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Ransomware and hacking become online services – where will it end?

Ransomware and hacking become online services – where will it end?

Written by on August 18, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Cyber security is fast becoming a priority item for companies around the world as the headlines pile up about IoT botnets, ransomware and data theft (HBO). Most of the focus is on those kinds of elaborate technological attacks, and the measures that companies can take to thwart them – which is good. The problem is […]

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The dangers of direct operator billing without identity authentication

The dangers of direct operator billing without identity authentication

Written by on August 17, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

With the focus on delivering a frictionless user experience for customers, direct operator billing (DOB) is becoming more popular for Over the Top (OTT) services. In the US, for example, Comcast and Netflix customers can opt to have their Netflix charges presented on their Comcast bill. In the UK, Spotify has a similar arrangement with […]

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How analytics and big data are helping to shape the ‘beautiful’ game

How analytics and big data are helping to shape the ‘beautiful’ game

Written by on August 17, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Modern football is huge business. Every season millions of fans take their seats in stadiums, pubs and homes up and down the country to witness excitement and entertainment unrivalled in any other medium. It also seems to get bigger every season. We live in an era of £200m transfer fees, £500m sponsorship deals and Television […]

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How do you go about creating preferred innovation futures?

How do you go about creating preferred innovation futures?

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

PathFinder4 Ecosystem Expert and Influencer, Andrew Vorster explains how to create preferred innovation futures. For years now I have cringed when someone introduces me as a “Futurist”. Thanks to media attention, marketing hype and the proliferation of snake-oil- salesmen, the once respected academic discipline of foresight now conjures up images of mystics and shamans and […]

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Cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity – who cares?

Cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity – who cares?

Written by on August 15, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

If you thought matters around cybersecurity and internet privacy were complicated now, just wait and see what will happen in the coming year. Whilst the most recent news has been around cybersecurity, ransomware, cloud security and IoT insecurity, no one seems to know what to do or who to turn to after the ‘proverbial’ hits […]

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Why the emperor needs new clothes

Why the emperor needs new clothes

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Hands up – I’m an analyst. Except I stopped calling myself that a long time ago. Why? Well apart from the similarity to the word ‘analist’, which does tend to describe our obsession with detail, the title means so little these days. Years ago, the industry analyst was an expert that shared best practice, an […]

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Inking the future – tattoos go high-tech and you won’t believe how!

Inking the future – tattoos go high-tech and you won’t believe how!

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Features, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

No longer considered a social or professional taboo tattoos have, by and large, become a mainstream concept that is now considered commonplace both publicly and in the workplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently estimates that 45 million Americans sport a tattoo, with more women than men wearing ink in their skin. Much of […]

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We need more control over how a company uses our data

We need more control over how a company uses our data

Written by on August 11, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

We need new solutions for collecting and using data that strikes the right balance between consumer benefits and control over their own data. I was looking for the opening hours of a local supermarket in San Francisco from Google Maps. When I found them, Google also told me an interesting additional detail: “You visited this […]

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Will the backlash against the lack of data privacy actually backfire?

Will the backlash against the lack of data privacy actually backfire?

Written by on August 10, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

This week the UK was on track to catch up with the rest of Europe by announcing its version of the ‘right to be forgotten’ law. This is obviously good news for privacy advocates. But you have to wonder if the backlash – if backlash it is – against overuse of people’s data will swing […]

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Payments are not the business of banks, nor are they compatible

Payments are not the business of banks, nor are they compatible

Written by on August 9, 2017 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Payments used to be a banking business. Now it is not, and the interests of the banks and the payments industry are no longer wholly coincident. The banks don’t own Visa and MasterCard any more, kids using Venmo neither know nor care whether it is a bank or not and there are plenty of non-bank […]

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