Spectacular opportunities coming in the digital economy says Gartner

Hype cycle

  The latest emerging technologies report from Gartner, announced last week, contains a wealth of analysis and prediction about what technologies will be the drivers of the digital economy during the coming decade. While many of the technologies cited by Gartner will already be familiar – they include artificial intelligence, the connected home, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, augmented reality and virtual reality – the focus is very much on the relationships and inter-connectedness between individual and related technologies, and the business opportunities they present for those who are prepared and able to take advantage of them. In the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017, Gartner sees three distinct technology trends that the firm believes will profoundly create new experiences, […]

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Is podcasting about to get its tipping point?

Podcasts

There’s been quite a sense of anticipation, if not excitement, among podcasters about Apple’s announcement last week on some significant enhancements the company is making this autumn to its podcast app for iPhones and other iOS devices. The big change in the app is potentially a game-changer for podcasting as it will provide podcasters with basic analytics functionality to offer evidence of listening behaviours by subscribers (where they paused in a podcast, how much of it they listened to, did they listen to all of it, etc) rather than just metrics on downloads (how many downloads, which country are downloaders in, what directory listing did they click, etc). In simple terms, it means podcasters will now be able to answer […]

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Delicious: Preserving a big piece of social web history

Bookmarking interesting content you encounter on your travels around the web is very much a second-nature act these days. See and save it now, read or share it later. It wasn’t always as easy as that until Delicious came on the scene in 2003 in the early days of the modern social web. It offered not only an easy way to bookmark websites and other content and save those bookmarks to your account on the Delicious website, but also organize the bookmarks via user-assigned tags and enable other Delicious users to find your bookmarks. Delicious also made it very easy to share your content via RSS, an automated content sharing system that emerged at about that time. I started using […]

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Opera: a good browser alternative to Google Chrome

For much of the past decade, I’ve been a champion of Google Chrome. It’s been my browser of choice not only on the PC and Mac desktops but also across all my Android mobile devices. I’ve now switched to a different browser, and the switch may well be long-term if not permanent. That browser is Opera, a browser I first tried in 2006 on a Nokia phone, but a thoroughly modern product today that mirrors much of what Google Chrome offers – built-in tabbed browsing, a bookmarks bar, Chrome-compatible extensions, synchronising settings, a download manager – without the memory hogging that many users complain about. Back in 2009, I said “I prefer Google Chrome” and “New Google Chrome is really fast.” […]

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Cyberattack: The lack of serious intent for the NHS is not a role model

Nurse at computer

One of the lingering impressions I have of the NHS is of an organization that’s cornered the market in laser-printer labels. That’s not to criticise or belittle an incredible public service in the UK that, in my experience, offers outstanding healthcare services at zero or low cost to patients. The provision of care is peerless; it’s how the organization is administered that isn’t. I recall hospital visits and physio sessions a few years ago when I suffered a leg injury where my appointments with different services in the NHS system exposed me to the admin side of things. While a particular specialist would be able to see my patient record on her computer screen, invariably she’d be unable to share […]

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