Big Data

Finland-based fitness giant, Polar accidentally revealed the locations of millions of users including military officers and intelligence agents on its fitness app, Polar Flow. A joint investigation done by Bellingcat and Dutch publication De Correspondent reveals that it is much easier to track user location data on the fitness app when compared to Strava, another controversial fitness app. This flaw in the fitness tracker app can act as a gold-mine for the data hackers involved in anti-national activities. This is so because the inv...
Facebook’s private data for its European users may not have been obtained by Cambridge Analytica. This is coming on the heels of criticisms triggered by a scandal of great consequence which sparked global outrage as the social media giant continues to tackle and defend. According to Stephen Satterfield, a privacy policy director at Facebook, while speaking to the European Union parliamentarians in a hearing on Monday, he said: “the best information we have suggests that no Facebook EU data was shared by Dr. [Aleksandr] Kogan with Camb...
China has successfully executed one of its most ambitious missions of the first quantum satellite of the world. Science recently published a paper mentioning that the quantum satellite of China produced its first successful result. This satellite was launched in August and it uses a crystal that can produce entangled photon pairs in orbit. The photons then travel almost 2,400 kilometers (kms) down through space to transmit to China’s base stations. This is a first successful attempt for the mission- China’s Quantum Experiments at Spac...
Forget superhumans, the world is moving towards supercomputers for faster, smoother, and a more intelligent digital experience. In the digital era, the war is not for arms, ammunitions, or people. It is, in fact, for leading the nation towards a digital superiority. Before you start wondering about an exascale supercomputer, it is a computer that’s capable of computing a billion-billion calculations/second. Currently, China is leading the pack with its Sunway TaihuLight. This is the world’s fastest supercomputer as of now and theoreti...
Imagine a world with computers that run 1,00,000 times faster than the current ones! It can drastically change lives and every aspect related to humanity. Such computers can help discover planets and galaxies, diagnose diseases, and do many tasks earlier than usual. Interestingly, a team of researchers; including some engineers from the University of Michigan, say that they have found a way to achieve this, with electrons and small laser pulses. In Science, ‘femtosecond’ means one quadrillionth of a second. This team of researchers h...
According to the definition, Blockchain is a distributed database; that maintains a continuously growing list of records, called blocks. Every block contains a timestamp and also a link to a previous block. More technically speaking, it is a digital ledger; where the transactions made in crypto-currency(or bitcoin), are recorded chronologically and publicly.  Interestingly, last year an Indian multi-national bank; ICICI bank announced that it has successfully used the blockchain technology; to execute transactions in International Tra...
China is considered as one of the most popular and exciting economies in the world for a gateway to new technologies. The increasing popularity of big data in China is no such exception. Since its inception, Chinese big data market has never looked back. It’s rather burgeoning at a tremendous pace. Chinese love experimenting new high-end technologies with products they manufacture. Considering that big data is the future of technology, the aim to incorporate more products and supplies with big data increases. For instance, Chinese hav...
Today, with much fanfare at CES 2016, Ginny Rometty, chairman, president, and CEO at IBM revealed that the Big Blue has signed up with Softbank Robotics’ Pepper, Sportswear maker Under Armour, and more. The collaboration is still in works, but the plan is that the companies will use Watson’s machine learning algorithms and AI to run more intelligent services and personalized apps. Earlier this year, IBM started a Cognitive Business Solutions Unit along with a separate Internet of Things center in Germany. Rometty also noted that IB...
Dark Data, a subset of Big Data has been finding its way into the spotlight. We live in the midst of an atmosphere of numinous, yet docile data revolution. Our bromides about big data say a lot about our penchant for it. A single, personal object like the smartphone epitomizes the synthesis of Herculean information. It reminds us that data is encrypted into the air we breathe. Our love for social conversations, for more privileged, inside information, pales before the colossal volume of data contained in the web. Top analysis firm ID...
Imagine you want to the three volumes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You get on the Internet and say, “Hey good people of the Internet, does anyone has the LoTR trilogy?” If you were on some random site, here’s the answer you’ll get, “Hey, I’ve got all three volumes. Let me give it to you,” But on Torrent, is like a hundred people saying “Buddy, we’ve each got pages of this trilogy. Let us give you the pages and you can put the entire volume together yourself.” This figuratively explains how peer-to-peer technology in Torrent...