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Wipro set up the Council for Industry Research, comprising of domain and technology experts from the organization, to address the needs of customers. It specifically looks at innovative strategies that will help them gain competitive advantage in the market. The Council in collaboration with leading academic institutions and industry bodies studies market trends to equip organizations with insights that facilitate their IT and business strategies. http://www.wipro.com/insights/

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Data Preparation - the 'NEW' element of the data economy

Data is an essential asset of all organization. Today, with technological advancements, data comes from umpteen number of disparate sources.

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Patient centricity and the digital healthcare revolution

We’re not talking about a futuristic vision of medicine and healthcare. Such disruptive technologies are transforming clinical outcomes and redefining patience experience in healthcare today.

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Can we completely automate a customer’s buying experience?

In this age of digitization, companies across the globe are rapidly digitizing various business processes to optimize their customer experience. According to an article published in McKinsey by Shahar Markovitch and Paul Willmott

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Is your cold storage chain energy efficient?

In the last six years, global cold storage capacity has grown manifold driven by household income, development of supermarket retailing, and transportation infrastructure. In 2014, global capacity is estimated to have increased by 20% over 2012, to touch 552 million cubic meters.

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Mobile apps transforming healthcare for patients and practitioners

Are mobile health apps likely to have a significant impact on the healthcare industry? If the numbers are anything to go by, the answer would be a resounding yes.

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Who is driving your car?

The connected car, or the “Internet car”, is the next big revolution expected in the automobile industry, and is aimed to expand the horizon of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Car-to-car technology: The future of road safety

In the 1980s, hit television series Knight Rider featured an automobile named KITT, which among a host of impressive specs, featured an auto cruise mode and an Auto Collision Avoidance system.

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Everybody prospers: Store-within-a-store

From Bloomingdale's to Hollywood video, the concept of a store-within-a-store is gaining popularity - thanks to its many economic incentives. Already popular in Asia, where retailers face are fiercely competitive

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Redefining Our World with Holograms

We've been seeing it in sci-fi and action films till now, and finally it’s finding its way into reality. Office spaces with PCs, laptops or tablets might soon be obsolete. Instead, the common corporate professionals will be wearing

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3D Technology will soon define manufacturing in the aviation sector

It's a technology that has uses as varied as printing burgers or even body parts. And now the aviation industry is also tapping into the awesome potential that 3D printing offers.

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Crowd funding: Powered by the people

For years, toy makers have been told that their products are discriminatory and regressive. By offering boys with mechanics products and girls with doll houses, many believed that gender stereotypes are being inculcated from a very young age.

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Advanced and Invisible Analytics

With an avalanche of data already pouring in from various devices - thanks to the increasingly popular Internet of Things (IoT), the importance of analytics cannot be stressed enough.

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Nano Drones: What’s the buzz about?

Following recent reports that the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) was revising its policy on drones, several corporates protested saying that it would ground commercial growth. Among the rules being contested is the proposal that the drones can fly only as far as the operator can see them.

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A seismic shift in movies: Virtual reality technology that lets you experience than just merely watch

At the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival in Utah, one of the most popular attractions was Birdly, a two-minute long virtual reality flight simulator.

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Giant Leaps for Tech: CES 2015

It’s the biggest and most definitive tech extravaganza on the planet. Since Computer Electronics Show (CES) first opened its doors in June 1967, with 17,500 attendees and 100 exhibitors, it has grown exponentially with this year’s event drawing 170,000 attendees and 3,600 exhibitors.

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Nanotechnology Making Leaps in Patient Monitoring Systems

Imagine a long term patient monitoring system that hardly needs maintenance, functions with regular updates and a degree of flexibility that doesn’t leave the patient strapped to his bed the entire time.

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Changing Brain Function with Technology

Change in environment, behavior, emotions, thinking and even bodily injury can result in modifications in the neural pathways and synapses in the human brain. This phenomenon, an umbrella term for both, synaptic and non-synaptic plasticity, is known as neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.

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Building Our Future: 3D Printing in Space

The addition of manufacturing capabilities in space could make the future of space exploration a cheaper and more efficient one. Picture a space station creating the parts of a space craft needed for a reconnaissance mission, eliminating the need to launch another vehicle from Earth

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The Effects of Rewritable Paper - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Imagine a future where our planet is once again teeming with greenery, and where deforestation and chemical pollution caused by paper mills is a thing of the past. This is the vision of environmental enthusiasts, who are advocating alternate solutions to the large number of paper products being used today.

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Social media technology: Transforming urban planning

Being stuck in traffic is never a pleasant experience. Picture a businessman, who having rushed through his morning, is stuck in a traffic jam due to an unfortunate accident. Immediately, he snaps up his phone and tweets his location to urban planning authorities.

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Unfolding the Future of Gaming

You are being chased by a dark and evil megalomaniac, and you are the only one who can defeat him. You run around the forest, searching desperately for your defence, feeling the cold breeze following close behind you. Finally, you run into your biggest weapon, a dragon.

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Abreast with the Developments in Cancer Detection: 3D Technology

According to World Health Organization (WHO) there were 8.2 million deaths due to cancer in 2012, out of which 521,000 people succumbed to breast cancer alone. A number of studies indicate that the US leads the world in the number of women affected with breast cancer, and on an average, one woman dies every 15 minutes.

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2015: The year of the driverless car

“The two inventions of the century, the car and the computer, are gradually coming closer together,” says Volkswagen CEO, Dr. Martin Winterkorn. His statement is especially true in 2015 as three of the world’s largest automobile makers unveil prototypes of their driverless cars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

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Going open source

Imagine a future where anyone born with a speech impediment could get cutting-edge hardware without paying for it. Or, another scenario where a country is in dire need of desalination plants and could get the latest and most efficient one for free.

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Taking flight with 'green diesel'

Although still in its initial phases, we are facing a fuel crisis that is caused by the excessive use of fossil fuels—a raw material that has taken millions of years to form beneath the Earth’s surface.

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A touch of haptic technology

Imagine a woman preparing a meal from her workplace using the latest in haptic technology. All she has to do is move her arms about in the 3D shape projected by her haptic holographic screen for the wirelessly connected electronic arm to follow the movements.

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The $25 Palm-sized Diagnostic Lab

Imagine you are plagued by a few common symptoms of the flu, but are unable to discern the underlying infection. Instead of heading to the hospital, waiting in queues, and subjecting yourself to a myriad of diagnostic tests, all you have to do is put a drop of blood on a small handheld device.

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The future of technology is already in your hands

A couple living apart can stay in touch with each other using 3D smartphone screens and holograms. A teacher can grade her students’ work and send corrections using voice commands while sitting at home. A home cook can get recipes and methods of cooking shown to her using holographic technology for easy execution. A woman can send her blood analysis details using the wearable technology on her arm and her smartphone.

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Optimizing EMR for Healthcare Providers

A woman falls ill on an overseas business trip and heads to the local hospital for treatment. When she meets the doctor, she is surprised to see that he already has her complete medical history, including her previous surgery and medication information—making his treatment of her ailment a fully informed and fast one.

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Psychoactive Technology: A Device to Alter Moods?

A middle aged man suffering from clinical depression walks towards his desk in a daze. The stress caused by his mental condition is surfacing, and he can feel the anxiety increasing his heart rate. He picks up a pair electronic bud and places them near his ear.

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Space tourism: Is it the final frontier?

A spaceship is slowly orbiting a terrestrial planet, while its crew is using instruments onboard to measure the various parameters of the planet’s atmosphere to determine if it’s hostile or not.

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New trends in Biometrics technology and its impact on security

Imagine a world where a single device is used to authenticate your identity by scanning your finger and identifying your DNA sequence using your blood cells. Since the DNA sequence of a person, obtained from under their skin is unique, it can be inferred that duplication of identification documents, credit card frauds and identity theft would be virtually impossible. This is the future that biometric technology is hoping to create.

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Redefining ATM Transactions with 'Experience Zones'

While heading towards the check-in line at the airport, a woman realizes that she needs to draw some cash. As she walks into an ATM nearby, the NFC beam emitted by her smartphone, which is encrypted against theft, is processed by the ATM, which identifies her as the customer and proceeds to allow her to do a secure card-less transaction.

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New Age Weather Forecasting Systems

A small sensor on the outer walls of a house in a tornado-prone region is connected with beacon technology to other similar sensors in the area.

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Cloud Genomics: The Internet of Medicine

A healthcare worker takes blood samples as part of a local health drive to check for cardiac issues. She utilizes genome sequencing equipment to extract the patient’s genome, which is immediately uploaded onto a cloud server.

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Assistive Technology: Re-engineering the Human Body

A man, once visually impaired, walks down a sunny street and spots the ultraviolet and infrared rays searing the air. A woman with previous hearing difficulties can not only hear within the human hearing range, but can also identify sounds from frequencies in animal hearing ranges.

