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We are all now in what’s called the “big data era,” and we’ve been here for quite some time. Once upon a time we were only just starting to piece together dialogue. Then when one group of people had learned this dialogue, it was up to them t pass it on the next group and so on and so on. However, as more people began to fill the Earth, more information was learned and gathered, making it too difficult to pass on in the form of dialogue. Instead, we needed to codify this information to share it all.

Sharing and codifying this learned knowledge into writing would have been quite a shift, technologically, for our species. Another big change came when we moved to the complex mathematics we have today from what was once just simple calculations. Coding, however, is still relatively new in comparison and didn’t come into play until 1945 when people like Grace Hopper worked on the Harvard Mark 1 computer. It emerged more through necessity rather than anything else. People figured that if they could find a way to codify instructions to a machine to tell it what steps to take, any manual operation could be eliminated saving any business time and money.

Then came along algorithms. Algorithms are very different from code. The code is a set of instructions for the computer. It’s calculation in a specific platform in a specific programming language. Algorithms, on the other hand, are a series of steps that describe a way of solving a problem that meets the criteria of both being correct and ability to be terminated if need be. Algorithms have been around much longer than coding had and was recorded as being used as far back as 820AD by the Muslim mathematician, Al-Khawarizm. They’re a finite number of calculations that will yield a result once implemented. Because coding is a way of getting instructions direct to a computer it’s well suited to implement algorithms.

The way code performs can be impacted depending on how the algorithm is implemented. Algorithms generate better performance gains than any hardware can. In 2010, a Federal report showed how algorithmic improvements have resulted in significant performance increases in areas including logistics, natural language processing, and speech recognition. Because we’re now in the “big data” era, we need to think big in order to be able to cope with the vast amount of data coming in. Instead of writing code to search our data given a set of parameters of the certain pattern as traditional coding focuses on, with big data we look for the pattern that matches the data. But now, there is so much data that even the patterns are hard to recognize. So again, programmers have had to take another step back.

Now another step’s been added to the equation that finds patterns humans don’t see, such as the certain wavelength of light, or data over a certain volume. This ‘over data’ is what’s known as big data. So, this new algorithmic step now successfully searches for patterns and will also create the code needed to do it. Pedro Domingos explains this well in his book, “The Master Algorithm.” Here he describes how “learner algorithms” are used to create new algorithms that can write the code needed to carry out their desired task. “The Industrial Revolution automated manual work and the Information Revolution did the same for mental work, but machine learning automates automaton itself. Without it, programmers become the bottleneck holding up progress. With it the pace of progress picks up,” says Domingos.

Author : Linda Johnson

Source : trendintech.com

Researchers introduce 'Splinter,' a system to quickly search databases without showing the server what's being searched for

When you search for something on the internet, it’s always been a given that your request will be recorded and stored — whether it’s a stock price, medical symptoms, or the cheapest air fare to Hawaii.

But there might be a better way — a way to quickly search large data without identifying a user’s query — a group of MIT researchers says.

Normally, in order to perform a basic search, you need to communicate with a server, which in turn needs to know what you’re looking for in order to find the appropriate results in its database. The downside is that each search you make reveals a huge amount of information about you, and that data is frequently mined to build user profiles and target ads around some of your most private interests, thoughts, and activities.

In a paper due to be presented at the 14th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation, the researchers introduce a system called Splinter, which they say would allow completely private searches.

Essentially, the system hides the user’s queries by breaking them up into encrypted pieces, each processed by a separate server. It then uses a technique called “function secret sharing,” which performs a mathematical function on every record in the databases and returns a matching result to the user. That result can’t be understood by the server — instead, it can only be read by the user once all the pieces are re-assembled on their local device.

“The canonical example behind this line of work was public patent databases. When people were searching for certain kinds of patents, they gave away the research they were working on,” said Frank Wang, an MIT graduate student and the paper’s lead author, in a press statement sent to Vocativ. “Another example is maps: When you’re searching for where you are and where you’re going to go, it reveals a wealth of information about you.”

