created a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 2 million Syrians have left the country in an attempt to escape the conflict. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, forced to leave their homes to survive.<p>In March, the United Nations World Food …

Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east in bid to restore order

Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin.<p>Accusing Moscow of fomenting the unrest, Ukrainian …