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Big Data Startup

Dig up any amount of data using this big data startup Enigma

Big data is the new roaring business. After all, data affects us all & one has to tackle all that copious amounts of data being generated daily. But what happens when you want more data? Where does one turn to for that? This is where this big data startup Enigma comes into the picture.

Startup Enigma is an example of a web service that permits its users to dig for an intense amount of public data that is otherwise difficult to obtain. For those of you familiar with computational knowledge engine Wolfram Alpha, think of Enigma as a search engine than can seemingly join up scattered yet similar sets of data.

This big data startup, winner of this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2013, is geared to harness the power of public big data. Enigma was founded by Raphael Guilleminot, Hicham Oudghiri, Marc DA Costa, & Jeremy Bronfman in 2012. This big data startup assists users in discovering “hidden” facts, helping them find data sets, which they can retrieve from anywhere else, & in the process, synthesize data from unique sources.

big data startupThe strategy of this big data startup is to take public data that is valuable, starting with data that is relevant to economic activity and corporations, & make it “utilizable”. There are 2 challenges here: Accessibility, which comes with knowing what you are searching but is not obtainable in utilizable form, the other being, data discovery. The latter is the ability of searching on a particular topic you have an interest in, & discover data you had no idea you needed.

Enigma’s role is connecting you to the data you require. It claims to have access to 10,000+ public data sources. The big data startup uses a hybrid approach of mining data: the 1st step in getting the data is to scour government domains. Enigma’s government data was obtained by issuing a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. General Services Administration for all the top level .gov domains.

If you still haven’t found what you were looking for, you may even contact the guys at this New York, USA based startup & tell them the exact nature of data you want. They promise to help.

There are 3 services available – Individual, Enterprise & API. For the 1st category, you need to submit a request & they in turn will get back to you, offering you a trial period. The other 2 are paid services but the prices are not put out yet.

Image Credit: Enigma

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2 Vids 1 Word is a new mind game available in Apple app store


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BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Scrabble. Boggle. Upwords. All of these games have one thing in common – words. Wordplay. It’s been around since our written language was developed thousands of years ago, but has never been so accessible as now. Available now for download on iTunes for iPhone and iPad is the marvelous new twist on wordplay fun – 2 Vids 1 Word.

The simple game, designed by a husband and wife mobile app team out of Brisbane, Australia and known as Kerofrog, uses videos as clues to guess a one-word answer. The game begins easy and moves along in difficulty the more one solves. Even better, there is no user interface or complicated game logic to learn in order to have fun. The game delivers fun immediately after download and installation are complete.

The premise of the game is simple. Guess the word. Except with this game, each puzzle has two short video clips for one to watch. One only has to watch the videos and combine them to guess the word!

This particular game is unique because it uses video clips over the standard pictures used by other picture and word puzzle games. The quality of the game is amazing and mobile phone users won’t want to be left out once they see it on their friend’s phone.

It’s a winning combination much like Rogers and Astaire or Peanut Butter and Jelly. Word games. The flirtatious fun created by mixing language with entertainment. And the game is fun.

“Anyone who enjoys word games and online videos will love 2 Vids 1 Word,” said Cliff, founder of Kerofrog. “Players can challenge their minds and enjoy fun videos at the same time. Also, the familiar theme is a simple twist so there is no learning curve.”

And now, as a special Christmas bonus, those who “Like” the game page on Facebook at are eligible to win weekly coin pack prizes and 1 of 2 Apple TVs via an on-page puzzle competition.

2 Vids 1 Word is now available on the Apple App Store, with an Android version due for release on October 20. The game can be downloaded for free and provides hours of video puzzle fun. More information can be found at

Image Credit: 2 Vids1 Word

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