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Month: November 2013

Wibidata Machine Learning Platform Offers Capabilities Comparable To Amazon.com And Google

Wibidata, a big data application provider, has a new platform for building real-time apps that shows the increasing accessibility of machine learning and how e-commerce companies can provide an experience similar to a giant like Amazon.com. The new WibiEnterprise 3.0 platform allows a company to power a site with advanced analytics that fine-tunes itself, providing better recommendations and other features over time, including more relevant search results and personalized content. The platform is designed for the customer who is beginning to use data science, said Omer Trajman, vice president of field operations at Wibidata. “They are not classically trained but they have an analytics background. They have been doing marketing analytics. The mechanics are similar, what has changed is the availability of data.” WibiEnterprise 3.0 is built on an open source framework called Kiji, which provides a common platform for building applications that leverage large data sets. At its core, Wibidata is offering a platform that takes into consideration the fact that companies often have just a few seconds to engage their customers. People use all sorts of personal devices and can turn to a competitor with just a few clicks. But with all this data, companies also have an opportunity to learn about their customers by analyzing their digital interactions. Doing that means building a storage system that provides a 360-degree view of the customer. Like Google and Amazon, Wibidata’s Kijii framework uses...

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Agent Makes Your Smartphone A Little Bit Smarter

You can’t teach an old phone new tricks. Hah! Just kidding. Of course you can. This isn’t 1998. Agent is an app that aims to make your Android smartphone just a little bit smarter, using all of your phone’s sensors to detect what you’re up to and tweak your settings automatically. Driving? It’ll automatically respond to texts to let people know you’re busy, and remember where you parked your car. Sleeping? It’ll only let the most important calls through. Agent is a spin-off, of sorts, of another Egomotion product called “Trigger” (or, as it was once known, “NFC Task Launcher”). With Trigger, Egomotion sells packs of programmable NFC tags which can fire off actions on your phone. Want your phone to silence itself and set an alarm when you go to bed? You’d stick one of their NFC tags on your nightstand, then set up a series of tasks to fire whenever that tag is detected. Want it to automatically launch your favorite music app when you get in the car? Tuck one of the tags into your cup holder. In time, however, the team realized that many of the most popular use cases didn’t really require NFC. Instead of an NFC tag on your nightstand, why not just auto-silence the phone during certain hours? Instead of hiding a tag in a cupholder, why not just detect when the...

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How To Sell Your Business And Make And Lose Millions

Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) about how to make, lose, and make back millions. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.] First I totally gave up. I thought there was no way to sell my web services business. It started when I was in the offices of Loud Records, run by Steve Rifkind. My company, Reset, was doing websites for the Wu-Tang Clan and other Loud artists. It was 1997. Ol’ Dirty Bastard would call me on the phone sometimes. Mobb Deep would stop by. Trent Reznor would hang out (we did Interscope’s artists as well). Steve Rifkind’s dad, Jules Rifkind, was a music mogul from the 50s, signing acts like James Brown. He was infamously (supposedly) portrayed in The Sopranos as the character Hesh Rabkin. And the rumor was that Jules Rifkind’s father used to handle all the details whenever Meyer Lansky threw a party. When you walked into Loud Records these huge beefy older Jewish guys would pat you down to make sure you weren’t carrying a gun. They looked like they were about 70 years old but you had to have a suicide impulse to disagree with them. Someone said to me, “Steve needs you in his office. He’s got some guy in there pitching BS.” So I went in there. This guy, Justin W., was...

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Nike LeBron 11 NSW Lifestyle "Work Hard, Play Hard"

Up next for LeBron James‘s lifestyle shoe, the Nike LeBron 11 NSW Lifestyle, is this “Work Hard, Play Hard” colorway. Inspired by LeBron’s two homes, Akron and Miami, this version of his lifestyle shoe features a brown leather upper inspired by the work boots and construction jackets of Akron. The pops of pink on the laces and sole represent the bright neon lights of Miami and the city’s flamboyance. Flat gold on the tongue and midsole offer a regal finishing touch for King James’s lifestyle shoe. The “Work Hard, Play Hard” colorway will be available at select accounts including Kinetics Tokyo starting December 7. Article source:...

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Fabian Oefner Blows Up Classic Sports Cars

Swiss artist Fabien Oefner has brought his signature work to the world of cars with his two latest projects, “Disintegrating” and “Hatch.” Showing at the MBF M.A.D. Gallery, “Disintegrating” depicts various classic sports car, including a Jaguar E-type, Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and a Ferrari 330 P4, being disintegrated and illustrates the complexity of the pieces that go into making a car. The “Hatch” series plays on the idea of cars being born and features a Ferrari 250 GTO breaking out a shell. Check out the video below to see how the artist was able to create these incredible images. Article source:...

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