Google may have your voice on file

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Google makes it easy to search the web by just speaking into your smartphone. But did you know your voice is actually being recorded and stored on Google’s servers? Source: HLN Date: September 3rd, 2015 Link: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2015/06/28/google-privacy-voice-commands Discussion 1) When you were conducting a voice search on Google, do you recall giving Google permission to store… Read more »

What does “The Cloud” look like?

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  Discussion: The cloud, simply, refers to software and services that run on the Internet instead of your computer. Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Netflix, Amazon Cloud Drive, Flickr, Google Drive, Microsoft Office 365, Yahoo Mail — those are all cloud services. So where does it all live? Instead of housing information on your hard drive or… Read more »

How Small Businesses Can Transition To Cloud Computing

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Discussion :  Using cloud technology is almost a must for small and medium-sized businesses in today’s economy.  The cloud can prove more cost-effective and efficient than using in-house staff to do accounting tasks, data management, running software, etc.  Many businesses already use the cloud in some fashion, like email and online banking, while others utilize a… Read more »

Movement aims to decentralize Internet

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Discussion:  Issace Wilder, founder of the Free Network Foundation, is aiming to decentralize the internet so that it cannot be controlled and monitored by corporate or governmental regulating bodies.  His non-profit foundation is trying to prevent the actual physical internet from being consolidated and controlled by a few corporate transit networks, while also trying to publicize… Read more »

HP donates WebOS system code to open source developers

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Discussion:  HP announced that it is donating WebOS, its smartphone/tablet operating system, to open source developers.  HP said that they would continue to provide support for WebOS.  What it sounds like, from an observer’s point of view, is that HP could not get a buyer to purchase WebOS for their asking price, so they decided to “donate”… Read more »

Why Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the next Steve Jobs

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Discussion:  Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, my be just the person to step up and fill the recent void in the technology industry–the void that  Steve Jobs’ ingenuity used to fill.  Bezos turned an online book seller into a multi-dimensional online retailer that will sell you just about anything, and also has become the most important provider of… Read more »

Business analytics: how to make sense of big data

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Discussion:  Three questions are posed to Keith Collins, CTO of SAS Institutes, in this interview.  He highlights that the most pressing question on the mind of many businesses is how to harness and make sense of the massive amounts of data that is now available on the internet.  Collins also notes that business analyses and high… Read more »

Why companies are flocking to HTML5

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Discussion:  Apple and Microsoft have dubbed HTML5, the latest version of the Web’s original markup language, the “future of the internet”.  HTML5 is low in cost and flexible, making it extremely popular to users.  HTML5 is also shorthand for a set of features and capabilities intended to make web sites behave more like conventional desktop… Read more »

When to pull the plug on old software

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Discussion:  Technology changes so fast and so often that sometimes it may seem as if software, for example, is outdated as soon as it is implemented.  Software companies need to find a balance between accommodating old software in new updates, and considering the old software obsolete.  If software companies choose to make new software and updates compatible… Read more »