​Introducing: Multi-Categorization and Hours of Operation

We have officially released Multiple Categories and the Hours of Operation attribute in our Global Places data! Multiple Categories Category_ids and category_labels can now support multiple values​. This makes ​perfect ​sense​,​ as there are many ​entities in the world that are more than one ​”​thing​”​ and can belong to multiple categories. Now, as a user [...]

Changes in our Global Places Data – Q2 2014

Back in April we talked about the challenges of keeping our Global Places data as fresh and clean as possible. Because Factual’s data represents the real world- which is changing every day- we have to update it often to make sure we’re providing the most accurate records possible. Here’s a quick look at what’s gone [...]

What Do You Drive? Patterns in US Car Dealerships

The first car I ever drove was my mother’s Toyota Highlander. My friends got their first taste of the road much the same, on their parents Hondas and Toyotas, or perhaps Jeeps or Mazdas. Although I didn’t notice it at the time, the majority of these cars were not American made. As it turns out, [...]

No Data, No Personalization

Note: This was originally posted on VentureBeat on 4/30/14, available here. Imagine a phone that knows your tastes, your preferences, and desires, and patterns of behavior. This data about you — personal context — is combined in real-time with the phone’s environment (where it is, adjacent businesses, people, and events; weather, temperature, and pressure; ambient light, [...]

Rest Easy, Factual’s Hotels Data Just Got Even Better

To me, the most fun thing in the world is working with big data. But the second most fun thing? That has to be road trips. And luckily for me, I have one coming up this Summer that I’m really excited about, too. My girlfriend and I will be driving up to Sea Ranch, CA [...]