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To Go from Big Data to Big Insight, Start with a Visual

Although data visualization has produced some of the most captivating artistic displays in recent memory, some of which have found their way into exhibits at the New York Museum of Modern Art and countless art installations around the world, business leaders are asking: is data visualization …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

Privacy

The Rise Of The Renting And Sharing Economy Could Have Catastrophic Ripple Effects

Now, "rent" is becoming the new "own," according to market strategists at ConvergEx Group, who warn that the ripple effects of such a trend could be "catastrophic."<p>"Americans of every demographic are flocking to services like Airbnb, Taskrabbit, and Bag Borrow or Steal for one overwhelming reason: …

If you want to make money from apps, forget about the app store

Considering the number of free apps that clutter the world’s many app stores and the pittance paid by mobile advertising networks to app developers, it was only natural that app makers would find other ways to make money from creating mobile software. A recent report by VisionMobile, a London-based …

Apps

Rich Millennials Think About Money Very Differently From The Rest Of Us

As a product manager, he got stock options and cashed them in over the five years he worked there. He married a fellow Google employee, so she had stock too. Then she moved on to Yelp, and he quit to launch Tell Apart, which provides technology solutions for e-commerce sites.<p>Now 33, McFarland has a …

San Francisco

Bitcoin suitcase eats your pocket change, spits out digital currency

Unless you're one of its many evangelists, you probably still don't own any Bitcoins, the math-based digital currency that's all the rage among hackers, free market libertarians, and crypto-anarchists alike. A group of tinkerers at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas is trying to fix that …

World Freestyle Football Champ Makes Mind-Blowing Skills Video in London

There’s no shortage of “insane” soccer juggling videos on the Internet, but few hold a candle to the latest exhibition by world freestyle champion Andrew Henderson.<p>Henderson’s latest video takes place in downtown London, where he incorporates several historic and contemporary landmarks around the …

Manchester United FC

7 Quiet Career Truths That Speak Volumes

Lately, I have been writing less. With the economy picking up, our marketing and sales recruiters are busier.<p>I’ve also come to learn that in business sometimes it’s strategically (and monetarily) beneficial to remain under the radar.<p>As I sat down to write, I began looking over interviewing and …

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>The NSA boasts in …

The Week In Numbers: An Asteroid-Zapping Space Laser, The Worst Planets In The Universe, And More

<b>4,580 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the surface temperature on exoplanet COROT-7b, one of the 10 worst places to live in the universe, according to NASA scientists<p><b>600 miles</b>: the diameter of the largest known asteroid, Ceres (could an asteroid impact knock the moon into Earth?)<p><b>70 gigawatts</b>: the power of a …

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Will These Guys Kill The Computer Interface As We Know It?

How two grade-school friends created Leap Motion, a company that wants to turn mouse-clicks into waves of the hand.<p>David Holz took the main stage at this year's South by Southwest Interactive, the annual innovation conference in Austin, Texas, looking like a hobbit on casual Friday. He wore an …

How to get better at email: What science tells us

Email is all-pervasive, and arguably one of the most important tools of modern business. But the fact is most of us are not particularly good at it, wasting time on messages we should ignore and losing track of those that we should be focusing on. Then there’s the base human instinct to cc: …

Academic Research

Eric Weinstein may have found the answer to physics' biggest problems

Two years ago, a mathematician and physicist whom I've known for more than 20 years arranged to meet me in a bar in New York. What he was about to …

Our connected future: What to expect when elevators and toys start phoning home

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Sergey Nivens<p>Your next elevator pitch might actually come from data derived from your elevator. That’s the case for an …

How long is a spoonful of water?

Officially, Alex Bellos covers the maths beat around here but I'm pretty sure he doesn't have exclusive rights. Anyway, this is just a bit of fun. I …

Behaving like animals: The Bonobo and the Atheist | Tessa Kendall

Is human nature a beast that needs to be tamed? Should we "throw out Darwinism in our social and political lives"? Or are we naturally altruistic, …

7 Secrets Wealthy People Know About Amassing And Maintaining A Fortune

Becoming wealthy enough to keep the wolf from your door doesn't mean an end to unwanted callers. For every newly minted billionaire, there are …

Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023, Dutch firm claims

A few months before he died, Carl Sagan recorded a message of hope to would-be Mars explorers, telling them: "Whatever the reason you're on Mars is, …

Super-powered battery breakthrough claimed by US team

<b>A new type of battery has been developed that, its creators say, could revolutionise the way we power consumer electronics and vehicles.</b><p>The University of Illinois team says its use of 3D-electrodes allows it to build "microbatteries" that are many times smaller than commercially available options, …

Clean Energy

Bitcoin Miners Are Racking Up $150,000 A Day In Power Consumption Alone

There’s a gold rush going on these days, or a Bitcoin rush, at least. Driven by the recent swings in the value of a Bitcoin, more and more people are learning about and becoming interested in the currency. While they could just buy Bitcoins at the current market rate, others are looking to try …

A New Way Of Calculating The Brutal Arithmetic Of Fund Fees

John Bogle of Vanguard Group has been telling investors for years that fees are the enemy: The difference between a lump sum of $10,000 invested in a fund with 1.12% annual management fees versus a 0.06% index fund, after 10 years, is $2,568.<p>Active managers say ah, yes, but we deliver alpha — …

Italian Archaeologists Find Pluto's Gate to Hell

Italian archaeologists, led by Francesco D'Andria from the University of Salento, believe they have found Pluto's Gate in southwestern Turkey.</i> …

North Korea Appears to Be Prepping a Fourth Nuclear Test

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A South Korean newspaper is reporting that North Korean troops are scurrying around the site where …