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FDA Not Convinced Antibacterial Soaps Stop the Spread of Germs

cagraham Re:typo (5 comments)

Fair enough. I suppose it could easily go either way.

1 year,2 days
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FDA Not Convinced Antibacterial Soaps Stop the Spread of Germs

cagraham Re:typo (5 comments)

"but it should be noted that these are based on animal studies" ... plural b/c of "concerns"

1 year,2 days
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Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola

cagraham Re:Terrible Headline (208 comments)

If only. The Johnny Ive commercials would be priceless.

about a year ago
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Facebook Autofill Wants To Store Users' Credit Card Info

cagraham Re:Not in anyones interest (123 comments)

Exactly my thought as well. Once Facebook has a sizable trove of credit card information, they'll have the ability to simply become the payment processor themselves.

about a year ago
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

cagraham Re:Sorry - Apple is still dying. (432 comments)

Definitely true. I was using that as a rough correlation. Apple does limit the amount of phones a single person can purchase however (I think the max is 2 during the first weekend), so I doubt the number is vastly different.

about a year ago
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Apple Sells Nine Million iPhones Over Weekend

cagraham Re:Sorry - Apple is still dying. (432 comments)

That's certainly possible, it isn't an usual practice among device makers. I'm personally content keeping my 5 and waiting for next year's upgrade, but I know a lot of people with the 4S that are pretty excited.

about a year ago
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Hulu "Kicking Back Into Action' Says CEO, Adding New Content

cagraham Re:BCC? (2 comments)

It's a knock-off.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service on a Budget?

cagraham Some Suggestions (3 comments)

I actually work with a company called TechnologyAdvice.com, and we're just finalizing a new version of our Smart Advisor tool that will let people/businesses compare cloud storage and backup options. It won't be ready until next week though, but a few products did jump to mind when I read your question.

I'd check out Strongspace first. The pricing is pretty reasonable, and users can access stored cloud data through SFTP and rsync. It also allows for a lot of customization in terms of security, automated bandwidth usage, etc. Might be perfect for your situation.

You could also look into SpiderOak and Tresorit. Depending on how much storage you need those might be a little expensive, but SpiderOak has great security features built in, and a special platform for Enterprise (might be overkill for your needs though). Tresorit is newer, but has a similar focus on security.

Hope that helps. If you have any other questions I can shoot you my email.

about a year ago

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Patients Wary of Online Health Portals, Despite New Healthcare Initiatives

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 4 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "According to a recent survey of 430 patients in the US, only a quarter (25.3%) wanted their primary care physician to communicate with them through an online portal outside of office visits. 42.9% of patients instead listed the phone as their preferred method of contact. Similarly, only 14.1% of patients listed an online portal as their preferred method for receiving test results or diagnoses. Healthcare practices are expected to get 5% of their total patients this year to interact with them through such a site in order to receive federal Meaningful Use incentive payments."
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AMD and Intel's Rivalry to Supply the Internet of Things

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 6 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "No matter what industries adopt internet connected devices, there will be increased demand for embedded processors and data center servers. Intel and AMD are two companies poised to reap huge benefits from such demand. Intel is investing heavily in spurring IoT growth (in order to sell more servers as companies produce more data), while AMD is hoping to cash in with "ambidextrous" x86 and ARM based server chips."
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Government Will Spend $1.2 Trillion on Internet of Things, According to IDC

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 9 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "A new report by IDC looks at the way in which US government IT spending will change throughout 2014 and beyond. According to their analysis, the government will increase its spending on Internet of Things technology up to $1.2 trillion in 2017. The report also predicts that the government will decrease traditional IT spending by 15%, and instead invest in cloud computing."
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Oregon Relied on Microsoft Office to Manage Health Exchange Development

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 9 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "The Oregonian recently uncovered an internal report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the ongoing problems with the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange. The report states that "Cover Oregon is not employing ... any mainstream project management tool," and was instead using Microsoft Office products to track the exchange's development. The state is currently registering residents using paper forms, and is withholding $25.6 million from software company Oracle for missing functionality."
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Eye Tribe Launches Cloud Platform to Track Eye Movements

