Author Archives: Bogdan Balcan

Raising a Startup is easier when you have Data

You might thing that this statement is a given but you can’t imagine how many enthusiastic new managers enroll in creating and developing new business ideas only based on passions and personal hunches. in no way I’m saying that they are going to fail because doing What you love is a great bonus in a business but a more pragmatic approach would be recommended. Such way of doing things is based on facts, and facts are very hard to be obtained at the beginning of something new. This period is considered to be the most unstable because of all the possible directions and turn-arounds that can be made.

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How Google search searches

In today’s post I want to get a little bit into the technology behind Google search, especially into the relational algorithm that orders the websites in a search. The idea came to me when i was researching new uses for databases used by great it corporations, like freebase.com. In this particular case freebase is a collection of structured data useful in any domain, the great thing different from other data bases being that users can submit their own researched data bases, transforming it in a wiki portal.

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4 ways to know when a website was updated

We all know that there is a lot of information going around on the internet and sometimes can be hard to browse through all kinds of pages containing misleading information, so it’s only better if you can correctly identify if the content was recently updated or it’s just a post from the beginning of the internet.

 

1. You can see the year in the copyright footer:

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2. You can check its last update in the web time-machine:

(http://archive.org/web/)

 

3. You can try to identify an associated blog and check the last blog entry:

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4. The last method is to search on Google the website and to check the date of the last change in search results.

 

I’m hoping that you will use one of this methods if you have any uncertainties about any online information.

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Data science automates love

Tinder App is nothing new for anybody since most of us slowly accepted it in our lives but it also brings some displeasure. For instance, this guy thought that it can automate the process in the way of an app that decides if you’d like a person and start a conversation.

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Prediction Algorithms Are Catching Up

I’m coming back to writing after a short break because data science is always evolving. In this way, 2015 is promising to become a remarkable year for Big Data.

This month a new technology was introduced to public by researchers at the Ohio State University. More specific, a new privacy- preserving algorithm called Crowd-ML. This is a machine learning framework for crowdsensing systems that consists of a number of smart devices and a server. The efficiency of Crowd-ML consists in implementing sensing, learning and privacy mechanisms together, having the power to build classifiers or predictors of interest from crowdsensing data using processing capabilities of devices with formal privacy standards.

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TOP 5 Major Hacks of 2014

hacking_wordcloudIf there is something that we learned this year is that the internet is not unbreakable. Hints about the power of some individuals have been released in the last years through Anonymous members but only throughout 2014 they took form of cyber attacks. Some of them you’ve heard about, some of them are new, so here are the top 5 cyber-attacks of the year:

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Best Apple Apps in 2014!

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This year was a great year for setting new trends and directions of development for the it market. Now, with the year having almost ended I think that it is only fair to have a retrospective look over the things that counted and influenced our decisions this year.

I will start this series of articles with the recent published its top best apps of 2014 and describe the best apps from every category as published by apple. Before starting it is to appreciate the fact that this year selected apps are mostly focused on wellness and health which can only be the next app trend.

This year App Of The Year trophy was claimed by Elevate a simple but intuitive app meant to develop one’s cognitive ability by series of daily exercises. The App is also adaptive so it challenges your brain according to previsions results. Its Runner-up was Instagram’s very own app Hyperlapse.

Also, for the best game, Apple chose a self development one giving the first place to Threes!, closely followed by  Leo’s Fortune a physics-based puzzle game.

A number of various apps followed these most important ones into the rank but i won’t bother you with details. What we have to learn from here is how the trend is to promote self development apps whether they are games or not or even paid or not.

In the end I would like to remember you that the entire database for App Store and Google Play can be found updated to day on TheWebMiner along with description, price and other significant indicators. To contact us, please follow this link.

American Restaurants on TheWebMiner

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This post is headed to our american public because it features our sale for the complete list of Restaurants from United States. These were extracted from a trusted source and are up to this date.

Either if you work in food industry and want to set up a data base of potential customers nearby or just data enthusiast, this list will meet your requirements, providing not only address but also a telephone number for the available locations.

This list can be used also in many market researches as density of restaurants for a place or a town to detect where is a right position to build your restaurant, or just to make some marketing campaign if your product it’s for restaurants, pubs, coffee or other public locations.

Also, a sample of the file can be found here so you can check before buying, and for any further questions we are available through our contact form.

The US restaurants list is available along with more information at this link. Have a nice week!

Better Safe Than Sorry

It’s been a while since our last post and lots of things happened in The Web Miner secret workshop so, be ready for we are about to launch a tool that should not be missed by no serious marketing department.

The problem we are trying to solve is the fast access to information that is needed to take a decision regarding the course of prices of a whole ecommerce. Just as it is said in entrepreneurship, if you heard it, it’s already to late to start a business with it, we can transcript that for those who set up the price policy of any store. They need to be in contact with the market without a break and to be aware that even for a slight change of their prices the sales could go up and down at an astonishing rate, because in the end if we neglect the rate of trust of users for certain sites or other facilities regarding shipping, all online shops are the same for final consumers.

How was this solved in the past is simple: it was not! Mainly because people were not aware of the advantages that a quick response rate to changes can give to a shop. Also before 2010 the competition between online businesses was not that high so this didn’t became a problem until rather recently.

A thought for the end is that the market will never finish evolving and that ecommerce shops haven’t reached the peak yet, and so, new rules are being added to this industry so better be aware. After all, better safe than sorry!