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Growing Importance of Big Data and Big Data Analysis in Business

Big data is an emerging trend shaping the future of data-driven businesses. I hadn’t heard of it up until a few months ago in a documentary. Big data is playing a huge role in the success of quite a number of multi-national firms around the world. Some could even argue that for firms to maintain their competitive advantage in the present day business environment, they would have to adopt the use of Big Data Analysis Technology (BDAT).

What is big data? Big data is simply a term for large amounts of data sets that cannot be analyzed merely by traditional analytic methods but require more complex methods of analysis.  This data is voluminous and rapidly growing as it obtains its source from cheap and countless information-sensing devices such as our phones, cameras, microphones, radio frequency identification readers, etc.

Big data analysis when applied properly allows for more efficient decision making, spotting of emerging business trends, prevention of diseases and even combating crime. It all sounds very futuristic and complex. The truth is that it is. The era of big data is still emerging and there haven’t been any core breakthroughs on analysis. According to IDC’s Digital Universe Survey, by 2012 only 0.5% of the world’s data was being analyzed.

Value creation has however been a proven result when businesses adopt big data in marketing strategies, making decisions and evaluating situations and stakeholder behavior thereby improving efficiency, profitability and reducing risk. In fact, according to some research if the U.S healthcare system were to use big data to push efficiency and quality, it could result in the creation of $300bn in value every year. Imagine that! Some even argue that by the year 2020, big data will enable scientists predict individual behavior.

The possibilities are endless with big data and leading firms such as Amazon, SAS and Macy’s and even small firms are making it a core part of their marketing and business strategies.

Big data is here to stay so why don’t you look into it today.  Take part in this new trend and see what value it has to add to your business.

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20 Famous People And Their Famous Last Words

Famous people are famous for living fascinating lives.

Most of the time, these people during their hour of death somehow find a way to drop some of the most amazing and thought provoking words of their lives. Out of the very many, here are my best.

  1. Composer Gustav Mahler died in bed while conducting an imaginary orchestra. His last word was, “Mozart!”
  2. Frank Sinatra “I’m losing it.”
  3. George Orwell “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” died at age 46.
  4. Nostradamus’ final prediction, “Tomorrow, at sunrise, I shall no longer be here.” He was right.
  5. Steve Jobs “Oh wow, Oh wow, Oh wow.”
  6. Murderer James W. Rodgers in front of a firing squad in Utah was asked if he had a last request. He replied, “Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”
  7. Archimedes, mathematician, killed while working on a mathematical problem “Stand away, fellow, from my diagram.”
  8. Bob Marley “Money can’t buy life.”
  9. Leonardo Da Vinci “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” Really? Really?
  10. Prince during his last public appearance "Wait a few days before you waste your prayers on me."
  11. Karl Marx “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” I guess he was right.
  12. Osama bin Laden “Don’t turn on the light.”
  13. Marilyn Monroe “Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president and say goodbye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy.”
  14. Corey Monteith “I want to get better.”
  15. Hugo Chavez “I don’t want to die, please don’t let me die.”
  16. Elvis Presley walked into the bathroom for another “reading” session. That was what he said when he wanted to pop pills. Before he died, his fiancé who saw him enter into the bathroom said “Don’t fall asleep in there”, his response, “OK, I won’t.” – But he did.
  17. Malcom X “Brothers! Brothers, please this is a house of peace!!” just before his assassination.
  18. Martin Luther King Jr’s last words were to ask musician Ben Branch "Make sure you play 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord'. Play it real pretty."
  19. Marvin Gaye "I'm going to get my things and get out of this house. Father hates me, and I'm never coming back." Shot by his father as he stepped away.
  20. John Lennon “I’m shot.” Duhh?
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"god" From A King

With his unique sound, 27-year-old LA based Nigerian Rapper Chauncey Amaechi known by his stage name ‘King Chuck’ is breaking musical barriers, by any means necessary.   Having recently released his single “god”, the independent artist is basking in the success of what many supporters believe is a ‘hit record’. Without hesitation, I believe the same.

