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Machine learning will disrupt exchange dealing more than blockchain

Machine learning will disrupt exchange dealing more than blockchain

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

Newly appointed Nasdaq Chief, Adena Friedman believes machine intelligence will transform the exchange industry more than any other technology, including blockchain. Ask most people what technology they think will change the exchange industry and there is a good chance it will be blockchain. The technology is believed by many in the sector to be a […]

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Snap – a very private company goes public

Snap – a very private company goes public

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

Did you know that Snap is a hardware company? Nor did we until we started seeing the analysis and reports about the company’s impending IPO. They have launched Snap Spectacles as a cooler version of Google Glass (no, it would not be difficult to be cooler than Google Glass) and they say that this is […]

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SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

SMS proves to be Achilles heel when it comes to Telstra network outage

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

ITEM: Telstra experienced a major network outage last Thursday that cut off voice services, shut down trains, delayed flights and – weirdly – sent SMSs to the wrong phones. Which is humorous until you remember that banks use SMS to confirm transactions and password resets. All of that was the result of a fire at Telstra’s […]

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Are we entering an era where human interaction is a luxury?

Are we entering an era where human interaction is a luxury?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

That constant background rumble you hear is the continuing debate about automation. Increasingly, human interaction is something that we are trying to replace. In fact it is becoming a luxury. Across almost every sector, whether we like it or not, machines are replacing human jobs. ‘Robo advisers’ in the banking and financial arenas are replacing humans […]

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Trump to make agency heads completely accountable for cyber security

Trump to make agency heads completely accountable for cyber security

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

A cyber security executive order awaiting President Trump’s signature is aimed at improving nation’s hacker defenses. The cyber security executive order includes a plan to have the U.S. military review what kids are learning about cyber security in school. The president was expected to sign the mandate Tuesday. But instead Trump met with NSA director […]

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If you are thinking of a career in banking, think again – it’s over!

If you are thinking of a career in banking, think again – it’s over!

Written by on February 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

In a recent interview with efinancialcareers, Kerim Derhalli, Ex-Deutsche Head of Equities says banking careers are over for future generations. The reality for students embarking on a career in banking is bleak according to Derhalli. After spending 22 years in equities sales and trading, he believes that banking careers are over. Massive job losses in the […]

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Human-centric technology will drive innovation for the next few years

Human-centric technology will drive innovation for the next few years

Written by on February 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

People hold the power to shape and apply technology to create positive change, improve lives, and transform business and society, according to Accenture Technology Vision 2017, the annual technology report from Accenture that predicts the most significant technology trends that people will apply to disrupt business over the next three years. The report states that we […]

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Apple is back on top of the hill, beneficiary of Samsung’s recent woes

Apple is back on top of the hill, beneficiary of Samsung’s recent woes

Written by on February 2, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

iPhone benefits where Google could not. Apple released excellent results highlighting that contrary to my previous view, iOS has been the main beneficiary of Samsung’s recent woes. FQ1 17A revenues / Adj-EPS were $78.4bn / $3.36 compared to consensus at $77.3bn / $3.22. iPhone was the main driver of the upside with 78.3m units shipped at […]

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Emerging markets are where mobile payments will truly disrupt telcos, banks

Emerging markets are where mobile payments will truly disrupt telcos, banks

Written by on February 1, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

“Mobile payment propositions vary across markets – the emerging market model is likely to be the most disruptive to MNOs and the financial system.” Banking characteristics (e.g. debit card penetration, ATM availability) across developing, emerging and developed markets vary significantly, resulting in different mobile payment business models in these markets (see Figure 1 below). Figure […]

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Telstra launches Gigabit LTE across key cities on the road to 5G

Telstra launches Gigabit LTE across key cities on the road to 5G

Written by on February 1, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Telstra has launched what is claimed to be the world’s first commercial Gigabit LTE network and device, with the help of tech partners Ericsson, Qualcomm and Netgear, as the operator sets its sights on 5G. Telstra said at its “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney that the Gigabit LTE service has launched in select state capital city CBDs […]

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