Author Archives: Steve Prentice

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop The mannequin in the store window stares blankly ahead as shoppers look at the clothes it is dressed in and contemplate a purchase. One shopper makes some comments. “It’s nice. I wonder if they have my size.” Another takes a few steps inside the store to see where these particular clothes might…

FaceFirst – Facial Recognition Technology

FaceFirst – Facial Recognition Technology

Enhanced shopping by Face or by Mook As retailers struggle against the growing influence of online ecommerce, they continue to seek new and innovative ways to gain a customer’s trust, loyalty and shopping dollar. Two techniques that are making waves are facial recognition systems and Mook status. Companies such as NEC and FaceFirst provide facial…

The Rise of Ransomware

The Rise of Ransomware

Ransomware IT security company KnowBe4 has issued a warning regarding a new strain of ransomware called VirRansom, which “utilizes both ransomware and parasitic virus features,” according to a statement released Monday, Dec. 8 by CEO Stu Sjouwerman. As a self-replicating program, this particular strain has the potential to lock up a company’s entire system, demanding…

Putting The Cat Back In Captcha

Putting The Cat Back In Captcha

Captcha Madness Could this be the end of the annoying squiggly text? Google has announced an upgrade to the concept of Captcha, the challenging text identification quiz that humans have had to struggle with for the past many years. In an attempt to thwart bots from overwhelming mailing lists and membership lists, numerous websites have…

What Psy Did To YouTube

What Psy Did To YouTube

What Psy Did To YouTube South Korean singing superstar Psy broke YouTube. He didn’t mean to, but views of his 2012 hit Gangnam Style this week exceeded the capabilities of YouTube’s view counters, and this has necessitated the rewriting of the hit counter code from 32-bit to 64-bit. What this means in straightforward terms is…

The Internet of Things, 2015 and Beyond

The Internet of Things, 2015 and Beyond

Internet of Things 2015 According to IDC, the upcoming year is going to be a busy one for the Internet of Things, in many cases filling and stretching the systems that have just started delivering its varied services to industry and consumers alike. Presenting at their recent IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Internet of Things 2015 Predictions…

Drilling Through Your Personal Cloud

Drilling Through Your Personal Cloud

Personal Cloud When people ask the question “what is the cloud?” the usual response centers around the fact that it is an “outside thing” where data is stored. But one of the concepts that can be easily overlooked, yet which ties into the soft, amorphous imagery of clouds in general, is how data is accessed…

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Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

Self-Service BI (Business Intelligence) 101

BI (Business Intelligence) 101 Non-technical users are increasingly jumping at the opportunity to get real-time business insight from data without the help of the IT department, whether they’re a small business without an IT staff altogether, or a high-ranking executive unwilling to request a report that will take a week to be completed. What is…

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges (5 Things To Expect)

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges (5 Things To Expect)

2015 Cybersecurity Challenges Every December, security experts begin to release their predictions on what cybersecurity will look like in the coming year. “The concept behind predictions is based on a company’s ability to express its expertise in a field both on the business and on the technology end,” said Barry Shteiman, director of security strategy…

The Role Cloud Technology Plays in the Recruiting Industry

The Role Cloud Technology Plays in the Recruiting Industry

The Recruiting Industry Like most other established industries, the recruiting industry is being disrupted by new business models and cutting-edge technologies. From recruiting technology talent with a highly publicized hackathon, to handling graphic or even online versions or resumes, recruiting agencies are seeing new challenges and opportunities every day. Yet, the goal is still the…

Cloud and regulation in financial services

Cloud and regulation in financial services

Cloud Regulation When talking about cloud and regulation in financial services, it is important to approach it with a clear understanding of the typical policies that your national regulator will require you to adhere to. Let’s start with outsourcing policy. Cloud mode provides us with a way of outsourcing data centre environments, applications, and services…

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