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2015 Isn't Looking Good For Google Glass

2015 Isn't Looking Good For Google Glass | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

2014 wasn't kind to Google Glass.

The expensive wearable tech has failed to catch on with the masses.

Next year may not be any better for Google Glass, reports CNBC.

Before it becomes a consumer hit, Glass will need support from the developer community.

Google told CNBC that Glass has 100 apps now. By comparison, the iTunes App Store had 1.2 million apps as of last June.

But some companies don't seem to think making apps for Glass is worth their effort.

Twitter stopped making its app for Google Glass in October.

And Twitter isn't the only developer to give up on Glass.

9 of 16 app developers contacted by Reuters said they have given up on making apps for Glass because no one was buying it.

Designers like Dianne von Furstenberg have tried framing Glass as a fashion item, like the Apple Watch, but it's hard to fathom spending $1,500 on something that's still a prototype.

Google Glass regularly sells for less than half of that price on eBay.

Developers have also complained about Google Glass' poor battery life.

Until that problem is fixed, and developers start thinking about Glass as a gadget for the masses, it will remain a niche product for Google fans.

It doesn't seem like Glass will be a retail hit anytime soon. Google shuttered its only brick and mortar stores for the wearable in November.

In July, Glass creator Babak Parviz left Google to work at Amazon. That's not exactly a vote of confidence, either.


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Technology Predictions for 2015

Technology Predictions for 2015 | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

It’s a fact that predictions have always attracted people’s attention, otherwise all these fortune-tellers and mediums would have been unemployed instead of wearing golden rings and necklaces. Based on this, we decided to peer into our crystal balls (actually with the shape of a screen) and collect all the technology trends that we have this feeling that will be on the spotlight during 2015.

Let’s start with the prediction - warning from KiyanForoughi, CEO and founder of Boticca that the investment and technology bubble will burst in 2015. A lot of capital is invested early in poor projects which in case of any missed earnings or bad news the shareholders will start selling off their shares and panicking other investors. Kiyan warns all the entrepreneurs to get their money for VCs and angel investors as soon as they can!

Security is totally something that attracts the attention of the audience for years and we do believe that 2015 will not be an exception! Ronnie Manning and Coby Sella agree to the beginning of a new password era! All these password thieves and high profile attacks made every end-user think again every time they are asked to enter a password. The data bleeding has become an epidemic problem and the only cure for that is the other forms of authentication such as biometric authentication or the fingerprint reader that has been already used from Apple. Coby also refers to the security problem regarding the interoperability between IoT devices, basically due to an inherent weakness in the implementation of common security protocols.

As a result multiple devices from different manufacturers cannot be operated through a single user interface on a computing device. This obstacle is about to be corrected in 2015 and a common user interface will enable the users to control every device regardless their manufacturer. Security issues are very common when it comes to payments as well. Rick Dakin, CEO of Coalfire predicts that new and better applications of authentication, EMV and tokenized solutions will increase the security of online payments and sensitive data transactions. Apple Pay and other next-generation solutions will overcome anti-NFC inertia and lead to increasing adoption of mobile-based security technologies not only for retail but for healthcare and any other sector where critical and confidential information is exchanged

Regarding business sector, Andrea points out productivity software as a promising technology aspect for 2015. As the number of small businesses rises, their need for an all-in-one solution with which they can manage tasks, email marketing, enterprise social media, CRM, Project Management and ecommerce is becoming bigger. Cloud technology can also be on the spotlight in 2015, not only for storage but generally as a collaborative tool for developers in order to quickly build and deploy applications according toPaddy Padmanabhan CEO of MyScript. Leslie Bloom from Experts-exchange gives the top 5 emerging trends of 2015 in http://blog.experts-exchange.com/press-center. The winner is Cloud with an overwhelming majority (21.2%).  Further breakdown of cloud technology shows Azure with  9% and Anything-as-a-Service with 7%. In the second position there is the Mobile technology (10.1%) and after that comes Virtualization and Virtual Reality with 7.8% each. Security is at the last position with 5%.

JoAnn Yamani from Gutenberg Communications informed us about Garter’s predictions for 2015 regarding Cloud which are really impressive! By 2015, 50% of all new application independent software vendors will be pure SaaS Providers, whereas more than 90% of private cloud computing deployments will be for infrastructure as a service.  As for large global enterprises by the end of the coming year 50% of them will rely on external cloud computing services for at least one of their top 10 revenue-generating processes. Gartner also predicts that the download of free apps will hit more than 270 billion by 2017.

