Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:


Voice assistants: Rise of hands-free controls
With assistants like Siri, Cortana, Google Now and Facebook M set to become major interfaces, what are the key trends around voice controls?

What if Flags Were More Like Infographics?
We think of flags as static symbols. Enduring, fixed markers that represent nations, states, organizations and other communities. What if we reimagined flags to represent constantly changing groups as they stand in the moment?

Water on Mars: Wet Martian Discovery Explained
The announcement that liquid, salty water has been found flowing on the surface of Mars came as no real surprise to astronomers.

Infographic shows what happens to the brain in 60 minutes after seeing a dodgy infographic
Sean O’Mara, founder of marketing agency Essential Content, created an infographic to show what happens to the brain in the 60 minutes after ..

America’s Fattest States
Back in 1980, no U.S. state had a rate of obesity higher than 15 percent. In 2014, however, obesity rates were 30 percent or higher in 22 U.S. …


“The worm will turn” – Sir Martin Sorrell says investment in brands will return
Sir Martin Sorrell has told a conference that businesses will eventually renew investment in their brands, in agencies and in creativity – also telling the London audience that he disliked what he called the “snooty attitude” some business people still have towards creativity.

Startups are setting up funds based on what is trending on Twitter
Gautham Sastri, CEO of iSentium, told Business Insider he’s working with an investment bank to launch an ETF of his own using social data. ETFs typically track …

Brokers can be sweary, but bankers have a lot to lose on social media
Social media is a minefield in the City. A recent study has shown that recruiters will look through everything on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook – from political opinions to topless selfies.

Concerns About Facebook, Inc.’s Future Are Greatly Exaggerated
In a new report, estimates now suggest that social media ad spend will … And it’s apparent that investors can expect Facebook’s growth to continue for …

Deutsche Bank got great deal because investors thought it was Germany’s central bank, board member admits
Germany’s biggest bank got a better deal from investors because they … late 2013, when stock pickers confused them with social media giant Twitter.


Big Data: 20 Mind-Boggling Facts Everyone Must Read
Big data is not a fad. We are just at the beginning of a revolution that will touch every business and every life on this planet. But loads of people are still …

Build it and they will come: The wrong big data adoption strategy
In this respect, big data and analytics are no different than cloud, virtualization, and other historical IT trends. New technologies are seldom universally …

Big oil taps big data
Thanks to big data and machine learning, operators can estimate with increasing accuracy when an important and expensive piece of oil equipment …

How can we trust the NHS with ‘big data’ if it can’t even get an app store right?
SUMMARY: A research paper this week found that poor governance has resulted in poorly secured health apps being made available on the NHS …

Obama’s Chief Data Scientist Reveals How the Government Uses Big Data
Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil is the first ever Chief Data Scientist for the United States government, and he says the key to success is getting that data outside …

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