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  • Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

    Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality

    I discovered Jaron Lanier when I heard him playing in a Berkeley concert in 1999. I have since followed his passion for music and technology, and started to read his books. Thanks to him, I started learning about VR. Anyone who works in VR should read his new book, Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality. This is the story of how we got to where we are today in virtual reality.

  • My Battle with Fake Social Media Accounts. By Agnes Banks

    My Battle with Fake Social Media Accounts. By Agnes Banks

    I am always amazed by the number of colleagues who accept invitations from fake accounts on LinkedIn. This, without checking the credentials of the person behind the account. Some fake accounts have reached over 500 connections. Is social networking all about the number of followers? The problem is that when you accept connections from fake accounts, you are exposing all your genuine connections who might now be targeted by email-based phishing campaigns, using social engineering and inviting them to click on a link.

  • Is Net Neutrality Important to You and Your Business? By Agnes Banks

    Is Net Neutrality Important to You and Your Business? By Agnes Banks

    We have all read that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal net neutrality. This concerns the United States, but, regardless where you are located in the world, you will feel the effects of this action. Do you agree that internet service providers and governments must treat all internet data the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication? Who can we trust to protect our rights? How can we, together, around the world, find a way to influence our leaders to recognize that internet access should be a fundamental human right, entrenched in government and international laws?

  • Why brands are getting serious about targeted content. By George Beall

    Why brands are getting serious about targeted content. By George Beall

    On The Next Web: In marketing circles it is well understood that the foreseeable future of customer engagement is content. The public is wary of advertising, particularly younger generations. In your face advertising has lost its appeal—evident in the declining effectiveness of banner ads and TV commercials. Today banner ads achieve only a .06 percent click through rate. But content is less salesy. By presenting interesting information or entertainment, a brand can put its name behind something that customers enjoy. Better still, they can put themselves right in the middle of a good story. […]

  • Digital Transformation Study 2017. By Constellation Research

    Digital Transformation Study 2017. By Constellation Research

    Don't miss this research report by Constellation Research. "This report presents findings from the 2017 Digital Transformation Survey conducted by Constellation Research. Constellation asked survey respondents about the key drivers for their current digital transformation projects, both in terms of process change and IT investment, particularly in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and synchronous ledger technologies." [...]

  • What is digital transformation? Everything you need to know. By Michael Moore

    What is digital transformation? Everything you need to know. By Michael Moore

    On ITProPortal: As businesses of all sizes around the world look to implement more and more technology into the workplace, a major scene change is appearing in many organisations. […]

  • How to build a business empire with Instagram. By George Beall

    How to build a business empire with Instagram. By George Beall

    On The next web : What does it take to succeed online? Shouldn’t real-world influence transfer into the digital world? The introduction of computers and smartphones has changed the business world and yet many still do not understand how new digital platforms fit into the business realm. […]

  • The push and pull towards new models of publishing. By Graham Stone

    The push and pull towards new models of publishing. By Graham Stone

    On Jisc: Within the world of publishing, we are seeing some new trends emerge. Born from a desire to change the current publishing landscape, dominated by a handful of large commercial publishers, there is an increase in new publishing models, being led by universities and academics […]

  • How ECM became content services (and why you should care). By Bill Priemer

    How ECM became content services (and why you should care). By Bill Priemer

    On OnBase Blog: Organizations are awash in content. Invoices. Reports. Emails. Whether it’s a hospital network managing patient information, an insurance company handling claims or a mortgage lender reviewing loan applications, organizations thrive via their ability to effectively manage their content. After all, the information contained within that content informs the decisions, impacts the service and drives the business processes that determine success or failure in the marketplace. […]

  • Top 10 Trends For Digital Transformation In 2018. By Daniel Newman

    Top 10 Trends For Digital Transformation In 2018. By Daniel Newman

    On Forbes: Even though we haven’t quite hit the final quarter of 2017, you could say it’s been an eventful year in digital transformation. Just as I predicted last year at this time, user experience (UX), big data, smart machines — and of course, change itself—have proven big players in the business landscape this year. As we round the bend to 2018, we get a sense of what’s ahead in the digital transformation—barring any unexpected disruptions, of course.[…]

