Cloud computing: We’ll never be all in, say most companies – TechRepublic

In a new report from SolarWinds, 92% of companies say adopting cloud is critical to long-term success. But, most don’t think they’ll ever be fully cloud.

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By Conner Forrest. To succeed in hybrid IT, respondents said they needed better monitoring tools, application migration support, distributed architectures, service-oriented architectures, and automation or vendor management tools.

How Blockchain will spur on the IoT revolution

Pulse Online Editor, Sena Quashie looks into why blockchain might be the shakeup for the IoT revolution.

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By Sena Quashie.With the Internet of Things, the blockchain protocol will find one of its broader applications, given the huge problems of trust that are sure to arise. Trust, the question of identity, respect for privacy and confidentiality of personal data will be at the heart of market development of the Internet of Things.

Hitachi Develops World’s Smallest RFID Chip

The Japanese giant Hitachi has developed the world’s smallest and thinnest Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip. Measuring only 0.15 x 0.15 millimeters in size and 7.5 micrometers thick, the wireless chip is a smaller version of the previous record holder – Hitachi’s 0.4 x 0.4 mm “Micro-Chip”. The company used semiconductor miniaturization and electron beam technology to write data on the chip substrates to achieve this decrease in size. The new chips have a wide range of potential applications from military to transportation, logistics and even consumer electronics.

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By Sarah Gingichashvili. An RFID chip can be used to track the location of unsuspecting individuals who have bought products that include RFID tags in their package. Having miniature cheap RFID chips, such as those developed by Hitachi, implanted inside anything we buy might make many people feel very uncomfortable.

Provenance | Blockchain: the solution for transparency in product

The blockchain brings significant operational benefitsInteroperable

A modular, interoperable platform that eliminates the possibility of double spending


An auditable record that can be inspected and used by companies, standards organizations, regulators, and customers alike


A solution to drastically reduce costs by eliminating the need for “handling companies” to be audited

Real-time and agile

A fast and highly accessible sign-up means quick deployment


The openness of the platform enables innovation and could achieve bottom-up transparency in supply chains instead of burdensome top-down audits

Guaranteed continuity

The elimination of any central operator ensures inclusiveness and longevity

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This paper was written by Project Provenance Ltd, namely: Dr. Jutta Steiner and Jessi Baker working with Dr. Gavin Wood at Ethereum, with editing by Dr Sarah Meiklejohn. To contact us please email or tweet @ProvenanceHQ. Thanks to Aeron Buchanan, Christopher Brewster, Hugh Laughlin, Nicole Green and Patrick Mallet.

Internet of Things: “Connected” Does Not Equal “Smart” | InFocus

The hype is huge around the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE), but the potential often gets lost in endless discussions about the technologies that underpin the IoT and IoE (sensors, beacons, telematics, fitness trackers, mobile apps, global positioning devices, etc.). Millions of different “connected” devices + massive amounts of data = lots of confusion, unless you first determine what you are trying to do with that wealth of data.

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By Bill Schmarzo. Connected does not necessarily mean smart.

Robot CEO: Your next boss could run on code

A report shown at the 2016 World Economic Forum in January says millions of jobs will be lost to robots in the next few years. When thinking about who is most vulnerable, factory workers, drivers, and pilots come to mind. Surely the jobs requiring a human touch, such as artists, entertainers, and managers, will stick around, right?

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By Emmanuel Marot. 

What a CEO does, a robot would do (mostly) better

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Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age? | John Naughton

The technology behind Bitcoin could revolutionise the way governments provide healthcare, deliver benefits, collect taxes – you name it…

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Distributed ledger technologies have the potential to help governments to collect taxes, deliver benefits, issue passports, record land registries, assure the supply chain of goods and generally ensure the integrity of government records and services.