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In general, big data sets help businesses to make decisions based on widely collected information. Big data is used in many different ways, but...read on
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Always running out of minutes and texts on your current cell plan? Here are some high-tech ways to get around that! 
Private Branch Exchange (PBX): New Ways to Geek Out Your Phone Service

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A Brief Intro to Apache Hive and Pig

Wondering about the differences between Apache Hive and Pig? Learn the basics here. 
7 Things to Know About Hadoop

Hadoop has been helping analyze data for years now. Here's a look at it's start, what it's good for and where it may be going... and an explanation of its name and familiar yellow elephant! 
The 6 Things You Need to Get World-Changing Results with Data

While data may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, it has actually been around for thousands of years. Here are some ways to make the most of it. 
How I Got Here: 12 Questions With Cybercrime-Fighter Gary Warner

Gary Warner's the guy behind the end of the infamous Koobface virus. Here he discusses his career in cybersecurity. discusses where his journeys in security have taken him since tackling the infamous Koobface virus. 
Web Roundup: Wearables, Hadoop and Making Big Data and IoT More Accessible

This week we explore expansions in the tech industry, as well as the Internet of Things and wearables. 
IoT: Experts to Follow on Twitter

Want to connect with the most influential voices talking about the Internet of Things? Follow this group on Twitter. 
Everything You Need to Know About 5G So Far

5G wireless is just around the corner. Here's what to expect when it arrives. 
Moving to SharePoint 2013 - Is It Worth It?

Wondering if it's worthwhile to upgrade to SharePoint 2013? Here we look at what it has to offer. 
Do Millennials Understand Online Privacy?

Millennials are all about using the Internet to its fullest potential. However, when it comes to online privacy, are they doing it right? 
Why 2014 Won't Be the Year of Wearable Technology

Experts are predicting a surge of wearable technology for consumers in 2014, but based on current data and trends, it seems unlikely. 
The Best of Tech from SXSW 2014

The standouts for 2014 included contextual-based technologies like IoT, IBeacon and other technology designed to bring people and things together. Get more highlights of this year's event here. 
Internet of Things: Great Innovation or Big Fat Mistake?

The Internet of Things will change everyone’s life, no doubt there. The question is will it be a positive change or one that we all regret? 
Web Roundup: Awesome Angles on IoT

As part of this month's feature on IoT, we've pulled together some of the most interesting content from around the Web about this emerging technology. Check it out! 
What IT People Can Learn From the Unix Philosophy

With its simple, stripped-down approach, Unix is giving many programmers exactly what they're looking for. 
The Big Challenges Facing Data Recovery

From self-encrypting drives to the increased complexity of storage systems, a series of challenges is making data recovery much more difficult. 
How I Got Here: 12 Questions With Web Entrepreneur Angie Chang

This Web whiz has spent much of her career in the tech industry and thrives on helping other women break the ranks. We interviewed her about her work. 
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Tech Pioneers You've Probably Never Heard Of

As in any field, there are big-name pioneers in tech. Here we look at some of those who made a huge impact but received much less recognition. 
Introduction to Databases

No matter what part of IT you work in, you have to store data at one point or another, and it doesn't hurt for just about everybody to have some knowledge of databases and how they work. 
8 Steps to Understanding IP Subnetting

Understanding IP subnetting is a fundamental requirement for almost any IT pro. But although the concepts are simple, there is a general difficulty in understanding the topic. We break it down in eight simple steps. 
Creative Disruption: The Changing Landscape of Technology

Learn about the history behind some major technological innovations - and how they changed the world. 
How Spreadsheets Changed the World: A Short History of the PC Era

The introduction of spreadsheets helped launch the movement that eventually brought computers to home users. Writer John McMullen was there when it happened. Hear the story first-hand, based about his experiences working in the field. 
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A block cipher is a symmetric cryptographic algorithm that operates on a fixed-size block of data using a shared, secret key. Plaintext is used during the... Read more 

Big data management refers to the efficient handling, organization or use of large volumes of structured and unstructured data belonging to an organization.  

Apache Cassandra is an open-source NoSQL distributed database management system. It was originally developed at Facebook by Avinash Lakshman and Prashant Malik.... Read more 

A data lake is a massive, easily accessible, centralized repository of large volumes of structured and unstructured data.  

Apache Sqoop ("SQL to Hadoop") is a Java-based, console-mode application designed for transferring bulk data between Apache Hadoop and non-Hadoop... Read more 
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