3D HDTV. The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet. UN reveals global disparity in broadband access. 2 September 2010Last updated at 13:45 By Jonathan Fildes Technology reporter, BBC News Africa is now encircled with high-speed internet cables The global disparity in fixed broadband access and cost has been revealed by UN figures.
The Central African Republic is the most expensive place to get a fixed broadband connection, costing nearly 40 times the average monthly income there. Macao in China is the cheapest, costing 0.3% of the average monthly income. Niger becomes the most expensive place to access communication technologies, when landlines and mobiles are also taken into account. "Access to broadband in an affordable manner is our greatest challenge," Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), told BBC News.
The statistics were highlighted ahead of the UN 2010 Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York on 19 September. Remote care Specific goals target education, fighting disease and promoting gender equality. Says the World of Work Will Witness 10 Changes During the Next 10 Years. Egham, UK, , August 4, 2010 View All Press Releases Gartner Analysts to Discuss the Changing Nature of Work at Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit 2010 in London, UK, September 15-16 The world of today is dramatically different from 20 years ago and with the lines between work and non-work already badly frayed, Gartner, Inc. predicts that the nature of work will witness 10 key changes through 2020.
Technology in MENA. Spammers Make 57,000 Fake Web Sites a Week. Spammers and hackers are constantly trying to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers (also known as my parents) online.
According to a three-month study by antivirus developer PandaLabs, these cyber-criminals are creating around 57,000 new fake websites every week. That's close to 3 million per year. And all of it is being done to exploit major brands. These counterfeit sites are aimed at tricking users into providing personal information.
So their biggest targets are banks and transaction companies such as Visa, Amazon, and PayPal. And of the 375 high-profile brand most often imitated, two companies are mimicked 44% of the time: eBay and Western Union, companies that do a huge bundle of business transactions every day. PrUS22445710. Tech companies' vision hampered by growth goggles as M&A picks up. In a little more than a week, the tech industry has lost its M&A mind.
As technology companies stretch for growth they are reaching for acquisitions in the name of diversification and showing a willingness to overpay for assets. To wit: Dell decides to pay $1.15 billion for 3Par, a high-end storage company that had a market cap just north of $600 million or so just a week ago. Dell obviously wants to sell storage gear, but is the 80 percent premium worth it? The real kicker is that Dell may raise its bid for 3Par.Intel announced that it would buy McAfee for $7.7 billion a week ago. These deals signal the following: Sans organic growth tech companies need to go shopping to boost revenue and earnings.Tech companies have a lot of cash and are willing to pursue questionable deals to spend it.Some sectors---storage and independent (for now) security companies---will be the belles of the merger ball.
Love those growth goggles Image via Zoogster Costumes. Ten tech-enabled business trends to watch - McKinsey Quarterly - High Tech - Strategy & Analysis. Two-and-a-half years ago, we described eight technology-enabled business trends that were profoundly reshaping strategy across a wide swath of industries.
We showed how the combined effects of emerging Internet technologies, increased computing power, and fast, pervasive digital communications were spawning new ways to manage talent and assets as well as new thinking about organizational structures. Since then, the technology landscape has continued to evolve rapidly. Facebook, in just over two short years, has quintupled in size to a network that touches more than 500 million users. More than 4 billion people around the world now use cell phones, and for 450 million of those people the Web is a fully mobile experience. The rapidly shifting technology environment raises serious questions for executives about how to help their companies capitalize on the transformation under way.
Intel R&D's vision of the future ahead of IDF. Just ahead of tomorrow’s official Intel Developer Conference (IDF) debut [follow the Keynote live at live.ubegrizmo.com @ 9am PT], the world’s largest chipmaker was showing a few of its current R&D projects. This is Research, so not all of them (if any) will make it as products, but some were promising, while others were just cool to watch. Here’s what caught our eyes and ears tonight, and if you are attending IDF this week, you might have a chance to see them in action: In-vehicle context awareness The car should probably say “look at the road” here The idea here is that an on-board computer has an awareness of what’s going on in the vehicle, but also around it.