A proud Nigerian, King Chuck says he began to incorporate his culture into his music following his three year visit to the country.

“[While there] I basically embraced the culture. It became a part of me and the basis of why I was doing African music,” he told TNJ in an exclusive interview.

While having the talent to indulge in both, King Chuck says his love for music surrounds more around rap than it does singing.

“It’s weird when people say that I sing. [To me] a singer is my sister. I grew up in the church, so we used to be in the house [singing]. You know, Brandy and Monica. [laughs] But the groundwork of my love was definitely rap, since I was like 5.”

Influenced by the sounds of the greats, ranging from Biggie Smalls, Big Pun, Big L to Lauryn Hill, King Chuck says his music has always been different. His new single is a testament to that statement, as ‘god’ possesses a different sound, a different delivery and a different message.

“Every time we listen to the radio, most of the songs are about the same thing. A girl broke your heart or you’re trying to pop some bottles, so [his producers] were like “let’s do something where we actually have a message as well as something people can repeat. So that’s how we came up with the concept of ‘god’.”

King Chuck says he doesn’t want to short live his single and when he feels it has received the proper buzz, he will release his anticipated EP.

“[I’m] courageous. I say that because I have an interesting story, all from my journey. All based off music. I’m from New Haven [Connecticut] and people don’t really support, it’s like a bucket of crabs. When you do something left-field, people don’t always receive it. My music has always been different, I dropped out of school for this. There were a lot of things I had to go through to keep this thing going and I kept that courage and kept pushing.”

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The Coolest High Resolution Photos From Mark Zuckerberg’s Visit To Co-Creation Hub

Following up on our previous story, Mark Zuckerberg did spend a couple of hours checking out what the folks at CoCreation Hub were up to, he shared some intelligent thoughts to some of the younger ones and did a little motivational talk before leaving.

Here are the coolest photos from his visit taken by our very own creative director

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Mark Zuckerberg Is In Lagos And We Are All Excited

Founder and CEO of the Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg arrived Nigeria earlier today. His first destination was none other than the CoCreation Hub, Yaba, Lagos.

His visit here is to meet with the tech giants in Nigeria and discuss how tech development and entrepreneurship can benefit from his platform.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Pope Francis at The Vatican on Monday where they held a question and answer session and talked about his future plans for the world before doing some sightseeing and setting their sights to Lagos unannounced.

“Next stop: Lagos! This is my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa. I'll be meeting with developers and entrepreneurs, and learning about the startup ecosystem in Nigeria. The energy here is amazing and I'm excited to learn as much as I can.

Our first stop is the Co-creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB) in Yaba. I got to talk to kids at a summer coding camp and entrepreneurs who come to CcHub to build and launch their apps. I'm looking forward to meeting more people here!”

 

 

@zuck is live in Nigeria! #CCHUB #FirstTimeInAfrica #Facebook #Instagram

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Having only recently invested in Andela, Mark is eager to see just how much Nigeria has to offer the world and indeed, we are all happy to have him here.

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Suicide Squad: A Success or Failure for the DCEU?

With a global box office that's about $500 million bigger than its production budget and a 26% score on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, there are a lot of people wondering just whether or not Suicide Squad is going to be considered a success when all is said and done.

First off, real talk: about a week ago, when I realized that Suicide Squad was close to earning $500 million at the global box office, I casually remarked to a friend that a $600 million haul would likely be seen as a hit internally by Warner Bros. With that number seemingly surpassed as confirmed by director, David Ayer, that's an observation that seems to be turning into reality but more on that later.

It should also be acknowledged that the answer is likely to depend heavily on who you're asking.

