To most people, Pokémon Go is the biggest mobile game of 2016 and the first real breakthrough hit in the augmented reality genre. To Swiss artist and data scientist Kirell Benzi it’s an example of viral behavior in action.As a researcher completing a network science Ph.D., Benzi decided to create a stunning data-viz to illustrate just how massive Pokémon Go became — with its 100 million+ downloads and around 24 million active users. “On an academic level, I was interested in looking at how a network is created and how it evolves over time,” he told Digital Trends. “On the other side, it was a piece of art.”What Benzi’s interactive creation shows is an example of what it looks like when a hit the size of Pokémon Go arrives online. Scraping YouTube playlists for mentions of the words “Pokémon” or “Pokémon Go,” he cataloged almost 50,000 videos which have appeared online since the app made its … [Read more...] about Data science artist shows ‘virality’ of ‘Pokémon Go’ with data visualization
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The times they are a-changin’.I may not have had to walk 15 snow-steeped miles to school when I was kid (thank you southern California), but I certainly didn’t have access to the wide-open world of the Internet like youngsters do today. My parents, bless their souls, chose to forgo a high-speed connection in favor of the wonderful world of dial-up, limiting my Internet access to the obscure hours of the day when no one was likely to use the telephone. And while dial-up may have prevented me from the accessing a slew of online filth and kept me innocent longer than today’s youth, it would be naive to think aren’t worthwhile websites for kids—you just have to know where to look.Responsible parents know vigilance is key when children are using the Internet to entertain and educate themselves. Thus, we’ve scoured the Web to find the most popular, fun, educational, productive—and safe—sites around. While it’s ultimately up to parents to … [Read more...] about Best Websites for Kids
It’s no secret: Every move you make on the Web is being tracked, recorded, compiled, and used to sell advertising or otherwise finance the sites that we all know and love. But such activity has come under increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, and even the U.S. government. Which got me thinking: What are these companies that are doing the tracking? And which websites are they using to gather this information? Using two of the most popular anti-tracking extensions, Ghostery and Do Not Track Plus, I visited each of the top 100 most-visited websites in the U.S., according to Alexa, to dig a bit deeper into this whole tracking debacle.In total, about 125 different companies or company products are used to track your online activity through the top 100 sites. Many of these are simple advertising networks — but others are particularly nefarious. To get a better sense of what each of these companies are, I reached out to attorney Sarah Downey, a privacy strategist for Abine, … [Read more...] about Top 100 websites: How they track your every move online
Name: Jon Pedersen Sr.Age: 41Time with company: 4 monthsEducation: Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut; MBA from Columbia Business School Company headquarters: New York CityRevenue: About $20 million (annualized based on 2011 third-quarter revenue)Number of countries: Worldwide sales but physical presence only in U.S.Number of employees total: About 35CFO's areas of responsibility: All financial, investor and management reporting functionsAbout the company: Snap Interactive provides online dating and social networking applications for social networking websites and mobile platforms. Its flagship brand, AreYouInterested.com, is one of the largest social dating applications on the Internet.1. Where did you start in finance and what experiences led you to the job you have today?I started my career as an accountant with Price Waterhouse LLP in Stamford, Connecticut. The lure of Wall Street was powerful and after two years with Price Waterhouse, I spent 10 … [Read more...] about 10 Questions for Snap Interactive CFO Jon Pedersen Sr.
Jeremiah Grossman wants you to know that firewalls and SSL encryption won’t prevent a hacker from breaking into your e-commerce website, compromising your customers’ data and possibly stealing your money. That’s because most website attacks these days exploit bugs in the Web application itself, rather than in the operating system on which the application is running.Grossman is the founder and chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security, a Silicon Valley firm that offers an outsourced website vulnerability management service. Using a combination of proprietary scanning and so-called ethical hacking, WhiteHat assesses the security of its clients’ websites, looking for exploitable vulnerabilities.WhiteHat does its scanning without access to the client’s source code and from outside the client’s firewall using the standard HTTP Web protocol. This approach is sometimes called “black box testing” because the website’s contents are … [Read more...] about An introduction to the murky science of Web application security
Data science isn't new, but the demand for quality data has exploded recently. This isn't a fad or a rebranding, it's an evolution. Decisions that govern everything from successful presidential campaigns to a one-man startup headquartered at a kitchen table are now based on real, actionable data, not hunches and guesswork.Because data science is growing so rapidly, we now have a massive ecosystem of useful tools. I've spent the past month or so trying to organize this ecosystem into a coherent portrait and, over the next few days, I'm going to roll it out and explain what I think it all means.Since data science is so inherently cross-functional, many of these companies and tools are hard to categorize. But at the very highest level, they break down into the three main parts of a data scientist's work flow. Namely: getting data, wrangling data and analyzing data. I'll be covering them in that real-world order, starting first with getting data, or data sources.What's the point of doing … [Read more...] about The data science ecosystem
Do you know if your website is aligned with the business objectives of the organization and still meets the needs of the user experience (UX)? In other words, does your website sustain the authentic needs of the users while still serving the needs of the bona fide business model? A balance between the two can be a struggle at times; the ebb and flow of meeting your customers needs and maintaining the business goals can be a challenging affair. Web governance, execution, strategy, measurement, user experience, and funding all play a part in creating a happy marriage of business objectives and user experiences.In a recent article on Fast Company by Jeff Cram, "Why Are Colleges Flunking Web Strategy 101?" he delves into the important issues of getting governance right when investing in the digital execution, user experience, and funding that should align with the organizations web strategy. Typically it comes down to an IT budget that is underfunded, understaffed, and undervalued and … [Read more...] about Balancing the website design between business objectives and user experience
Do mobile applications or mobile websites offer more privacy? Until recently, the answer has been, "don't know," which can be troubling to those concerned about their online privacy. It also popped up on the radar of David Choffnes, assistant professor of Computer and Information Science and his fellow researchers at Northeastern University. Here's an excerpt from a Northeastern University press release about the team's research on the topic: "The team investigated the degree to which each platform (mobile website and mobile app) leaks Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to advertisers and data analytics companies that the services rely on to help finance their operations." Before getting to the team's results, let's define what we're talking about:Mobile website: A website designed for smartphones and tablets accessed using the mobile device's web browser. Users type in the URL or click on a link to the mobile website, which then detects the mobile device and redirects the … [Read more...] about Apps vs. mobile websites: Which option offers users more privacy?
It's no longer feasible to run a business, even a brick-and-mortar one, without a web presence. Consumers turn to the internet for everything from product research to location and operating hours. Having even a simple website that's well-designed can give you an edge in your field, and if you have products to sell, your site can open up new markets and expand your business cheaply and easily. Website design software has evolved so it's easier to use now more than ever. You don't need to know coding to develop an attractive and functional site. No matter what program you use, there are basic rules and tips that will give your website a professional look, make it easy to find, and show your company in the best light.Here's our step-by step guide to creating a successful business website. A business website generally serves as a space to provide general information about your company or a direct platform for e-commerce. Regardless of whether you create a simple … [Read more...] about Building a Business Website: A Small Business Guide