Software & Technology Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Surprising Shift to Mobile Shopping Will Improve Holiday Sales

“Cash is the fossil fuel that keeps our economic pistons pumping.” – Walter, “Home for the Holidays,” Paramount, 1995 Well, my daughter is busy lathering her fingers with ranch hand cream (she found it online and swears by it) to get ready for the holiday shopping season, has charged her “old” iPhone (thrown out hints) [...]

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Keep You and Your Stuff a Little Less Available to “Them”

“Folks that throw dirt on you aren’t always trying to hurt you, and folks that pull you out of a jam aren’t always trying to help you.” – Jack Beauregard, “My Name is Nobody,” Refran Cinematographica, 1973 If you think it’s all about you … you’re right! Samsung, Apple, Ford, M&Ms, Johnson & Murphy, Dos [...]

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The Recipe for Everything You Want, Need

“The Kanamit seem friendly and assure everyone they have nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they offer to share wonderful technology that will provide limitless energy, cure all disease and convert deserts into lush gardens. For the people of Earth, paradise has arrived.” – “To Serve Man,” Twilight Zone, 1962, Cayuga Productions I recently [...]

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There Will Be a Lot of Give, Take Needed Before IoE Really Arrives

“There is a building. Inside this building there is a level where no elevator can go, and no stair can reach. This level is filled with doors. These doors lead to many places. Hidden places. But one door is special. One door leads to the source.” – The Keymaker, “Matrix Reloaded,” Warner Brothers, 2003 I’m [...]

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Mobile, Social Media Don’t Spell Privacy

“First rule of magic: always be the smartest person in the room.” – J. Daniel Atlas, “Now You See Me,” Summit Entertainment, 2013 I saw the weirdest thing the other day … a woman was talking on her iPhone–seriously!! Have you ever seen someone with the battery level of their smartphone below 20 percent? Scary!! [...]

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Cyberworld Needs Better Personal Intelligence, Common Sense

“Remember Marine, ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die. Semper Fi. Over” – Ben Yahzee, “Windwhisperers,” MGM, 2002 You may have noticed over the past six+ months or so that bad folks and evil doers have been exposing software, infrastructure and cloud service vulnerabilities with devastating results: – Heartbleed [...]

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Pizza Hut Launches Mobile Payment System Using Visa Checkout

In an era where convenience through technological advancements is the name of the game, embracing innovation is deemed an imperative course of action businesses need to take. Now more than ever, business owners and online merchants are prioritizing the provision not only of top value products and specific services, but also breakthrough systems in customer [...]

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The Temptations of Web Data May Be Too Great to Resist

“Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee. Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.” – “Magic Mirror, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney, 1937 Living online with all the free [...]

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Online … Content is the Same, Only Different

“I don’t see why there should be any question about capital punishment. I think everyone in the capital should be punished.” – Goldie Hawn – “Rowan & Martin Laugh-In” (’68-’73) Not long ago, Tellywood executives took their big checkbooks to Park City to bid on the indie films at Sundance. We, in turn, headed for [...]

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WOM (Word of Mom) Is Researched, Credible

“Your methodologies are antiquated and weak. Your procedures of approval ensure that only the least radical ideas are rewarded.” – Alex, “Charlie’s Angels,” Columbia Pictures, 2000 A few weeks ago, I prepared for a long, impeccable discussion with my wife as to why I needed to upgrade my upsized smartphone. I was way ahead in [...]

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IoT is a Long-Term Work-in-Progress … Real Long Term

“There is so much in this world that I do not understand. I have absolutely no idea how it works. I have absolutely no idea how you are able to do some of the things you do, but I believe there’s a reason for that as well. I only hope we understand that reason before [...]

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Thunderbolt 2.0 Eliminates the I/O Bottleneck

Back in the mid-’90s, USB (Universal Serial Bus) did a good job standardizing the dizzying array of cables and connectors used to connect, communicate and deliver power between computers and a wide range of external devices. The industry-adopted standard simplified the bus and communications protocols so a single connector interface could be used for a [...]

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A Company’s Best Use of Social Media is Support, Service

You probably didn’t know it but some companies think – actually they’re positive – that social media was developed just to give them a fast track to sales … lots of sales. They even like the idea of social engagement because they feel it’s a way to get out ahead of the pack and have [...]

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Apple Could Make it Easy to Adopt miCommerce

Filthy Money – Everyone in the tech fields has been throwing a whole lot of time and effort into convincing you that there’s a better way to buy things than with hard cash or rigid plastic. Apple might have all the pieces in place to make it easier to do with a wave of your [...]

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A Leader Steps Forward to Advance Flash Memory Image

Superheroes – Check the movies coming out this year, people are packing theaters to see their superheroes in action protecting the innocent and taking on all comers. Flash memory has become a hero in its own right and people now believe their content/data will be saved. I have never understood why storage has never gotten [...]

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Finally, Security is a Priority for Agencies, Companies, Individuals

“You are being watched. The government has a secret system, a machine that spies on you every hour of every day. I know because I built it.” Harold Finch, “Person of Interest,” CBS I’m not much of a TV fan but I do like good documentaries so I got hooked on Person of Interest at [...]

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Jamba Juice Mobile Loyalty Program Gets Over 1 Million Signups

Because life’s luxuries are now very hard to come by, everyone wants to get the best value for their every purchase. It’s no secret how customers can easily switch from a product or a brand to another – and the world of choices out there makes it incredibly easy for them to do this. As [...]

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Cybercurrency is Slowly Making its Way Around the Globe

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Capt. James T. Kirk, “Star Trek,” Desilu, 1966-69 Standing in the Starbucks line the other day I watched [...]

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Social Networking is Loads of Fun … Just Watch Your Step

“That’ll teach you to lecture me. Get me another anger management therapist.” – Colonel Moon, “Die Another Day,” MGM, 2002 Just as the Internet turned 40, a “Wall Street Journal” article suggested email was “over the hill.” Today’s online tools enable folks to instantly reach a wider audience (Facebook, LinkedIn, other social networking sites, Twitter). [...]

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Marketing Just Got Turned Upside Down

“For the last six months, he’s gone to Harvard and Berkeley. I’m betting he can get a passport.” Carl Hanratty, “Catch Me If You Can,” Dreamworks, 20002 Years ago, the CEO of a very successful client announced he was going to spend a week with the sales people and visit customers, prospects. After the third [...]

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