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With 2016 crossing the half way point, let’s take a look at some technology trends thus far. Breaches: Well, many databases are half empty due to the continued rash of intrusions while the crooks are half full with our personal information. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 522 breaches thus far in 2016 exposing almost 13,000,000 records. Many are health care providers as our medical information is becoming the gold mine of stolen info. Not really surprising since the health care wearable market is set to explode in the coming years. Many of those wearables will be transmitting our health data back to providers. There were also a bunch of very recognizable names getting blasted in the media: IRS, Snapchat, Wendy’s and LinkedIn. And the best advice we got? Don’t use the same password across multiple sites. Updating passwords is ... (more)

iWorkflow and Orchestration | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

The digital society has emerged. Today’s always-connected world and the applications we interact with are changing the way we live. People are mobile, our devices are mobile, and by all accounts, everything that is a noun – a person, place or thing – will soon be connected and generating data… and all that traffic is destined for an application – that could also be portable – located somewhere in a data center. But not all data traffic is created equally and critical information might need some action that requires automation of the deployment process. At the same time, organiz... (more)

You Never Know When… By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

An old article gets new life. #TBT Back in 2012 I wrote an article titled Bait Phone. It was about cops dropping mobile phones with a tracking device and following the stealing culprit for an arrest. Like Bait Car but with a smartphone. Over the weekend, I noticed that the article was blowing up but couldn’t figure out why: I even tweeted out on Monday: At the time, I didn’t realize something else was at play. Then I decided to do a twitter search: And found that a video with the same name as my blog post was trending: Bait Phone 2 – basically a stun gun with a remote. Over 2.... (more)

The Visible Data of the Invisible User By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

As the march to connect each and every noun on this planet continues with a blistering pace, the various ways, contraptions and sensors used to collect data is greatly expanding. What once was a (relatively) small collection of fitness trackers, smartwatches, thermostats, automobiles and surveillance cameras has grown into a an industry where shirts, shoes, sleeping bags and even liquor bottles want to gather your info. And most of these devices monitor silently without you even knowing. According to Ryan Matthew Pierson over at Readwrite.com, ‘The strength of IoT is in its abili... (more)

You’re Getting Under My (e)-Skin By @PSilvas | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Imagine if the temporary tattoos that come in a box of Cracker Jack (if you’re lucky) had an electronic display logo that lights up when you put it on. Or a fitness tracker that you tape to yourself rather than wearing it around your wrist. Or a watch so thin that it lights the time while blending into your skin. Or even, a sensor that can be applied directly to an organ to determine health. This is the future for electronic skin. Yup, I said it: E-Skin. Researchers in Japan have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-stretchy material that can mimic the flexibility of human skin. Ult... (more)