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11 days

Manual Testing vs Automated Testing

Testing software is inevitable, regardless of what you are building: if the software you build is used, then it's being tested. Even if you write no test code, you will definitely still test what you build -- what's the point otherwise? The question is, though, will you automate those tests? Some would say without hesitation that we absolutely should have automated tests, regardless of what we are building or who's building it. I believe there is more nuance to this question, because automating tests takes engineering effort, and it's quite possible that that effort is not worth the reward in certain conditions.

12 days

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Music Industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) automates music composition helping rising talents record songs economically. AI also proposes curated music to listeners.

12 days

4 Mind Blowing Big Data Applications

Technology is made for both, the usual and the unusual. While we have exploited it for major issues in the commercial domain, there still remain a lot of unexplored areas that analysts are now applying big data applications to, which are cool as well as purposive.

14 days

The Great Firewall of China’s Biggest Crack May be the Decentralized Web

In a dingy, decrepit apartment in the Ditang residential district in Guangzhou, China, Xioachun Wang watches his favorite YouTube videos, while updating his Facebook profile. Like millions of other Chinese netizens, Wang is using a Virtual Private Network or VPN to circumvent the formidable Great Firewall of China (hint: it’s not made of concrete or steel) to access the web which the rest of the world takes for granted — the free and open web (at least for the most part in Western liberal democracies). But Wang is paranoid. While he wants desperately to get his YouTube fix — there are entire channels devoted to criticizing and condemning the Chinese government, with millions of subscribers — a recent crackdown by Beijing has Chinese netizens, used to passing through the Great Firewall of China at will are now starting to worry when that ease of passage will end.

15 days

2018 — The Year Crypto Hedge Funds Would Rather Forget

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. As thousands of ill-informed and ill-equipped “investors” (and I use the term loosely) poured billions of hard-earned dollars into the initial coin offering (ICO) craze of 2017, minting themselves overnight fortunes, the steady, educated and even hand of professional managers were supposed to shine the light on the ignorant. As the cryptocurrency hype-cycle reached terminal velocity in the waning months of 2017, professional analysts, managers and moneymen from Wall Street started trickling into cryptocurrencies, following the lead of luminaries such as Blythe Myers (creator of derivatives and former JP Morgan executive), Mike Novogratz (former hedge fund trader and Goldman Sachs partner) and Dan Morehead (former Tiger Management head of macro trading) who had lead the way during a period of unprecedented growth and optimism in cryptocurrencies. Before you could say, “When moon?” cryptocurrency hedge funds of every stripe were setting up shop, but they would soon be confronted with the double whammy of an impending crypto-crash as well as a painful lack of infrastructure to support institutional-grade investment outfits. From custodian solutions to fund administration, Wall Streeters were out of their element and with limited reputation to bank on (or track record for that matter), they stayed to set up shop, for better or worse. And after a sordid 2018, many of these funds, in particular, those set up at the height of hype, are now appealing for patience from investors to stay the course.

15 days

China’s Monetary Easing May Provide an Unexpected Boost for Bitcoin

China is hardly what one would describe of as the epitome of transparency, especially when it comes to issues of economic data and reporting. But a recent move by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the Chinese central bank should be cause for concern in the world’s second largest economy. As global markets fell last week on the back of trade war worries as well as a slowdown in Chinese growth, China’s central bank announced that it would inject US$117 billion into the banking system, allowing commercial banks to cut the share of deposits that they must hold in reserve, in an effort to boost lending and halt what some analysts believe may be a far sharper slowdown in economic growth than reported.

16 days

Biggest Cyber Risks are Being Overlooked by Healthcare

Healthcare is struggling with cybersecurity and not facing the biggest emerging risks. Integrity based attacks will greatly impact the healthcare industry, and yet many organizations are not working towards adequately addressing the challenges. In the end, it will add to their patients suffering.    

17 days

Effective Data Science Presentations

If you’re new to the field of Data Science, I wanted to offer some tips on how to transition from presentations you gave in academia to creating effective presentations for industry.

18 days

Getting into Data Science FAQs

I often see similar questions in my inbox or asked in webinars. I’d like to set the record straight with data. However, I didn’t need to start from scratch, there was an excellent article on KD Nuggets by Jeff Hale. Here is the link to his article: “The Most in Demand Skills for Data Scientists”. He had already scoured multiple job search site and aggregated data on the demand for different skills for data scientist. I recreated some of his analysis myself, so that I could come up with some points for this article, and to make sure his numbers matched mine before posting. The charts I created below are based on data from searches on indeed.com only.

18 days

Cryptocurrency is the New Target for Cybercriminals

As predicted, the rise of cryptocurrency valuation has captured the attention of cybercriminals. New hacks, thefts, misuse, and fraud schemes are on the rise. Where there is value, there will be a proportional risk of theft. 

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