Our friends at CNET are out with a feel-good story about silicon chips you could swallow 18 months from now, that will track your condition and report back. The news here is that Novartis is looking to bring chip-pill technology from Proteus Biomedical to market very quickly. By tacking the chip onto a pill that has already been approved, in this case one that prevents the failure of organ transplants, they may just have to prove that the new solution is as good as the old. This is not new technology. Verichip, now part of PositiveID Corp., has been trying to build a market for implanted identity chips for a decade. Critics call these Spychips and see Big Brother watching you. Some even refer to it as the mark of the beast. The generic name for this technology is Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID. While Verichip did find some opportunity in tracking pets and people with Alzheimer's, the implant was also said to have had side effects. What Proteus has done is make these chips even … [Read more...] about The chip inside you is tech that will not die
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David Gewirtz Yes or No Jason Perlow Best Argument: No 72% 28% Audience Favored: Yes (72%) List of Events: Opening Statements Rebuttal Closing Statements The moderator has delivered a final verdict. Opening Statements We're getting there. David Gewirtz: In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a man named Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth. His job is to rewrite history according to instructions from the state. See also: Judge: NSA phone metadata surveillance likely unconstitutional IBM sued for cooperating with NSA for spy program NSA malware infected over 50,000 computer networks worldwide Reform the NSA to stop future Snowdens The government just isn't that into you Jason Perlow: Look, folks. The NSA is and always has been in the wiretapping business, and because of 9/11, business has been a boomin'. The charter of the NSA since its inception has never changed, and certainly what it does with PRISM and other programs … [Read more...] about Will 2014 be Nineteen Eighty Four?
Six U.S. federal agencies plan to commit an additional $200 million in funding for research and development related to so-called "big data" computing. That is on top of the millions of dollars already being spent on high-performance computing technology that can help analyze scads of data being created and collected by sensors, surveillance cameras, spreadsheets, Internet analytics tools, data warehouses and other manner of other systems for collecting information in a digital format. The far-reaching initiative could have implications for defense, the pace of academic and corporate innovation, and for education, according to the Obama Administration. The coordinated effort represents the government's attempt to make better use of the massive data sets that are at its disposal -- and that are growing literally by gigabytes (if not terabytes) every day. By automating the hard-core raw analysis, the hope is that scientists, security experts, law enforcement officials, first responders, … [Read more...] about Big data is big deal for big government
Is Apple’s fabled iWatch the future of wearable technology? I sat down with my old friend Alfred Poor, Editor of Heath Tech Insider to talk about the future of wearable technology beyond the fitness band. Here’s a hint: it’s not smart watches. More about wearable technology Broadcom tapping into wearable tech market with new Wi-Fi framework Broadcom CEO predicts a crowded market soon for wearable tech Google Glass rival gestures to future of wearable computing Fashion industry embracing Google Glass more than any other vertical? From cars to catamarans, how big data plays in sports According to Alfred, "For the most part, the kinds of consumer products you can get now are stupid. They really are." He says watches are over-rated. They’re a self-limiting design. He says they are a necessary interim step, but what we're going to see is the "networked man”. This was a fascinating discussion. One big concern, every time you look at health … [Read more...] about Wearable tech: Why health and fitness will dominate way beyond the smartwatch
When researching time tracking tools, it's important that you determine whether you're using the tool for extensive, project management (PM)-based oversight or if you're simply trying to determine how many hours you and your colleagues worked on a given task. Tools such as HubStaff and Editors' Choice tool TSheets are better-suited for simple man-hour and productivity measurement. Tools such as Mavenlink, Wrike, and Zoho Projects are designed for businesses that want in-depth project forecasting and collaboration features combined with time tracking. Somewhere in the middle of both categories, you'll find Time Doctor (which begins with a free, limited plan). It's a capable, though flawed, time tracking tool that can do a lot. However, it won't win any high marks for overall usability. Pricing and Plans Time Doctor's introductory plan is a desktop-only plan that offers no access to the reporting and employee monitoring that you'll find on paid plans. You'll be able to use the … [Read more...] about Time Doctor