There are opinions and opinions about the link between sleep and creativity — there's evidence that insomnia and 8 solid hours can both do wonders.
For a city that prides itself on creative output, Boston is a city of midnight-oil burners, but it still catches a few more winks than other big cities in it class. Read MoreA Where's-Waldo-ish Guide to What-Not-to-DoAll the wee little design things that matter
On New Year’s Day in 2010, a group of three friends in Worcester visited a popular pizzeria for lunch. But by the next morning, all three regretted that trip.
“Today, I woke up deathly ill, and proceeded to kick off 2010 by vomiting,” one member of the group wrote on Yelp on Jan. 2. “The three of us had different items—not sure what took us all down—but we suspect Zorba's as we all went our separate ways and are all deathly ill today.”
Posts like that, it turns out, can prove quite valuable to health officials. Read MoreGood answers come from good questionsBig Data is, but not unquestioningly, the answer, he says
"Big Data," a phrase that's often said aloud with lots of vim ("Big Data!"), is just a heap of junk — until you know what you're looking for. Jake Porway, writing in the Harvard Business Review, points this out more clearly than many others have: Read More
Personal data about customers is increasingly valuable to businesses, and casinos are among the most voracious data gatherers of them all. But unlike others, the gambling industry goes the extra mile to reward patrons for sharing their personal information. That’s one surprising lesson from “What Stays in Vegas,” a new book about how businesses everywhere—and the gambling and entertainment industry in particular—collect and use data about their customers. Read More
The current tech giants always seem unstoppable — up until it's too late. That's why I find the world of search so fascinating. Even as Google continues to reign more or less undisputed in typing what you want and getting it in a fraction of a second, others, including Cambridge-based Nara Logics, are hoping to cut a step out of that process.
Read MoreLunch Time TestingHow Clover crunches big data to take aim at reshaping fast food