Wang says the paper comes amid increasing demand for private web searches. He notes the popularity of search engines like DuckDuckGo, which gets search results from other sites like Google but claims it doesn’t store any information about users’ queries. Companies like Least Authority and SpiderOak offer something similar for cloud storage, using “zero knowledge” systems that ensure only the user can read their stored data.

“We see a shift toward people wanting private queries,” Wang said. “We can imagine a model in which other services scrape a travel site, and maybe they volunteer to host the information for you, or maybe you subscribe to them. Or maybe in the future, travel sites realize that these services are becoming more popular and they volunteer the data. But right now, we’re trusting that third-party sites have adequate protections, and with Splinter we try to make that more of a guarantee.”

The paper’s authors concede that it might be a while before something like Splinter becomes implemented into real-world services. But the researchers say that their function secret sharing technique greatly improves on previous experiments with hidden database queries, allowing searches to be run up to ten times faster.

“There’s always this gap between something being proposed on paper and actually implementing it,” said Wang. “We do a lot of optimization to get it to work, and we have to do a lot of tricks to get it to support actual database queries.”

Author : Joshua Kopstein

Source : vocativ.com

A search engine works how you use keywords and phrases but not many people are aware of search operators and how they can be combined to filter specific results from a search engine. Google has been my preferred search engine for years (and it continues to be) but here are some Bing search tricks and commands worth checking out.

The following search operators of Bing.com are advanced cases which lets you filter results from Bing.com for a specific language, country or location. Apart from that, there are a couple of more search tricks which is available exclusively on Bing and not on any other search engine like Google, Yahoo, Wolfram Alpha, Blekko and so on.

See Country Specific Search Results On Bing.com

Want to see search results from a specific country or location?  Bing.com automatically detects your native country and location so you should see an option as “only pages from your country” when you open Bing.com.

Country specific search on Bing.com

However, if you are residing on one country and want to preview the country specific results of another country on Bing, you have to manually modify the search result URL of Bing.com and add the corresponding country code of the target country.

Example: Let’s say you are residing in India but want to preview the search results of the phrase “Indian clothes” when searched from France. In that case, open Bing.com and type in the country specific code of France (Fr) in the URL http://www.bing.com/?cc=fr

See location specific search results on Bing.com

After switching to the country level search of Bing.com, perform your search as you normally do. The results will be shown in the target country’s own language and you can preview the search results of that particular keyword or phrase for a location specific search at Bing.com. The only catch here is that you have to remember the country codes but if you have a bad memory, bookmark this country code reference page.

Note: The earlier location specific search trick using loc:country name after the search keywords has stopped working now.

Find The Number of External Links Used On Any Website

If you own a website and want to find the links of all the webpages to whom your website is linking to, Bing has a very unique search operator which will be immensely useful.

Simply search for LinkFromDomain: domain.com and you would be able to find out all the external web links a particular site is linking to

Find all external Links used in a website

Not only this search command lets you find all the outbound links on any domain, but you can also combine this command with the site: operator and filter a specific domain extension e.g .org, as explained in the following example:

LinkFromDomain: ampercent.com site:.org – Filters all outbound links on this blog pointing to a website that ends with a .org extension

Find Outbound links on a website with a particular extension

Find All the Domains Hosted on the Same IP Address

There are several websites which lets you know the IP address of a website or that of your computer. But with Bing.com’s IP search tool, you can find all the websites that are hosted on the same IP address.

All you have to do is enter the search command in the following format IP: XX.XX.XX.XX

Example: Let’s say you want to find all the websites that are hosted on the same IP address of Wikipedia.org. First find the base IP of Wikipedia .org by pinging from Windows command prompt or using Whatsmyip.org and then enter the obtained IP in Bing.com’s search box. See example

Bing IP Lookup - Find All websites on the same IP address

Also read: Know the geolocation of an IP address, email address traceroute

Find Webpages That Link to PDF, Documents, MP3 or Other File Types

Want to filter webpages in search results that link to a specific file type ? Using Bing.com’s contains: operator, you can quickly sort out all the webpages that either have a download link to a specific file format or has an embedded external link pointing to a PDF document, PowerPoint presentation, MP3 music, FLV video or other common file types.

