The Google Maps app is an indispensable tool for finding your way around with your phone. Here are 10 ways to make the latest version work even better for you. Read more »
Smartphone sensors, readily available feeds of weather data are increasingly good data visualizations are resulting in more and better mobile weather apps. Here are a few to check out for iOS. Read more »
FBI CISO Patrick Reidy gave Black Hat attendees some advice on detecting insider threats inside their agencies or companies. Essentially, he said, there’s no Edward Snowden profile that should set off alarms, so organizations must know their people very, very well. Read more »
Path engineers put a lot of effort into writing the app’s private messaging feature. They detail the steps they took to make the product just right in a new blog post. Read more »
Tableau has pumped up the features on its free offering. Tableau Public, which runs on users’ desktops but stores data and visualizations in the cloud, now stores up to 1 gigabyte of data and can handle files with up to 1 million rows. The previous limits were 50 megabytes and 100,000 rows, respectively.
Turns out a next-gen Japanese toilet can be remotely operated by anyone with the right app. A warning to “smart” appliance manufacturers: if you don’t want to leave a nasty smell, make sure you take security seriously. Read more »
In what seems to be the next move in a marathon game of musical chairs, EMC’s Chuck Hollis has moved over to the virtualization giant. Read more »
The CIA cloud in and of itself is a semi-big deal. But the reason IBM and Amazon Web Services are duking it out for this business is the winner will get a leg up in tons more “cloud-first” government projects. Read more »
A journalist who thought the FBI raided her house because they saw her Google searches turned out to be wrong, but the incident highlights the lack of trust and culture of paranoia that NSA surveillance has created. Read more »
The one-two punch of new regulations and requirements to store vast new amounts of data are squeezing the healthcare industry. But a few crucial signs suggest the prognosis for achieving better yet cheaper care is good. Read more »
According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon to install “port reader” software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze communication streams in real-time. Carriers are reportedly resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.
Semiconductor companies can’t just make chips anymore, they need to address the needs of consumers across devices, something that Chromecast enables. Read more »
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain’s neural network, using the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren’t revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases. Read more »
The map analytics company offer a free product that lets users explore their neighborhoods. But a new paid service is aimed at marketers trying to figure out where to put their next store. Read more »
News of the NSA’s funding of British spies and accusations of the U.S. spying on a journalist on behalf of the New Zealand military underline the complexity and reach of our governments’ intelligence agreements. Read more »
The first version of Futureful’s post-StumbleUpon content discovery app was smart and intriguing, but the second — which now comes with features such as saving to Pocket — is actually pretty amazing. Read more »
Accenture has followed up its investment in Apigee with a new alliance to help its big enterprise customers figure out their mobile and developer strategies. Read more »
This week Washington DC kicked off a project that collects and organizes building energy data in granular 15-minute intervals, one of the first and biggest of its kind. Startup Honest Buildings is providing the underlying software. Read more »
Music that matches your mood? Movies that respond to your emotions? Los Angeles startup BioBeats believes it can use biometric data to create adaptive media for consumers and clinical settings. Read more »
Here are the ten cool startups that will make their pitches next month at Structure: Europe. Check ‘em out! Read more »
People are increasingly using Wi-Fi to connect their mobile devices, a study for the European Commission has shown. As data usage in general is shooting up, that will probably require more wireless capacity down the line. Read more »
Synack is adding seed funding from impressive backers to bring crowdsourced white-hat hacking to enterprises who have concerns about inviting just anyone to the party. Read more »
Qualcomm’s IZat platform, which involves location technology hardwired into the company’s mobile chipsets, will draw on indoor mapping data derived from Nokia’s Here team. Read more »
O2’s 4G services will go live in London, Leeds and Bradford on 29 August, with 10 more cities to follow this year. With EE’s 4G already up and running, that just leaves Vodafone and Three to firm up their dates. Read more »
Hat tip to Nathan Yau at FlowingData for spotting the soon to be new and improved Data.gov site. Data.gov was one of Barack Obama early open-government initiatives, but as Yau points out, it wasn’t exactly user-friendly.
While tweets have pointed out news faster than news outlets, critical data doesn’t always cross the screens of Twitter users. Programs like Selerity can help investors and other power users find buried information. Read more »
A startup called Pondera Solutions has built an entire business based on utilizing Google’s suite of services — its Prediction API most prominently — to power an offering it calls Fraud Detection as a Service. Read more »
Investment giant BlackRock led the round, but consulting firm Accenture also contributed, showing it might be interested in branching out into developer programs. Read more »
Britain’s The Guardian newspaper has shone more light on the XKeyscore scheme used by the NSA and its partners to search through vast amounts of data and flag up anomalies. Read more »
A new product API can help developers using Diffbot’s SaaS service repurpose pricing data from web pages into myriad applications, says CEO Mike Tung. Read more »
ActiveReplay is launching a tracking device on Kickstarter that it says will make action sports like snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding “measurable, sharable and comparable.” Read more »
GÉANT has been upgraded to a maximum capacity of two terabits per second, with individual researchers and scientists able to enjoy connections of up to 100 gigabits per second. Read more »
ZestFinance, the machine learning meets personal loans startup from former Google CIO Douglas Merrill, has raised a $20 million series C round. The company’s model analyzes more than 70,000 variables in trying to provide good loans to folks with bad, or no, credit. Read more »
Dropcam has been a success story in its four years on the market, but a $30 million round will help it expand its camera business and tackle the tough problem of computer vision. Read more »
The Open Data Institute, a non-profit in London that’s working to create demand for open data through research, storytelling, consulting and startup incubation, is starting to get some velocity. Read more »
Fitness trackers and life logging apps might not add too much depth to our understanding of our daily routines, but they do provide a good judgmental eye. Who else is gonna call you out on being a hedonist? Read more »
With its latest News Challenge, the Knight Foundation, along with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and other big health organizations, will award a share of $2 million to projects that mash up public datasets to help people make healthier choices or improve policy-making.
Intelligence agencies are about to get a boost in their data analytics savvy now that In-Q-Tel has formed a partnership with RedOwl Analytics, which finds anomalies in large piles of data. Read more »
Two-hour happy hours on slushies and optimally priced chili dogs aren’t the products of divination. Keeping a business like Sonic competitive means collecting and analyzing lots of data, something Sonic is now doing in the cloud instead of in its old data warehouse system. Read more »
Bina Technologies, a company aiming to make genome processing faster and cheaper, has accepted $1.75 million for its Series B round, which included $6.25 million from Sierra Ventures. Behind the new capital are Jerry Yang of AME Cloud Ventures and Mohsen Moazami of Columbus Nova Technology Partners.