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Big Data and mobile analytics: Ready to rule 2015

2014 was a big year for big data, a term that gradually gained momentum to become one of the most talked-about subjects in the tech world. With 2015 fast approaching, prepare for big data’s total domination, as it, along with the Internet of Things, is set to be the focus of web and mobile.

Egnyte cofounder and chief executive Vineet Jain makes the case for "content intelligence" at company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif, on Jan. 9.

Egnyte starts using data to take guesswork out of file sharing & storage

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Egnyte already stands apart from cloud-based file sharing services like Box and Dropbox, because it can store files on companies’ existing data center infrastructure as well as clouds. That means companies can keep working with the gear they’ve invested in. But this distinction on its own is no longer enough.

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Uber now wants to use its data to help build better cities

Uber has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will see its data used to improve life on the roads in Boston. Uber says the initiative will help city planners “manage urban growth, relieve traffic congestion, expand public transportation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

At CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

Here’s the bigger meaning of all these newfangled connected devices

Sure, you can spend your time marveling at the latest “smart” devices announced at this week’s 2015 International CES that gather data and connect to the Internet — from the next-generation plant-hugging Parrot Pot to LG’s connected vacuum cleaner. For Shawn DuBravac, a CES veteran and consumer electronics analyst, that’s to be expected. He’s personally more interested in thinking about what’s useful.