Google to show off mobile wallet for Android phones

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Discussion: Google is introducing a mobile payment platform that will turn its Android smartphone into a digital wallet.  Thanks to NFC (near field communication) technology, consumers can wave their phones in front of a reader at a checkout to purchase items or receive special offers.  The simplicity and convenience of this new e-wallet means less… Read more »

Africa’s business technology revolution gathers pace

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Discussion: African economies are known for commodities like oil and gas, but a tech revolution is gathering speed and helping to change lives across the continent.  From fighting fake medicines to developing cutting edge telescopes, a new generation of innovators is putting Africa on the technology world map. Source: BBC News Date: May 23, 2011… Read more »

Social media and the security risks they pose for business

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Discussion: As more and more businesses see the value in social media applications like Twitter and Facebook, they face a big dilemma: allow these applications to go through their current network without the proper security infrastructure or block them altogether.  Nir Zuk, co-founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, says the next big thing in… Read more »

10 years later, Apple’s ‘crazy’ retail gamble is a hit

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Discussion: Ten years ago, analysts thought Apple was crazy to get into the retailing business.  But over 300 stores later, Apple has definitely proven their risky model a success.  In fiscal year 2010, 13% of Apple’s total sales, roughly $3.2 billion, came from the stylized and shiny stores, including their flagship 32-foot glass cube New… Read more »

Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

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Discussion: Eli Pariser, author of “The Filter Bubble,” argues there is an invisible shift in how information is flowing on the web.  He cautions, “The Internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessarily what we need to see.”  Calling them “filter bubbles,” Pariser describes this personalized Web search as… Read more »

Social Networks Offer a Way to Narrow the Field of Friends

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Discussion: Sometimes the day-to-day random events in life should not necessarily be shared with the large audience of colleagues and acquaintances on Facebook, so a host of more private, intimate social networks are emerging on the Web.  Path, a service that allows users to share pictures, videos, and messages with friend groups up to 50,… Read more »

Near field communication transforms travel in Japan

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Discussion: Outside of Japan, adjusting to life viewed through a mobile device is still in the early stages, but in Japan, it is second nature.  Near field communication is transforming travel in the populous island nation with mobile apps to pay for a Tokyo bus, streamline a domestic traveler’s airport experience to 15 minutes, and… Read more »

Amazon explains its cloud disaster

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Discussion: Amazon’s cloud services recently suffered a massive crash that left many of its East Coast customers without access to their data, including dozens of websites.  The company cited a mistake made by engineers that triggered a cascade of other bugs and glitches, overwhelming the master system and causing a “brown out.”  Amazon spun the… Read more »

Greenpeace Argues That Apple Is the Dirtiest Tech Company

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Discussion: Greenpeace recently issued its report, “How Dirty Is Your Data? A Look at the Energy Choices That Power Cloud Computing” (PDF).  Relying on public information, the report ranks Apple as the least ethical among several tech giants for transparency, mitigation strategy, and infrastructure siting.  Apple’s low rating is mostly due to investing in a… Read more »