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Ever-popular among developers, open source technology has moved away from the fringes of tech right to the center of the enterprise, thanks to its high level of security and agility. Read more »

Recently, Google and Amazon enhanced their networking options, getting a potential leg up in the four-way performance competition between cloud providers. But how do they compare with Rackspace and Softlayer? David Mytton puts all four through their paces to see which service really comes out ahead. Read more »

Video data holds a treasure trove of marketing data, yet few companies know how to gather and analyze that data in a smart way. Now that the tools are available and more accessible, more companies can analyze this data to better understand their sales and marketing numbers. Read more »

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After contributing to standards organizations for more than seven years, engineer Vidya Narayanan decided it was time to move on. Although she still believes that these organizations make the Internet a better place, she wonders about the pace of change versus the pace of organizations. Read more »

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With the Internet of Things, everything will have a digital identity, and now-thorny issues such as privacy and security will become exponentially complex. Technologists as an industry must begin tackling the questions of standards, APIs, access and authentication now to prepare for this new universe. Read more »

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Quantum computing alone may not be a panacea to all computing problems. However, when paired with high-performance computing, it may be able to find better answers to some of our most pressing issues. Read more »

We often think about the implications of building new mobile apps on the front-end: user experiences, delivery, and development and testing needs. But the mobile-first world requires some significant changes to the back-end infrastructure needed to deliver, support and manage it, and those changes will permeate the private data centers and public clouds of the future. Read more »

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The content you want is out there — somewhere. Fortunately, several innovative startups are helping you find that content faster and, in the process, are bringing the realm of content delivery and discovery closer to the Holy Grail of true, meaningful and accurate personalization. Read more »

If your SaaS company has a high customer churn rate, it’s as if you’re trying to row in a leaky boat. You can’t move forward because you’re too busy bailing yourself out. Here are four steps you can take to make sure you retain more customers and keep your churn rate low. Read more »

Farmer seed are a major source of borrowing, in Pakkoku, Myanmar
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It’s an unprecedented moment in Myanmar’s history as the country opens up to financing, technology and connectivity. Will mobile payments play a role in transforming the country? Read more »

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Advances in low-cost and low-power computing are removing the shackles that have constrained the feature sets of wearable devices. IBM’s Paul Brody predicts this will allow devices like smartwatches and fitness monitors to become more contextually aware and start to blur the lines between wearables and smartphones. Read more »

In discussions about the Internet of Things, the lines between the concepts of “security,” “privacy,” “data integrity” and “liability” quickly get blurred. To discuss these issues seriously, we must separate them out and clarify the most important issues that need to be addressed for each. Read more »

At the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015, one of the key debates will be whether to allocate more spectrum to wireless services. Yet, the data that informs this debate is deeply flawed, according to Tim Farrar, and overestimates the demand by as much as 1200 times. Read more »

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In the movie Her, a man has a romantic relationship with his intuitive, artificial-intelligence-powered operating system. Although some of the technology in the film is merely years away, we’ll likely be able to reap the benefits without risking having our hearts broken by an OS. Read more »

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