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What an Amazon Breakup Would Look Like and Why It's a Win for Brands
July 8, 2021
Amazon is on the brink of a possible breakup, and marketers should be ready to seize the opportunity. It's difficult to imagine life without Amazon -- as we know it. But with ongoing antitrust probes by Congress, there's a real possibility that Amazon's e-commerce dominance may soon end. Let's examine what a breakup of Amazon could look like -- and why it's likely a win for brand marketers.
Researchers Find Smart Devices Ripe for Hacker Attacks
July 7, 2021
Thousands of hacker attacks were launched on a network of smart home devices designed by researchers to assess the risk the gadgets pose to consumers. During the initial week the "honeypot" network was online, 1,017 unique scans or hacking attempts were directed at the devices on the net, which included smart TVs, printers, wireless security cameras and Wi-Fi kettles.
New Open 3D Engine Game-Changing for Developers
July 6, 2021
The Linux Foundation, Amazon, and more than 20 other gaming companies hope to make open-source game playing more of a win-win technology for both developers and players. LF on Tuesday announced an intent to form the Open 3D Foundation to accelerate developer collaboration on 3D games and simulation technology.
Oculus Quest 2: Step Into the Untethered Future of VR
July 5, 2021
The advantage of using a VR rig without a tether is huge because in a complex movement-oriented game you tend to get tangled in the tether. Let's talk about the Oculus Quest 2 this week and the announcement that this class of products is about to embrace 5G for its next generation. We'll close with the product of the week, a new webcam from Dell that may be perfect for those of us still working from home.
Congress Backs Billions for Tech R&D Though Enactment Uncertain
July 1, 2021
The U.S. technology industry is guardedly supporting a massive legislative package designed to address a range of issues affecting the sector, including a federal commitment to add billions of dollars to government technology research and development programs. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., characterized the legislation as "a landmark bill to out-compete China in key emerging technology areas critical to our national security."
Reputation Management: Duking It Out With Doxing
June 30, 2021
Cancel culture and politics aside, one of the more brutal threats lurking in the shadows of the internet is the slander industry. All too often, unsuspecting people become victims of websites that promote slanderous, often unverified information about individuals. This false and vilifying information lives on the internet forever and can sully an otherwise spotless reputation.
Salesforce Season
June 28, 2021
There may be two Salesforce seasons in a year -- the one we're finishing and one that happens just before Dreamforce. Roughly speaking, these seasons happen when the company disgorges a raft of new technologies both to update existing products and to bring forth new ones. This season covers a lot of ground; everything from sustainability to workforce management and vertical industry CRM solutions.
Windows 11: The Beginning of a New PC Age
June 28, 2021
Windows 11 shows a massive change in focus from earlier significant releases, which pretty much assures that the Microsoft's mistakes of the past won't be repeated, at least not under the current leadership. It also suggests a path to the next version of Windows -- which for now we'll call Windows 12 -- that could be even more groundbreaking.
Microsoft Lifts the Blinds on Windows 11
June 24, 2021
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11 as a redesigned computing platform that feels familiar but has numerous changed components. It offers new ways for users to create, learn, play, and connect with others globally. Feeling familiar may take some adjusting, however. Windows 11 is built around a simplified user interface for productivity, creativity, and ease of use.
The Linux Foundation Tackles Safe Open Standards for AI Voice Assistants
June 22, 2021
Organizations are beginning to develop, design, and manage their own voice assistant systems that are independent of today's general-purpose voice platforms. The desire to manage the entirety of the user experience is driving this transition. The Open Voice Network is dedicated to supporting this transformation with industry guidance on the voice-specific protection of user privacy and data security.
Rapid Growth Makes Amazon Leader in Streaming Video Market
June 22, 2021
In six short years Amazon has risen from worst to first in the video streaming pack, according to a survey released by consumer market research firm Parks Associates. In its annual survey of the smart TV and streaming box market, Parks revealed that Amazon surged to a 36 percent share during the first quarter of this year.
Can Chemical Recycling Technology Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem?
June 17, 2021
Lately there has been a noticeable uptick in buzz around chemical recycling technology as a potential solution to the plastics crisis. Meanwhile, critics point to drawbacks which include environmental health risks, inefficiency in terms of the amount of waste plastic that becomes new plastic, and high costs.
Amazon Sidewalk and Why Marketing Expertise Matters
June 14, 2021
The problem with Amazon Sidewalk isn't the technology. It's the lack of clever marketing which is pervasive in the technology market. Let's explore one of the sustained weaknesses in tech -- the lack of critical marketing acumen. We'll then close with the product of the week, an alternative to the Ring doorbell camera that also might make a quick and easy Father's Day present.
The Emerging Tech Affect on HR Processes
June 11, 2021
With Covid, increased numbers of people have been working remotely, and many will continue to do so post-pandemic. This has fundamentally altered how work is done; not only by company staff, but by HR professionals. This societal shift, combined with the continued emergence of new digital technologies, means that the field of human resources is in the midst of radical evolution.
New AI Tools Help Level the Playing Field for Retailers
June 10, 2021
Artificial intelligence may well be the Holy Grail solution for more effective shopping optimization for merchants. The list is almost endless when you tally the potential uses. It can be anywhere, from classification issues like recommendations to search and merchandising personalization. It also aids retailers in things like optimization and visual modeling.
