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Microsoft Finally Has Truly Competitive Alternatives to Apple Products
September 27, 2021
Microsoft last week launched its new Surface line, and elements of it better target Apple's weaknesses than any prior effort. Let's talk about the new Surface PC product that best showcases how Microsoft can compete with Apple. We'll close with the product of the week, the Surface Duo 2, which has become a viable alternative to the iPhone.
Will Mistrust Jeopardize the Survival of Facebook?
September 20, 2021
Trust in sources that we depend on for business and personal decisions is critical. A platform that aggregates opinion and news should be held to the highest standard of trust and honesty. Last week we heard that Facebook's moderating system XCheck gives special privileges to some celebrities and politicians. This adds to a growing list of questionable activity by the social media giant that many people consider to be a monopoly.
Domotics Brings Home Sweet Home Automation
September 17, 2021
Smart home technology is quickly becoming more mainstream than niche. As people monitor and control so many aspects of their lives through apps and smart devices, they expect to do the same with their homes. TechNewsWorld spoke with experts in the field of domotics -- or information technology in the home -- to get their take on the growing popularity and the evolution of smart home technologies.
Lenovo Steps Forward With a Vision To Redefine Personal Computing
September 13, 2021
Last week at Lenovo Tech World 2021, the company announced a vision for a wearable solution that could not only transform how we work, but where we work. Let's talk about this new wave that Lenovo is driving. Then we'll close with my product of the week, the new ThinkReality A3 Smart Glasses.
The Esports Evolution: Out of the Basement, Into Arenas
September 10, 2021
Esports has grown into a major industry that shows no signs of slowing momentum. Indeed, the esports ecosystem is on pace this year to surpass $1 billion in revenue for the first time. We spoke with several esports aficionados to hear what they had to say about the evolution of esports, what's driving its popularity, and what to expect from this burgeoning industry going forward.
E-Learning Platforms: The New Academy for Business Training and Education
September 7, 2021
Organizations are taking advantage of online learning platforms to provide fast and cost-effective knowledge transfer, to and from anywhere in the world. We spoke with several experts in the field of learning management systems to get a sense for what's happening with e-learning in the business sphere, and where it'll be trending from here.
Kuo Predicts 'iPhone 13' Will Support Satellite Calls and Texting
August 31, 2021
The next generation of iPhones expected to be launched in September will include support for satellite communication, according to numerous news reports based on a research note released by insightful Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He predicted in the note that Apple will include hardware in the iPhone 13 that allows the mobile to connect to low-earth-orbit satellites.
Tech Weapons We Need To Combat Global Warming
August 30, 2021
What if we applied the military's capacity to build weapons to develop ways to save people from natural disasters? Let's talk about some of the inventions that could be used to make us all safer, and switch our focus from harming to helping. We'll close with the product of the week, arguably the coolest Tesla-like electric-powered hydrofoil boat that's trying to transition boating away from fossil fuels.
Unsupported IoT Devices Are Cyber-Trouble Waiting To Happen
August 27, 2021
Imagine finding out that your neighbor's identity was stolen and their life savings cleaned out by criminals who entered through their 'smart' washing machine. Ridiculous, you say? Well, have you checked your home Wi-Fi network lately? You might have several connected household gadgets and other devices tethered wirelessly through a misconfigured router with no firewall settings.
30 Years Later, the Trajectory of Linux Is Star Bound
August 25, 2021
Today the Linux community is estimated to be 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large enterprises and is installed in government systems and embedded in devices worldwide. As people around the world celebrate and discuss 30 years of Linux, the focus, rightly so, is on supercomputers, Martian helicopters and many other developer-centric initiatives, noted GigaOm analyst Chris Grundemann.
The Irony of Facebook's VR Collaboration Debacle
August 23, 2021
Facebook is misclassified as a social media company. If it wasn't, bringing out a VR product like Horizon Workrooms, reviews of which have not been kind, would have been better received. Collaboration is a social process where people get together to collectively solve problems. But Facebook sucks at social.
The Endless Possibilities of Robotic Process Automation
August 20, 2021
With more amounts of data to manage, organize, and make sense of, robotic processes are becoming increasingly valuable to businesses seeking to save time and be more efficient. Not everything needs to be done by a human, especially when the tasks are repeated and predictable. It's here that RPA comes into play and has become an important component to businesses operations and serving customers.
Tesla Autopilot Probe Opened by US Highway Safety Agency
August 17, 2021
The probe, to be conducted by the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation, will evaluate the Autopilot systems in Tesla Models Y, X, S, and 3, for the years 2014 through 2021. Technologies and methods used to monitor, assist, and enforce a driver's engagement with driving during Autopilot operation will be under scrutiny by the investigators.
Autonomous Driving's Missing Link
August 16, 2021
Autonomous driving now forms the core of most of the efforts to create autonomous robotics. However, up until now there's been one rarely talked about but critical problem that remains unsolved: What do we do with those things that will share the roads with these self-driving cars and trucks that are not autonomous?
Think Tank Calls for Policymakers To Grow AI, Not Choke It
August 10, 2021
Policymakers should be fostering the use of artificial intelligence in making workforce decisions, not inhibiting it, according to the Center for Data Innovation. In a report released Monday, the global think tank called on governments to encourage AI adoption and establish guardrails to limit harms.
The Metaverse Comes to Life
August 9, 2021
Much of what you are going to see at Siggraph this week has to do with creating the Metaverse, which is conceptually very similar to the artificial world that the movie "The Matrix" showcased. This technology will not only have a massive impact on lower-cost and far better movie graphics, but also our ability to translate what is in our imaginations to real-world events.
