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13 Secret Features Hidden In Your iPhone

13 Secret Features Hidden In Your iPhone | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"If you want to become an iPhone power user, it's best to know about some of the hidden features Apple put in its operating system."

 

Some great tips and tricks.

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Saudi drivers in 'sidewalk skiing' craze

Saudi drivers in 'sidewalk skiing' craze | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

Motorists in Saudi Arabia have been taking to the country's desert roads in growing numbers to try out an exciting but perilous driving stunt.


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HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Notebook.. review

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Notebook.. review | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"We have recently spent some time working (and playing) with the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart notebook computer. Specifically, we have been using the 15-4010nr Ultrabook model. This is a Windows 8 machine and it happens to be sporting a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and as implied by the TouchSmart in the name — this one is a touchscreen notebook. The notebook looks good, feels solid and has specs to match. Of course, on the flip side of that, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart isn’t the lowest priced notebook on the market."


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Motorola to launch stock Android phones sized “just right”

Motorola to launch stock Android phones sized “just right” | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"Motorola is going to be launching a series of next-gen phones that will forgo Motorola’s old, bloated UI, and offer the Stock Android experience instead. In an interview with PC Magazine, Motorola’s Design Chief, Jim Wicks, says that the company plans on releasing Google-influenced smartphones to the market the second half of this year. Not only will the phones feature a stock experience, they will also be smaller than the current smartphones on the market."

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Python: Build PyV8 for Python3 on Ubuntu

PyV8 is a Python wrapper for Googles V8 Javascript Engine. Initially it was only possible to use it in combination with Python 2. But since February 2013 it is possible to use it with Python 3.

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The Best Data Minning Tools You Can Use for Free in Your Company

The Best Data Minning Tools You Can Use for Free in Your Company | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Data miningor “Knowledge Discovery in Databases” is the  process of discovering patterns in large data sets with artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, and database systems.

 

The overall goal of a data mining process is to extract information from a data set and transform it into an understandable structure for further use.

Here is a simple but fascinating example of how data mining helped dissipate wrong assumptions and conclusions about girls, and take action with tremendous social impact.


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CarSafe app zooms in on driver safety.. working

CarSafe app zooms in on driver safety.. working | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"Researchers from the Dartmouth’s Smartphone Sensing Group have one core mission: make smartphones smarter by levering their embedded sensors to create new sensing applications. As part of their pursuit of techno-cognition, the team sensed that smartphones could make driving safer and conceived CarSafe, the first dual-camera app for smartphones."

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Facebook forced into revealing identities of cyberbullies

Facebook forced into revealing identities of cyberbullies | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Woman wins high court backing after she received abusive messages about post on The X Factor's Frankie Cocozza.

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Say Hello To The ATIV S.. first Windows Phone 8 handset

Say Hello To The ATIV S.. first Windows Phone 8 handset | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"The first Windows Phone 8 handset was revealed today at IFA in Berlin. Dubbed the Samsung ATIV S, it has a 4.8 inch "HD" (presumably 1280x720) Super AMOLED screen, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 8MP rear and 1.9MP front-facing cameras, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage, a micro SD slot, NFC support, and a 2,300 mAh battery—all in a 8.7mm (0.34") thick device."


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Why Steve Jobs Couldn't Find a Job Today - Forbes

Why Steve Jobs Couldn't Find a Job Today - Forbes | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
There's lots of talk about innovation, but little innovation. Unfortunately we keep hiring the wrong kinds of leaders to implement innovation, or create growth.
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Why Multitasking Doesn't Work - Forbes

Why Multitasking Doesn't Work - Forbes | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Right now, you might be reading this blog while cooking dinner, watching the news on TV, and riding a stationary bicycle. You’re trying to save time by doing multiple things at once. Truth is, you’re actually wasting time.
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Key Drivers For Banking Innovation: Big Data, Dark Data, 720 Degree View of the Customer?

Key Drivers For Banking Innovation: Big Data, Dark Data, 720 Degree View of the Customer? | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Key Drivers For #Banking Innovation: "#BigData, Dark Data, 720 Degree View of Customer?" at @Visible_Banking.com http://t.co/QfpgTlmhS6

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There’s a Little Bit of Expert In All of Us

There’s a Little Bit of Expert In All of Us | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Business pros sometimes need to listen to experts. Sometimes they don’t. Never ignore what someone says just because you don’t think they’re expert.
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Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement

Google teams up with FIDO for password replacement | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"Google and FIDO, the Fast IDentity Online Alliance, have joined forces in an effort to replace passwords completely with a new authentication system altogether. FIDO is only looking to replace passwords used when trying to log in into online sites and services, saying that the current password system isn’t secure enough to protect users."

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Greyhound Installs Telematics to Increase Fuel Efficiency in 1,775 Buses | Sustainable Brands

Greyhound Installs Telematics to Increase Fuel Efficiency in 1,775 Buses | Sustainable Brands | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Greyhound has begun integrating telematics program DriveCam across its entire fleet to optimize safety performance and increase fuel efficiency.

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Probabilistic Data Structures for Web Analytics and Data Mining

Probabilistic Data Structures for Web Analytics and Data Mining | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Statistical analysis and mining of huge multi-terabyte data sets is a common task nowadays, especially in the areas like web analytics and Internet advertising. Analysis of such large data sets oft...
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Statistical analysis and mining of huge multi-terabyte data sets is a common task nowadays, especially in the areas like web analytics and Internet advertising. Analysis of such large data sets often requires powerful distributed data stores like Hadoop and heavy data processing with techniques like MapReduce. This approach often leads to heavyweight high-latency analytical processes and poor applicability to realtime use cases. On the other hand, when one is interested only in simple additive metrics like total page views or average price of conversion, it is obvious that raw data can be efficiently summarized, for example, on a daily basis or using simple in-stream counters.  Computation of more advanced metrics like a number of unique visitor or most frequent items is more challenging and requires a lot of resources if implemented straightforwardly. In this article, I provide an overview of probabilistic data structures that allow one to estimate these and many other metrics and trade precision of the estimations for the memory consumption. These data structures can be used both as temporary data accumulators in query processing procedures and, perhaps more important, as a compact – sometimes astonishingly compact – replacement of raw data in stream-based computing.

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I liked this scoop because it gives you the structures for large multi-terabyte web analytics, which has become very common task these days when it comes to areas like internet advertising. Good information for anyone looking to construct web analytics and data mining.

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CarSafe app zooms in on driver safety.. working

CarSafe app zooms in on driver safety.. working | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"Researchers from the Dartmouth’s Smartphone Sensing Group have one core mission: make smartphones smarter by levering their embedded sensors to create new sensing applications. As part of their pursuit of techno-cognition, the team sensed that smartphones could make driving safer and conceived CarSafe, the first dual-camera app for smartphones."

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Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth

Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Sean Ragan of MAKE magazine just posted this amazing graphic, which he tracked down after being mildly obsessed with it for more than a decade. It’s an “Integrated Space Plan” drawn up by Rockwell International, a conglomerate of manufacturing companies in the aerospace, electronics, and truck component industries. The plan was created in the ’80s, and is supposed to be a detailed flow chart for establishing a permanent human presence in space. And it. Is. Amazing.

 

You can click to make this teeny version a little bigger, but for serious evaluation you should get the PDF from MAKE. Once you do that, you can try to actually follow the plan — it runs chronologically from top to bottom, the arrowed lines denote “evolutionary, supporting, or synergistic relationships” and “communication/data links,” and big circles are “plateaus of human technological achievement.” Or you can just bask in the fractal weirdness of the thing. Nodes on the chart include goals like “Interstellar Traversing World Ships” and “Create New Moons for Mars If Required.”

 

As far as I can tell we’re currently supposed to be in the “Routine Access to Space Achieved” plateau AND the “Biplanetary Civilization Evolves to Exploit Extraterrestrial Resources” plateau, so we can see how well this is working out..


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Say Hello To The ATIV S.. first Windows Phone 8 handset

Say Hello To The ATIV S.. first Windows Phone 8 handset | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it

"The first Windows Phone 8 handset was revealed today at IFA in Berlin. Dubbed the Samsung ATIV S, it has a 4.8 inch "HD" (presumably 1280x720) Super AMOLED screen, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 8MP rear and 1.9MP front-facing cameras, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32 gigabytes of storage, a micro SD slot, NFC support, and a 2,300 mAh battery—all in a 8.7mm (0.34") thick device."


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Apple Warns iPhone Owners: Be Wary of Fake Text Messages

Apple Warns iPhone Owners: Be Wary of Fake Text Messages | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Apple is telling its customers to be wary of messages sent via SMS.
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Apple's market cap makes it the most valuable company of all time

Apple's market cap makes it the most valuable company of all time | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Apple has beaten Microsoft's record for the highest stock market value in history.
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For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

For Those Who Want to Lead, Read | IT Thoughts | Scoop.it
Whether it's Wikipedia, Michael Lewis, or Aristotle, reading brings a host of benefits to the workplace.
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