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The Value of the Blue LED

On October 7, 2014, three Japanese scientists, Shuju Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics, for what is one of most beneficial inventions for mankind, the blue Light Emitting Diode (LED).

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Rosetta Landing: A Landmark in Space Exploration

Millions of kilometers from Earth, history was made recently when a spacecraft successfully landed a probe on the surface of a speeding comet.

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Technological Marketing: Custom Devices

A poor farmer trudges through tropical foliage far away from home during a thunderstorm, when a flash of lightning compromises the cellular tower nearby, leaving phones in the area bereft of a signal. Yet, he pulls out his smartphone and uses an application that works offline and finds his way to the closest shelter.

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Enter the Prosumer: Customer Centricity in Today's World

Imagine a scenario where consumers become so involved in the customization of products that they themselves become part of the production process! Well, this scenario may not be as far-fetched as you think, as is being proven with the rise of the so-called ‘prosumers’, who influence a manufacturer’s decision-making process.

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Location Intelligence: Providing Actionable Data to Businesses

A large retailer with a global presence is experiencing a downward spiral in sales. They decide to cut costs by closing several loss-making outlets. Then, mapping their location-based data through a GIS application, the retailer gets a spatial representation of the best and the worst performing stores in each region, helping them to swiftly shut down several loss-making units.

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Digging Deep: Transforming Mining through Technology

From a centralized operations center in suburban Sydney, Erik keys in a series of commands on his console. These in turn, direct numerous remote-controlled haul trucks to a location thousands of kilometers away to drill and extract ore, and guide the driverless trains to carry materials to the port. Enter this new age mining, where a series of technological innovations is making it possible to remotely control mining operations over geographically dispersed locations.

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Public Wi-Fi: Enabling Smart Cities and Connected Communities

Urban areas are often characterized by traffic congestions, dense settlements and municipal services that require substantial revamp and monitoring.

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Cost-Free, Consistent and Off-grid Communication

A town is awash with muddy running water in the middle of the night, which mercilessly ploughs through smaller houses. With no flat and dry ground to rely on, most people head to higher quarters to avoid the onslaught of the floods.

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Robots: Our Future Cognitive Partners

Imagine a robot that could clean your house, work out immediate repairs, wash the linen, buy the barbeque sauce for the party that you are throwing, and power up your home theatre system for the evening, all without any prior instructions. This robot understands your habits, preferences, and learns from its surroundings and functions accordingly – very similar to a human housekeeper.

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Safety for Her: Technology in Women's Security

A recent WHO survey indicates that 35 percent of women, globally, experience some form of abuse or physical violence. While this in itself is shocking, this figure could shoot up even further if unreported cases get reported.

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Technology-Aided Diagnosis in Healthcare

Cancer kills around 10,000 people every year in the UK alone because their condition is diagnosed too late. At a global scale, this figure could be even more staggering! Delay in detection can directly impact a patient’s chance of recovery and survival, leading to more serious complications or even death.

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Clean Potable Water through Simple Technology

According to the United Nations, dirty water is killing more people than war—or violence in general. According to the 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP), about 780 million people—a tenth of the world’s population—do not have access to clean drinking water.

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Data Driven Manufacturing

Manufacturing industry has had its share of impact from technological developments. Manufacturers are increasingly finding ways to leverage technology to cut costs and are adopting lean production techniques to keep up with competition.

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Indispensable Ingredients of Digital Marketing

Picture this, newspapers littered with colorful advertisements of electronics at throwaway prices and unimaginable discounts, along with quirky videos and heavy social media marketing! A large e-commerce company deploys this recipe to quickly increase revenue and improve their customer base within a short span of time. However, instead of celebrations with confetti, plans don’t go quite well due to several technical glitches that hampered the mega shopping spree.

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Combating Ebola with Technology

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the largest and longest ever recorded for the disease, has so far killed more than a 1000 people.

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Mangalyaan: Frugal Innovation in Space Technology

If you reside in any major city in India, a ride in a three-wheeler taxi to Mars would cost you $33 million more than the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) expended to dispatch a spacecraft to the same destination.

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The New Super-Carriers

An aircraft carrier is a vital asset to any naval force as it brings aircraft to conflict zones in an age where air command is crucial to all combat operations.

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Deep Learning: Evolving the 'intelligent' machine

Every day, 182.9 billion emails are sent and received worldwide. Did you know that 65% of all email is spam? With help from advanced algorithms, computers continuously recognize and segregate this mail so it does not feature in our inboxes.

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Building the 'Resilient Enterprise' in a global economy

How do companies fare in the face of adversity? In 2013, a five-minute outage impacted all of Google’s services and reduced traffic on the Internet by 40%.

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Battery Technology: Faster Charging Time

How often have you dreamt about using a cell phone with double or triple the traditional battery life or driving away in an electric car for over 500 miles? We all face the inevitable problem of charging batteries—be it for mobile phones, electric cars or the like, but technology hasn’t yet come out with any convincing answers.

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Face Forward: The Future of Facial Recognition

Did you know that human faces are capable of more than 10,000 different expressions? Can facial expressions or even the slightest quirks be captured and analysed in real time? This may sound incredible, but several companies are already using technology to capture and measure human emotions.

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Hand in Glove: Social Entrepreneurs and Technology

Is it possible to eradicate poverty? Can we extend healthcare to every corner of the world and ensure that all children in any country receive an adequate education? Today, the world is witnessing a silent army of social entrepreneurs, who are advancing solutions that have the potential to transform life around the globe.

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Technology Startups: Changing the Course of Business

When Frank recently set up a social network for startups and investors, he provided the capital of tens of thousands himself. The computing power was available cheaply on the internet, the software was largely open source and the services of the two developers were required only for a limited time thanks to today’s advanced software frameworks.

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Bridging the Divide: Low-Cost, Global Health Solutions

A hand-powered centrifuge, an inflatable donkey saddle for women in labor, and a baby warmer resembling a miniature sleeping bag are some examples of pioneering innovations in the area of low-cost medical devices.

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pCell: Holy Grail of Wireless Networking?

What if you could make your mobile network completely ubiquitous and 1000 times faster? Imagine if you never searched for a network signal, but it followed you everywhere. That’s the potential impact of pCell technology, which will be ready for large-scale commercial deployment shortly.

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Dashboards for CXOs: 'Outviewing' the Competition?

A leading manufacturing company has been experiencing declining sales over the past few quarters— affecting its turnover and credibility. Concerned over the downward spiral, the senior management team gets into a huddle and reviews real-time snapshots of productivity and other key performance indicators, provided by business dashboards.

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Anticipatory Intelligence: Predictive Computing

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just turn on your television, sit back, and let it pick your favorite show? How about instantly connecting to the person you wish to talk to—by merely pressing the “call” button on your phone or stepping into your car and letting it decide where you want to go? Anticipatory computing makes all this and more possible through recommendations based on your past behavior.

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC): Enriching Learning

How can a farmer in a remote region in Asia get a professional degree in the agricultural sciences without venturing out of his village? Today, he could use a smartphone app to attend lectures, access the world’s best courseware and earn the first Ph.D. in his entire community, all for free.

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Not just cheap! Frugal Innovation in Emerging Markets

What do the Tata Nano, the Nokia 1100, and the Jaipur leg all have in common? It’s not that they are simply inexpensive products but are in fact, part of a larger process known as frugal innovation.

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Safety First: Technology for a more secure World Cup

Security at events can prove to be a logistical nightmare, especially in a large spectacle such as the current football World Cup in Brazil. However, technology has been playing a significant part in reducing the problems associated with having a sizable gathering of people in one location at any given time.

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Memristor: The "Missing Link" in Electronic Circuitry?

What if your organization could double the capacity of its storage mediums at the same price? It is possible with the “memristor”, an element that could eventually replace all kinds of memory used in the portable and computing space today

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Metro Cells: Improving Network Coverage

If future predictions are any indication to go by then total mobile data capacity demand is poised to grow between 20 and 50 times over the next five years.

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Share-able Data: What's in a Tweet?

Imagine if your daily social media posts predicted your next purchase, even before you thought of it yourself! Or what if a program could read your tweets and provide you with a checklist of all the things that you could potentially need in the coming month?

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Smart TVs: From passive to active viewing

Remember a time when your television was just a television? Now imagine an era when your television decides what you should watch based on your viewing patterns, informs you if the cereal in a commercial is available in the neighborhood departmental store, alerts you on an urgent official email that’s just come in, and suggests that you have a video chat with your stockbroker about market fluctuations as soon as you see it on a news broadcast!

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Alternative energies and the future of flying

Did you ever think that vegetable cooking oil or mustards seeds would fuel your journey in an airplane? If you said no, think again. Today, these ingredients are making alternative energy for aircrafts a reality, transforming the aviation industry.

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Why a Tiny Magazine Matters: The Technology of Microscopic Printing

Imagine a scenario wherein a doctor could directly implant a tiny electrode, thinner than a strand of human hair, into a patient’s brain in order to help cure him of epilepsy. Sounds far-fetched? Well, this may well be the future with the advent of microscopic printing.

