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January 2, 2013
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The Game Changer 
  • Slowdown in mobile tech innovation in 2013
    Continuing economic uncertainty, declining consumer confidence and seemingly unending battles over intellectual property will conspire to place a damper on mobile tech innovation in 2013, experts say. Although service providers will push ahead with major 4G rollouts, consumers can expect little of interest to emerge from the mobile handset industry, which will remain mired in increasingly contentious patent battles. "True innovation and true revolutionary change are out of the picture for now," Wayne Rash writes. eWeek (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
Emerging Tools 
  • ABI: Combo chips will help Broadcom lead connectivity market
    Chips that combine various wireless standards, such as Bluetooth Smart, near-field communication and WiGig, will show strong growth in 2013, playing to the strength of Broadcom's IC product portfolio, according to ABI Research. "Increased diversification and building out product portfolios to include many wireless connectivity technologies is crucial to vendors' current and future success," said ABI's Peter Cooney. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Security firms fight to stay on top of evolving threat environment
    As computer viruses get more sophisticated and the amount of malware targeting consumers and businesses increases, companies that make and market software designed to block it are being forced to adopt new strategies that are less reactionary and more proactive. Research shows software designed simply to detect and block malicious code fails to do so as much as 95% of the time, a serious shortfall that has given rise to a crop of startups with security software products that scan networks for suspicious activity. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Tech chiefs adapt to rising profile as business leaders
    Chief information officers will play a stronger role in developing and implementing business strategy in 2013, a function of their increased credibility in the front office and the changing role of corporate IT, tech leaders say. A poll of 563 IT execs finds CIOs are willing and eager to embrace executive management skills, and a fifth say they consider themselves fully entrenched as business leaders in their firms. According to the survey, almost two-thirds of CIOs plan to more aggressively promote IT's strategic value in 2013, with a greater focus on customer service. CIO.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
SmartPulse 
  • Do you expect your cloud storage needs will increase in 2013?
    Yes  44.44%
    No  42.22%
    Not sure  13.33%
  • Do you feel optimistic about your business prospects for 2013?
Yes
No

Geeking Out 
  • Could 3D printing put an arsenal at your fingertips?
    Three-dimensional printing passed from high-tech novelty to emerging reality in 2012, but the prospect of creating any object you want without any oversight poses a range of ethical and legal dilemmas. As this photo slideshow illustrates, enterprising hobbyists spent the past year designing and printing various complex and potentially deadly objects, including plastic "brass knuckles," firearms and a key that can open handcuffs. Popular Science (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
The bad guys are always trying to be a step ahead. And it doesn't take a lot to be a step ahead."
--Matthew D. Howard, a venture capitalist at Norwest Venture Partners, as quoted by The New York Times
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