The Comunicano Daily for Monday December 15th 2014
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The news out of Sydney touched me immediately on Sunday, as it was just about a year ago that I was near the coffee and chocolate shop that is currently under siege. That and the fact that I have friends in Sydney on both personal and professional levels. Thankfully, all are safe, and thanks to iMessage and email I knew within seconds of asking. While not on the same level as 9/11 in New York City, when I think how far we've come in the ability to contact and confirm that people are safe one can quickly realize the impact that technology has on society. What's also a very powerful force today is streaming media and social media. Both are very important to following the story. The first story below will take you to ABC-Australian Broadcasting Corporation's live news broadcast.
Watch the ABC News 24 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Coverage of the Lindt Cafe Siege
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Taylor Swift ignited a renewed debate about music industry revenue and the impact of Internet radio on artists. Like many debates what you believe may be driven more by where you stand than by reality. On one side you have artists and music labels that have experienced a decade long slide in music sales.
A new app called Workflow aims to close the divide between the power of OS X and the convenience of iOS. By offering curated and custom workflows, the app can automate just about anything you'd want to do on the iPhone or iPad - along with actions you probably haven't thought of before, like calling an Uber car to take you to your next meeting with one tap.
6:15 AM EST December 15th, 2014 Big players in the payments space tend to have a knack for disrupting every market they enter. Look at Amazon and retail or Uber and cab services. They've stepped on the toes of businesses - big and small - undercut business models, and managed to make a few enemies along the way.
New tracking technology using video may help change the way offers and information are presented to us.
Next-generation tracking technology could be in your gadgets soon
Sophisticated tracking technology, the likes of which you might associate with governments or big companies, may soon be in consumers' hands, homes, cars and local stores. If it works as described - a big "if," of course, - the technology could detect not only people but determine what they are doing, where they are going and even what they may be thinking.
About a year ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a bold publicity move - he sat down for a 60 Minutes interview and showed off the company's planned use of drones for same-day delivery to its customers. Those familiar with the reluctance surrounding drones in the U.S.
If you've got a charitable effort needing crowdfunding Indiegogo just gave it a kick. Now non-profits can use the Indiegogo platform to raise funds without paying any fees to the company. This doesn't remove costs for credit card transactions, but it helps put more money into organizations that need it.
Indiegogo cuts fees for good causes so you keep every penny
Raising money for medical bills, memorials, sports and other worthy causes are now fee-free on the popular crowdfunding service. More of your money is set to go to good causes as Indiegogo cuts fees. The popular crowdfunding site has got rid of fees when you're raising cash for emergencies, sports, volunteer efforts and other worthy causes.
With the horror of the Sony Pictures breach unfolding in slow motion before us, we are reminded that operational security - OpSec - is absolutely key at any company. Whether or not you traffic in high-value data, the expectation that your servers are secure enough and that your data is worthless is foolhardy.
Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it's doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.
IT'S been called a strategic tool with " irresistible power" by Harvard Business Review. And " the major business lesson of 2014 " by Entrepreneur magazine What exciting new 21st-century technology is this? The age-old art of storytelling - something humans have done since they could first communicate.
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