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Wireless Mesh Networks: Providing Seamless Connectivity

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, it left behind 6,340 fatalities, 1,061 missing persons, and USD 2.86 billion in damages. While some of this destruction could have been averted if relief efforts had been initiated earlier, this was not possible because the country’s communication network had taken a hit.

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Grid Energy Storage: Maintaining Grid Reliability

Imagine a world that has no power shortages and where blackouts have been eliminated. If that sounds incredible, think again. Today, grid energy storage could be bringing us closer to uninterrupted power supply than ever before.

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Big Data: Revolutionizing Agriculture

Imagine a farmer who’s about to till his farmland, but has no idea when the rains will arrive. However, instead of brooding any further, he uses a mobile app to figure the precise date and time of rainfall.

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Cyberwarfare: The New Art of War

Imagine a scenario where your computer crashes. No Internet, email or Google. Now take that forward. What if not a single ATM was functional because the banking sector’s IT operations had been hit? And imagine if you were forced to live in darkness because there was no electricity as the power grid had been knocked out.

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Satellite Technology: Conserving Wildlife

A herd of wild African elephants are sauntering towards a watering hole deep inside a national park in Kenya. Manpower and budget constraints have prevented the park from deploying adequate rangers for surveillance and upkeep—allowing poachers to sneak in and ambush this herd.

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Nanotech in Automobiles: Driving the Future

What if you could walk into a car showroom, buy a little, colorful packet of seeds, and place them outside your home to sprout? However, instead of ‘seeds’, imagine if you were growing nano particles to build your dream car—one atom, one particle at a time.

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Digital Technology: How Immersive Can it Get?

It was the most complex situation that the young medical students had ever faced. They entered the operation theater, one at a time, and battled to save the patient with a bleeding tumor that could not be stanched.

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Wireless Power Transmission: Electrifying Thought?

You are travelling through a desert in your hybrid diesel-electric car. Suddenly, you realise that you've veered hundreds of miles away from your intended destination.

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Wearables: How 'WT' is transforming IT

Anna, a software engineer at an IT firm, has been struggling to read the words on her computer screen. She visits an ophthalmologist, who prescribes that she use reading glasses.

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Global Wireless Sensor Networks: The 'Technological' Sixth Sense

Over the past few years, sensors have dramatically reduced in size and grown in efficiency and communication capabilities. These developments have given rise to the increasingly popular idea of global wireless sensor networks— spatially distributed autonomous sensors can be used to monitor a wide variety of physical and environmental conditions.

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3D Printing: Revolutionizing Healthcare

What if a person with an irreversible heart ailment could order a customized heart and avoid the long, tedious wait for a donor? Imagine if people with missing limbs were provided prosthetic limbs tailored to their bodies, unlike artificial limbs that are uncomfortable to wear.

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Techno-World Cup

The date was June 27, 2010. The venue was the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The stadium was packed with English and German fans looking forward to the round-of-16 clash between two football giants.

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Drone Deliveries - the Future of Logistics?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s… your brand new driver’s license being delivered via drone. If you live in the United Arab Emirates, this could soon be a possibility if a new government initiative comes to fruition.

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Smart Systems: Harbinger of Change for the Elderly

What if a home could proactively sense changes inside and react according to the needs of its occupants? What if the wellbeing of the elderly was communicated in real-time to family members separated thousands of miles away? All this and more is possible today thanks to next generation technology based on smart systems and assisted living for the elderly, which helps them live independently and significantly reduces caregiver pressures.

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Biofuels - Will They Go Commercial?

Soybean, corn, sugarcane, sweet sorghum, and wheat. At first glance, this may read like the contents of a shopping cart in an organic food store, but actually is a list of some of the ingredients used to create a rapidly developing sustainable and clean energy source—biofuel.

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M2M: Enabling a digital oil field

A supervising engineer checks the level of gas in the well beneath the seabed. He then monitors all the equipment on the oil rig to ensure everything is working fine.

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Emerging technologies making our airspaces safer

Search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have now been suspended with reports saying that the plan appears to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean, with loss of all passengers.

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Technology in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

It has become one of modern aviation’s biggest mysteries. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, with 239 people on board, disappeared on March 8 enroute to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.

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Quality Guaranteed: Technology and Food Safety

What if your local supermarket had milk cartons that change color when the milk spoils and fruit packets that monitor internal air quality and temperature in real time? Better yet, what if you could purchase a device that could instantly check any item for contamination, both chemical and bacterial? All this and more is now possible with the rapid strides made in food safety technology.

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Predictive Policing-Analytics and Crime Prevention

Police forces across the globe are constantly under pressure to respond swiftly to critical incidents while working with increasingly limited resources.

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Raw Materials Of the Future: How Will They Impact Us?

Coming soon to a street near you is a house with walls made of bricks that grow and repair themselves, windows made of glass that is flexible and shatter-proof, and fixtures made of plastic that rejoin themselves.

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Smart Shift - Disruptive Technologies to Service Transformation

The ever increasing demand for bandwidth by social media and video content has increased tremendously over the last half a decade and with this unprecedented growth, the boundaries between the telecom, IT, and media industries are blurring.

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Quantum Dots: The Wonder Particle

What if we could control individual atoms, store information on them, light them up in different colors, and use them to light up our homes or even our mobiles? This is what quantum dots, light-emitting nanoparticles, are now allowing us to do.

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Machine vision: Intelligence with a vision

What if organizations with large delivery networks could load and safely deliver goods in driverless trucks? What if machines at pharmaceutical factories independently sifted through and inspected medicine vials on the production floor, with not a single human being in sight? Laborious and time-consuming tasks that require high accuracy are today being undertaken by autonomous machines, thanks to a technology called machine vision.

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Her’ and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

“Well, you seem like a person, but you're just a voice in a computer,” says Theodore. “I can understand how the limited perspective of an inartificial mind might perceive it that way.

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Biomimicry: Nature Inspiring Technology

Noted Swiss engineer George de Mestral once found his dog covered in burrs after a hunting trip. Upon examination of the plant under a microscope, he found an intricate design of hooks that allowed it to stick to wool and fur.

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Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) - The bright future of 5G visible light communication systems

Picture this—you wake up and tap your smartphone to switch on your coffee machine. As you make breakfast, your refrigerator sends you a text that you’re out of orange juice.

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Geothermal Energy: Tapping into the World’s Hottest Alternative Energy Source

Imagine a clean, green, pollution-free world, in which cars are powered by steam and 5-course meals are cooked with the energy drawn from molten rock.

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Cellphones - the planet’s most ubiquitous wireless device

Picture this—a tall, lone figure stands watching his cattle graze, in a remote part of Kenya. Suddenly this majestic Massai warrior produces a cellphone from the folds of his shuka and checks it. He quickly rounds up his herd to move them to a safer grazing land. He has just received notice via his mobile Wildlife Tracker System that a predator was earlier spotted in the area.

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Brain-computer interfaces: Bringing humans and machines closer

What if you could operate a device with your thoughts? What if you had to simply imagine movements to see them completed by a robot? Once the stuff of science fiction, brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are making such scenarios a reality by converting thoughts into computerized action. This futuristic technology uses electrodes to amplify the voltages between neurons enabling a programmed computer or device to interpret them. With its unique ability to enhance human-machine interaction, BCIs have a revolutionary potential across industries and verticals.

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Big data systems: Fool-proof security for enterprise networks

What if data security systems were so advanced that they didn’t just react to existing threats, they predicted them? What if these threats could be mitigated without human intervention using algorithm –based self-learning techniques? These are just some of the revolutionary benefits that big data systems can bring to enterprise data security.

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Agricultural Technology: The Robot Farmer has Arrived

It is harvest time and John Smith needs all the additional help he can get at his sprawling wheat farm in Texas. Will he choose to hire scores of farm hands or purchase a single robot with 24 arms? At a time when labor is hard to come by, John chooses the machine.

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Enhancing productivity through enterprise social networks

Currently, social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are used by more than 66% of adults online. Enterprises today have recognized the information flows on these platforms as valuable ways to facilitate better communication.

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2014 - Can it Get Any Better for Technology?

2013 saw NASA successfully 3D-print space tools, drones enter civilian life and Google Glass assist surgeons in the operating room. Now, as wearables reach critical mass, digital currency gains credibility and gamification systems become commonplace, 2014 is also set to be a year of technology milestones. In this blog post we take a look at some of these emerging technologies and how they will impact industries this year.

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B2C marketing takes the social route

Today, social media has become so ubiquitous that it is hard to imagine a day without the steady stream of information it provides. Now, imagine a scenario where a B2C organization needs to engage its customers, in order to drive its marketing strategies and increase business prospects.

