Platfora Seeks To Brings Simplicity And An Apple Style Ease Of Use To Big Data Analysis
Platfora has unveiled an in-memory big data app that tackles a capability lacking in most software offerings that leverage Hadoop for big data analysis. Most solutions that leverage Hadoop have complex, technically oriented, user interfaces and require deep technical skills from people who have backgrounds in statistics and engineering. An added plus, and rare to find, are people with data visualization skills. The people with these skills often get labeled as “data scientists,” and are some of the most highly sought after people in tech. Platfora’s apps sit on top of Hadoop — a distributed infrastructure envionment for aggregating and analyzing data. It complements Hadoop distributions such as Cloudera and Hortonworks. It is accessible though a web-based interface with particular attention put on accessibility for the average user. The data revolution is having quite an impact on the overall IT market – a fact not lost on young vendors such as Platfora. A Hadoop infrastructure ...
Twelephone Is A Telephone That Connects To Your Twitter Feed And Your Customers
Translation is UX
Je ne suis pas monsieur Lebowski. C’est vous monsieur Lebowski. Moi, je suis le Duc. — The Big Lebowski , French version There is a world where Harry Potter’s arch enemy is “Du-weißt-schon-wer,” Facebook users click the “Me gusta” button, and the Dude is named “le Duc.” This world is a translated world. We—the people who make websites—now study almost every aspect of our trade, from content and usability to art direction and typography. Our attention to detail has never been greater as we strive to provide the best possible experience. Yet many users still experience products that lack personality or are difficult to understand. They are users of a translated version. When we pledge to embrace the adaptable nature of the web—to make our websites responsive and even future-ready—we’re typically talking about diversity of devices. But the web’s diversity also comes in the form of different languages and cultures. Translation affects users’ experiences—and ...
Infinite Scroll: The Web’s Slot Machine
Editor’s Note: Nir Eyal writes about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business at NirAndFar.com. He is the author of the forthcoming book “Hooked: How to Drive Engagement by Creating User Habits”. Follow him on Twitter @nireyal. A few years ago, everyone was clicking. Today, we’re all scrolling. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and as of this week, Instagram and Medium - it seems everyone is getting on the infinite scroll bus. What is it about this magical design pattern that has so many consumer web companies using it?
Web 3.0: The Mobile Era
Editor's note: Jay Jamison is a Partner at BlueRun Ventures where he focuses on early stage mobile and consumer opportunities. You can read more of his analysis on startups and Silicon Valley at his blog jayjamison.com and you can follow him on Twitter at @jay_jamison. The highest flying of internet high-flyers, Facebook and Zynga, were laid low last week in public markets on weaker than expected guidance on their paths forward. What a difference public market scrutiny and forward-looking forecasts can make. Given the size, scope and importance of these two companies to the broader technology ecosystem, it’s worth analyzing what these reports might mean for industry trends. According to Wall Street analysts, Zynga had a “dreadful” Q2 report. Several negatives converged to deliver an egg, reported the New York Times: