Marketers embracing QR codes, for better or worse

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Discussion: Thanks to America’s growing addiction to smartphones, QR, or Quick Response, codes are showing up in more and more places: movie posters, storefront displays, magazine ads, even New York’s Time Square.  After downloading a QR scanning app, smartphone users can link to videos, images, discount coupons, or even a virtual tour of real estate… Read more »

Cloud computing: How to get your business ready

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Discussion: Thanks to speed, scalability, and price, cloud computing is taking off on a massive scale.  As companies make plans to move into the cloud, experts advise mapping IT needs early for the right cloud strategy.  Microsoft’s Dave Coplin says, “Think of the cloud as a tool, an enabler, you have to think about what… Read more »

ISPs defend plans for two-tier net

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Discussion: The debate continues between net neutrality advocates – those who believe all net traffic should be treated equally – and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who argue that content providers should be able to pay to get their traffic prioritized on the network.  Net neutrality has become a hot legislative topic in Europe and ISPs… Read more »

Market research and the primitive mind of the consumer

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Discussion: Manual techniques of market research require hours of viewing slow motion video and logging mind-numbing facial expressions, a labor-intensive process that greatly limits the number of people that can be tested.  But new technology is replacing these traditional techniques with computerized emotion recognition that can analyze thousands of faces at the same time.  If… Read more »

How did Google lose, and find, all those e-mails?

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Discussion: Due to a glitch in a software update, tens of thousands of Google e-mail users got a pretty big shock recently: All of their emails and contacts disappeared.  Fortunately, Google was able to recover all those lost emails and contacts, but the process took hours because the search giant backs up all e-mail data… Read more »

Conan 2.0

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Discussion: How does a self-proclaimed computer Luddite go from host of The Tonight Show to unemployed to a sold-out national comedy tour?  The power of social media transformed Conan O’Brien’s career from a late night television host with no show to an improv sensation on stages across the country.  And the numbers are impressive: Conan,… Read more »

Sites Like Twitter Absent From Free Speech Pact

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Discussion: In 2008 human rights groups and politicians condemned top Internet companies for complying with China’s restrictive laws and censorship requirements.  In response, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo signed a code of conduct intended to protect online free speech and privacy in restrictive countries and hoped other technology firms would follow suit.  But social media giants… Read more »

Inside Microsoft: Innovation still on the menu

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Discussion: If you think of Microsoft as big, sleepy and dull, their current R&D is certainly trying to prove otherwise.  Building on the success of the Xbox Kinect system, which racked up 8 million in sales in its first 60 days, Microsoft is developing natural user interfaces, a shift from the old graphical user interface. … Read more »

Google’s Vint Cerf on web future

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Discussion: Vint Cerf, who helped design the architecture that the Internet is built on, is now the chief evangelist at Google.  In an interview with CNN, Cerf describes the Internet as a “giant tent, under which you can do almost anything you can imagine and program.”  Cerf praises the Egyptian people for using the Internet… Read more »

Apple Moves In on Your Wallet

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Discussion: The genius of Apple – taking existing ideas and refining them – continues with NFC (Near-Field Communication), a microchip that can send and receive data across a very short distance.  Industry speculators believe Apple has plans to take this technology, which has been around for several years, and roll out “iCash.”  Instead of swiping… Read more »