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Attacking CERN's big data problem - creating 1 petabyte of data per second | Gigaom

Attacking CERN's big data problem - creating 1 petabyte of data per second | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
CERN is building out a new data center and re-writing its toolchain to keep up with the big data demands of its research into the nature of matter and anti-matter.
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Why the sharing economy needs the Internet of Things | Gigaom

Why the sharing economy needs the Internet of Things | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Organizations ranging from Zipcar to bike-sharing programs rely on remote unlocking and return of assets. Sharing economy companies that rely on individual assets need to do the same to compete on experience and drive member loyalty.
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Retinal Scans to Individualized Cosmetics: Big Data Biometrics | Syncsort

Retinal Scans to Individualized Cosmetics: Big Data Biometrics | Syncsort | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Biometrics has always relied on Big Data, but applications are becoming more numerous, various, and with correlations more ominous.
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Data sent between phones and smartwatches wide open to hackers | Ars Technica

Data sent between phones and smartwatches wide open to hackers | Ars Technica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

All your text messages, calendar entries, and biometric data belongs to us.

 

The growing number of smart devices that interoperates with smartphones could leave text messages, calendar entries, biometric data, and other sensitive user information wide open to hackers, security researchers warn.

That's because most smart watches rely on a six-digit PIN to secure information traveling to and from connected Android smartphones. With only one million possible keys securing the Bluetooth connection between the handset and the smart device, the PINs are susceptible to brute-force attacks, in which a nearby hacker attempts every possible combination until finding the right one.

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Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things | WIRED

Butterflies, Ants and the Internet of Things | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Buckminster Fuller once wrote, “there is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”  It’s true that often our capacity to look at things and truly understand their final form is very limited.  Nor can we necessarily predict what happens when many small changes combine – when small pebbles roll…
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The IoT will have huge impact how we understand and communicate with consumers as our "things" will be doing a lot of the talking.

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Uber's data-sucking Android app is dangerously close to malware | Cult of Mac

Uber's data-sucking Android app is dangerously close to malware | Cult of Mac | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Android version of the Uber app shares an unbelievable amount of data. So much that one observer calls it "literally malware.

 

Here’s the full list of all the data Uber is collecting through its Android app (we’re checking to see if the iOS version works the same way):

– Accounts log (Email)
– App Activity (Name, PackageName, Process Number of activity, Processed id)
– App Data Usage (Cache size, code size, data size, name, package name)
– App Install (installed at, name, package name, unknown sources enabled, version code, version name)
– Battery (health, level, plugged, present, scale, status, technology, temperature, voltage)
– Device Info (board, brand, build version, cell number, device, device type, display, fingerprint, IP, MAC address, manufacturer, model, OS platform, product, SDK code, total disk space, unknown sources enabled)
– GPS (accuracy, altitude, latitude, longitude, provider, speed)
– MMS (from number, MMS at, MMS type, service number, to number)
– NetData (bytes received, bytes sent, connection type, interface type)
– PhoneCall (call duration, called at, from number, phone call type, to number)
– SMS (from number, service number, SMS at, SMS type, to number)
– TelephonyInfo (cell tower ID, cell tower latitude, cell tower longitude, IMEI, ISO country code, local area code, MEID, mobile country code, mobile network code, network name, network type, phone type, SIM serial number, SIM state, subscriber ID)
– WifiConnection (BSSID, IP, linkspeed, MAC addr, network ID, RSSI, SSID)
– WifiNeighbors (BSSID, capabilities, frequency, level, SSID)
– Root Check (root status code, root status reason code, root version, sig file version)
– Malware Info (algorithm confidence, app list, found malware, malware SDK version, package list, reason code, service list, sigfile version)


Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/304401/ubers-android-app-literally-malware/#gjQl5KPqkQJ8T3Iw.99
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Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail - not covered by health privacy laws and can be supoenaed

Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail - not covered by health privacy laws and can be supoenaed | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data from a Fitbit wristband is being used in an insurance civil litigation case, but the ramifications of the legal fight are clear: A judge can subpoena data from a wearable device.

 

While that fitness band or smartwatch you own may help you get in shape or never miss an appointment, the data it collects is now also fodder for criminal or civil litigation.

