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The Stepped-Up Need to Immediately Uncover and Address Technology Risks

Safety and security have always been the afterthoughts of almost every technology innovation and deployment. As a result, innocent, and sometimes not-so innocent people, become injured or killed while operations are crippled when the “bad things” inevitably happen. Sadly, managements too often respond with denials, excuses, coverups, blamesmanship...

When you get hacked, you’re probably going to deserve it

                Every other week, some major corporation or government agency seems to be getting hacked. We beat our brows over the loss of personal data, and wail about those dastardly hackers and how could they do such a thing?!; then go log onto Netflix with the password “password”. Because how could I possibly be expected to remember anything ...

Conquering the Telematics World – Will Aftermarket Beat the OEMs in this Game with a Better Value Proposition?

This week’s NAIAS 2015 saw the unveiling of the Verizon vehicle, an OBDII connected telematics and diagnostics service. This product joins a long list of OBDII aftermarket solutions ranging from Automatic to Zubie to Mavia to Metromile to Delphi to Audiovoxx that have been unveiled over the last 1.5 years with many still doing their soul searching ...

CES 2015 Connected Car Roundup 1 - Gizmo but Interesting!

These last few years CES has been as much a car show as it’s been about 4K TV’s and wearables and I use to think it’s all a mere hype. After all how can you compete with a TV maker that’s showcased an 8k resolution TV and heck even called it beyond 4K Ultra HD TV? But despite that and the general booths of these OEMs and suppliers being much smalle...

What’s in Store for the Connected Car in 2015 – Hopefully not just another Apple/Google Year!

2014 would definitely be tagged as the Apple and Google year for the connected car. But besides these 2 giants and their not-so giant plans for the connected car market, there were several other notable trends that Frost & Sullivan believes will shape the future of this market especially from a revenue standpoint. Frost & Sullivan expects the conne...

The Cruelty of the Airlines’ Customer Experience

There is no better term than cruelty to explain how airlines have been treating its economy customers and favoring their first class patrons, in order to reduce costs and increase profits. Much like how the old steamship lines herded the “hoi polloi” into steerage, while lavishing comforts on the occupants of the sumptuous cabins. How else besides...

Clean Diesel: Marketing Nonsense or Viable Alternative?

When confronted with marketing of any kind, I find myself becoming increasingly skeptical. The incentive for misrepresenting the truth (i.e. lying) is massive, and repercussions seemingly nonexistent. This is particularly true in scenarios where a product or service has a very pervasive reputation and the provider of that product or service begins ...

Problems with the Sharing Economy - Is peer-to-peer (P2P) fundamentally broken?

Uber, Airbnb, and a host of other companies have capitalized on a new business model, enabled by our increasingly connected world. Called peer-to-peer (P2P), the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption, this model allows people to sell their own goods and services through an exchange to other individuals, while the hosting company keeps a per...

Lockheed, give me something I can believe - There’s just no evidence of any fusion breakthrough

                I’m a nuclear energy nerd. This has been established. So when Lockheed Martin announced a breakthrough in the design of a fusion reactor small enough to fit on the back of an 18-wheeler, I was the most excited person in my office. And amongst my friends. Pretty sure I was obnoxious about it.                 The people who develop a...

Beating Ebola and Cancer with rats and bats - Evolution is the ultimate bio lab

In the wake of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded human history, scientists and doctors are scrambling to bring effective quarantine measures into place. After the current wave of this pretty terrifying disease is quelled (assuming it is), our focus will shift from containment and mitigation to a long-term cure. There are several species w...

Apple probably won’t exist in 50 years - Long gone are the days of Jobs

I tried to care about this new iPhone and Apple Watch. I really did. When the first iPod came out, I bought one. When the first all-in-one iMac came out, I bought one. When the first iPhone came out, I went out and, positively dizzy with excitement, I bought one. Now I’m looking at this iPhone 6, and... meh.                 Apple did amazing thing...

The Majesty of Air Travel - VR helmets and standing seats

                Margins in the airline industry are horrible. Truly awful. And that’s not hyperbole; it’s a sober reflection on the facts. Depending on whom you ask airlines’ profit is between 1.0 and 2.6 percent, and that in an industry which relies on owning hundreds of airplanes, costing between $80 million and $390 million depending on size. Th...

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