WHY IT MATTERS: a new twist on security cameras mean there may be a life for all those old phones lying around. If you are a programmer you can also look at the source code to find out how they do what they do...
WHY IT MATTERS: software developers have proven for years that agile approaches deliver much better results than tradition approaches dubbed "waterfall". I believe that because I have lived it many times. Now it is time for others in the organization to embrace agile approaches. And for those that know agile, remember that I always prefer to have pigs on my projects (for others, read this https://www.implementingscrum.com/2006/09/11/the-classic-story-of-the-pig-and-chicken/)
WHY IT MATTERS: anyone can post anything on Facebook or elsewhere on the net. Having a tool that spots your face on pictures to warn you may be the ultimate privacy-notification to come out of Facebook. I hope that other holders of large databases of pictures - especially Apple and Google because of their mobile phones - would do the same.
WHY IT MATTERS: I reported in the past that Prime programme has a total value of 143B$ (http://sco.lt/8ot9NJ). These updated numbers show that growth continues outside the US. Expect Amazon to leverage its membership programme to wall-in its clients and protect it from competition. Tough road ahead for other retailers as Prime members will be looking to stay with the brand.
WHY IT MATTERS: the more we digitize our businesses and our lives the more we are exposed to hacking. The explosion of cryptocurrencies hacking and recent months appears to be a strong trend. A great series of articles on the subject is presented here.
WHY IT MATTERS: AR is one of those technologies that have been discussed for so many years and that will explode into the scene with a plethora of consumer and business applications in the coming years. An overnight success story that has been 10 years in the making (if not more). This paper helps managers see business applications for this technology.
What makes it so compelling in the fact that mobile devices (2B+ and counting) all have support for this technology builtin. Just checkout the video I made using my Google Pixel 2 phone camera this morning. It just works!
WHY IT MATTERS: manufacturers need to enforce their pricing policies. Online ecommerce raises a number of challenges but tools like Trackstreet provide advanced solutions to help manage this critical aspect of any brand.
WHY IT MATTERS: Google has been capturing and translating data for a very long time and by doing so it can provide digital services that way better than anything else their competitors can do. This example of maps is just one in many but this one is particularly well documented. Kudos.
WHY IT MATTERS: there is often a downside to advanced technology, especially those that can allow its owner dominance. In this video scenario, humans weaponize drones with AI. But the real danger is for superintelligent AI to turn against us humans.
WHY IT MATTERS: everyone has been expecting this device for a long time as may be as important as the iPhone launch was for smartphones. The glasses should allow its wearer to live in augmented reality. Those that have tried this before say it is A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. see this for example: https://twitter.com/BenedictEvans/status/943504687457755136
WHY IT MATTERS: it is possible for banks to be digital only as evidenced by this top50 worldwide. This is a major trend for the future in this sector but in many others as well: digital only insurer, digital only law firm, etc. Expect more of this in the coming years. And for existing businesses: what should you do about it?...
WHY IT MATTERS: using Big Data and AI techniques on the ever expanding data around us can help predict things that are often surprising. Expect more like this in the coming years with the increase in Internet of Things.
WHY IT MATTERS: believe in blockchain technology but be careful about bitcoin. This article raises very valid concerns that should make anyone take very careful steps with their bitcoin investments - as it could all disappear the day that another "better" or more stable cryptocurrency appears on the market...
WHY IT MATTERS: look at this list of questions for your board of directors and ask them if they have an answer for each one in the context of digital transformation, artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 3D printing, etc. Most likely, they won't. Then call me ;-)
WHY IT MATTERS: I've used the electricity metaphor many times before to explain the digital transformation potential impact on businesses. Jezz Bezos here gives us a great presentation that I believe also applies to more current technologies that are artificial intelligence and the blockchain. Well invested 15min video (or 7.5min at 2x speed ;-)