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Entangled in the Web of Things

By finding new uses for data, the Internet of Things heralds a host of challenges Within a decade, analysts say, the “Internet of Things” will have transformed our lives. Billions of Internet-connected devices will monitor our homes, businesses, cars, and even our bodies, using the data to manage everything from appliances to heart monitors. Companies… Continue Reading

A Smart Wallet

The Potential for mobile payments is huge. So are the potential legal and regulatory hurdles. Banks, retailers, and pundits are paying a lot of attention to mobile payments, which typically involve the use of smartphones and tablets to pay for purchases.  But a lack of mobile infrastructure has kept the use of mobile payments fairly low… Continue Reading

All That Glitters

Getting what you pay for—and then some More companies looking to keep pace with the fast-changing mobile market are busily buying up app developers. Google spent almost $1 billion in June to acquire traffic app developer Waze. Apptopia is a growing online marketplace for the buying and selling of rights to apps. But companies should… Continue Reading

Stop the Revolt: Retailers can use customer data without sparking privacy concerns

Seventy percent of Americans participate in at least one customer-loyalty program, according to a July 2012 survey by Polaris Marketing Research. Most of those shoppers are happy to give up personal information in exchange for discounts and special offers. But as retailers grab more data, will customers revolt? That depends on how retailers approach data… Continue Reading

Keep Control in the Cloud: Good governance practices in the cloud reduce future risks and costs

More companies are implementing cloud-computing solutions, lured by the promise of lower costs and the ability to adjust capacity as needed.  While many companies have focused on cost, flexibility, and security when choosing their vendors, they shouldn’t overlook governance, or the degree of control the company can exert over its own data.  Good governance is… Continue Reading

When will mobile payments finally make it to the U.S.?

In some parts of the world, paying for items with your smartphone is old news. But when will mobile payments come stateside? That depends on how broadly you define m-commerce. “Anything you can do online with your laptop”—buy products, check bank accounts—“people will increasingly do over their mobile phones,” says Nick Holland, senior analyst with… Continue Reading