Surely you know the parable. One guy builds his house on rock. It's tough,
it's expensive, but the house is secure and it lasts. The other guy
constructs his home on sand. Easy, cheap ... but then it slides into the
ocean. Everything's lost.
A story to encourage children to work hard? Perhaps. But a surprising number
of new businesses are building their online futures on foundations that are
just as unstable.
Free ... and worth every penny
Too many otherwise sensible business people see an offer for free web hosting
and leap at the "opportunity." Some think that adding a top-level domain name
makes it okay: that it hides the underlying weaknesses.
One way or another, they won't stay hidden for long. The host might employ
the term "free," but you can be sure it expects to profit. At best, that host
will start you for free but the service is so restricted you simply h... (more)
Siri wasn't just a phenomenal technological achievement. "She" also segued
into the core of pop culture, serving as a guest star on hit shows like "The
Big Bang Theory" and some even say serving as inspiration for the
Oscar-nominated film "Her." However, it looks like she's about to have some
stiff competition as makers of Windows phones such as Nokia's Lumia are
getting ready to reveal "Cortana." With a more exotic name, this digital PA
might just give Siri a run for her money according to a recent report in The
Verge. With Microsoft behind the project, Cortana has piqued every ... (more)
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
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.
"In the U.S., there is a 5 percent increase in switching due to poor customer
service from 46% to 51%. Globally, there is a 4 percent increase in switching
due to poor customer service from 62% to 66%." This quote comes from the 2013
Global Consumer Pulse Survey from Accenture where the focus was the
"Switching Economy," or the shift of consumer loyalty from one provider to
another due to poor customer service.
The report lists a number of customer service practices that aggravated the
13,168 respondents, 74 percent stated that, "having to wait for a response
after I've requeste... (more)
The color that's officially regarded as the most boring in homes across
America is apparently making a comeback. Google Glass in "off-white" (better
known as egg shell among professionals in the interior design industry) sold
out in just a few hours after being released on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
It was just a one-day sale, when the highly anticipated product was going for
$1,500, but even Google didn't expect such a response. According to a Google
statement released to the Mercury News, the offer might be extended, but
after the company witnessed what a hit it was, the sale offi... (more)