 

In what's thought to be a first-of-its-kind civil lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer in Canada used data from a Fitbit wristband in an insurance fraud case to support his client's claims.

 

Previously, insurance civil suits relied on physician examinations and not historical data collected from a wearable. ...

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Tech companies and social networks need an ethics body to rebuild trust | Guardian

Tech companies and social networks need an ethics body to rebuild trust | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The internet is capable of enormous social good but users feel overly advertised to as well as tracked and monitored

 

Do you use a fitness tracker? Online banking? Do you shop online, use a messaging app, download music, use email, file your tax return online or let your children play games on your iPad?

 

How much do you trust the services and technologies you use?

Most of us will admit to a creeping sense of mistrust about the technology we have come to rely on. Many users have come to feel quietly contemptuous of these services, as if our default relationships with them is that they offer us a sheet of novel-length terms and conditions designed for us not to read and in return we agree to be advertised to, or about, or to be tracked and monitored, however ineffectively or, worse, to be surveilled by the government, and we grudgingly accept it and carry on. ....

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Open & smart cities for the common future | EC Digital Agenda for Europe

Open & smart cities for the common future | EC Digital Agenda for Europe | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Promoting open innovation and becoming ecosystem managers instead of service providers are two of the key elements cities need to embrace if they are to innovate and transform themselves into smart cities.  

 

The Open Cities and Commons for Europe projects seek to provide new solutions to these problems public administrations face. Coordinated by ESADE Business School, the ultimate goal of these European projects is to enable open innovation mechanisms in the public sector in seven European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Helsinki, Paris and Rome....

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Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it) | Smart Cities Council

Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it) | Smart Cities Council | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The global smart cities market is forecast to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. Find out which sectors will see the biggest gains – and why the report says cities no longer have a choice about getting smarter.
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Make open data actually work -- FCW

Make open data actually work -- FCW | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The public's demand for transparency means agencies must share data in ways that the average person can understand. Here's how.
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How far can we trust open data? | Mapgubbins

How far can we trust open data? | Mapgubbins | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The trustworthiness of open data depends on the particulars of the individual dataset and publisher. Some open data is robust, and some is rubbish. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with open data as a concept. The same broad statement can be made about data that is available only on commercial terms.

 

But there is a risk attached to open data that does not usually attach to commercial data. ...

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Success: How NYC Open Data and Reddit Saved New Yorkers Over $55,000 a Year | I Quant NY

Success: How NYC Open Data and Reddit Saved New Yorkers Over $55,000 a Year | I Quant NY | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

So what are we to do?   How do we make government more data driven? Well that’s exactly where Open Data comes in.  Agencies are pulled in many directions, and this is an example where, for whatever reason, the data was not analyzed.  By opening up data to its citizens, the NYC government is getting free additional resources to improve services.  

 

The good news in all of this is that the DOT acted on this data point incredibly quickly once they were aware of it.  Within weeks, the two parking spots were repainted (see above) to make it clear that they were in fact illegal.  And that bit of paint will save New Yorkers over $55,000 a year.  ...

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How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn’t call it big data) | Network World

How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn’t call it big data) | Network World | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
When you have an organization the size of UPS, every single little bit of efficiency that can be squeezed out of daily operations translates into a big deal.
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Smart Cities Trade Mission to China Announced | Sustainable business

Smart Cities Trade Mission to China Announced | Sustainable business | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Green technologies from US companies will be promoted in China as part of the joint Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Initiative.
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How to Build a Holy Smart City | World Post

How to Build a Holy Smart City | World Post | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Picture an ancient city full of intricately carved stone temples, where millions of pilgrims and ascetics come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges, as Hindus have done for hundreds of generations. Monks wearing saffron robes, or even nothing at all, who have dedicated their lives to simplicity and sacrificed comfort and materialism in search of a higher knowledge. Now, imagine that the holy water of the Ganges is being monitored by electronic sensors to detect pollution levels, the lights illuminating the streets and houses of this city are fitted with motion sensors and calibrated to save energy, and the amount of pilgrims visiting each day is fed through an algorithm to adjust train schedules and ensure that buses and trains are neither overcrowded nor empty. All of these connected to a central nervous system. A holy smart city. ....

