10 Predictions for the Future of IoT

IoT and its diverse connected devices poses a serious threat to the security of our homes, automobiles, businesses, and personal devices.  Consumers need to realize that there’s more to connectivity and access than meets the eye.  And privacy is at the heart of the challenge.

What is the future of IoT going to be like? Ahmed Banafa gives us 10 key points to take into account while illuminating the future of this promising technology

1. Platforms

2.Standards and Ecosystems

3.Event Stream Processing

4.Operating Systems

5.Processors and Architecture

6.Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks

7.Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks

8.Device (Thing) Management



Source: 10 Predictions for the Future of IoT – OpenMind

Thanks to OpenMind

The Obama administration doesn’t understand what ‘privacy’ means — let me explain

“We privatize differently for each person or agency in our lives. Otherwise our society would turn to chaos. Each and every one of us invokes a subconscious privacy filter hundreds of times each and every day. When we speak to the checkout clerk at a store, we are likely to restrict the conversation to the weather, the price of tomatoes or some similar surface topic. We are not likely to discuss the intimate details of what transpired in a bachelor party the night before.

With our close friends we might divulge more secret aspects of our lives. With our boss we are likely to discuss nothing that might negatively affect our next raise or possible promotion. With our spouses, we might possibly divulge everything.

We privatize differently for each person or agency in our lives. Otherwise our society would turn to chaos. We are imperfect creatures, filled with greed, jealousy, anger, fear, envy and hatred — as well as grace, love, hope and compassion. But it is our propensity to judge our fellow humans that is the true problem. If everyone, knew everything about everyone else, riots would ensue — beginning with a rash of spousal shootings.”  John McAfee – founder of McAfee Anti-Virus

Source: JOHN MCAFEE: The Obama administration doesn’t understand what ‘privacy’ means — let me explain

Thanks to Business Insider

FCC Votes for Net Neutrality Rules!


Thanks to everyone who pitched-in to support this important legislation.

But it isn’t over.  The Internet continues to be the vast Wild West of the 21st Century.  And until it is tamed, it will continue to be frought with danger, scary places, and unscrupulous bad guys.

Net Neutrality Vote Thursday February 26, 2015

fist pump baby - yes!!

Thanks to our friends at Transition IT

The use and capability of consumer technology is far outpacing understanding of how it works

The title is a quote from a recent post from Network World, “Who’s to blame for Snapchat’s massive nude photo leak.”  (Apologies for not including the link here)

But a reading of Network World’s coverage of the snafu demonstrates the importance of this post’s title, that the “Brave New World” of technology is probably upon us.   And many of us – especially the affluent toting the latest and greatest gadgets from all vendors -are probably the most suspect.

In the US, at least, we’ve quickly become a “ready, fire, aim” society who slow down only when we find ourselves the targets of the most recent volley or suddenly discover that our bank account is empty or that a close relative’s compromising photo has been splashed all over the Internet.

And things won’t change soon (until I deploy my Google Glasses to get a different perspective).


Thanks to the folks at Transition IT for the info

Contactless Mobile Payments Rolled Out on London Underground

Cash on Tap contactless mobile payments

NFC – Near Field Communications

Oyster Card

Proxama proximity marketing specialists

Names to look into as contactless (and credit cardless) payments roll out in Europe and come to one of 220,000 locations near you soon.

Contactless Mobile Payments Rolled Out on London Underground | Mobile Marketing Magazine.

Apple’s NFC Announcement


Thanks to Mobile Marketing Magazine

Blogs of War – Why The Spectacular Success of ISIS Will Be Its Eventual Undoing

“No Western politician wants to commit forces to Iraq right now. The world has demonstrated an amazingly high tolerance for terrorism and bloodshed in the country. And the current leadership is showing every sign of not being up to the task of defending itself . But with ISIS exploding into a massively resourced powerhouse the situation in Iraq can not be ignored. At least not safely. They’ve had an unprecedented free run on Iraq but their spectacular success has also vaulted them to the top of the threat list.”

Blogs of War – Why The Spectacular Success of ISIS Will Be Its Eventual Undoing.

But the very technologies and resources that have fueled the rapid rise of sectarian violence will, ultimately, defeat them as they move onto the bright lights of the international stage.  The sad consequence is the thousands of innocent lives that will be lost in the interim.

Thanks to John Little and Blogs of War

Why You Can’t Put Tools & Technology Before Humans

“When it comes to social business and the art and science of integrating social technologies and processes with the goal of using them to become more human, better connect with and serve clients and the larger ecosystem there is much danger in only focusing on the tools and technology.

Why you ask? Because regardless how cool or shiny the technology is, it is humans that will use it. It’s humans that will run it.

Yes, we need measurement tools. We need data. We need integrated platforms that work for us 24/7 even when we’re not working. Our websites must be mobile responsive. We have approximately 10 seconds or less when someone visits our website or blog to impress them enough to stick around. If we don’t they’ll click away to somewhere else, that usually being a competitor.

Our content must be easily consumed on iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Androids, tablets, desktops and everything in between.”

via Why You Can’t Put Tools & Technology Before Humans in Social Business #BeHuman | The Marketing Nut.

Social Media has become THE 21st Century phenomena.  Understanding the dynamics of online behavior and its connection to the technology itself is a study worth undertaking.  And the inquiry has already begun.  The results are still ahead of us.


Meanwhile, we text, friend, blog, tweet, pin, scoop, and at a pace that seemingly defies gravity.

Thanks to Pam Moore