Tech upstarts reveal the flaws in healthcare IT

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Discussion: In an ideal world, all hospitals would integrate their medical files via single online platforms and share patient information efficiently and accurately.  But as different hospitals adopt different IT products ad hoc, integrating these systems is very complicated.  So tech companies are focusing less on concentration of existing patient records and more on communication… Read more »

The tiny cube that could cut your cell phone bill

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Discussion: The size of a Rubik’s cube but packed with all the components of a cell phone tower, lightRadio is a tiny device tasked with solving an enormous problem.  With mobile data usage expected to grow 30 fold in the next five years, lightRadio may be able to help wireless carriers keep pace using a… 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 »

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 »

RFID: Radio tags set to combat the counterfeiters

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Discussion: The size of a grain a salt and costing about nine cents, radio frequency identity (RFID) chips are set to combat counterfeiters worldwide.  Although the technology has been around for years, only recently have the chips become small enough and affordable enough to put in paper labels, embed in packaging, or encase in glass… Read more »

BYOC: Should employees buy their own computers?

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Discussion: Struggling to keep up with ever-changing technology and the cost of IT provisioning, companies are adopting the “bring your own computer” (BYOC) policy.   Not only do employees have the freedom to choose their own devices, they also have the freedom to access their office desktop remotely.  Both Microsoft and Intel subsidize hardware, while Citrix… Read more »

Facebook, Twitter and Groupon: The Next Economy or the Next Tech Bubble?

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Discussion: Beverly Macy, technology writer and author of The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing, discusses the rise of social media and whether it’s a mainstream, revenue-generating business or the next dot.com crash.  While companies like Facebook and Groupon are indeed making money, what’s concerning is the amount of money chasing the next big thing… Read more »

Broadband world: Connecting Africa

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Discussion: Thanks to three undersea Internet cables that began to arrive in June 2009, East Africa’s tech sector scored a major confidence boost.  As a growing number of private entrepreneurs work to establish Kenya as East Africa’s high-tech hub, the relatively stable government oversees a three million dollar pot of money to reward promising start-ups. … Read more »