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    1. The massive, worldwide ransomware attack was stopped by a researcher ‘accidentally’

      Organizations across the globe, including hospitals, telecom firms and automakers in Europe, were dealing with a massive cyber attack Friday that locked people out of their computers.

      The malicious software, known as ransomware, demanded money in exchange for unlocking the computer systems, and thus giving people access to their data.

      Luckily, a young British security researcher stopped the attack Friday night — by accident.

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    2. Qualcomm's latest technology allows drones to learn about their environment as they fly

      Drones took up a lot of floor (and air) space at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, but one of the most impressive displays of new drone tech came from Qualcomm. The chipmaker showed off the latest iteration of its Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform, which allows for flight control and machine learning in real time onboard a drone.

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    3. Predicting the Top 10 tech developments for 2017

       Predicting the future is more art than science, yet it’s always an interesting exercise to engage in as a new year comes upon us. Now that we’ve left a difficult though significant year in the technology business here are Bob O’Donnell's predictions for the Top 10 tech developments of 2017. Bob is the founder and chief analyst of Technalysis Research LLC, a technology consulting and market research firm. Mobile app installs will continue to decline, AI-based bots will move to mainstream and Amazon’s Echo will become the critical component in smart homes are some of ...

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    4. Skilled service providers are less vulnerable to automation, says Thumbtack's economist

      Work is becoming increasingly automated thanks to the advancement of technology like machine learning and artificial intelligence, potentially to the detriment of laborers. But not all service providers are being immediately affected by the robot revolution, says Thumbtack’s economist Lucas Puente. Thumbtack, which connects service providers with customers, says the company’s data shows people who list their services on Thumbtack have seen little negative impact.

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    5. Cloud computing as a utility is going mainstream

      From a technology perspective, the idea of delivering computing services from the cloud has gone mainstream. Every day, it seems, we end up hearing about or interacting with a new service or app that gets its capabilities from the ephemeral and, frankly, sometimes baffling idea of computers in the sky. Well, okay, not exactly — advanced computing topics aren’t always known for their precision of language and clarity of meaning — but we all do use lots of online resources that are powered by servers and other computing devices that we can’t see or touch.

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    6. How Blockchain, cloud, and other emerging technologies are changing cybersecurity

      It can be easy to lose sight of the innovation in the cybersecurity industry amid frequent negative news about breaches and increasingly sophisticated hackers. The reality is that many disruptive innovations are beginning to gain traction and could very well change the way business is conducted. Here are five key cyber developments to keep on your radar

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    7. The Internet of Things is facing challenges with scale

      Because of often minor (and sometimes major) differences between locations, environments, equipment, personnel, processes and many other factors, the solutions put together in one context often do not work in another. Early adopters of Internet of Things products and technologies in business environments have started to discover that these scale challenges are very real. As a result, their IoT deployments are moving at a much slower pace than they originally hoped. In fact, many organizations are still in the POC (proof of concept) stage for IoT, even after several years of trying.

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    8. Three Myths About the Digital Economy

      Most estimates of the digital economy rely predominantly on expenditure on Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Accenture Strategy estimates that 26 percent of U.S. accumulated capital stock can be deemed to be digital.  None of this means that becoming a digital business will be any less effortless than we had thought. But it provides some confidence that the foundation is stronger in many countries than is presumed. As investors and companies consider their next steps in digital transformation, it is important however to address three myths.

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    9. It’s a Brand-New Year — Why Fear the Future?

      Researchers are projecting that roles from chefs to bookkeepers to judges will soon be filled by robot laborers. By 2035, up to 35 percent of jobs could be done by machines. Professions requiring creativity and empathy might seem safe, but even those are up for grabs. Data entry and customer service roles are highly likely to disappear. Sure, it sounds scary, but is the future really so bleak? In fact, this picture is missing a crucial component: The age of automation will bring plenty of new jobs and maximize efficiency for humans in existing roles.

