Skin Based Technology – The Intelligent Tattoo

Skin Based Technology – The Intelligent Tattoo

The Intelligent Tattoo I’ve got you under my skin: the rise of the intelligent tattoo As the Internet of Everything expands its reach to embrace many new areas of life, the race continues to develop more robust and accessible tools. Wearables are being whittled down from clunky watches to smart clothes and wrist bands, but even this advance has little to compare against the convenience of skin based technology. John A. Rogers, a professor of…

Can Google Detect Cancer?

Can Google Detect Cancer?

Can Google Detect Cancer? Google X – the tech giant’s semi-secret facility that is dedicated to making major technological advancements – is well-known for its ‘moonshots’; ideas which seem outlandish but which have often produced some of the most exciting, forward-thinking, and widely used technology that’s available today. Success stories include Google Translate, self-driving cars, Project Loon and Google Glass. Its latest concept is a pill that aims to detect cancers and other diseases by…

Resolved: Username/Passwords Alone MUST Go

Resolved: Username/Passwords Alone MUST Go

Username/Passwords MUST Go New Year’s Resolution #1 for any cloud IT deployment manager in 2015 ought to be that the user name/password alone must go.  High-profile breaches that exploit username and password-only authorization systems are becoming all-too-frequent events.   The Syrian Electronic Army’s attack on the Associated Press’s Twitter account that caused a 136 Billion dip in the stock market used a spear phishing scheme where employees enter their user names and passwords onto a fake…

How Much Data Do You Need To Hide?

How Much Data Do You Need To Hide?

How Much Data Do You Need To Hide? “If you’ve not got anything to hide, you’ve not got anything to worry about”, or so the old saying goes… But how true is that phrase in the modern age? Do you have anything to hide, no matter how small? Are you happy for ISPs, governments and other organisations to have complete access to everything that you do, watch, and write online? Very few people can honestly…

Developers, the Cloud and Security Concerns

Developers, the Cloud and Security Concerns

Thought Provoking Survey So I got to thinking about security and how this relates to developers in particular. This was prompted by a recent read of the findings reported in a survey, “2014: The Year of Encryption” conducted by Egress Software Technologies, of delegates at Europe’s largest information security event Infosecurity Europe 2014. And you know the first and almost overwhelming thought that struck me was how important security should be for these folk. Why?…

Are you SURE you are ready for the cloud?

Are you SURE you are ready for the cloud?

Ready For The Cloud? For several years now, people and organizations have been slowly but surely moving their data and applications to the cloud. Whether it is a local private cloud, Hybrid or a fully hosted one, they all have one thing in common: They are no longer tied to physical hardware. That is how it’s supposed to be right? Well, during my years of working with companies to achieve “cloud”, people are still getting…

Big Data and Geographical Analytics

Big Data and Geographical Analytics

Big Data and Geographical Analytics Not long ago we wrote how geotagged tweets are used for mapping trends like race opinions and for charting real-time events like the 2012 Kentucky earthquake. A similarly themed set of articles was published at Quartz recently, showcasing the use of location-enabled tweets for the noble goal of mapping nationwide usage of “um” and “uh” as well as vocatives like “buddy”, “pal” and “dude”. Now, a huge takeaway is that…

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

Cloud Infographic – The Future (IoT)

The Future (IoT) By the year 2020, it is being predicted that 40 to 80 billion connected devices will be in use. The Internet of Things or IoT will transform your business and home in many truly unbelievable ways. The types of products and services that we can expect to see in the next decade will truly feel like science fiction to those of older generations. To the newer generations born into a natural and…

Cloud Security In The Workplace

Cloud Security In The Workplace

Workplace Cloud Security Our workplaces are changing and much of it for the better. Increased flexibility – pushed by cloud services – is behind many of the changes. Home working, increased collaboration – it’s all good, and it’s all delivering significant business benefits. We know that. That’s so 2013. But fewer than 10% of businesses know what their employees are doing on the cloud. They call it ‘shadow IT activity’ – in other words, activity…

Cloud Ready Business Drivers

Cloud Ready Business Drivers

Cloud Ready Business Drivers Many organizations are faced with the dilemma of moving to the cloud. Understandably so. This isn’t a decision that can be taken overnight. Every CTO and CIO will do their due diligence of mapping business and technology needs before they make their final call. There are a few business scenarios though where moving to the cloud just seems like an answered prayer. When it seems like, it’s the best solution –…