  • Digital Technology and Archaeology: A recently launched website is inviting you to become a citizen archaeologist

    Digital Technology and Archaeology: A recently launched website is inviting you to become a citizen archaeologist

    On Digital Meets Culture: A year ago, University of Alabama professor won a $1 million TED Prize for her work in “space archaeology” — using satellite imagery beamed down from space to search for archaeological sites lost through time. Today, Parcak launches GlobalXplorer, a citizen science platform that encourages people around the world to identify and preserve our collective heritage.[…]

  • London-based identity verification startup Onfido raises 30 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, others. By Paul Sawers

    London-based identity verification startup Onfido raises 30 million from Microsoft, Salesforce, others. By Paul Sawers

    On VentureBeat: "Onfido, an identity and document verification startup based in the U.K., has raised $30 million in a series C round of funding led by Crane Ventures Partners, with participation from existing investors, including Salesforce Ventures. Microsoft Ventures also joined the company’s roster of investors for the first time. […]

  • Top 4 Digital Transformation Trends In High Tech Industries. By Daniel Newman

    Top 4 Digital Transformation Trends In High Tech Industries. By Daniel Newman

    On Forbes: Although the concept of “digital transformation trends in high-tech” may sound like a redundancy, it’s far from it. Despite the millions of apps, service models, and artificial intelligence (AI) being developed around the world, there are only a handful of major companies that are currently using them—or attempting to develop them—to their fullest advantage. The following are my top picks for high-tech trends making a mark in the digital landscape. […]

  • If Data is the new oil, are tech companies robbing us blind? By Luke Dormehl

    If Data is the new oil, are tech companies robbing us blind? By Luke Dormehl

    On Digital Trends: "Data is the new oil, or so the saying goes. So why are we giving it away for nothing more than ostensibly free email, better movie recommendations, and more accurate search results? It’s an important question to ask in a world where the accumulation and scraping of data is worth billions of dollars — and even a money-losing company with enough data about its users can be worth well into the eight-figure region.[…]  " It's time to get paid for our data!

  • The incomplete bridge. By Mark Baker

    The incomplete bridge. By Mark Baker

    On Every Page is Page One:In the Top Gear Patagonia Special, the presenters come upon an incomplete bridge and have to construct a ramp to get their cars across. This is a great metaphor for technical communication, and, indeed, communication of all kinds: the incomplete bridge. […]

  • Is Your Digital Assistant Devious ?  By Maurice E. Stucke & Ariel Ezrachi

    Is Your Digital Assistant Devious ? By Maurice E. Stucke & Ariel Ezrachi

    On The Social Science Research Network Electronic library Who wouldn’t want a personal butler? Technological developments have moved us closer to that dream. The rise of digital personal assistants has already changed the way we shop, interact and surf the web. Technological developments and artificial intelligence are likely to further accelerate this trend. Indeed, all of the leading online platforms are currently investing in this technology.   […]

  • Global Content Strategy: A Primer. By Val Swisher

    Global Content Strategy: A Primer. By Val Swisher

    On The Content Wrangler: Our world revolves around content. These days, buying decisions are often based on experiences not with products, but with information about products. People consume more content in more ways than ever. We have printed books, newspapers, and magazines. We have e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. We have TV, radio, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Hulu. We consume more content in more ways than ever before. […]

  • International Business Machines : Sony and Sony Global Education Develop a New System to Manage Students' Learning Data, Built on IBM Blockchain

    International Business Machines : Sony and Sony Global Education Develop a New System to Manage Students' Learning Data, Built on IBM Blockchain

      On TOKYO and ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM): Japan today announced that Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education, a subsidiary of Sony that works to provide global educational services, have developed a new blockchain-based student education records platform. With the solution, school administrators can consolidate and manage students' educational data from several schools, as well as record and refer their learning history and digital academic transcripts with more certainty. The new platform, developed using IBM Blockchain, uses blockchain technology running on the IBM Cloud to track students' learning progress, as well as establish transparency and accountability of scholastic achievements between students and schools."

