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Bitcoin Weekly 2013 October 23: Post-Silk Road Bitcoin Exceeds $200 and Chinese Interest in BTC On the Rise
It’s only been since April that Bitcoin value reached $240 and then fell once again below $200--so this last week, seeing the currency surge back up brings a lot of speculation to people following these changes. Add in the amazing recovery from the uncertainty of SR’s demise and a sudden increase in press and popularity--after all it’s just as romantic that bitcoins can be used for criminal enterprise as they can for everyday business--and it’s a recipe for a boost in value. On top of that, a rally appears to be happening in China involving the exchange of Bitcoin after the... more »
There was a time when I didn’t like Apple… at all. I thought that the company’s products were overpriced playthings not worthy of the enterprise or as contenders for the serious work of business. Today, though, that’s changed… I’m writing this blog post on my MacBook Pro Retina, which is sitting next to my iPhone 5s, and across the table sits my iPad. I guess you could say that I’ve gone to the dark side. Of course, I still run a Windows 8 virtual machine so that I can get the best of both worlds. Frankly, I made the jump to Apple... more »
The world of gaming is still a tough place when it comes to women receiving the recognition they deserve. Although 49 percent of players are now women, they still are told that they are not “real” gamers, their geekiness being thoroughly questioned, as shown in this video (embedded below). Yet women have always played a big part in IT in general, and gaming in particular. Here are some very famous women who've had a strong impact on gaming history and the industry's development: Doris Self - Competitive Gamer Not only is Doris Self one of the first women in competitive gaming, she is... more »
This week’s SmartCar roundup features the expected growth of the connected car industry, a new partnership to keep cars connected to the internet, and UK’s plan of connecting an entire highway to the internet. Connected Car market expected to reach $131.9B in 2019 In a report published by the Transparency Market Research, it was projected that the connected car market is expected to reach $131.9 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 34.7 percent from 2013 to 2019, with 4G/LTE leading the way. The growth of the connected car market is driven primarily by factors such as safety and security gaming, with... more »
Few were surprised to see Apple's new iPads yesterday because of numerous leaks over the last few weeks, but the Cupertino-based firm managed to shock attendees nonetheless, when it announced that the Mac OS X Mavericks comes as a free update. This is great news for all Mac users, as this is the first time Apple is offering its OS for free, and you don’t even have to purchase a new hardware to get the free OS. Apple is allowing old Macs, even those bought from 2007, to be updated to the latest OS with just a click of a button.... more »
There's been a lot of talk about the potential benefits of so-called 'driverless' cars of the type that Google is working on, but much less has been said about the other ways in which smart cars might 'drive' a revolution in road transportation. Previous research has shown that we could make serious inroads into the 30,000 road deaths recorded in the US each year, even if cars are only partially automated. Vehicles equipped with "forward-collision warning systems" that automatically apply the brakes have far fewer accidents than those that don't, according to a number of studies. With more than 1.2 million people... more »
Earlier this week the BBC reported that Facebook had reversed a ban – imposed last May - on users posting videos of violent acts such as people being decapitated, just days before clip of a woman being beheaded went viral. This immediately caused uproar, with the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron calling Facebook "irresponsible" for allowing it. Now, All Things D reports that Facebook has decided to backtrack once more, updating its policy on violent images and removing the aforementioned beheading clip. It's a bit of a delicate issue for Facebook because on the one hand, it likes to champion free speech... more »
Apple and Nokia both came out with new tablets yesterday. For Nokia, this is its first entry in the tablet space, and probably its last since in few months it's hardware division will be swallowed up by Microsoft. Meanwhile, Apple is quite the veteran in the tablet space, having invented the things in the first place, and for most consumers its iPads are still the creme de la creme. So, out of genuine curiosity given Microsoft/Nokia's desperation to become a force in mobile, we thought we'd take a closer look at how the newbie entrant compares to the latest offspring of... more »
Apple’s fifth generation tablet is finally here. Unveiled today at a special company event in San Francisco, the brand new iPad Air squeezes a powerful processor into a tiny package that represents the company’s slimmest and arguably sleekest contribution to the mobile universe. At 7.5 millimeters, the iPad Air is thinner than a pencil and 20 percent more compact than Apple’s previous full-sized tablet. It’s also extremely light with a weight of only one pound, down from 1.4 pounds before. In a video shown during CEO Tim Cook’s keynote, Apple chief of design Jony Ive boasted that the company succeeded in “reducing... more »
Data holds the answers for many of the critical questions faced by decision makers today, with the quality of the query determining the accuracy the result. Indeed, many CIOs are recognizing that the ability to ask the right questions can be transformative for their organizations, but the shortage of skilled data scientists is proving to be a barrier to insights for all but the biggest enterprises. Data visualization vendor Tableau offers software solutions that aim to bridge this talent gap and make information more consumable for business users in the process. Paul Lilford, a Channel Director at the company, is one... more »