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 9 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "Startup company Eye Tribe has announced the launch of a cloud-based analytics platform that allows businesses to collect and analyze eye movements from different sources simultaneously. The platform is tied into Eye Tribe's $99 eye tracking hardware, which it hopes will one day be integrated directly into smartphones and tablets. If the technology does become widespread, it could change how app developers and marketers monitor user attention and focus."
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AMD Is Adding Games onto Your Games

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 9 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "AMD has a new program designed to reward users for playing video games. Every time a member of it's AMD Rewards program begins playing a new game in a 24 hour period, they'll get five "Raptr Points." They'll then receive an additional two points for every twenty minutes of play. Eventually, they can redeem these for AMD hardware, or discounts on products. The whole program is tied into their Gaming Evolved app, that helps people find the perfect gameplay settings for their hardware.

A loyalty program for video games — genius, or overkill?"
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IEEE Says 85% of Daily Tasks will be Games by 2020

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 9 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), over 85% of daily tasks will include game elements by 2020. The organization, whose motto is "Advancing Technology for Humanity," looked at the growth of games in fields such as healthcare, education, and enterprise when preparing their report. Member Tom Coughlin summarized the findings, saying that 'by 2020, however many points you have at work will help determine the kind of raise you get or which office you sit in.'"
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

cagraham cagraham writes  |  about 10 months ago

cagraham (3027657) writes "A fire at Iron Mountain's data warehouse in Buenos Aires left the facility "ruined," and killed nine first-responders according to the Washington Post. The origin of the fire is unknown, although the facility was supposedly equipped with sprinkler systems, fire control systems, and had a private emergency team on standby. Among the records lost include corporate data and Argentina's bank archives, which could have some surprisingly far reaching implications."
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Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete with Nest Thermostat

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,1 day

cagraham (3027657) writes "Google is currently testing a web-connected thermostat, similar to the popular Nest Thermostat, according to The Information. The device would display energy usage details, and allow user's to control it from a web app. This actually marks the second time Google has ventured into home energy, after their PowerMeter web app that was shut down in 2011. Web connected devices could allow Google access to a treasure trove of data on people's daily habits and routines."
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Dell Bets $16M on Security Firm Invincea

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,2 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Dell has invested $16M in cyber security firm Invincea, according to the Wall Street Journal. Invincea makes the FreeSpace software that is bundled onto Dell's business laptops and tablet offerings. Unlike traditional anti-virus software that seeks to identify and then patch vulnerabilities, FreeSpace creates virtual "containers" on the computer and runs highly-targeted programs like Microsoft Office and web browsers inside of them. If it detects malware, the software then seals it inside the container, where it can't spread (and where it can be analyzed by Invincea). The investment is likely designed to develop Dell's enterprise software offerings."
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Google Makes it Harder for Marketers to Collect User Data

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,5 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "In a seemingly minor update, Google announced that all Gmail images will now be cached on their own servers, before being displayed to users. This means that users won't have to click to download images in every email now — they'll just automatically be shown. For marketers, however, the change has serious implications. Because each user won't download the images from a third-party server, marketers won't be able to see open-rates, log IP addresses, or gather information on user location and browser type. Google says the changes are intended to enhance user privacy and security."
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Amazon Uses Robots to Speed Up Human "Pickers" in Fulfillment Centers

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,9 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "The WSJ, combing through Amazon's Q3 earnings report, found that the company is currently using 1,400 robots across three of their fulfillment centers. The machines are made by Kiva Systems (a company acquired by Amazon last year), and help to warehouses more efficient by bringing the product shelves to the workers. The workers then select the right item from the shelf, box it, and place it on the conveyor line, while another shelf is brought. The management software that runs the robots can speed or slow down item pacing, reroute valuable orders to more experienced workers, and redistribute workloads to prevent backlogs."
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Apple Launches Customer Tracking Program in 254 Stores

