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September 30, 2014
There are indications that Amazon is injecting more resources into its Lab126, the experimental hub for its new product designs. The latest scuttlebutt suggests the company is tasking its engineers and designers with creating new ways of shopping using Internet-connected gadgets. "There is a lot of CAPEX and OPEX being poured into [Lab126], so it had better be real," remarked A&M's John Rossman. [More...]

September 30, 2014
The ambitious health information technology program now under way at the U.S. Department of Defense has garnered attention from some of the major e-commerce companies in the U.S. The DoD soon will evaluate bids for its 10-year, multibillion-dollar program to enhance its health IT capability, with an emphasis on electronic health records. [More...]

September 29, 2014
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Although Facebook hasn't revealed the precise details of its targeting and measurement approaches, "this does represent a breakthrough in theory for marketers, with better audience targeting and cross-device and even offline measurement," agreed Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insights for the Local Search Association. Users, however, may be less enthusiastic. [More...]

September 29, 2014
There was no weekend break for a lot of IT staff, particularly in the banking and financial services industries, who worked overtime to patch a vulnerability affecting many Linux, Unix and OS X systems. Discovered in BASH, or Bourne-Again SHell, the vulnerability has been dubbed "Shellshock." Left unpatched, cybercriminals can exploit it to inject malware or take control of systems. [More...]

September 29, 2014
Sales people love leads. They want lots of them, and they want them now. The more leads, the more money -- because sales is a numbers game, right? Well, yes and no. Some believe in an equation that says X number of leads will produce Y number of closed deals. If you make X greater, Y will be greater, too, right? That's a quaint thought, but it's not the way it works. [More...]

September 29, 2014
The Internet of Things is expected to be a $7 trillion market in six years. However, many small to medium-sized IT firms that do not have the capital to acquire the Nests of the world are left to wonder how they can benefit from this lucrative trend. SMBs with little or no IT in-house support can monetize this new market without reinventing the wheel. [More...]

September 26, 2014
A lot of Amazon Prime members will be binge-watching TV this weekend, if the early reviews of the company's original program, Transparent, are any indication. Amazon has made all episodes of the first season available at once, for those who become transfixed by Jeffrey Tambor's star turn as the head of the Pfefferman family, making the transition from Mort to Maura. [More...]

September 26, 2014
Do not try and bend the phone. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. What truth? There is no phone. There is no phone? Then you'll see, that it is not the phone that bends, it is only yourself. OK, so there is a phone -- but Apple apparently doesn't want consumers to believe what they see in a viral video. Can the company's confident, simple denial make Bendgate go away? [More...]

September 26, 2014
Desktop computer users are more satisfied with their devices than laptop and tablet owners, according to a recent American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. However, the category of personal computer satisfaction in general appears to be somewhat in the dumps. The annual measure of satisfaction fell 1.3 points to a score of 78 out of a possible 100. [More...]

September 25, 2014
Amazon may have a new mission for the struggling postal service -- delivering fresh groceries along with the odd letter that still travels by snail mail. Amazon has been wiggling deeper into the food business, with its Amazon Prime Pantry service and the launch of AmazonFresh in a few cities. A deal with USPS could make rapid scaling of that service possible -- and profitable for both. [More...]

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