Example #1: Let’s say I want to find all webpages which link to a PDF document related to “HP laptop manual”. This search query at Bing.com [HP laptop manual contains:PDF] shows all the webpages that link to a PDF file and suitable for the performed query.

Example #2: Let’s say I want to find all the Wikipedia pages that link to a Word document. Combining the contains: operator with a site specific operator lets me filter search results only from Wikipedia.org which link to a Word document

File type search operator or command for Bing

Filter Search Results By Title Or URL

The inurl: and intitle: search operator is common in almost every other search engine and Bing is no exception.

Search For Pages Containing Specific Keywords In Title Only: Using the intitle: operator, you can restrict your search to find out webpages which contain a specific phrase or keyword in it’s Title attribute. An example search for the phrase “yellow pages” would be intitle:yellow pages.

The intitle operator is useful when you are searching for something very specific and want to filter out noise and useless information from search result pages.

Search for Pages Containing a Specific word in URL: Similar to the above mentioned intitle: operator, you can find out webpages which has a specific keyword or phrase in it’s URL. An example search for the word “Indian players” would be inurl:Indian players

Both the above search operators are especially handy for webmasters, you can use these operators to filter out specific pages from your own blogs which contain keywords in both the Title and URL.

Excluding Keywords From Bing Search

Say you are searching for something and a completely irrelevant website pops up every time you type your search query. If your search keywords contain a very popular brand name, chances are that you will not get meaningful results at all.

In such situations, it makes complete sense to exclude a keyword using the NOT operator.

Using the NOT operator is fairly easy, simply use the following search command:

[keyword] NOT [ keyword to exclude]

Example: Say you are searching for “Face” and want to exclude “Facebook” from search results. Use the following search command at Bing.com

Exclusing keywords in Bing search

Exclude Websites From Bing Search

Similar to Bing’s exclude keywords feature, you can also exclude results from a specific website by using the (-) operator. The search syntax is [keyword] – [website address]

Example: Let’s say you want to search for pages that contain the term Wikipedia but do not want to see results from Wikipedia.org. In that case, simple put the (-) sign after your search keyword and type wikipedia.org to exclude the entire domain from search result pages of Bing.com

Exclude domains from Bing search

Check the Weather Conditions of Any City With Bing

To know the current weather conditions, temperature, humidity or rainfall conditions of a specific city, simply type weather followed by the name of the city.

Check weather reports of a city or location with Bing search

View the Map Or Geographical Location Of An Address

Have the physical address of a shop and you want to see it’s actual geographical location on a map? Go to Bing.com, type the complete address in Bing serch box and hit “Enter”. If the place is popular, chances are that Bing.com will show a map of the location you just searched for

Bing location listings

These were some of the basic as well as advanced Bing search opeators and commands, shoot up your favorites in the comments section below.

Source : http://www.ampercent.com/bing-search-tips-commands/9282/

A mysterious group of hackers claim to be threatening to wipe up to 300 million iPhones and iCloud accounts – unless Apple pays a ransom in Bitcoin by April 7.

The group – who describe themselves as ‘Turkish Crime Family’ – claim to have demanded $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrency, according to Motherboard.

A hacker said, ‘I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing.’

They claim to have credentials which would allow them access to hundreds of millions of users’ accounts, according to the report in Motherboard – and are threatening to wipe a number of them unless they are paid.

Screenshots of supposed discussions with Apple show Apple’s security team requesting that the gang delete a YouTube video where they supposedly access an elderly woman’s iCloud account.

Hackers threaten to wipe up to 300 million iPhones unless Apple pays ransom

(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

What is less clear is if the threat is real – or if the group even exists. Beyond the evidence shown to Motherboard (screenshotted emails), there’s little proof.

