Last hurrah for 2014, things we welcome in 2015

As we look forward to the New Year, here's a glimpse of what's to come in one area that will be further fueled by big data and machine learning: augmented reality (AR). Yes, a big part of data collection in the very near future will be capturing data from our own senses such as smell and touch in order to include such in AR.


'Darker' DarkNet reveals itself after shutdown of Silk Road

Last month the FBI, Homeland Security, Europol and other agencies shut down Silk Road 2, Hydra, Cloud 9 and six other DarkNet sites. The Digital Citizens Alliance found that new and far more dangerous sites have since filled the void, and pronounced this new situation a "darker DarkNet."

Spotlight: The struggle big companies face with big data

According to Matt Asay at ReadWrite, big companies are struggling with big data in part because of a lack of data scientists who he says are now paid in excess of $123,000 a year--and that pay scale is rising.

Sony hack and open data scans of North Korean IP Space

A scan of IP space may be helpful in identifying malware coming from North Korea. It just so happens that someone has done that. That data is now available for public use and it may be helpful in identifying threats originating from that country. 

Researchers find hidden patterns in fashion influence, predict fashion trends

Heng Xu, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, is using big data to find hidden patterns to identify influences and influencers in fashion design in order to find emerging trends. The researchers, led by Xu, analyzed 6,629 runway reviews of 816 designers covering 30 fashion seasons over the past four years.

IU researchers developing privacy settings for wearable cameras

Many people and organizations have expressed privacy concerns with the public use of wearable cameras. Now, Indiana University and Dartmouth College professors are working on developing privacy settings to protect people caught unaware by those cameras.

National Data Science Bowl, let the data scientist games begin!

​The first-ever National Data Science Bowl is about to begin. Event organizers Booz Allen Hamilton and Kaggle, want to see who can come up with something akin to facial recognition for plankton.

2015: The year the cookie dies, online tracking moves on

J. Walter Thompson--or rather their JWT Intelligence arm that focuses on identifying shifts in the global zeitgeist--has released its annual trends report. Among their interesting predictions: next year we'll see the end of tracking cookies, bitcoin going mainstream, and smart fabrics leading the way in wearables "super-humanizing us." 

Retailers use facial recognition, head pose algorithms to merchandise products in store

In-store data mining and analyses are being refined everyday in increasingly sophisticated ways. One example:  Hyperlayer launched its Retail Acceleration Engine (RAE) this week. 

Group intelligence key to market advantage

Many organizations are focused on measuring productivity and efficiency and view the hiring and retaining of intelligent employees with specific skill sets to be essential for both. However, group intelligence may be of more importance than individual intelligence to achieving market advantage.

Sales and operations planning--a perfect pick for big data projects

Big data in marketing is all the rage. Everyone wants to know all there is to know about their customers and pump those sales ever higher. Alrighty, let's say you do that. Can you deliver on all those new sales? Do you have enough inventory? Can you make or get more product on time? Are margins where they need to be? 

App developers get serious about data and analytics

Many apps' data-collecting efforts amounted to wild grab bags and were not focused on specific end uses. This is slowly changing. Apps are getting smarter about data collection and analysis. 

Spotlight: The 2015-2020 plan for federal health IT

Check out the federal governments data plans for the next five years, as outlined by a new report. 

Spotlight: Hortonworks issues IPO

According to a post in Wired, Hortonworks has confirmed that it "hopes to raise $100 million from 6,250,000 shares offered at $16 per share under the NASDAQ symbol HDP."

Stoppers and cogs in the big data wheel

Quite a bit of attention is given to improving data management and analysis at the data scientist level. But I submit for your consideration today an often overlooked area that needs our utmost attention: the cogs and wedges in both data entry and action execution.

2015: Year of the Regulator

Just last week, Congress passed S. 1353, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, and sent it to President Obama's desk for a signature. Oh wait! That one's voluntary. No biting teeth there. But Suni Munshani says next year is THE year we all get gobsmacked with a slew of regulations, and those will have teeth.

451 Research names '6 Cs' of IT disruption for 2015

For 2015, 451 Research has an interesting list of havoc headed our way--the 6 Cs: Containers, convergence, cloud security, closets, crowd workers, and coexistence. 

CenturyLink buys Cognilytics

CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., announced that is has acquired Cognilytics, a big data and predictive analytics company based in San Jose. 

Infographic: What will be hot or not in data science for 2015

This infographic in particular is of interest to data scientists everywhere. The information within came from CrowdFlower's poll of their team of data scientists on what they think will be "hot" or "not" in their world for 2015. 

Post-marketing data analysis of pharmaceuticals discovers side effects not previously known

Big data is delivering many breakthroughs in medicine at a breathtaking pace. One of the latest examples is in post-marketing data analysis of prescription drugs.