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Buying into Big Data

11 August 2014 in -e.showcase

big-dataThere’s pushback on Big Data, sometimes better known as ‘a revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think’ (a modestly titled book from Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger), writes Steve Mullins. Transformation? Netflix boasts that Big Data helped it understand that House of Cards would be a huge hit with its audience because a bit of number-crunching informed it that director David Fincher (The Social Network) was popular, that people liked watching Kevin Spacey, and that the UK version of Cards had performed well.

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Touchy feely data

18 July 2014 in -e.showcase

big-dataBig Data drives better decision making, with execs unlikely to make if a move if they can’t back it with the numbers. That’s the rather predictable take of the Economist Intelligence Unit in its Decisive Action: How Businesses Make Decisions & How They Could do it Better report. “Organisations that can use their data effectively to make decisions in this ever-changing and complex world will thrive; those that do not will perish,” the EIU says in its standard black-and-white take.

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Digital by design

21 May 2014 in -e.showcase

digital-designThe UK’s digital economy will fail to reach its full economic and social potential without the application of design to ensure people, not technology, are at the centre of the digital revolution, according to a new report, Designing the Digital Economy, from the Design Commission. But what about Big Data? you may ask. Well, while Big Data is driving the new industrial revolution, without design, such information is at worst meaningless, at best sub-optimal, says the report. Young designers now are not necessarily being taught how to use data. And while government has demonstrated a commitment to making public data open for use, there is still limited functionality, utility or relevance in simply making the data available.

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Social truth and lies

19 May 2014 in

pheme-social-media-postsThe European Commission Pheme project, with partners in seven different countries, is aiming to combine big data analytics with advanced linguistic and visual tools to determine whether social media posts are truthful. The project is concentrating on identifying four types of phemes – memes which are enhanced with truthfulness (Pheme was the Greek goddess of fame and rumour) – and modelling their spread across social networks and online media.

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Beyond Airbnb

13 May 2014 in

airbnb-sharing-economyAirbnb, the sharing economy’s poster child, is looking beyond accommodation as it seeks to expand into ticketing for everything from travel to events – or into anything that might just be on offer at a regular hotel. Company CTO Nate Blecharczyk told the FT that Airbnb was looking to go beyond its B&B roots. “Bottom line, it could eventually be anything, whether you want to book a dinner reservation or plane tickets. … “It’s definitely something we’re actively working on,” he said.

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Festivals so wearable

8 April 2014 in -e.showcase

music festival, smart cards, big, data technology, live music, revenues, rfid, wearables, Festival organisers are increasingly deploying wearable technology to enhance fans’ experiences as well as to spur more spending, increase marketing awareness, and gain a better understand of audiences. RFID, for one, is built into attendee wristbands enabling ticketless entry and cashless in-festival purchases. RFID bracelets can also be synchronised with wearers; social networks, turning them into promoters. “Prepaid smart cards carried by attendees are another new trend,” says Eventbrite in its Live Music Event report. “These cards provide rapid entry, reduce lines at vendor stands, and simplify merchandise transactions.”

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Start-ups get data prize

27 March 2014 in

ic tomorrow, data innovation, contest, startup, uk, eeIC tomorrow has launched a contest giving UK small businesses the opportunity to win up to £25,000 to explore digital innovations in data. Five start-ups will be selected to work with the likes of mobile brand EE, the British Library and Ordnance Survey, and together they will look to develop new commercial solutions to a number of specific challenges.

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Asians go local for mobile

20 August 2014 in

China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei, as well as India’s Micromax will become major competitors to Apple and Samsung in Asia, according to a Fitch Ratings report.

Hanx by type

19 August 2014 in

Hankering after an old-fashioned mechanical typewriter? Now there’s the Hanx Writer, from Tom Hanks.

Start talking sense: IoT

18 August 2014 in -e.showcase

No one knows exactly what form computing will take on the Internet of Things, and that’s no surprise, believes Gordon Bell, a researcher at Microsoft.

Vans in the house

15 August 2014 in -e.showcase

London has an underground skatepark venue beneath Waterloo station with the opening of the House Of Vans.

Xiaomi has designs

15 August 2014 in

Chinese mobile brand Xiaomi has lit a new website in Indonesia where it is set to roll out its smartphones shortly.

Start speaking sense: Facebook

14 August 2014 in

Remember when Facebook was the social media upstart about to slay the traditional advertising dragon? “Well, it seems that it has done just the opposite.

No heat for Fire

13 August 2014 in

Hardly anyone – except a few bullish Wall Street analysts - thought the Amazon Fire Phone was going to set the smartphone market alight, but indications are the device is performing below even the lowest expectations.