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Privacy protections for wearable devices are weak, study says

The rapidly expanding wearable device market raises serious privacy concerns, as some device makers collect a massive amount of personal data and share it with other companies, according to a new study. Existing health privacy laws don’t generally apply to wearable makers, the study says. While consumers are embracing fitness trackers, smart watches, and smart clothing, a “weak and fragmented” ... Read More »

8 big data predictions for 2017

Market research and advisory firm Ovum estimates the big data market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $9.4 billion by 2020. As the market grows, enterprise challenges are shifting, skills requirements are changing, and the vendor landscape is morphing. The coming year promises to be a busy one for big data pros. Here are some predictions from industry ... Read More »

Alibaba’s Taobao back on U.S. blacklist

Alibaba’s Taobao.com marketplace is in the eye of a storm after the U.S. trade representative included the popular online Chinese marketplace on the list of “Notorious Markets” for 2016, after a long break. The list identifies markets that are allegedly “engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.” The listing carries no penalties but will likely be an ... Read More »

Why the U.K.’s vote to leave the EU will have little effect on its data protection rules

With the haircut that the sterling-euro exchange rate has taken in the wake of the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, the U.K. has suddenly become a low-cost country for companies wishing to host or process the personal information of EU citizens. As for U.K. businesses hoping for more relaxed data protection rules in the wake of the referendum ... Read More »

The ‘summer of A.I.’ Is here, Vicarious chief says

Artificial intelligence is still surrounded by an aura of mystery, and it would be tough to find a better illustration than the story in the news last week about a British grandmother who includes “please” and “thank you” in all her Google searches. “Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you,” read the search request from May Ashworth that ultimately ... Read More »

IBM targets data scientists with a new development platform based on Apache Spark

Making sense of data can involve a wide variety of tools, and IBM is hoping to make data scientists‘ lives easier by putting them all in one place. The company on Tuesday released what it calls Data Science Experience, a new development environment in the cloud for real-time, high-performance analytics. Based on data-processing framework Apache Spark, Data Science Experience is ... Read More »

Big data is changing the game for backup and recovery

It’s well-known in IT that when you change one part of the software stack, there’s a good chance you’ll have to change another. For a shining example, look no further than big data. First, big data shook up the database arena, ushering in a new class of “scale out” technologies. That’s the model exemplified by products like Hadoop, MongoDB, and ... Read More »

HPE invites open-source developers to pitch in on ‘The Machine’

Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Tuesday stepped up its efforts to develop a brand-new computer architecture by inviting open-source developers to collaborate on the futuristic device it calls “The Machine.” Originally announced in 2014, The Machine promises a number of radical innovations, including a core design focus on memory rather than processors. It will also use light instead of electricity to ... Read More »

SugarCRM is planning a Siri-like agent named Candace

SugarCRM has put A.I. at the core of its product plans and is working on a new intelligence service along with a Siri-like agent named Candace. Tapping the company’s recent acquisitions of Stitch and Contastic, the new technology will be designed to help businesses spend less time entering data into their customer relationship management (CRM) software, and more time learning from ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: The IoT: Where we are, and where we’re heading

I’m often asked, “When will the Internet of Things materially impact me or my organization?” Given the enormous amount of hype associated with the IoT, the question is reasonable. Fortunately, history offers us a guide to how this is likely to play out. Let’s quickly look at the factors that have typically brought new technologies into common use: 1.     Doing ... Read More »

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