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Too Big?

28 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Ever get the feeling that Big Data is too, well, Big? HP thinks so and has launched its ‘Business Intelligence Modernisation Services’ to take on the size issue.

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Seeking urban smarts

27 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Connected CitiesUK-based innovation programme IC tomorrow has launched its Connected Cities Innovation Contest, offering six digital start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to share a £210,000 fund and trial their ideas with the likes of  EDF Energy, Intel, Siemens, Kimberly Clark, Amey and Ordnance Survey. Entrants need to come up with innovative ideas to solve urban challenges in the areas of connected buildings, connected communities, connected environment and connected services, and successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with industry partners for three months.

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Data-driven play

27 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Big data in footballBig Football needs Big Data, and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich has cut a deal with SAP making it the club’s three-year official partner for sport analytics and enterprise software. The idea is that data will go a long way to help expand Bayern’s global presence, improve the team’s athletic performance and enhance the experience for fans around the world (there are an estimated 292 million of them). The German club already uses SAP software for data analysis and for ticketing but it will also be extended to the pitch with a view to, for example, minimising injury risks. SAP also believes it can help improve player performance.

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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 -e.social

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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Latest News

Questioning Whatsapp-Facebook

2 September 2014 in -e.social

The European Commission has sent out questionnaires to rivals and customers of both Facebook and WhatsApp as part of its probe into Facebook’s planned $19 billion acquisition of the messaging outfit.

China’s OS play

2 September 2014 in -e.showcase

China is developing its own computer operating system to take on Microsoft Windows, Apple OS and Google Android.

First Yo, now Lo

31 August 2014 in -e.mobile

  Remember the Yo app, which simply lets users send the message ‘yo’? Well, now there’s Lo.

BlackBerry heads to the backroom

30 August 2014 in -e.mobile

What happens to mobile brands when they die? For fast-fader BlackBerry it’s about creating a new business unit, BlackBerry Technology Solutions, which is focusing on innovations for embedded software, cryptography, antenna tuning and, of course, the Internet of Things.

Passport to Qwerty

29 August 2014 in -e.mobile

Think BlackBerry is about to make a smartphone comeback with the new Passport? Think again.

What’s programmatic?

28 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Close to 40% of advertising agencies are unsure whether to trust programmatic for their media buying, while a mere 6% said they do trust it, and 46% say they don’t use it, according to research from Strata.

Too Big?

28 August 2014 in -e.showcase

Ever get the feeling that Big Data is too, well, Big? HP thinks so and has launched its ‘Business Intelligence Modernisation Services’ to take on the size issue.