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Over the course of the past decade, there's been a lot of hype pertaining to the_ Internet of Things (IoT)_ and how China leads the U.S. in this technology -- yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our "things" will be be able to "talk" with each other. 2014 may be the year The logistics of making inanimate objects digital with the capability of being operated remotely is going to take a lot work on a lot of products, from cars to household appliances to heating and cooling units to myriad others. Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's chief technology ... (more)

How to Beat the Curve When You're Behind in Big Data

Data management is undergoing a major shift as more and more enterprises are discovering the benefits of Big Data and venturing headfirst into a dynamic new era of innovation and data explosion. Today, there are more opportunities for businesses to gain insights from valuable data than ever before, but they must embrace change to do so. Organizations across the world are embracing this change and beginning to implement Big Data programs. However, with an overwhelming array of moving pieces to consider, some remain puzzled as to where to start. Well, here's some valuable advice o... (more)

Using Social Media to Sell and Lease Properties

When it comes to selling or leasing property, it's easier in some regions rather than others. Plus, even though it's still a "seller's market" (and by extension a landlord's market) that doesn't mean it's easier to fill a vacant property. There's more competition and you might not be getting the best applicants since many people are still reeling from The Great Recession. Fortunately, technology is making it a little easier to fill those vacancies, but you have to know how to use it correctly. Social media is no longer about keeping up with your favorite celebrities or just post... (more)

How Startups Can Benefit from Cloud Technology

With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited funding. They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can benefit and why this technology is so advantageous. M... (more)

Small Business Essentials: Why You Should Never Finish Your Website

If you're running a small business, it can sometimes seem that creating a website and handling online marketing consume an awful lot of your time. You may also be getting bombarded with emails warning that your SEO is inadequate, your security isn't up to scratch, or you'd be doing much better business on the Internet if you used the help of someone from the other side of the globe. When you're dealing with pressure from customers on the one hand, and suppliers and bankers on the other, it can seem like the best course is to get your website finished and forget about it -- thankf... (more)