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July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am

When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

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Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with their darkest secrets to subversively cause chaos and disruption for the American government.

 

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July 11th, 2014 at 10:33 am

Why technology is not making us smarter: Study

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People have become uncomfortable being alone with their own thoughts.

Most Android users check their phones 150 times a day, according to Google. Wearable technologies like smart watches and Google Glass may eventually make us check our phones less often, but will almost certainly drive up the average user’s digital interruptions each day. Early users of Android Wear who were given Samsung Gear Live or LG G Watches at Google I/O report their wrists “constantly buzzing.” Digital technology has certainly increased the quantity of our mental stimulation, but what about the quality?

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 9:08 am

Devices for smart homes need to get a lot smarter

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The battle between Google and Apple is moving from smart phones to smart things, with both companies vying to provide the underlying architecture that networks your appliances, utilities, and entertainment equipment. Earlier in June, at its annual developer conference, Apple announced HomeKit, a new software framework for communications between home devices and Apple’s devices. Meanwhile, Nest, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke alarms that was bought by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion, recently launched a similar endeavor with software that lets developers build apps for its products and those from several other companies.

 

 

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June 29th, 2014 at 8:46 am

Google announces Google Drive for Work with unlimited storage for businesses

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Google Drive for Work will cost $10 per month and come with unlimited storage.

Google just announced a new product that will offer business users unlimited storage for a set monthly fee per user. This brings huge implications for Dropbox, Box, Hightail, and other companies that charge to store files online.

 

 

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June 26th, 2014 at 11:31 am

Google could become the primary sales channel for the insurance industry by 2020

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The absolute greatest vertical in Google’s AdWords revenue is auto insurance.

Google is well on its way to establishing its leadership through the registration of 6 billion daily unique searches and indexing of over 50 billion web pages (2013), when it comes to collecting and organizing information. What remains to be seen is how this information is being made universally accessible and at what price. One of the industries that has particular advantage of access to the world’s information is insurance.

 

 

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June 20th, 2014 at 11:05 am

The state of the internet in 10 graphs

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Share of Internet usage is two times higher in Asia and Africa.

Over the past two years online photo sharing has sextupled. Nigerians are on their phones 30 percent more than Americans. We now spend more time on mobile than on print and radio combined.

 

 

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June 15th, 2014 at 8:26 am

Google buys startup Skybox Imaging for $500 million

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Google will use Skybox’s satellite-photo tech to improve Google Maps.

Google is buying the startup, Skybox Imaging, a company that specializes in photos taken by satellites, for $500 million.

 

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June 5th, 2014 at 8:49 am

Google invests $1B on satellites to bring WiFi to the world

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The project is scoped to provide internet to areas around the world without wired connections.

Google plans to spend over $1 billion on a fleet of satellites that will be used to provide internet to parts of the world that currently lack digital connections, according to a report from Wall Street Journal.

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June 1st, 2014 at 8:40 am

The app market is booming

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The app market continues to boom. According to the latest data from Distimo, via Ben Schachter at Macquarie Research, combined spending in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, was up 83% year-over-year in April, hitting $1.4 billion.

 

 

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May 30th, 2014 at 11:40 am

Thanks to Google and Tesla, the first driverless cars will be electric

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Electric cars and robotic cars are moving to the market hand-in-hand.

Google’s new experimental fleet of robotic cars are electric. That’s important because as one of the leaders of developing the software and artificial intelligence that will move autonomous cars through the streets, Google is now also helping set the path for the hardware of the future industry, and it’s skewing that path toward electric vehicles.

 

 

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