The Champions League final was not just an exciting game, but it was also a potential game changer: Liverpool Striker Mo Salah, Player of the Year, recipient of the Golden Boot and Egypt’s best known player had suddenly had his ticket to the World Cup cast into doubt after an aggressive challenge from Sergio Ramos left him injured.The implications of this tackle could have been be huge: If Salah was unable to play for his country (it turns out that he has done the almost impossible and is fit), this could have affected Egypt’s chances in the World Cup, and while Egypt is unlikely to be troubling the later rounds of the competition, like a butterfly flapping its wings on the other side of the world, Egypt’s performance could in turn impact how the other teams in its group do - and ultimately affect which country gets to lift the trophy.This said, Salah’s potential fall is only one of literally millions of data points. One of millions of factors that could … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018 predictions with Big Data: who is going to win what and when?
Big data why is it important
In 2012, the Obama administration unveiled a two hundred million dollar initiative to facilitate the growth of the Big Data industry and demonstrate its potential in large-scale markets. However, the initiative was an apparent failure. Despite government endorsement, Big Data has been unable to develop into an industry in its own right; the analysis and evaluation of billions of data points remain a trend rather than an emerging technology. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy at OSTP, released a statement on behalf of the Obama administration in which hedeclared that “to launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies will announce more than $200 million in new commitments that, together, promise to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data”. The statement went on to say, “we also want to challenge industry, research universities, and nonprofits to join with the … [Read more...] about Big Data — useful tool or fetish?
There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating, lighting, cameras, sensors for just about everything, as well as new devices popping up every week to drag your home into a connected future. Over the past few years, we've moved from a position of disconnected systems into a world with emerging hubs, with big devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home acting as hubs to tie all your connected services together, along with emerging platforms like Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings.So what role does ZigBee have to play in this brave new world of the smart home? Pocket-lint is here to supply all the answers.The smart homeThe whole idea behind the smart home it to have everything talking to everything, so you stay informed while you're devices stay informed too. That might be … [Read more...] about What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?
We are fortunate to live in an exciting time where multiple technological leaps are occurring. Specifically, I am thinking of the mobile industry transition from 4G to 5G, and the cross-industry IT paradigm shift to the Big Data approach. The 5G standards community is already planning to support the collection and transmission of massive amounts of data. This is one of its key requirements pillars in the area of supporting the IoT. What is left, however, is for the 5G community to ensure that the other component of Big Data, namely support for network and application intelligence, is also baked into the 5G architecture. Otherwise, 5G may become simply a pipe for Big Data passing between devices and the cloud infrastructure.What is Big Data?Big Data, of course, refers to data sets that are so large and complex that traditional database systems cannot handle them. Big Data also encompasses the techniques for data acquisition, storage, processing, analysis, querying and visualization. … [Read more...] about Big Data will enable better network and application intelligence in 5G