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    1. Fintech Is Just Getting Started

      In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. One segment that I think has the potential to survive, if not thrive, in the expected volatility this year is financial technology. There are five categories I see positioned to succeed in continued investment and innovation this year: payments, crypto-currency, retail financial services, institutional financial services and capital formation (equity financing).

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    2. How messaging bots will change workplace productivity

      Messaging bots patrolling collaboration platforms such as Slack and startup Kore will lean increasingly on machine learning and natural language processing to automate travel booking, expense management, help desk and other services, experts say. Imagine a single messaging interface where software automates many of these capabilities on your behalf, serving as virtual concierges to your digital life. If Slack's grand plans come to fruition, application makers will create messaging chatbots that will book travel, serve documents, explore sales leads, on-board employees and resolve technical challenges for corporate workers. These bots engage people in surprisingly real conversations approximating human dialogue.

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    3. Seeking new revenue, AT&T and Verizon eye the Internet of Things

      AT&T and Verizon — the nation's two biggest carriers — are seeing their traditional U.S. wireless businesses shrink, having suffered from an ongoing price war and declining buyer interest in new smartphones. To make up for that drop, both carriers are increasingly focused on new areas for growth, including Internet of Things projects, as well as far-flung investments like AT&T's wireless service in Mexico and Verizon's investments in new media through AOL advertising technology. This movement into new business areas is seen as a long-range mega-trend that was borne out by the latest earnings reports from ...

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    4. The World Economic Forum On The Future Of Jobs

      The World Economic Forum (WEF) published an analysis today on the technological and sociological drivers of employment. The report, titled The Future of Jobs, validates the accelerating impact of technology on global employment trends, and also highlights serious concerns that job growth in certain industries is still very much outpaced by large scale declines in other industries.

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    5. A Global Perspective Of Israeli Tech In 2015

      From the Chinese stock market crash that shook global equity markets to the obsession with hunting for unicorns, 2015 was a year filled with volatility and non-traditional capital flowing into the private markets. Israel felt the effects of these global trends. Whether it’s sectors like cyber and fintech heating up or syndications and co-investments leading to increased round sizes and valuations, the story of Israel’s 2015 startup activity shares much in common with the global technology ecosystem.

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    6. Why growth-oriented CEOs must embrace new technology advancements

      An epoch is in the making as, over the next decade, every area of our life and work will be embedded with technology advancements. It is important for all CEOs to understand the role of technology in business transformation and growth if they want to succeed in the new digital age. Successful use of latest technological advancements will positively impact corporate strategy, policies, operations, competitive landscape, revenue opportunities employee collaboration and customer experience.

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    7. Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World

      Many eyes may be gazing toward the sky in anxious anticipation of new drone delivery systems, but an increasing number of intelligent robot systems is already on the ground, in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, helping to manufacture and move products across the globe. These automated systems, which employ the world’s most innovative advancements in software, artificial intelligence and machine learning, are transforming the core process of how each and every product is produced and delivered.

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    8. 6 business technology trends for 2016

      Where Silicon Valley goes, business follows. There’s a strong case to be made that Silicon Valley and nearby San Francisco have become the center of the world, displacing even New York and London. That’s because the computer industry is centered there, and technology currently is the number one force that is changing the business landscape. Even if a business has nothing to do with technology, it is strongly influenced by the trends that emerge from the Valley.

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    9. The 10 best technologies of the Consumer Electronics Show

      This year, I didn’t see much that was going to save the world economy and overcome the skepticism of natural-born cynics. You could certainly find partisans who will say that virtual reality or the Internet of Things will do that, as both movements have spread well beyond just one or two companies. But it’s a reach to say that these categories have already given us their killer apps. Sill, I had a lot of fun finding things that I liked, and there was no shortage of these. Without further ado, here’s my favorite technology from CES 2016. 

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    10. App-Improvement AI And The Future Of Web Development

      Until recently, most of these AI developments have been designed to make consumer processes easier; for example, digital assistants take on the role of an intermediary search engine to process a vocal request and fetch appropriate results. Now, the trend is starting to shift toward app development — at least in an early stage. Rather than introducing a layer of AI to help users make use of a given app, these AI programs are operating in the background, making the apps better. They’re less glamorous than the human-like interactions programs like Siri that are capable of mimicking human speech patterns ...

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    11. How long will consumers put up with the IoT's failures?

      A recurring theme undercutting the enthusiasm surrounding the Internet of Things and smart home at CES this week has been how the shortcomings of the technology could hold back the market. How long will consumers put up with products that don't work, fail to connect to the network, or put their privacy at risk? Since consumers aren't always necessarily equipped to resolve these issues on their own, these concerns threaten to hold the IoT market back from reaching its lofty projections.

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    12. Thought Bitcoin Was Dead? 2016 Is the Year It Goes Big

      Bitcoin was going to change the world until it wasn’t. But now it is again. Oh sure, you’ve heard this before. Back in 2013, everyone was sure bitcoin was the next big thing. Then the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, imploded, and everyone was sure bitcoin was dead. Pundits tend to think that way: you’re It, or you’re not. The reality of it is a little different.

