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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

My Personal Story

When it comes to getting into any kind of vehicle, do you realize that it can be a weapon? If we are not aware of what is going on during each second the vehicle is moving, then trouble is just around the corner. The issue of texting while driving is now a leading killer! Take a moment and just Google "texting while driving" and see what comes up. Follow our news updates at Twitter. Texting Raises Crash Risk 23 Times, Study Finds It seems that several states either have passed laws, or are in the process of passing such laws which will make texting while driving illegal. Now if technology could get behind this cause how great would that be! If this technology can stop phones from texting while driving, this would hit the heart of the problem. Why would states and governments not offer some kind of insurance discount, if cell phone users made the investment to have the ... (more)

StopBadware spins out of the Berkman Center

Congratulations to StopBadWare , a non-profit that today has spun out of the Berkman Center. StopBadware maintains a database of malware sites from lists contributed by Google and Sunbelt Software, analyzes the data, provides some end-user services, advocates for sensible policies to minimize badware, and resolves disputes about particular listed sites. It is supported primarily by Google, PayPal, and Mozilla. ... (more)

BIRT Controls and Functions - Update

We have updated the BIRT Functions and BIRT Controls libraries today to support versions 2.3.2 and 2.5.1.  Turns out that there were some minor changes that needed to be addressed.  In addition, we did a bit of work to make the naming and version numbering more consistent. The biggest question I faced was how to do the version numbering for these plugins.  As they stand, they are sub components to BIRT, which as a very specific version scheme.  We thought about using version numbers that did not track BIRT versions at all.  But then I started writing the documentation. If you are using BIRT 2.3.2 then you should use 1.0.1 of the BIRT Controls...Started to feel more like "you put your left foot in, ...".  I think that there is a lot of value in making developers write the documentation.  When you write your own docs, you quickly figure out when things that you have c... (more)

How Can Residential Gateways Spur Competition?

The FCC is addressing the failure of CableCARD's in its National Broadband Plan that takes further steps to encourage development of the Home Gateway, a device in which consumers can easily and seamlessly access video programming from all distributors. In a proposed Network Gateway-NOI and CableCARD NPRM, the commission is seeking input on how to best rework the CableCARD rules to make Set-Top-Boxes more universal in nature and easier for consumers to connect and network throughout the home to any video provider offerings. The question remains; is the FCC suited to take on another attempt to create competition within the Set-Top-Box market? Or should it leave this to market forces?   A Universal Provider Gateway Concept could be flawed   Most, if not all video providers want control of the user experience in their Set-Top-boxes, or proposed Gateways, and are not ... (more)

i3 Group establishes subsidiary in North America

United States to benefit from British innovation of using sewer system to lay fiber optic cable April 6th, 2010 - Fiber optic infrastructure firm, i3 Group is continuing its expansion overseas by setting up a wholly-owned subsidiary in the USA. Based in New York, i3 America, the new company's trading name, will utilize the Group's tried and tested models of fiber optic infrastructure delivery, including the use of ready-made ducts such as the sewer system, to ensure that homes and businesses can benefit from super fast connectivity. Elfed Thomas, CEO i3 Group and of i3 America said: "Delivering superfast connectivity is a global issue. The United States has exactly the same drivers as the UK and other countries that we are working in. American homes and businesses need access to high-speed broadband that supports bandwidth-heavy applications such as HDTV, so that peo... (more)

How to Remove your Social Media from Google Search

Google Many social media sites offer options to help protect your privacy on the Web. You can make your profile private, which won’t allow anyone you haven’t approved to see your information, or you can remove your name from the account and use a different nickname that only friends would look for. However, these changes will only affect your content moving forward, not the stuff you’ve posted in the past. So if you’re just seeking a quick fix to get your personal thoughts and pictures of past and present out of the results, this is how you can do that. Read the full story at CNET. ... (more)

[2b2k] The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge

[Note that this is cross posted at the new Digital Scholarship at Harvard blog.] Ralph Schroeder and Eric Meyer of the Oxford Internet Institute are giving a talk sponsored by the Harvard Library on Internet, Science, and Transformations of knowledge. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Ralph begins by defining e-research as “Research using digital tools and digital data for the distributed and collaborative production of knowledge.” He points to knowledge as the contentious term. “But we’re going to take a crack at why computational methods are such an important part of knowledge.” They’re going to start with theory and then move to case... (more)

Your Vote Helps Donate $10,000 to Wounded Warriors – Vote Xcellimark

Orlando, FL, June 08, 2012 --( With employee family members currently serving in the Armed Forces and retired military within the group, Orlando Interactive Digital Agency Xcellimark is very supportive of the troops. That is why Xcellimark is hoping to have $10,000 donated to the Wounded Warrior Project by winning the Social Madness Contest sponsored by the Orlando Business Journal. The contest started on June 1st and will run throughout September 19th. The first round is called “Open Phase” in which all businesses can compete within their local market (i.e. – Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, etc.). Each local market is split into three (3) categories: small companies (less than 100 employees), medium companies (100-499 employees), and large companies (500 or more employees). After June 18th, the top eight (8) companies will go on to the regional round ... (more)

ICE dropping 17,000 BlackBerrys, Verizon releases industry-by-industry cybercrime stats and more

By RyanKamauff Here are today’s top cyber news and stories. ICE is dropping 17,000 BlackBerrys in favor of iPhones - this is one of the first large federal agencies to drop the incumbent BlackBerry smartphone. The agency states that, “The RIM technology, however, can no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency,” which is both damning and may foretell a huge USG swing away from the standard. BlackBerry was the on of the first message-centric phones, replete with security and FIPS 140 compliance, it will be interesting to see how they fare without one of their largest customers. Via Ars Technica, more here. Verizon has released their latest snapshot of industries that use their networks – The “Verizon 2012 and 2011 Data Breach Investigations,” are designed to help organizations better protect from data breaches themselves. They have key finds for financ... (more)

SEO Consult® Reacts to Matt Cutts’ Comments Regarding Press Releases

Cheshire, United Kingdom, January 12, 2013 --( Leading UK search optimisation agency, SEO Consult®, has reacted to comments made by Matt Cutts in a Google help forum regarding online press releases. Responding to a comment from a user seeking advice with regards to potential penalties for linking too heavily to one site in a PR, Head of Webspam at the search engine giant Cutts replied from his account “Note: I wouldn't expect links from press release web sites to benefit your rankings, however.” Cutt is appearing to suggest with this comment that the links in press releases alone have no adverse affect on a sites ranking, rather it is what bloggers and other news outlets do with the content in these releases that impact on ranking. Specialist search engine marketing agency SEO Consult® is a Google AdWords certified partner, and works closely with Google to ensu... (more)