LulzSec and Anonymous are the least of your hacker worries

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Is LulzSec’s odd cartoon logo the face of the new cyber super-villain? Discussion:  It may seem as if LulzSec and Anonymous pose a threat to your computer’s security, but their hijinks are minor compared to actual cyber villains – they are really more of a nuisance than a serious threat.  The motivation of Anonymous and the likes are mainly driven… Read more »

Why big data is suddenly sexy

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Discussion:  The world is flooded with information, making the ability to harness this “big data” and use it to produce meaningful information, incalculable.  Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, believes that his company is positioned to see 10% growth and expansion in the changing competitive environment by creating software that helps to “enable faster, better decision making by… Read more »

Cory Doctorow: DRM is no friend of business

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Civil Liberties, Competitive Advantage, Cyber Security, Intellectual Property.

Discussion:  Digital Rights Management (or DRM) is a term used for the access controls over digital content and devices.  Cory Doctorow, a highly respected personality in the technical world, believes that DRM is not successful as it is and is not beneficial to the business world.  He states that there is unfair copyright restrictions in… Read more »

Tablet time: Businesses turn to consumer gadgets

Posted by & filed under App Economy, Cloud Computing, Competitive Advantage, E-Business, IT Investment, IT Strategy, IT Trends, Mobile Computing.

Tablet time: Businesses turn to consumer gadgets Discussion:  The tablet, originally marketed as a consumer device, is quickly finding its place in the business world.  By downloading a specific app, the tablet turns into a cash register that not only reduces costs (new cash registers are far more expensive than tablets), but also increases the… Read more »

Augmented reality looks set to become a serious commercial tool

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Augmented reality looks set to become a serious commercial tool Discussion:  With the use of augmented reality, consumers are able to try on and view products over the internet without having to be physically in the store.  This allows for customers to sample the product before purchase from the comfort of their own home.  The… Read more »

MySpace sale offers tough lessons in social networking

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Discussion: Six years after News Corp acquired MySpace, they sold it for $545 million less than their original purchase price.  MySpace is different from other social networking sites (like Facebook and Twitter) because it was founded by people from the entertainment industry who struggled with the technology needed to make the company successful as it… Read more »

Why mobile payments can’t come soon enough

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Discussion: New mobile payment devices, from companies such as Google, Square, and Intuit, may replace the need for credit cards.  The new digital payment systems transform mobile devices into credit-transaction devices, which basically allows customers to scan their phones as a method of payment.  Besides convenience, the long-term benefits of mobile payments include real-time feedback… Read more »