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Nanomachines: A shot in the arm for molecular manufacturing

Imagine a scenario where you could instantly transform a truckload of garbage into food. Better still, what if you were helped by a self-replicating machine that cloned itself while transmuting your trash? Urban planning in cities would be dramatically altered, while food scarcity could be removed. These are some of the potential benefits that nanomachines bring to the science of molecular manufacturing.

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Internet of Things: Bringing retailers closer to customers

A customer enters a multi-brand clothing outlet to purchase his favorite blazer. He reaches the suit rack and points his smartphone camera at a 3D barcode tag clipped to the apparel. On cue, the retail store’s app directs him to the fitting room, where it delivers the selected blazer through a chute.

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Augmented reality in the automobile industry: Driving vision

What if you could take a test drive of that latest car—look at its engine, hear it in motion, and even see the road from the driver’s perspective—all without stepping out of home?

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Does UAV Technology Need a Safety Net to Fly?

What if you were amongst the wildly cheering audience at a race, and had to suddenly dive for cover as a drone copter with a camera, which had been hovering over the stands, suddenly veered into the crowd? That’s the situation the audience watching the Great Bull Run in Virginia found themselves in, with five people even getting injured.

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Establishing connect: Telematics as an enabler for better service in the insurance industry

A motorist wants to file an insurance claim, perhaps after an unfortunate accident on the highway. Now, instead of rummaging through the dashboard for his insurance details or filling an elaborate form online, he can use a smartphone app to file his claim effortlessly.

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Open Collaboration: Harnessing Collective Knowledge to Drive Innovation

Imagine your small business taking its concept to market with funding from the public and support from the world’s best tech firms. Imagine your design teams creating interesting new products with insights that include the needs, ambitions and dreams of your target market.

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Gamification: From fun to business transformation

Consider a scenario where an employee is asked to play ‘Angry Birds’ at work. With gamification being adopted by organizations to enhance and supplement staff skills, an act that would have previously attracted admonishment might now even be encouraged. Organizations are now starting to realize that, as human beings, we are naturally driven by the need for validation, accomplishment, and status. Gamification leverages this need and utilizes it to a company’s benefit by influencing the design and execution of training and engagement programs.

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Smart money: How mobile technology is transforming the banking industry

Till a few years ago, nobody imagined that mobile phones would be used to transfer money and complete shopping transactions. But now, one doesn’t really have to visit a bank, stop by at an ATM, or carry a plastic credit or debit card to make purchases.

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Technology: A Key Enabler of Effective Governance

Recently, the Election Commission of India directed candidates to furnish social media account details when filing their nominations. Candidates also need to furnish payment information for activities including social media advertising, content creation, and salary payments to dedicated social media staff. Moves such as these allude to the growing influence of social media, and technology in general, on matters of governance and administration.

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Nanomaterials and Solar Energy: Small resources for a big idea

What if a wire one billionth of a meter long could be the solution to harness the energy potential of the sun? What if tens of billions of such wires could be produced each second? Nanotechnology is fast providing answers to many questions that surround the modern day quest for energy efficiency.

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Sensorship - The sensor based data dimension

Bob wakes up to an alarm sound based on an ambient song at around 80bpm, the alarm system’s choice of genre based on his optimal heart rate for early morning starts. The alarm system varies genres according to Bob’s listening habits. Later, during his early morning jog, he picks up the pace at the post office, just past his convenience store, where an advertisement for coffee flashes on his smartphone.

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Small wonders: The versatile applications of carbon nanotubes

What material would scientists choose if they were to build a 22,000 mile space elevator that extends beyond the skies? The answer is Carbon Nanotubes- a nanomaterial 300 times tougher than steel and as flexible as plastic. These wonder materials have been making once theoretical situations a possibility with their high elasticity, incredible strength and superior conductivity. Owing to the unique structure of their chemical bonds they are currently among the strongest materials known to man. The versatile features of carbon nanotubes have enabled potential applications across a number of industries including electronics, construction, biomedicine and healthcare.

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Building blocks: Technology solutions in the construction industry

Consider having to lay a tortuous road on a steep mountainous range. It would literally be an uphill task, as any atypical terrain would pose certain hurdles to a builder when assessing the landscape with conventional measures or gauges. But with the advent of technological advancements, such as Global Positioning System (GPS), laser scanning, and computer management software, the overall construction scene has evolved from beings lightly complicated to highly sophisticated.

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Living cities: Building the landscape of tomorrow

Imagine if the buildings that dot our landscape never fell into a state of disrepair, but could automatically regenerate themselves like the trees around them? What if technology could make ‘living’, ‘breathing’ structures possible by incorporating the dynamism of nature into sustainable architectural solutions? Let’s look at the future of such a world, which is already evolving.

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Gesture control technology: Automation, with a wave of your hand

Tom comes back home after a long day’s work. At the door, he uses his fingers to draw a hexagonal pattern in the air to pass security and enter. He leaves his bag by the table and flicks his wrist to turn on the heating. Tom then settles down to watch his favourite TV show, waving to scroll, pointing to pause and tapping to rewind. A little while later, the lights turned off by a nod of the head, he’s away for a well-deserved rest.

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Smart commuting: How intelligent systems could transform global transportation

Wouldn’t it be great if you could predict the traffic flow on your way to office on any given day? This is a reality today, thanks to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). In France, vehicle users in Lyon can actually choose their routes to work based on the traffic flow chart provided by the Optimod'Lyon network.

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Business on the Internet of Things

Imagine a world where supermarkets did not maintain inventories and administration departments did not monitor office stationery, but suppliers and manufacturers were automatically notified when stocks had to be replenished, with valuable insights into customer’s preferences as well. This could soon be a reality as the ‘Internet of Things’ radically disrupts traditional supply chain management, while transforming every other aspect of managing businesses in a connected world.

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M2M: Industrial automation to the rescue

In 2007, having detected its heavy earthmoving equipment being smuggled into Mexico, a rental firm turned off its bulldozers’ engines from a remote location, before it reported the theft. This was possible because of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication—a technology that was still in its infancy at that time.

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Healthcare robotics: A robot a day keeps the doctor away

Most cancer drugs course through the human body, instead of just targeting a tumor. But what if we could employ micro-robots (microbots) to perform the same task with pinpoint precision? In today’s context this could be possible, with robots omnipresent in every walk of life—transforming industrial functions, automation, space research, and healthcare.

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Augmented reality and retail: A match made in heaven?

Powered by a motion-capture camera and a full-length mirror style TV, there’s a dressing room that allows you to try on apparel without physically wearing it. Instead, it is superimposed, and you can switch clothes at a moment’s notice. The whole environment is controlled by gestures, and social media connectivity can provide instant opinion allowing you to virtually share clothes. This is just one of the many ways that augmented reality can impact the retail sector by blending the convenience of technology with the physical retail experience. In an increasingly crowded market, such technology platforms can help retailers build a competitive advantage by changing the way customers interact with a brand.

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In the driver's seat: Technology in the automobile industry

Parking spots reserved in advance, automatic toll collections without toll gates and shorter travel times with reduced congestion are only some of the dream scenarios that drivers often share. Today, with the development of the ‘connected vehicle’ these scenarios are fast becoming a reality. Connectivity and M2M (Machine to Machine) solutions are making automobiles more aware and responsive to changing contexts, thereby allowing the car to connect with its driver. Automobile manufacturers are no longer merely delivering robust products. They are now catering to nuanced customer needs by implementing automotive connectivity.

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Remote Patient Monitoring – The Future of Healthcare?

How do healthcare professionals ensure they can deliver constant, quality care to patients in remote locations? How do patients ensure they have professional support without having to spend time and effort in hospital visits? The answer lies in remote patient monitoring- an action of monitoring patient's health without physically being present. The integration of communication technologies into patient care has provided professionals with a game changing solution to deliver a superior quality of medical attention, remotely.

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Wearable technology: You are what you wear

As you walk towards your car and wish to have it unlocked, you look to your wristband to authenticate your entry which it does using ECG sensors that track you heartbeat. Once in your car, this same wristband unlocks your phone and ipad for you and communicates with these devices via bluetooth. When you remove the wristband all of these devices are automatically locked.

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Near field communication: A digital dream?

Have you heard about transferring recipes and food apps to your smart phone with a simple tap? Or making small purchases using your phone, all while stocking shopping rewards, so that you can avail a discount on your next visit. NFC has the potential to bring in a seamless experience for customers. While this technology has been a novelty so far, NFC could fast become the future of seamless information sharing.

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UAV technology: The planet of the drones

Imagine an ambulance inching through peak hour traffic for miles to reach a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest in an urban center somewhere in the world. The ambulance may not always get there in time. That’s where Defikopter—a drone that airdrops life-saving defibrillator machines to assist patients experiencing a cardiac arrest—could step in. All that is needed is a smartphone linked to GPS that allows users to summon the drone for assistance.

