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The Surprising Thing I Learned From Studying My Brain With Meditation Technology For 7 Days

I’ve been meditating since I was 14 years old<p>It’s one of my most cherished daily rituals. And with good reason. As of 2015, over 1400 studies credit …

How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences

Badri Raghavan Contributor<p>Badri Raghavan is CTO and chief data scientist of FirstFuel.<p>It’s no secret that the growth of publicly available data, or open data, is more prevalent than ever. From government databases, such as those aggregated by Data.gov, to data made available via tools such as …

Big Data

Is this woman the next Elon Musk?

Mark Cuban calls it a “zillion-dollar idea.” He invested without ever seeing a prototype. Marc Andreessen, Shawn Fanning, and Tony Hsieh invested …

Santa Monica

Purina fights lawsuit claiming Beneful makes dogs deathly ill

Virginia Burgardt blames Nestlé Purina PetCare, the second largest selling pet food maker behind Mars Petcare, for nearly killing her Great Dane …

Pets

The oil guide: which to use for frying, drizzling and roasting

Thought you knew which oil to drizzle over your salad and which to roast your potatoes with? Think again.<p>Scientists have discovered that heating up vegetable oils leads to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, <b>which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart</b> …

10 Big Data/Business Intelligence Emerging Vendors You Need To Know About

<b>Splice Machine</b><p><b>San Francisco</b><p><b>Top executive:</b> CEO Monte Zweben<p>Splice Machine developed a full-featured, transactional SQL database on Hadoop that can run …

Big Data

ETL: The Silent Killer of Big Data Projects

<i>In this special guest feature, Monte Zweben of Splice Machine outlines how traditional ETL processes are bursting at the seams with the volume of Big</i> …

The Future Of Fashion Retailing, Revisited: Part 2 - Zara

In late 2012, I wrote a three-part series on Uniqlo, Zara and H&M. In the last three years, these three global fashion retailers have experienced impressive growth, due in no small part to their success in the U.S. retail market. In my last post, I discussed Uniqlo’s strategy of “planned …

Clothing

These maps show every job in America with color-coded dots

One of the best visualizations of race in America might be called pointillist. By mapping one dot for every Census-registered human in the country, color-coded for race, a team at the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center of Public Service rendered abstract social data painfully …

Urban Design

The 10 Coolest Big Data Products Of 2015 (So Far)

<b>Qlik Sense 2.0</b><p>Qlik's original (and still best-selling) product is its QlikView data visualization software. But last year the company debuted Qlik …

Free tools for data cleaning, visualization and analysis

<i>Useful free tools for data cleaning, visualization, mapping, and analysis. These tools are more reporting oriented, but are also useful for …

MongoDB and Couchbase try to bridge old and new database worlds

Most of the buzz in the database world for the past few years has been around NoSQL (or not-only-SQL) databases, while traditional relational SQL …

Databases

Big Data Explained in Less Than 2 Minutes ... to Absolutely Anyone

There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone, whether we want them to or not. Big Data is one of those concepts, …

Alibaba fights to kill off fakes 'virus'

Alibaba knows it has a huge problem with fakes on its online shopping platforms. Now, the Chinese e-commerce giant is fighting back with new technology.<p>The company has introduced a digital tag to help consumers verify products, in partnership with Israeli startup Visualead.<p>The tags, called a …

eCommerce

Bd4travel Raises $4.2M To Let Online Travel Industry Use Big Data To Personally Target Visitors

Bd4travel, a German startup that offers a “predictive analytics platform” for the online travel industry to help target site visitors in a more personal way, has raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by London-based Hoxton Ventures. Talis Capital, and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group also …

Travel Industry

Apple and Google sign letter urging Obama to support encryption

Cryptologists join call for US president to resist pressure from FBI and surveillance agencies to build back doors in operating systems<p>Apple, Google, other tech giants and a number of noted cryptologists have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging the US government to preserve strong …

Privacy
Internet of Things

Samsung Set To Unveil New Chips To Power Internet Of Things

It may be losing ground in the smartphone wars but Samsung is about to throw itself into the world of smart gadgets with a new series of chips that could help power the future Internet of Things.<p>Samsung is set to announce a series of chips as powerful as full-fledged computers to power a growing …

Internet of Things

2015: The Year Big Data Becomes Agile?

This is the year big data becomes an integrated part of an agile business strategy. That’s not just a function of technology, but of culture and process. It all begins with the realization that extracting value from big data depends on adapting to a constantly changing environment around us.<p><b>Big</b> …

Big Data

How Big Data Is Changing Healthcare

If you want to find out how Big Data is helping to make the world a better place, there’s no better example than the uses being found for it in healthcare.<p>The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as well as our …

Digital Health

The Changing Face Of IT Strategy

<b>Paving The Road To Innovation, With IT</b> <br>For too long, IT has been consumed by day-to-day operations. It’s been seen as a mere builder of services, so in most organizations, the business-value of IT <i>still goes unrecognized</i>.<p>Based on Gartner’s research, IT’s focus appears to be exactly the opposite of …

Big Data

What The Verizon Data Breach Report Means To Corporate Data Security

Network security software is only 24% effective in fighting cybercrime, according to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.<p>Paradoxically, however, corporate victims still spend two-thirds of their security budgets defending their porous perimeters, a strategy that does nothing …

Cybersecurity
Big Data

$117 Billion Market For Internet of Things In Healthcare By 2020

According to a new report from MarketResearch.com, the healthcare Internet of Things market segment is poised to hit $117 billion by 2020. Depending on the company talking about it, you will hear different terms: Internet of Things (abbreviated IoT by many companies), Internet of Everything …

Internet of Things
Markets

3 Recent Books For Budding Data Scientists And Business Executives Involved With Big Data Analytics

Now that most of the hype around big data has died down, overtaken by the buzz over the Internet of Things, we are sometimes treated to serious discussions of the state-of-the-art (or science, for that matter) in data analysis. If you are planning a career as a data scientist or you are a business …

Big Data

Amazon And IBM Just Kicked The Internet Of Things Into High Gear

The IoT or the “Internet Of Things” seems to be all the rage these days, from smart home automation and security devices, to connected, autonomous vehicles. However, what’s key about this new trend in technology is not only the ideas for better, smarter devices that are born from this growth …

Internet of Things

What's The Future Of Cognitive Computing? IBM Watson

We are entering a new period of computing history — the cognitive computing era.<p>Cognitive computing offers fundamental differences in how systems are built and interact with humans. Cognitive-based systems, such as IBM Watson, are able to build knowledge and learn, understand natural language, and …

Artificial Intelligence

Uber Suffers Data Breach Affecting 50,000

On Friday February 27th the popular car service, Uber, made it known that they had suffered a data breach on May 13th 2014. The breach itself wasn’t discovered until September 17, 2014 and the notification only went out just a few hours ago. I’m fairly certain that it is Friday (or at least it was …

Home Depot

Visual Storytelling with HR: Data Visualizations

You see them everywhere. Infographics are a hot visual trend in the world of information sharing.<p>But, while they can make complex topics easy to …

Data Visualization