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  • arjunmantri 7:29 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data 

    TechCrunch

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    PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel commonly harps on the tech community for overusing buzzwords like “cloud” and “big data.” He’s not the only one who’s been saying this, but the message still doesn’t appear to be sinking in with most enterprises.

    Companies often tout all their terabytes and petabytes of data, and their massive teams of data scientists running huge Hadoop clusters with Apache Kafka streams that are such a competitive advantage.

    The truth is, most of them suffer from one of the old adages in computing: garbage in, garbage out. Not only do most of them actually not have Big Data in terms of data complexity or volume, but most of them actually have Crappy Data, and it’s probably hurting their business. According to Experian Data Quality, inaccurate data affects the bottom line of 88 percent of organizations and impacts up to 12 percent of revenues.

    Good Big Data

    Some companies actually have good data and know how to use it. From mature, web-native companies like Google…

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  • arjunmantri 11:04 pm on May 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio 

    TechCrunch

    Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd.

    When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard reply it gives as confirmation of acquistions, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

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    The company began showing signs that something was clearly amiss when it canceled its user conference in San Francisco earlier this month and later took down the company’s Twitter accounts. It also posted on its website a couple of days ago that it was ending purchase of products and subscriptions. Email tech support ends June 30th.

    Our senior writer Josh Constine went…

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  • arjunmantri 9:32 pm on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2015 Report 

    TechCrunch

    If your life depends on technology, you better read this cover to cover. Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report is the ultimate compilation of essential tech statistics. Encompassing everything from Snapchat to drones, smartphone penetration to on-demand food. Today she dropped the 2015 report.

    If you want the edited version with our added analysis, check out our post on the Best Of Meeker. But here are the facts, straight from the woman who has the whole evolution of the Internet in her head.

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  • arjunmantri 8:07 pm on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Barriers to Solar Financing in India 

     
  • arjunmantri 7:29 pm on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at AJ+, Al Jazeera’s upcoming online news network 

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  • arjunmantri 6:27 pm on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Al Jazeera is staffing up for the launch of its AJ+ online video news network 

     
  • arjunmantri 8:41 am on May 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    In praise of “boring” technology 

    Labs

    In this article I will explain how Spotify uses different mature and proven technologies in our backend service eco-system and architecture, and why we do so. In addition, this article will also attempt to explain when Spotify has chosen not to use certain proven technologies, the reasons why and the associated pitfalls associated with each.

    More often than not, the right tool for the job is piece of software that has been around for some time, with proven success. One example would be writing a backend service in Java or Python instead of Go or Node.JS. Another example would be storing data in MySQL or PostgreSQL instead of MongoDB or Riak.

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  • arjunmantri 2:34 pm on May 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Apple Watch And The Future Of App Design 

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    TechCrunch

    Editor’s note: AndrewShorten is director of Adobe Creative Cloud Product Management. Formerly, he developed web, kiosk and mobile user interfaces for government and enterprise customers at Fujitsu and has since worked for Macromedia, Microsoft, and Adobe.

    The launch of the Apple Watch represents the latest proof point that we’re only going to have more devices to consider when designing mobile apps. Not only does it represent a huge opportunity for more personal experiences, but it presents user interface designers with the increasingly complex challenge of scaling themselves to design for Web, mobile, tablets and wearables.

    And there are further indicators that digital screens will become the way we interact with pretty much everything in the future. Take Coca-Cola’s latest vending machines that are operated by selecting from a touch screen. Or consider the Tesla Model S, a high-end car that replaces most of the traditional dashboard controls with a…

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  • arjunmantri 7:30 am on May 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ten things I learned studying ten of the world’s fastest growing startups 

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  • arjunmantri 3:34 am on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    gRPC – Some Thoughts 

    iRomin

    Google recently released gRPC, an Open Source framework for handling remote procedure calls. The announcement is timely due to several reasons, some of which include the rise of IoT (and the need for small/tight/less resource hungry protocols), the announcement of HTTP/2 standard and a current favorite topic among developers : microservices.

    I am definitely excited at the announcement and did devote some time to looking around the project, sample apps, interface definitions and much more. It does interest and you can bet that I will be spending some time on it this year, no doubt about that.

    The release of gRPC seems to have triggered a series of thoughts in my mind: technical and otherwise. Here they go (in no order of importance):

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