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,12 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Apple is launching its iBeacon program across all their US stores today, reports Venturebeat. Customers who enter Apple stores — provided they have an iPhone 4S or later — will receive a notification asking if Apple can track them in the store. Some of the messages a customer might receive include notifications about their phone upgrade eligibility, or prompts to purchase accessories, depending on their location. This marks the first wide-scale usage of iBeacon, which is also compatible with Android 4.3 devices."
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Anti Patent-Troll Legislation Passes US House of Representatives

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,13 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "The Innovation Act passed the House this afternoon 325-91, garnering support from a majority of both parties. The legislation is aimed at making it harder for mass patent-infringement lawsuits to be filed by shell companies, often known as patent-trolls. Key features of the bill include a provision that requires all parties who stand to benefit financially from such lawsuits to be named (taking away the anonymity these companies hide behind), and a measure that would require lawsuits to detail exactly how the patent was being infringed upon. The bill will now move to the Senate."
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Snapchat Steals Instagram Exec, Focuses on Building Business Model

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,14 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Snapchat announced to AllThingsD today that Emily White, the director of business operations at Instagram, will be joining them as Chief Operating Officer. She'll assume the number-two position at the company, and will be tasked with creating a revenue stream for Snapchat using a mix of in-app purchases and advertising. She previously oversaw the recent introduction of advertising to Instagram, and worked on Facebook mobile-partnerships before that."
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Swarm Mobile Offers Free Wifi In Exchange for Tracking Customers

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,15 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Startup Swarm Mobile intends to help physical retailers counter online shopping habits by collecting data on their customer's actions. Swarm's platform integrates with store's Wifi networks in order to monitor what exactly customers are doing while shopping. In exchange for collecting analytics, shoppers get access to free internet. Swarm then send reports to the store owners, detailing how many customers checked prices online, or compared rival products on their phones. Their platform also allows stores to directly send discount codes or coupons to shopper's phones."
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Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,16 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "According to IBM's latest Data Benchmark report, 21.8% of all online Black Friday sales were made from mobile devices. Mobile traffic, meanwhile, accounted for 39.7% of all Black Friday traffic. Interestingly, iOS users accounted for 18.1% of online sales, while Android users accounted for just 3.5%. The data come from IBM's real-time monitoring over 800 U.S. online retailers. The report also notes that tablets generated less traffic than smartphones, but accounted for almost twice the number of sales. Overall, online sales for Black Friday grew 18.9% year-over-year."
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BlackBerry's CFO, CMO, and COO Leave Company

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,23 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "In a pretty major executive shakeup, BlackBerry's Chief Financial Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and Chief Operating Officer have all left the company. It's unclear whether the changes were brought about by new interim-CEO John Chen in order to facilitate company change, or represent an abandon-ship style exit after BlackBerry's failed bid to go private. The company announced that the CFO position would be filled by current SVP James Yersch, but gave no word on the other vacancies."
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Shake Wants to Let Users Create Legal Documents on their Phone

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,27 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Shake, a new mobile startup, just closed a $3M funding round, according to VentureBeat. The company's goal is to democratize legal documents, by letting users create and sign contracts entirely from their smartphones. The app is currently targeted at freelancers and small businesses, although their CEO says they have enterprise plans in the works. Whether or not they can easily expand into other states outside New York, and whether businesses trust their legal bonafides, will likely determine the company's success. Before founding Shakes, CEO Abe Gieger worked at venture capital firm Canaan Partners."
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Macy's Uses iBeacon for New In-Store Rewards Program

cagraham cagraham writes  |  1 year,28 days

cagraham (3027657) writes "Macy's is preparing to test a new in-store rewards program using Apple's iBeacon standard, reports the WSJ's Digits blog. The program, run through rewards company Shopkick, will detect nearby customers and send them targeted discount offers based on which department they're in. iBeacon currently works with Apple devices and Samsung's Android phones. If the initial tests in New York and San Francisco prove successful, the program will be rolled out nationwide."

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