The movie scored an "alright" B+ CinemaScore, and according to Rotten Tomatoes it earned 68% positive marks from audiences. That's somewhere in between the 65% scored by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the 75% from Man of Steel. So even while Suicide Squad earned the lowest rating yet from critics, audiences seem to generally like it.

(Yes, 68% is hardly an overwhelming number, but combined with the box office, it seems to be a pretty good indicator that people are thinking.)

Batman v Superman itself is a bit of a complication, too: the film is reported to have been budgeted at about $240 million, with a worldwide box office tally that more than tripled that number at $872 million. That would be a success for most movies, but given the profile of the project and the movies it was being compared to (including Marvel's $1 billion-grossing Captain America: Civil War), it's generally acknowledged that Warner Bros. wanted more from it internally.

Right now, Batman v Superman's theatrical run is sitting at almost $200 million more than Suicide Squad has made yet, and it seems unlikely, just due to the pace at which movies tend to earn their money, that Suicide Squad will equal that number.

Possibly more likely - although still a bit of a stretch, probably - is that Suicide Squad might catch up to the $773 globally earned by Guardians of the Galaxy, which could be a pretty meaningful metric.

The Guardians number may seem arbitrary, but there's something to be said for the comparison. First of all, Suicide Squad is one of a number of movies based on somewhat lesser-known comics projects, which have benefited from the success of Guardians. Given the copycat nature of Hollywood, some of them have even been attributed to the success of Guardians, but that's likely simplistic thinking: with comic book movies doing the kind of business they have been since about 2005, it was inevitable that sooner or later most of the A-listers would start to become exhausted and we would get some lesser-known comics characters onscreen.

Guardians, though, is an interesting basis for comparison because it is generally considered to be an unqualified hit. With a budget nearly identical to that of Suicide Squad and a similarly huge promotional campaign backing it, the biggest difference is that Suicide Squad featured cameos by Batman and The Flash -- although Guardians not only showcasing Thanos but explaining for the non-comics audience what the Infinity Stones are might even up that handicap.

Currently, Suicide Squad is about $100 million away from equalling Guardians' take, and it's pacing ahead of Marvel's surprise sci-fi hit by about $50 million worldwide. Still, Suicide Squad's reviews stung, and it's earning its money at a much slower clip than Guardians was at the same point. It started out huge but has dropped precipitously week over week and after four weeks at the U.S. box office, it's already earning less per week than Guardians did. This makes it feel pretty unlikely to catch up to the $772 number - or the $333 Guardians made domestically (Suicide Squad is currently sitting at $274).

So some of this might come down to whether or not Warner Bros. was hoping for a Guardians-size success. Early on, it was hinted that they had much more modest hopes for Suicide Squad; since it was being produced relatively inexpensively compared to the recent Batman and Superman films. Of course, that was before a torrent of praise for the film's trailers, before Batman v Superman did less than they wanted - basically it was back when Warner Bros. had a whole different take on what Suicide Squad was.

So...was Suicide Squad a hit? If you ask critics, absolutely not: fewer of them liked it than liked Batman v Superman, and that's pretty dismal. If you ask fan, it's a reserved yes. The impression seems to be that the movie could be better, but that it does what it sets out to do and entertains its audience. And if you ask Warner Bros.? Well, that's up in the air at this point, but that $600 million mark - especially if it can cross $300 million domestic (which should be a matter of days now) - is a pretty big number that's nearly four times the movie's production budget. It seems like that's hard to sneeze at.

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Gentlemen's Guide To Wearing Suspenders

I remember growing up, there was this preacher who used to come around the house and what I really fancied about him wasn’t the ‘gospel’ he came to preach, it was the fact that he always had a different pair of suspenders every time he came around and I thought to myself, “I’d love to wear one of those someday”. It’s kind of hard to fathom, but believe it or not, the belt is a relatively recent invention. Prior to the First World War, the favored method of keeping one’s trousers up was with a pair of suspenders.

