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    1. January 27, 2016

      Tableau thrives as it seeks to free data from ‘Excel hell’

      In 1993, Pat Hanrahan was part of the Pixar team that won an Oscar for animation software. A decade later, he...

    2. January 26, 2016

      Smart Africa: Big-data tools transform business

      For the past 50 years, the scattered, unreliable state of data about African business and finance have deterred access...

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    1. January 25, 2016

      Crafting charts that can withstand the data deluge

      More than 200 years ago, William Playfair voiced his frustration with statistics, no doubt pre-empting the thoughts of...

    2. January 22, 2016

      Website launch adds to personal data debate

      The battle between the public and retailers over who controls personal information is set to intensify with the launch...

    3. January 20, 2016

      Camera drones and cow fitness trackers help drive farm yields

      A fitness tracker for cows might have seemed like a whimsical situation comedy idea — until someone came up with one....

    4. January 19, 2016

      China: When big data meets big brother

      When browsing the internet in China, be sure to avoid logging on between 2am and 4am, steer clear of websites offering...

    5. January 18, 2016

      Aviva opens ‘digital garage’ in technology push

      Few investors would associate exposed brick walls, table footie and vintage posters in London’s trendy Hoxton Square...

    6. January 12, 2016

      General Electric: Post-industrial revolution

      General Electric’s latest technology for boosting manufacturing productivity is a gadget that feels like it would be...

    7. December 23, 2015

      Beware the electronic gossips eavesdropping in our homes

      Imagine being talked about behind your back. Now picture that conversation taking place covertly in your own sitting...

    8. December 17, 2015

      Digital advances uneven across US economy

      Large sections of the US economy are failing to make the most of digital technologies and millions more jobs are set to...

    9. December 4, 2015

      European watchdogs to scrutinise robo-advice industry

      Financial regulatory authorities for the EU will scrutinise the growing industry of so-called robo-advice, where...

    10. November 24, 2015

      UK watchdog examines insurers’ use of big data

      The use of big data by general insurers has drawn scrutiny from the UK financial watchdog, which is requesting...

    11. November 16, 2015

      EasyJet looks to AI to cut delays and deliver its bacon butties

      The days of missing out on the last bacon baguette on an early morning easyJet flight or being delayed because of an...

    12. October 29, 2015

      IBM’s latest deal is a new test case for the big data economy

      What is Big Data worth? News this week that IBM had acquired the digital assets of the Weather Company for $2bn is — so...

    13. October 19, 2015

      Forget the big data hype — people want to know what it all means

      The lure of “big data” is one that few politicians or executives have been able to resist. Report after report has...

    14. September 29, 2015

      Call to use big data to find skills gaps

      Ministers should use government data on graduate earnings to identify skills gaps and direct the education system to...

    15. September 24, 2015

      Big Four firms face ‘tsunami’ of threats from digital groups

      When Harlequins rugby club was preparing for last season’s premier league, it turned to an unexpected partner in its...

    16. September 17, 2015

      Apple buys ‘big data’ analyser Mapsense

      Apple has acquired a “big data” analytics company that will allow it to analyse the huge mass of location and mapping...

    17. September 15, 2015

      Navy needs digital natives, admiral says

      Big data will transform the way wars are fought and represents the single biggest technological challenge for the...

    18. September 1, 2015

      Do not let fear kill the promise of Big Data

      Enticed by the promise of “discreet indiscretions”, millions of people sign up to a global website offering...

    19. August 20, 2015

      Ordnance Survey plots path into digital era

      To ramblers in the British countryside, the Ordnance Survey is the producer of difficult-to-fold pink and orange maps....

    20. August 5, 2015

      Free Lunch: Handle with care

      From damned lies to known unknowns The FT's interview with Charlie Bean today (in two parts, here and here) is a good...

    21. August 5, 2015

      UK’s official statistics out of date, says Bean

      Sir Charlie Bean, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, will on Wednesday put the nation’s number crunchers on...

    22. June 24, 2015

      Secretive Palantir takes aim at $20bn valuation

      The race among Silicon Valley’s leading private companies to raise massive piles of cash during the boom years just...

    23. June 17, 2015

      Let algorithms show if they can make better hiring choices

      We reported this week that top professional services firms in London, Scotland and the US practised widespread...

    24. June 17, 2015

      Robot surgery market set to change

      If you are having prostate surgery in the US, it is highly probable your procedure will be carried out by a robot....

    25. June 17, 2015

      Demand for digital talent will change job market in healthcare

      The advent of digital healthcare will fuel the demand for specialised skills in the coming years. From managing...

    26. June 15, 2015

      Study outlines theme park-style factories of the future

      BMW has taken the open plan office to a different level. At the carmaker’s Leipzig factory in eastern Germany, a parade...

    27. June 12, 2015

      Smarter aircraft create a wealth of data but it remains underexploited

      Machines are growing ever smarter. And the almost 22,000 civil airliners that carry millions of passengers a year...

    28. June 7, 2015

      Health tech start-ups target internet talent

      A new wave of data-intensive “health tech” companies is drawing talent from the internet world as cloud computing,...

    29. June 5, 2015

      Singapore rides into the future on crowdsourced bus routes

      Singapore has seen the future — and is busily putting it into practice. From crowdsourced buses, designed to do for...

    30. June 3, 2015

      City financier to chair ‘big data’ research centre

      Britain’s £80m big data research centre will be led by Howard Covington, a former City financier. Mr Covington’s...

    31. May 29, 2015

      Banks desert high street for the digital superhighway

      Picture the scene: you go for a run, armed with a smartphone app that measures how far you go, your speed and the...

    32. May 24, 2015

      Big Data’s infinite harvest

      Welcome, customers, to this column. I write articles and you subscribe to the FT and tell me how wrong I am (to be...

    33. May 22, 2015

      The case that dragged bankers into the Snapchat generation

      Can billion-dollar fines and felony charges bring cultural change in finance? Or do they just remind the banking...

    34. May 20, 2015

      JPMorgan’s global think-tank uses big data to read US economy

      For decades policy makers and economists have sought data that would allow them to better understand how changes in...

    35. April 28, 2015

      Digital is reshaping the world of advertising

      When Heineken USA was preparing to launch Desperados, a tequila-flavoured beer, in the southeastern US in 2014, the...

    36. April 14, 2015

      Business alarmed at Chinese plans to curb data transfer

      China is building a “big data dam” to rival the Great Firewall blocking the internet, say US business leaders concerned...

    37. April 14, 2015

      UK start-up Mole aims to make freight pipe dream a reality

      Britain may soon have a novel way to tackle road congestion — an underground network of pipes that propel...

    38. March 29, 2015

      The great American disconnect

      If you believe history is yet to come, the United States is still the place to be. Only in America can you find people...

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