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Platform power is crushing the web, warns Berners-Lee

March 17th, 2018 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

On the 29th birthday of the world wide web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has sounded a fresh warning about threats to the web as a force for good, adding his voice to growing concerns about big tech’s impact on competition and society. The web’s creator argues that the “powerful weight of a few dominant” […]



Elon Musk’s SpaceX is about to launch the first of 11,925 internet satellites — more than all satellites that orbit Earth today

February 15th, 2018 at 10:27 am » Comments Off

The launch is expected to also deploy two experimental communications satellites. The two satellites may test aspects of Starlink, a project to bath Earth in high-speed internet access. The Starlink plan calls for nearly 12,000 interlinked satellites — many more than currently orbit Earth — but Musk and SpaceX have been relatively quiet about it.



High-speed broadband will be a legal right for homes and businesses in the UK

December 24th, 2017 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

The UK Government has announced that homes and businesses will have a legal right to high-speed broadband of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, says that 10 Mbps is the minimum speed needed to meet the requirements of an average family. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport has […]



When kids get their first cell phones around the world

December 21st, 2017 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

About 45% of US children ages 10 to 12 have a smartphone with a service plan Outside the US and Europe, children tend to get their first mobile phones when they are older



Chinese Singles’ Day spending blows Black Friday and Cyber Monday out of the water

November 19th, 2017 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Americans see Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the ultimate consumer spending extravaganzas, but the annual “record breaking ” sales days have nothing on China’s so-called Singles’ Day. As we can see in this chart from Statista, Singles’ Day sales make the US Thanksgiving weekend spending look like chump change.



AI-powered IoT devices will change the way you do business

November 5th, 2017 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

AI-powered IoT devices will change the way you do business.



It takes just $1000 to track someone’s location with mobile ads

October 19th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

When you consider the nagging privacy risks of online advertising, you may find comfort in the thought of a vast, abstract company like Pepsi or Nike viewing you as just one data point among millions. What, after all, do you have to hide from Pepsi? And why should that corporate megalith care about your secrets out of […]



Best Buy bets on adults remotely monitoring their aging parents

October 13th, 2017 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

By 2020, 45 million Americans will be caring for 117 million seniors. The retailer offers a $29 monthly monitoring service using internet-connected gear.



Co-founder Vitalik Buterin believes Ethereum can be bigger than Visa

September 19th, 2017 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin believes the blockchain-based platform has the potential to rival financial institutions like Visa in scale. Before it can, however, it needs to increase the speed with which it can process transactions.



A.I. will fundamentally change how we manage content

September 8th, 2017 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

Content management is about to undergo a foundational shift as artificial intelligence and machine learning bring long-sought order to enterprise content. As the volume of content has increased, the ability to manage it all seems to have eluded us. Ironic, since Content Management Systems were supposed to solve the enterprise content organization problem.



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