Apple Raises Curtain on New OS Features at WWDC21
June 8, 2021
Apple on Monday revealed dozens of new features in the latest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at the kickoff of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. "The emphasis of the whole presentation seemed to be making Apple products more useful for consumers," observed Gartner Senior Principal Analyst Tuong Nguyen.
Report Predicts 25.7 Million Remote Jobs Available in Non-Tech Industries
June 2, 2021
Remote work appears to be here to stay. More than 25 million work-from-home jobs could be created in non-technology industries in the coming years, according to a report from Upwork. Professional services are involved in essentially every part of the economy, which means that there is widespread potential for remote freelancing, even in companies where most people need to be in person every day.
Illegal Drug Trade Fuels $1.37B in Crypto Transactions at Russian Dark Site
May 26, 2021
A Russian-language dark web marketplace called Hydra that is known to facilitate the illegal sale of narcotics has seen cryptocurrency transactions soar over the last five years. According to a report by Flashpoint and Chainalysis, Hydra's crypto business began accelerating in 2017 after its chief competitor was shut down by Russian law enforcement authorities.
Encouraging Research Finds Brain Adjusts to 'Third Thumb'
May 25, 2021
Researchers at the University College London are giving new meaning to the expression "all thumbs." They've taken an award-winning graduate project from the Royal College of Art in London and are using it to test the brain's reaction to coping with additional body parts. The idea behind the project was to reframe traditional views of prosthetics through the use of a robotic thumb that can be attached to a hand.
E-Commerce Tending to Health and Wellness Needs
May 25, 2021
Emerging from the pandemic, people are more concerned than ever before about their health and well-being. As a result, increasingly they're turning to digital solutions to address their needs. The E-Commerce Times talked with health and wellness experts from a variety of sectors for perspective on how e-commerce has been brought into service in this new -- and newly health-conscious -- world.
Apple Needs This New Hire to Be Heroic
May 17, 2021
For anyone that still believes that Apple can be more than an incredibly profitable company; but one you can also be proud of for how it treats its people and customers, incoming VP of worldwide communications Stella Low could be the critical remedy for what ails the firm. Let's talk about Apple this week. Then we'll close with the product of the week: the HP Elite Folio Notebook.
Why Health and Pharma Are Poised for E-Commerce Disruption
May 14, 2021
As the digital health space continues to expand, new opportunities are emerging that enable companies to act in the public good by making healthcare accessible online. Along with the emerging opportunities available in this industry it's important to understand the dynamics that have, historically, made it difficult to enter the health e-commerce space.
Bolt-On Security the Linux Way
May 12, 2021
In this piece, I aim to provide a range of simple but effective options for encrypting a small number of files. In particular, these options are salient for use cases like tax filing, where users are sending sensitive documents to recipients with an unknown degree of technical proficiency. Fond as I am of PGP, I'll bet you your refund check that your accountant doesn't know the first thing about using it.
Dell Apex Sets High Bar for As-A-Service Offerings
May 10, 2021
Last week at Dell Technologies World, the most significant announcement was a massive as-a-service offering called Dell Technologies Apex. This promises to return the IT market to its long lost but fondly remembered IBM past. Let's talk about Apex this week. We'll then close with the product of the week, an impressive new WiFi 6E wireless mesh solution from Linksys.
Automated or Human, Consumers Demand Smart, Speedy Service
May 6, 2021
The fifth annual Customer Expectations Report from Gladly reveals what today's consumers want from brands, especially when shopping online. The report describes how consumers' expectations of retailers have changed in the last year amid a global pandemic and an online shopping boom. Also suggested is that online shoppers tend to prefer human agents over digital assistants.
The Great OS Replacement: How to Find the Best Linux Distribution
May 6, 2021
Picking the ideal Linux distribution takes research and planning. Not because Linux is a challenge. Rather, the Linux OS offers a seemingly unending selection of distributions to meet general computing as well as special needs for enterprise, SMBs, and personal use. Deciding which distribution of Linux is right for you involves a number of variables and factors.
SCOTUS Tilts Toward Software Access in Ruling for Google
May 5, 2021
Last month's ruling by the Supreme Court in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc. ended 10 years of tortuous litigation. While the Court definitively addressed the dispute between the two high tech giants, it put aside answering one critical infringement factor. Still, the ruling appeared to reduce the legal leverage available to software developers who seek copyright protection.
Autonomous Cars + IoT, and Life or Death Decisions
May 3, 2021
An ecosystem is being created where cars and robots are autonomous and connected so they will be able to connect to other devices, sensors, and data repositories available to them. Let's explore some safety risks associated with this future connectivity on our roadways. We'll then close with the product of the week: a new tablet that is Amazon's first real effort to build a Surface-like laptop.
Will FAA Rules Be a Drag on Drone Deliveries?
April 29, 2021
Companies scrambling to compete with the advancing delivery capabilities offered by Amazon and UPS are looking to drone delivery options. Will this be the future of delivery? TechNewsWorld engaged aviation safety expert Mark Baier, CEO of AviationManuals and ARC Safety Management Software Systems, in an extensive conversation about how, and if, drone regulations and consumer lust for speedy airdrop service will ever safely coexist.
How to Avoid the Cost of Churn With Better Customer Experiences
April 27, 2021
Customer churn is costing mid-market companies an average of $5.5 million per year. Retailers need to avoid the expensive mistakes that result in such disastrous churn. This presents a clamorous alarm to marketers. One solution to this costly predicament is to get sales teams to work effectively, and consistently, in CRM platforms.
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