Brian Truong: on a mission to replace annoying/ineffective ads

The idea actually started from my own experience trying to build a news app -- it was so hard to monetize with ads and paywalls that we had to close it down. While working in venture capital, I realized that surveys were expensive to run but that perhaps we could ask a survey question when users come onto sites.

We realized it could actually work when we tried out our product on a couple of sites and saw that 50% of users would answer the questions out of good will.

FP Staff: Why Internet of Things will change cybersecurity forever: Gartner

Over 20 percent of enterprises will have digital security services devoted to protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things (IoT) by year end 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner defines digital security as the risk-driven expansion and extension of current security risk practices that protect digital assets of all forms in the digital business and ensures that relationships among those assets can be trusted.

Researcher Assistant / Research Associate: Developer - Internet of Things infrastructure for event/exhibition spaces (Fixed Term)- closing 23 September 2015

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 11 months in the first instance.

An opportunity has arisen for a researcher-developer to work with us in creating a platform to enable new, engaging interactive experiences within event/exhibition spaces.
The project entails close collaboration with partners from a number of internationally renowned arts organisations.

Internet of Things: The Rise of the Interconnected World


The Internet of Things Summit returns to Boston next week on September 9 & 10.

Join over 150 dynamic practitioners at the Westin Waterfront Hotel for unrivalled networking opportunities, educational presentations and interactive panel sessions surrounding the key trends and challenges in creating a more connected world. We are offering all group members $300 off two-day passes with the code ‘IOT300’.

Presentations include:

7th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2016

Conceptual and instrumental relationships among Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics are continuously growing, cross-fertilizing each other and generating important theoretical and technological synergies. Similar concepts and theories support both Complexity Science and Cybernetics. Informatics and cybernetics have been increasingly related via computing, communications and control technologies; and even some authors conceive them as the same but with different names, emphasis or orientation. Complexity and Informatics have been supporting each other in theory and practice.

Manu Jeevan: Interview with Andrew Hudson – From smart data to smart cities

Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

I am the Director of The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London and Professor of Digital Urban Systems. CASA is a unique lab – it is almost an entire University in a single space, with postdocs from Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Geography, Psychology, Architecture and Urban Planning.  The centre has been around for 20 years and specializes in urban modeling, the simulation of cities, big data and the Internet of Things.

Snoopers’ Charter will cause extreme rise in business costs, say UK IT professionals

London, 1st September 2015 – The UK Government’s Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ by critics, has already been met with contention from tech giants, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, who have stressed they will not voluntarily co-operate with it. And new research published today by IP EXPO Europe, Europe's number one IT event, reveals that nearly three in five (58%) of UK IT departments fear an increase in business costs as a result of it.

Bill Cromwell: The internet of things, demystified

Last week Ralph Lauren rolled out a new shirt that uses built-in sensors to track your heart rate, energy output, stress levels and calories burned.

The shirt can send that information to your iPhone or other connected device, which will use it to analyze what more you could be doing for your health, such as eating more green smoothies and fewer peanut butter cups.

The shirt doesn’t blend up the recommended smoothie, but it might as well.

Welcome to the internet of things.

Daniel Nazer: Stupid Patent of the Month: A Drink Mixer Attacks the Internet of Things

Imagine if the inventor of the Segway claimed to own “any thing that moves in response to human commands.” Or if the inventor of the telegraph applied for a patent covering any use of electric current for communication. Absurdly overbroad claims like these would not be allowed, right? Unfortunately, the Patent Office does not do a good job of policing overly broad claims. August's Stupid Patent of the Month, U.S. Patent No. 8,788,090, is a stark example of how these claims promote patent trolling.


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