British computer security expert Graham Cluley, writing on Bitdefender’s Hot for Security blog, says, ‘What we don’t know is whether the email exchanges between the hackers and Apple are real or faked, and – indeed – whether the so-called “Turkish Crime Gang” really has access to a large number of Apple users’ credentials.

‘If it’s true that the hackers are attempting to engage with the media in an attempt to increase their chances of a substantial payout then that would be in line with an increasingly common technique deployed by extortionists.’

Author : Rob Waugh

Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/21/hackers-threaten-to-wipe-up-to-300-million-iphones-unless-apple-pays-ransom-6524809/


There's a science to achieving your goals, and Isaac Newton's law of motion does a good job of summing it up: Objects that are at rest stay at rest, while objects in motion stay in motion.

And as former Google career coach Jenny Blake tells CNBC, "Being stuck in one place for too long is not going to work."

Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One." She says there are specific strategies any professional can use to stop feeling stuck.Blake personally helped more than 1,000 people advance while at Google and lays out her wisdom in "Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is Your Next One." She says there are specific strategies any professional can use to stop feeling stuck.

Here are methods ways she suggests for giving your life and your career a boost:

1. Draw a "mind map"

A " mind map " is a visual diagram of your interests and goals, and drawing one can help you recognize what's important to you.

Write the year in the center of a piece of paper, and then draw spokes with different themes that are important to you. Your spokes, for example, could include personal life, career, health and fitness or skill building.

Then, for each one of those themes, add additional spokes for specific goals in that area.

It's my favorite way to brainstorm," says Blake.

2. Think of personal or work projects you could start

If you're lacking a sense of excitement or challenge at work or in your personal life, create it.

"Start asking, 'What projects am I most excited to tackle in terms of what I can learn the most from?'" Blake tells CNBC.

pivots " as Blake likes to call them, can be starting a blog, reading a list of books on a new topic, taking a course or building something from scratch. Work pivots can be taking on a new responsibility in your current role or asking your boss if you could explore a new opportunity.Personal side projects, or " pivots " as Blake likes to call them, can be starting a blog, reading a list of books on a new topic, taking a course or building something from scratch. Work pivots can be taking on a new responsibility in your current role or asking your boss if you could explore a new opportunity.

a sense of purpose and add fun to your life, she says. They also take the pressure off of feeling like you have to have one all-consuming passion in life, which many people don't.Doing these small projects will give you a sense of purpose and add fun to your life, she says. They also take the pressure off of feeling like you have to have one all-consuming passion in life, which many people don't.

3. Focus on the skills you'd like to have

The days of landing a great job simply by rising through the ranks of a company are in the past, according to the career coach.

A career is not a ladder anymore," Blake says .

Instead, the best way to continue to rise in your career is by building a cache of skills that make you valuable. For example, if you know you need to know more about a certain subject, or improve your collaboration, writing or technology skills, find a way to learn that skill either inside or outside of the office.

Pursuing even one skill to develop will give you a sense of personal or professional progress.

4. Don't stay stuck because of fear

biggest mistake people make in their careers and in their personal lives, the career expert says, is not doing anything because they are scared.The biggest mistake people make in their careers and in their personal lives, the career expert says, is not doing anything because they are scared.

If you're worried something, figure out a plan to address it. Whether it's having a conversation with your boss, asking for help or making more time for yourself, moving is better than staying still, Blake says.

she says . "But almost no one — in fact, no one — that I spoke with regretted their pivots.A lot of people ask, 'What if I make the wrong move? What if I make the wrong decision?'" she says . "But almost no one — in fact, no one — that I spoke with regretted their pivots."

Source : http://finance.yahoo.com/news/former-google-career-coach-shares-192457773.html

What is Search Secretly Google Chrome Extension?

Search Secretly is a Google Chrome browser extension that states that it enables you to search anonymously through Yahoo and Google without your searches appearing in your browser history or leaving behind cookies. While this is true, all this extension is doing is launching an incognito window for the search you requested. As you can easily launch an incognito window on your own, this extension does not provide much of a benefit to a use



Search Secretly Extension



What the extension's description does not tell you is that while you are in incognito mode, the search engines can still record what you are searching for and your IP address. So you are not really performing anonymous searches. Furthermore, whenever you perform a search using this extension, it will send the query you searched for back to searchsecretly.net as shown below.

