I am always looking for ways to speed up our design and development process and to include as many people and teams working on the project. These teams are usually: business, design, frontend, development, and quality assurance. This can be a real challenge since a lot of the tools that are used by the different teams can take a lot of time to learn and/or setup. Not everyone on all the teams is necessarily a designer or a developer, but I am going to mention free (free features vary by tool), with paid versions, of online tools that I have found to cut down the department silos and work together to get the best possible projects.
Prominent tech bloggers, hackers, crackers and even government officials are warning that the warfare of the 21st century won’t take place on the battlefield, but on the servers and mainframes of corporations, banks and governments around the world. The expenditures reported by the Pentagon have seen continual increases in budgets to protect against cyber warfare attacks. In 2013, the Pentagon had a budget of $3.9 billion. In 2014, the budget grew to $4.7 billion. Now finally, in 2015, the budget is estimated at $5.1 billion.
As far as business trends go, few have had as big of an impact as big data. Thanks to recent advances in big data analytics, companies of all sizes now have the same opportunity to gather data, study it, and figure out the best ways to use it for growing their businesses. As a result, more companies than ever before are using big data, but as exciting as this prospect is, the results have been mixed.
The promise of the Internet is of a world that is freely connected. The reality is that the Internet must do business with the physical world, and in that world the hardware that runs the Internet can find itself within any number of legal boundaries. The United States, in addition to being the headquarters of some of the world’s largest telecoms, also plays host to a significant portion of the Internet’s backbone. This means that legal decisions covering Internet usage in the US have the potential for world reaching consequences.
He’s back. Media mogul John Battelle, famous for spinning up new media concepts into standards, has been quietly perfecting a new conference model he is branding NewCo, a “festival of innovation.” Tired of ballrooms, this tech conference veteran wants us to “get out to get in” by creating highly curated un-conferences that showcase companies in their native habitat. That means out with the conference ballrooms, and in with hanging out at the headquarters of cool handpicked companies doing something positive and differentiating to learn about who they are and how they are doing it.
Launched in Los Angeles in 2012, early-stage venture capital firm Karlin Ventures has announced a new elite tech fellowship program that will kickoff today. The program will feature four master classes each year, giving groups of 12 to 15 rising industry leaders an opportunity to learn directly from experts on specialized topics in areas such as business development, marketing, engineering, and product management.
We have received several reports of a new type of cybercrime gaining steam over the Internet involving LinkedIn, mystery shopping scammers and university professors. The way it works is thieves are hacking into the LinkedIn accounts of respected university professors and targeting their colleagues and former students with a proposition to earn easy extra cash for market research.
How many times have you been confused by the contradicting parking sign in L.A.? You know the ones, they go something like this; if it is a full moon on Friday, you can park here for 2.5 hours, as long as you are not in front of a restaurant or see a guy with a patch on his eye standing on the corner. Yeah, purposefully vague. Good news, Fixed, the San Francisco app that helps drivers fight tickets has just launched in Los Angeles after raising an additional $650,000 in seed funding last February.