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Weather is no longer just conversation while paying for your coffee, or chatting around the water cooler – it is becoming big business. That’s why IBM recently bought the Weather Channel for reported $2 billion. And it is also another manifestation of Big Data creating opportunities for companies to capitalize on. IBM has made Big Data and analytics the next mountain it wishes to climb. They understand that a company of any size will need vital sets of information in…

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50 Shades of Samsung – Privacy, Security or Convenience?

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. The Samsung…

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DropBox goes to the office

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. Once again, IT managers…

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Google is Breaking Bad

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…

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The Rosetta Mission (feat. Matt Taylor)

Last week, we witnessed an amazing technology feat. After 10 years in space, (see the timeline here – http://g3t.ca/byvugE) Rosetta space probe released a lander module Philae. Philae landed on a comet 67P and sent us first close up pictures of the comet. Unfortunately, the scientists didn’t include the Energizer bunny, nor its batteries and for now the lander has ran out of juice. To our dismay, it landed in shade. The probe sent some data back. We were hoping…

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IBM is betting big on Watson

There were two news stories from IBM in regards to Watson last week. The first one was about a partnership between IBM and Twitter. The news release is full of great promises – Analytics Services on Cloud, which should deliver cognitive services in the palm of your hand; predictive analytics; visualization. Between Twitter and Watson, you’ll be able to keep the pulse on the planet. Unleashing Watson’s mind on the endless stream of Tweets, reminds me of a quote from…

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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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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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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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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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