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    10. 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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    11. Health Care: Internet Use Is Good, but Much More Needed

      I have had a lot of experience with the health care system. In addition to what has generally been very good treatment, I have learned about the impact of the Internet and other communications on medicine. There’s a lot being done, but much more is needed. One of the pieces of news is the protection of patient security is very good. In the fairly infrequent cases such as the hacking of Anthem earlier this year, the attack on information has involved almost entirely financial, not medical records.

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    12. Why Tech Needs to Move Away From Its Upgrade Culture

      In the modern tech world, companies feel they must constantly upgrade their products. New tech products may come thick and fast, but they’re not built to last. Instead of constantly upgrading, perhaps it’s time for companies to concentrate on core competencies. Competitive advantage comes with focus. Managing fewer technologies decreases the cost of goods sold and increases the product attributes. If we pack more expertise into each product, consumers will benefit.

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    13. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Results Go in Opposite Directions

      The split is done. One goes up, and the other goes down. Sales in the Enterprise Group, the main hardware unit, rose 2 percent, or 9 percent after backing out currency effects, and posted a 14 percent operating margin. It was a different picture at HP Inc., the personal computing and printing company. Shares fell by more than 5 percent after hours as it forecast fiscal 2016 earnings in the range of $1.59 to $1.69 a share, below the outlook of analysts, who expected $1.77. 

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    14. Verizon Giving $6 Million to a Dozen Startups Using Mobile Technology to Save Lives

      A drone that acts as a lifeguard, a Wi-Fi network that can be airdropped into a disaster and ten other potentially life-saving startup ideas are set to share in $6 million in prizes thanks to a contest from wireless giant Verizon. The startups are all winners in the company’s Powerful Answers contest, with the specific prizes to be announced at a Dec. 9 event in San Francisco.

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    15. Amazon, Apple and Google Unite Behind Financial Innovation Coalition

      Three of the technology industry’s fiercest rivals — Amazon, Apple and Google — have aligned behind their shared business interest in promoting tech-friendly changes to the financial services sector. The newly formed Washington, D.C., advocacy group Financial Innovation Now will look to influence the political debate on issues such as security and fraud prevention, real-time payments, online lending and access to basic financial services.

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    16. Hewlett-Packard Splits in Two Today. Now What?

      CEO Meg Whitman will take over the new company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, which opens for trading today under the symbol HPE. It’s considered the healthier and more promising bit of the company. Today’s split brings to a close a process begun last year, but now it will be up to Whitman to prove that the breakup will allow both companies to run better. For now, splitting solves one problem: The slow-motion collapse of PC sales and printers will no longer exert a drag on results of the healthier half. But it leaves other problems intact: While HPE leads the ...

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    17. Mobility Isn’t Just a Technology, It’s a Mindset

      On the map to a mobile-optimized organization, not only is the route unclear, it’s also not at all obvious what the final destination is. The real impact of mobility only begins to take hold when companies start rethinking processes, procedures, services, activities, expectations, measurement methods, and many other functions at the very core of how businesses operate. It’s not an easy process, to be sure. But, if companies really want to innovate, they also need to think creatively about how they integrate mobility into their business mindset.

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    18. Nine of the World’s Biggest Banks Form Blockchain Partnership

      Nine of the world’s biggest banks, including Goldman Sachs and Barclays, have joined forces with New York-based financial tech firm R3 to create a framework for using blockchain technology in the markets, the firm said on Tuesday. It is the first time banks have come together to work on a shared way in which the technology that underpins bitcoin — a controversial, Web-based “cryptocurrency” — can be used in finance.

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    19. Google Dreams of a World After Apps but It’s a Nightmare for Rivals

      "In an app world, Google is nothing."

      With one search algorithm tweak this week, Google rekindled deep-seated fears that it is doing its damnedest to nuke apps. Maybe. Google earns more money when people are on the mobile Web, not in apps. Publicly, the company has voiced support for solving the nagging problems of apps, discovery and dormancy. Internally, however, chatter is less about crippling apps than imagining a world beyond them.

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