The Truth is out…Women Influence technology

June 21, 2012

So you think the technology game belongs to the male species.  Guess what … wrong. According to Intel researcher Genevieve Bell, it actually turns out the majority of technology users are women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, not that young 18 year old.  In her summary “Big Ideas” talk last month at Australia’s Radio [...]

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Internet + Mobile: The walls (and Skype) have ears …

June 20, 2012

  Skype plans to listen into voice conversations in order to provide “conversation ads” that are designed to ‘enhance’ you conversation experience. What are conversation ads? The system scans your dialogue and dissects it for meaning in order to push advertisements to you in real time, and then it adds the information to marketing profile [...]

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Transportation: What FORM will alternative energy transportation take?

June 19, 2012

The move to alternative energy vehicles has been rocky, at best. Aside from the issues of smaller vehicles, shorter ranges, and moving from the conventional fuel infrastructure there is the problem of FORM. A skeuomorph can be defined as a design feature that exists in a new form primarily because it existed in the previous [...]

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Sports Tech + Mobile: Precision exercise augmented by mobile apps

June 18, 2012

Accelerometers were added to smart phones to support screen rotation and shaking. GPS capability was added to support mapping and navigation. Combined, they can provide data to enable innovative exercise applications: the accelerometers can act as pedometers and the GPS capability can track the user’s jogging distances. Analytics can create an assessment of performance over [...]

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Mobile: Ericsson predicts that 85% of world’s population will have 3G coverage or better by 2017

June 7, 2012

The mobile revolution is inclusive. Cheaper smartphones, cloud based services, and improved machine-to-machine connectivity are allowing mobile technology to offer an increasing level of utility to an increasing number of demographics. Mobile access is exploding. Ericsson, which has an excellent understanding of mobile traffic and market trends, has released a report suggesting that the Internet, [...]

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Internet: Internet skulduggery revealed by Firefox Collusion

June 6, 2012

Internet sites are tracking your browsing behavior and recording this information; and many sites do this without your knowledge or consent. This information may, in turn, be sold or otherwise distributed to other organizations. In this manner, your profile can be constructed for the purpose of sales, marketing, or more nefarious purposes. So much for [...]

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Mobile: May you live in interesting times

May 28, 2012

“There is a Chinese curse which says ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.” Robert Kennedy, 1966. This is certainly true for [...]

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Mobile: Communication enables the Arab Spring, but tyrants recognize the threat

May 23, 2012

Mobile communication tools act as an efficient, real time method of coordinating resistance to tyranny and mitigating the effects of government crackdowns. During the Libyan uprising, cell phones were used by rebels to organize and build solidarity. When Gaddafi shut down the cell network to cripple rebel communications, phones were still useful as cameras and [...]

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Mobile: When Mother Nature strikes … flood, drought, earthquake, and tsunami

May 22, 2012

Mobile communication has become an essential tool for maintaining communication links following natural disasters. During the Pakistan floods of 2010, information could be obtained by SMS texting through the Humari Awaz (“our voice”) cell phone network. About 70% of the population has regular access, if not direct ownership, of a cellular phone making it a [...]

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Sports Tech: This elite race tests equipment and techniques for tracking contestants and engaging viewers

May 21, 2012

As a former sailor, with a little experience in racing, I know how hard it is to coax performance out of both boats and crew. The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most gruelling sporting events in the world, with round the clock sailing at top speed through some very tough conditions. Usually, spectators only [...]

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