Category Archives: Trends

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…

Are Wearables Bad For Your Health?

Are Wearables Bad For Your Health?

Are Wearables Bad For Your Health? Wearables are supposed to be good for your health. Fitness bands, gym accessories and biometric monitors can measure everything from heart-rate to body hydration, and should theoretically be used to help owners improve their bodies. So why does new research claim that wearables are, in fact, bad for your…

Can Wearable Tech Really Become Invisible Tech?

Can Wearable Tech Really Become Invisible Tech?

The Invisibles Wearable tech is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in the way we approach our lives. The launch of Apple’s smart watch, officially announced in September, promises to launch all gadgets that are ‘wearable’ into the consumer mainstream. No longer are we limited to devices that primarily revolve around fitness and biometric monitoring – now wearable…

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

Shaping The World With New Technologies As a connected collection of intelligent objects, the Internet of Everything promises to open up those areas of the world hardest hit by economic, political and agricultural blights. Relatively inexpensive devices, paired with revolutionary energy sources and unprecedented access to information offer great promise to farmers and workers in…

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