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Posts from the ‘Personal Technology’ Category

27
Sep

State of Email: Present and Future

A bedrock institution of American life is on the verge of collapse. The U.S. Postal Service, a quasi-government business that traces its roots back to the Colonial era, is facing economic ruin as its cost of operations are outstripping its revenue by as much as $7 billion a year to date.

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15
Sep

Making the Mobile Connection in Social Communications

If you were born before 1990, it’s probably difficult for you to conceive of surfing the Internet on anything but a personal computer. Yes, you can look up Web pages on your smartphone and use apps to find restaurants, but that’s simply not the same as real research and information exchange.

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26
Aug

Industry Speeding from Desktop to Hand to Cloud

What a week. First, HP’s sudden “Dear John” to the PC and tablet business. Then Google’s surprise scoop of Motorola mobile. Then the shocking step down of Stephen Jobs as chief apple polisher. Heads spin, tongues wag, stocks flutter. What’s it all mean? Here are some readings of these fresh entrails…

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28
Jul

“Digital Dog Tags” Track Workers

It makes obvious sense: Gathering and analyzing key data produces smarter decisions. Better than guesswork, more accurate than intuition. That’s the simple but powerful driver behind IBM Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) and competing offerings.

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14
Jul

Patient, Heal Thyself…with Help

Ever used a smart phone app to count how many steps you take daily? Track your daily caloric intake? Log the number of crunches or curls in your workout? If so, you’re on the leading edge of the next big wave in medicine: intelligent, online self-care.

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5
Jul

Will Textbooks Go the Way of South Korea?

South Korea schools are going paperless. According to published reports, the South Korean government will spend $2.4 billion to replace textbooks with tablets.

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23
Jun

What Consumers Tell Enterprises about Technology

“Consumerization of the enterprise” is a phrase that’s been bandied about for several years, reflecting the infiltration of consumer-level IT devices and applications in the workplace. Ordinary end users have either replaced or supplemented their IT resources with freeware, their own devices and applications, or Web-based applications.

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7
Jun

OpenOffice, ODF: A Collaboration Path

IBM reaffirmed its dedication to open source development by recommitting support to the development of OpenOffice.org, the alternative productivity suite to Microsoft’s Office and Google Apps. What IBM is really looking to cultivate is the further development of the Open Document Format, which it sees as a potential standard for collaboration across multiple platforms.

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3
Jun

All eyes on D9

This week, all eyes were on the D9 conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. The gathering was hosted by Dow Jones so it was no surprise that Wall Street Journal reporters covered the event like a blanket. Industry heavyweights didn’t disappoint.

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28
Apr

Data Accumulates

It’s much easier to collect stuff than it is to throw it away. I’ve got a basement full of accumulated and inherited junk that proves that point. You never know when you might need something, so, why not keep it? It requires a decision and usually some work to throw something out.

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