Around this time of year, we start to see predictions about technology innovations we can expect to see in the 12 months ahead. As 2015 actually marks the halfway point through the decade, let’s take a longer-term look at the breakthroughs we’ve seen in the first half of the 2010s, and what those may make possible in the second half. Read More
The outcry in the US reflects a similar sentiment sweeping across Europe. The rise of numerous right wing parties of varying extremes across European countries has led to immigration being actively curtailed, with anti-EU sentiment making a desire for homegrown talent in business highly charged. But as arguments on both sides escalate, the technology sector has emerged among the voices of reason. Read More
There are lessons to be drawn from how people are talking about the technology services they are interacting with. Not just in general terms — whether they like or dislike a service and so on; but what more subtle linguistic signifiers might be expressing on their behalf. What reactions might be evident in language choice before those feelings are being consciously articulated as… Read More
As the number of connected devices — aka the Internet of Things, aka the sensornet — proliferates so too does the number of devices leaning on voice recognition technology as an interface to allow for hands free control. But the potential privacy intrusion of voice-activated services is massive. Read More
The Extreme Workstation Toolbox starts off where the original stopped.Read More →
The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: Money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities. Read More
Editor’s Note: Kevin Skobac is a senior vice president for innovation, digital and social at SS+K and the co-founder of SS+K Labs, an in-house incubator of creative technologies. For many years we’ve been blissfully riding a personal digital media revolution. Better technology has solved more problems, enabling us to do more, consume more, and create more. The excitement… Read More
Malaysia is currently affected by the worst floods in a decade, with as many a quarter million people displaced from their homes, according to Reuters. The flooding has killed 21 people in the country’s Northeast, which was hit hardest.
Countries, corporations, and organizations have opened up their wallets in order to aid those affected by the disaster. And now, the platform FundedByMe is asking the crowd to pitch in whatever they can to help the victims of the flooding.
It’s an international effort, with Stockholm-based FundedByMe joining forces with the South Korean messaging app Between and the online publication Vulcan Post joining hands to promote the campaign.
The goal is to raise a fairly modest amount of €6250 ($7600), with the deadline coming up in 12 days. The proceeds will all go to the non-profit organization Mercy Malaysia, which is currently raising money for the flood relief efforts. FundedByMe is waiving its fees for this campaign (though there will still be payment processing fees of roughly two percent).
“We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the supporters who will generously come forward to provide monetary assistance, donation in kind as well as human resources on location,” the campaign page reads.
So far, only 13 individuals have contributed a total of €300, though there is time yet for others to pitch in.
There are other campaigns for the disaster relief effort — on Indiegogo, for example — which are also claiming to be raising money for the victims. While these may also be legitimate efforts, it’s always a good idea to back the campaigns that have a plan to distribute the money to a specific organization, and that are backed by companies that ensure the money gets to the right people.Read More →
In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories. Smartphone payment systems like Apple Pay are an important method of obtaining this data since they allow data… Read More
The sharing economy will breed new companies designed to enable greater numbers of customers to take advantage of peer-to-peer moneymaking opportunities.
“The next wave of opportunities in businesses will be companies that look at how we support development of the sharing economy,” says Sundararajan, who specializes in the digital economy and the economics of sharing (among other subjects). “This means companies that make it easier for everyone to play a part, companies that really bring peer-to-peer into everyone’s life.”
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