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  • How startups can compete with enterprises in artificial intelligence and machine learning Crunch Network

    How startups can compete with enterprises in artificial intelligence and machine learning

    If a company is going to out-compete others long-term using AI/ML, it better have the best data to solve a specific problem or be playing a different game from its competitors. Unfortunately for startups, big technology companies typically have huge, proprietary data sets that span many industries. Rather than fighting hand-to-hand with technology Goliaths, AI/ML Davids need to find their… Read More

  • Why the top 5 tech companies are dead set on AI Crunch Network

    Why the top 5 tech companies are dead set on AI

    At nearly every major technology event for the past five years we’ve been given at least one “wow” moment — when one of the big players would unveil some sort of product or service that no one had ever seen before. The bar was set high for innovation, because there were wide-open spaces to be filled. Technology was revolutionary, not evolutionary. But so far in 2016… Read More

  • Why metadata should not live forever Crunch Network

    Why metadata should not live forever

    The surge in encrypted traffic and a wide adoption of end-to-end encryption by mainstream tech companies is a transformative shift in information security. Billions of online users now enjoy default peer-to-peer security, shielding the content of web communications from prying eyes of criminals and corporate surveillance. Yet the industry continues to collect and store massive amounts of metadata. Read More

  • How generation Z females could be the answer to tech’s gender diversity problem Crunch Network

    How generation Z females could be the answer to tech’s gender diversity problem

    While the biggest names in tech strive to close the gender gap and build more inclusive working environments, the pool of talent on offer is predominantly male. The truth is, while retention is an issue, there are simply fewer women opting for a career in tech. But new initiatives and an uptick of Gen Z girls opting for sciences in top-tier universities paints a very different future. Read More

  • How Drake can help you understand your business Crunch Network

    How Drake can help you understand your business

    As a founder or someone working in a startup, the main priority is always staying alive. Every ounce of your budget needs to be spent efficiently. It’s all about difficult decisions, and some of them can be messy and complex. With options coming from every angle, you need to find ways to make them as simple as possible. This is where our good friend Drake comes in. Read More

  • Bursting the chatbot bubble Crunch Network

    Bursting the chatbot bubble

    Chatbots seem to be climbing the proverbial peak of the tech hype curve with every passing day. Popular messaging apps have been attempting to outdo each other in terms of making their platforms open for bot development. The frenetic action notwithstanding, the moot point is whether bots actually solve any real end-user need. The answer is not as clear as the chat platforms would have us believe. Read More

  • Big data and its developer fallout Crunch Network

    Big data and its developer fallout

    As the internet social turf wars continue to mature, the land grab is becoming much better understood. With a few companies controlling 95 percent of the social data, the internet is more closed and much more controlled than ever before. Read More

  • The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn Crunch Network

    The email, data and privacy implications of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn

    We all took a collective gasp when we saw the price tag of Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can pause and reflect on what this means from a data, privacy and email perspective — given that all three are potential strengths, weaknesses and concerns arising from the merger of two giants. Read More

  • Immersion is going to be immense Crunch Network

    Immersion is going to be immense

    Pokémon; Macbeth; the Illuminati. Those may not sound like they have a lot in common, but they exemplify the three whole new forms of technology-driven entertainment that have erupted in recent years. We’ll soon combine all three–and, eventually, use them to create whole new multi-faceted immersive worlds that will make today’s entertainment look like radio dramas. Read More

  • Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs Crunch Network

    Let’s start getting excited about robots taking our jobs

    A recent Pew report found that a majority of Americans believe that most human jobs could be automated by 2065. It’s no wonder, then, that talk about technological unemployment is becoming increasingly popular, with many beginning to question whether or not they’ll still have jobs in the coming years. Read More

  • Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones Crunch Network

    Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones

    Since the industrial revolution, economic advancement has been achieved by increasing efficiency and reducing human labor through greater mechanical autonomy driven by technological innovation. For many, commercial drones represent the next enabler of economic benefit using robotic platforms. Read More

  • Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity Crunch Network

    Your website may be engaged in secret criminal activity

    Most of us think of website hacks as illicit activities aimed at siphoning critical information or disrupting the business of website owners. But what happens when your site becomes hacked, not for the purpose of harming you but rather to further the ends of other parties? Most likely, the attackers would manage to feed off your resources and reputation for months or years without being… Read More

  • You can’t have financial inclusion without digital inclusion Crunch Network

    You can’t have financial inclusion without digital inclusion

    Technology alone is not the answer, but the promise of blockchain could act as an enabler for a decentralized global identity database, where the people owned their own identity and no single government or corporation could assert sovereignty. Read More

  • The 3 biggest sales mistakes enterprise software companies make Crunch Network

    The 3 biggest sales mistakes enterprise software companies make

    For early- to mid-stage B2B software and SaaS companies, selling in to the enterprise is hard. Getting enterprise customers to pay for your solution on a repeated and long-term basis without seeing your sales growth stall out? That’s really hard. Welcome to the challenging world of enterprise sales. Many factors are in play, including competitive challenges, timing issues and product… Read More

  • Apple needs single sign-on to solve the tvOS adoption problem Crunch Network

    Apple needs single sign-on to solve the tvOS adoption problem

    Analyzing activity from nearly 300,000 users, we found that tvOS apps retained poorly compared to their phone- or tablet-based sister apps. We concluded that any updates to tvOS must focus on solving this retention problem if tvOS is to be a success. At WWDC, Apple announced changes to the way tvOS works and integrates with other Apple products. Will these changes solve the tvOS retention issue? Read More

  • Experiences generate clicks, not ads Crunch Network

    Experiences generate clicks, not ads

    Ads don’t work so well anymore. To begin with, there are just too many of them. In a time when consumers are inundated with ads from every corner of their screens (and lives), brands and startups are finding it insanely difficult to stand out from the crowd. The average consumer has slowly become immune to online advertising and marketing. Read More

  • A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses Crunch Network

    A modern-day Renaissance: APIs fuel a cultural shift in businesses

    As software proliferates every corner of a business, IT is being crushed by demands from users who require applications and data to be always available and always connected. IT can no longer meet the demand by simply running faster on the hamster wheel. The new operating model requires IT to build reusable, self-service assets and infrastructure to avoid reinventing the wheel every time a… Read More

  • The future of car ownership that no one is talking about Crunch Network

    The future of car ownership that no one is talking about

    It has never been more clear that transformational change to one of the world’s largest industries is just around the corner. Car ownership is supposed to change — and when it does, it is predicted to be one of the most monumental displacements of wealth the world economy has ever seen. But there are a lot of conflicting opinions out there. What is unequivocal is that there’s… Read More

  • How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer Crunch Network

    How IoT and machine learning can make our roads safer

    The transportation industry is associated with high maintenance costs, disasters, accidents, injuries and loss of life. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world are losing their lives to car accidents and road disasters every year. Hopefully, this problem can be addressed by the Internet of Things and machine learning, two technologies that are taking the world by storm. Read More

  • Beyond the bullet Crunch Network

    Beyond the bullet

    How we can make guns obsolete. Read More