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The Ultimate Jailbreaker, Part 3

Part 1 of this three-part series discusses the "positive feedback loop" tying the evolution of mobile device technologies to the evolution of cloud computing. Part 2 addresses the cloud's role in shifting the balance of power among from carriers and manufacturers to end-users ...

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Doing Real Business in a Virtual Office

This story was originally published on June 1, 2010, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series. ...

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The Mobile App Developer’s Precarious Path

This story was originally published on June 3, 2010, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series. ...

The Ultimate Jailbreaker, Part 2

Part 1 of this three-part series discusses the "positive feedback loop" tying the evolution of mobile device technologies to the evolution of cloud computing ...

The Ultimate Jailbreaker, Part 1

Many a techie is looking at the cloud and seeing the shape of the future -- but that shape is often starkly defined by the data center, leaving little room for visions of mobile. Yet the cloud will undoubtedly shape-shift mobile devices in fascinating and often unexpected ways ...

And the Job Goes to … the Candidate With the Right Keywords

Wondering why you never get the job despite sending a flurry of resumes that you spent days -- maybe weeks -- perfecting? A little-known, behind-the-scenes hiring secret could be the problem. Search engines, not actual people, select the top job candidates from piles of resumes. That's right, the process is automated. If your resume does not contain the perfect mix of keywords, you will not make the cut.

Doctoring the Customer Experience

Retailers' worst nightmare has indeed come to bear: American consumers have permanently changed their buying habits, according to research by several firms. Gone are the days of shopping as a pastime. And, for all practical purposes, brand loyalty has just about evaporated. ...

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Social Media’s Excellent Adventure

This story was originally published on April 30, 2010, and is brought to you today as part of our Best of ECT News series. ...

Mobile Tech: From Channel to Rainmaker

Until recently, a phone was just a phone. Sure, it got cooler when it lost the rotary dial, the cord, the wire and its voice-only restrictions. Still, it was just a phone. Businesses knew that the sound of its ring usually meant money (for what company with silent phones is profitable?) -- but few were prepared for the darn thing to totally rule their bottom line...

The US’ Mobile Catch-Up Game Plan

U.S. broadband providers have gotten away with shoddy speeds and restricted access because Americans consumers are pretty clueless about what they're actually buying. A whopping 80 percent of broadband users in the United States do not know the speed of their own broadband connection, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) survey found. It's no surprise, then, that the nation is stupidly happy with the suckiest broadband speeds on the planet. Even many third-worlders are rocking rich media faster than the richest American household.

The Gaping Maw of the Brave New Mobile-Everything World

Every year since 2001 has been hailed as the year of mobile. But after years of hype and over-revved anticipation, the year of mobile may never come to be. Instead, it looks as though this is the year mobile will morph into something else entirely. ...

Mobile App Development: So Many Choices, So Few Guarantees

With the rise of connected devices, mobile app developers are now center stage -- but juggling all the operating systems and form factors is an increasingly difficult act to perform. The challenge is to deliver a crowd-pleasing moneymaker without tearing the tent down. ...

How to Run a Business Without the Office Space

Empty office space litters skylines, freeways and office parks. Once-busy hives of cubicles have become empty steel and concrete caverns. Their previous occupants met with a variety of fates: Some were victims of a deep recession; others were washed away by tsunamis of cheap labor in foreign lands; still others were unleashed by virtual technologies. Only the last group of former office dwellers have freed themselves willingly. They did so by exchanging their physical presence for a virtual existence.

The Second Coming of Bluetooth

For the uninitiated, "Bluetooth" is a funny word for an awkward device you stick in your ear. The moniker has thus become a non-assuming general descriptor for hands-free calling. That's about to change. Bluetooth has grown into a disruptive wave that's beginning to crest over the top of more than one industry ...

Where Have All the Avatars Gone?

Many have already written eulogies for the virtual worlds. Dead, they claim; the avatar is dead in the corporate realm. But the truth reads like the "Star Trek" script for the "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode: just because you don't see them, doesn't mean they are not breeding like mad in a closed grain bin. Without doubt, many corporations are indeed tribbling their avatar action...

Social Media Adventures in the New Customer World

There's been much ado about social media as the latest, greatest customer service tool -- but all that ado does little to help a corporation steer the conversation around perils and toward profits. So, buzz aside, where is the leverage in a set of tools that is seemingly all talk and little substance? ...

Breakthrough Could Lead to Cure for AIDS and Other Deadly Viruses

Viruses have long been the bane of the medical world. For centuries, healthcare experts have struggled to treat everything from virus-induced sniffles to lethal epidemics. At the very core of the problem is the constant emergence of new viruses and the continuous flux of old ones. It doesn't help that even the strongest antibiotics are impotent against even the weakest virus. This is why the recent discovery of a new broad spectrum antiviral treatment is nothing to sneeze at...

Tiny Nanoburrs Stick to Damaged Arteries and Repair Tissue

Heart attacks are as American as hot dogs and easily more common than fast-food joints. While changes in the nation's diet are slowly under way to pre-empt the disease, scientists are scrambling to find ways to treat or cure it, in the hope of reducing the swelling numbers added daily to the body count. ...

Sitting Kills, Finds TV-Habits Study

Every hour of TV viewing increases your chances of an early death, according to a new study by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Every one-hour program you sit through raises your odds for dying from heart attack or stroke by 18 percent, from cancer by 9 percent, and from other health problems by 11 percent, the researchers found.

Colored Lights May Switch Off Damaging Brain Activity

Neuroscientists at MIT have figured out how to use colored lights to temporarily quiet activity in the brain. By shining a light on a set of neurons affected by a gene-enhanced virus tool, they were able to shut those neurons down. When they turned off the lights, the neurons started right back up again. No harm, no foul ...

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