Big data-as-a-Service, or BDaaS, is a way of accessing analytics tools or information from an outside provider.This can help organisations to gain insights into the meaning of data so that they can gain competitive advantage by improving customer relationships and business decision making.BDaaS is designed to help businesses to free up resources by taking advantage of tools that are being provided by an outside organisation.Like SaaS, BDaaS is a form of managed service that often relies upon cloud storage in order to provide data access to both the outside analytics company and the company that owns the information.The area has gained increased interest over the past couple of years as companies have looked to leverage their data in a way that doesn't create costly overheads and rely upon a complex installation and integration process.Simply put, BDaaS is an ideal way to remove the tech complexity from doing data analytics, leaving the business to focus on simply using the data insights to improve its performance.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Google has decided to echo Amazon.The search giant is developing an in-home voice-activated Internet device that will be able to answer users queries, play music and control smart home devices, the company announced at its I/O developer conference Wednesday.Dubbed Google Home, the device, which will be out later this year, looks like it s targeted straight at Amazon s Echo.Home will serve as a showcase for Google s new intelligent assistant technology, prosaically named the Google assistant.Google representatives at the conference indicated that consumers will be able to use the device to make or cancel dinner reservations, check flight information, look up sports scores and turn on lights in their home.The device will have a built-in speaker, and owners will be able to use it in coordination with Google s Chromecast Audio product to play music throughout their house.Google didn t say what Home will cost or when exactly it will be available.Amazon s Echo, which the company debuted in late 2014, costs $180.Photo: Google s Home product viewed on a screen above the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View during the keynote presentation at Google s I/O developer on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.Troy Wolverton, Mercury News.Tags: amazon, amazon echo, chromecast audio, Google, google assistant, google home, intelligent assistants, smart home
I shared the pros and cons of how the same tools and instincts that are designed to help us, can often be used against us.In January, at the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Summit in La Quinta, California, a gathering of leaders in the field explored opportunities and challenges to improving the fundamental systems of global health.The conference focused primarily on education, human rights, poverty alleviation and climate change.Over 900 commitments were made out of April s program, with specific ideas and inventions proposed for the balanced use of advanced data systems and device while factoring in possible risks and benefits.With a very diverse and enthusiastic group of students participating, there was a definite consensus on the implications of what we were exploring and it was clear that the promise for opportunity is as limitless as the potential for innovation.The impact and consequences of how we use technology will naturally have a greater impact on the lives of millennials and on a world and a future that will be left in their hands.
Google has begun to use computer processors its engineers designed to increase the performance of the company s artificial intelligence software, potentially threatening the businesses of traditional chip suppliers such as Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp.During the past year, Google has deployed thousands of these specialized artificial intelligence chips, called TensorFlow Processing Units, in servers within its data centers, Urs Holzle, the company s senior vice president of infrastructure, told reporters Wednesday at the company s developer conference.Google declined to specify precisely how many of the chips it s using, but stressed the company continues to use many typical central processing units and graphics processing units made by other companies.It s been in pretty widespread use for about a year.Google has no plans to sell the specialized chips to third-parties, said Diane Greene, Google s senior vice president of cloud.Google and other big data-center operators are the largest consumers of server processors, the main engine of growth and profit for Intel, the world s biggest semiconductor maker.Graphics maker Nvidia is also pinning much of its future growth ambitions on the bet that its chips will have a larger role to play in data processing, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.Google s chip connects to computer servers via a protocol called PCI-E, which means it can be slotted into the company s computers, rapidly augmenting them with faster artificial-intelligence capabilities.As the field matures, Google might very well build more specialized processors for specific AI tasks, he said.Over time, Google expects to design more system-level components, Holzle said.Even Nvidia, which makes traditional graphics processing units that have been adopted for machine learning, is beginning to add more custom elements to its hardware.
French startup Shift Technology just raised a $10 million Series A round from Accel, with existing investors Elaia Partners and Iris Capital also participating.This way, insurance companies can save money.Shift Technology uses a Software-as-a-Service approach so that its tools get better over time.So Shift Technology s platform looks like an easy sell.The startup also suggests actions to investigate on a specific claim.It s not perfect, but it s pretty good.
