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New Whopper burger advert gets Google Home to sell it to you

New Whopper burger advert gets Google Home to sell it to you

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems the boundaries for what is acceptable in advertising are being stretched, again. Burger King has just launched a Whopper burger TV advert that invades your home. According to Reuters, ‘the 15-second ad starts with a Burger King employee holding up the sandwich saying, “You’re watching a 15-second Burger King ad, which is unfortunately not […]

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In Fintech and life, when is legal tender actually legal tender?

In Fintech and life, when is legal tender actually legal tender?

Written by on April 12, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

At the CSFI’s April “Fintech for Breakfast”, which was kindly hosted by the law firm Denton’s, an interesting topic popped up in discussion about Bitcoin. I’ll come back to precisely what the discussion was later on, but at this point I just want to note that it involved a core issue that often wanders into […]

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Beware BrickerBot, a permanent denial of service via the IoT

Beware BrickerBot, a permanent denial of service via the IoT

Written by on April 12, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

BrickerBot malware forms a Permanent Denial-of-Service (PDoS) botnet. The BrickerBot malware has been detected on honeypot servers maintained by DDoS protection company Radware. It describes the type of attack as a “permanent denial-of-service” (PDoS). “Over a four-day period, Radware’s honeypot recorded 1,895 PDoS attempts performed from several locations around the world. Its sole purpose was […]

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Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

In the last few years the MVNO arena has undergone a quiet but seismic change. The traditional way of launching an MVNO was to invest $10 million and spend months negotiating with the network operator, implementing systems and processes. And even when you had done all that, you were limited in the services you could […]

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Mission critical LTE is important, on the cards, but not there yet

Mission critical LTE is important, on the cards, but not there yet

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

For some time now, the mobile industry has envisioned LTE as more than just the next evolution for 3G networks – it can also serve as the next generation of mission critical communications networks that could also benefit from LTE’s advanced IP-based capabilities. However, it’s been slow-going for several reasons, not the least of which […]

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Is the loss of the NFL deal the end of the road for Twitter?

Is the loss of the NFL deal the end of the road for Twitter?

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The loss of the NFL is a disaster. Twitter has lost its deal to stream certain NFL games which I think punches a potentially fatal hole in its strategy to break out of its niche of microblogging. Amazon has reportedly paid $50m for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night NFL games for the coming season. […]

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Is it time for Policy Control to step out of the shadows?

Is it time for Policy Control to step out of the shadows?

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Policy Control has spent too long on the sidelines. This week, the 7th edition of the Policy Control event took place in Berlin.  While I am usually in attendance at this event, this year I couldn’t make it, but I was asked to judge this year’s awards. The process got me thinking about the challenges […]

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AI is still a long way from being genuinely intelligent

AI is still a long way from being genuinely intelligent

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

The news that Facebook and its sister platforms were being forced to do something about ‘revenge porn’ highlighted how early in the life of Artificial Intelligence we actually are. Mr Zuckerberg wrote in one of his famous blogs that ’we are focused on building a community that keeps people safe. That means building technology and […]

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Never under-estimate the threat from insider cyber attacks

Never under-estimate the threat from insider cyber attacks

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

According to a recent study, despite an increase in spending and investment in deterrence tactics and detection tools, insider attacks continue to cause harm to all types of organizations. The report conducted by Haystax, suggests that, although funding is increasing, inadequate resources are being allotted to predictive risk analytics — a critical component of mitigating […]

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Will mass automation and the IoT bring darkness or light?

Will mass automation and the IoT bring darkness or light?

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems right to meet Simon Montford in a coffee shop so new that is doesn’t appear on Google Maps. We are, after all, discussing the future of, well, everything. Montford runs WEB3/IOT, an IoT consulting business and blog. He also runs the IoT Scotland Meetup, and regularly speaks at conferences about all things internet. […]

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