Sending Query

How was Search Secretly Extension Installed in Google Chrome?

Search Secretly is installed manually or is promoted by advertisements displayed by adware. These adware programs are typically bundled with free programs that you download from the Internet. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to the license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you cancel the install and not use the free software.

As Search Secretly just changes launches a incognito browser window, I do not see any advantage to using this extension. Furthermore, since the extension tracks your searches by transmiting your search query back to servers under its control, it is not that private. This guide will walk you through removing the Search Secretly Chrome extension and other unwanted programs.Read more

Author : Lawrence Abrams

Source : https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-search-secretly-extension#

Messaging app Viber has introduced a new feature called ‘Secret Chats’ which allows conversations with advanced privacy elements that users have complete control over. 

“Having a messaging app that connects you to the people you care about is great – unless you feel like you can’t talk about everything you want,” said Shai, Content and Social Media Manager, said in blog post.

Secret Chats allows users to set a self-destruct timer for every message in the conversation. However, all communication will continue to be protected by Viber’s end-to-end encryption.

The messages in a secret chat cannot be forwarded and screenshots are either totally unavailable or alerted by an instant notification in the chat screen.

Screenshot 1

Viber had introduced end-to-end encryption as the default protocol for all Viber messages and calls last year.

“Still, in some situations, we want more than encryption. We want to go under the radar,” said Shai adding that the added security measure would bring  “peace of mind” to users.

Secret Chats are another way Viber users can choose to connect freely and securely.

Users have two simultaneous conversations with the same person or group, regular and secret,  can differentiate as the secret group will have a lock badge on it.

Further more, starting a secret chat from an existing regular chat will not delete or replace the regular chat, but will just start a separate one.

The company said it will continue to bring features that will enable to communicate without limitation and hesitation.

Author : Web Desk

Source : https://arynews.tv/en/viber-to-introduce-self-destructing-secret-chats-feature/

Dozens of iOS apps that are supposed to be encrypting their users' data don't do it properly, according to a security researcher.

Will Strafach, CEO of Sudo Security Group, said he found 76 iOS apps that are vulnerable to an attack that can intercept protected data.

The developers of the apps have accidentally misconfigured the networking-related code so it will accept an invalid Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate, Strafach claimed in a Monday blog post.

TLS is used to secure an app’s communication over an internet connection. Without it, a hacker can essentially eavesdrop over a network to spy on whatever data the app sends, such as login information.

“This sort of attack can be conducted by any party within Wi-Fi range of your device while it is in use,” Strafach said. “This can be anywhere in public, or even within your home if an attacker can get within close range.”

Strafach discovered the vulnerability in the 76 apps by scanning them with his company-developed security service, verify.ly, which he's promoting. It flagged “hundreds of applications” with a high likelihood of data interception.

He’s so far confirmed that these 76 apps possess the vulnerability. He did so by running them on an iPhone running iOS 10 and using a proxy to insert an invalid TLS certificate into the connection.

Strafach declared that 43 of the apps were either a high or medium risk, because they risked exposing login information and authentication tokens. Some of them are from “banks, medical providers, and other developers of sensitive applications,” he said.

He's not disclosing their names, to give them time to patch the problem.

The remaining 33 apps were deemed low risks because they revealed only partially sensitive data, such as email addresses. They include the free messaging service ooVoo, video uploaders to Snapchat and lesser-known music streaming services, among many others.

In all, the 76 apps have 18 million downloads, according to app market tracker Apptopia, Strafach said.

It’ll be up to the app developers to fix the problem, but it only involves changing a few lines of code, says Strafach, who’s been trying to contact the developers.

He included some warnings for developers in the blog post.

“Be extremely careful when inserting network-related code and changing application behaviors,” he wrote. “Many issues like this arise from an application developer not fully understanding the code they’ve borrowed from the web.”

