Recommended by elsterama on August 19, 2011 via ReadWriteWeb
Twitter has had a complicated relationship with its sprawling developer ecosystem but made a big move this morning to provide independent developers a fast, lightweight, attractive and consistent tool-kit that can be used to implement the front end of web applications.
It's called Bootstrap and the company said today that it "uses some of the latest browser techniques to provide you with stylish typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation and everything else you need in a super tiny (only 6k with gzip) resource." Initial developer reaction appears generally positive.Continue
Revolution Analytics just released a new version of its suite of R-based statistical analysis tools Revolution R Enterprise 4.3. Significant new features include the ability to import data files from SPSS, a new predictive analytics algorithm for big data and an installer for Windows. Revolution R already supported importing from SAS files.Continue
Analytics appliance vendor, Netezza (which was acquired by IBM last year posted a series of videos dedicated to Thomas Bayes, a Presbyterian minister and mathematician who lived from 1702 to 1761. Bayes formulated Bayes' Theorem, the foundation for probability theory and predictive analytics. The theorem wasn't published until after Bayes' death, when his friend Richard Price presented it to the Royal Society.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on December 30, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
Editor's note: Every December the ReadWriteWeb team looks into the murky depths of the coming year and tries to predict the future. How did we do last year? Well, Facebook didn't go public, Google Wave didn't make a comeback, and Spotify didn't make it to the U.S. But our forecasts for Google Chrome, cloud computing, Facebook and something we called the "iTablet" were spot on. What's in store for 2011? All this week we'll be posting our predictions. Let us know your prognostications in the comments.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on December 23, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
Facebook's data team proved once again today that when you analyze a large set of anonymous user data from the world's biggest social network, you can learn some very interesting things about the state of humanity.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on December 17, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
The returns on investment for social technologies is often what stumps people.
But measuring the ROI of these technologies has to be done in order to get some understanding of how it is engaging people and correlating to the overall organization.
Socialcast is a social technology company that provides activity stream and social technologies. They created an infographic to show how human resources departments can understand the return by doing regression analysis on multiple data sets.Continue
Recommended by elsterama on October 21, 2010 via ReadWriteWeb
At today's roundtable, we had some very interesting discussions on creative bootstrapping. I am always fascinated by how innovative entrepreneurs get when faced with resource crunches.
First up today was Justin Beck with PerBlue, a mobile and social gaming company that makes the iPhone and Android game Parallel Kingdom that has been in the market for a couple of years. PerBlue develops and markets its own game, and today, is at about a $35,000-$40,000 per-month run rate from 200,000 users. Continue
Recommended by elsterama on October 21, 2010 via UX Booth
When I asked Jared Spool (the founder of User Interface Engineering) why so few UX researchers join early stage startups, he replied: “Startups are run by entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs know everything. They don’t listen. A UX researcher would be frustrated.” That made me wonder… is there a class of startups where the entrepreneurs are eager to listen? and how could UX researchers be valuable in a startup?
The answers I found pointed to the lean startup movement.Continue