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Are You Using the Right Tools for Your Big Data Projects?

Data scientists rely on tools/products/solutions to help them get insights from data. Gregory Piatetsky of KDNuggets conducts an annual survey of …

Microsoft’s New Data-Viz Tool Puts Excel Charts To Shame

SandDance is free-to-use software that will make you feel like a data science guru.<p>All of us have experienced the horrors of the Excel graph. (A few of us, surely, are even responsible for bringing this misery onto others.) Enter Microsoft’s new data-visualization tool, which will make you look …

Zoomdata Adds Amazon Data Sources to Its Menu

Zoomdata, which presents messy data from Hadoop and other sources in a more understandable graphical way, now supports various Amazon Web Services …

Google's DeepMind defeats legendary Go player Lee Se-dol

A huge milestone has just been reached in the field of artificial intelligence: AlphaGo, a program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol in the first of five historic matches being held in Seoul, South Korea. Lee resigned after about three and a half …

Here's everything you need to know about money, on a 4-by-6 inch index card

A commenter, Alex M, asked for the actual index card.<p>Although he was originally speaking in metaphor, to prove his point, Pollack grabbed a pen and four-by-six inch note card, and scribbled the basic financial rules he'd been following the past decade.<p>Pollack's next blog post, titled "Advice to …

Watch: Boston Dynamics are being jerks to robots, for science

If you’ve ever wondered about the event that would make robots rise up and begin to fight back against their human oppressors, it probably looks a lot like the tests Boston Dynamics puts its Atlas robot through.<p>While it may look like pure jerk-ery, researchers are putting their humanoid robot …

Robotics

Spark catching up with Hadoop as the primary big data platform

Computing's in-depth research finds that Spark has a growing userbase in the UK

10 top money tips

Take a look at Jean Chatzky's top money tips to simplify some of the money issues you might be facing.<p>THE BACKGROUND:<p>Despite taking math for a …

Personal Finance

How apps turned me into an incredible money wizard

Like most people, I left college perplexed about how I was supposed to survive financially. I’d certainly left my alma mater with enough education — two full degrees under my belt — but also with a sizable portion of student debt. And, since I have made the boneheaded mistake of living in not one …

Want Smarter Apps? Microsoft Has a Toolkit for That

Deep learning, which is basically a new-fangled name for what used to be called artificial intelligence, is a hot topic.<p>And as of Monday morning, …

I just got a look under the hood of all the servers you use when you check your Facebook news feed

I visited Facebook's pop-up at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos on Wednesday, where the company was showcasing all the new tech it is working on to meet its mission of making the world more open and connected.<p>Visiting execs, politicians, dignitaries, and journalists like me were …

Startups: 5 steps to enterprise-grade data mining

Even for the smallest, leanest startup, bigger is better when it comes to data mining. The more data sources you have and the more data you can analyze, the better your conclusions — and the more successfully you can serve your specific customer base.<p>The biggest lesson my company (GameSalad) …

Microsoft’s HoloLens battery lasts up to 5.5 hours

Microsoft has started allowing developers to experience its HoloLens headset at the company's flagship store in New York City recently. While app makers can experiment with various tools, Microsoft has been hesitant in providing details like retail availability, pricing, and battery life. Bruce …

SpaceX successfully fired up its returned Falcon 9

The only way to know if your rocket is actually reusable is to test it.<p>Elon Musk and the folks at SpaceX aren't only preparing to return another rocket from space back to the Earth this weekend, they're also running tests on the one that already safely came back. Of course, firing up a Falcon 9 …

Microsoft R: One Big Data Tool To Rule Them All?

Microsoft wants a slice of the big data analytics pie. Truth be told, it has already baked and served itself up a portion by acquiring the R-language and data crunching specialist Revolution Analytics, a purchase it completed in spring of 2015.<p>In non-developer-speak then, R is a popular open-source …

Analytics

Yahoo Opens a Treasure Trove of Research Data

In the era of big data, where researchers truly need massive amounts of information from many sources, more really is more. Extremely big data sets …

This device could improve everything from self-driving cars to brain surgery

The researchers have developed the world's first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system, which comes with a dry-electrode wearable EEG headset and a software suite to interpret and analyse the data.<p>EEG is a technology that involves attaching numerous small sensors to the …

8 Open Source Big Data Mining Tools

A survey of the open source data mining tools gaining adoption in today's growing Big Data market.<p>RapidMiner<p>RapidMiner claims to be "the …

Netflix, Juniper, and Intuit explain how Amazon is eating the $3.5 trillion IT industry

In October, Amazon threw its third annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas for its Amazon Web Services customers.<p>One of the highlights was a two-hour keynote from Andy Jassy, the senior VP in charge of AWS. His message to big companies was clear: Come use Amazon, we're finally, really ready for …

The China bubble pops

By Robert J. Samuelson<p>Robert J. Samuelson<p>Columnist focusing on economics<p>Bio<p>The China bubble has burst. No longer are the country’s economic managers viewed as magicians who can orchestrate rapid growth whatever the obstacles. No one ever believed that China’s economy would grow 10 percent annually …

China

Programming Trends To Look For This Year

There has never been a more exciting time for technologists and developers worldwide. The number of active development languages and frameworks, as well as development tools and learning avenues, continues to soar.<p>Despite all these resources at our fingertips (or perhaps because of this abundance), …

Sentiment Analysis on Donald Trump using R and Tableau

Recently, the presidential candidate Donal Trump has become controversial. Particularly, associated with his provocative call to temporarily bar …

Too many people are pretending to be rich

His mother- and father-in-law are in their early seventies and have virtually nothing put away for retirement. Before too long, they're going to be unable to work, and because his spouse is an only child, his in-laws are expecting that Tim's family will take them in.<p>On the other hand, Tim's parents …