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Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming a rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nanocrime? Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include: Dogecoin, Ethereum, Feathercoin, Litecoin, Monero, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered improvements on the original Bitcoin algorithm structure, and they are gaining some traction as well. Some financial experts and analysts, including Warren Buffett and Ben Stein, are leery of the overall cryptocurrency market. Is it because it doesn't fit into their more tr... (more)

Mission-Critical Applications Require Mission-Critical Leadership

Organizational structures become obsolete just like the technology that they manage. Management structures must be reviewed and replaced just like systems, software and technology - especially in mission-critical applications. In the last decade or so, more organizations have declared their various communications-based information systems as "mission critical" to the organization's success. Having a mission-critical system requires having a mission-critical mindset when it comes to organizational leadership. It has been reported that one in three applications are considered "miss... (more)

Mobile Wallets: The Latest Digital Bling

In this acute age of class warfare, elitism, and social media tools, somewhere in the middle of all of it, the retail and financial services industries are spawning the latest "Must-have" digital bling: mobile wallets (or digital wallets). Will credit cards become a thing of the past?  Will retailers pull away from all the transaction fees they have to pay on credit card purchases and go to a smartphone app-based transaction model instead? What about other payment processors like PayPal, Google, and others? These are some of the strategic questions starting to pop up across diffe... (more)

Redefining Cloud Computing: Cloud Calling and Smartphones

With more smartphones being utilized everywhere, should we be redefining cloud computing? If not redefining it, at least recalibrating it to encompass and fit new edge technology that is becoming the device of choice. Many organizations that are looking at implementing cloud computing should also be looking at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concepts that focus on smartphones and tablets. Why? More people are using smartphones and tablets than PCs today. They don't want to be burdened with "computing," that sounds too technical. All they want to do is make a call and get things done... (more)

5G Networks: The 20/20 View on 2020

This article is an excerpt from James Carlini's upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity: 5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period.  They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities.  They have to.  Consumers are turning to Smartphones and tablets as the new ubiquitous edge technology for all their applications. Many people have gotten a good taste of smartphones and all the applications they can utilize with them.  Now, the growi... (more)