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Smart Systems: An intelligent world, a streamlined enterprise, a happy consumer

What if your organization’s inventory and delivery systems autonomously varied order size in real time, depending on requirement, to reduce waste? What if sensors could detect changes in strain and temperature to assess structural wear and tear? The advent of smart systems means these situations are no longer hypothetical.

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3D Printing - Will mass adoption lead to the next industrial revolution?

The 3D printing industry is set to receive a major boost in 2014. The expiration of key patents, covering the lowest cost 3D printing technology known as "laser sintering", will open this market up to innovation and lower the price of 3D printing devices. From novelty items to prosthetic limbs and even NASA printed rocket parts, 3D printed devices have proven capable of a versatile range of applications spanning industries. However, slow printing speeds, relatively high manufacturing costs, and a rough product finish have been a deterrent to mass adoption. As a result, 3D printing is currently best used for rapid prototyping. Laser sintering in open source is set to change just that.

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Three things that link Rewards to Risks, Revenues, and Outcomes

The foundation of growth in a company is constant innovation, a sharp eye on consumer needs and a clear headed approach to business problems. In most business scenarios, there are several key players who have a role to play in driving this growth. Important business projects, especially those that have the potential to transform the existing way of doing business, are increasingly being outsourced to external vendors.

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It’s all in the game

Imagine a scenario where you visit an apparel store. Even before you enter into the change room to try your favourite clothing, how would you feel if a video footage of a model wearing the same garment in your hand is played through the RFID microchip tagged to the garment?

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Nanotechnology: Good things come in microscopic packages

What if the entire world’s documented knowledge was available on a single pinhead, sensors sniffed out skin cancer, and microscopic implants patrolled human arteries to keep disease at bay? These are some of the ideas that drive nanotechnology—the science of manipulating microscopic elements, such as molecules and atoms, till they cannot be broken down any further.

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Augmented reality: Building your business through immersive experiences

The Augmented Reality (AR) market is growing constantly, and fast. A recent study suggested that developer investments in AR apps could reach up to $2.5 billion by 2018. Ford, Microsoft, Google, and Apple are just some of the companies that see AR as a tool for boosting existing business and even for entry into new markets. With applications spanning sectors such as manufacturing, innovation, and retail, AR is a highly versatile and dynamic tool. But why is it gaining significant traction now?

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White Space Technology: To Boldly Go Where No Signal Has Gone Before

Imagine a world where everyone is connected, with access to an infinite amount of information. Now imagine a technology that might bring us nearer to this vision. Based on utilizing unused broadcasting frequencies, in quite possibly the most significant development in wireless data exchange since Wi-Fi, White Space technology promises all that and more.

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Divine Wrath? Technology to the Rescue

Recent flash floods in the North Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh left over 70,000 tourists and pilgrims trapped, with the death toll expected to climb to over 5000. With the Indian government struggling to reach victims trapped in the hilly Himalayan regions, technology came to the rescue.

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New-Age Publishing: The Digital Imperative

Ebooks are no longer the publishing industry’s latest fad. Moving up from 1% of the market in 2008, they now represent 20% of the revenue of big publishing houses. The debate is no longer on whether ebooks will survive, but on whether they will account for 80% of publishing revenue by the turn of the decade.

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Is healthcare data more secure in the cloud?

Each year, US-based Henry Ford Health System produces thousands of digital images, of which 25,000 of them are heart images alone. Recently, when its archiving system was running low on storage space, the cardiology department found a viable answer to the problem. Instead of making a whopping$200,000 investment for upgradation, the hospital opted for a far less expensive cloud-based storage solution for better and more secure storage.

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Artificial Intelligence for smarter decision making

Would you believe that your word processor’s autocorrect function is your day-to-day encounter with artificial intelligence? As simplistic as it may sound, autocorrect is indeed an artificial intelligence function: it traces patterns, understands trends, learns from past errors, and predicts what you meant. But that’s just the hazy beginning.

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Asteroid mining: Key to a sustainable future?

When asteroid 2012 DA14 whizzed past the Earth three months ago, scientists were closely tracking its path from NASA's observatory. The 150-foot wide asteroid-estimated to harbor $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals-may have resulted in a close call for our planet, but it clearly pointed to a wealth of asteroid riches that symbolizes the next frontier in mining.

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Lessons in preventing cybercrime

The recent 45 million dollar ATM heist by a gang of cyber criminals who hacked their way into a database of prepaid cards to later empty the cash machines around the globe has caught the financial institutions by surprise. The technological sophistication and astounding speed at which the operation was carried out has exposed the technical vulnerabilities in the banking system, which led to the multimillion dollar cybercrime.

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Gesture Control Technology - A giant leap in Human Computer Interaction

Gesture-recognition technology's role in redefining usability in consumer electronics has been discussed in great detail already. Music players you can mute by snapping your fingers, TVs that switch off when you walk away from them, the new Google glass that reportedly clicks pictures when you wink are all rapidly taking gesture-control technology mainstream. However, its impact on HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) for industries would be an interesting trend to look out for.

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e-governance in the cloud: Paradigms for success

Imagine a world where US citizens in the UK could extend their visit to France by simply applying for an online visa, without a visit to the French consulate. What if the same US citizens could also simultaneously participate in the Presidential elections back home with just the click of a mouse? While most governments still have a long way to go to make convenient access to government services via the Internet a reality, the good news is that e-governance is on the rise and cost-effective cloud technology could spearhead its onward march.

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High-tech tools for keeping crisis at bay

At a press conference last week, the FBI released photos of the two key suspects of the Boston Marathon tragedy. In an instant, the images shot across online forums, leading to an unprecedented number of images and information about suspects making its way back to the investigators. Soon, the FBI and Boston Police Department had amassed gigabytes of digital evidence -photos and videos from the public- for what may be dubbed as the world's most crowdsourced manhunt. In wake of the Boston attack, the use of futuristic technology tools has emerged more significantly than ever.

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No strings attached: Has wireless charging truly arrived?

Imagine your smartphone runs out of battery at a restaurant. Instead of hassling with a bulky charger, you simply place your gadget on a table and walk away. An hour later, your phone is fully powered up through the table-top, thanks to the wireless charger placed beneath the table. That's the power of wireless technology.

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The popular case of Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Among the recent developments in the networking industry, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) seems to be generating the maximum interest. Though still at an early stage of adoption, SDN is beginning to emerge as the next big thing on the networking landscape.

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As dead as a desktop? Not quite yet!

It's official. If technology doomsday predictions are to be believed, the death of the Personal Computer (PC) has just begun. Sounding the death knell is a Gartner forecast that projects that the PC market (conventional desktops and laptops) will decline by7.6 percent in 2013. Further, an IDC report confirms that PC sales fell by 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, as against the same quarter last year.

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How social is your TV?

While social networks have revolutionized the way we communicate online, a significant part of our daily entertainment still comes from TV. Studies show that Americans, on an average spend more than five hours a day watching TV and about three hours on social networks. It is also interesting to note that almost 20% of TV viewers also use a 'second screen' (a mobile or a tablet) while watching TV.

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In the spotlight: Operating-Level Agreements

Increasingly, businesses around the world are adopting unique approaches for sourcing IT services. The focus is on sourcing options that not only offer best-in-class IT services but also cost benefits vis-à-vis increased contractual efficiencies. As a result, many customers have embraced multisourcing as a preferred choice. The multisourcing model works on the premise that different areas of IT services are sourced from leading, best-in-class vendors who offer specialized services in niche areas.

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The tablet revolution: Are banks ready for it?

Today, banks need to manage a host of business critical applications to stay ahead of the game. Even as mobile banking continues to deliver optimized end-user experiences, banking via tablets may well be the next big thing. A new report from Juniper Research finds that a growing user acceptance of 'push' mobile banking and the rising tablet adoption will drive users of transactional tablet banking services to almost 200 million in 2017.

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Touchscreens of tomorrow: A sneak peek

This year many touchscreen innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) left spectators awestruck. If the latest breakthroughs are anything to go by, the future of touch-tech seems extremely impressive.

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Security in a mobile world

More consumers are buying mobile phones than ever before. But it's not all good news for IT. As many as 50 percent of mobile phone users do not use any security solutions, according to a recent report from security firm Symantec. With mobile phone usage on the rise, and an increased number of organizations opting for a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, this has serious implications for enterprise security.

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Wireless revolution: The next billion Internet connections

About 75% of the global population has never accessed the Internet. One of the biggest challenges that the technology world faces today is creating Internet access for the next billion people. According to the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT report of 2013, 90% of the households worldwide that are still unconnected to the Internet are in the developing world. Much of this lack of connectivity can be attributed to high set-up costs and low potential for returns in these areas. Often, in remote parts of the developing world, there may not be enough people to make traditional Internet services through cable, DSL or fibre profitable.

