Predictive technology gets smarter but more controversial

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How much personal data are we willing to give up for the convenience of prediction?

The biggest change in years in how we interact with computers is happening now. It will mean less input from you. Apps like Google Now, Tempo AI, and others represent the first wave of “predictive technology.” These are apps and services that are smart enough to fetch information for you — before you realize you even need it.

 

 

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Average consumer would pay $5 for an app that respects their privacy: Study

Consumers would pay for privacy.

The going rate for many of the most popular apps has been exactly $0.00 ever since the iPhone came out in 2007. Consumers pay nothing. But of course, nothing is free. Instead, consumers pay with their data, that’s sold to marketers, or with screenspace, which is forked over to make room for ads. It’s a trade consumers are happy to make.

 

 

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10 technology predictions for 2014

How will technology play out in 2014?

Silicon Valley may again need to watch out for Microsoft, cheap smartphones will hit markets, and the Edward Snowden revelations will launch the Year of Encryption. Those are a few predictions from Mark Anderson, founder and publisher of the Strategic News Service newsletter, long a must-read for industry leaders and venture capitalists, and host of Future in Review, an annual gathering for tech leaders, investors, and policymakers The Economist called “the best technology conference in the world.”

 

 

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Shocking difference between technology in 2005 and 2013

St. Peter’s Square in 2005 and 2013.

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge just how much things have changed with the surge in mobile devices. Sure, we know they’re popular, are loaded with awesome cameras and apps, and ensure we’re connected to the digital world throughout the day, but how have these devices changed society as a whole?

 

 

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Cell phone carriers reject kill switch for stolen smartphones

Carriers don’t want anti-theft software for fear it would eat into the profits.

Lawmakers in San Francisco and New York have been pushing hardware makers like Samsung to provide anti-theft software for cell phones that would allow owners to remotely deactivate a phone should it get stolen, rendering it useless. But according to the San Francisco district attorney, George Gascón, carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint aren’t crazy about the idea of implementing such a “kill switch.” Why? Because they’d lose money.

 

 

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What’s driving the $26 billion mobile app economy?

102 billion mobile apps will be downloaded around the world during 2013.

Everywhere you look there’s someone using a mobile app for something. It’s an industry that’s flourished at an incredible rate since the arrival of the iPhone in 2007–and now, Gartner says this year, global revenues from apps will be $26 billion, a rise of more than 44% since last year.

 

 

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30% of U.S. adults still don’t have broadband: Pew Research

70% of adults in the U.S. reported having broadband access.

Pew Research has released the results of a survey that shows how one of the more advanced countries in the world, the U.S., is still not quite there in leading by example: 20% of U.S. adults are still without broadband or smartphones for internet access. And 3% of people in the country still using dial-up connections.

 

 

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84% of Americans say they couldn’t go a single day without their smartphone

We’re addicted to our phones.

Chances are you’re addicted to your mobile device if you are reading this article. The question is, just how addicted are you? Forty percent of iPhone users would rather not bathe than give up their precious mobile devices, according to research compiled by gadget insurance service Protect Your Bubble. (Infographic)

 

 

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27 percent of people in the U.S. get their news using mobile devices

news on mobile devices

“News is becoming a more important and pervasive part of people’s lives.”

The guy who bumped into you on the street with his eyes glued to his smartphone may just as likely be reading a news story as sending a text message. A new report says 27 percent of Americans now get their news using mobile devices, something that’s helping to increase news consumption nationally, despite a continuing decline in subscribers to print publications.

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