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    13. Artificial Intelligence Poses A Greater Risk To IP Than Humans Do

      Substantial thought and angst has been expended over the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to your workplace to take over blue- and white-collar jobs, alike. But a major risk of AI has been almost entirely ignored: the threat to companies’ intellectual property (IP). Existing laws are insufficient to protect against the unique threats posed by AI. While I am no fan of over-regulation, now is the time to call for legislative action — before it’s too late.

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    14. From Digital Disappointment To End Of The App Era, Here Are Eight Trends For 2016

      The reality is that we live on the edges of profound new technologies that could each individually changes everything or come together and change nothing. The only thing that grows faster than technology are our expectations of it. The gap between what we know to be possible and what we experience is only widening. Our children are growing up in a world where all screens are interactive and every service is cloud-connected, where any song or movie ever made it at their fingertips, yet our disappointment only grows. Why is this film not available for streaming? Why am I using ...

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    15. What’s The Half Life Of A Unicorn?

      Cybercorns are companies that have surpassed the magical $1 billion valuation. Several of these extraordinary ventures are Okta, Sophos, Tanium, Palantir, FireEye, Splunk, Zscaler, Lookout, CloudFlare, Illumio and AVAST. I foresee only two long-term defensible plays for these cybercorns. First, a focus on securing customers’ transition to and use of the cloud. And second, companies that quickly and intelligently sift through reams of data to make IT more responsive, agile and secure. It will be fascinating to watch what happens.

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    16. Blockchain, its new rival, and their future in the enterprise

      Bitcoin and other crypto currencies are already starting to shake up the financial services industry. Blockchain isn’t the only game in town either. The Linux Foundation recently revealed that it is leading an open source effort to develop an alternative to bitcoin’s underlying tech. The initiative, which has been dubbed the Open Ledger Project, is being supported by a coalition of leading financial services and tech companies, including Wells Fargo, State Street, the London Stock Exchange Group, Cisco, Intel, VMware and IBM.

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    17. What autonomous vehicles will really do for us

      The hype is almost deafening: Self-driving cars are coming. The debate no longer surrounds if, but when. All of the automakers, large and small, big tech players, universities and government agencies around the globe are working on and towards driving autonomy. This is being made possible by the steady progression of Moore's Law. It's definitely happening. And while we're still some way from seeing hands-free cars and trucks streaming down the world's roads in volume, it's valuable to understand what's happening, and how you can benefit from it.

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    18. Top 10 tech stories 2015: Transformation and transition

      Adapt or fail: Tech vendors reinvent themselves as users figure out how to manage in this pervasively connected world. Cloud and mobile computing have created an imperative for the tech world: Change or fail. This year, legacy vendors like Dell, EMC and Microsoft all took major steps to reinvent themselves, sparking some of the biggest tech stories of the year. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, are the IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of 2015.

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    19. Banks of the future are already here

      Drastic changes await the banking sector in the next two decades. While banks remain quite wrapped up in themselves, IT companies and startups are increasingly offering financial services. 10 percent of Starbucks revenue already comes from mobile financial services, Amazon runs its own application for receiving payments through mobile devices and Facebook allows its messenger users to transfer money directly to each other. Banks ought to embrace innovation and learn to compete in new ways – otherwise they will slowly but surely die.

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    20. The Challenge of Being a One-Trick Pony

      The most successful companies in the technology market are often those that are able to develop broad portfolios of products and ideally create ecosystems around their products. By contrast, there are other companies that are heavily reliant on a single product. When the product is highly differentiated, that may be the basis of a decent business over time. But one of the most challenging places to be as a business is a “one-trick pony,” especially when the single product or service is relatively undifferentiated. GoPro, Fitbit and Dropbox are one-trick ponies.

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    21. Fintech’s Five Emerging Powerhouse Markets Are At A Crossroads

      While in developed markets, fintech disrupts financial models by exploiting service gaps between provider and consumer, in emerging markets, fintech is on its way to becoming the financial industry. But a green field of opportunities also comes with significant growth killers for the burgeoning fintech industry, including bureaucratic strangulation and government indifference. These five countries illustrate the most promising opportunities and limitations on the road ahead.

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    22. 5 healthcare technology predictions for 2016

      While over $28 Billion has been spent so far on implementing health information technology, particularly Electronic Health Record Systems (EHR), these systems are not interoperable, meaning that information does not flow seamlessly between them. Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information technology (ONC) released a report on health information blocking that has been undermining healthcare reform and called for congressional intervention to address the issue.

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    23. From Flipping Burgers To A $2.25B Fintech Startup

      Klarna co-founder and CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski took the stage at Disrupt London today to discuss his payment startup and the wider financial tech ecosystem in Europe and in the U.S. Klarna isn’t a household name outside of Europe yet. The company only launched there in September, thanks to a partnership with Overstock.com. Still, Siemiatkowski, who met his co-founder when they flipped burgers at Burger King, believes that Klarna is already the fastest-growing fintech company in the U.S. with a run rate that’s approaching a billion dollars.

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    24. The Business Case For Augmented Reality

      When we think of augmented reality, we think of the interaction of superimposed graphics, audio, GPS data and other sensory enhancements converging within a real-world environment displayed in real time. We might associate AR with future-facing products like HoloLens or Fashion3D, which offer interesting consumer and business experiences. But this kind of technology has not realized its full commercial potential. As scientists are busily developing AR with commercial use in mind, we hear claims that AR technology will completely change the way we see the world.

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