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All The Super Bowl XLIX Stats You Can Eat!

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

There’s nothing sexier than big… stats! And you don’t get stats much bigger than the ones created by the Super Bowl, after all it is one of the most watched events on TV. Everyone from school kids to international companies geared up for this event in different ways.

Thanks to the beauty of modern data, we can now see almost everything there is to see surrounding the Super Bowl. Here are some of the most interesting facts, figures and data created during this game:

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What Your IT Department Can Learn From the Sony Hack

Posted on February 22, 2015 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

The recent hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korean activists was probably one of the biggest hacks of recent years – and perhaps of all time. Some of the world’s biggest names were embroiled in the controversy, from Barack Obama, Kim Jong-un and James Bond to Brad Pitt, Seth Rogan and Angelina Jolie.

Previously-unseen movie scripts were leaked, huge films such as Annie and Fury were released on pirate sites and the information of nearly 50,000 Sony employees was shared online.

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How Spotify Used Big Data to Change the Music Industry

Posted on October 05, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

It wouldn’t be controversial to say that since launching in 2008, Spotify has turned the music industry upside down.

In 2014, the streaming service offers more than 20m songs to 40m active monthly users. Last year, it delivered 4.5 billion hours of music across the world. And since May individual plays on the streaming service are even taken into account by the Official Charts Company.

The success of this very 21st-century brand is a great advert for the power of big data. According to Jason Palmer, lead engineer at Spotify, the company “strives to be entirely data driven”. He said:

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Why Major Players in the Media Choose Maytech

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

We live in a world where news is instant. Something happens in the Middle East and we get the story and pictures straight away. This can be mainly credited to the advancements in large file transfer and its ability to carry high-definition media content around the world.

The right file sharing product

Whether a story has broken in Koryak Okrug, far-east Siberia or Seven Sisters, north London, the right file sharing product can be the difference between it staying on location or it reaching the world.

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Star Wars Episode VII: Data Breaches in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted on September 06, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

 

It’s fair to say that Star Wars: Episode VII is one of the decade’s most eagerly-awaited films.

Directed by JJ Abrams, the seventh instalment in the film series is currently being shot and will be unleashed to millions of feverish fans at the end of 2015.

But with such expectation comes great scrutiny. So far, a number of details about the film have breached the series’ usually-unimpeachable data force field – posing taxing questions about Hollywood’s relationship with data security and secure data transfer. In just a few months, we’ve found out:

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Howzat! Instant Data Transfer & Cricket’s Love Affair with Stats

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Perhaps more than any other mainstream sport, cricket is obsessed with stats. The likes of football and tennis may have recently started a serious love affair with all things arithmetical and analytical in the last couple of decades, but cricket fans have been poring over stats and data for more than a century.

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How Netflix Uses Data to be Better

Posted on July 16, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

With 44 million subscribers globally, billions of hours of video streamed every month and over 30 million plays a day tracked every time a viewer rewinds, fast forwards or pauses a show, it’s safe to say Netflix collects a lot of data along with it’s on-demand media streaming service.

This data is being used in a number of innovative ways to provide the best user experience for its subscribers from recommending programs or movies to improving playback quality and identifying poorly translated subtitles.

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How Broadcasters Used Big Data at Wimbledon 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Sports broadcasting used to be about the sports.

The focus was on the actual dramatic events unfolding on the football pitch, baseball field or tennis court. Fans sat on tenterhooks in stadiums and at home willing their team or their player to make the game-winning move.

Then along came storytelling. Sports broadcasts now features footage of players’ hometowns, discussions with high school coaches, adding a layer of narrative to add emotional depth to an already dramatic event.

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