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Are Unicorns Good for Business?

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Unicorns are all around us.  No longer just mythical creatures from fairy tales, these companies which have been valued at at least $1B at some point in their history and are a sizable number of the apps you use on a daily basis, like Uber, Airbnb, or Snapchat, just to name a few.  The United […]

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Chatbots Rising

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Chatbots have actually been around in various forms for a long time.  For those of a certain age (those who remember dying of dysentery while playing Oregon Trail, for example) there was Clippy, the cute and annoying assistant that would pop up in versions of Microsoft Word.  Clippy was trying to be helpful, but he […]

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9 Donts for Creating a Mobile App

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When we wrote our “Dos” article some time ago, we noted that naturally there would need to be a “Donts” piece to complement it, and this article is the result.  Some of these “donts” are the corresponding opposites of advice we gave in the “dos” article, but others are lessons picked up from simply studying […]

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5 Marketplace Platforms that Remade Industries

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Today there are so many marketplace platforms, including the biggest one of all – Amazon – that we can sometimes forget that there was a time that not even one of them existed.  They’ve become so integral to our daily lives and such a part of the conversation of business that we now see a […]

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Is Need for Workplace Tablets Declining?

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A lot of energy has been expended on bring your own device (BYOD) and what it means for the workplace. Much of that has centered around the use of tablets professionally, such as with iPads and Samsung Galaxies. But now word comes that IT departments may not have to focus as much on tablets. Their […]

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The Early Perspective on Windows 10

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Well, the day has finally come. Windows 10 has been rolled out for the universe. We thought it might be worth sharing some of the early perspective and advice on how the new operating system from Microsoft will integrate into existing hardware. The company expects more than 1.5 billion people to download it, so your […]

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A Looming STEM Student Crisis for the United States

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There’s a looming crisis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the United States. What can be done to fix this education commonly referred to as STEM? That’s a question pondered in a recent U.S. News & World Report piece by Harold O. Levy is the executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation […]

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Protect Customer Data at All Costs, Apple’s CEO Demands

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“Protect customer data at all costs” is the message Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Cook is considered a champion of the issue. As the website FierceCIO.com reported, “IT leaders have been barraged in recent weeks with debates over data encryption, security and privacy and what their role should be […]

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Fly the Friendly Skies by Thwarting Unfriendly Attacks

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United Airlines has a unique program in place. Thwart security attacks and be rewarded with airline miles to help you go on vacation in style. United reports on its website that it has established what it calls a “Bug Bounty” program. (Makes me think of the A&E reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” for some […]

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Employees Give Federal Cybersecurity Low Marks

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How bad is cybersecurity at the federal government? Nearly half of 1,800 federal employees surveyed said the government is getting no return on its ramped up investment. Dan Waddell, a director of government affairs for the consortium, said the results are somewhat predictable yet startling. He added, “When we consider the amount of effort dedicated […]