  • World Economic Forum White Paper Digital Transformation of Industries: In collaboration with Accenture

    World Economic Forum White Paper Digital Transformation of Industries: In collaboration with Accenture

    On The World Economic Forum: While it is clear that digital technology will transform most industries, there are a number of challenges that need to be understood. These include factors such as the pace of changing customer expectations, cultural transformation, outdated regulation, and identifying and accessing the right skills – to name just a few. These challenges need to be addressed by industry and government leaders to unlock the substantial benefits digital offers society and industry. (Bruce Weinelt)[…]

  • We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism. By Cory Haik

    We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism. By Cory Haik

    On Re/code:  "It’s more than a pivot to video — it’s an evolution of text. Reports of the death of the written word are greatly exaggerated. The much-lamented and much-snarked-about phrase “pivot to video" is, if I'm being honest, somewhat warranted — video advertising is becoming central to every digital media company’s revenue model. But along with the effects on advertising, we’re also massively misunderstanding a pretty critical shift in journalism itself.

  • Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom. By Ellen Manning

    Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom. By Ellen Manning

    On The Guardian  "There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people.

  • Let The Robots Do The Work. By Tom Johnson

    Let The Robots Do The Work. By Tom Johnson

    On I'd Rather Be Writing: "Write the Docs Podcast Episode #7: in this podcast, we first explore the flourishing community of technical writers in Poland, discussing why the tech writing scene in Krakow is taking off so quickly and what trends this young tech writing community is embracing. We're joined by special guest Pawel Kowaluk, a Polish tech writer who runs SOAP (a tech comm conference based in Poland). writer?

  • The problem with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in documentation. By Tom Johnson

    The problem with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in documentation. By Tom Johnson

    On I'd Rather Be Writing:"On Many tech writers have a heavy disdain for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in documentation. At first this disdain seemed a bit unfounded and elitist to me, but now, after a recent project, I'm starting to understand the reasons for the disdain. All too often the FAQ format is abused by non-writers who want an easy way to write. The list of random questions grows with each incoming question until it's a ridiculous hodgepodge of information thrown together, with no larger story or narrative."

  • Masako Wakamiya WWDC’s Oldest Attendee. By Leen Rao

    Masako Wakamiya WWDC’s Oldest Attendee. By Leen Rao

    If you laugh at how older people use computers, Masako Wakamiya, a 82-year-old from Japan is going to set you straight. Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an app she created and for attending the WWDC. 

  • 16 super cool things you can do on the Internet for free. By Kathleen Harris

    16 super cool things you can do on the Internet for free. By Kathleen Harris

    On Stumbleupon: "The Beatles sang it and countless philosophers have claimed it, the best things in life are free. But is it really the case? Well, if you’re hanging out on the Internet, the answer is a resounding “yes”. To see why, check out the sixteen fantastic free things you can do online down below. If all of this online awesomeness has you feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days of the Internet, take a trip back in time and check out 14 websites from the 1990s that are somehow still around."

  • 5 Ways Mobile Is Transforming Digital Learning. By Christian Smythe

    5 Ways Mobile Is Transforming Digital Learning. By Christian Smythe

    On Digital Book World: "Take a look around at any given point throughout the day, and chances are you’ll see a fair amount of people in your vicinity with their eyes glued to mobile screens. What is it they are consuming? Perhaps the latest text or breaking news headline has captured their attention. However, research by Towards Maturity suggests that 67 percent of people access some form of learning resource via their smartphones. Could it be that those around you are reading, watching videos or brushing up on career-related skills? The mobile learning industry is projected to grow to $38 billion in the next few years, as I mentioned in my previous blog post outlining the ways publishers can increase their mobile advantage. Individuals are reading and learning more on their phones and tablets now than ever before – giving rise to a true transformation of the digital learning landscape.…

  • Amazon Steps Up Its Battle With the Book Industry. By Alex Shephard

    Amazon Steps Up Its Battle With the Book Industry. By Alex Shephard

    On New Republic: "A recent change in the way the giant e-tailer sells books has publishers scrambling. Amazon has long ceased to simply be “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore,” which was how it described itself back when it launched in 1994. It’s now the Everything Store, a place where you can buy underwear and bananas. It is the largest e-retailer in the world, accounting for more than half of all e-commerce growth in 2016. But that does not mean that books have ceased to be important to Amazon—and it certainly does not mean that Amazon, which dominates the book industry in the United States, has ceased to be important to publishers. That’s why a recent tweak in the way Amazon sells books has publishers and authors very worried.

