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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)