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Twitter may be about to hit the public market, but less public-oriented social media platforms are having major success in an age of too much information in the hands of just about anyone who wants it.
Don't want the government nabbing your mobile communications? It seems you really don't: Snapchat, the mobile app that lets users send self-destructing pictures and videos to friends who also use the app, has seen significant growth on the Android platform
Snapchat now has 350 million messages sent on its platform daily, compared with 200 million a day in June.
Memorize your heartbeat
Last Tuesday, Apple unveiled a fingerprint sensor that can be used instead of a passcode to unlock an iPhone—a neat trick that already has one big fan, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. As security risks associated with individual information mount, the area of biometrics is blossoming, and long-time puzzles in the area of technology authentication are finally being solved. Cryptographers at the University of Toronto have developed a wristband with one of the more unique biometric signatures—your heartbeat. Security is a big part of the Nymi wristband's marketing pitch, according to a report in the New York Times.
The future is quantum computing
Moore's Law implies that silicon has a limit, and that limit is soon to be reached, and then, what's the computer industry to do to keep unlocking unlimited amounts of memory?
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With innovation waning and saturation climbing, the ability of Apple and other smartphone makers to make a big market splash could be limited.
Citigroup sees "device exhaustion" in the smartphone market, a condition in which it's getting harder and harder both to find people who don't own smartphones and who are impressed with or motivated by marginal improvements.
That certainly seemed to be the fatigued response to Apple's big launch last week of its newest iPhone models, which was judged a big disappointment, fingerprint sensor notwithstanding.
A new argument getting old quickly
The big data revolution will transform the global economy in a way similar to the first internet wave or the introduction of the gasoline engine and Model T. Or it won't. Economic dud or miracle? Deserved hype or hyperbole? Depends on who you ask, and lately, it's a question being asked and answered on a daily basis. So here's one more crack at a new question that's getting old pretty quickly.