3 Predictions About the Computers of Tomorrow

Illustration of processorMoore's Law may be over soon.

By Rick Richardson

"Moore's Law is over," said Mike Muller, chief technology officer at chip designer Arm, the Japanese-owned company whose processor cores are found inside most mobile phones.

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Given Moore's Law has been the engine driving the breakneck pace at which computers have advanced over the past 50 years, this statement might seem worrying.
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Robot Teachers Might Be the Largest Internet Business in 2030

Robot teacher in front of classroom of studentsThe AI boom has a lot to do with it.

By Rick Richardson

Thirty years ago, it was a big deal when schools got their first computers. Today, it's a big deal when students get their own laptops.

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According to Thomas Frey, the senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute think tank, “In 14 years it'll be a big deal when students learn from robot teachers over the internet.”
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Add This Phrase for Mobile Check Deposits

Person depositing check through mobile appIf you skip this step, your deposit may not go through.

By Rick Richardson

You may have recently gotten a message from your bank that, yes, you should read and act upon.

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The message being sent by many banks involves a small, but crucial change affecting check deposits made using bank mobile apps on smartphones and other devices.
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Cyber-Security: Finally, Something Better Than Passwords

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Tired of one-time codes? This could be your answer.

By Rick Richardson

Google might have just made itself the most significant example of how security keys can work better than other forms of multi-factor authentication.

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Security keys like the one made by Yubikey give you a way to log into a website by merely plugging it in and pressing a button. You don't even need to type in your password anymore, much less generate a one-time code. READ MORE →

Researchers Tap A.I. for More Efficient Road Maintenance

Building construction projects are another possible application.

By Rick Richardson

Potholes are a nuisance pretty much everywhere, and the methods traditionally used to keep track of them aren't efficient. Whether it be driving around to visually inspect roads or watching videos of streets to spot and prioritize the repair of pavement damage, strategies typically used by towns and cities require a fair amount of time and labor.

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But AI could make that process a bit easier and quite a bit faster. One group exploring the use of AI to support the municipal officials in charge of road maintenance has been developing a software system that aid in could not only road repairs but also bridge and building maintenance.
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In Cybersecurity, Why Tokenization Beats Encryption

IllustrationStore less data, have fewer threats.

By Rick Richardson

Tokenization is the process of replacing sensitive data with unique identification symbols that retain all the essential information about the data without compromising its security.

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Tokenization, which seeks to minimize the amount of data a business needs to keep on hand, has become a popular way for small and midsized businesses to bolster the security of credit card and e-commerce transactions while minimizing the cost and complexity of compliance with industry standards and government regulations.
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Microsoft Targets Consumers with ‘Modern Life Services’

Illustration of bandwidth useMaking productivity sexy ... or at least sexier.

By Rick Richardson

It's not a secret that Microsoft hasn't been winning the hearts and minds of consumers lately.

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Killing off products like the Groove Music service, Microsoft Band fitness tracker and Windows Phone have left many questioning whether Microsoft's grand plan is to focus on business users and leave consumers to its competitors.
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7 Things Solar Panel Makers Don’t Want You to Know

Man installing solar panels on a roofCan you support solar? Do you even need it?

By Rick Richardson

Installing solar panels in your home can lower your environmental footprint and your monthly bills, but there are also some disadvantages you should know. Here are seven issues to consider.

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1. Solar panels don’t require maintenance. Despite what solar panel makers may tell you, maintenance of the panels is not a problem once you have them installed.
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Smart Cities Rely on Public Cloud and Edge Computing

Illustration of cloud softwareIs this the next utility?

By Rick Richardson

Sometime in early 2019, the self-driving e.GO Mover bus will hit the streets in Germany. The electrically powered vehicle can transport up to 10 people, with a battery that lasts for 10 hours or so.

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And, it's powered by the cloud – the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, to be exact.
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Ride Apps May Benefit Poor, Minority Communities

Young black woman with phone raised by street using ride sharing serviceConvenience vs. lifeline.

By Rick Richardson

A new study of ride-hailing services in Los Angeles suggests that apps such as Uber and Lyft may be dramatically increasing transportation access for minority groups and in lower-income neighborhoods.

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The impact of this improvement is potentially outsized because those populations have been so poorly served by traditional taxis and are less likely to own private vehicles. Ride-hailing services, then, may be dramatically increasing their overall mobility, particularly in carcentric cities such as Los Angeles.
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Chat Executive Predicts Death of Most Websites

LivePerson office spaceAvailable now: moving conversation from assistant to phone.

By Rick Richardson

Forget stumbling through a customer-support page – the future of commerce won't be found by surfing the World Wide Web.

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Soon many of the tasks we now do via websites and brand-specific apps will be handled through messaging and voice platforms such as iMessage, WhatsApp and Amazon's Alexa, according to Alex Spinelli, the chief technology officer at LivePerson.
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