Category Archives: Data

Airlines, Customers and Data

“Part of the problem is that airlines have too long thought in terms of cost and revenue per seat, rather than per customer.”

A change in this thinking and practice could well result in a better experience both for airlines and their customers. This will be an interesting space to watch.

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It’s Time For Apple To Open Up

We are big, big fans of collaboration. So of course, it caught our eye in this article as a necessity for keeping data safe.

TechCrunch

Editor’s note: John Prisco is president and CEO of Triumfant.

The researchers at Lacoon Mobile Security identified the malicious software Xsser, capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from iPhones and iPads. The discovery garnered international attention and rightfully so, as it is believed to be a product of the Chinese government targeted at pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

This is not the first time the government has been accused of attempts to steal or spread misinformation, and it certainly won’t be the last. But political discourse aside, there are wide-reaching technological implications here  that are a little closer to home and it’s Apple that needs to listen.

Xsser is an example of what’s coming in terms of mobile malware. The whole concept of BYOD will turn into an unmitigated disaster unless mobile operating systems are protected. With Apple, you just don’t have enough access to apply that level…

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Data, Data, Data

As I scroll down my feed, this is the word I see jumping out at me today: DATA. Data, data, data.

We talk about data a lot. Data is the new currency and is driving innovation. Check out this conversation that offers some ideas into how to navigate privacy, security and potential regulation as IoT emerges, while still maintaining innovation.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/what-if-companies-dont-own-all-that-data-theyre-collecting/

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Philips launches wearable for chronic illness, to make the internet of things medical-grade

Who’s going to Structure Connect next week in San Francisco? We can’t but we’ll be watching for your tweets and blogs from the front lines.
This is a really interesting idea and also, since medical records are involved, this will be a great moment of improving cloud security. We haven’t checked in with the EMR development community, but they must be buzzing with preparing for the coming Internet of Things.

Gigaom

The people who most need fitness trackers and quantified self gadgets aren’t necessarily the ones using them. People who are chronically ill could benefit from wearable technology and the data those devices provide, but the gap between the consumer and the medical market looms large.

[company]Philips[/company], in partnership with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, is trying to bridge that gap with a device targeted at people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The disease affects former smokers and makes it progressively more difficult to breathe. Through a partnership between Philips and [company]Salesforce.com[/company], the proposed medical-grade device would send data to a certified cloud platform, and caregivers can then pull the data into a variety of apps.

Unlike your [company]Jawbone[/company] data, for example, the data coming from the COPD device would be usable by doctors, because the device would be certified by regulatory bodies and prescribed by doctors. And because…

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Ello, Ello? New ‘No Ads’ Social Network Ello Is Blowing Up Right Now

We were discussing ello as a team a bit, passing around invites and musing on how the ad-free, users-as-product-free manifesto could possibly translate into real-world dollar$, a business-model conundrum we ourselves have tangled with in the past. One of the Fathym crew observed that people just don’t seem interested in paying for their privacy. Yet.

We think a lot about privacy. It’s uniquely important to all of us as individuals and of course, as a company. A move like this that appears to go against current start-up and business trends raises questions, such as, have we reached a point of being willing to pay for an ad-free garden of social Eden? What will it take for more people to appreciate the value placed on the data about their personal lives enough to want to take it back? What are the real-world social implications of connectivity that has to be bought in currency other than data? Could there possibly be enough people willing to pay for ad-free social media that would ease the fears that ello won’t or won’t be able to remain true to the values laid out in it’s manifesto?

We’re inspired by ello’s manifesto. It has a strong vision that addresses similar themes to Fathym’s core philosophy: engagement and empowerment, connection and collaboration.
We’ll be watching their space closely.

TechCrunch

In March a new social network launched promising the opposite business model to Facebook, i.e. not selling ads based on user data and instead relying on, perhaps, paid premium features to keep going. Ello then sunk without a trace until, in the last 24-48 hours or so, activity on the site completely blew up. And this is a pretty basic social network with the bare minimum of features. Why? A combination of factors.

Perhaps it was Facebook’s trenchant stance against LGBT users having both a real name and ‘persona’ name. Ello got traction with the LGBT community after Facebook disabled the accounts of some drag artists who used their performance names instead of their “real” names. Musicians with stage names have also complained.

Or perhaps it was famous drag queen Ru Paul tweeting about it?

No one quite knows. But as of today, most of your friends will be asking their…

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A startup wants to reinvent big data, by ditching binary and putting computers in space

Computing in the cloud….the Oort cloud, that is….

Gigaom

There’s a lot to question about the plans of ConnectX, a Los Angeles-based startup that plans to build a new type of big data system in space — running on satellites and using a new type of non-binary processor instruction — but founder and CEO Lance Parker is adamant about his vision. “It will work,” he said during an interview about the company’s strategy.

To be more specific, ConnectX wants to make the process of storing data more efficient and also improve data-analysis speeds; space is only the ideal real estate. The real secret sauce behind ConnectX is a new computing model that replaces binary code with symbols that Parker says can store data much more efficiently. He makes a comparison to written language, where an English sentence can sometimes be captured in a single Chinese character.

ConnectX’s initial satellites will be about the size of a cantaloupe, and Parker…

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Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day

Speaking of data tracking…
Yeah, we’d believe this. It’s crazy how appealing TV watching becomes when it’s free of loud, obnoxious ads and the channel you’re watching plays only awesome stuff that you love all the time.

Gigaom

Netflix subscribers around the world watch more than 90 minutes of video from the streaming service every single day on average, according to new estimates from The Diffusion Group, which also reported this week that the overall amount of Netflix streaming has increased 350 percent over the last ten quarters.

The Diffusion Group’s new Netflix report bases its estimates on streaming volume data released by [company]Netflix[/company]. In January of 2012, Netflix said that its subscribers had watched a total of two billion streaming hours in the preceding quarter, which translated to a little less than an hour of average viewing time per day. In Q2 of 2014, that number had grown to seven billion hours, which equals 93 minutes of average viewing time per day.

tdg netflix report

As Netflix continues its international expansion, more and more of that streaming time comes from outside of the United States. In Q3 of 2011…

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