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Estonia is leading in eGovernment

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here…. Estonia is leading the way. Hungary not so much. Estonia has made it clear; the country is open for business. Estonia is offering anybody to become an “e-Estonian”. Once your identity is established, you will have the access to banking, education, and government services, amongst other benefits of being a citizen. You can securely store and share documents, digitally sign contracts,…

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RIP Nokia

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here…. RIP Nokia? Microsoft is killing Nokia. The brand that is. Microsoft announced that it is changing the phone name from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Rebranding will take some time, but with this move, it is evident that the brand is dead. Nokia was the synonym for mobile phones. However, not many people know that the company was named after village…

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Big Data or Hype?

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here…. Big Data or Hype? The Globe and Mail reported that the Maple Leafs are betting big on Big Data. It is surprising that it has taken them this long. Other sport organizations, notably the MLB with its sabermetrics (http://g3t.ca/q1hK49), have been doing it for quite some time. The Maple Leafs started pouring resources into gathering data, analysis, visualization and predictive analytics.…

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Are you healthy enough?

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Are you healthy enough? Have you heard of Wello or AliveCor? These are a new breed of devices which attach to your smart phone and claim to detect atrial fibrillation, track your blood pressure, temperature and even more. You can also get other devices that can measure your sleep patterns, oxygen level in your blood, and your overall physical activity. Our…

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Hit hard by Shellshock? Why you should really be worried.

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. We’ve got hit by Shellshock You might have heard by now about a new problem in the computer world – Shellshock. I’ll spare you the technical details. The one thing you should know is that this bug was discovered in a part of the Linux operating system. Linux, the free version of Unix, with numerous variations in distribution, is embedded in…

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Watson goes SaaS, Alibaba does IPO

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Watson goes SaaS. As you may remember, IBM nominated its computer ‘Watson’ to compete in the game Jeopardy against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. (You can watch short reminder here –> http://g3t.ca/8hPHFP ) Watson is a mash up of various IBM and open source technologies, both hardware and software. In IBM’s words, it is an advanced natural language processing, information retrieval,…

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CIO In A Box. Get tech help when you need it.

Back when the company was just starting out, Barb asked George to order the hardware from Dell. He ordered a version of the hardware he used at home, with a few changes suggested by a sales guy he doesn’t even remember. The hardware arrives. Naturally, George gets the job of setting up the computers for their team. The company grows and more computers show up. George does his thing, installing Office, your business apps and making sure there’s virus protection…

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Things to consider before saving nude pictures to the cloud.

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. What sparks your interest more? The theft of 1.2 billion user names and passwords, or a few nude pictures of celebrities? Perhaps the nude pictures received more attention, but you should be concerned about both. This time the target was iCloud. The cloud storage built by Apple, available on Apple’s all the devices and computers. Highly convenient for content synchronization, application…

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How to walk through any door using your smart phone

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Readers of this newsletter are accustomed to and perhaps even tired of reading about topics regarding computer hacking. Even the ‘How to harvest 1. 2 billion private information’ description from previous issue was too challenging and some readers complained. Let’s switch the proverbial gears and see what anybody can do simply with their smart phone. This is another article in the…

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Uber is getting bigger

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Have you heard about Uber? In case you haven’t, it is a start up which is creating havoc in the taxi industry. The issue here is that this is not a taxi service. It is a method of connecting people who have cars, with people who need to go somewhere. They are in over 100 cities around the world and growing.…

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