Nowadays, suspenders (or braces, as they’re called by our British brothers) are often viewed as an artifact from another era or emblematic of certain kinds of people or professions – they’re worn by bankers or iconically by punk rockers and hipsters.

However, as we’ve started to shift as a menswear culture towards an appreciation of quality and well-appointed details in Nigeria, suspenders can now be considered as just another element in the well-dressed modern gentleman’s clothing playbook.

Here are some guidelines on how to wear suspenders.

Never Wear Suspenders With A Belt

Don't be this guy.

This is a real ‘line in the sand’ issue for me. Suspenders are a method of keeping your pants up. A belt is another method for keeping your pants up. Don’t ever, or like my Mum would say ‘Don’t you ever’ wear suspenders with a belt or vice versa. It’s the same as wearing a tie bar with a waist coat or wearing sun glasses with a face cap. It’s either one or the other. Do not cross that line.

Proper Adjustment

Suspenders used to come in different lengths and sizes. Now virtually all suspenders have adjusters. When dialing in the right length, there’s a balance between too loose and too tight – the latter can lead to an uncomfortable tightening of the pants between the buttocks. I’m pretty sure no one wants that, and even if you do, no one wants to see that.

Mind The Waist Size

Suspenders are best on pants that have a little room around the waist. If your pants are too tight – or perfectly fitted to your waist – you don’t need suspenders. Unless, of course, you’re looking to add an unnecessary fashion accessory to your look and I dare say you could go unpunished.

Are Belt Loops Okay?

This is a topic that could rouse a lively debate: wearing suspenders on pants that also have belt loops.Conservativists will tell you that if you’re wearing suspenders on a pair of pants with belt loops that you’re not all-in. I can respect that.

However, it is nice to have options. Especially if you’re going to be spending your hard-earned money on bespoke/made-to-fit suits. Maybe you’d like to style the suit with a belt sometimes, but also reserve the right to wear suspenders when the mood strikes.

My opinion is this: there’s nothing wrong with wearing suspenders on pants with belt loops. Having said that, it does look cleaner, more sophisticated and more committed if you forego the belt loops for side tabs. I get all my pants now without belt loops. That’s just me, anyway.

Buttons Or Clips

These days, suspenders come in either button or clip ends and both are fine really but it’s preferable to go with the button clips. If not for anything, it’s safer than the clip end because once fastened, you do not have to worry about the clip pulling off your trouser while you’re in motion.

Subtle Accessory

A pair of suspenders is not an accessory that’s meant to be flaunted. Back in the day, they were considered a form of underwear – a not-quite unmentionable that wasn’t particularly meant to be seen. Some folks may disagree with me on this one but when you’re talking about classic elegance in men’s fashion, subtlety rules the day (and night).

Formal Wear

Finally, to end this post with another ‘line in the sand’ item for me. When it comes to formalwear, suspenders are de rigueur. A belt with formal attire is a non-starter.

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Apple Is Saying Goodbye To The Home Button In 2017

We are standing just a month away from the release of the next iPhone but somehow, it’s the 2017 iPhone the world keeps talking about. We already know a lot about the 2017 iPhone; from the return of the all glass back to the complete redesign and removal of the earphone jack. Just when we think we’ve seen all there is to the new generation of iPhones, Apple shows us another angle.

 According to Bloomberg, in 2017, iPhone is saying goodbye to the home button. In celebration of the device’s 10th year anniversary, using OLED display technology, the entire front will appear to be a single sheet of glass.

Nikkei Asian Review reported earlier this week that Apple is likely to introduce a third smartphone option next year with a curved display. In fact, the report states Samsung may even be the supplier for these curved OLED displays.

Apart from the removal of the headphone jack, the iPhone 7 is said to feature 2 rare cameras and a memory boost to 3GB of RAM. According to Verge, it will also contain a pressure-sensitive home button that relies on the same type of vibrating haptic feedback used in the Apple Watch and the trackpad of the new Apple MacBook.

 

Source: Verge

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