Berlin-based eSports startup Dojo Madness is on a mission to help gamers level up.It does this via a mobile app, initially targeting League of Legends, that essentially turns your phone into an eSports coach, offering tips on strategy before and during gameplay, and analysis afterwards based on data culled from your in-game performance.To further develop its eSports coaching technology, which Dojo Madness co-founder and CEO Jens Hilgers tells me utilises machine learning coupled with huge amounts of in-play data, the company has raised a $4.5M in Series A funding.The round was led by March Capital Partners, with Investment Bank of Berlin IBB and existing investors, London Venture Partners and DN Capital, also participating.And although API limits means this doesn t quite happen in realtime, coupled with its own machine learning and algorithms, Dojo Madness is able to provide some in-play guidance — though not enough to cheat the game, Hilgers stresses — as well a more comprehensive coaching debrief afterwards.Meanwhile, eSports as a whole is estimated by market tracking firm NewZoo to be worth $463 million in 2016, up 43 percent from last year.
But if we slow down a minute to take a closer look at modern-day news organizations, we might ask ourselves: can they really provide accurate, unbiased information on current events at Twitter speed?The explosive growth of the Internet and mobile devices has anyone and everyone broadcasting their opinions.This question is incredibly important to consider when we as a society come together to make informed decisions that impact everyone s future.As the exclusive sponsor of Reuters Polling Explorer, SAP is working with Reuters to provide journalists and consumers the latest polling data, stories about the election, and more.Real-time data is fueling Reuters with the tools needed to execute news with accuracy, speed, and integrity.By providing technology platforms that are easy to use and scalable for any sized business, technology providers can give news providers across the world a trove of insights that impact their readers in real time, especially during momentous, breaking news cycles.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pleaded its case to hundreds of members of an anti-counterfeit group that the company has the data, technology and desire to help keep fake brands off its online marketplaces.Company president Michael Evans addressed the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition in Orlando Thursday a week after the group abruptly suspended the Chinese Internet giant s membership, amid questions regarding conflicts of interest involving the coalition s president and complaints from some members.Alibaba only joined the IACC in April, after the group created a new membership category for the online retailer.We believe the future of Alibaba -- and the future of many of your companies -- will depend on us working closely together to fight counterfeits, Evans said in prepared remarks.IACC members include prominent brands such as Apple Inc., Nike, Calvin Klein and Procter & Gamble, which Alibaba is courting to help boost sales of global brands to Chinese shoppers.In a closed-door meeting at the group s spring conference, Evans shared new details about how Alibaba has used data culled from its marketplace, which serves 400 million shoppers and 10 million businesses, to identify suspected makers and sellers of fake products.Alibaba s collaboration with Chinese law enforcement in 2015 resulted in the arrest of 300 people, the destruction of 46 places where counterfeits are made and the confiscation of $125 million in worth of products, Evans told the group.Alibaba wants global brands to see its marketplaces as a gateway to Chinese customers rather than a place where counterfeits flourish.Evans highlighted Alibaba s data as a key link to help brands fight fraud.The company spent more than $15 million in 2015 buying merchandise on its marketplace suspected of being fake and used its payments division Alipay to freeze accounts of those suspected of selling counterfeit goods, Evans said.The company froze $72 million in accounts and refunded $12 million to customers last year, he said."We have the scale, we have the data and we have the commitment to be a global leader in anti-counterfeiting," Evans told the group.
Hitachi Insight Group launched a new big data platform that will set lots of information free and help Copenhagen become a smarter smart city.The launch of the City Data Exchange for the Danish city of Copenhagen is among the earliest initiatives of the Hitachi Insight Group.All of Copenhagen s data in one placeThe City Data Exchange stitches together a previously fragmented data landscape of information from private and public data providers into a one-stop-shop for data in the Copenhagen region.Smart Cities need smart insights, and that s only possible if everybody has all the facts at their disposal, said Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen.The City Data Exchange makes that possible; it s the solution that will help us all to create better public spaces and – for companies in Copenhagen – to offer better services and create jobs.Hitachi said the stringent security and privacy guidelines will enable many datasets to become accessible to the public for the first time.
