Tech & Science A new law set to go into effect on Friday has shaken up business in the European Union and, by extension, the United States. Inboxes on both continents have filled with new privacy policies and terms of service over the past couple of weeks as companies anticipate the new General Data Protection Regulation. The European Parliament adopted the law in 2014. A two-year grace period started May 24, 2016, and companies are required to comply Friday. The grace period was meant to allow companies to prepare for GDPR to go into effect. What Is the GDPR? The new GDPR law is meant to protect consumers who give companies in Europe their personal data. It is meant to prevent companies from using that data incorrectly or in a way that users haven't consented to. The law also gives users far more control over their own data. Under GDPR, users can ask a company for all the data that company has on them, and, if they wish, for the company to delete … [Read more...] about What Does GDPR Mean? When Does It Start? New Privacy Laws Explained
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Voice-activated home assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant are some of the most exciting "new" tech to appear in a very long time. It's not what they can do, but how they do it that makes them so very different than anything that came before them. Saying "Hey Google do that thing" is reminiscent of 1980's sci-fi where people talked to their home and magical things were done and as they become more useful they will also become more popular. This technology isn't just a fad. There's also a growing concern about a single phrase you'll often hear when discussing the tech, regardless of which company is using it: Always Listening. Reactions range from "I don't care I'm not doing anything wrong" to "Can that thing hear me poop?" and confusion follows because the companies that make use of this tech don't really bother to explain what Always Listening really means. Let's talk about what an Echo or Google Home can hear, when it can hear it and what we should do about it. The … [Read more...] about What does an “Always Listening” smart speaker really mean?
"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” That was the tagline for the 2010 film – The Social Network – about the founding of Facebook. While Facebook’s users now amount to nearly two billion, you can’t deny that the social media giant is looking pretty unpopular at the moment. The once stable company suffered its biggest share price fall last month as Mark Zuckerberg stepped into the firing line to defend his firm in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica debacle (although admittedly, the share price has nudged back up again since his trial). Having been left to roam free, the kings of the stock market jungle could soon find themselves caged – and weaker as a result. Demands for tougher regulation on tech companies like Facebook have now come flooding in on both sides of the Atlantic. Walter Price, fund manager for the Allianz Technology Trust, says the saga means that governments around the world are now really taking … [Read more...] about As Facebook reels from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, what does it mean for the other tech beasts?
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Mitch Daniels WASHINGTON POST Enlarge Isn’t technology wonderful? At Purdue University, the same IT infrastructure that enables us to manage student assignments and grades, operate residential and dining facilities, and support a leading community of scientific researchers produces as a byproduct a massive amount of fascinating information. We know where each student is anytime — which is virtually all the time — their mobile devices are connected to our WiFi network. When they enter their dorm, or dining court, or recreational facility, they swipe in, and a machine captures the time and place. EDITORIAL: Facebook's reality check Whether they’re in class or in their rooms, a machine knows when they’re online and where they’re going while there. Forget that old ominous line, “We know where you live.” These days, it’s, “We know where you are.” … [Read more...] about Mitch Daniels: Big Data is always watching. When do we mind?
What does a free coupon really cost? Internet commerce practically runs on coupons, coupon plugin, vouchers, and promotional codes, with a number of dedicated sites, platforms, and tools like Honey and InvisibleHand to help you save at checkout. It’s a marketing tactic dating back to the 19th century, when Asa Candler used coupons to help popularize the beverage company he bought, “distributing thousands of coupons for a complimentary glass of Coca-Cola.” Obviously Candler’s efforts were a success — perhaps you’ve heard of Coca-Cola — and today there are very few e-retailers that don’t offer the chance to “apply a code” before buying something online. Plenty of savvy users take this opportunity to do a quick Google search for an easy way to save some money, with millions of codes posted and available for free on a multitude of websites. More savvy online shoppers don’t even search for coupons … [Read more...] about What does a dollar-saving coupon plugin really cost?
Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is a pretty great thing. You can ask about the mundane details of life to know when your next dentist appointment is (provided you linked a calendar in the app) or have Alexa remind you to do things at a certain time or even build out a detailed to-do list if you're busy enough to need one. She (Alexa is a" she" like Siri or Cortana and not an "it" like Google Assistant) also is tightly integrated with Amazon services, so you can play Amazon Music or watch Amazon Videos and even control your Fire TV, as well as shop for almost anything your heart desires on Amazon just by asking her to find it for you. Alexa only knows the things you tell her, but she also never forgets them. Where Alexa really shines is when it comes to controlling the smart products in your home, and just about any connected gadget you can buy will have Alexa support, even gadgets from other companies like Google's Nest. Of course, to be this smart and do these sorts of things means … [Read more...] about Amazon Alexa: What kind of data does Amazon get from me?
Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, TNW is running a series of profiles highlighting innovative companies led or founded by women. Orit Hashay, CEO of online lingerie retailer Brayola, grew up in an ultra-orthodox family in Petah Tivka, Israel. Her deeply religious upbringing was a million miles from New York City’s fast-paced startup world, but that didn’t stop her from launching a business that looks set to dominate a market projected to be worth $55 billion by 2024. At 15, she left her ultra-orthodox world for a secular education. “I trained as a software developer and, over the course of 10 years, launched mit4mit, an Israeli consumer wedding services reviews site; Ramkol, Israel’s leading local reviews site; and Vetrinas, a virtual window on hundreds of stores worldwide,” she tells me This journey took her to the next logical step in her entrepreneurship journey, and she joined Israeli VC firm Carmel Ventures (now Viola … [Read more...] about How this Israeli entrepreneur built a big data-powered bra empire
What is a data scientist? Data scientists are responsible for discovering insights from massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to help shape or meet specific business needs and goals. The data scientist role is becoming increasingly important as businesses rely more heavily on data analytics to drive decision-making and lean on automation and machine learning as core components of their IT strategies. The data scientist role A data scientist’s main objective is to organize and analyze large amounts of data, often using software specifically designed for the task. The final results of a data scientist’s analysis needs to be easy enough for all invested stakeholders to understand — especially those working outside of IT. A data scientist’s approach to data analysis depends on their industry and the specific needs of the business or department they are working for. Before a data scientist can find meaning in structured or unstructured data, business … [Read more...] about What is a data scientist? A key data analytics role and a lucrative career
It’s been said that the only people who tell the truth are the children and the insane. Now, developers may seem insane at times and they are just as prone to childish tantrums as anyone, but that doesn’t mean they speak the truth. Indeed they often shade the truth just like the suits in the corner office when speaking to the developer team. They just use a different language. To help you navigate the subtle inflections and sneaky barbs of your developers, here is a translation guide to some of the terms developers often use in team meetings. ‘Non-standard’ On a good day, standards are a nice way for a group to synchronize their behavior and build up a collective stack of code that encourages cooperation and tons of network effects. On a bad day, they’re a cudgel by which one tribe of developers beats down another. Outside of a few corners controlled by government agencies, most so-called standards are just regular code with the word “standard” … [Read more...] about What those developers really mean
This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling a story as much as it is selling salad. Grown in hydroponic greenhouses on the rooftops of buildings in New York and Chicago, the greens are shipped to nearby stores and restaurants within hours of being harvested. That means a fresher product, less spoilage, and lower transportation emissions than a similar rural operation might have—plus, for the customer, the warm feeling of participating in a local food web. “As a company, we want to connect urban residents to their food, with produce grown a few short miles from where you are,” said Viraj Puri, Gotham … [Read more...] about Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming