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IDG Contributor Network: How machine learning will affect your business

Machine learning techniques may have been used for years, but recently there has been an explosion in their applications. In fact, in a recent Q3 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said “Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we’re re-thinking how we’re doing everything.” And they’re far from the only business making that claim. In the past, ... Read More »

Splice Machine taps Apache Spark for in-memory data muscle

Today’s vast data volumes have spawned a variety of new database contenders, each with particular strengths and features to recommend them. Splice Machine is one such upstart, and while it’s always banked on the scale-out capabilities of Hadoop, on Tuesday it placed an accompanying bet on Apache Spark’s in-memory technology. Splice Machine 2.0, which is now in public beta, integrates ... Read More »

‘Immensely powerful’ machine learning has potential to predict the future

Machine Learning has the potential to be an “immensely powerful” tool and could even be used to predict the future. That’s according to Professor Andrew Blake, founding director of the Alan Turing Institute for data science and a leading researcher in computer vision, who made the comments while speaking at the Royal Society’s Robotics and Autonomous Systems – Vision Challenges ... Read More »

Roku 3 review

The Roku 3 is still one of the best media-streaming devices, with its chief aim to make any dumb TV smart. It’s been updated for 2015 to include an enhanced remote with quick access to popular apps Netflix, YouTube, rdio and Google Play, and there’s an improved UI that lets you follow films, actors and more, and search for the content ... Read More »

​Secure Network Time Protocol goes beta

Without Network Time Protocl (NTP) the Internet couldn’t work. With it, though, some of the worst Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks ever have crippled parts of the Internet. The answer? The NTP Security Project’s first public development release of NTPsec. NTPsec logo NTP is one of those quiet but essential, parts of the global Internet. It’s what keeps servers ... Read More »

5 interview questions for big data engineers… and how to answer them

Big data engineers work to understand business objectives and translate those objectives into data processing workflows. These professionals are typically responsible for gathering and processing raw data, evaluating new data sources for acquisition and integration, and designing and implementing relational databases for storage and processing. Often reporting to the CIO at midsize companies or to the database manager at larger ... Read More »

The Guardian: ‘Our sources are safer in the cloud’

Deploying cloud infrastructure using Amazon Web Services (AWS) has forced The Guardian newspaper to look at its data security practices in a way that it didn’t before, and the move has arguably made confidential information and sources more secure than they were before. That’s what Graham Tackley, director of data technology at The Guardian, told the audience during a panel session ... Read More »

IBM snaps up and more in Watson IoT push

IBM will acquire and other digital assets from The Weather Company for its new Watson IoT Unit and Watson IoT Cloud platform, it announced Wednesday. The purchase covers The Weather Company‘s mobile and Web-based products, including WSI, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The TV-based Weather Channel is not included, but it will license weather forecast data and ... Read More »

Juniper Networks hires vet as new security CTO

Juniper Networks is staffing up with the appointment of a new chief technology officer dedicated to all things security. Read this Docker CTO: Why Microsoft’s Docker plans for Windows will matter to you Read More The networking giant announced on Thursday that it has hired Kevin Walker as its new security CTO. Juniper boasted Walker brings more than 25 years ... Read More »

How Apache Kafka is greasing the wheels for big data

Analytics is often described as one of the biggest challenges associated with big data, but even before that step can happen, data has to be ingested and made available to enterprise users. That’s where Apache Kafka comes in. Originally developed at LinkedIn, Kafka is an open-source system for managing real-time streams of data from websites, applications and sensors. Essentially, it ... Read More »

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