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Fear hack attacks? Get cyber insurance

Online hackers are everywhere. According to Facebook, its profile pages are hacked 600,000 times each day. More recently, companies like Bank of America, Twitter and The Wall Street Journal have had their systems breached. Due to the rising spate of such hack attacks, buyers are increasingly viewing cyber insurance as an essential component of their insurance portfolios. A recent report by Marsh, an investment broker firm, says the number of U.S. companies buying insurance to protect against cyber attacks jumped 33% last year, making cyber risk one of the fastest growing lines of coverage.

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Worried about BYOD management? Go for containerization

It's been a little over two weeks that the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona concluded. Although the hype around all things mobile is slowly beginning to settle, the launch of Samsung's KNOX at the event continues to drive conversations as the big news in enterprise mobility. At MWC, Samsung introduced a dual-persona phone technology that enables the users to alternate between the personal aspects of their phone to a separate, encrypted container for business.

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Mobile applications: Enter, the hybrid

Mobile devices are marching forward, winning their longstanding battle against the now old-fashioned PC. Research firm GFK estimates that the demand for smartphones increased by 56% in 2012, touching 720 million devices globally.

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The age of flexible electronics is here

Imagine having a cellphone that can be rolled up like paper. Or how about a smart watch with a flexible glass display? Both could soon be a reality, thanks to flexible electronics - electronics that can be bent and stretched into any shape. Be it flexible touchscreen displays, wearable electronics or electronic sensor tattoos – a slew of high-tech products are all set to revolutionize the way we live. Experts predict that global flexible electronics market will grow to $250 billion by 2025 registering a double digit growth rate.

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Viral Touchdown: How Do Companies Use Technology To Make Events Go Viral?

A decade ago, organizations expected that communication strategies for public events would have to plan for sufficient time lags before their messages reached a broad audience base. This is no longer true, as new communication technologies allow events to go viral in a matter of hours. While entrepreneurs have been effectively leveraging these technologies over the last decade, even established offline events - such as the US Super Bowl, the Grammy's and the Academy Awards – have begun to look at communication technology differently and are making viral touchdowns.

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In the spotlight: Mobile Device Management

Managing enterprise mobility has never been more challenging. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices, an increasing number of employers are embracing the 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) policy, in turn making companies more vulnerable to security breaches and malicious content. As a result, many organizations are looking at deploying comprehensive and robust Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategies and policies. Recently, Gartner predicted that 65 percent of enterprises would adopt an MDM solution over the next five years.

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How can tech tools enable supply chain efficiency?

How can a company maximize the performance of its supply chain in the face of a highly volatile market? As organizations strive to offer best-in-class delivery, supply chain management becomes a critical component of operational efficiency. Essentially, the goal of a supply chain is to keep costs low while maintaining a high level of quality. However, there are several complexities involved in delivering quality goods on time. According to IDC Manufacturing Insights’ 2012 U.S. Supply Chain survey of 350 companies, reducing supply chain costs is the topmost priority for the manufacturing sector in 2013.

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Trigeneration Technology in Data Centers

One of the biggest concerns with data centers is the amount of power they consume. With the rising importance of green IT and the need to reduce the carbon footprint, any effort to reduce the consumption of energy needs to be carefully evaluated.

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The Rise of the Social Media Command Center

The recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) wasn’t just about next-gen hardware and sleek gadgets. Catching the visitors’ attention was the Social Media Command Center, located at the start of the CES Instawalk in the North Hall. The command center with giant LCDs showcasing live feeds and social media updates generated great hype and many conversations around it. For corporate managers, present at the show, investment in Social Media Command Center, already topped their business agenda. With consumers flooding social media and companies integrating it into their corporate strategy, Social Media Command centers are fast proving to be inevitable for organizations.

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Aiming high: Airlines wooing travelers with technology

Air travel is all set to go high-tech. Airlines across the world are deploying technology in unique ways to improve service and attract more customers. According to a recent report, the global airline industry is expected to reach an estimated $832.8 billion in 2020 with a CAGR of 3.7% over the next seven years (2013-2020).

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Big Data: Drivers and Benefits

Big Data is no longer just a buzzword; it is a proven phenomenon and not likely to die away soon. A recent IDC report predicts that the digital universe will be 44 times bigger in 2020 than it was in 2009, totaling a staggering 35 zettabytes1.

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Next-gen digital marketing strategies

Digital marketing is a rapidly growing force in a world that is highly mobile and connected. It has emerged as a critical factor for competitive differentiation and growth for many businesses. recent Forrester report shows that digital budgets are expected to rise to 20% of the total marketing budgets in organizations across the globe. The predictions indicate that digital will be integral to all marketing activity and online platforms and will continue to replace traditional mass media.

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Banking in the Time of Social Media

In recent times, social media has had an impact on every business sector, transforming the way companies communicate with and attract customers. Not only has it re-defined the rules of the marketplace, but it has also established its position as a key driver for the success of most companies. The banking sector, otherwise known for its one-way, read-only provider-to-consumer interaction, too, is embracing social media to focus on relationship management.

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Artificial Intelligence with a human touch!

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is high on the priority list of major enterprises across the world. With the famed futurist, Ray Kurwzeil joining Google last month, the buzz on where artificial intelligence will take us in the near future is everywhere. The focus is on machines replacing humans to deliver better and faster results. Scientists across the world have been working on ways to mimic the human brain in computers. However, when it comes to translating human thought into something that the machines can interpret and act on, experts have always fallen short. This is looked up on as the biggest drawback in machines and something that stops artificial intelligence from taking the next step. Machines might go ahead and decrypt human thought, but how will they interpret the emotion behind the thought?

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The smart home comes of age

Forget your run-of-the-mill refrigerator. Make way for an Internet-connected fridge instead. Or how about activating your NFC-enabled dishwasher that also connects with your wireless kitchen gear? Welcome to the world of connected home devices-a smart home where appliances are controlled by Internet access and Wi-Fi. Once connected, these devices can add 'intelligence' to your home. They also ensure that everything works in harmony-be it in the field of entertainment, education, home automation, security, or energy efficiency. According to a new report, the global connected home market-comprising consumer electronics, home computers, and mobile devices-will be worth $101 billion in 2013.

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Retail technology innovations for the evolving shopper

Retail is one of the fastest evolving spaces today. The industry is expected to undergo a lot of disruption in the way people shop, purchase and pay, thanks to recent technological advances. From mobile payment apps to cutting-edge technologies such as image recognition and virtual dressing rooms- retail will never be the same again. According to recent industry reports, technologies such as augmented reality, image, and 3D technologies will provide the UK's largest retailers with a potential boost of £2.4bn for the industry as a whole by 2014.

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High-tech cars: Zooming into the future

Today, cars are undergoing a phenomenal evolution the world over. Automakers are equipping them with high-tech systems that help save fuel, get directions, provide entertainment and, most importantly, stay safe. Evidently, the latest cars are being presented in a snazzy avatar to meet the requirements of the smart, savvy generation. In 2013, U.S. consumers are expected to buy nearly one million more cars than in 2012.Auto research firm Polk is predicting new car registrations to reach 15.3 million in 2013.

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Big data and technology lead to big changes in mining

The mining industry has witnessed remarkable changes over the years, and the biggest of them is how big data is leading to big changes.

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Crowdsourcing – A smart business solution

An innovative business strategy always makes sense to any company. While one continues to seek creative ways to do business, crowdsourcing has steadily risen as one of the most disruptive forces at work. In just a few years' time, the model has successfully penetrated several mainstream industries like technology, R&D, investment, and design.

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Community Cloud - Power in Shared Value

The value that an organization derives from cloud computing is directly proportional to how a particular service fits the organization's needs. This can best explain the silent but steady rise of the community cloud, amid the intense debate on which flavor of the cloud - public, private, or hybrid - will dominate the scene.

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Building for a Greener Future

Building green has become a key part of the strategy for sustainable growth as buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the world's energy. Green building technologies can help companies vastly improve their economic and environmental performance, important in a world where the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) has assumed prominence. These benefits include reduced operating costs, improved employee productivity, low energy consumption, reduced waste, and a lighter environmental footprint.

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Banks turn innovators to enhance customer experience

The past few years have witnessed banking world's technology undergo a phenomenal transformation. From local branch banking to mobile banking, the banking sector has made huge strides in adopting technology to better serve the customers. Various tech innovations are being used by the banks to deliver tangible solutions and services to address client and customer needs. Internet and mobile applications are now playing a major role in changing the mode of money transactions. Today, users can transfer and deposit money, pay bills and a lot more with their smart phones.

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Reshaping healthcare with wearable technology

As healthcare goes beyond hospitals, it is now possible to have wearable, even internal, sensor-based devices to monitor vital signs and symptoms of patients. From clothes embedded with sensing devices to headsets that measure brainwaves, wearable devices can be seamlessly incorporated into the ensemble. According to IMS Research, the wearable technology market was worth $2 billion in 2011 and will reach $6 billion by 2016. The findings reveal that 14 million wearable devices were shipped in 2011, and that number is likely to reach 171 million in 2016.

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Interest graphs – it pays to be interesting!

