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Big Data's blind spots.
Big data collection is a part of everyday life now. But do the collectors even know what they are looking for?
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Why you won't see armies of drones fighting wildfires this summer.
When it comes to forestry and wildland management, unmanned aircraft hold great potential. But data -- not the "bright shiny objects" that collect it -- is what firefighters really need.
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Cellphones are fueling another industry in Africa: financial services.
Business is booming in Kenya's feature phone mobile sector, enabling companies to reach the 80% of adult Africans who do not use financial services.
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Sitting is the new smoking, and these body conscious designs and upstanding desks are the antidote.
A lot of big ideas like exercise-ball chairs and treadmill desks have already fallen flat. But new ideas at the recent NeoCon office furniture fair in Chicago suggest a renaissance of style.
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BUENOS AIRES -- Democracy hasn't changed much since the 18th century -- at least until these two apps came along.

Will the smartphone replace the ballot box? A new version of democracy is available for download: smrt.io/1qHKy7C  
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Wanna see how a 2-carat princess cut would look on you? Try on a 3D-printed version.
An online jewelry shop now lets you 3D-print versions of rings to try on to see what cut and size gem you'd like. Is this the future of retail?
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Pushing fringe sports into the mainstream.
GoPro has fueled $1 billion markets, influenced the traditionally stodgy Olympics and spawned the "super selfie." Its latest achievement? A public offering.
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"Create a technology that people might grow to love... something they really want to use, but that incidentally will keep them alive."
MELBOURNE -- When people don't want to wear a hearing aid or forget to take their insulin, the costs are high. A designer comes up with a creative solution.
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Part online course, part foreign exchange program.
While massive open online courses get a lot of attention, the San Francisco-based organization has received $25 million to test an ambitious blended approach to undergraduate programs.
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Indique Hair was the first company to brand imported natural hair pieces. Read this beauty pioneer's story.
When Ericka Dotson downsized from a career in tech, she had no idea she would end up launching a worldwide beauty trend.
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Radar and Big Data are rewriting the rulebook.
If you thought baseball fans, players and managers were obsessed with statistics already, wait until you meet the sport's latest tech recruit.
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Imagine what Thomas Edison could do today with all the resources we take for granted.
The Edison Nation network connects people with great ideas with companies that can manifest them. CEO Louis Foreman talks about how it's helped get 500 products into the market.
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