Disrupting Software Development in an On-Demand World

The idea that software is eating the world has become a generally accepted dictum. Everywhere you look, industries and institutions are being disrupted by the unprecedented power of software. Now, the world is demanding a new way to develop software to keep pace with the pace of disruption. The greatest poster child for the brave new world of software-driven business is General Electric. In response to the changing needs of its customers and to fend off growing competition, GE is shifting its operations rapidly to a software-defined business.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83341.html?rss=1

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A Future Without Work?

Periodically, a blatantly silly idea gains currency, spreading throughout society, and it has one of two effects: Either it scares the heck out of people, or they become enraptured with its seeming plausibility. Last week, The New York Times published a piece titled, “A Future Without Jobs?” I thought it fell into the silly category. There has been a great deal of speculation lately about dwindling job prospects as automation has replaced many blue-collar jobs and is now threatening white-collar jobs.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83246.html?rss=1

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Generation Customer: Defined by Attitude, Not Age

I hate the idea of chopping our population into generations: the Greatest Generation, the baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, millennials and so on. The assumption is that everyone born during an arbitrarily selected time period shares certain traits. It also results in people projecting ideas — often romantic ones — onto huge groups of people. Romantic misconceptions are projected back in time; less-flattering misconceptions are projected forward, toward younger generations.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/83200.html?rss=1

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Tech experts pour scorn on Trump's plan to 'close' parts of the Web to ISIS

Tech experts have poured scorn on Donald Trump’s controversial idea of “closing” parts of the Internet in an attempt to tackle Islamic State.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/12/17/tech-experts-pour-scorn-on-trumps-plan-to-close-parts-web-to-isis.html

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Steve Jobs considered an 'Apple Car' in 2008, iPod creator remembers

Article Image The idea of a so-called ‘Apple Car’ has been gestating within the company for some time, as former iPod chief and Nest CEO Tony Fadell revealed that Steve Jobs toyed with the idea back in 2008.

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Survey: 75% of our toddlers have their own mobile device

A recent study found handing your toddler an iPad is a bad idea; a new study shows 97% of kids under age 4 have used a mobile device anyway and 75% have a tablet, smartphone, or iPod of their own.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/11/02/survey-75-our-toddlers-have-their-own-mobile-device.html

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When Will Siri, Cortana and Google Now Get Smart?

The idea of intelligent personal assistants or voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Now seems very cool — talking to a computer and having it talk back. It should be like talking to the computer on Star Trek’s starship Enterprise. If the technology worked well, these digital assistants could be game-changing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t — not yet, anyway. In the wonderful world of technology, we often get way ahead of ourselves. It’s the idea that propels us, even if the reality takes years to catch up.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82529.html?rss=1

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How AMD’s E3 event, Eve Valkyrie sold me on VR

After seeing Eve: Valkyrie’s demo at AMD’s E3 event, I’m sold on the idea of VR for gaming — provided game developers are willing to put the work in on the front end to make it happen.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/208489-how-amds-e3-event-eve-valkyrie-sold-me-on-vr

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Netflix confirms it won’t ruin your streaming with ads anytime soon

A report on Monday claimed that Netflix is toying with the idea of inserting pre-roll and post-roll ads in its original programs, which would be a first for the service. However, we have some good news: It looks like the company is already denying those reports.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/06/02/netflix-confirms-it-wont-ruin-your-streaming-with-ads-anytime-soon/

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Nintendo Scotches Android Console Rumor

Nintendo not only has embraced the idea of releasing its iconic intellectual properties for mobile devices, but also is planning to base its next videogame console on a version of the Android operating system, according to a Japanese-language business publication.
The outlet recently was proven right after reporting that Nintendo planned to expand to smartphones and tablets. This time around, the publication claimed an inside source revealed that Nintendo’s next console, code named “NX,” will run on Android.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/82123.html?rss=1

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The Intel Compute Stick is the right idea, but not the right execution

Intel Compute Stick
Now that the first round of reviews are out, it’s clear Intel’s got the right idea with the Compute Stick, but it’s certainly not for everyone.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/204048-the-intel-compute-stick-is-the-right-idea-but-not-the-right-execution

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Apple's streaming music secret weapon

When you spend $3 billion on an acquisition, you better have a good idea – a truly brilliant idea – about how you’re going to make it work. Now, it’s becoming clear how Apple is going to leverage its investment in Beats, with a clever strategy that may simultaneously extend its tightly spun ecosystem and revive its music business.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/03/30/apple-streaming-music-secret-weapon/

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6 traits successful entrepreneurs share

As a writer at The Idea Village in New Orleans, I’ve interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs, ranging from new founders of fledgling companies to seasoned leaders who have launched several successful businesses.

The original article can be found here: http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_tech/~3/0HCPHeZkI1Q/index.html

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Google says it’s going to block adult content on Blogger

Google has decided it no longer likes the idea of sexually explicit content appearing on its Blogger platform, informing blog owners on Monday that such material must be removed by March 23. As the situation currently stands, Google allows “images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity” (with some exceptions) on Blogger, as long as the owner of the blog marks it as containing adult content.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/02/24/google-says-its-going-to-block-adult-content-on-blogger/

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Changing Sales Behaviors Through Creative Compensation

The idea of using incentives to drive business behaviors is not a new one. It happens in all areas of business, but it’s most obvious in sales, where compensation is tied to performance. This is the most basic type of incentive, and it’s used to get people who sell for a living to sell. However, other incentives can drive behaviors more complex than simply selling. An incentive is different from a commission. Ideally, it’s a reward for doing something different — something that benefits both the business and the person who’s being incented.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/81736.html?rss=1

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As hackers breach digital defenses, experts say internal protections needed

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/02/10/as-hackers-breach-digital-defenses-experts-say-internal-protections-needed/

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New service allows anonymous users to rent out your hard drive

In what sounds like a both innovative and horrifying idea, new service Storj allows anonymous users to rent out space on your hard drive.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/197434-new-service-allows-anonymous-users-to-rent-out-your-hard-drive

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