  • Women in Tech, Book Review By Laurence Hart

    Women in Tech, Book Review By Laurence Hart

    On Word of Pie: "It’s been a while since I wrote a book review, mostly because I’ve been reading fiction and history, neither of which really fit this blog. However I just finished a book that definitely deserves a review, Women In Tech. First, the TLDR: Read the book!"

  • How One Major Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web. By Ken Schwencke

    How One Major Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web. By Ken Schwencke

    On ProPublica, this article caught my attention. Ken Schwencke wrote: "a prominent San Francisco outfit, provides services to neo-Nazi sites like The Daily Stormer, including giving them personal information on people who complain about their content." Like the author, many of us would like to know how tech companies deal with hate groups.

  • Geeks v government: The battle over public key cryptography. By Tim Harford

    Geeks v government: The battle over public key cryptography. By Tim Harford

    On BBC News: "Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference. Usually, the students would want the glory. And they had, just a couple of days previously. But their families talked them out of it. A few weeks earlier, the Stanford researchers had received an unsettling letter from a shadowy US government agency. If they publicly discussed their findings, the letter said, it would be deemed legally equivalent to exporting nuclear arms to a hostile foreign power. Stanford's lawyer said he thought they could defend any case by citing the First Amendment's protection of free speech. But the university could cover legal costs only for professors. So the students were persuaded to keep schtum.

  • Remembering Bob Taylor, an Internet Pioneer. By Robert X. Cringely

    Remembering Bob Taylor, an Internet Pioneer. By Robert X. Cringely

    On BetaNews: "Bob Taylor, who far more than Al Gore had a claim to being the Father of the Internet, died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease last Thursday at 85. Though I knew him for 30 years, I can’t say I knew Bob well but we always got along and I think he liked me. Certainly I respected him for being that rarity -- a non-technical person who could inspire and lead technical teams. He was in a way a kinder, gentler Steve Jobs. Bob’s career seemed to have three phases -- DARPA, XEROX, and DEC -- and three technical eras -- mainframes, local area network (workgroup) computing, and the Internet."

  • The future of ad blocking. By Arvind Narayanan

    The future of ad blocking. By Arvind Narayanan

    On Freedom to Tinker: "There’s an ongoing arms race between ad blockers and websites — more and more sites either try to sneak their ads through or force users to disable ad blockers. Most previous discussions have assumed that this is a cat-and-mouse game that will escalate indefinitely. But in a new paper, accompanied by proof-of-concept code, we challenge this claim. We believe that due to the architecture of web browsers, there’s an inherent asymmetry that favors users and ad blockers. We have devised and prototyped several ad blocking techniques that work radically differently from current ones. We don’t claim to have created an undefeatable ad blocker, but we identify an evolving combination of technical and legal factors that will determine the “end game” of the arms race."

  • KM education: Data science takes the lead. By Judith Lamont

    KM education: Data science takes the lead. By Judith Lamont

    KMWorld: "The term “data scientist” has been around for a decade, and the job function has existed even longer, but only recently has awareness really hit the mainstream. The primary reason for its growing relevance is the need to analyze large amounts of data. With a combination of heavy-duty technical skills, proficiency in analyzing big data and an orientation toward extracting value from complex data environments, data scientists are in a good position to pick and choose from a large number of job opportunities"

  • Hey Phishing, You Old Foe — Catch This Cognitive Drift? By Limor Kessem

    Hey Phishing, You Old Foe — Catch This Cognitive Drift? By Limor Kessem

    On SecurityIntelligence: "Phishing is one of the internet’s oldest online threats. Its history traces back to the mid-1990s, but it unfortunately continues to escalate in numbers. Based on social engineering, phishing can be delivered to an email address or through an SMS message with a URL inside. It can even come from inside a document saved locally on the recipient’s endpoint. Phishing attacks have been successful throughout the years because: they trigger the basic human instinct to act, they have become more convincing than ever and are difficult for recipients to visually detect, they advance in technical terms as their perpetrators come up with new and stealthy ways to serve them to unsuspecting victims."

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