Trends and predictions

The Future of Ransomware – Schneier on Security

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/05/the_future_of_r.html Ransomware isn’t new, but it’s increasingly popular and profitable. The lessons for users are obvious: Keep your system patches up to date and regularly backup your data. This isn’t just good advice to defend against ransomware, but good advice in general.  But it’s becoming obsolete. Needed solutions aren’t easy and they’re not pretty. The

10 work skills for the postnormal era – Work Futures

https://workfutures.io/10-work-skills-for-the-postnormal-era-2c07a1009a25 World Economic Forum’s skills list is way out of date. We need new ways to think about — and talk about — this rapidly changing world. Deep generalists can ferret out the connections that build the complexity into complex systems, and grasp their interplay. In postnormal times creativity may paradoxically become normal: an everyone, everyday, everywhere, process.

Microsoft announcements from Build 2017

This is the big Build event where most of the major news about Microsoft products drops. Microsoft Build (often stylised as //build/) is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed towards software engineers and web developers using Windows, Windows Phone, Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft technologies. Today’s pic of news headlines from Microsoft’s Build

These are the most in-demand programming languages | World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/these-are-the-most-in-demand-programming-languages?utm_content=bufferc9cb2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer “Software is eating the world,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared. Someone has to write that software. Why not you? There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.

Struggling towards 5G | EDN

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/5g-waves/4458307/The-struggle-to-5G?utm_content=bufferf9a50&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  5G is developing so fast it’s hard to get a handle on it, whether you’re responsible for building 5G systems or writing about them. Part of the problem is that 5G is not one proposed standard, it’s a growing set of them.  Every new proposal of this sort complicates the ability of standards bodies

Encryption and Securing Our Digital Economy

http://www.circleid.com/posts/20170407_encryption_and_securing_our_digital_economy/ Currently, there are 360 million people that take part in cross-border e-commerce. 28% of output in mature economies is digital. The Internet is set to contribute $6.6 trillion a year, or 7.1% of the total GDP in the G20 countries.  And, by 2020, it’s estimated that more than 1 billion users will be added and there will be 30-50

Waiting for the new new thing

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/09/waiting-for-the-new-new-thing/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&sr_share=facebook The smartphone wars are over, and everybody won. Life without our phones is almost unthinkable.  But now that the gold rush is over, and we’ve entered the mopping-up phase – what next? What is, as Michael Lewis once put it, the new new thing? Conventional wisdom gives us five major contenders: AI, AR/VR, biotech,

Death of the smartphone and what comes after

http://www.thisisinsider.com/death-of-the-smartphone-and-what-comes-after-2017-3?utm_content=buffera9cb9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, like beepers and fax machines before it.  Make no mistake, we’re still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone.