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Best-ever algorithm found for huge streams of data

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Best-ever algorithm found for huge streams of data

It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which comes at us in a torrent and never lets up. If you’re on Twitter watching tweets go by, you might like to declare a brief pause, so you can figure out what’s trending. That’s not feasible, though, so instead you need to find a way to tally hashtags on the fly.It’s hard to measure water from a fire hose while it’s hitting you in the face. In a sense, that’s the challenge of analyzing streaming data, which comes at us in a torrent and...

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The little black box that took over piracy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

The little black box that took over piracy

The Kodi box pitch is hard to resist. A little black plastic square, in look not much different from a Roku or Apple TV, and similar in function as well. This streamer, though, offers something those others never will: Free access to practically any show or movie you can dream of. No rental fees. No subscriptions. Just type in the name of a blockbuster, and start watching a high-definition stream in seconds. For years, piracy persisted mainly in the realm of torrents, with sites like The Pirate Bay and Demonoid connecting internet denizens to premium content gratis. But a confluence of...

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How Google Goggles won, then lost, the camera-first future

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

How Google Goggles won, then lost, the camera-first future

Google’s first public foray into augmented reality began with an argument in a bar. It was 2008, and David Petrou, a longtime Google engineer, was sitting in a Brooklyn watering hole explaining to his friends how someday, you’d be able to do a search just by pointing your phone’s camera at something. He likened it to pointing and asking, what’s that? It would be faster and richer than typing, and could help you ask questions you’d never be able to put into words. Based on what he’d seen within Google, Petrou thought the tech could already work. His...

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Telemedicine is forcing doctors to learn website manner

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Telemedicine is forcing doctors to learn website manner

No one knew exactly when the girl would die, but everyone knew it would be soon. A 12-year-old with end stage cancer, the child’s parents had recently moved her from the hospital to her home in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Some days later the girl’s breath quickened, and her father phoned the family’s hospice nurse. Please come, he said. He was worried about her breathing. The nurse knew the visit would require more than four hours of her time: a two-hour drive in each direction, plus her time with the girl. Why don’t we connect over FaceTime, she asked. The father...

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Apple’s machine learning engine could surface your iphone’s secrets

Posted by on Nov 25, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Apple’s machine learning engine could surface your iphone’s secrets

Of the many new features in Apple’s iOS 11—which hit your iPhone a few weeks ago—a tool called Core ML stands out. It gives developers an easy way to implement pre-trained machine learning algorithms, so apps can instantly tailor their offerings to a specific person’s preferences. With this advance comes a lot of personal data crunching, though, and some security researchers worry that Core ML could cough up more information than you might expect—to apps that you’d rather not have it. Core ML boosts tasks like image and facial recognition, natural language processing, and object detection,...

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Will Facebook kill all future Facebooks?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in IT News | 0 comments

Will Facebook kill all future Facebooks?

In 2010, Foursquare cofounder Naveen Selvadurai believed that his company, and several other social-media upstarts—Twitter, Tumblr, Path—could carve out successful niches against Facebook. But Facebook had other plans. That year the company introduced a feature that allowed users to “check in” at any location, a copy of the main feature of Foursquare’s app. In response, Selvadurai conceived an “anti-Facebook alliance” of up-and-coming social-media Davids taking on their industry’s Goliath. At a minimum, they could share survival tactics. Selvadurai had informal discussions with friends at...

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