Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

BI (Business Intelligence) 101 Non-technical users are increasingly jumping at the opportunity to get real-time business insight from data without the help of the IT department, whether they’re a small business without an IT staff altogether, or a high-ranking executive unwilling to request a report that will take a week to be completed. What is…

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Does the Personalization of the Web Create an Information Bubble?

Does the Personalization of the Web Create an Information Bubble?

Personalization In The Cloud As websites like Facebook, Google and Amazon become more and more personalized, there’s danger to be engulfed in a stream of information that corroborates a person’s worldviews and filters out findings or stories opposed to them, to become trapped in a so-called ‘filter bubble’. Internet activist Eli Pariser, in his book…

Who Wins The Uber Versus Taxi Price War?

Who Wins The Uber Versus Taxi Price War?

Uber, the hugely popular ridesharing service currently valued at around $15b, has a lot going for it. Despite being banned in Germany, protested against in France, England and elsewhere, the company manages to grow at rates that seem exponential. What’s of particular interest is that they are providing cheaper services despite providing, allegedly, a higher…

How Open Is US Cities’ Data?

How Open Is US Cities’ Data?

Much has been written about how open data can make cities smarter, but now there’s a way to see which cities fare better than others in opening their datasets to the public. The Open Data Census, a crowdsourced initiative led by Code for America and the Sunlight Foundation, shows the ‘openness’ of city data, based…

Critical Thinking And Big Data

Critical Thinking And Big Data

In a deeply moving TED talk about the importance of critical thinking when dealing with data, big or small, Susan Etlinger reminds us why it’s important to think twice before assuming anything, even when backed up by data. Inevitably, morality comes into play too. As more and more problems, including perhaps fundamental ones, are tackled…

Rebooting The Brain Through Headsets

Rebooting The Brain Through Headsets

Rebooting The Brain The California based company – Thync, has created a wearable headset that sounds like something out of the movie Brainstorm which is making some noise. As CNN reports: Thync has already tested its product on more than 2,000 people in as many trials. After using Thync, the subjects answer questions about how they feel and…

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

The Power of the API: How Plugging Data Brings Extraordinary Services to the Public

Painting With APIs APIs or application programming interfaces of popular services are used by numerous startups to bring valuable services to the general public. API websites such as ProgrammableWeb is one of the more popular sites offering a variety of plugins and mashup examples. Companies such as Facebook, Foursquare and the Google’s API explorer share…

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Cloud Security Hottest Issue At RSA

Cloud Security Hottest Issue At RSA

Cloud Security Hottest Issue The integral integration of cyber security and cloud technology seemed to be the hottest issue at the busy RSA 2015 Conference in San Francisco. Interested parties packed security and cloud service booths for the duration of the conference. Several prominent publications covered the increased importance of securing their private information that’s…

Imperfect Security: The RSA Conference And The Illusion Of Safety

Imperfect Security: The RSA Conference And The Illusion Of Safety

The RSA Conference And The Illusion Of Safety This year’s 2015 RSA Conference is taking place from April 20th to 24th, in San Francisco, California. Here, security leaders from across the vast expanse of tech, politics, and more will gather to discuss the past, present, and future of security. From application security to technology infrastructure,…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Day 5

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Day 5

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The Value of Hybrid Cloud

The Value of Hybrid Cloud

The Value of Hybrid Cloud As the “cloud” continues to exert its dominance as the IT technology of the day, the question for many companies focuses on what type of cloud to choose: public, private, or a combination of the two, known as hybrid. Each has its advantages. Private cloud – owned and maintained by…

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