Users of affected apps can protect themselves by turning off the Wi-Fi when in a public location, Strafach says. That will force the phone to use a cellular connection to the internet, making it much harder for any hacker to eavesdrop unless they use expensive and illegal equipment, Strafach said.

Author : Michael Kan

Source : http://www.itworld.com/article/3166529/security/dozens-of-ios-apps-fail-to-secure-users-data-researcher-says.html

The 7 most impressive social good innovations from November

Monday, 13 March 2017 07:35

Top 10 Services Google Killed Off

Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let’s take a tour of some of our favorite services Google’s killed off over the years.

10. Google Buzz

Google Buzz was introduced in 2010 and quickly discontinued in 2011. Buzz was basically a Facebook clone that also integrated with your email for some reason. You could share photos, videos, and links directly to your contacts or the public at large. 


Buzz died a quick death because it was unclear exactly what you were supposed to use it for, but it planted the seed for a number of improvements with its rival, FacebookGoogle+ followed suit as Google’s own replacement to Buzz a few years later, but even that’s barely hanging on at this point.


9. Picnik

Picnik was a free online photo editing tool that made it easy to make minor adjustments to photos without the need for desktop software. After uploading photos you could easily adjust brightness, color, and more, then save the edited image back to your hard drive.


This type of service is pretty abundant these days. Even when Picnik died back in 2012, the best replacement was Google’s own Google+ Photos, which Google replaced with the much better and more privacy-minded Google Photos. If mobile photo editing is more your game, you have lots of good options on both Android and iPhone.


8. Picasa

Speaking of photo management, Picasa, Google’s desktop photo library tool, was one of our favorite ways to organize your digital photos until Google decided to kill it off in 2016. The good news is that most of Picasa’s features made it into Google Photos.


While Google Photos lacks the desktop management tools that Picasa had, the online version is plenty robust as a replacement. Which is good, because except for Apple Photos, there really aren’t many desktop photo management apps left.


7. Google Answers

Google killed Google Answers way back in 2006. Unlike current competitors like Stack ExchangeQuora, and the always-insightful Yahoo Answers, Google Answers incentivized good answers by offering up cash payments.

When a user asked a question on Google Answers they could also post a bounty between $2-$200. If you liked a well-researched answer, you’d pay out and could add a tip on top of that. Before Google Answers, Google had a similar service, called Google Questions and Answers, where you’d email Google staffer a question and they’d answer it for $3. While Quora is the best replacement, there’s no money involved there, but services like Fiverr and Amazon Mechanical Turk take a similar approach if you’re looking for someone to do your research for you.

6. Google Wave

Google Wave existed between 2010 and 2012 and was one of the company’s most ambitious failures. Wave was too ambitious though, as nobody was quite sure how to use the email-instant messenger-document collaborating-wiki-forum-blogging tool. Once Google laid Wave to rest, Apache took over some of the protocols, but little came of it.


As baffling as Wave was for most users, it laid the groundwork for a number of now-popular services, including Slack and Discord, which are the closest modern equivalents when it comes to Wave’s chat systems. If you miss the document collaboration features in Wave, you have plenty of alternatives in Google DriveDropbox, or Office.


5. Google Helpouts

Google Helpouts was a service that connected you to live experts for video chats. Helpouts managed to last almost two years. It was essentially the video version of a something like Quora, but with a live Q&A.


The general idea of Helpouts was connecting you, a normal human Google user, with an expert so you can ask questions live. Some of these Helpouts channels cost money, but most were free, which is why it failed in the long run. Still, it was useful in theory and the ability to ask experts questions on everything from home repair to Photoshop was appealing.

There aren’t a ton of alternatives that work the same way as Helpouts, but Clarity.fm is similar if you need help with a startup and our own Ask an Expert series is great provided the topic of the week is useful for you.

4. Google Notebook

Google discontinued Google Notebook in 2012, but it lived a long and full life by Google standards. As the name suggests, Google Notebook was an online notes platform where you could store notes and even add web clippings provided you were using Firefox or Internet Explorer. If that all sounds familiar it’s because it’s basically Evernote.


