What just happened? Did we suddenly move to a new universe where spending minimum $300 on a gimmicky technology gadget is normal? Actually that isn't new at all - the gadgets seem to change with the season. It seems as though the latest "it" gadget with a $300 price tag can easily go to $15,000 for the fancy version - and this device likely won't last for more than 3 years!! Even if it does, it will have become obsolete.
Amazon, the global warehouse for universe of goods, is promised us next-day delivery - hey wait, that's yesteryear's news. Although many current online retailers still struggle with this, with Amazon that chestnut of a promise is from so many years ago now. Not to be discouraged, Amazon has upped the ante several times. First, the internet giant started with same day delivery - and just how did they do that?
This is a lesson about greed, bad communications and stupidity. Somewhere deep inside the executive offices of computer giant Lenovo, somebody had an ingenious plan: Let's extract more money from our customers.
Back from an evening out you open your front door to discover that your house has been broken into, many valuables are stolen. You take out your phone and dial the police.
Samsung has been very naughty. And not the 50 shades of Grey kind.
Over the last weekend we discovered that Samsung has been playing "peeping Tom" in our homes. Through privacy disclosure, Samsung revealed that its TV sets might listen to our conversations and even share them with third parties (http://g3t.ca/Fii9y2). All the pundits and defenders of privacy are now racing to find the right adjectives to properly scold Samsung and demand higher levels transparency from the company.
This is a story about IT debt, and it begins with the recent request by the Chinese government asking all foreign companies to disclose the source code for their software (http://g3t.ca/tCIB7P http://g3t.ca/740LW7) According to the Chinese, these rules should 'only' affect software and hardware meant for the financial sector. Their given reasons are that the financial sector is so very important for China and they wish to:
It's January again, so everyone is revealing their 2015 predictions on what's going to be the hottest technology and which company will suddenly take off and go through stellar IPO. Let's keep it simple and predictable, shall we?
The internet is here to stay, the world of mobile and the internet of things (IoT) will grow, companies will be hacked and our privacy will be compromised. There you have it: your 100% guaranteed accurate predictions for 2015.
DrobBox the cloud-based hard drive service with unlimited storage (for a price) offering convenient synchronization between all your devices. You get started with few free gigabytes to get you going and few extra gigabytes when you sign up a friend. It has quickly become the nightmare of IT departments around the world. The zero-barriers entry, ease of use, and ease of sharing files with colleagues, customers and friends makes DropBox the new Trojan horse of IT.
Uber, the controversial startup taxi company has been shaking up the taxi business in cities around the world and growing rapidly. Uber has now raised even more money to fund this massive expansion with this financing round valuing the company at $40 billion (http://g3t.ca/UCQ68e)
The European Union (EU) decided the time has come to break up Google http://g3t.ca/vyBTFr - Why?
Because Google has more than 90% of market share in Europe and the EU does not like the fact that the internet giant is trying to offer the best user experience and capture the majority of the advertising euros. To the EU, Google is for lack of a better word, a monopoly.
Let's consider for a moment the possibility that Google would be broken up. What would a post-break up Google look like?