The Edge Ecosystem Puts Computing Where It Counts
August 5, 2021
Even as operations as diverse as factories and hospitals are moving at least portions of their daily computational processes out of the centralized cloud and into various edges, edge computing for many people remains a mysterious concept. To provide some clarity and insight, we spoke with several experts to detail what edge computing is, why it's needed, and where it's going.
Logiq CEO Tom Furukawa Discusses Global Trends in Digital Commerce
August 4, 2021
E-commerce and m-commerce are transforming the economic landscape. Both markets were steadily growing before the pandemic. But since then, consumers have been fueling both types of commerce with a frenzy. We thought this would be an appropriate time to speak with Logiq CEO Tom Furukawa about opportunity trends in digital commerce, and the role of market intelligence in the global commerce space.
How Natural Language Understanding Smartens Customer Interactions
August 3, 2021
Tapping into natural language understanding technology as part of an overall approach to managing customer relations improves the experience that businesses provide to their customers. Brands already implement a variety of solutions to gain data and insights from customer interactions. Still, many companies struggle to catch trends or potential problems due to disparate data.
When Is the Right Time To Buy vs. Lease an Electric Vehicle?
August 2, 2021
In short, every problem the electric car has begins and ends with its power supply. But that is changing very rapidly, making an EV likely for you within a 10-year horizon. Let's explore the state of affairs with electric vehicles, and key determinants to take into account if you have your mind on an EV. Then we'll close with the product of the week -- a new laptop from HP.
Alexa Live and the Future of Ambient Computing
July 26, 2021
Amazon last week held its Alexa Live 2021 developer conference, which would have been a lot more fun if during the event the Amazon Echo show in my office hadn't gone insane. Let's talk about the promise and some of the problems with the coming wave of ambient computing devices. Then we'll close with my product of the week, Amazon's 2nd Generation Echo Frames.
Key Factors When Selecting and Setting Up an E-Commerce Platform
July 23, 2021
One of the fundamental choices that an e-commerce retailer must make is the platform they use to sell their goods and services, because it's not just a store -- it's a place to connect with customers and create a sense of the brand. We spoke with several e-commerce experts to get their take on how retailers can choose and customize platforms to get the right fit between product, culture, and customer.
Salt Labs Launched To Heighten API Security Threat Awareness
July 22, 2021
Anyone with a stake in keeping ahead of cybersecurity assaults and enterprise network intrusions through API vulnerabilities can now tap into expert advisories and security reports. API security company Salt Security last week launched Salt Labs, a now-public forum for publishing research on API vulnerabilities.
Sustainability and Logistics: Greening the Supply Chain
July 20, 2021
One of the strains on the logistics industry is increased consumer demand for speedy delivery -- and this requirement is making it even more important to consider the environmental impacts of faster fulfillment. We spoke with experts in the field to find out what's happening to make logistics more sustainable, and how this sustainability can be good not just for the planet, but for business.
US, NATO Accuse China of Massive Microsoft Hack
July 20, 2021
In addition to its condemnation of China, the White House announced that the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against four Ministry of State Security hackers allegedly engaged in a multiyear campaign targeting foreign governments and entities in key sectors, including maritime, aviation, defense, education and healthcare in a least a dozen countries.
Tech Solutions To Beat the Heat
July 19, 2021
It's been a sweltering summer for those of us on the West Coast of the United States, and keeping power bills down when running air conditioning 24/7 is a challenge. This week, let's highlight technologies you can use to personally respond to the heat problem and deal with a world that is becoming too hot to handle. We'll close with the product of the week: Windows 365.
Resale Marketplace Advice: 7 Challenges and Solutions To Overcome Them
July 14, 2021
With resale appealing to a growing share of consumers, chief among them Gen Z, more brands are jumping on the bandwagon. Levi's, Lululemon, and Nike all launched in-house resale programs over the last year. However, the rise of resale comes with many challenges for e-commerce brands and marketplaces. Let's look at the most pressing obstacles for resellers and solutions for how to overcome them.
Amazon Rolls Out End-to-End Encryption for Ring Video Devices Worldwide
July 14, 2021
After a successful rollout in the U.S. earlier this year, Amazon is expanding support for end-to-end encryption for video captured on its Ring products. Part of what's motivating this is probably setting a higher global standard so wherever Amazon goes, they will be welcome by satisfying stringent local standards," said Brad Russell, vice president of Interpret.
Cybercriminals Employing Specialists To Maximize Ill-Gotten Gains
July 13, 2021
Ransomware gangs are increasingly turning to specialists to complete their capers on corporations, according to a Dark Net intelligence provider. A report issued by Tel Aviv-based Kela noted that the days when lone wolves conducted cyberattacks from start to finish are nearly extinct, as the one-man show has given way to specialization.
3D Printing and the Rise of Bespoke Products at Scale
July 12, 2021
Those of us who grew up with Star Trek might remember a device from the series called a replicator. This was a 3D printer of sorts that could create almost anything, ranging from food to weapons, at the touch of a button. Let's talk about our progression to the home-based replicator that could take us to that Star Trek future. Then we'll close with the product of the week from Strauss & Wagner.
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Which most influences your decision to accept a LinkedIn invite from a stranger?
Groups or interests we have in common
Personal message they included with the invitation
Relevance of their industry or experience to my own
Size of their network and/or how many connections we have in common
Thoroughness and credibility of their LinkedIn profile
All of the above -- I am meticulous about whom I allow in my network
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