British recording artists took a record share of global music sales in 2015, but industry body the British Polyphonic Institute BPI is calling on the government to do more to sustain success.Figures from the BPI's Music Market Review of 2016 show that last year one in every six albums sold around the world, and five of the top ten albums overall, were by British artists, with Adele taking the top spot.The number of plays increased 82 per cent to 27 billion, which was reflected by a 69 per cent rise in income to £146.1 million.Even if they're not, as a user-generated content platform, chances are someone has unofficially uploaded them, making YouTube a convenient alternative to piracy via downloading.And as we ve seen time and again in the digital market, where music goes first, the rest of the content sector will follow."Government should press the EU to clarify that hosting safe harbours do not apply to services which, like YouTube, curate and market copyright content instead of acting as purely passive hosting platforms," Taylor explains. 113 Facebook vs Asia Messaging Apps with Sameer Singh.mp3Sameer Singh from joined us to reflect on major themes that have been ongoing in the technology space from messaging apps to self-driving cars.In the first part, we discussed Facebook s recent F8 announcements on their new chatbots platform and video livestreaming.From there, we analyzed the implications of Facebook s announcements and examined how it will impact Asia from video advertising to messaging apps, thus foreshadowing an upcoming showdown between Asian messaging apps, such as WeChat and LINE.Finally, we dissected the different business models behind artificial intelligence companies and how they will play a role in the technology space from the US to Asia.Download MP3 25.2 MB or Subscribe via RSSAnalyse Asia with Bernard Leong is a weekly podcast dedicated to the pulse of technology, business & media in Asia.10:30 Why do Facebook use chatbots where the UI is not working in the emerging markets?16:45 Facebook Videos: Live Fast, Die Young Source: TheInformation Implications to Facebook livestreaming to video advertising and virtual reality.
CBR highlights the biggest announcements from the show.HANA Cloud Platform for Cloud FoundrySAP released a Cloud Foundry beta version in order to help developers build apps and services using a combination of Cloud Foundry and HCP.Digital Customer InsightThis is the first data-as-a-service offering that SAP has created and is designed to deliver insights that can be bought from the SAP store.In addition to these insights, marketers will be able to gain competitive insight into store locations and how they compare to the competition.SAP says that the data is both anonymised and encrypted so that individual privacy is protected.Integrations between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions would form an important part of the deeper relationship between the two.
IBM is offering Nvidia Grid Tesla M60 GPU in cloud to make compute intensive tasks easier in virtual desktops.It will allow customers to deploy more powerful cloud servers for doing complex computing tasks including data analytics, graphics, energy exploration and deep learning/artificial intelligence.Tesla M60 with NVIDIA GRID virtualisation technology can speed up virtualised desktop applications like CAD/CAM computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing including AutoCAD.With the availability of the technology in cloud, companies can used the GPU resources on IBM Cloud on an on-demand basis.It will help reduce the processing time to hours in comparison to the use of CPU-only based servers.Nvidia vice president and general manager Jim McHugh said: "For the first time, businesses can deliver workstation-class graphics-intensive applications from the cloud along with high performance computing."
Big data has inspired a great deal of hype over the past few years, gaining traction as the thing that all businesses should be doing, but what is it?While there are many misconceptions about big data, such as believing that it is necessary to collect and store large amounts of your own data, it cannot be denied that this buzzword has great significance to businesses and the world.Volume basically means that there is more data, this could be from transactional data that has been stored over the years, unstructured data which can be from social media or sensor and machine data that is being collected.The third V is variety which looks at the various different formats that data comes in.Some companies such as SAS consider there to be two additional Vs that make up big data, these are variability and complexity.Complexity refers to the fact that data is coming from multiple different sources which can be difficult to link, match, cleanse and transform across systems.
