Cloud wars: The battle for your cloud storage dollars

The velocity of data is increasing and will always increase. This is a fact of modern life. According to IBM, we create approximately 1.86 exabytes of data every hour of every day. So it is no wonder that annual cloud storage revenue exceeds $60 billion and is trending up and to the right. There are dozens of companies offering free or close-to-free storage solutions for consumers. Here's an overview of seven excellent cloud storage choices at least one of them will certainly fit your needs. Importantly, while each of these organizations offers enterprise solutions that accommodate industrial-strength needs, this list compares services suitable for individuals and small businesses.
  1. Microsoft OneDrive
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5 popular non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies you might find interesting

While Bitcoin is the most famous cryptocurrency, it is only one of approximately 2,000 cryptocurrencies in circulation today. All of the heavily traded cryptocurrencies are powered by some version of a distributed ledger (blockchain), and each has at least one unique attribute that differentiates it. Here's an overview of 5 popular cryptocurrencies and how they compare to Bitcoin.
  1. Litecoin
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Streaming sticker shock: The TV experience consumers want might not be that cheap

The idea of la carte entertainment resonates with consumers. No one wants to pay for content they don't consume. That said, the race to adapt audio and video distribution models to trending consumer behavior is turning into a hot mess. How many streaming services are too many? And will consumers run out of money? No matter what type of media consumer you are, there's a difference between paying $13.99 per month for Netflix and the thousands of dollars you will be paying per year when you add up all the streaming services you will probably want to subscribe to. And that doesn't even include the $40 to $300 or more per month you will have to spend on broadband access. Let's have a look at the various ways you might spend your streaming media dollars. Movies, TV and video streaming services oh, my! Continue reading at

Is Alexa spying on you?

Some people believe that Alexa is listening all the time. This is true. Some people believe that Alexa records every word for posterity. This is false. Some people believe that having an Amazon Echo increases their risk of being hacked. This is also false. But, there's more to the story. For an overview of Alexa Voice Services (AVS), is the underlying technology for Amazon's Echo products, please read my essay: "Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?" It explains how voice-enabled smart speakers work and should help you frame your own thesis about Automatic Speech Recognition and Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Processing. Someone found a bug Continue reading at

What is a smart contract?

A smart contract is just like an old-fashioned verbal or paper contract except that its conditions can be met digitally. Smart contracts are not new, but they are newly relevant (and a bit overhyped) because they are an awesome, non-cryptocurrency use of blockchain technology. You've likely heard of blockchain. It's the underlying technology that powers bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Everyone is talking about blockchain because distributed ledgers (the term of art for blockchain's tech) offer an exciting new way to transact business without a central authority. Blockchain is information written in stone Continue reading at

5 things 5G should make you think about

Known simply as 5G, the next-generation wireless network has been touted as "world-changing" and a quantum leap in the evolution of communication. There's a good reason: It will be. If you're wondering how and why, here are 5 things 5G should make you think about.
  1. Fixed wireless, no cables
Imagine hooking up a huge, paper-thin, 5G-compatible flat screen and just plugging in the power cable. No other cables required. You won't need a cable box; you'll just login to your various video accounts and start watching video. Continue reading at

Op-ed: What Facebook data did they get and what did they do?

Since the Cambridge Analytica Facebook data scandal, the number one question I've been asked is, "What Facebook data did they get?" The second most popular question is, "What did Cambridge Analytica do with it?" Let's review: What we've been told According to Mark Zuckerberg, "In 2013, a Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan created a personality quiz app. It was installed by around 300,000 people who shared their data as well as some of their friends' data. Given the way our platform worked at the time this meant Kogan was able to access tens of millions of their friends' data." Later in the same post, Zuckerberg claims that the issue surfaced again in 2015 and Facebook took action (perhaps not enough action) to bring the offending company into compliance with Facebook policies. Continue reading at