The good news is that replacements are a dime a dozen. Google Notebook might have been one of the first online notes apps, but nowadays Evernote, OneNote, Simplenote, and Google Keep all fill the void. While all of the modern options have far surpassed Google Notebook, it still holds a special place in our hearts for being one of the first good options around.


3. Google Labs

Writing about weird Google Labs experimental features was Lifehacker’s bread and butter for a very long time. Google Labs made it possible for the general public to test all kinds of weird new Google features and apps in a variety of its services, from Google Calendar to Google Chrome.


While the main landing page for Google Labs is gone, the spirit lives on in one way or another. Chrome has its experimental flags and Gmail still has a slew of experimental options built into it. Google Labs might be technically dead, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t still release weird, random new apps before quickly forgetting about them.


2. iGoogle

iGoogle, which initially launched as Google Personalized Homepage, had a good run from 2005-2013, and the internet mourned its death with surprising despair. iGoogle was a totally personalized startup page that you could customize with whatever you wanted, which, in the age of algorithms, is a long lost feature.


You do still have some options though. For now, myYahoo still exists, igHome looks almost identical to iGoogle, and Netvibes is the most modern option of them all.

1. Google Reader

On July 1, 2013, the internet lost one of its most faithful companions: Google Reader. The RSS Reader that millions counted on since 2005 was gone and in its place was a radio wave shaped hole in all our hearts.


Well, that and a few dozen replacement services. Feedly is still going strong and easily the best alternative to Reader, though plenty of other alternative like FeederThe Old Reader, and Digg Reader are all worth a look.

Source : http://lifehacker.com/top-10-services-google-killed-off-1792897076

Now every company can easily monetize their data by letting everyone both inside and outside an organization use search to analyze their enterprise data in seconds.

New Extended Enterprise Edition lets customers and OEM partners easily embed ThoughtSpot's Relational Search into their apps, extranets, and B2B portals designed for employees, partners, or customers.

Next generation scale-out architecture combined with unlimited user licensing designed to support millions of users.

PALO ALTO, Calif. and GRAPEVINE, Texas, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ThoughtSpot, the leader in search-driven analytics for the enterprise, today announced the general availability of a new Embedded Analytics solution available with ThoughtSpot's new Extended Enterprise Edition. Recently recognized as a new entrant in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms report, ThoughtSpot is unveiling this new offering at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Grapevine, TX this week.

ThoughtSpot's Embedded Analytics solution enables organizations to deliver insights to employees, partners, and customers across their extended ecosystem, by infusing search-driven analytics into their custom business applications, B2B portals, and workflows. Through the power of Relational Search, ThoughtSpot vastly expands the reach of business intelligence so everyone both inside and outside the enterprise can now benefit from a search-driven experience to analyze data in seconds.

Easy-to-use analytics capabilities are no longer a nice-to-have for modern software solution providers and enterprises alike. As massive amounts of data is being generated, it is vital for companies to provide data access to users beyond the enterprise and find new innovative ways to monetize their data. Employees, customers, and partners have long relied on centralized BI or development teams to build reports for data insights. Unfortunately, the further away from these constrained resources, the longer it takes to get answers to data-driven questions. Similarly, solution providers attempting a "build-first" approach to their analytics capabilities have incurred increased costs and longer time-to-market in launching their solutions.

ThoughtSpot Extended Enterprise employs a next-generation analytics architecture powered by Relational Search. This new breed of BI architecture and in-memory calculation engine makes it easy to analyze billions of rows of data across multiple data sources, while delivering sub-second performance and governance at scale. As a result, non-technical business people beyond the boundaries of the enterprise can search to find fast answers to their data questions without relying on data experts. Simple to build, with flexible deployment options and an architecture that scales out with ease, ThoughtSpot Extended Enterprise provides the agility and control so solution providers can get to market fast.

