Friday, July 29, 2016

As expected.  We will see a lot more stories like this as the election gets closer.
A hackable election: 5 things you need to know about e-voting machines
As the U.S. heads toward an especially contentious national election in November, 15 states are still clinging to outdated electronic voting machines that don't support paper printouts used to audit their internal vote counts.

(Related) Yes, Colorado makes the list. 
E-voting: List of Vulnerable States

Perspective.  TV ain’t what is useta was. 
CBS Relying Less on Ad Sales as 'Star Trek' Fuels Global Growth
The network that never tires of calling itself "the most-watched network" showed Thursday that despite a decline in advertising sales at its CBS network and affiliated television stations, overall revenue in the second quarter grew due to international licensing of its upcoming new Star Trek series which will air exclusively on CBS All-Access, its subscription-based digital service.

I’ll admit, this confused me a little.
Buttoned-down Unilever just paid $1 billion dollars for the Dollar Shave Club.  The scrappy startup, launched in 2012, offered a blades-by-subscription service for as little as $3 a month and quickly grew to a team of 45 engineers and 3.2 million subscribers.
   The deal is full of intriguing details. Unilever paid five times what Dollar Shave Club was expecting for revenues this year.  Analysts had valued it for far less: in its most recent funding round — a $90.7 million Series D in November 2015  — Dollar Shave Club had been valued at $630 million, according to Pitchbook.  While Dollar Shave Club represents a growing share of the razorblades market, it is still tiny, it operates with low margins, is made up of an irreverent albeit engineering-savvy team – and is, as yet, unprofitable.
So why did a traditional consumer products company do a deal that feels more like it belongs in the tech sector than the consumer product industry?
   Absorbing a disruptor.  Dollar Shave Club is an interesting illustration of the theory of a disruptor breaking into a highly profitable and over-served industry from the low-end; it’s not unusual for incumbents to seek to absorb these rivals when they’re still relatively small.
   The best explanation for it is that it is, indeed, a “Silicon Valley” play. Unilever’s move is a signal of more fundamental changes in the consumer products industry.
Dollar Shave Club has shown that the shaving market can still be transformed – thanks to an online subscription model, a memorable brand, and a strong consumer experience.

And now a question for IT Architecture students; Should all of your devices see the same files?  Asked another way; Why wouldn’t you want all your devices to see the same files?
Apple and Oracle vets’ Upthere raises $77 million to put a new spin on personal cloud storage
   Upthere is different, and it marks a pretty interesting departure from where the rest of the market is going.
   So the team set out to tackle this problem at its root.  Instead of relying on on-device storage, the Upthere founding team came together in 2012 and decided to look at how it could create a service that directly writes to the cloud and allows you to (mostly) bypass local storage.  That way, all of your devices see the same files, be those documents, music files, photos or anything else.  As you make updates or upload new documents, all the other machines see those changes in real time.

For my students.  Select the proper tool for the research job. 
8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo but Not on Google

A new tool for my nephew.
Everything You Need to Know About Deezer Music
Deezer has been around since 2007 but wasn’t made fully available in the United States until July 2016.  For once, users in the U.S. were one of the last to receive access to a service and, having tried Deezer for myself, all I can say is, “It’s about time!”
   Deezer is actually good enough to compete with the big boys.

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