India firm launches ‘world’s cheapest’ smartphone: $3.60 each

Posted by & filed under Competitive Advantage, Consumer Technology, E-Business, E-Commerce, Emerging Economies, Emerging Technologies, Entertainment.

The phone has 8GB storage and cameras in the front and back, and its model resembles Apple’s iPhone 4, including the home button and icons. “This is our flagship model and we think it will bring a revolution in the industry,” the AFP news agency quoted a spokeswoman as saying. Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 19th, 2016… Read more »

The dating game

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Competitive Advantage, Entertainment.

“You create this perfect profile, using your best photographs and most creative lines of text, to create this persona, and you start to believe this persona that you’ve created. Everyone else on the app is doing exactly the same thing.  You spend a few weeks sending lines of text to each other, and you eventually… Read more »

17 Ancient Abandoned Websites That Still Work

Posted by & filed under Entertainment, History of IT and IS.

Source: Mental Floss Date: January 29th, 2016 Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53792/17-ancient-abandoned-websites-still-work Discussion 1) It has been said that we are destined to repeat our mistakes if we don’t understand history.  How might a review of these “ancient” websites help us? 2) Why do you think these sites are still up and running, some of them 20 years after they are… Read more »

Apple buys AI company that can read your emotions

Posted by & filed under AI/Artificial Intelligence, App Economy, Business Intelligence, Competitive Advantage, Consumer Technology, Emerging Technologies, Entertainment.

Apple wants to know how you’re feeling. It has acquired an artificial intelligence company that uses facial recognition to read a person’s emotions.  Emotient, Inc.’s technology analyzes facial expressions to measure emotions like joy, surprise, fear, anger, disgust and contempt. Source: CNN Tech Date: 1/11/2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/07/technology/apple-emotient-ai/index.html?iid=ob_homepage_tech_pool&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) “By scanning videos or a person watching an… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg has personally answered Facebook’s Indian critics

Posted by & filed under Civil Liberties, Competitive Advantage, Entertainment, Ethical issues, IT and Politics, IT Trends, Mobile Computing.

A controversial Facebook effort to expand Internet access in India that has come under withering criticism from tech activists.  “Free Basics,” formerly known as Internet.org, offers a free, stripped-down version of the Internet to consumers who cannot afford a broadband connection or smartphone data plan.  The service provides information on health, travel, jobs and local… Read more »

Making a fortune – just by playing games

Posted by & filed under Augmented Reality, Entertainment, IT Trends.

It’s a common worry among parents – the amount of time children spend playing computer games. But those endless hours in front of a screen have paid off for some who have become celebrity gamers competing for huge prizes. Source: BBC Technology Date: December 17th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35026796 Discussion 1) Would you watch professionals play a video game,… Read more »

3D printing: Company will turn your head into chocolate lollipops

Posted by & filed under 3D, Emerging Technologies, Entertainment.

A start-up company based in London is offering to print out chocolate lollipops modelled on customer’s heads. Source: BBC News Date: December 8th, 2015 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34963592 Discussion 1) It is noted in the video that you can already print in chocolate, but this company prints a mold, and then uses a mold to make the chocolate… Read more »

Can we be persuaded to pay for online news?

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Competitive Advantage, Entertainment, Intellectual Property.

Got any idea of how to make money from news in the online era? Well prepare for the media giants to beat a path to your door, as they struggle with plunging print advertising revenues and an audience that seems to think news should be free. Source: BBC Technology news Date: December 1st, 2015 Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34943524 Discussion… Read more »

Pirate avoids lawsuit after hitting 200,000 video views

Posted by & filed under Cyber Security, Entertainment, Ethical issues, Fraud.

A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment.  The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Source: BBC Tech news Date: November 30th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34932628 Discussion 1) These were major… Read more »