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Economic forces -- the collaborative economy,  jobless fully-automated economy and the age of personalization -- are converging and reshaping DIY and Makerspaces into survival tools for entire communities rather than playgrounds for hobbyists and innovators. This article is all about how that transformation will take place. 
While hobbyists, inventors and innovators have been experimenting and producing a variety of do-it-yourself projects, their world is expected to undergo a hard shift as DIY moves to the next level. 3D printing is the cornerstone of the coming shift, and its effect on our daily lives will be multiplied by several converging forces: the collaborative economy, the jobless economy and personalization.
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Marketers seizing all your data -- even from "secure" state issued IDs -- is putting all companies, individuals and the country at risk. Here's how in the last installment of my 3 part series on cyberwar and cyber threats.
Marketers are after every scrap of customer data they can get, in hopes of increasing their company's sales. Do you know they may be putting you at risk in the process? In the last of our three-part series on cyberwar, learn what IT needs to know about potential security threats rising from companies' marketing habits.
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Nation-states have been named as the aggressors behind both government agency and corporate data breaches. But are they really the culprits? Or is it criminals or terrorists? And what does this mean to the safety of Americans and corporations? These are the questions I seek to answer in my 3 part series. Here's part 1.
Are we at risk of being victims or casualties in a government cyberwar? In the first of this three-part series, we explore what the experts say about the current state of cyberwar -- and what it means to IT departments everywhere.
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Great piece on mHealth and Apple ResearchKit in clinical research by +Jacqueline Emigh I appreciate being included in this story as a source, too. 
The mHealth market is set to soar, reaching $26.6 billion in 2017. With these ResearchKit apps, Apple and its partners are gathering valuable information about how patients interact with mobile health apps, what makes an app ‘sticky,’ and what makes an app successful (or not).
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If you use -- or are thinking of using -- direct-to-consumer genetic testing services such as 23andMe or Ancestry.com's Ancestry DNA, or, if you are interested in genetic user authenticators,  you'll be interested in the security issues in this post. 
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How many times have you wished you could "pause" workload, services or containers in the system on a moment's notice in order to run a higher priority application with no loss of previous work? Now you can! 
All too often, a high priority workload sat parked in the queue while a lower priority churned its way through the available resources. However, the new version of Univa Grid Engine delivers that much-wished for pause button.
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Here are my predictions on the future of big data. And I don't think it's what most people expect. What's your predicitions?
Big data has moved from a trend to a given even though not all companies are comfortable with the tools yet. Indeed, many big data projects are still focused on the low hanging fruit and the big fields of information in the harder data warehouse terrains are largely left unharvested.
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Data stolen from government agencies' hacks can be used against the private sector too. I'll tell you how and what to watch for in this article, the second in a three-part series on cyberwar. 
When you hear the term cyberwar, you think about threats to government, but private sector companies are also at risk. In the second of our three-part series on cyberwarfare, we identify three vulnerabilities and offer IT leaders suggestions on what to do about them.
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My post is on the possibility of using real-time data from wearables (on both dead and living victims) to shorten the time to #IoT data availability for authorities to speed help to the scene, help apprehend terrorists, and provide data to help in prosecutions too. 
The free world is mourning the tremendous loss of human life to terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend. As of this writing, details of the attacks were still being sorted out, but ISIS took credit for the carnage.
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If you want to compare hospitals in your area on ER waits and more, I'll tell you how to do that in my post below. The government has added more data and more comparison points to this, so if you've seen it before, look at it again. Please share this so everyone knows how to get this information.
New federal data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and posted on Hospital Compare has provided data on emergency room wait times and offers three new metrics to allow consumers to compare them.
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Highlights from my speech on mHealth at the NY Academy of Sciences last week....
One of the hardest things for any industry to accept is that it can and will be disrupted. The tendency, especially in industries that have existed in much the same way for decades, is to think that processes have been perfected over time and that business will continue as usual.
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Many tech professionals think of 3D printing as little more than a toy, but Gartner and other researchers predict major growth for 3D printing in the enterprise, raising a host of data protection issues for IT professionals.  Are you ready for it? Here's what you need to know.
Many tech professionals think of 3D printing as little more than a toy, even though it's in full production swing in manufacturing operations. Gartner and other researchers predict major growth for 3D printing in the enterprise, raising a host of data protection issues for IT professionals. Here's what you need to know.
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3D printers = trade secret repositories. One more reason why security has to be baked into any Internet-connected device starting at the most fundamental levels.
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Author of Data Divination: Big Data Strategies. I find it easier to list the publications I don't write for than to list the ones that I do. Also, I produced an award-winning paper-making documentary and picked up a couple writing awards along the way too.
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