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Beyond the Smart City: Towards a New Paradigm | New Cities Foundation

Beyond the Smart City: Towards a New Paradigm | New Cities Foundation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Mathieu Lefevre kicked off the session with a poll, determining how many times each audience member had touched their cell phone from the moment he or she woke up that day. He then classified cell phone technology as a big, small or medium-sized city’s latest utility, no different from water or electricity and with the same demands for easy accessibility and performance. Yet as encouraging as the ubiquity of technology is, especially in an urban environment, it can be freighted with its own set
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A Three-Pronged Approach to Urban Resilience | HuffPost

A Three-Pronged Approach to Urban Resilience | HuffPost | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

For years now, the American Society of Civil Engineers has been drawing attention to the dire state of America's roads, bridges, dams and water pipes, many of which are in urgent need of repair. Economists say that since the1960s in the U.S., public infrastructure spending as a share of GDP has shrunk to about half the European level.

 

The fact is that is most of us don't sit up and take notice until bridges actually collapse, pipes burst and sidewalks give way. Take what has been recently happening in Los Angeles. At the beginning of the month, the New York Times reported on yet another burst water main in the city. The paper wrote that this was not an isolated incident but rather the latest sign of a continuing deterioration in the city's public works skeleton. It went to comment, I quote, "Los Angeles' problems reflect the challenges many American cities face after years of recession-era belt tightening prompted them to delay basic maintenance....

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Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | NY Times

Copenhagen Lighting the Way to Greener, More Efficient Cities | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Urban areas around the world are installing wireless networks of streetlamps and sensors that could ease traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions.
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Working the Land and the Data | New York Times

Working the Land and the Data | New York Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Technology offers some family-owned farms an opportunity to thrive and compete with giant agribusinesses.

 

Kip Tom, a seventh-generation family farmer, harvests the staples of modern agriculture: seed corn, feed corn, soybeans and data.

 

“I’m hooked on a drug of information and productivity,” he said, sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and plans for his farm’s computer network.

 

Mr. Tom, 59, is as much a chief technology officer as he is a farmer. Where his great-great-grandfather hitched a mule, “we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones,” he said. ...

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Algorithm fatigue: What Evernote’s news-recommending product can tell us about privacy | Nieman Lab

Algorithm fatigue: What Evernote’s news-recommending product can tell us about privacy | Nieman Lab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Evernote Context integrates the research process seamlessly into the user's workflow — why don't (some) users like it?
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Unlocking Value from Open Data | Tim Baker

Open data is extremely powerful. And while it may be free, it can power valuable new business models. But to reap the rewards of open data requires investment of time and care to transform it to intelligence.

 

It sounds paradoxical: How can you create value from something that is free? Or stranger still: How can you create value while simultaneously giving something away? Yet open data – data or content that anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute – is now a viable route for both new and established businesses. ....

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Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution | Triple Pundit

Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution | Triple Pundit | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Advances with smart technologies will transform society, just as advances during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries did.
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What has open council data ever done for us? | CityMetric

What has open council data ever done for us? | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Since then, progress has been slow – but there has been progress. A number of cities (Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, London) have published open data sets. But without a common access point, or a declaration of available data like the Open Data Census in the US, it’s hard to know how many.

 

The big question now is: is transparency enough?

 

It’s been nearly a year since Eric Pickles, the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a policy statement  requesting that local councils open up their data to the public....

 

 

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Enabling Smart City Services through Open Data and Mobile Applications | EurActiv

Enabling Smart City Services through Open Data and Mobile Applications | EurActiv | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Now an increasing number of government officials, entrepreneurs, and civic hackers are recognizing the potential of open data. The results have included applications that can be used across many cities as well as those tailored to an individual city’s needs: This is Citadel on the Move !

 

Citadel on the Move and EurActiv invites you to live walk through to the easy-to-use tools developed in the framework of this innovative project to teach you: How to open, convert, use data across borders and create a mobile app for your city in an hour? ...

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Japan’s consumer electronics giant Panasonic launches Dh2.4b Smart City

Japan’s consumer electronics giant Panasonic launches Dh2.4b Smart City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Osaka-headquartered company made forays into the smart city segment by launching 120 residential housing units in first phase of Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, or FSST, near Tokyo.
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