Social media has fundamentally changed the way marketers interact with potential customers. However, organizations are still not fully in sync with their customers when it comes to social media marketing. A poll by Pitney Bowes Software found that the number of marketers on a given platform outpaced the potential customers there. For instance, it found that 57 percent of marketers used Twitter, as compared to just 31 percent consumers. The corresponding numbers were 51 percent and 21 percent in the case of Google +. Additionally, it found that consumers were more annoyed when served with ads of brands that they had not 'liked' or 'followed'.

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Chief Digital Officer – the Rising C-Suite Star

The rapid rise of cloud computing, data analytics, mobile and social media is leading to the digitization of the enterprise. Research firm Gartner has said that the rise of these trends is driving new business scenarios, inducing companies to digitize their revenue and services. This transformation will have its impact on the top decks of organizations, by creating the role of a chief digital officer (CDO).

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Let the gamification begin!

It's all about getting your head into the game. Gamification, the technique of integrating game-like concepts in non-game scenarios, is getting increasingly popular among businesses across the world. Gamification is expected to make huge strides in the future, with M2 research predicting the total gamification market reaching $242 million by the end of 2012, going up to $2.8 billion by 2016.

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Crystal Gazing-The IT Department of tomorrow

Cloud computing, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and Bring Your Own App (BYOA) are ushering in a rapid shift in the way enterprise IT departments have functioned. Traditionally, IT departments have been over-staffed and unwieldy, concentrating on routine tasks such as updates and maintenance rather than on innovation. Today, IT departments are being pruned with an eye on the bottom line. Companies are cutting back on IT budgets and staff and replacing them with consultants on a need basis as they switch to applications that run on the cloud.

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Green nanotechnology: Making way for a sustainable future

Clean energy is seen as one of the most effective solutions to tackle climate change. According to a new study by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), almost 80 percent of the world's energy supply could come from renewable sources by 2050. As energy demand continues to soar, there is greater need to reduce our carbon footprint. Recently, nanotechnology has emerged as a promising new option for creating clean energy technologies.

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Big Data for Lean Government

Last year, McKinsey estimated that applying Big Data in the public sector in Europe could save more than $149 billion in operational efficiency alone. This was excluding the use of Big Data to boost tax collections by reducing fraud and errors. According to the report, Big Data could potentially reduce administrative costs by 15-20 percent, and can bring similar benefits in countries outside Europe also.

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When in Cloud, Follow the Right SLAs

The burgeoning number of IT services delivered by cloud computing has presented an important business case of Cloud SLAs (Service Level Agreements). Organizations have used SLAs for a long time. However, cloud computing presents a significant shift from the way IT solutions have been implemented in the past and presents its own unique contract issues and challenges. CIOs across industries believe that an end-to-end performance visibility and robust SLAs are key to achieving good return on investment from cloud computing.

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In-memory computing: Making big data real time

The high-performance computing market is expected to reach $220 billion by 2020, according to a study by Market Research Media. In-memory computing is the fastest growing segment in that market. In-memory computing involves an architecture where the data is kept inside the memory of the computer rather than on their hard disks.

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Making Social chatter matter

Social media has become an important tool for marketers to measure consumer sentiment. With over 140 million Twitter users, 1 billion and more active Facebook users, over 100 million blogs, and 100 million forums on which consumers are airing their views, it is important that organizations begin to make their social data actionable.

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IT's Hybrid Future

The significant cost and operational advantages of cloud services have made cloud computing integral to the IT plans of most companies today. Does that mean traditional physical IT is a thing of the past? Not yet.

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Nanotube Chip Technology Saves Moore's Law

IBM researchers have recently reported that they have achieved a breakthrough in chip-making technology using carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes are single atomic sheets of carbon rolled up into a tube, and the scientists have been able to place over 10,000 of these on a single chip using standard manufacturing processes.

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Nanobots, Nursebots, Docbots …

Nanobots that swim in the blood stream, 'service robots' that clean hospitals and now 'surgical robots'. As robots gain more intelligence and versatility, they seem all set to change the face of healthcare.

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M2M:The Chatter Gets Louder

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is ushering in quite a transformation in the way various businesses work, aided by cloud computing and Big Data analytics. Recent research shows that M2M connections will grow to 2.1 billion in 2012, up from about 100 million in 2011. Research firm MarketsandMarkets expects the global M2M market to reach about $86 billion by 2017, aided by cloud computing and smartphones.

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Businesses hit 'Like' to Stay Competitive

An InformationWeek article makes a daring prediction - companies face the prospect of having to dismantle the traditional corporate structure and organize themselves as social networks! At the same time a McKinsey study found that there's $1.3 trillion in untapped annual value that can be unlocked through social media in the four industries considered for the study: consumer packaged goods, consumer financial services, professional services, and advanced manufacturing.

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Winds of Change Blow Over Air Travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently forecast earnings of $4.1 billion for the global aviation industry this year, with the air passenger market growing by 5.3 percent. While the news brings cheer to the industry amid the pall of gloom hovering over the world economy, it also brings renewed focus on the problems that an increase in air traffic will create. For one, the rise in traffic is bound to increase the congestion in the inter-city and inter-continental air lanes. This will raise the costs in terms of fuel consumed and flight delays as well as increase the risk of mid-air and ground collisions. It also raises the prospect of increasing the emission of greenhouse gases.

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Smart Transportation – A Smart Move

The transport systems that exist in large parts of the world today are woefully inadequate to cater to the needs of the 21st century. So companies and governments are pitching in to leverage technology and intelligence to make these transport systems smart and serve the needs of the modern world.

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Green Mining: A Smart Solution to a Sustainable Future

The mining industry holds the key to sustaining the current pace of global development. However, heightened concerns about global warming and pollution also make it imperative to use eco-friendly and sustainable solutions for extracting natural resources. Governments and miners worldwide are actively trying to deploy new technologies and innovations to reduce mining waste and promote responsible mining practices at every stage of the mining life cycle.

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IN THE MAKING-CHIEF CLOUD OFFICER

Cloud computing has become a game changer for many businesses. By the end of this year alone, the cloud services market will be worth $ 109 billion after growing by 19.6 percent, research firm Gartner said recently. Among the 14 million jobs cloud adoption will create will be a new one: the Chief Cloud Officer or COO.

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Personalized Medicine: Made-to-Order Cures are Around the Corner

Advances in understanding the human genome are set to usher in a new era in medical care - personalized medicine, which will see more effective and cheaper treatment regimes. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine put the cost of unnecessary medical care in the United States at $750 billion a year! This cost imperative has added urgency to the move to personalized medicine.

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Fracking – Easing Energy Bottlenecks

In the midst of gyrating crude oil prices that have sent many economies into a tailspin, strong votaries of shale gas have thrown their weight behind fracking or hydraulic fracturing, a method employed to extract natural gas from deeply embedded shale that cannot be reached through conventional drilling. The shrill pitch for shale gas extraction is bolstered by the American Petroleum Institute's recent assertion that this energy source can be the 'bridge fuel' for the country in its transition from coal to renewables.

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Go Big On Big Data Specialists

Even as the Big Data technology and services market gears up for exponential growth in the coming years, most enterprises that plan to adopt advanced analytics tools are faced with one key challenge - lack of Big Data specialists. So, while certain estimates suggest that the global Big Data market will grow to a staggering $16.9 billion by 2015, a Mckinsey's report says that by 2018 the US alone could face a shortage of 140,000-190,000 "deep analytical talent" and 1.5 million people capable of analyzing data in ways that enable business decisions. This shortage may be felt across all key global markets.

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Augmented Reality – Seeing Beyond the Obvious

Augmented reality (AR) has virtually exploded on the scene in the wake of the smartphone boom, finding diverse business applications ranging from advertising to industrial uses. Leading brands like Mercedes Benz, Kia and Kellogg's, to name a few, are already using AR apps to give consumers an up-close experience of their products. These apps come alive on the smartphone, tablet or PC screen. And now with AR glasses coming into the picture, this technology is likely to be employed in diverse industries including manufacturing.

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Engage Customers In Collaborative Conversations

Doing business in the social era is a whole new ball game. Enterprises across business sectors have recognized the need to engage their customers in a collaborative conversation that goes beyond transactional needs. They are now turning to social media platforms to deepen the customer engagement through initiatives that measure up to customer demand for social recognition, personal relevance, intimacy and immediacy.

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Low-Carbon Innovation – A Business Imperative

Climate change is now palpably experienced in different parts of the world. This year alone, many countries faced unexpected spells of drought and floods causing extreme economic distress, at a time when positive newsflow on economic growth itself is scarce. Businesses around the globe have taken cognizance of the fact that large sections of world population are moving up the pollution pyramid, and that innovative steps are required to arrest the factors debilitating the environment.