"ThoughtSpot's Embedded Search-Driven Analytics solution lets us deliver data insights directly to our customers in a way that's intuitive and incredibly fast," said Zahra Safavian, VP of Product at SSB Bart. "At SSB Bart, we are creating a world where digital technology can become a profound and empowering force in the lives of users with disabilities. With ThoughtSpot, we will make an impact even faster."

"Search-driven analytics is revolutionizing how employees quickly and easily analyze their company data. We're now thrilled to bring the same ease-of-use and performance-at-scale to our customers' customers and partners," said Ajeet Singh, co-founder and CEO of ThoughtSpot. "Now customers and partners can embed ThoughtSpot's Relational Search into any business application, extranet, or portal. It's now easier than ever for companies to monetize their data with human-scale analytics."

ThoughtSpot's Extended Enterprise capabilities include:

  • Seamless search-driven experience, infused into any application: Rather than waiting weeks or months for a backlogged BI or development team to create rigid charts and dashboards, ThoughtSpot's embedded search-driven approach enables every business person inside or outside the enterprise to use the power of search to get instant answers to their data questions, just as easily as they use search in their personal lives. They can ask as many questions as they want, and be able to answer that next question instantly, without incurring the costs of tapping into constrained data experts to update reports.
  • Fast query performance at scale: ThoughtSpot's next-generation analytics architecture is built from the ground up to deliver access to data at 'human-scale' and enable anyone to analyze their data in seconds. Its Relational Search Engine and built-in in-memory calculation engine makes it easy for millions of users to analyze billions of rows of data across multiple data sources, and delivers sub-second performance. No cubes, aggregations, summary tables or data marts are required to optimize for performance. As a result source data fidelity is maintained, enabling end users to flexibly ask questions on data at any level.
  • Centralized governance and security at scale: Expanding the reach of business intelligence well beyond enterprise boundaries requires a flexible and scalable governance framework that can scale to large numbers of users and security groups. ThoughtSpot provides granular column, object and row-level access control to a single shared data model across billions of records and scales to millions of users and hundreds of thousands of security groups. Fine-grained permissions ensure that only authorized users have access to the right set of data.
  • Flexible deployment options: ThoughtSpot offers many options to rapidly inject analytics in custom applications, portals or workflows. Embedding Relational Search delivers the full power of ThoughtSpot's search-driven experience into any application. Combine that with pluggable charts and dashboards to embed any visualization into an application's workflow. An extensive REST-based Data and Metadata API gives customers complete control to flexibly implement a custom look-and-feel on query result sets from ThoughtSpot. In addition, ThoughtSpot provides custom branding, white-labeling and OEM options to maintain a brand-consistent experience.

ThoughtSpot is a Premier Plus exhibitor at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Grapevine, TX from March 6 - March 9, 2017 and is featuring its Extended Enterprise solution in an informative session on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3:45pm CT as well as in Booth #413 in the Solution Showcase.

Pricing and Availability

ThoughtSpot Extended Enterprise is now generally available. ThoughtSpot software can be deployed on-premise or hosted in a cloud-based infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services. Price is based on data volume and includes unlimited end user licenses. For more information, or to request a demo, please visit http://www.thoughtspot.com/demo.

About ThoughtSpot

ThoughtSpot is a next generation analytics platform powered by the World's first Relational Search engine. ThoughtSpot's search-driven analytics lets business people build reports and dashboards in seconds. ThoughtSpot's new breed of BI architecture and in-memory calculation engine was built from the ground up to make it easy to analyze billions of rows of data across multiple data sources, while delivering sub-second performance and enterprise-wide governance. ThoughtSpot connects with any on-premise, cloud, big data, or desktop data source and deploys 85% faster than legacy technologies. With ThoughtSpot, BI & Analytics teams have cut their reporting backlogs by over 90% and enabled thousands of daily decisions throughout their organizations. ThoughtSpot has built the world's most advanced, yet easy-to-use number-crunching machine with a singular mission - to deliver access to data and insights at "human scale." For more information please visit thoughtspot.com.

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