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  • The rebirth of the Obama Administration’s Apps.Gov Crunch Network

    The rebirth of the Obama Administration’s Apps.Gov

    In 2009, the Obama Administration launched Apps.Gov, looking to revolutionize the way the federal government buys commercial technology and cloud-based products. The launch was a product of multiple factors: the desire for increased cloud-based products inside government, the push to improve the cost-effectiveness and flexibility of the government’s $80 billion IT spend, and the need… Read More

  • Under the hood of the NCAA bracket builder Crunch Network

    Under the hood of the NCAA bracket builder

    While the majority of fans might rely on their knowledge of the game, popular sports analysts, water cooler talk and a gut feeling, machine learning scientists are building a predictor tool to help the masses complete the ultimate bracket and win a few bucks from the office pool. Read More

  • Big data and the Death Star Crunch Network

    Big data and the Death Star

    The Star Wars movies have captured the imaginations of everyone, from baby boomers through millennials on down to tots. It seems like everyone has been talking about the latest episode in this saga. Around the water cooler, discussions begin with “Have you seen it?” Being a database company, the topic around this office is, of course, “How much data do they need to manage in… Read More

  • Like player coaches, tech CTOs should know how to code Crunch Network

    Like player coaches, tech CTOs should know how to code

    They seem as anachronistic as helmetless hockey players, the no-dunking rule and bullpen carts. But the player-coach was once a familiar figure in pro sports. Bill Russell and Lenny Wilkens in the NBA. Curly Lambeau and George Halas in football. The first six World Series were won by guys who filled out the lineup card and also were on it. This form of multi-tasking fell out of favor decades… Read More

  • How emerging tech can solve ad desensitization Crunch Network

    How emerging tech can solve ad desensitization

    Advertising has lost sight of a very basic concept: The pleasure principle. In the “golden days,” the 1960s and 1970s, colorful creative in a full-page spread was enough to create buzz — and that’s not just Mad Men nostalgia talking. With the advent of the Internet, new technology had the power to make advertising more poignant; instead, the worst-case scenario happened. Read More

  • After the Satoshi Roundtable, is there a way to bridge the bitcoin divide? Crunch Network

    After the Satoshi Roundtable, is there a way to bridge the bitcoin divide?

    The opposing views of those advocating for preserving the current implementation of Bitcoin (Bitcoin Core), and those who believe that the block size needs to be increased immediately to overcome scalability challenges, has balkanized the Bitcoin developer community into mainly two camps. Read More

  • Building a brand-new Internet Crunch Network

    Building a brand-new Internet

    We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017. The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. Incremental security changes will not work. We need disruptive innovation. Read More

  • Why Apple is right to resist the FBI Crunch Network

    Why Apple is right to resist the FBI

    The FBI wants Apple to do something no private company has ever been forced to do: break its own technology. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to build a new version of its mobile operating system (iOS, or GovOS) so that the contents of an iPhone can be removed from an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino shooting. Read More

  • How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last Crunch Network

    How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last

    In the first part of this series, we learned about designing products that use good triggers and motivators to get users like Joe to engage in healthy behaviors. Now, how can we ensure that these new behaviors become long-term habits? In this second part, we return to Nir Eyal’s Hooked model to look at reinforcing Joe’s behavior through rewards and an investment in your product. Read More

  • How new domains are building better brands Crunch Network

    How new domains are building better brands

    New domain extensions have accumulated some pretty big numbers over the last couple of years. Collective registrations for the new GTLDs (generic top-level domains) have now surpassed 13 million, according to NTLD stats. This number is not small by any means. Read More

  • Driving the new American century Crunch Network

    Driving the new American century

    The World Economic Forum, the Detroit Auto Show and CES all occurred recently, and each has driven a great deal of discussion around self-driving cars. The expectation is that within a decade we will begin to see autonomous vehicles on the streets and a correlated reduction in accidents, traffic congestion and demand for parking. Read More

  • Netflix and the creation of global monoculture Crunch Network

    Netflix and the creation of global monoculture

    While internet connects us and unites us, it also has the potential to facilitate a kind of imperialism and monoculture. Read More

  • Artificial intelligence and language Crunch Network

    Artificial intelligence and language

    The concept of artificial intelligence has been around for a long time. We’re all familiar with HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, C-3PO from Star Wars and, more recently, Samantha from Her. In written fiction, AI characters show up in stories from writers like Philip K. Dick, William Gibson and Isaac Asimov. Sometimes it seems like it’s touched on by every writer who has… Read More

  • Technology and the laws of power Crunch Network

    Technology and the laws of power

    Is the tech industry partly responsible for the rise of Donald Trump? That’s what John Robb, who’s always worth reading, suggests in a series of recent posts, citing the great Nassim Taleb in support. His vision: “The nation-state as we’ve known it is rapidly hollowing out … this century’s spike in globalization, financialization, and technological change… Read More

  • 5 housing communities changing the way we live Crunch Network

    5 housing communities changing the way we live

    Living communities and the people who build them are unique, but they share many common threads: a mix of private and community spaces, a set of shared rules and a commitment to friendliness and warmth rather than the anonymity and awkwardness of a typical residential high-rise. Changing the way people live together is an incredibly difficult but high-reward proposition; several groups have… Read More

  • AI is closer than we know Crunch Network

    AI is closer than we know

    Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest subjects these days, and recent advances in technology make AI even closer to reality than most of us can imagine. The subject really got traction when Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and more than 1,000 AI and robotics researchers signed an open letter issuing a warning regarding the use of AI in weapons development last year. Read More

  • 4 factors that will jumpstart the Boston tech party revolution Crunch Network

    4 factors that will jumpstart the Boston tech party revolution

    Boston’s tech scene should shake off its inferiority complex: The “Boston Tech Party” revolution is starting to unfold. After many years of under-the-radar growth and profitable companies, the arrival of General Electric to the Seaport District brings Boston the high-profile “anchor tenant” we’ve been seeking. It is one great step forward for Boston. Read More

  • ​New app ​Tagly ​bets on ​connect​ing​ consumers with brand content Crunch Network

    ​New app ​Tagly ​bets on ​connect​ing​ consumers with brand content

    Tagly claims to be the first social platform dedicated to exclusively showcase content created by brands. Its goal is to allow users to discover, share, and collect the branded content they love, and brands to ramp up the amount of followers who actually get to see their posts. Read More

  • Ending patent wars will be a huge boon to the tech industry Crunch Network

    Ending patent wars will be a huge boon to the tech industry

    Because of these patent wars and patent trolls, technology companies are divesting huge resources to defend themselves rather than advancing their innovations. This is the equivalent of nuclear arms race and is a lose-lose situation. Read More