OkCupid filed a copyright claim to take down the dataset; the journal that published Facebook s study issued an expression of concern.The OkCupid research does not seem to have gone through any kind of ethical review process, and a Cornell ethics review board approved the Facebook experiment.Social scientists have been crying foul about IRBs for a while now.When Katie Shilton, an information technology research at the University of Maryland, interviewed 20 online data researchers, she found significant disagreement over issues like the ethics of ignoring Terms of Service and obtaining informed consent.In December, Finch at the Future of Privacy Forum organized a workshop called Beyond IRBs to consider processes for ethical review outside of federally funded research.Maybe updated ethical guidelines can be forged out of those collaborations.
A Taiwanese investment firm is looking to capitalize on the red hot Internet of Things IoT market, by launching a $625 million global IoT investment fund.The China Post reports that Fu Hwa Securities Investment Trust Co. will begin operations of its IoT investment fund by late June.The firm said its new fund will target the plethora of opportunities that are emerging from IoT technologies such as self-driving cars, big data, smart logistics, cloud computing and advanced manufacturing.Fu Hwa expects a decade of IoT growthAs these innovations come to market, Fu Hwa said it sees IoT growth as remaining strong for the next 10 years, driving both investment and efficiencies in companies who are able to successfully integrate new IoT technologies.Notably China has recently provided a big boost to IoT prospects in the region, particularly in the realm of self-driving cars.The regulations are expected to pave the way for autonomous vehicles that will appear on China s highways in three to five years, and then in Chinese cities by 2025
It s already unveiled the world s first virtual reality department store, but eBay isn t quite done making it easier for you to spend money without ever leaving your home.Last week, the online auction house launched a series of new browsing modules and search features meant to help shoppers better discover the right products for their needs or perhaps, their desires .As such, the bid-taking giant promises that it will be introducing a number of enhancements throughout the year aimed towards helping buyers find and purchase selected items.And it s all reliant on big data.As such, the two functionalities are being developed in tandem with hopes of achieving the best possible shopping experience.By leveraging what we learn, and the data we collect through our new browsing experiences, we ll be better able to give shoppers relevant ways to narrow down their search sessions.
Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight.There are already more than a billion cellphones in the world, emitting 18 exabytes 1 billion gigabytes of data every month.And while interesting advances are being made in data storage on DNA molecules, for now, realistic data storage options are still a little less sci-fi sounding.Here are four viable solutions to our storage capacity woes.The hybrid cloudWe all understand the concept of the cloud.The refrigerator-sized box can store up to 16 petabytes of data, and co-founder John Hayes believes that amount can be doubled by 2017.
IBM has told foot soldiers in the Global Technology Services operation to brace themselves for a second round of redundancies in the UK.Chris Wilson, director of the Technical Support Services division within GTS, told staff in a memo on Friday that it is forming an Employee Consultation Committee.This body will represent the permanent employee population of the Technical Support Services business areas in the UK.UK Labs and Global Business Services are also seeing reductions.In total, IBM is tipped to get rid of 14,000 heads this year but has talked up vacancies elsewhere in the business deemed priorities including cloud, big data, mobility, security and social.The company, like many tech rivals, is recasting itself in the era of cloud to become more relevant, after 15 consecutive quarters of shrinking sales.
But things have changed.The types of data include business transactions, email messages, photos, surveillance videos, activity logs and unstructured text from blogs and social media, as well as the huge amounts of data that can be collected from sensors of all varieties.Even more telling, 60% of small businesses report that they do not use Big Data tools – with 25% saying they re not sure if they use Big Data tools.Using Big Data to Help Your BusinessWhat s a better way for small businesses to think about Big Data?By dipping into and analyzing your Big Data, you can:Find out who your most valuable customers areAnalyze competitors actionsKeep your fingers on the pulse of a changing marketplaceUnderstand how to make your operations more efficientGet a clearer picture of your customers: For starters, you can get a clearer picture of your customers, and at a very granular level: who they are, and what drives them to buy certain products or services.Every digital tool your employees use in the office generates data.