Internet of Things is becoming more and more part of our daily life and we do believe that it will continue during 2015. Adam Justice, VP of Grid Connect, states that the interoperability between devices both in the home and commercial/industrial settings will become a reality this year. The sectors that can be affected by the IoT revolution are countless. All we can do is sit back and wait for the new IoT implementations that will pop up! The image of flying cars in the busy roads of New York city is coming more and more close to reality as there are efforts by tech lobbyists to allow drones to be operating out in the world for things like direct home delivery as Dirk Knemeyer, co-founder of Involution Studios advocates.

Wearable devices can also be part of the Mobile challenge as James Rice, head of Digital Marketing at WikiJob, says that they are about to become much more mainstream due to the fact that they are fashionable and allow people to publish their fitness data for example, on social media. Thanos Kosmidis, CEO of CareAcross also mentioned the rise of wearable devices during 2015 but in a more important aspect, the aspect of health and how they can help in managing chronic diseases. Special applications dedicated to help senior citizens with diseases like Alzheimer are to be developed during the coming year.  The fact that Market Drivers like Samsung, Google or Apple have already developed watches or glasses is great evidence that the future of mobile technology is not anymore smartphones and tablets.

Our wish for 2015 is to have lots of technology news and trends but only for peaceful purposes!



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WillesdenGreen Town Team's curator insight, January 13, 2015 3:49 PM

Oh I do like predictions - shall we keep these in hand and check tem out at the end of the year?

Jasmine Muti's curator insight, March 26, 2015 4:03 AM

Prediction always make people attract toward product. It is well known criteria from early years. In our early years, these IT technics were not very popular but in todays era, it has became our fundamental need. Internet has become an unbreakable part of  our life. There will be some facilities in future. Some more technics like security of any password, payments or anything else will be more protective and powerful. Multiple devices and business sector will also get more opportunities or inventions.It is very clear from research that future of these technologies in next coming years is very bright.

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The Year of the Data Breach - HIPAA-HITECH Compliance Software & Consulting - Clearwater Compliance

As early as July, 2014 was already being called “The Year of the Data Breach”. Big brands like Home Depot and Target were the headliners, but they weren’t alone.  Retailers and financial institutions of all sizes were combating cyber crime after cyber crime. Meanwhile, the healthcare industry suffered its share of incidents as well. In fact, 2014 saw the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ database of major breach reports (those affecting 500 people or more) surpass 30.1 million people.

The good news is that 2014 is over. The bad news is that in 2015, things could get even worse.


It seems that 2014 was more of “a sign of things to come” than it was “a moment in time.” This rings especially true for those of us who are safeguarding protected health information.

We have entered an unprecedented era where cyber attacks are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated with every passing day.

In a recent 60 Minutes special, FireEye CEO David DeWalt estimated that 97 percent of companies are getting breached, with hundreds of thousands of attacks happening on a weekly basis across the globe.


Retailers, banks and others are consistently increasing their spending related to security. They are trying diligently to prevent attacks. But in today’s environment, DeWalt believes that breaches “are inevitable.”

The burden that breaches place on the economy, individual organizations and consumers is significant. Widespread compromises of data are driving $11 billion plus in fraud each year. Just as costly is the fact that we are teetering on a crisis of confidence. Can anyone really protect sensitive data?

Given all this, should we just waive the white flag and surrender?

Obviously, the answer is no. While breaches may indeed be “inevitable” at the macro level, there are absolutely things that can be done to reduce the amount of breaches that occur, and to give your organization a better chance of not being part of the statistics. What’s more, the eventual damage a breach causes is highly contingent upon how well you respond to it.

Consider this scary statistic. From the time a “bad guy” hacks into sensitive data, it typically takes 229 days for the breach to be detected. 229 days!

DeWalt argues, as do we, that trying to prevent a breach is only part of what your organization should be doing. A comprehensive approach means that you are assessing your risk of falling victim to a breach, identifying ways to mitigate that risk from coming to life and appropriately planning for how you will respond if you do experience a breach. In other words, how are you assessing and managing information risk within your organization?

The criminals eventually are going to find their way into organizations.

So, the task at hand if you’re among the unlucky ones is to make sure the bad guys don’t gain access to your most important information, that you identify breaches much more quickly and that you stop the criminals from leaving with valuable information. In short, limit the damage.

The plain truth is that the year ahead promises more of the same. A cybersecurity war is being waged, and your data is at the center of it. Make sure you are prepared for battle. If you haven’t done so already, I’d encourage you to download Clearwater’s whitepaper explaining our Information Risk Management Capability Advancement Model. It’s a free resource, and it offers an extensive framework for determining how well you are equipped to manage information risks, and what steps you should consider in the year ahead to strengthen your internal programs.

Here’s to hoping 2015 is a breach-free year for you!


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