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Big Data Helps Electric Vehicles Shift Gears

Electric vehicle (EV) makers have found a new ally in their quest to make their vehicles gain traction in the market - Big Data. Today EVs are seen as the alternative to vehicles that burn fossil fuel and pump out harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. However, EVs have a long way to go before they can fully replace their traditional siblings. Recent media reports have suggested that most EV makers are finding little traction for their products.

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Big Data Meets Big Weather

The higher than usual temperatures and volatile weather that have swept parts of the planet this year have sharpened the focus on climate change. Such volatile weather impacts every area of human existence, including but not restricted to food security, commerce and the financial markets. The hyper-connected nature of today's world, where any disturbance can ripple across in the blink of an eye, makes tracking climate change and shaping our responses to it on the fly highly important.

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Game for Some Serious Fun

Even as the global gaming industry sets sights on scaling the $70-billion mark by 2015, powered by an ever-growing class of enthusiasts across age groups, the technology itself is finding a myriad of non-gaming uses in areas ranging from space applications and military operations to healthcare and architecture. This is best exemplified by NASA's experiments with gaming technology to gain an up-close view of its latest mission to Mars. The Jet Propulsion Lab team at NASA recently gave a demonstration of how the new Xbox 360 game called 'Mars Rover Landing' was being used to track Curiosity's forays into the red planet.

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Managing HR – Pie in the Cloud

As businesses embrace cloud technologies to beat costs, one area that is grabbing the attention of many is human capital management. Enterprises across markets are seeking cutting-edge HR solutions to raise their productivity levels. So, Oracle's acquisition of Taleo Corp for $1.9 billion earlier this year and SAP's buy out of Success Factors for $3.4 billion last year comes as no surprise.

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Internal App Stores Augment BYOD/BYOA Environment

Enterprises are turning to internal app stores in dealing with the challenges that accompany the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-app (BYOA) trends. Many already feature internal app stores with scores of apps for employees and customers. At a recent Gartner conference some big companies revealed their strategies around the app stores they have built to distribute internal iPad apps.

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3D Printing – Manufacturing Redefined

Even as the global manufacturing sector steps on the innovation pedal to accelerate growth, the nascent 3D printing technology - also known as additive manufacturing - promises to transform the sector's growth prospects. A wide range of industries including defense, aerospace, automotive and metals manufacturing has already sized up the advantage of employing 3D printing technology.

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Bet On Big Data When Chips Are Down

Even as most businesses around the world are grappling with shrinking markets, dipping sales and sombre growth forecasts, business leaders are seemingly putting greater faith in Big Data Analytics to identify future market behavior and consumer preferences.

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Cloud Makes Its Own Space With Curiosity Show

Earlier this week, in the run-up to the touchdown on Mars by NASA's latest rover Curiosity, the space agency was busy making sure that millions across the world could watch the spectacle without a hitch. The US space agency turned to the power of cloud computing to live stream the event dubbed 'Seven minutes of terror' to a watching world.

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Blackouts -- Can Cloud Save The Day?

The unprecedented dry weather sweeping the US has raised demand for electricity, straining the antiquated power grid, exploding transformers and leading to brownouts and blackouts. Recently, heat-driven storms pounded the East Coast, knocking out power to 3 million homes and businesses.

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Telematics Drives Usage-Based Auto Insurance

Your car could soon by spying on you, and it may actually be a good thing! As auto insurance companies deploy telematics to assess driver risk profiles and calculate premiums on the go, disciplined drivers can now stop paying for the errors of other people in their respective age or gender groups.

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Publishing - Turning a New Leaf

The global self-publishing industry is growing at a healthy pace, buoyed by rapid adoption of e-readers, tablet computers and print-on-demand technology. According to the industry estimates the self-publishing industry has scaled the $100 million level, although it is still a fraction of the global trade publishing industry that is pegged at $13.97 billion as per 2011 estimates.

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hCloud – A Healthy Outlook

The drive for healthcare reform in the US has thrown up a surprise winner: the healthcare cloud. A recent industry report projected the market for healthcare IT cloud to be upward of $5.4bn in the next five years. While healthcare providers have been traditionally wary of adopting cloud technologies due to regulatory demands on patient data protection, the sudden convergence of a slew of factors is making these organizations seriously consider adopting cloud technologies.

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Tablets That Mean Business

In recent weeks, we have all come across news of a plethora of new tablets being launched by companies ranging from Google to Acer. iPad, Surface, Nexus, Kindle, etc., are becoming synonymous with high-end mobile devices that are lighter, slimmer, faster and come with longer battery life.

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There's More To Public Cloud

Enterprises are stepping on the gas in moving services to the cloud as they innovate to stay competitive and agile against a backdrop of rapidly changing technologies, customer preferences, and a weak global economy. Although CIOs in general have preferred private cloud, the move to public cloud services is accelerating as vendors allay fears of lock-ins by optimizing data centers and by offering elastic platforms that support smooth migration and interoperability.

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Energizing The Always-On Environment

Battery technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace to sync up with the increasing expectations of a mobile workforce in an always-on environment besides meeting the emerging industrial demand. On the industrial front, major R&D initiatives are underway to develop batteries that efficiently support smart-grids powered by alternative sources like solar and wind energy. For years, batteries have been used for automotive transportation, aerospace endeavors, robotics, to name a few. Today, there is renewed drive towards promoting battery technology keeping in view its 'green' characteristics.

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Disaster Ain't No Showstopper

A week laden with technology glitches of all kinds, as just experienced globally could potentially drive enterprises to raise their ante for preventive measures. IT is alive to the myriad challenges that come up on the business landscape, evidenced by offerings such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) that protect enterprises from a freefall in untoward circumstances.

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Game For Predictive Analytics?

As the countdown begins for the Olympic Games in London starting July 27, 2012, the global sporting fraternity is expectedly making predictions on superstar performances. Will the 100-meters favorite Usain Bolt beat the world record at the Games? Predicting if Bolt can become the fastest athlete at the Games will indeed depend on his current form, the quality of competition, the external environment, among a host of other factors. However, Predictive analytics can tell you if Bolt is indeed best placed to walk away with the top honours.

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Tackling the BYOD security challenge

With rising popularity of smartphones and BYOD becoming the norm, the prospect of people storing sensitive work-related documents and corporate data on mobile devices has become a challenge of sorts.

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Is your data delivering intelligence?

Processing power is multiplying every year, bandwidth continues to increase and storage is virtually unlimited making it possible for enormous amount of data to be stored, transported and analyzed. In addition, the increasing digitization and automation across industries is resulting in vast amount of data being created at each process or business level and across the value chain. For instance, a retail firm can gather data from many sources starting from supplies, transport, warehouse, stores, energy usage, point-of-sale, customer service, website and many others. The amount of data that can be extracted from these internal sources is in itself massive. If we add the data that can be gathered from external sources such as social networks, blogs and vendors or partners, the amount of data could well become overwhelming.

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Carry a Mobile Wallet

Credit and debit cards might become passé with tech giant Microsoft readying to roll out its new Windows Phone 8 operating system complete with near field communications (NFC) capability. NFC is a short range RFID technology that enables consumers to use their mobile as a wallet to make payments.

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A new tablet surfaces

The tablet PC world is bracing for an intense turf war in the wake of Microsoft unveiling its tablet computer 'Surface' which experts believe will queer the pitch for Apple's iPad. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's announcement that the new tablet is part of a "whole family of devices" is a battle-cry competition will hear loud and clear.

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IPv6 – A Trillion Possibilities

The number of internet-connected devices is set to explode as consumer electronics makers exploit the opportunity opened up by the recent rollout of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The new standard gives the internet more room for growth by making available trillions of new IP addresses.

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A Dose of Big Data - Rx

Like every other industry, the healthcare sector too is inundated with structured and unstructured data. This data is captured from multiple sources like point-of-care encounters, medical claims, pharmacy claims, lab values, biometrics, etc. The internet and social media are playing a key role in healthcare data capture and analytics. On a larger plane, data from initiatives like Health Information Exchanges (HIE) can also be effectively utilized for medical research, contributing greatly to evidence-based medicine, better assessment of incidence, prevalence and causative analysis on certain diseases, among others.

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Are you on the same page?

In laying out the firm's growth strategy to investors ahead of the initial public offering, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg directed sharp attention on enhancing the mobile and advertising experience on the social networking website. Zuckerberg's statement is a reaffirmation of the growing role of social media in giving consumers' a big say in product development, distribution and consumption strategies across business sectors.

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India BPO Industry: Future in the hands of the present

I recently participated in a BPO focused event and had some interesting discussions with industry veterans on how this sector has evolved over the past few years and what is the way forward. I have been a part of the IT and ITeS industry for over two decades now and I must say, the growth witnessed in these sectors have by far been phenomenal.

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): A silhouette of consumerization of technology

The unprecedented growth of end consumer devices including smartphones and tablets has created a sense of urgency in the minds of the CIOs to formulate strategies that can help them embrace the growing trend of consumerization of technology in an enterprise context.

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